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Italian Healthy ministry personnel check passengers who disembarked from a flight from Bangladesh at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci international airport in Fiumicino, Monday, July 6, 2020. On Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Italy ordered a one-week suspension of incoming flights from Bangladesh after a spate of coronavirus cases near Rome were traced to members of the Bangladeshi community who had recently returned to Italy. Health Minister Roberto Speranza said in a statement Tuesday that beyond the dozen or so cases registered in recent days, more positive cases were traced to passengers on the latest flight that arrived in Rome on Monday. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Italy orders suspension of Bangladesh flights

Jul. 7, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

ROME — Italy has ordered a one-week suspension of incoming flights from Bangladesh after a spate of coronavirus cases near Rome were traced to members of the Bangladeshi community who had recently returned to Italy. Health Minister Roberto Speranza saya beyond the dozen or so cases registered in recent...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020 file photo, workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, over fears of the new coronavirus, the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Guidelines were announced Monday, July 6, 2020 as Saudi Arabia gets ready for the 1,000 or so pilgrims that will be allowed to perform the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca later this month. The experience will be unlike any before which usually draws some 2.5 million people. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

New at Saudi hajj: Bottled holy water, sterilized pebbles

Jul. 7, 2020 7:57 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has issued guidelines for about 1,000 pilgrims who will be allowed to perform the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca later this month, an experience that will be unlike any before because of the coronavirus pandemic. The pilgrims will be only be able to drink holy...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong grappling with future under national security law

Jul. 7, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam offered scant reassurance Tuesday over a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the former British colony. A year ago, Hong Kong residents felt secure enough in their...

N.Carolina's 'Fame' Confederate monument taken down

Jul. 7, 2020 5:58 AM EDT

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A Confederate monument that has stood for over 100 years old was removed from a North Carolina city after officials said the statute had become a public safety hazard. The “Fame” Confederate monument in Salisbury was taken down Monday night and placed in storage, until...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

TikTok to leave Hong Kong as security law raises questions

Jul. 7, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week. The short-form video app's planned departure from Hong Kong comes as various social media platforms...

FILE - This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Social media site and messaging services Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram will suspend processing law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong, as they assess the impact of the new national security law enacted in the city last week. Facebook and its popular messaging app subsidiary WhatsApp said in separate statements Monday, July 6, 2020, that they would pause the review of government requests for user data in Hong Kong, “pending further assessment of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook, others block requests on Hong Kong user data

Jul. 6, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter say they will deny law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong while studying ramifications of a national security law enacted last week. Facebook and its messaging app WhatsApp...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, a campaign poster for Seattle City Council incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant is posted outside her campaign headquarters in Seattle. The City Council on Monday, July 6, 2020, approved a new tax on big businesses two years after the council repealed a similar tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Seattle City Council approves new tax on big business

Jul. 6, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Monday approved adopting a new tax on large businesses, two years after the council repealed a big business tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon and the prospect of a voter referendum. The new tax called “JumpStart Seattle,” from lead...

Cooper vetoes bill with death investigation records change

Jul. 6, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a broad health measure late Monday because it contains a provision that addresses the confidentiality of death investigation records. Opposition to the item has served as a rallying cry for demonstrators for racial justice outside the Executive Mansion for days. ...

Appeals court deals 2nd blow to Trump asylum policy

Jul. 6, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday blocked a key U.S. policy to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country without first seeking protection there, dealing it a second blow in less than a week. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling has no immediate impact because a...

Bill to expand mail-in voting, early voting signed into law

Jul. 6, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill aimed at expanding voter access and safety during the remaining 2020 elections, including the Sept. 1 state primary and Nov. 3 general election, was signed into law by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday. Under the new law, all registered voters who want to vote by mail will be...