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FILE - In this Monday, Dec, 10, 2012 file photo, lyricist Herbert Kretzmer and his wife Sybil Sever attend the premiere for

Herbert Kretzmer, lyricist of Les Miserables, dead at 95

Oct. 14, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Herbert Kretzmer, the journalist and lyricist best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, has died. He was 95. His family confirmed Wednesday that Kretzmer died after a long illness with Parkinson's disease at the London home he shared with his second wife,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer said Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, that a statewide mask requirement remains in effect despite the Michigan Supreme Court's invalidation of a law that underpins her orders to control the coronavirus pandemic. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

The Latest: Michigan issues mask requirement, other measures

Oct. 5, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan’s health department issued a mask requirement and other coronavirus restrictions Monday, just days after the state Supreme Court invalidated a 75-year-old emergency powers law that underpinned Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to control the pandemic. The Democratic governor...

A worker constructs coffins at Enzo Wood Designs, in Johannesburg, Wednesday, Sept. 30. 2020. Casey Pillay, a coffin-maker in South Africa, watched the coronavirus pandemic turn his business upside down. For Pillay, the need for coffins rose and fell as South Africa's lockdown levels changed, but overall, he said,

South African coffin-maker saw COVID-19 at work and at home

Oct. 4, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coffin-maker knew death too well. The boxes were stacked in his echoing workshop like the prows of ships waiting for passengers. COVID-19 was turning his business upside down. Then it moved into his home. Kasie Pillay’s wife was a midwife, delivering babies for...

Passengers have their temperatures taken at the International O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. South Africa has reopened to some international flights, ending a six-month ban on international travel that was part of its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa reopens to international flights amid virus

Oct. 1, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has reopened to international flights, ending a more than six-month ban on international travel that was part of its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. A Lufthansa plane from Germany was the first international flight to arrive Thursday morning at...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Hawaii again sets plan for pre-testing tourists

Sep. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for the coronavirus. Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that travelers will have to take the test within 72 hours before their flight arrives in...

A woman carrying a child on her back looks at wigs on sale at the Baragwanath Taxi Rank in Soweto, South Africa, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to address the nation later in the day, as case numbers and death from COVID-19 hit the lowest in months. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South Africa says 12 million 'probably' had coronavirus

Sep. 16, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — About 12 million people in South Africa have “probably” been infected with the coronavirus, but that startlingly high number has not caused a similarly high death rate and might indicate a widespread “level of immunity,” the country's health...

An employee wearing a face mask and face shield stands to guide passengers to maintain a one-way walk flow as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea stays in downward infection trend

Sep. 10, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s daily count of new coronavirus cases is under 200 for a ninth straight day, continuing a downward trend in fresh infections for the country. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the 176 cases added in the previous 24 hours took the...

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters protest outside a Clicks store in Soweto, Johannesburg, Monday, Sept. 7 2020 calling for the closure of the stores around the country. The chain store posted an advertisement on their website that negatively described natural Black hair labelled as being

South African protesters close stores over offensive ad

Sep. 7, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Protests over an advertisement viewed as racially offensive forced the closure Monday of at least 60 outlets of a chain of drugstores. Leaders of the leftist opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters led the protests against the nationwide retailer Clicks, in which some of its...

The congregation practises social-distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus during a Sunday mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos, Nigeria Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

As Africa's COVID-19 cases rise, faith is put to the test

Sep. 5, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. Some evangelical Christian leaders in Uganda have launched a campaign with the now-universal phrase of...

A marble urn that contains the cremated remains of security guard Luis Zamudio, who died from symptoms related to COVID-19 at the age of 58, sits on a shelf along with his helmet and his face shield at his home in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The Latest: Australia adds 53 earlier dead to pandemic toll

Sep. 3, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australian authorities have added 53 deaths at nursing homes from earlier this year to the country’s total of coronavirus deaths. Those deaths plus six that officials reported Friday for the previous 24 hours raises Australia’s toll from the pandemic to 737. Victoria state...