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Emergency services doctor Christophe Prodhomme answers the Associated Press at the Avicenne hospital in Bobigny, north of Paris, Wednesday Aug.5, 2020. 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 build. (AP Photo/Nadine Achoui-Lesage)
August 06, 2020 - 1:59 am
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...
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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: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
August 06, 2020 - 1:35 am
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...
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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)
August 06, 2020 - 1:12 am
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 Thursday...
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Aichi Gov. Hideaki Ohmura shows off a placard "State of Emergency" in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, central Japan, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Ohmura announced a state of emergency Thursday due to rising virus cases and asked businesses and people to curb their activities, especially during an upcoming holiday. Aichi prefecture has been seeing more than 100 new infections reported daily since mid-July after an extended period of zero new daily cases. (Kyodo News via AP)
August 06, 2020 - 1:02 am
TOKYO (AP) — A governor in central Japan announced a state of emergency Thursday due to rising virus cases and asked businesses and people to curb their activities, especially during an upcoming holiday. Aichi prefecture has been seeing more than 100 new infections reported daily since mid-July...
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Visitors observe a minute of silence for the victims of the atomic bombing, at 8:15am, the time atomic bomb exploded over the city, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park during the ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Hiroshima, western Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
August 05, 2020 - 11:31 pm
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — 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. An upsurge of coronavirus...
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A man walks past the closed Stag pub, after bars, cafes and restaurants were ordered to close as lockdown restrictions were reimposed due to a coronavirus cluster in the area, in Aberdeen, Scotland, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. A five-mile travel rule has been put in place and residents are being told not to enter each other's houses as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said over 50 cases have now been reported. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
August 05, 2020 - 7:33 pm
LONDON (AP) — Officials in Scotland ordered bars, cafes and restaurants in the city of Aberdeen to close Wednesday, reimposing anti-virus restrictions after a cluster of 54 COVID-19 cases in the area was linked to a single bar. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the new cases raised wider...
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People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride scooters during a rainfall in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Measures to contain the spread on a COVID-19 outbreak in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, including locking down some communities and limiting public transport, appear to have been effective and reported case numbers have gradually fallen. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 05, 2020 - 7:14 pm
BEIJING — New COVID-19 cases in China’s northwestern city of Urumqi have shown a slight rise, with 27 reported Thursday, five more than the day before. The uptick in the Xinjiang region shows authorities are still battling to end country’s latest major outbreak that appeared around three weeks ago...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 1945, file photo, smoke rises 20,000 feet above Hiroshima, western Japan, after the first atomic bomb was dropped during warfare. Hiroshima was targeted because it was a major Japanese military hub filled with military bases and ammunition facilities. The city of Hiroshima on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack. (AP Photo, File)
August 05, 2020 - 6:36 pm
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The city of Hiroshima in western Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack on Thursday. Three days after its Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, a man takes a coronavirus test at a mobile site at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, in Los Angeles. California has stopped updating a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools after a problem in the state's coronavirus testing database has led to an undercount. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 05, 2020 - 5:36 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to determine the impact from an unresolved technical problem with the state's coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state...
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This photo shows a general view of the scene of an explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Associated Press
August 05, 2020 - 3:58 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Investigators probing the deadly blast that ripped across Beirut focused Wednesday on possible negligence in the storage of tons of a highly explosive fertilizer in a waterfront warehouse, while the government ordered the house arrest of several port officials. International aid...
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