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The Latest: Millions of kids in Australia return to schools

May. 24, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Millions of children in Australia return to schools....

Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

Sunbathers lie in an area marked to enforce social distancing measures in La Grande Motte, southern France, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Grateful French families flocked to the beach at La Grande Motte on the Mediterranean shore Sunday, swimming and sunbathing in areas carefully marked to keep them a safe distance from others. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Europeans soak up the sun but virus travel rules a mishmash

May. 24, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Europeans soaked up the sun where they could, taking advantage of the first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased, while governments grappled with how and when to safely let in foreign travelers to salvage the vital summer tourist season. Overjoyed French families flocked...

In this photo issued by 10 Downing Street, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a media briefing on coronavirus in Downing Street, London, Sunday May 24, 2020. Boris Johnson says he won't fire his chief aide Dominic Cummings for allegedly violating the national coronavirus lockdown rules that he helped to create. (Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street via AP)

UK leader Johnson stands by aide over 250-mile lockdown trip

May. 24, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday he wouldn't fire his chief aide for allegedly violating the national lockdown rules that he helped to create by driving the length of England to his parents' house while he was infected with the coronavirus. Defying a growing clamor from public and...

In this Friday, May 22, 2020 photo, a groom wearing a face mask leads a horse to the track at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Horse racing returned to the track after being idled for one and a half months because of public health officials' concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Latest: Fired NASCAR star wins World of Outlaws race

May. 24, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Fired NASCAR star Kyle Larson won the World of Outlaws race Saturday night in Pevley, Missouri, a day after finishing second behind brother-in-law Brad Sweet in the first Sprint Cup event with live fans in the dirt...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

In this Sept. 19, 2017, photo, Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last British governor, listens to questions at The Foreign Correspondents' Club to promote his new book in Hong Kong. Patten, is urging protesters in Hong Kong not to “lose faith” as Beijing appears to be tightening its control of the semi-autonomous city. The former British colony was returned to China under a “one country, two systems” framework that gives it greater freedoms. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Last British governor says Hong Kong 'betrayed' by China

May. 24, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The last British governor of Hong Kong said China has betrayed the semi-autonomous territory by tightening control over the city it had promised could keep freedoms not found on the mainland. “What we are seeing is a new Chinese dictatorship,” Chris Patten told an interview...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aid Dominic Cummings leaves his home, in London, Saturday May 23, 2020. The British government faced accusations of hypocrisy on Saturday after the revelation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser Cummings, traveled more than 250 miles (400 kms) to his parents’ house during a nationwide lockdown while he was showing coronavirus symptoms. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

British leader's aide denies 250-mile trip broke virus rules

May. 23, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government dug in Saturday to defend Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings, for traveling more than 250 miles (400 kilometers) to his parents’ house during a nationwide lockdown at a time when he suspected he had the coronavirus. Opponents...

Top UN official warns malicious emails on rise in pandemic

May. 23, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. disarmament chief warned Friday that cyber crime is on the rise, with a 600% increase in malicious emails during the COVID-19 pandemic. Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council that the coronavirus crisis is moving the world toward increased...

Year 6 teacher Jane Cooper uses a 2 meter length of ruler and pipe to check seat spacings in her classroom as measures are taken to prevent the transmission of coronavirus before the possible reopening of Lostock Hall Primary school in Poynton near Manchester, England, Wednesday May 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Britain divided over reopening schools as virus rules ease

May. 23, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — David Waugh is putting down barrier tape and spraying yellow lines on the ground outside the main door of his school near Manchester. Waugh, who oversees five schools in northwestern England, already has painted yellow arrows to ensure that children follow a one-way path around the building...