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FILE - In this Thursday, May 14, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Doral, Fla. A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday, July 1, 2020, disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November's presidential election. In May, a federal judge ruled that Florida law can’t stop disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. DeSantis immediately appealed to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of the ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

The Latest: Florida reports 10,000 daily coronavirus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida has reported 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time. That daily number on Thursday is six times higher than the daily record less than a month ago. The state also reported 67 deaths for the second time in a week. The seven-day average for daily deaths is...

French police unit disbanded amid drug deals probes

Jul. 2, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Paris police chief is disbanding a special police unit in a poor suburb of the French capital after four officers were brought before a judge on Thursday for “particularly serious” accusations involving theft, drug possession and extorting money from drug dealers. Paris...

FILE - In this June 4, 2017 file photo, spectators crowd around a bronze plaque of French tennis player Suzanne Lenglen at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris. The French Tennis Federation says up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. The clay-court tournament had been scheduled to start on May 24 but was postponed to Sept. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

French Open to allow fans in stands at the tournament

Jul. 2, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year's postponed tournament. The French Tennis Federation said Thursday up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament....

French medics sue over mask, equipment shortages amid virus

Jul. 2, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A collective of French health care workers said Thursday it is seeking a broad legal inquiry into France’s failure to protect its members and their colleagues by providing adequate masks, gloves and other protective equipment as the coronavirus swept across the country. The professional...

Aid group seeks port for 180 migrants rescued in Med Sea

Jul. 2, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Aid group SOS Mediterranee says it waiting for a port to disembark 180 migrants rescued at sea, and says five requests to Italian and Maltese port authorities have gone unanswered. The Ocean Viking ship resumed rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea on June 22, after riding out the...

FILE - In this April 8, 2019 file photo, migrants mainly from Sudan, Chad, and afghanistan, gather in a makeshift camp in Paris. The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday July 2 2020 that France violated three the rights of three asylum seekers who lived for months in the street with no means to fill essential needs such as food, housing and health care.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

A European court backs 3 migrants, rules against France

Jul. 2, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that France violated the rights of three asylum-seekers who lived for months on the streets with no means to meet basic needs such as food, housing and health care. The court considered that the three migrants — an Afghan, a Russian,...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas greet each other by using their elbows before a meeting, in Berlin, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (Cam Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey demands French apology over Med naval incident

Jul. 2, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday demanded an apology from France over its depiction of a standoff between ships from the two countries in the Mediterranean Sea that prompted Paris to suspend its involvement in a NATO naval operation. France says its frigate Courbet was “lit...

Prince Harry addresses institutional racism at Diana Awards

Jul. 1, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry stressed the need to tackle institutional racism during a speech he recorded for Wednesday's ceremony for the Diana Awards, a charity for young people set up to honor his late mother. In a video message shown in the virtual ceremony, the Duke of Sussex said that...

FILE - This Sunday, April 19, 2020 file photo, shows a large refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near the town of Atma, in Idlib province, Syria. The head of the U.N. food agency warned of starvation and another wave of mass migration from Syria to Europe unless donors countries step up financial assistance to the war-ravaged country. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

UN demands halt to key global conflicts to tackle COVID-19

Jul. 1, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council demanded an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in key conflicts including Syria, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Congo on Wednesday to tackle COVID-19 in its first resolution on the new coronavirus. The U.N.’s most powerful body voted...

FILE - In this Monday, June 22, 2020 file photo, people gather in front of a mural showing Adama Traore and George Floyd, who both died in police custody, in Stains, north of Paris. Pressure mounted Wednesday, July 1 to disband a special police unit in one of France’s poorest regions because it is facing at least 15 investigations into officers suspected of drug trafficking, violence, theft or falsifying police reports. News of the investigations has re-ignited French anger over police abuse, after weeks of protests in France demanding racial justice and accountability for police officers who overstep their authority. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, file)

15 investigations into French police for abuse, drug deals

Jul. 1, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities came under mounting pressure Wednesday to disband a special police unit in one of the country's poorest regions because it is facing at least 15 investigations into officers suspected of drug trafficking, violence, theft or falsifying police reports. News of the...