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Trump targets Canada, re-imposing tariffs on aluminum

Aug. 6, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States is reinstating a 10% import tax on Canadian aluminum, raising tensions with an American ally just weeks after his trade pact with Canada and Mexico took effect. Trump originally imposed the tariffs on aluminum imports in 2018. He...

FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, pallbearers wearing personal protective equipment suits lift the casket containing the remains of Benedict Somi Vilakasi for his burial ceremony at the Nasrec Memorial Park outside Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: South Africa nearing 10,000 coronavirus deaths

Aug. 6, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is reporting more than 8,300 new confirmed coronavirus cases as the country with the world’s fifth largest caseload is approaching 10,000 deaths. The new health ministry figures push the total cases on the African continent past the 1 million mark. South Africa has more...

FILE - This Sept. 20, 2013 file photo shows an aerial view of the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico. The Mexican coastal city pulled a pair of controversial video ads Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, touting the faded resort’s reputation as an “anything goes” tourism destination because they weren't appropriate during the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Mexico resort pulls controversial 'anything goes' tourism ad

Aug. 6, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican coastal city of Acapulco pulled a pair of controversial video ads Thursday touting the faded resort’s reputation as an “anything goes” tourism destination because they weren't appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic. The governor of the Pacific coast...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, immigrants who entered the United States illegally wait to board a plane for a deportation flight. More than 2,000 unaccompanied children have been expelled since March under an emergency declaration enacted by the Trump administration, which has cited the coronavirus in refusing to provide them protections under federal anti-trafficking and asylum laws. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Seeking refuge in US, children fleeing danger are expelled

Aug. 6, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — When officers led them out of a detention facility near the U.S.-Mexico border and onto a bus last month, the 12-year-old from Honduras and his 9-year-old sister believed they were going to a shelter so they could be reunited with their mother in the Midwest. They had been told to sign a...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, opera singer Placido Domingo performs during a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Domingo is back in Europe to receive a lifetime achievement award after recovering from the coronavirus, vowing in an interview with a top Italian daily newspaper to clear his name from allegations of sexual misconduct. The opera legend’s appearance Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, to accept the award from the Austria Music Theater will be his first in public since recovering from the virus at his home in Acapulco, Mexico.  (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)

After recovering from virus, Domingo vows to clear name

Aug. 6, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Placido Domingo returned to Europe to receive a lifetime achievement award after a bout with the coronavirus, vowing in an interview with a top Italian daily newspaper to clear his name from allegations of sexual misconduct. The opera legend’s appearance Thursday to accept...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, a family waits outside their home to receive food handouts from the local government, in the Cristo del Consuelo neighborhood of Guayaquil, Ecuador. In March and April, Guayaquil was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street. But Guayaquil has stabilized since then, sending medical teams and equipment elsewhere in Ecuador and taking in virus patients from outside the city. (AP Photo/Angel de Jesus, File)

Once in crisis, Ecuador city now helps others battle virus

Aug. 6, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Ecuador's biggest city, Guayaquil, was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street. That was in March and April, when the country's economic hub on the Pacific coast suffered as much as anywhere in the world from the new coronavirus and...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, speaks at the Iranian Materiel Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. The U.S. continues to push for an end of the four-nation boycott of Qatar, even after the hospitalization of Kuwait's ruling emir who led talks to resolve the yearslong dispute, Hook told journalists Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Trump's Iran envoy quits administration as US pushes embargo

Aug. 6, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s top envoy for Iran is stepping down just as the United States tries to moves ahead with a major diplomatic effort that would extend a U.N. arms embargo against Tehran in the face of widespread international opposition. Brian Hook announced his departure...

FIK]LE - In this Oct. 12, 1968, file photo, Mexican hurdler Enriqueta Basilio, the first woman to make the final run of the torch and to light the Olympic flame, carries the Olympic torch up the 90 steps to the Olympic flame cauldron in the Olympic Stadium during opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games in Mexico City. (AP Photo/File)

1968 Mexico City Games marked by protest, falling records

Aug. 6, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

The 1968 Olympics could not escape the turmoil of their times. A gold medal gymnast silently rebelled against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Apartheid South Africa was disinvited in order to quell a threatened boycott. And two American sprinters raised their fists in a poignant and powerful show of...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, extending gloved hands skyward in racial protest, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward during the playing of the national anthem after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City on. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. (AP Photo/File)

AP Was There: Black fists raised at '68 Mexico City Olympics

Aug. 6, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was transmitted from the 1968 Olympic s on the day of the 200 meter dash. Gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John...

Customers enter through the back of Mercabal wholesale market, to load their merchandise in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, July 30, 2020. The government is letting private businesses buy wholesale for the first time. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Economy tanking, Cuba launches some long-delayed reforms

Aug. 6, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — With its airports closed to commercial flights and its economy tanking, Cuba has launched the first in a series of long-promised reforms meant to bolster the country's struggling private sector. The island's thousands of restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, auto mechanics and dozens of other...