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FILE - In this May 16, 2020, file photo, a billboard is installed on an apartment building encouraging people to wear face masks in Cape Town, South Africa, on the 51st day of a strict government lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The pandemic has fractured global relationships as governments act in the interest of their citizens, but John Nkengasong, Africa's top public health official, has helped to steer the continent's 54 countries into an alliance praised as responding better than some richer nations. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht, File)

The Latest: Online teaching for 3 top Michigan universities

Sep. 24, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. — Leaders of Michigan’s three biggest research universities say online teaching will likely last for the entire academic year, keeping many students out of classrooms until next fall. The presidents of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University...

A man wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus sits in a square in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday Sept. 23, 2020. Spain is struggling to contain a second wave of the virus which has killed at least 30,000 people according to the country's health ministry. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spain says 'tough weeks' ahead as Madrid hit hard by virus

Sep. 24, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Health authorities warned Madrid residents Thursday to brace for tough weeks ahead as a sustained coronavirus spread that is hitting the Spanish capital hard brought the country’s total infections over the 700,000 mark. With over 10,600 new infections confirmed on Thursday, in line...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a press conference at Downing Street on the government's coronavirus action plan in London. Britain botched its response to the coronavirus the first time around. Now many scientists fear it’s about to do it again.
The virus is on the rise again in the U.K., which has recorded almost 42,000 COVID-19 deaths, with confirmed infections at their highest level since May.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool, File)

As virus surges, critics say UK hasn't learned from mistakes

Sep. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain bungled its response to the coronavirus the first time around. Now many scientists fear it’s about to do it again. The virus is on the rise once more in the U.K., which has recorded almost 42,000 COVID-19 deaths, with confirmed daily infections hitting a record-high 6,634 on...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, centre, in action during the pre-season friendly soccer match between Barcelona and Girona at the Johan Cruyff Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Revamped Barcelona starts new season with spotlight on Messi

Sep. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi will be there when Barcelona starts its season on Sunday, just as he has been for the last two decades. His every move, however, will be scrutinized like never before. After all, never before had Messi told the club that he wanted to leave, and never before had Messi been forced...

Choir practice in Spain infects 30 of 41 members with virus

Sep. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — At least 30 of 41 members of a gospel choir in northeastern Spain have contracted coronavirus following a rehearsal indoors with little air circulation, local authorities and the chorus say. The River Troupe Gospel, a volunteer gospel group, rehearsed on Sept. 11 ahead of an open-air...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a shopping mall on a rainy day in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China lifts pandemic bar on entry by foreigners

Sep. 23, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

BEIJING — Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat of the new coronavirus continues to recede. The decision lifts a months-long blanket suspension covering most foreigners apart from diplomats and those in...

Elders wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus sit on a park in the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Madrid is poised to extend its restrictions on movement to more neighborhoods, due to a surge in new cases in other districts and despite an outcry from residents over discrimination. Police on Monday deployed to 37 working-class neighborhoods that have seen 14-day transmission rates above 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Madrid wants military help, more doctors to fight virus wave

Sep. 23, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Madrid want to hire more doctors and get urgent help from Spain’s military and police to fight a second wave of coronavirus infections that might force them into expanding restrictions on free movement that are already controversial. The Spanish capital needs Spain's...

Orcas knock into sailboats, force Spain to limit yachting.;

Orcas knock into sailboats, force Spain to limit yachting

Sep. 23, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain has temporarily prohibited yachting across 100 kilometers (62 miles) of its northwestern coast after orca whales apparently got carried away while playing and damaged several sailboats. Spain’s transport ministry issued the week-long prohibition for sailboats under 15...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a statement at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP)

EU proposes new asylum system to help frontline nations

Sep. 23, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union announced a major overhaul of its asylum system Wednesday in hopes that more countries will finally share responsibility for people landing on Europe’s shores seeking sanctuary or better lives. The move comes after years of chaos and dispute among the bloc's 27...

Spain to hear pardon requests for Catalan separatists

Sep. 23, 2020 5:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish government says it will from next week start to hear requests for the pardon of the imprisoned leaders of Catalonia’s secessionist movement. Justice Minister Juan Carlos Campos said Wednesday that the requests to pardon the politicians and activists, who were...