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Dr. Jorge Ballesteros gets off a boat on his way to collect samples to test for COVID-19 at a home, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Wednesday, August 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

The Latest: Mexico is nearing 50,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 5, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico is nearing 50,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19. The federal Health Department reported 829 newly confirmed deaths Wednesday, giving the country a total of 49,698 such deaths. That is the third highest number of pandemic deaths in the world. Officials said Mexico's number of confirmed...

Pages from the U.S. State Department's Global Engagement Center report released on Aug. 5, 2020, are seen in this photo. The State Department says Russia is using a well-developed online operation that includes a loose collection of proxy websites to stir up confusion around the coronavirus by amplifying conspiracy theories and misinformation. The department detailed a Russian-backed misinformation cycle that spreads false information online through state officials and state-funded media reports, by infiltrating U.S. social media conversation, and leveraging a deceptive internet framework of websites. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

Aug. 5, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The State Department says Russia is using a well-developed online operation that includes a loose collection of proxy websites to stir up confusion around the coronavirus by amplifying conspiracy theories and misinformation. The disclosure on Wednesday was rare for the Trump administration,...

8 Western nations urge Russian forces to leave Georgia

Aug. 5, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and seven European countries marked Friday’s 12th anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia with a call to Moscow to withdraw forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia and allow medical evacuations and aid deliveries especially during the COVID-19...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: New York Needs Less Bickering, More Teamwork New York Times Aug. 4 Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have before them some of the most difficult challenges any holder of their respective offices has ever faced. Both...

The Latest: Russia sends doctors, equipment to Lebanon

Aug. 5, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Russia’s Ministry for Emergencies says that its first plane carrying relief teams, doctors and medical equipment has landed in Beirut. The ministry said Wednesday the aircraft has delivered a mobile hospital along with...

Cloud computing company Rackspace begins trading at the Nasdaq following its initial public offering, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Wall Street keeps rallying; S&P 500 back within 2% of record

Aug. 5, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street’s big rally keeps rolling, and the S&P 500 rose for a fourth straight day Wednesday to sit just 1.7% below its record. The S&P 500 climbed 21.26 points, or 0.6%, to 3,327.77, echoing gains for stocks across Europe and Asia. If the U.S. market has just a few more...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, French presidential candidate and former French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference at the Government House, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Lebanon on Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, to offer support for the country after the massive, deadly explosion in Beirut. Lebanon is a former French protectorate and the countries retain close political and economic ties.  (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

World responds to Lebanon's plight, France's Macron to visit

Aug. 5, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — As Lebanese rescuers counted the dead and combed rubble for signs of life a day after a huge explosion shattered swaths of Beirut, nations near and far pledged Wednesday that the country, already trapped in a deep economic crisis, would not be left alone. The explosion at the capital’s...

Trump's Ukraine envoy pick says he'll flag election meddling

Aug. 5, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Ukraine says he will not meet Americans with overtly partisan political agendas if he is confirmed to the post and will report any attempt to interfere in November’s election. Retired Army Gen. Keith Dayton...

Adnan Polat wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of coronavirus, shines a client's shoes, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Turkey's interior ministry announced new measures Wednesday to curb the spread of COVID-19 as daily confirmed cases peaked back above 1,000. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey announces inspections, measures to curb COVID-19 rise

Aug. 5, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s interior ministry announced new measures Wednesday to curb the spread of COVID-19 as daily confirmed cases peaked back above 1,000. In a circular, the interior ministry said its units would conduct “one-on-one monitoring” for people who have been required to...

Cyprus' foreign minister Nikos Christodoulides speaks with the Associated Press during an interview at his office in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Christodoulides says the European Union must do more to fill a power vacuum in the eastern Mediterranean brought on by a perceived U.S. disengagement from the region. (AP Photo/Giorgos Christoforou)

Minister: Cyprus can help EU fill east Med 'power void'

Aug. 5, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union must do more to fill a power vacuum in the eastern Mediterranean brought on by a perceived U.S. disengagement from the region, and Cyprus is ready to host an EU task force to achieve that goal, the island nation’s foreign minister said Wednesday. Nikos...