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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.

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.

Israel announces successful launch of new spy satellite

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

Israel's Defense Ministry announced the successful launch of a new spy satellite early on Monday that would help the country monitor Iran's nuclear activity as its foreign minister hinted that Israel may have been behind a fire that damaged an Iranian nuclear site last week.

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

The finance ministry in Berlin says that 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. The ministry provided the figures in reply to a query from an opposition lawmaker. The German government paid a total of 982.4 million euros ($1.1 billion) between 2010 and 2019, according to the finance ministry. Of that, 648.5 million euros went into construction work. Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he is ordering a major reduction in troop strength in Germany, from around 34,500 personnel down to 25,000. 

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.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 6:50am

A sheriff's official says a shooting at a South Carolina nightclub left two people dead and eight wounded. No one was immediately taken into custody following the early Sunday shooting at Lavish Lounge, but a Greenville County sheriff's spokesperson said they were looking for two suspects. Authorities had originally said 12 people were hurt, but later told the AP that two victims were likely counted twice initially. Of the eight wounded, some had non-life-threatening injuries and others were in critical condition. A Facebook post from the club said Foogiano was scheduled to perform Saturday night. A representative tells the AP the trap rapper is safe.

Ethiopian police patrol Oromia area and capital after unrest

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 6:46am

Ethiopian police were patrolling the country's troubled Oromia region and the capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday, following a week of unrest in which 166 people were killed and more than 2,000 arrested, after a popular singer was shot dead.

Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 5:44am

Israel said Sunday it has ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance program resumed while Palestinians in the West Bank returned to life under lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases in both areas.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says she has secured her second term as head of the Japanese capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 5:06am

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says she has secured her second term as head of the Japanese capital.

Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child

Samya Kullab, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 3:30am

The Iraqi military said Sunday that a rocket aimed at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child.

Crunch, crunch: Africa's locust outbreak is far from over

Khaled Kazziha and Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 1:22am

The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight.

Croatia's ruling conservatives win big in parliamentary vote

Sasha Kavic, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 11:20pm

The ruling conservatives overwhelmingly won Croatia's parliamentary elections held Sunday amid a spike in new coronavirus cases as the latest European Union member state leaned further to the right.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 10:40pm

Tropical Storm Edouard has formed over the far North Atlantic, but the storm poses no immediate threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Edouard has top sustained winds of 40 mph, with higher gusts. It was located late Sunday night about 685 miles south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, Canada. The tropical storm is expected to become a post-tropical storm on Monday. No coastal storm watches or warnings are in effect. A hurricane researcher says Edouard is the earliest fifth named storm on record. Two named storms formed in the Atlantic before the official start of the hurricane season June 1.

Tokyo governor wins 2nd term, buoyed by handling of virus

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 9:38pm

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has won a second term to head the Japanese capital, propelled to an election victory Sunday by public support for her handling of the coronavirus crisis despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease.

Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 6:41am

Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open.

English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 4:02am

Pubs, hair salons and movie theaters across England reopened Saturday as part of Britain’s biggest step toward post-outbreak normal, while South Africa and other parts of the world signaled anything but — reporting another day of record confirmed coronavirus cases.

Pints poured, unkempt hairdos cut, as England eases lockdown

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 3:25am

The pints were supped and the unkempt hairdos cut and styled as England embarked Saturday on its biggest lockdown-easing yet, one that many think came too soon given still-high levels of coronavirus infections and deaths.