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Mountainside Fitness posts their safety guidelines as the facility remains open even as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order for all gyms to close due to the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix. For the third straight day, several health clubs in metro Phoenix were defying Ducey's 30-day shutdown order to close gyms, bars, water park and tubing businesses, raising questions about whether officials who have been criticized for responding indecisively to the pandemic will be effective in shutting down the clubs. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Hot-spot Arizona reaches ICU capacity of 91%

Jul. 3, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona has reached new peaks in hospitalizations and emergency room visits, indicating the state is only intensifying as a coronavirus hot spot. State health officials say the capacity of hospital intensive care units is at an all-time high of 91%. The number of people hospitalized Thursday due...

Plastic sheets on a traditional Jeepney bus separate passengers as part of health measures to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. The government is allowing some routes for Jeepneys to be opened to help public transportation as the government slowly eases the coronavirus lockdown (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Kim urges North Koreans to keep up virus fight

Jul. 3, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis,” state media said Friday. Despite the warning, Kim reaffirmed North Korea's claim to not have had a...

In this handout photo provided by the Press Information Bureau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi adresses soldiers during a visit to Nimu, Ladakh area, India, Friday, July 3, 2020. Modi made an unannounced visit Friday to a military base in remote Ladakh region bordering China where the soldiers of the two countries have been facing off for nearly two months. Modi’s visit comes in the backdrop of massive Indian army build-up in Ladakh region following hand-to-hand combat between Indian and Chinese soldiers on June 15 that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and dozens injured, the worst military confrontation in over four decades between the Asian giants. (Press Information Bureau via AP)

Modi visits military base close to China amid standoff

Jul. 3, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unannounced visit Friday to a military base in a remote region bordering China where troops from the two countries have been facing off for nearly two months. Modi, accompanied by India’s military leadership, met with troops in...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, pro-democracy activist Nathan Law, along with Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong, attends a press conference in Hong Kong. Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location, he revealed on his Facebook page shortly after testifying at a U.S. congressional hearing about the tough national security law China had imposed on the semi-autonomous territory.  In his post late Thursday, July 2, 2020, he said that he decided to take on the responsibility for advocating for Hong Kong internationally and had since left the city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Activist leaves Hong Kong after new law to advocate abroad

Jul. 3, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location after testifying in a U.S. congressional hearing about a tough new security law imposed by mainland China on the semi-autonomous territory. Law, who declined to disclose his whereabouts for...

China sends warning to India amid border clash fallout

Jul. 3, 2020 5:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday warned India against making a “strategic miscalculation” following a bloody clash last month between forces from the two nuclear-armed Asian giants along their disputed border. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called on India to “work with China...

In this image taken from video, former employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong Simon Cheng speaks during an interview Thursday, July 3, 2020, in London. Cheng said Thursday he believed his is the first such successful U.K. asylum case from Hong Kong. He told The Associated Press that he wanted other democracy activists from the semi-autonomous Chinese city to be encouraged by his successful asylum application and seek protection in the U.K. as Beijing clamps down on the city's protest movement. (AP Photo)

UK grants asylum to ex-staffer at its Hong Kong consulate

Jul. 3, 2020 2:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been granted political asylum in what he believes is the first successful U.K. asylum case from the former British colony. Simon Cheng, who alleges that he was detained and tortured in China last year, told The Associated Press that...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen addresses a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, attending by video conference, on the start of the six month German Presidency of the EU at EU Headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)

EU leaders seek 'dialogue' with China over Hong Kong law

Jul. 2, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two of the European Union's most powerful individuals said Thursday that the 27-nation bloc will continue to discuss human rights and the rule of law with China after Beijing imposed a new security law on Hong Kong. But Ursula von der Leyen, who heads the EU's executive commission, and German...

Stickers with messages of the pro-democracy movement are left by protesters on a street in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Hong Kong police have made the first arrests under a new national security law imposed by mainland China, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against it. Police say they arrested 10 people under the law, including at least one who was carrying a Hong Kong independence flag. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China, pro-Beijing activists condemn 'meddling' in Hong Kong

Jul. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China's government and pro-Beijing activists in Hong Kong condemned what they called foreign meddling in the territory's affairs on Thursday, as countries moved to offer Hong Kongers refuge and impose sanctions on China over a new security law. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao...

Professor accused of hiding ties to China wants case tossed

Jul. 2, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A University of Tennessee professor accused of trying to hide his ties with China asked a federal court this week to throw out the case, arguing the law he is accused of violating is too vague. An amended brief filed Tuesday in federal court in Knoxville claims Anming Hu never...