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Two employees of the Ryugyong Health Complex disinfect the hands and check the fever of people coming to the complex to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: SKorea holds leader of church with virus cluster

Jul. 31, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s anti-corfonavirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March. Prosecutors are...

A translator works in their booth as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears as a witness via videoconference during a House of Commons finance committee in the Wellington Building on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The committee is looking into Government Spending, WE Charity, and the Canada Student Service Grant. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Trudeau says he didn't offer charity preferential treatment

Jul. 30, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he did not intervene to make sure a charity his family did paid work for would win a government contract. Trudeau has apologized and said again that he should have recused himself from a Cabinet decision to award a contract to administer...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 25, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally-recognized government, pose for photographs prior to their talks in Istanbul. Turkey is secretly expanding its footprint in conflict-ridden Libya, fueling the country’s civil war and deepening fault lines with Mediterranean neighbors and between international allies. Turkey seems to be after lucrative construction and port contracts, according to Libyan officials. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool, File)

Joining the conflict in Libya, Turkey sees economic gains

Jul. 30, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — When Turkey’s president signed a security deal last year to back one of the sides in Libya’s civil war, another agreement was waiting to be signed by his new proteges the same day: a memorandum redrawing the two countries' maritime borders. In Recep Tayyip Erdogan's memo, Turkey...

Pennsylvania may pilot virus-tracing app popular in Ireland

Jul. 29, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A contact-tracing app that was downloaded by one-fifth of Ireland in 36 hours might undergo a pilot project in Pennsylvania that could go live in the coming weeks as part of an effort to more quickly contain coronavirus outbreaks by notifying people who may have been exposed, a state...

This June 15, 2020 photo shows a bottle and tablets of Pepcid antacid in Washington. The U.S. government's Pepcid project has revealed what critics describe as the Trump administration’s disregard for science and anti-corruption rules meant to guard against taxpayer dollars going to political cronies or funding projects that aren’t rigorously designed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Pepcid-COVID study raised red flags weeks after $21M grant

Jul. 24, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

Two months after the Trump administration awarded $21 million to study whether a common heartburn drug was effective against COVID-19, government health officials raised serious concerns about patient safety and scientific integrity, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. The U.S....

This June 15, 2020 photo shows a bottle and tablets of Pepcid antacid in Washington. The U.S. government's Pepcid project has revealed what critics describe as the Trump administration’s disregard for science and anti-corruption rules meant to guard against taxpayer dollars going to political cronies or funding projects that aren’t rigorously designed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Pepcid as a virus remedy? Trump admin's $21M gamble fizzled

Jul. 23, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

As the coronavirus began its deadly march through the world, two well-respected American doctors identified a possible but seemingly unlikely remedy: Pepcid, the heartburn medication found on drugstore shelves everywhere. There were no published data or studies to suggest that famotidine, the active ingredient...

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 23, 2020. Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with the region’s biggest market in Tokyo closed for a four-day weekend. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Shares mixed in Asia after Wall Street advance

Jul. 22, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

MITO, Japan (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with the region’s biggest market in Tokyo closed for a four-day weekend. Benchmarks rose in Hong Kong, Sydney and Shanghai but fell in Seoul and Taiwan. The Kospi in Seoul lost 0.5% to 2,217.01 after South Korea reported that its economy...

Governor announces grants to keep people fed during pandemic

Jul. 22, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The first round of grants to food producing and distribution organizations that will help ensure that families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic have access to nutritious, locally grown food were announced Wednesday by Gov. Charlie Baker. The nearly $3 million in initial grants are...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 22, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: With data switch, Trump delivers another slap to CDC The York Dispatch July 17 Forgive us if we take it with an entire shaker of salt when the Trump administration says it’s making a change to improve a government...

Former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao is flanked by his attorneys as he arrives at the Hennepin County Courthouse before a motions hearing in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. A Minnesota judge on Tuesday lifted a gag order in the criminal case against four former officers charged in death of George Floyd, but said he would take a news media coalition's request to make body camera footage more widely available under advisement.  (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Minnesota judge lifts gag order in George Floyd case

Jul. 21, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge on Tuesday lifted a gag order in the criminal case against four former officers charged in death of George Floyd, but said he would take under advisement a news media coalition's request to make body camera footage more widely available. In announcing his ruling,...