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Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: High schoolers return in Palestinian territories

May. 30, 2020 5:50 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: — Students return to high schools in the Palestinian...

A pupil wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus holds his mother's hand through a fence as he arrives at the Ochi Elementary School in Gwangju, South Korea, Friday, May 29, 2020. (Park Chul-hong/Yonhap via AP)

Asia Today: India's caseload surges again; 39 sick in SKorea

May. 30, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Saturday registered another record single-day jump of 7,964 coronavirus cases and 265 deaths, a day before the 2-month-old lockdown is set to end. The Health Ministry put the total number of confirmed cases at 173,763 with 4,971 deaths. The infections include 82,369 people who...

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

Trump cuts WHO funding as US economy clouds speedy recovery

May. 30, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grim employment and spending numbers darkened the prospects for a speedy recovery in the U.S. as the economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, even as states moved to reopen more sectors. President Donald Trump meanwhile announced that the United States will...

FILE - In this April 18, 2020 file photo people gather during the Utah Business Revival rally, calling for Utah's economy to be re-opened, in Salt Lake City. A Utah judge has blocked a concert protesting coronavirus restrictions, siding with county health officials who said the event expected to attract thousands of people could worsen the pandemic. Judge Dianna Gibson decided Friday, May 29, 2020, there was a real risk of spreading the virus among the audience and others they could bring it back to. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer,File)

Coronavirus protest concert blocked by Utah judge

May. 29, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge blocked a concert protesting coronavirus restrictions Friday, siding with county health officials who said the event expected to attract thousands of people could worsen the pandemic. Judge Dianna Gibson decided there was a real risk of spreading the virus within the...

A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in New York. The memorial is part of the Naming the Lost project which attempts to humanize the victims who are often just listed as statistics. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Latest: 400 German managers, workers returning to China

May. 29, 2020 10:43 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: — Two United Nations peacekeepers serving in Mali have died...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

May. 29, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong’s special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government, escalating tensions with...

John Price and Bijan Black have lunch with their son Parker Price, 2, all of Seat Pleasant, Md., at the Wharf area in Washington, Friday, May 29, 2020. This was their first time venturing out since the coronavirus pandemic started. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlook worsens

May. 29, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With new U.S. economic numbers highlighting the rough road ahead for a hoped-for rebound, President Donald Trump on Friday took aim at the World Health Organization and China, blaming both for their roles in the pandemic's devastation. Trump announced that the United States will end its...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby talks to the media after canceling the remaining NCAA college basketball games in the Big 12 Conference tournament due to concerns about the coronavirus in Kansas City, Mo. Big 12 schools still got a strong payout from the conference during the pandemic. The revenue distribution to the league's 10 schools for the 2019-20 school year averages $37.7 million each. That figure announced Friday, May 29, 2020, at the end of the league's virtual spring meetings was down only about $1.1 million a school from last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Big 12 revenue distribution down only slightly amid pandemic

May. 29, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

The Big 12's revenue distribution to its 10 schools decreased only slightly because of the pandemic that led to the cancellation of spring sports, though there is still plenty of uncertainty ahead. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Friday at the end of the league's virtual spring meetings the league was distributing...

A view of a ''wall' set in front of Istanbul's 6th-century Hagia Sophia, the main cathedral of the Byzantine Empire which was converted into a mosque with the Ottoman conquest of the city, then known as Constantinople, in 1453, that was to be used as a set for the celebrations to mark the 567th anniversary of the conquest in Istanbul, Friday, May 29, 2020.  A Muslim cleric recited the

Turkey reopens some mosques, prayers held in ex-cathedral

May. 29, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Worshipers in Turkey have held their first communal Friday prayers in 74 days after the government reopened some mosques under an easing of pandemic restrictions. Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated by video conference in events to mark the 567th anniversary of the...

In this May 27, 2020, photo, health care worker Tonya Wilkes adjusts her mask while working at a Lowndes County coronavirus testing site in Hayneville, Ala. Experts say Lowndes County and nearby poor, mostly black counties in rural Alabama are now facing a “perfect storm” as infections tick up: a lack of access to medical care combined with poverty and the attendant health problems that can worsen the outcomes for those who become sick. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Virus taking hold in rural, old plantation region of Alabama

May. 29, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Sparsely populated Lowndes County, deep in Alabama's old plantation country, has the sad distinction of having both the state’s highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. Initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, the county and other rural areas in...