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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 10:40pm

Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total. A count by Johns Hopkins University has only the United States, Brazil and Britain with more confirmed deaths from the new coronavirus. Sunday’s rise to 35,006 confirmed deaths moved Mexico, a country with 130 million inhabitants, past Italy. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador insisted the development of the pandemic “is positive, it is good” because of Mexico’s 32 states only nine had an increase in infections. Nevertheless, some days this week has seen record daily numbers of new infections in the country.  

Boy, 12, arrested after Palace player Zaha gets racist posts

Rob Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 12:56pm

A 12-year-old boy was arrested by police after Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha highlighted racist abuse he received ahead of Sunday's Premier League match at Aston Villa.

F1 star Hamilton raises right fist in fight against racism

Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 11:04am

Standing on the podium to celebrate his latest win, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton raised a clenched right fist and then delivered a message to his fellow drivers not to slow down in the fight against racism.

South Africa returns to ban on alcohol sales as virus surges

Mogomotsi Magome and Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 7:45am

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country will immediately return to a ban on the sale of alcohol to reduce the volume of trauma patients so that hospitals have more beds open to treat COVID-19 patients.

As US grapples with virus, Florida hits record case increase

Tamara Lush and Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 5:51am

With the United States grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state's largest single-day increase in positive cases.

Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown

Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 4:49am

A misaligned missile battery, miscommunication between troops and their commanders and a decision to fire without authorization all led to Iran's Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in January, killing all 176 people on board, a new report says.

Iran investigators blame shootdown of Ukranian flight on misaligned missile battery, no communication with commanders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 4:27am

Iran investigators blame shootdown of Ukranian flight on misaligned missile battery, no communication with commanders.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the Republican National Convention won't be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he'd anticipated. Already the late August event has moved from North Carolina to Florida, and now coronavirus cases are spiking and there's an economic recession. Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether the convention will be worth the trouble. Some are advocating that it be scrapped altogether. They reason that conventions are meant to lay out a candidate’s vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety those who attend. Ultimately, the call on whether to move forward will be Trump’s alone.

Okinawa governor wants tougher action as 61 Marines infected

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 8:37pm

The governor of Japan's Okinawa island demanded a top U.S. military commander take tougher prevention measures and more transparency hours after officials were told that more than 60 Marines at two bases have been infected with the coronavirus over the past few days.

UN Security Council approves aid to Syrian rebel area through just one crossing from Turkey, in a victory for Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 3:38pm

UN Security Council approves aid to Syrian rebel area through just one crossing from Turkey, in a victory for Russia.

UN approves aid to Syria's rebel area through 1 crossing

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 3:18pm

Russia scored a victory for its ally Syria on Saturday by forcing the Security Council to limit humanitarian aid deliveries to the country’s mainly rebel-held northwest to just one crossing point from Turkey, a move that Western nations say will cut a lifeline for 1.3 million people.

Widow condemns "barbaric" death of driver beaten over masks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 12:53pm

The wife of a French bus driver who was beaten to death after he asked four passengers to wear face masks aboard his vehicle called Saturday for “exemplary punishment” for his killers.

Video calls, separate bedrooms: Bolsonaro’s first COVID week

Daniel Carvalho, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 12:30pm

After months in which Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed COVID-19 by flouting social distancing recommendations and mostly shunning masks, both coronavirus precautions became part of his cloistered life this week at the official residence in capital Brasilia.

Puerto Rico questions Spain's legacy as statues tumble in US

DÁnica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 11:41am

Statues, street names, plazas and even the body of conquistador Juan Ponce de León himself: Spain left a nearly indelible legacy in Puerto Rico that attracts hordes of tourists every year, but some activists are trying to erase it as they join a U.S. movement to eradicate symbols of oppression.

25 years since Srebrenica, some victims finally laid to rest

Radul Radovanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 8:04am

Bahrudin Salihovic always knew his father had perished 25 years ago in the storm of violence unleashed after Serb forces overran the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in the final months of the Balkan country’s 1992-95 war. He himself barely survived.

Mali protests in 2nd day despite president's call for talks

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 7:30am

Police fired tear gas Saturday in Mali’s capital as scattered groups came out for a second straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president's latest call for dialogue.

Virus cases up sharply in Africa, India as inequality stings

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 7:12am

South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in just two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw its biggest daily spike as its infections passed 800,000. The surging cases are raising sharp concerns about unequal treatment in the pandemic, as the wealthy hoard medical equipment and use private hospitals and the poor crowd into overwhelmed public facilities.

Dozens of US Marines in Japan's Okinawa get coronavirus

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 5:45am

Dozens of U.S. Marines at two bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have been infected with the coronavirus in what is feared to be a massive outbreak, Okinawa's governor said Saturday, demanding an adequate explanation from the U.S. military.

Leaders, survivors mark 25 years since Srebrenica massacre

Sabina Niksic, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 4:22am

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.