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The Latest: South Africa reports record daily infections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:09pm

South Africa has announced another record daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases with 9,064, as Africa’s most developed country shows signs of strain in coping with the pandemic.

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

Alexandra Jaffe and Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:52pm

On an average day, President Donald 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.

Asia Today: 63 new cases in major cities in South Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 7:51pm

South Korea has reported 63 new cases of the coronavirus, continuing a weekslong resurgence as new clusters pop up in various parts of the country.

As Texas reverses course on masks, GOP digs in on convention

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:09pm

As Texas began mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, his party charged ahead with plans for a massive convention this month in Houston, magnifying the conflicting responses in the Texas GOP to a rampant resurgence of the coronavirus.

Nigerian man charged with cyber fraud against US companies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 12:51pm

A Nigerian national appeared in federal court in Chicago Friday accused of orchestrating an international cyber fraud scheme that federal prosecutors say defrauded U.S. businesses in six states out of tens of millions of dollars.

Family files discrimination lawsuit against Hampton Inn

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 12:49pm

A Black family has filed a federal lawsuit against the parent company of Hampton Inn and others after the family said a North Carolina clerk called police on them over a billing dispute two years ago.

Second wave of virus closures wallops California restaurants

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:56am

Homayoun Dariyani was training servers and cooks for his soon-to-open gourmet hamburger grill in March when California abruptly shut down dine-in restaurants to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Ukraine's parliament accepts chief banker's resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:10am

Ukraine’s parliament on Friday accepted the resignation of the country’s top banker, who has stepped down citing political pressure.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:02am

World stock markets dipped in Europe after gains in Asia.

Quarantine-free travel from UK to Cyprus to start Aug 1

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:47am

Cyprus’ beleaguered tourism sector got some good news after the government announced on Friday that travelers from the U.K. will be allowed entry into the east Mediterranean island nation next month without having to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine.

Turkey: pilots on trial over Ghosn escape released from jail

Mehmet Guzel and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:34am

A Turkish court on Friday released four pilots and a private airline official from jail, pending the outcome of their trial on charges of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan to Lebanon, via Turkey.

More fireworks in Americans' hands for July 4 raises risks

Suman Naishadham, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:25am

For many Americans, the Fourth of July will be more intimate this year. It also could be riskier.

Redskins to have 'thorough review' of name amid race debate

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 9:45am

The Washington Redskins began a “thorough review” of their name Friday, a significant step toward moving on from what experts and advocates call a “dictionary-defined racial slur.”

Opponents of 5G networks set fire to Cyprus' mobile antennas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 9:19am

A small group of people who oppose 5G mobile telephone technology is likely responsible for arson attacks against four mobile telephone antenna installations in Cyprus' coastal town of Limassol, a Cypriot police official said Friday.

Germany's upper house of parliament approves long-awaited bills to end the country's use of coal for power by 2038

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 7:36am

Germany's upper house of parliament approves long-awaited bills to end the country's use of coal for power by 2038.

Switzerland: 2 trains collide in mountain railway tunnel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 5:11am

Two trains collided in a tunnel on a mountain railway in Switzerland on Friday, slightly injuring a few people, the railway operator said.

UK scraps quarantine for some visitors as pubs set to reopen

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:31am

Boris Johnson wants a haircut and a beer.

Spain sets aside another $56 billion for ailing companies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:29am

The Spanish government announced Friday it is making available another 50 billion euros ($56 billion) in aid for companies struggling to weather economic difficulties brought by the new coronavirus outbreak.

Merkel says 'every day counts' in passing EU recovery fund

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 3:12am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed Friday for a quick agreement on a recovery fund aimed at pulling the European Union out of the coronavirus recession, arguing that “every day counts.”