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The Air India Express flight that skidded off a runway while landing at the airport in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo)

Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt

Aug. 7, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A special flight carrying evacuees to India who had been stranded abroad because of the coronavirus skidded off a runway and split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 16 passengers and injuring 123 more, police said. Abdul Karim, a...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom visits the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's McClellan Reload Base in Sacramento, Calif. As Newsom unveiled details for California elementary schools seeking to reopen with in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, one of the state's two powerful teachers unions warned that reopening schools would be

The Latest: California tops 10,000 virus deaths, 3rd highest

Aug. 7, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has surpassed 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus, making it the U.S. state with the third-highest deaths since the start of the pandemic. The figure was reported Friday by Johns Hopkins University, with 10,024 dead since the outbreak began in California in February. New...

Police say at least 14 people are dead and 123 injured after Air India Express plane skids off runway in southern India

Aug. 7, 2020 12:57 PM EDT
NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say at least 14 people are dead and 123 injured after Air India Express plane skids off runway in southern India.

Indian news reports say Air India Express flight skids off runway while landing in heavy rain; some people injured

Aug. 7, 2020 11:52 AM EDT
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian news reports say Air India Express flight skids off runway while landing in heavy rain; some people injured.
Rescuers work at the site of a mudslide triggered by heavy monsoon rain in Idukki district, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. A mudslide triggered by heavy monsoon rain and flooding killed at least 15 people and buried 20 homes of tea plantation workers in southern India on Friday, police said. (AP Photo)

Monsoon flood, mudslide kill 15 in India, disaster team sent

Aug. 7, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A mudslide triggered by heavy monsoon rain and flooding killed at least 15 people and buried 20 homes of tea plantation workers in southern India on Friday, police said. Twelve people have been rescued, said police officer Eldhose Madhai, adding that more than 50 people were unaccounted...

Indian court rejects plea to end trial of 2 Italian marines

Aug. 7, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Supreme Court on Friday declined an Indian government plea to end the prosecution of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 until it has heard from the victims' families on the issue of Italian compensation. Government attorney Tushar Mehta...

A child grimaces as a health worker takes a nasal swab sample for COVID- 19 testing through rapid antigen methodology, in New Delhi, India , Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. As India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases and more than 41,000 deaths, community health volunteers went on strike complaining they were ill-equipped to respond to the wave of infection in rural areas. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India surpasses 2 million cases as health volunteers strike

Aug. 7, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — As India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million confirmed cases and more than 41,000 deaths, community health volunteers went on strike complaining they were ill-equipped to respond to the wave of infection in rural areas. Even as India has...

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa greets supporters following his election victory in the general election at his residence in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The country's powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary election, giving them nearly the two-thirds majority of seats required to make constitutional changes, according to results released Friday. Rajapaksa is likely to be sworn in the same position by his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, after the vote that could strengthen dynastic rule in the Indian Ocean island nation. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Rajapaksa brothers win by landslide in Sri Lanka's election

Aug. 7, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary election, giving them nearly the two-thirds majority of seats required to make constitutional changes, according to results released Friday. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely...

Health ministry says 2 million Indians have been infected with the coronavirus, country's death toll exceeds 41,000

Aug. 7, 2020 12:22 AM EDT
NEW DELHI (AP) — Health ministry says 2 million Indians have been infected with the coronavirus, country's death toll exceeds 41,000.
Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....