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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 10:40pm

Atlanta’s mayor has signed an executive order mandating masks, effective immediately, in Georgia’s largest city. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed the order Wednesday. The move could set up a confrontation with the Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who has already clashed with Bottoms recently over policing issues. Bottoms and other leaders in the state have unsuccessfully appealed to Kemp to change his order that local governments can’t exceed the state's requirements. Atlanta would not be the first Georgia locality to mandate face coverings. Savannah and the Atlanta suburb of East Point were joined Tuesday by Athens-Clarke County.

Australia ends Hong Kong extradition treaty, extends visas

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 9:36pm

Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory, the prime minister said Thursday.

Heavy rain hits scenic central Japan, more damage in south

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 8:59pm

Flooding and mudslides have stranded hundreds of people in scenic hot springs and hiking areas in central Japan, while rescue workers searched on Thursday for more people missing in the disaster that already has killed nearly 60 people in a southern region.

Mali leader promises court changes in bid to quell protests

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 7:32pm

In a televised midnight speech, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita promised early Thursday to reform the country's constitutional court in a bid to quell another round of protests calling for his resignation.

Bolsonaro becomes 'poster boy' for unproven virus treatment

David Biller, Marcelo By Sousa and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 5:59pm

After months of touting an unproven anti-malaria drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is turning himself into a test case live before millions of people as he swallows hydroxychloroquine pills on social media and encourages others to do the same.

UN Council rejects Russia bid to limit Syrian aid deliveries

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 2:25pm

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution that would have cut back the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria’s mainly rebel-held northwest to just one crossing point from Turkey.

UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya `unprecedented'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 12:52pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that foreign interference in Libya’s war has reached “unprecedented levels” and urged key players and their backers to unblock the political stalemate and agree to a cease-fire and peace talks.

Italy cracks down on Bangladesh amid virus concerns

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 11:04am

More than 100 Bangladeshis who arrived at Rome’s airport Wednesday were refused entry as Italy tightens restrictions on travel from coronavirus hotspots in a bid to prevent new infection clusters in the onetime European epicenter of the outbreak.

26 women accuse Paris street artist of rape, sexual assault

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 10:30am

Paris police are investigating accusations by 26 women that a street artist in the historic Montmartre neighborhood raped or sexually assaulted them, in what their lawyers describe as a systematic, years-long pattern of targeting and manipulating teen girls and young women.

Rights group says 180 dead found in Burkina Faso mass graves

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 9:12am

At least 180 bodies were found in mass graves in northern Burkina Faso with evidence suggesting the government army was involved in large-scale executions turning the area into a “killing field,” Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

Crane collapses in east London, killing 1, injuring 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 8:49am

A 20-meter (65-foot) crane collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London, killing one person and injuring four others, authorities said Wednesday.

Doggy deliveries help Colombians shop during pandemic

Luis Benavides and Manuel Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 8:01am

Eight-year-old Eros trots through the streets of this hilly city several times a day with a straw basket in his jaws, taking vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to customers of the El Porvenir mini-market. The chocolate Labrador retriever is paid with treats and massages of his furry head.

Turkey: Rescuers find wreck of missing migrant boat in lake

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 7:35am

Turkish search-and-rescue teams on Wednesday located the wreck of a boat that was reported missing in a lake in eastern Turkey with up to 60 migrants on board, officials said.

Lebanese man who financed Hezbollah in US returns home

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 4:30am

A Lebanese businessman serving a five-year sentence in the United States for providing millions of dollars to the militant Hezbollah group arrived Wednesday in Beirut after his early release, local media reported.

China defends WHO, lashes out at US move to withdraw

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 4:00am

China defended the World Health Organization and lashed out at the U.S. decision to withdraw from the U.N. body, adding to a litany of disputes between the world's largest economies and increasing geopolitical rivals.

Ethiopia's week of unrest sees 239 dead, 3,500 arrested

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:49am

At least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest challenge yet to its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister.

Mourners attend funeral mass for retired pope's brother

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:47am

A memorial mass was held Wednesday in Germany for the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

UK report: Medical treatments caused many 'avoidable harm'

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:28am

Hundreds of women and their babies suffered “avoidable harm" because Britain's healthcare system ignored serious concerns raised about some medical treatments, a scathing review into three National Health Service scandals found Wednesday.

Power tussle in Nepal ruling party as China influence grows

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:13am

Nepal’s prime minister could be forced out of office within weeks amid an internal tussle for power within his governing party following his sharp rhetoric on neighboring India and as Chinese influence grows in the country.