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People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus ride mopeds in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Vietnamese health official said on Thursday the COVID-19 outbreak would peak in the coming ten days as the country reported another death and a score of new infections. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

The Latest: Vietnam reports 9th death, says peak in 10 days

Aug. 6, 2020 3:45 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam — A health official says Vietnam's COVID-19 outbreak could peak in the coming 10 days as the country reported another death and scores of new infections. Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Truong Son, who is in hot spot Da Nang to oversee the fight against the virus, says new infections have been...

Pellegrinis Cafe and The Paperback book store are closed during lockdown due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus in Melbourne, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Victoria state, Australia's coronavirus hot spot, announced on Monday that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

New lockdown ratchets up economic pain in Australian city

Aug. 6, 2020 3:41 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A bright side for plant nurseries of Melbourne’s first pandemic stay-at-home order was that many householders took the time to garden. But the latest lockdown in Australia’s second-largest city is far tougher. More than 250,000 people were thrown out of work on...

A parked Lufthansa aircraft is seen through a hangar window at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Lufthansa were showing the media how manufacturing has been restarted after the break imposed by the coronavirus outbreak (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Lufhansa see revenues drop 80%, no full recovery until 2024

Aug. 6, 2020 3:41 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline group Lufthansa on Thursday reported a net loss of 1.49 billion euros ($1.77 billion) for the second quarter, when the pandemic essentially shut down passenger traffic, and issued a sobering forecast for demand to not reach pre-virus levels before 2024....

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Is it safe to reopen schools during the pandemic?

Aug. 6, 2020 3:33 AM EDT

Is it safe for schools to reopen during the pandemic? It depends on how widespread COVID-19 infections are in the community and the safety measures the school takes. In areas where the virus is poorly controlled, public health experts say in-person education would be too risky. In areas where the virus appears...

Cars and trucks drive on the main highway around Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. In background the buildings of the banking district. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Surge in German factory orders bolsters hope for recovery

Aug. 6, 2020 3:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German factory orders surged in June, according to figures released Thursday, giving hope that Europe's largest economy is on track for a recovery from declines suffered from the coronavirus pandemic lockdown earlier in the year. Industrial orders rose by 27.9% in June over the previous...

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, presides over an executive policy council meeting at the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Kim Jong Un directed his government agencies to act immediately to stabilize the livelihoods of residents in a city locked down over coronavirus concerns, state media reported Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

N. Korea's escalating virus response raises fear of outbreak

Aug. 6, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is quarantining thousands of people and shipping food and other aid to a southern city locked down over coronavirus worries, officials said, as the country's response to a suspected case reinforces doubt about its longstanding claim to be virus-free. But amid the...

Closed for vacation: France faces new virus testing troubles

Aug. 6, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With virus cases rising anew, France is struggling to administer enough tests to keep up with demand. One reason: Many testing labs are closed so that their staff can take summer vacation, just as signs of a second wave are building. Doctors and experts say the vacation crunch is just part of...

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

LEADING OFF: Hitters slumping, cutdown day, Scherzer's exit

Aug. 6, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: OFF BASE Star hitters Christian Yelich, Gary Sanchez, Hunter Pence and others are slumping badly in a season where hitters across the majors are struggling to find base hits. The league-wide batting average entering Wednesday’s games was .232, down from...

FILE - In this May 1, 2020, file photo, campaign workers David Woodruff, left, and Jason White, right, deliver boxes of initiative petitions signatures to the Missouri secretary of state's office in Jefferson City, Mo. President Donald Trump is still trying to overturn “Obamacare,” but his predecessor’s health care law keeps gaining ground in places where it was once unwelcome. Missouri voters this week approved Medicaid expansion by a 53% to 47% margin, making the conservative state the seventh to do so under Trump. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb, File)

Obama's Medicaid expansion keeps gaining ground under Trump

Aug. 6, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still trying to overturn “Obamacare,” but his predecessor's health care law keeps gaining ground in places where it was once unwelcome. Missouri voters this week approved Medicaid expansion by a 53% to 47% margin, making the conservative state the...

The sun sets behind the London skyline, including from left, the Shard, Tower Bridge and the dome of St Paul's Cathedral as the warm weather continues, in London, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Bank of England holds off more stimulus, sees slow recovery

Aug. 6, 2020 2:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England left its benchmark interest rate at a record low of 0.1% on Thursday as it expressed caution about how rapidly the United Kingdom's economy will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The bank also left its target for buying government and corporate bonds unchanged at 745...