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Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...

This photo shows a night view of city center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Aug. 10, 2020. Malaysia has reported its economy contracted 17% in the last quarter in its worst downturn since the global financial crisis. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian economy shrinks 17% in worst contraction on record

Aug. 14, 2020 3:46 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has reported its economy contracted 17% in the last quarter in its worst downturn since the global financial crisis. The central bank said the real rate of annual growth was 16.5% in the April-June quarter, down from a 2% contraction in the first quarter of the year....

Dulce Garcia, right, carries a cup of coffee as she crosses the border from Mexicali, Mexico, to Calexico, Calif., Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Like many in Mexicali, Garcia lives in Mexico but works in Calexico.

Mexico to keep US border closed to non-essential travel

Aug. 13, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico plans to extend the closure of its shared border with the United States for another month to non-essential travel, Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday. The current agreement runs through Aug. 21, but Ebrard said it does not make sense to reopen the border...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

FILE  - In this Sunday, April 14, 2019 file photo, competitors in the Paris Marathon run past the Cleopatra's Needle at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France.  The Paris Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus after repeated attempts to find a new date, organizers said Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The race was originally due to take place in April but was then moved to October. Organizers said they'd recently tried to rearrange the race for November but continuing travel restrictions made that unrealistic. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Paris Marathon canceled after coronavirus hits travel plans

Aug. 12, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Paris Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus after repeated attempts to find a new date, organizers said Wednesday. The race was originally due to take place in April but was then moved to October. Organizers said they'd recently tried to rearrange the race for November but...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2019, file photo Massachusetts players enter the field for an NCAA college football game against Connecticut, in Amherst, Mass. Massachusetts is the latest school from the Football Bowl Subdivision, college football’s highest level, to cancel its fall season.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

The Latest: United Soccer League has 9 positive COVID tests

Aug. 11, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The United Soccer League says 1,293 tests were given to players and club staff from the 35 championship clubs, with nine individuals testing positive from two clubs. The USL also confirmed Tuesday that 458 tests were...

FILE - A lone traveler heads to the north security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Denver.  Air travel is down sharply during the pandemic, but airport screeners are finding guns at a much higher rate. And about 80% of those guns are loaded. The Transportation Security Administration appealed Monday, Aug. 10,  for travelers to pay attention the restrictions on traveling with guns.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Air traffic is down, gun seizures up at US airports

Aug. 10, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — With air traffic nearing a five-month high, airport security is finding guns in passenger carry-on bags at three times the rate recorded before the pandemic. And 80% of the guns are loaded. The discoveries at airports comes at a time when U.S. gun sales are surging, and analysts believe many...

FILE - In this Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo, police perform checks on commercial and passenger traffic on the Dutch-Belgian border, during a partial lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Meer, Belgium. As European countries struggle to manage spikes in coronavirus cases, concern is mounting about a

Virus-linked border moves raise fears on free travel in EU

Aug. 10, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European countries struggle to manage spikes in coronavirus cases, concern is mounting about a “second wave” of uncoordinated border restrictions within Europe that threatens the free movement of goods and people — a foundation that the world’s biggest trading...

FILE - In this July 19, 1980, file photo, a giant image of Misha, the Russian bear mascot of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games, greets athletes standing on the field of Moscow's Lenin Stadium during opening ceremonies of the competitions in Moscow. The image was created by 3,500 card-bearers. Overhead burns the Olympic flame. (AP Photo/File)

AP WAS THERE: 1980 Olympics

Aug. 9, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in the Huntsville Times on August 7, 1980. The story is published as it appears in the newspaper. ___ Life in Moscow may...

In this photo provided by Grégoire Rouxel fuel is in the ocean leaking from a ship, rear right, that ran aground, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Mauritius. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a

Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship

Aug. 8, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves Saturday to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel leaking from a grounded ship put endangered wildlife in further peril. The government has declared an...