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A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 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: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

A person walks by the water during the coronavirus outbreak, Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York. As pandemic lockdowns ease across the United States, millions of Americans are set to take tentative steps outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day, the traditional start of summer. But public health officials are concerned that if people congregate in crowds or engage in other risky behaviors, the long weekend could cause the coronavirus to come roaring back. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York eases ban on gatherings

May. 22, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped the state’s absolute ban on gatherings of any size Friday, issuing an executive order saying up to 10 people are now allowed to be together as long as they abide by other social distancing guidelines adopted during the coronavirus pandemic. The...

National Party's Todd Muller addresses a press conference with his duty Nikki Kaye after deposing Simon Bridges as leader of the party in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, May 22, 2020. Muller challenged Bridges following two disastrous opinion polls for the party which indicated that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was headed for a huge victory in the September general election. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

New Zealand party replaces leader to face Ardern in election

May. 22, 2020 1:23 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has proved so popular during the coronavirus pandemic that it has prompted a change of leadership in the conservative opposition party just four months from a general election. Todd Muller on Friday deposed Simon Bridges as leader of...

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Thursday, May 21, 2020. Asian stock markets are mixed after Wall Street rose amid Chinese trade tension with Washington and Australia. Investors looked ahead to Friday’s meeting of China’s legislature for details of possible new steps by Beijing to stimulate its virus-battered economy.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares fall on US friction with China, Hong Kong fears

May. 21, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares slipped in Asia on Friday as tensions flared between the U.S. and China and as more job losses compounded the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Hong Kong’s benchmark led regional losses, dropping 3.9% to 23,332.78 after the central government in Beijing said...

Delegates wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

China may pass bill to crack down on Hong Kong opposition

May. 21, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature will take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in Hong Kong, a move that could limit opposition activity in the semi-autonomous territory and signals the central government's determination to take greater control after months of pro-democracy...

This Feb. 2020 photo shows Hiromu Kurokawa, head of the Tokyo High Prosecutors Office in Tokyo, Japan. Justice Ministry officials are investigating a gambling scandal involving the top Japanese prosecutor seen as close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after a magazine reported he evaded a stay-at-home request to play mahjong. The scandal involving Kurokawa surfaced Wednesday, May 20, 2020, after the popular weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun said he played mahjong for money at the home of a newspaper reporter twice in May.  (Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan prosecutor seen close to Abe quits in gambling scandal

May. 21, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A top Japanese prosecutor seen as close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe submitted his resignation Thursday after a magazine reported he gambled on mahjong by evading a stay-at-home request during a coronavirus state of emergency. The scandal involving Hiromu Kurokawa, head of the Tokyo High...

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to the media during a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. At the press conference marking Zelenskiy's one year in office, the president answered questions about domestic affairs, foreign policy and his main achievements. (Sergey Dolzhenko/Pool Photo via AP)

Ukraine to investigate leaked tapes with ex-president, Biden

May. 20, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Wednesday that prosecutors have opened a criminal inquiry into leaked tapes that allegedly feature the country's former leader discussing conditions for a $1 billion loan with former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The tapes, which are yet...

Spain drafts law eyeing climate neutrality by mid-century

May. 19, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government is submitting for parliamentary approval a draft bill that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by mid-century, in line with the Paris Accord on climate change that most countries have backed to limit rising temperatures. The final approval could take...

The Miami skyline is shrouded in clouds as a cyclist rides along Biscayne Bay at Matheson Hammock Park, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Miami. A trough of low pressure moving through the Florida Straits could organize over the northwest Bahamas later Friday or Saturday and become the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

May. 18, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AG SEES LIMITS TO PROBE Attorney General William Barr says he does not expect investigations into the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation to lead to criminal probes into either President...

Pan-democratic legislator Lam Cheuk-ting, is taken away by security during a Legislative Council's House Committee meeting in Hong Kong, Monday, May 18, 2020. Scuffles broke out in Hong Kong's legislature for a second time this month, with security guards ejecting several pro-democracy lawmakers as the city's pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps continue to wrestle for control over a key committee that scrutinizes bills. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong lawmakers clash as pro-Beijing camp elects chair

May. 18, 2020 7:32 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes broke out in Hong Kong’s legislature Monday for a second time this month as a pro-Beijing lawmaker was elected as chair of a key committee that scrutinizes bills, ending a prolonged struggle for control with the pro-democracy camp. The legislature’s House Committee,...