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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2013, file photo, workers load large containers of nectarines for sorting at Eastern ProPak Farmers Cooperative in Glassboro, N.J. U.S. wholesale prices fell 0.6% in February 2020, the biggest decline in five years, led by a sharp drop in energy costs. The Labor Department said the decline in its producer price index, which measures price pressures before they reach the consumer, followed a 0.5% rise in January. It was the sharpest decline since a similar 0.6% drop in January 2015. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

US producer prices up 0.6% in July, biggest jump since 2018

Aug. 11, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices shot up an unexpected 0.6% in July, biggest gain since October 2018, with energy prices moving sharply higher. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the jump last month in its producer price index — which measures inflation before it reaches consumers...

Wearing a mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Martha Gonzalez Reyes, 76, sells roses outside Metro Hidalgo in central Mexico City, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. After four months staying at home, Gonzalez returned to selling on August 1, but she says business hasn't fully rebounded.

Global coronavirus cases top 20M as Russia approves vaccine

Aug. 11, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil, as Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a vaccine against the virus. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that one of his two adult...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a roundtable discussion with President Donald Trump on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla. When Azar arrives in Taiwan he’ll find a society that has managed to contain COVID-19 by doing things the U.S. has fumbled, such as having a national plan and citizens willing to wear masks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The Latest: US skeptical of Russia's virus vaccine safety

Aug. 11, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

TAIPAI, Taiwan — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says it’s more important to have a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus than to be the first to produce a vaccine. Azar, on a visit to Taiwan, was asked by ABC on Tuesday what he thought of Russia’s announcement...

A news alert is displayed on a mobile phone in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Asia Today: New Zealand reports 1st local cases in 102 days

Aug. 11, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. Ardern said Auckland, the...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo.  Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday, Aug. 11, extending another rally that took the S&P 500 to within striking distance of its all-time high set in February. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

World shares march higher as S&P 500 nears all-time record

Aug. 11, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

World stock markets rallied on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he plans to cut taxes on capital gains and on middle income earners, pushing the S&P 500 to within striking distance of an all-time high. Markets rose even as the tally of confirmed new coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million,...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at the airport in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Czech Republic at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe. Slovenia, Austria and Poland the other stations of the trip. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, Pool)

Pompeo opens anti-China, anti-Russia tour in Czech Republic

Aug. 11, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the Czech Republic at the start of a four-nation tour of central and eastern Europe expected to focus on threats to the region posed by Russia and China. Amid post-election violence and concerns about significant democratic backsliding in nearby...

UK lawmaker asks for virtual trial in diplomat's wife crash

Aug. 11, 2020 6:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. lawmaker has asked the government to hold a virtual trial for the wife of an American diplomat who left Britain after being involved in a road accident that killed a British teenager. The decision to charge Anne Sacoolas, who has claimed diplomatic immunity, has caused tensions between...

US military investigating claim of Iraq-Kuwait border blast

Aug. 11, 2020 5:58 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military said Tuesday it was investigating a claim by a newly formed Iraqi Shiite militant group of a bombing at the Iraq-Kuwait border. Iraq and Kuwait denied an attack had taken place. Iraq later said an explosion targeted a U.S.-led coalition convoy on...

Copies of Apple Daily newspaper with front pages featuring Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, are displayed for sale at a newsstand in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Hong Kong police have arrested Lai and raided the publisher's headquarters, broadening their enforcement of a new security law and raising fears about press freedom in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong residents defend free press as China cracks down

Aug. 11, 2020 5:29 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Last year, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to demand full democracy, many egged on by a tabloid newspaper critical of China's ruling Communist Party. On Tuesday, they lined up at newsstands across the city to buy that same paper, handing over 10 Hong Kong...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019 file photo, model Arizona Muse, left, is flanked by designer and Officina del Poggio owner Allison Hoeltzel Savini as they present a creation of the Officina del Poggio women's Fall-Winter 2019-2020 collection, in Milan, Italy. The United States’ fumbling response to the pandemic is casting doubt on its economic prospects and making it one of the chief risks that could undermine the rebound. Officina del Poggio sells 60% its vintage motorcycle-inspired satchels to U.S. customers. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)

Virus surge makes US weak link in global economic recovery

Aug. 11, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — People in China are back to buying German luxury cars. Europe's assembly lines are accelerating. Now the global economy is waiting for the United States to get its coronavirus outbreak under control and boost the recovery, but there's little sign of that. The United States’...