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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 file photo, U.S. citizens queue to check in and be repatriated aboard an evacuation flight arranged by the U.S. embassy and chartered with Delta Air Lines, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. African nations face a difficult choice as infections are rapidly rising: Welcome the international flights that originally brought COVID-19 to the ill-prepared continent, or further hurt their economies. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Africa starts opening airspace even as COVID-19 cases climb

Jul. 6, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Then the planes arrived. Two chartered Air Seychelles flights carrying more than 200 passengers also brought the coronavirus. A...

FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, photo shows the icon for TikTok taken in New York. India is banning 59 apps with Chinese links, saying their activities endanger the country’s sovereignty, defense and security. India’s decision comes as its troops are in a tense standoff with Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh in the Himalayas that started last month. India lost 20 soldiers in a June 15 clash. The government says the banned apps include TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat and Bigo Live, as well as the e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein, that are used in mobile and non-mobile devices connected to the Internet.(AP Photo, File)

India bans TikTok, other Chinese apps amid border standoff

Jul. 6, 2020 4:34 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian TikTok users awoke Tuesday to a notice from the popular short-video app saying the company was working to comply with an India government ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. While service in India was suspended, the ban was largely...

FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, a HK Express passenger plane takes off from at the Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong low-cost airline HK Express, part of the Cathay Pacific Group, said Monday, July 6, 2020 it will gradually resume flights on Aug. 2 as Asian governments ease coronavirus-related travel restrictions. HK Express suspended all flights in March as governments tightened border controls. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Low-cost airline HK Express resuming flights in August

Jul. 6, 2020 1:32 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong low-cost airline HK Express, part of the Cathay Pacific Group, said Monday it will gradually resume flights on Aug. 2 as Asian governments ease coronavirus-related travel restrictions. HK Express suspended all flights in March as governments tightened border controls. The...

Shareholder fined $1K over comments about Alaska regulator

Jul. 4, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Financial regulators have fined a shareholder of an urban Alaska Native company $1,000 over comments made on social media about inaction by the state agency responsible for financial oversight. Goldbelt Inc. shareholder Ray Austin complained to the Alaska Division of Banking &...

Overfished bluefish subject to less harvest in '20, '21

Jul. 4, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bluefish are overfished, and federal regulators are cutting the amount that fishermen can harvest in the coming years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said commercial fishermen will be able to bring 2.77 million pounds of the fish to land in 2020 and 2021. That's...

Virginia officials order US flag removed from building site

Jul. 4, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials in Virginia ordered the removal of a large American flag from a construction site ahead of the Fourth of July, calling it a potential target for people protesting racial injustice and police brutality. Dena Potter, spokeswoman for the state Department of General...

Bill includes Kuster provisions to help fund commuter rail

Jul. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill recently passed by the U.S. House includes provisions from New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster that would help fund commuter rail in the state. The Invest in American Railroads Act includes funding to cover credit risk premiums for loans through the Railroad Rehabilitation and...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, people wearing masks line up for departure at Hong Kong airport in Hong Kong. An analysis of U.S. Commerce Department travel entry records and private aviation data obtained by The Associated Press shows that nearly 8,000 Chinese nationals and foreign residents of Hong Kong and Macao entered the U.S. on more than 600 commercial and private flights in the first three months after a ban was imposed on Feb. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Trump's `strong wall' to block COVID-19 from China had holes

Jul. 4, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

President Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic -- a “strong wall” that allowed only U.S. citizens inside, he boasted in May. But Trump’s wall was more like a sieve. ...

Two state troopers win national law enforcement award

Jul. 4, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

Two Massachusetts State Police troopers have been recognized by a national law enforcement organization for helping save a man who collapsed inside a gas station. Troopers Andrew Zeller and Michael Lane were named Officers of the Month for May by the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, according to a...

Voters may see just 4 initiatives on November ballot

Jul. 3, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters are likely to see four voter initiatives on their November ballot, although all four must first survive a review of qualifying signatures turned into the Secretary of State's office this week and legal challenges that routinely are made. The four that turned in their...