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City worker Carlos Ruiz gives instruction to a COVID-19 patient after delivering a tank of oxygen to her home in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The city offers free oxygen refills for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Jan. 15, 2021 10:37 PM EST

Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago. The country also recorded 1,106 more deaths. It was unclear if the spike was due to the presence of the U.K. virus variant, of which only one case has so...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, United States midfielder Lindsey Horan, top, scores against Ireland goalkeeper Marie Hourihan during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Pasadena, Calif. Horan described herself as miserable when she caught COVID-19 late last year.
The 26-year-old midfielder was set to accompany the U.S. national team to the Netherlands for their final match of the year when U.S. Soccer announced her diagnosis on Nov. 18. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

Lindsey Horan back with US after recovering from COVID-19

Jan. 15, 2021 8:13 PM EST

Lindsey Horan says she felt miserable when she caught COVID-19 late last year, but she's grateful it wasn't worse. The 26-year-old midfielder was set to accompany the U.S. national team to the Netherlands for their final match of the year when U.S. Soccer announced her diagnosis on Nov. 18. Now back with the team...

An ampoule Moderna vaccine against the COVID-19 disease, stand on the table at the Diakonie Hospital

EU regulator: Hackers 'manipulated' stolen vaccine documents

Jan. 15, 2021 4:45 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator said Friday that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers by hackers have been not only leaked to the web, but “manipulated." The European Medicines Agency said that an ongoing investigation showed that hackers obtained emails and...

Members of the public receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at Lichfield Cathedral, in Staffordshire, England, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The U.K. is ramping up its mass vaccination program as the government seeks to protect the country’s oldest and most vulnerable residents before easing a third national lockdown. (Jacob King/PA via AP)

UK toughens up borders over Brazil virus variant fears

Jan. 15, 2021 3:12 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. moved Friday to toughen up its entry requirements beyond its surprise decision to ban travel from South America and Portugal in the face of a new virus variant in Brazil, arguing that the measures are needed to ensure Britain's fast-moving vaccination program isn't derailed....

WHO cites human behavior more than variants as virus spreads

Jan. 15, 2021 3:04 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's emergencies chief said Friday that the impact of new variants of COVID-19 in places like Britain, South Africa and Brazil remains to be seen, citing human behavior for some recent rises in infection counts. “It’s just too easy to lay the blame on...

File - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the debate about Germany's budget 2021, at the parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. Merkel, now 66, has steered Germany, and Europe, through a series of crises since she took office in 2005, she said over two years ago that she won't seek a fifth term as chancellor. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

Merkel's party opens convention to choose new leader

Jan. 15, 2021 2:18 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel opened a party convention Friday that will see members choose a new leader of her center-right Christian Democrats, a decision that will help shape German voters' choice of her successor after 16 years in office. Merkel, 66, has been looked on by many as a bedrock of...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004 file photo, Greek 470 class skipper Sofia Bekatorou, displays her gold medal during the medal ceremony of the women's double-handed 470 dinghy sailing event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou of Greece has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games. Bekatorou made the allegation Thursday Jan. 14, 2021 while speaking at an online event organized by the ministry of culture and sport. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski, file)

Olympic sailing champ says she was assaulted by official

Jan. 15, 2021 2:15 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou of Greece has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games. Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said the male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation...

A medical worker holding a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and a syringe during mass vaccination starts in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Authorities started to vaccinate the most vulnerable people in a coordinated effort. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Pfizer temporarily reduces European deliveries of vaccine

Jan. 15, 2021 2:01 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed Friday it will temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity to 2 billion doses per year. The EU Commission chief said she'd immediately called Pfizer's CEO. But in an indication...

Oil giant Total withdraws from US energy lobbying group

Jan. 15, 2021 1:57 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees on climate-related policies. Total said in a statement Friday it would not renew its membership for 2021 following an analysis of API's position on climate...

Catalonia pushes elections back to May 30 due to virus surge

Jan. 15, 2021 1:43 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish region of Catalonia is postponing regional elections planned for Feb. 14 until May 30 because of a strong surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The new date was agreed on by the region’s parliamentary parties Friday and formally announced later by the regional...