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Asia Today: Australian hot spot, South Korea hit new lows

Australia’s coronavirus hot spot Victoria state has recorded its lowest number of new infections in more than three months as the nation’s second-largest city, Melbourne, further eased lockdown restrictions
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People wearing face masks walk past an outdoor photography exhibition of healthcare workers in Melbourne, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The photo essay created by photographer Phoebe Powell is to acknowledge the people working in the Parkville Biomedical Precinct which is home to some of the world's leading medical researchers, clinicians and academics keeping Victoria state safe during the coronavirus pandemic. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)
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The Latest: Mexico virus data may not be available for years

Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country’s death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a couple of years.”
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Exile Tibetan Buddhist monks wear masks as protection against the coronavirus as they circumambulate the residence of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
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UN failures on coronavirus underscore the need for reforms

A virus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it
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The UN Security Council holds a meeting on the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, in this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, at United Nations headquarters. The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it. “We could criticize the U.N. for this — but who are we really talking about, when we blame `the U.N.?'” Switzerland President Simonetta Sommaruga asked. “We are in fact talking about ourselves, because the U.N. is its member states. And it is often member states that stand in the way of the U.N.’s work.”(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 27

Lockdowns are fading, but GOP outrage isn't in campaigns

It's not just Democrats who want voters thinking about COVID on Election Day.
September 27
September 27

Minnesota mayor disputes harassment of COVID-19 survey team

The mayor of a southern Minnesota city is disputing state health department claims that a COVID-19 survey team was threatened there earlier this month
September 27
September 27

The eyes don't have it: Masks upset classroom communication

Masks are as much a part of the new school year as books and pencils while classes resume during the coronavirus pandemic
September 27
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, pre-school teacher Mikki Laugier wears a protective mask as she guides students in a lesson at P.S. 15, in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Placing an order while wearing a mask and standing six feet away from the deli counter can be difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Try teaching a class full of students who are deaf, hard of hearing or whose first language is not English. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
September 27

Tribes see ballot collection as a lifeline in Indian Country

Tribes see ballot collection as a critical way to boost historically low Native American turnout, but it's become a flashpoint in the November election
September 27
Janet Davis, an enrolled member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, stands alongside Pyramid Lake between Nixon, Nev. and Sutcliffe, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. As a tribal council member, Davis hopes the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t reverse recent progress to expand access to voting on rural reservations like the Pyramid Lake Paiute’s and supports lifting limits on ballot assistance to allow tribal members to collect and return ballots on behalf of their neighbors. (AP Photo/Sam Metz)
September 27

Israelis mark Yom Kippur under 'painful' virus lockdown

The solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which annually sees Israeli life grind to a halt, is taking place in a nation already under a sweeping coronavirus lockdown
September 27
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wearing face masks, are reflected on a door window, as they pray ahead of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year which starts at sundown Sunday during a three-week nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
September 27

Prince Charles warns virus may devastate students' futures

Prince Charles has warned that up to 1 million young people in Britain may need “urgent help’’ to protect their futures from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic
September 27
FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, in the background, leave after attending the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London. Prince Charles has warned that up to 1 million young people may need “urgent help’’ to protect their futures from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was reported on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the Prince of Wales said the crisis is reminiscent of the upheavals of the 1970s, when youth unemployment was one of the pressing issues facing British society. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
September 27

French hospitals delay operations to cope with COVID surge

Hospitals in the Paris and Marseille regions are delaying some scheduled operations to free up space for COVID-19 patients as the French government tries to stem a rising tide of coronavirus infections
September 27
A woman walks by Notre Dame cathedral Saturday Sept.26, 2020 in Paris. While France suffered testing shortages early in the pandemic, ramped-up testing since this summer has helped authorities track a rising tide of infections across the country. More than 15,000 new cases were reported Friday, and the Paris hospital system is starting to delay some non-virus surgeries to free up space for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
September 27

French hospitals delay operations to cope with COVID surge

Hospitals in the Paris and Marseille regions are delaying some scheduled operations to free up space for COVID-19 patients as the French government tries to stem a rising tide of coronavirus infections
September 27
A woman walks by Notre Dame cathedral Saturday Sept.26, 2020 in Paris. While France suffered testing shortages early in the pandemic, ramped-up testing since this summer has helped authorities track a rising tide of infections across the country. More than 15,000 new cases were reported Friday, and the Paris hospital system is starting to delay some non-virus surgeries to free up space for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
September 27

Asia Today: Melbourne eases lockdown, schools, work resume

Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has further eased lockdown restrictions, allowing most children to return to school from next month and sending more than 125,000 people back to work
September 27
A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 test in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
September 27

Former Lebanese FM, president's son-in-law, has coronavirus

A former Lebanese foreign minister and son-in-law of President Michel Aoun has tested positive for the new coronavirus
September 27
FILE - This Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, then Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil arrives to attend a meeting of the Lebanese cabinet at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. A former Lebanese foreign minister and son-in-law of President Michel Aoun has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)
September 27

Morocco faces down COVID spread with tough rules

With air and sea borders closed for months and eight cities barring people from entering or leaving, Morocco has been pulling out the stops to stanch the spread of coronavirus
September 27
A man wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus walks outside a fort that was converted into a photography museum overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, in Rabat, Morocco, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
September 27

The Latest: Cal State Long Beach campus announces quarantine

All California State University, Long Beach, students who live on campus have been placed in quarantine after five students tested positive for COVID-19 and all in-person instruction will be halted for two weeks
September 27
People take part in a 'We Do Not Consent' rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in London, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
September 26

Uptick: New York logs more than 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases

More than 1,000 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day, marking the first time since June 5 the state has seen a daily number that high
September 26
September 26

Deadly microbe water warning lifted for all but 1 Texas city

Texas officials have lifted a warning for all but one Houston-area community to stop using tap water because it might be tainted with a deadly brain-eating microbe
September 26
September 26

Thousands of Israelis protest in Jerusalem, despite lockdown

Thousands of Israelis are protesting outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demand his resignation, pressing ahead with weeks of protests against the embattled Israeli leader despite a strict new lockdown order
September 26
A highway is empty from cars following new restrictions in the three-week nationwide lockdown, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
September 26

Lawmakers who toured Georgia detention site raise concerns

A Congressional delegation has visited a detention facility in rural Georgia and said the conditions and the treatment of the women held there is even worse than has been reported previously
September 26
September 26

US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester as campus coronavirus cases skyrocket and tensions with local health leaders flare
September 26
Auburn students are scanned to check for a health screening questionnaire before entering the stadium for the start of an NCAA college football game between Auburn and Kentucky on Saturday, September 26, 2020 in Auburn, Alabama. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
September 26

London police, protesters clash at COVID-19 demonstration

London police have clashed with demonstrators as they broke up a protest in Trafalgar Square against COVID-19 restrictions amid rising tensions over increased limits on everyday life as the government tries to stem a sharp rise in infections
September 26
People take part in a 'We Do Not Consent' rally at Trafalgar Square, organised by Stop New Normal, to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in London, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
September 26

New trial ordered for NY millionaire in autistic son's death

A federal judge on Friday ordered a new trial for a self-made health care millionaire who was convicted six years ago of fatally drugging her eight-year-old developmentally disabled child in a luxury New York City hotel room in 2010
September 26
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2011, file photo, Gigi Jordan, the multimillionaire mother charged with killing her autistic 8-year-old son, appears in Manhattan Supreme court in New York. On Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, a federal judge ordered a new trial for a self-made health care millionaire who was convicted six years ago of fatally drugging her 8-year-old autistic son in a luxury New York City hotel room in 2010. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 26

Italy's 'Patient No. 1' joins relay race as sign of hope

Italy’s coronavirus “Patient No. 1,” whose case confirmed one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks was underway, is taking part in a 112-mile relay race as a sign of hope for COVID victims after he himself recovered from weeks in intensive care
September 26
Mattia Maestri waits for the start of a 180-kilometer relay race, in Codogno, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Italy’s coronavirus Patient No. 1, whose case confirmed one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks was underway, is taking part in a 180-kilometer relay race as a sign of hope for COVID victims after he himself recovered from weeks in intensive care. Mattia Maestri, a 38-year-old Unilever manager, was suited up Saturday for the start of the two-day race between Italy’s first two virus hotspots. It began in Codogno, where Maestri tested positive Feb. 21, and was ending Sunday in Vo’Euganeo, where Italy’s first official COVID death was recorded the same day. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
September 26

Mushrooms linked to salmonella outbreaks in 10 states

Federal officials are warning of salmonella cases in at least 10 states linked to dried mushrooms from a Southern California company
September 26
September 26

Substance abuse linked to COVID-19 susceptibility: Study

Opioids, tobacco and cocaine increase the risk of death from COVID-19.
September 26
Firefighters and paramedics wear enhanced PPE during the coronavirus pandemic as they transport a patient after responding to a call for a cardiac arrest as a result of a drug overdose on May 6, 2020, in Brooklyn, Md.
September 26

Asia Today: Victoria health chief quits in quarantine probe

Australia’s Victoria state health minister has resigned in the fallout from an inquiry into why security guards were used instead of police or the military at quarantine hotels
September 26
Family members in a car watch a drive-in circus from a parking lot in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The circus's aim is to provide entertainment for people during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
September 26

China pushes emergency use of COVID vaccine despite concerns

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken one of the four leading vaccine candidates in China
September 26
Boxes of SARS CoV-2 Vaccine for COVID-19 stamped with the words "State Authorized, Emergency Use" produced by SinoVac are stacked at its factory in Beijing on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Under an emergency use regulation, hundreds of thousands of people in China have been given Chinese vaccines, before final regulatory approval for general use. It's a highly unusual move that raises ethical and safety questions, as companies and governments worldwide race to develop a vaccine that will stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 26

Trump's $200 prescription cards won't hit mailboxes just yet

If you’re on Medicare, don’t run to the mailbox just yet looking for a $200 prescription drug card courtesy of President Donald Trump
September 26
President Donald Trump signs an executive order after delivering remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
September 25

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline
September 25
Students wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, attend a class at a school, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Pakistani officials welcomed millions of children back to school following educational institutions reopened on Tuesday in the country amid a steady decline in coronavirus deaths and infections. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
September 25

California virus hospitalizations could surge in next month

California has begun to see early but concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline
September 25
FILE - In this April 1, 2020, file photo, Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services, gestures to a chart showing the impact of the mandatory stay-at-home orders, during a news conference in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Dr. Ghaly urged state residents to renew their efforts to prevent spread of the coronavirus amid some troubling trends, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Ghaly said infection rates are rising in some areas and one state model projects hospitalizations, now at their lowest level since early April, could increase nearly 90% in the next month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)
September 25

Only 10% of US adults may have COVID-19 antibodies: Study

A new study estimates that 90% of Americans may still be vulnerable.
September 25
A woman sits outside Cafe Du Soleil under bubble tents used during the novel coronavirus pandemic in Manhattan, New York City, on Sept. 23, 2020.
September 25

Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

The latest hot spot for the coronavirus in the United States is the heartland, where cases are rising in a worrying trend
September 25
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2020 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam listens to a reporter's question during a press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va. Northam and his wife have both tested positive for the coronoavirus. The governor’s office said in a statement Friday, Sept. 25, that Northam no symptoms while those of Pam Northam are mild.(Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
September 25

Under virus strain, Europe's leaders plead at UN for unity

Struggling to contain resurgent virus infections, European leaders decried a collective failure to vanquish the pandemic
September 25
In this photo provided by the United Nations, European Council President Charles Michel speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Evan Schneider/UN Photo via AP)
September 25

Florida reopens state's economy despite ongoing pandemic

“We’re not closing anything going forward,” Governor DeSantis said.
September 25
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends an event with President Donald Trump on the environment at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 25

Lack of witness signature is tripping up thousands of mail-in ballots in key states

Lack of a witness signature is now the leading cause of ballots being set aside.
September 25
A worker prepares tabulators for the upcoming election at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
September 25

2 charged over handling of virus outbreak at veterans home

Relatives of veterans who died of COVID-19 at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Massachusetts say they hope “justice will prevail.”
September 25
In this Sept. 11, 2019 photo, Bennett Walsh, superintendent of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, speaks at a 9/11 ceremony in West Springfield, Mass. Walsh and medical director David Clinton were indicted Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, on charges of mishandling the coronavirus outbreak at the home for aging veterans where more than 70 died from COVID-19. (Don Treeger/The Republican)
September 25

Landlords suing to push back against eviction ban

Landlords are going to courts around the country, claiming that a national eviction moratorium unfairly strains their finances and infringes on their rights as property owners
September 25
Buildings at Hunter Oaks Apartments undergo renovations on Tuesday. Sept. 22, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Owners of the apartment complex are among seven landlords who manage or own more than 5,000 rental units and have filed a lawsuit claiming that a national eviction moratorium has not only placed them under unfair financial strain, but also infringed on their rights as property owners. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
September 25

Virus surges in France, Marseille fights against closures

Angry restaurant and bar owners have demonstrated in Marseille to challenge a French government order to close all public venues as of Saturday to battle resurgent virus infections
September 25
People receive COVID-19 tests at a mobile testing center in Marseille, France, Thursday Sept. 24, 2020. French Health Minister Olivier Veran announced the closure of all restaurants and bars in the Marseille region and restrictions across a dozen other cities to stem the resurgent spread of the virus. With COVID-19 patients now occupying more than 10% of France's intensive care beds, Veran stopped short of imposing new lockdowns, but urged people to resume working from home and stop gathering with big groups of family and friends. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 25

1st man cured of HIV infection now has terminal cancer

The first person known to have been cured of HIV infection says he is terminally ill from a recurrence of the cancer that prompted his historic treatment 12 years ago
September 25
FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2019 file photo, Timothy Ray Brown poses for a portrait in Seattle. Brown, an American who was known for years as the Berlin patient, had a transplant in Germany from a donor with natural resistance to the AIDS virus. It was thought to have cured Brown's leukemia and HIV. But in an interview Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, Brown said his cancer returned last year and has spread widely. His case has inspired scientists to seek more practical ways to try to cure the disease. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
September 25

Local lockdowns imposed in several cities as UK cases rise

Cities around the U.K. are imposing new coronavirus restrictions as they race to slow the spread of COVID-19, and London could be next
September 25
A person casts a shadow walking past a social distancing information sign painted on the pavement in Leeds city centre, England, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Local lockdowns are being imposed in several British cities where confirmed coronavirus infections have risen sharply. The council leader in the northern England city of Leeds says people will be barred from meeting members of other households indoors or in backyards. The measure affects more than 750,000 people. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
September 25

Trump's coronavirus remarks weigh on minds of senior voters

President Donald Trump’s remarks at a campaign event in Ohio this week reverberated all the way to a sparkling waterfront in Florida, where senior citizens parsed his assessment of the coronavirus pandemic
September 25
Peter Antonacci, Broward County Supervisor of Elections, left, works with members of the canvassing board on logic and accuracy testing of equipment used for counting ballots, at the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Lauderhill, Fla. Vote-by-mail ballots will begin going out to residents in Broward County Thursday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
September 25

Asia Today: India's daily new virus cases on declining trend

India has reported another 86,000 coronavirus cases as the country's daily cases continue a declining trend with recoveries exceeding new cases this week
September 25
Flower vendors wait for buyers at a wholesale market in Bengaluru, India, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the COVID-19 pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
September 25

Company to pay $60M for deceptive marketing with pelvic mesh

A company that failed to adequately inform women of dangerous side effects related to permanent pelvic mesh devices will be required to pay $60 million
September 25
September 25

Massachusetts attorney general charges 2 ex-leaders of veterans' home where at least 76 sickened by coronavirus died

Massachusetts attorney general charges 2 ex-leaders of veterans' home where at least 76 sickened by coronavirus died
September 25
September 25

China aims to make 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses a year

A Chinese health official says the country’s annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next year, following an aggressive government support program for construction of new factories
September 25
Zheng Zhongwei, an official with China's National Health Commission, holds a chart showing different priority groups for a coronavirus vaccine as he speaks during a press conference held to discuss COVID-19 vaccine-related issues at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. A Chinese health official said Friday that the country's annual production capacity for COVID-19 vaccines will top 1-billion next year, following an aggressive government support program for new factories. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 25

Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

U.S.-based pharmaceutical company Novavax says it has begun a late stage trial of its potential COVID-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom because the high-level of the coronavirus circulating in the country is likely to produce quick results
September 25
People board a bus outside Waterloo station in London, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
September 25

Rural moms recovering from addiction struggle to stay connected during pandemic

"That realization -- of not being alone -- can be profoundly healing."
September 25
A mother recovering from an opioid addiction holds her son at their home in a remote area where prescription opioids addiction has greatly affected communities like Big Stone Gap, Va., July 22, 2019.
September 25

As COVID-19 cancels most youth sports seasons, some parents pursue legal action

As a few turn to lawsuits, expert says organized sports 'problematic at best.'
September 25
Ta'Shy Stewart of the Kokomo Wildkats runs the ball during the game against the Western Panthers at Kokomo High School on Aug. 22, 2020 in Kokomo, Ind.
September 25

AP Interview: Israeli virus czar fights outbreak, politics

A leading Israeli public health expert, who was named the country's coronavirus czar in mid-July, has been hailed as Israel’s best hope for halting a fast-growing number of cases
September 25
September 25

Stuck at sea: Nations urged to help virus-stranded mariners

The U.N. is trying to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners who are trapped at sea because of coronavirus restrictions
September 25
FILE- A cargo ship approaches the port of Piraeus as other ships are anchored, near Athens, Greece in this May 26, 2020 file photo. The United Nations is trying to figure out how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners trapped at sea because of COVID-19 virus restrictions that they face when they get home. Describing the desperation of seafarers who've been afloat for a year or more, Captain Hedi Marzougui pleaded their case Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at a U.N.-organized meeting with shipping executives and government transport officials.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)