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People wear face masks as they leave a Walmart grocery store in Beijing, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. China's death toll from a new virus rose to 259 on Saturday and a World Health Organization official said other governments need to prepare for

Experts: Travel bans, business closures could hurt economy

Feb. 1, 2020 9:02 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travel restrictions and business closures aimed at stopping the spread of a new virus that has killed more than 300 people in China could end up causing ripple effects that harm the global economy, experts say. “When you stop planes and ships, trains and and motor vehicles from...

Climate activist Vanessa Nakate, left, speaks via video-link as Ell Ottosson Jarl and Greta Thunberg, right, also attend a press conference with climate activists and experts from Africa in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday Jan. 31, 2020. Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate and peers from other African nations on Friday made an urgent appeal for the world to pay more attention to the continent that stands to suffer the most from global warming despite contributing to it the least. (Pontus Lundahl/TT via AP)

Climate activists from African nations make urgent appeal

Jan. 31, 2020 12:51 PM EST

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate and peers from other African nations on Friday made an urgent appeal for the world to pay more attention to the continent that stands to suffer the most from global warming despite contributing to it the least. The Fridays For Future movement...

FILE — In this Dec. 15, 2013 file photo, British entrepreneur Richard Branson, left, speaks to South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe, centre, and his wife Precious Makgosi Moloi, right, before the funeral service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa. Motsepe, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, has apologized for telling U.S. President Donald Trump that

Billionaire apologizes for telling Trump 'Africa loves you'

Jan. 28, 2020 10:32 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African billionaire businessman has apologized for telling U.S. President Donald Trump that "Africa loves you" during the World Economic Forum in Davos last week. A video of Patrice Motsepe's remarks to Trump went viral on social media and sparked outrage from people who...

Climate activist Vanessa Nakate, Luisa Neubauer, Greta Thunberg, Isabelle Axelsson and Loukina Tille, from left, arrive for a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020 (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Photo cropping mistake leads to AP soul-searching on race

Jan. 27, 2020 8:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A “terrible mistake” in cropping an African climate activist out of a photo sent to customers of The Associated Press prompted soul-searching and some tense staff conversations over issues of racism and inclusion Monday at the news organization. The AP acknowledged that it...