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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 10:40pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Capitol officials have issued broad new mask requirements after a Republican member of Congress tested positive for the coronavirus. The member, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, often shunned wearing masks and was known to vote without one. Pelosi announced Wednesday evening that all members will be required to wear a mask when voting on the House floor. Several hours later, the House sergeant-at-arms and the Capitol’s top physician issued an order that everyone in House office buildings will have to wear masks inside, with few exceptions. That mandate goes into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday. 

After Ecuador eased its lockdown, the virus surged in Quito

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 1:02pm

Struggling to breathe, Luis Gualotuña arrived before dawn Wednesday at a coronavirus testing site in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, which has experienced an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases since the government started to reopen the economy last month.

Guatemala burying dozens of unidentified COVID-19 dead

Sonia PÉrez D., Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 11:45am

Guatemalan hospitals say they have had to bury dozens of COVID-19 victims who have never been identified, and one hospital is creating archives in hopes that once the pandemic passes, their relatives will come looking for them.

US slaps sanctions on Syrian president's eldest son

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 10:42am

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on President Bashar Assad's eldest son, Hafez, keeping up pressure on the Syrian leader and his inner circle.

4 arrested under new Hong Kong security law for online posts

Alice Fung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 10:08am

Hong Kong police have signaled their intent to enforce a new Chinese national security law strictly, arresting four youths Wednesday on suspicion of inciting secession through social media posts.

129 Vietnam virus patients repatriated; local spread widens

Hau Dinh, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 8:09am

A plane carrying 129 Vietnamese citizens diagnosed with COVID-19 arrived in their homeland from Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, with the patients immediately transferred to a hospital for treatment, the government said.

Plan to get more bikes on road wobbles as UK tackles obesity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 7:02am

A plan by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to get more Britons cycling has got off to a rocky start, with a website offering bicycle repair vouchers crashing at launch.

Germany: Garden search continues in McCann investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 3:40am

German police investigating the 2007 disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal were searching a garden plot Wednesday on the outskirts of Hannover, northern Germany, for a third day in a row.

Iran launches underground ballistic missiles during exercise

Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th - 12:12am

Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles Wednesday as part of an exercise involving a mock-up American aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, highlighting its network of subterranean missile sites.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 10:40pm

Attorneys said contractors believe they may be able to remove one of the two victims still inside the wreckage of the partly collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans by next week. The bodies of two workers were set to be removed earlier this month, after being trapped in the building’s rubble since the collapse in October, but bad weather and mechanical issues with robots used to clear debris have forced delays. Attorneys for the hotel developer said new equipment was brought in and one body should be removed next week. A timeline for the other victim wasn't released.

Yemen's separatists to give up self-rule, push peace deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 8:51pm

Yemen’s leading separatist group will abandon its aspirations for self-rule to implement a stalled peace deal brokered by Saudi Arabia, the group announced early Wednesday in a step toward closing a dangerous rift between nominal allies in the five-year war.

Hundreds wait hours for coronavirus care in Ecuador capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 6:24pm

Hundreds of people with breathing problems waited for hours in long lines in Ecuador's capital Tuesday seeking medical attention and tests to determine if they were infected with the new coronavirus.

UN report finds migrants face violence by African officials

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 4:10pm

A new U.N. refugee agency report on migrants who braved long and often-deadly land routes to Libya has found that government officials, such as border guards, police and soldiers, in the African countries they crossed were responsible for nearly half of all cases of physical violence against them.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 1:11pm

Florida reported more than 9,000 coronavirus cases Tuesday and a new daily high of 191 deaths. That brings the total coronavirus cases to nearly 442,000 and more than 6,100 confirmed deaths, according to the state Health Department. The previous record of daily coronavirus deaths in Florida was 173 last week. The number of patients treated in hospitals statewide for the coronavirus was steady during the past 24 hours at just over 9,000 -- down from about 9,500 a week ago.

Returning UN envoy: Israel won't suffer for tight Trump ties

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 11:37am

Israel's returning ambassador to the United Nations affirmed the country's bond with the Trump administration Tuesday, dismissing notions that Israel would pay a price for its tight ties to the divisive president should he be defeated in November.

Maduro's hold on Venezuela tightens as coronavirus surges

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 9:51am

More than a year after a young U.S.-backed politician rose up to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the socialist leader holds a yet stronger grip on power — with a boost from the novel coronavirus.

Racist? French cafe pulls "African," "Chinese" ice creams

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 9:30am

The “African" ice cream dessert was topped by a chocolate-covered meringue ball decorated with thick red lips. The “Chinese” lemon sorbet had a yellow meringue head, with thinly drawn eyes.

US military says airstrike killed civilian in Somalia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 8:08am

The U.S. military on Tuesday acknowledged killing a civilian and wounding three others with an airstrike in Somalia earlier this year.

Germany: over a quarter of population has immigrant roots

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 7:10am

More than a quarter of Germany's inhabitants are immigrants or have immigrant roots, according to official data for 2019 released Tuesday.