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FILE - In this April 29, 2020, file photo, workers move bodies to a refrigerated truck from the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. During the deadliest days of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, the bodies piled up at the funeral home — and the stench that came with it — at an alarming rate. Cleckley says what happened next made him the scapegoat for an unforeseen crisis — hundreds of COVID-19 deaths a day in New York that overwhelmed funeral homes across the city. Authorities swept in and suspended his license in an episode that made headlines in a city already reeling from other horrors of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

'Unfathomable': US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

Sep. 22, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. “It is completely unfathomable...

In this image made from UNTV video, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

At UN, Trump raps China for virus as US deaths hit 200,000

Sep. 22, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday demanded that the United Nations hold China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic as he defends his own handling of COVID-19 in America where the death toll has reached 200,000. “We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy...

In this image made from UNTV video, United States President Donald Trump speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

UN chief: 'epochal' crisis as world powers meet remotely

Sep. 22, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the U.N.’s first-ever virtual meeting of global leaders Tuesday that the world is facing an “epochal” health crisis, the biggest economic calamity and job losses since the Great Depression, threats to human rights —...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, right, is comforted by nurse Michele Younkin as she weeps while sitting at the bedside of her dying husband, Antonio, in St. Jude Medical Center's COVID-19 unit in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, Sept. 22, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and towering stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The Latest: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

Sep. 22, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK — The death toll in the U.S. from the coronavirus has topped 200,000, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation. That’s according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University, based on figures from state health authorities. The...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, traders Steven Kaplan, left, and Gregory Rowe react at the closing on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street is opening slightly higher, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, as markets recover from steep losses Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Wall Street steadies itself after 4-day losing streak

Sep. 22, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are drifting higher on Wall Street Tuesday, steadying themselves a day after tumbling amid a raft of worries about the pandemic and governments’ response to it. The S&P 500 was 0.5% higher on the heels of its first four-day losing streak since the market was selling off...

A vendor arranges her hair behind plastic sheets to curb the spread of the coronavirus at a market in Quezon city, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Duterte extends virus calamity status by a year

Sep. 22, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order. Duterte first placed the...

In this image made from UNTV, representatives of different countries listen to speakers during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters is almost entirely

The Latest: Trump takes aim at China in UN address

Sep. 22, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the UN General Assembly (all times EST): 10 a.m. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the United Nations must hold China “accountable” for failing to contain the coronavirus, which has killed about 200,000 Americans and nearly 1 million around...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2018 file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  The descriptions that China's state media rolled out ahead of leader Xi's speech Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations lauded him as as a

Amid China's bumpy rise, Xi faces delicate moment at UN

Sep. 22, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The descriptions that China’s state media rolled out ahead of leader Xi Jinping’s speech Tuesday at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations were hardly unexpected. The Xinhua news agency lauded him as as a “champion of the U.N. ethos,” and...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, right, is presented with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President's trophy by AOC president John Coates at the AOC annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia. The only thing more difficult than staging next year's Tokyo Olympics in a pandemic might be convincing sponsors to keep their billions on board in the midst of economic turbulence and skepticism. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Tokyo needs to convince sponsors Olympics will really happen

Sep. 22, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The only thing more difficult than staging next year's Tokyo Olympics in a pandemic might be convincing sponsors to keep their billions of dollars on board in the midst of economic turbulence and skepticism. To make the point this week, IOC President Thomas Bach will join a number of Japanese...

Taiwanese airmen applaud as they listen to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speak during her visit to the Penghu Magong military air base in outlying Penghu Island, Taiwan Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Tsai visited the military base on one of Taiwan’s outlying islands Tuesday in a display of resolve following a recent show of force by rival China. (AP Photo/Wu Huizhong)

Taiwan's Tsai visits base following Chinese show of force

Sep. 22, 2020 5:54 AM EDT

PENGHU, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen visited a military base on one of Taiwan’s outlying islands Tuesday in a display of resolve following a recent show of force by rival China. Tsai spoke to roughly a hundred air force pilots and crew members at the Penghu Magong Air Force...