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UN: Pandemic could push tens of millions into chronic hunger

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 8:50am

The United Nations says the ranks of the world’s hungry grew by 10 million last year and warns that the coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 130 million more people into chronic hunger this year.

Somalia's army chief survives bombing of his convoy; 1 dead

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 8:32am

Somalia’s army chief has survived an assassination attempt when a suicide car bomber targeted his convoy in the Somali capital Monday, officials said. At least one person was killed by the blast, they said.

Families of Italy's virus dead seek answers, solace, justice

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 1:51am

It started out as way for grief-struck families to mourn their coronavirus dead online: a Facebook group where relatives who were denied a funeral because of Italy’s stringent lockdowns could share photos, memories and sorrow that their loved ones had died all alone.

Malaysia PM wins test of support, ousts house speaker

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 1:24am

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin narrowly won a motion to remove the speaker of parliament on Monday, scraping through the first test of his support nearly five months after taking power.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 10:40 a.m. EDT

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

The Washington NFL team is shedding the “Redskins” name effective immediately. The change comes less than two weeks after owner Dan Snyder launched an organizational review amid pressure from sponsors to make a change. A new name for one of football's oldest franchises must still be selected and it’s unclear how soon that will happen. Native American experts and advocates have long protested the name they call a “dictionary-defined racial slur.” The name dates to 1933 when the team was still based in Boston.

China reports 141 dead or missing in flooding since June

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 10:24pm

The Yangtze River region has seen its second highest rainfall in more than a half-century so far this year as deadly flooding strikes much of China.

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.