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FILE - In this Sunday, July 19, 2020, file photo, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, reacts during a meeting with her supporters in Minsk, Belarus.  37-year old Tsikhanouskaya, without any political experience has united various opposition forces and drawn tens of thousands to her campaign rallies the biggest demonstrations the ex-Soviet country has ever seen since becoming independent in 1991. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

Ex-teacher hopes to free Belarus from president's iron fist

Aug. 4, 2020 5:42 AM EDT

BREST, Belarus (AP) — A 37-year-old former English teacher without political experience seems an unlikely challenger to the authoritarian president of Belarus who has been the ex-Soviet nation's only leader for more than a quarter-century. And yet, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has united various opposition...

Iceland's president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson waves as he gets into a car following his inauguration in Reykjavik, Iceland Saturday Aug. 1, 2020. In Iceland, a nation so safe that its president runs errands on a bicycle, U.S. Ambassador Jeffery Ross Gunter has left locals aghast with his request to hire armed bodyguards.  He's also enraged lawmakers by casually and groundlessly hitching Iceland to President Donald Trump's controversial

Irksome in Iceland, brusque in Britain? US envoys draw ire

Aug. 4, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — In Iceland, a nation so safe its president runs errands on a bicycle, U.S. Ambassador Jeffery Ross Gunter has left locals aghast with his request to hire armed bodyguards. Gunter has also enraged lawmakers by casually and groundlessly hitching Iceland to President Donald Trump's...

Laith Jabbar, a gas station worker drinks water in Basra, Iraq, Monday, July. 27, 2020. As temperatures soar to record levels this summer, Iraq's power supply falls short of demand again, providing a spark for renewed anti-government protests. Amid a nationwide virus lockdown, homes are without electricity for hours in the blistering heat. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Record heat, politics inflame Iraq's electricity shortages

Aug. 4, 2020 5:27 AM EDT

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — In Iraq’s oil-rich south, the scorching summer months pose painful new choices in the age of the coronavirus: stay at home in the sweltering heat with electricity cut off for hours, or go out and risk the virus. This is Zain al-Abidin’s predicament. A resident of al-Hartha...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, center, escorted by RRep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., right, as they arrive at the House Democratic Issues Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The 2020 vice presidential search now rests with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as he prepares to pick just the third woman in history for a major U.S. party's national ticket. There's a group of key advisers who have helped shape his options and present him with reams of pros and cons for potential vice presidents. They include Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Apple executive and longtime Biden adviser Cynthia Hogan. They're aided by lawyers with deep ties to Democratic politics and former President Barack Obama.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Who's who on the committee vetting Biden's possible VPs

Aug. 4, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Vice presidential searches make for perhaps the most popular of Washington parlor games: veepstakes. The 2020 version now rests with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. If he defeats President Donald Trump, his pick would become the first woman to hold U.S. national elected office. ...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, speaks as she stands next to Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Schumer and Pelosi met earlier with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Aug. 4, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple obstacles remain, including an impasse on extending...

A worker wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past space themed displays promoting an online service in Beijing, China on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An outbreak in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang is continuing to subside. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: UN says 1 billion students affected by closures

Aug. 4, 2020 5:19 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chief says the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July affecting more than 1 billion students. In addition, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that at least 40...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at an SEIU event before the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. Harris is only the second Black woman to serve in the Senate, and in 2020, a prominent contender for the vice-presidential ticket. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Smile more? Some critics see sexism in debate over Biden VP

Aug. 4, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — She's too ambitious. She's not apologetic enough. She should smile more. The debate over Joe Biden's running mate has recently ticked through a familiar list of stereotypes about women in politics as the Democratic presidential candidate and his allies stumble through a search they had...

Courts in 2 WVa counties closing due to coronavirus pandemic

Aug. 4, 2020 5:10 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Courts in two West Virginia counties are closing until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic. All courts in Lincoln County are being closed, according to an order Monday. State health officials said the county recorded around 20 cases in the last week and a total of 45...

'Suspicious' substance at protest was water, antacid

Aug. 4, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A suspicious substance that police officials implied that Black Lives Matter protesters had thrown at officers during May demonstrations turned out to be only water and antacid. The State reported that Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said Monday that a...

Lee: Federal funding won't be used to help budget shortfall

Aug. 4, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee says he no longer believe the state will get permission to use federal funding to help address anticipated revenue shortfalls caused by the pandemic. Lee said Monday that he is still instructing his administration to remain flexible in the event Congress reverses...