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Members of the public are seen at a bar on Canal Street in Manchester's gay village, England, Saturday July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

Jul. 6, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic. In a letter published this week in the journal...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Indians participate in a health awareness run to mark World AIDS Day in Hyderabad, India. New numbers on the global AIDS epidemic show some big successes such as fewer deaths and new infections. But there are also some tragic failures: Only half of children with HIV, the virus that causes the disease, are getting treatment. UNAIDS, a United Nations agency, reported last year's numbers Monday, July 6, 2020, at the start of an international AIDS conference. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

AIDS report: Kids are lagging and COVID-19 is harming care

Jul. 6, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

New numbers on the global AIDS epidemic show some big successes, such as fewer deaths and new infections. But there are also some tragic failures: Only half the children with HIV, the virus that causes the disease, are getting treatment. “We are making great progress against the HIV epidemic ... but the...

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 - In this March 29, 2020 file photo, Egyptian security forces cordon off roads during curfew hours as prevention measures due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt. Coronavirus infections are surging in the country of 100 million, threatening to overwhelm Egyptian hospitals. Egypt has the highest death toll in the Arab world. Yet even as authorities fight the swelling outbreak, they have also tried to stifle nearly all criticism about the government’s handling of the health crisis. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak

Jul. 6, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official coronavirus figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her...

A passenger has her temperature checked to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as some routes for the Traditional Jeepney buses were opened to help public transportation while the government slowly eases lockdown in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Australia’s most populous state to close border

Jul. 5, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia — The leader of Australia’s most populous state says her government’s decision to close its border with hard-hit Victoria state marks a new phase in the country’s coronavirus pandemic. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has long been a critic of states that...

Suspected jihadists fire on UN aid copter in Nigeria; 2 dead

Jul. 5, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire on a U.N. aid helicopter in northeastern Nigeria over the weekend, killing two civilians in an escalation of hostilities in the long troubled region. President Muhammadu Buhari blamed the attack on militants linked to the extremist group Boko...

A woman grimaces as her nasal swab is being collected in Gauhati, India, Saturday, July 4, 2020. India's number of coronavirus cases passed 600,000 with the nation's infection curve rising and its testing capacity being increased. More than 60% of the cases are in the worst-hit Maharashtra state, Tamil Nadu state, and the capital territory of New Delhi. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Asia Today: India's cases up as WHO cautions vs vaccine plan

Jul. 5, 2020 2:43 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has reported another record 24-hour jump in coronavirus cases as the World Health Organization cautioned against the country’s plans to release a vaccine by August. The Health Ministry added 24,850 confirmed cases on Sunday, bringing the nationwide total to 673,165, making...

South Korean Imperial guards wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus move near the Deoksu Palace in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S Korea has 60-plus new virus cases for 3rd day

Jul. 4, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded 60-plus COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day, a continuation of a virus spread beyond the greater Seoul area. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday it has confirmed 61 additional cases, bringing the national total to 13,091. It...

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

Palestinian demonstrators hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest Israel's plan to annex parts Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank and Trump's mideast initiative, in the West Bank village of Kufr Qaddumm near Nablus, Friday, July 3, 2020.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Former world leaders warn against Israel annexation plan

Jul. 3, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A group of former world leaders urged European leaders on Friday to keep pressuring Israel against annexation of parts of the West Bank, warning against complacency after Israel made no move to take over the territory on July 1. The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, said in...