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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:40pm

A coronavirus outbreak is closing California’s Capitol and forcing the Assembly to put off its return to work as infection and hospitalization rates soar across the state. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, a Democrat from Inglewood, tweeted Monday that she was exposed to COVID-19 by someone when the Assembly met on June 26 to pass the state budget, even though she and others were wearing masks and observing physical distancing. She's in quarantine. The Assembly Speaker's office says four other people who work in the Assembly also tested positivie for COVID-19. The Capitol building will be closed until further notice for cleaning. 

Brazil's Bolsonaro says he will be tested for COVID-19

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 7:55pm

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said he will be tested for COVID-19 after having an X-ray of his lungs on Monday. He didn't say whether he was showing symptoms of the new coronavirus.

Disaster agency says death toll from flooding in southern Japan has risen to 50 and at least a dozen are missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 7:53pm

Disaster agency says death toll from flooding in southern Japan has risen to 50 and at least a dozen are missing.

UN chief warns COVID-19 provides opportunity for terrorists

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 6:22pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic provides new opportunities for the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and their affiliates as well as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups.

Malawi's new president urges all to root out corruption

Gregory Gondwe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 2:02pm

Malawi’s newly elected President Lazarus Chakwera has been inaugurated Monday in a small ceremony, following a last-minute change from a stadium event in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Burundi starts taking COVID-19 seriously, begins screening

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 12:14pm

Burundi launched a campaign of mass screening for COVID-19 on Monday, indicating that the new president is changing policies to more assertively combat the spread of the disease.

Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly?

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:53am

As the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori knows experts will have to come up with defenses against COVID-19 for the postponed games to open a year from now.

Man arrested in Germany after estranged wife killed on bus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:42am

Police in southern Germany say a 37-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing his estranged wife to death on a public bus.

Kenyans protest cop who allegedly killed man over sanitizer

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 8:24am

Residents of a small town in western Kenya set fire to a police station and damaged several vehicles after a police officer allegedly killed a man over a dispute about hand sanitizer, according to an official report.

Germany: 3-year sentence sought for former SS camp guard

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 7:40am

German prosecutors say the trial of a 93-year-old former guard at the Nazis' Stutthof concentration camp proved he was an accessory to murder, and they called Monday for him to be given a three-year sentence.

Austria: bachelor party ends with snake-bitten tongue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 6:25am

A German man's bachelor party in the Austrian Alps ended with a snake bite on the tongue and a trip to a hospital.

Germany spent over $1B to cover costs linked to US troops

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 5:25am

The German government has paid more than $1 billion over the past decade to cover costs related to the stationing of U.S. troops in Germany, according to the finance ministry in Berlin.

South Africa begins second phase of reopening of schools

Mogomotsi Magome and Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 5:06am

While thousands of South African students are returning to school Monday after nearly four months when their classes were closed to combat the spread of COVID-19, authorities are debating a return to more restrictive measures because of a surge in cases.

China's Inner Mongolia region reports bubonic plague case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 3:56am

While China appears to have reduced coronavirus cases to near zero, other infectious threats remain, with local health authorities announcing a suspected bubonic plague case in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Czech volunteers develop functioning lung ventilator in days

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 2:22am

Tomas Kapler knew nothing about ventilators — he’s an online business consultant, not an engineer or a medical technician. But when he saw that shortages of the vital machines had imperiled critically ill COVID-19 patients in northern Italy, he was moved to action.

With a view toward Iran, Israel launches spy satellite

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 11:21pm

Israel said it successfully launched a new spy satellite into space on Monday as its leaders hinted it was behind a massive fire at an Iranian nuclear site last week — potentially ratcheting up a long-running covert war.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 10:40pm

New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying to better align flights with the hotel locations. New Zealand has eliminated community transmission of the coronavirus but is still getting cases at the border. For the most part, only residents and citizens are able to fly into the country and must remain in a quarantined hotel room for 14 days. 

Iran confirms damaged nuclear site was centrifuge facility

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 3:16pm

Iran on Sunday confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly center, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Dominican Republic chooses leader amid rising COVID-19 cases

MartÍn JosÉ Adames AlcÁntara, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 10:16am

With COVID-19 cases still surging, the Dominican Republic on Sunday held presidential elections that had already been delayed by the pandemic, and polls indicated that a businessman with no previous experience in government was favored to oust a party that has ruled for the past 16 years.