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Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 8:41am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized an independent U.N. human rights expert's report insisting a American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January was a “watershed” event in the use of drones and amounted to a violation of international law.

Wimbledon to allocate prize money despite cancellation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 7:41am

Wimbledon will pay out $12.5 million in prize money to 620 players despite the tournament's cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club said Friday.

France urges Netanyahu not to annex parts of West Bank

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 7:24am

French President Emmanuel Macron is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to annex occupied territory in the West Bank, warning that it would violate international law and threaten long-term peace efforts.

Turkish high court ruling paves way for Istanbul's 6th century Hagia Sophia museum to be re-converted into mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 7:08am

Turkish high court ruling paves way for Istanbul's 6th century Hagia Sophia museum to be re-converted into mosque.

Kazakhstan rejects Chinese warning over pneumonia outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 5:18am

Kazakhstan's health officials on Friday dismissed a Chinese claim that the Central Asian country is facing an outbreak of pneumonia more deadly than the new coronavirus.

Flood-weary Venice puts 'Moses' inflatable barriers to test

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 4:40am

Venice has conducted a trial run of an ambitious anti-flood system of 78 inflatable barriers in hopes of protecting the lagoon city from devastating high tides.

Notre Dame Cathedral to be rebuilt without modern touches

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 4:37am

Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year’s devastating fire.

Oxygen already runs low as COVID-19 surges in South Africa

Mogomotsi Magome, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:54am

The coronavirus storm has arrived in South Africa, but in the overflowing COVID-19 wards the sound is less of a roar than a rasp.

AP EXPLAINS: Why India cases are rising to multiple peaks

Emily Schmall and Aniruddha Ghosal, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 2:07am

In just three weeks, India went from the world’s sixth worst-affected country by the coronavirus to the third, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. India's fragile health system was bolstered during a stringent monthslong lockdown but could still be overwhelmed by an exponential rise in infections.

WHO experts to visit China to plan COVID-19 investigation

Sam McNeil, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:38pm

Two World Health Organization experts were heading to the Chinese capital on Friday to lay the groundwork for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

UN official: 700 people died in Syrian camps for IS families

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:30pm

The U.N. counterterrorism chief said his office received information that 700 people died recently in two camps in northeast Syria, where more than 70,000 mainly women and children connected to Islamic State fighters are detained in “very dire conditions.”

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 10:40pm

The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid. In totaling the church’s haul, The Associated Press also found tens of millions of dollars went to dioceses whose financial stress was due not simply to the pandemic but also to recent payouts to victims of clergy sex abuse. The Paycheck Protection Program the church tapped was intended to help small businesses and nonprofits pay workers amid a cratering economy. The church maximized its take after lobbying for an exemption that gave all religious groups preferential treatment. That helped make the Catholic Church among the biggest winners in the U.S. government’s pandemic relief efforts.

Japan braces for more heavy rain as death toll rises to 66

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 9:42pm

Parts of Japan still searching for missing people and evacuating those stranded by deadly floods and mudslides were bracing for more pounding rains through the weekend.

Seoul mayor's death prompts sympathy, questions of his acts

Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Hyung-Jyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 9:05pm

The sudden death of Seoul’s mayor, reportedly implicated in a sexual harassment complaint, has prompted an outpouring of public sympathy even as it has raised questions about a man who built his career as a reform-minded politician and self-described feminist.

City officials say late Seoul mayor left note saying he felt “sorry to all people” and asking that his body be cremated

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 8:57pm

City officials say late Seoul mayor left note saying he felt “sorry to all people” and asking that his body be cremated.

Voting begins in Singapore general elections, with strict safety precautions being taken against the coronavirus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 6:03pm

Voting begins in Singapore general elections, with strict safety precautions being taken against the coronavirus.

Justice secretary resigns as Puerto Rico turmoil deepens

DÁnica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 9:48am

Puerto Rico’s political turmoil deepened Thursday as the island’s newest justice secretary resigned in the wake of an investigation targeting the U.S. territory’s governor, who remains under scrutiny.

Police say body of missing Seoul mayor has been found in forested hills

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 9:44am

Police say body of missing Seoul mayor has been found in forested hills.

US Army chief welcomed to Thailand with coronavirus test

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 5:28am

A U.S. Army delegation led by chief of staff Gen. James McConville on Thursday became the first official visitors to Thailand since entry rules were eased as part of the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.