Europe is aghast, alarmed as US tops 5m cases
With confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States hitting 5 million Sunday, by far the highest of any country, the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe.
Georgia school shifting online after infections reported
A Georgia high school plans to start the week with all classes shifting online after nine students and staff tested positive for the coronavirus when the school year opened last week with most students attending in-person.
Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots
Puerto Rico on Sunday was forced to partially suspend voting for primaries marred by a lack of ballots as officials called on the president of the US territory’s elections commission to resign.
Azar leads highest-level US delegation to Taiwan in decades
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979.
‘Everybody’s still partying’ at massive S. Dakota biker meetup
The coronavirus may be changing the world, but there aren’t many signs of the pandemic at the massive annual motorcycle rally being held this week at a small city along Interstate 90 in western South Dakota.
Census Bureau dropouts complicate door-knocking efforts
Bob Garick was looking forward to being a field supervisor during the door-knocking phase of the 2020 Census, but as the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida shot up last month, he changed his mind.
Africa passes 1 million confirmed virus cases; true number far more
Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health specialists say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent’s 1.3 billion people.
Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world’s 1st atomic attack
Survivors of the world’s first atomic bombing gathered in diminished numbers near an iconic, blasted dome Thursday to mark the attack’s 75th anniversary, many of them urging the world, and their own government, to do more to ban nuclear weapons.
Sri Lanka parliamentary election expected to back Rajapaksas
Sri Lankans voted Wednesday to elect a new Parliament that is expected to give strong support to the powerful and popular Rajapaksa brothers.
Tropic storm Isaias whips up eastern US, killing at least 4
At least six people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people.
UN chief says 1 billion students affected by virus closures
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July, affecting over 1 billion students.
WHO advance team ends visit to China to probe COVID origin
The World Health Organization said Monday an advance team looking into the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak has concluded its mission in China, and the United Nations health agency is preparing the deployment of a larger group of specialists to the suspected outbreak zone.
John Hume, who worked to end N. Ireland violence, dies at 83
Mr. Hume was a visionary politician who won a Nobel Peace Prize for fashioning the agreement that ended violence in his native Northern Ireland.
He’s back: Trump to re-up virus briefings amid lagging polls
President Trump is set to once again take center stage in the government’s coronavirus response after a White House debate over how best to deploy its greatest and most volatile asset — him — played out in public as his poll numbers falter.
UK’s Johnson nudges workers back to office as lockdown eases
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that people will no longer be told to work from home and avoid public transit in a major easing of lockdown restrictions — even as he said the government was “preparing for the worst” in case of a new coronavirus spike this winter.
Brazil tops 2 million coronavirus cases, with 76,000 dead
Since late May, three months after Brazil’s first reported case of the coronavirus, it has recorded more than 1,000 daily deaths on average in a gruesome plateau that has yet to tilt downward.
North Macedonia: Complex coalition talks to follow election
North Macedonia’s pro-Western Social Democrats said Thursday they were ready to start complicated power-sharing negotiations after winning a narrow election victory in a poll held up for months by the COVID-19 pandemic.
New peak of 71K US overdose deaths in 2019 dashes hopes
Nearly 71,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, a new record that predates the COVID-19 crisis, which the White House and many experts believe will drive such deaths even higher.
France says ‘merci’ to virus heroes on poignant Bastille Day
Medics in white coats replaced uniformed soldiers as stars of France’s Bastille Day ceremonies Tuesday, as the usual grandiose military parade in Paris was recalibrated to honor medics who died fighting COVID-19, supermarket cashiers, postal workers, and other heroes of the pandemic.
Fired VA staffer admits to murdering 7 patients with insulin
A former staffer at a veterans hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally killing seven patients.
WHO boss slams ‘mixed messages’ from leaders on coronavirus
The World Health Organization’s chief on Monday slammed some government leaders for eroding public trust by sending mixed messages on the coronavirus and warned that their failures to stop their countries’ spiraling outbreaks mean there would be no return to normal “for the foreseeable future.”
Federal judge voids Georgia ‘heartbeat’ abortion restriction
A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Georgia’s 2019 “heartbeat” abortion law, finding that it violates the US Constitution.
Coronavirus surge in Eastern Europe prompts new restrictions
Countries in Eastern Europe are facing rising waves of coronavirus infections, leading to riots in Serbia, mandatory face masks in Croatia, and travel bans or quarantines imposed by Hungary.
Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID cases
Florida shattered the national record Sunday for the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic, adding more than 15,000 cases .
Leaders, survivors mark 25 years since Srebrenica massacre
Virtually joined by world leaders, the survivors of Bosnia’s 1995 Srebrenica massacre on Saturday remembered the victims of Europe’s only acknowledged genocide since World War II and warned of the perpetrators’ persistent refusal to fully acknowledge their responsibility.
AP source: Feds feared Epstein confidante might kill herself
Federal officials were so worried Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell might take her own life after her arrest that they took away her clothes and sheets and made her wear paper attire while in custody, an official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.
Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison
President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was returned to federal prison Thursday, after balking at certain conditions of the home confinement he was granted because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Allies, China rebuke US pullout from WHO
Top US allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally of Germany’s chancellor warning that the withdrawal could make more room on the world stage for China.
NYC mayor: Schools will reopen in fall with hybrid learning
Most New York City students will return to their physical schools two or three days a week and learn online the rest of the time under a plan announced Wednesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said schools can’t accommodate all their students at any one time and maintain safe social distancing.
UN states reach deal on declaration marking 75th anniversary
The 193 members of the United Nations reached agreement on a declaration to commemorate this year’s 75th anniversary of the world organization, recalling the UN’s successes and failure and vowing to build a post-pandemic world that is more equal, works together, and protects the planet.
Justice Department moves ahead with execution plan next week
The Justice Department is plowing ahead with its plan to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty.
Trump leans on schools to reopen as virus continues its spread
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump demanded on Tuesday that schools reopen physically in the fall, pressing his drive to get the country moving again even as the coronavirus pandemic surged through much of the United States and threatened to overwhelm some health care facilities.
Trump says he will pressure states to reopen schools in fall
President Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort to reopen schools this fall.
Sun Belt hospitals near capacity; Miami shuts restaurants again
Confirmed cases are on the rise in 41 out of 50 states plus the District of Columbia, and the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus is increasing in 39 states.
New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online
International students will be forced to leave the United States or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities.
US holiday fuels worries about skyrocketing virus cases
Johns Hopkins on Sunday counted 45,300 new coronavirus infections reported Saturday in the country after three days in which the daily count reached as high as 54,500 new cases.
Dominican Republic chooses leader amid rising COVID-19 cases
With COVID-19 cases still surging, the Dominican Republic on Sunday held presidential elections that had already been delayed by the pandemic, and polls indicated that a businessman with no previous experience in government was favored to oust a party that has ruled for the past 16 years.
Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms
On an average day, President Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million.
England to end quarantine for 50 countries, not US
England will drop its mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors from more than 50 countries but leave the restrictions in place for travelers coming from the United States, deepening the isolation of America and delivering another rebuke to President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
24 dead in attack on drug rehab center in Mexico, police say
Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in Mexico and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven.
NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he was delaying the planned resumption of indoor dining at restaurants in the city out of fear it would cause a spike in coronavirus infections.
Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman
A pistol-packing restaurant owner who has expressed support for a far-right conspiracy theory has upset five-term U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s primary elections.
As a national reckoning over racism and policing grips the nation, white Democrats are far more likely now than they were a few years ago to think police brutality is a serious issue — a dramatic shift in public opinion that some say could shape the November presidential election.
COVID-19 treatment maker to charge hospitals $3,120 per treatment
Gilead Sciences, the maker of the first COVID-19 treatment found to have worked in clinical trials, remdesivir, said Monday it will charge US hospitals $3,120 for the typical patient with private insurance.
California’s alleged Golden State Killer set to plead guilty
Forty years after a sadistic suburban rapist terrorized California in what investigators later realized were a series of linked assaults and slayings, a 74-year-old former police officer is expected to plead guilty Monday to being the elusive Golden State Killer.
Judge: US must free migrant children from family detention
A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in US immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration’s prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ireland’s Micheal Martin to lead historic govt coalition
Centrist politician Micheal Martin became Ireland’s prime minister Saturday, fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition four months after an election that upended the status quo.
This day in history
Today is Saturday, June 27, the 179th day of 2020. There are 187 days left in the year.
This day in history
Today is Friday, June 26, the 178th day of 2020. There are 188 days left in the year.