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South Africa surpasses the UK in confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Health Ministry and Johns Hopkins data

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 1:50pm

South Africa surpasses the UK in confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Health Ministry and Johns Hopkins data.

British journalist Jo Tuckman dies in Mexico after illness

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:11am

Soon after arriving in Mexico in 2000, British journalist Jo Tuckman reported on what many Mexicans could scarcely have imagined: the election defeat of the political party that had governed autocratically for 71 years.

Jewish groups urge US to step up pressure on Jordan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 10:27am

A coalition of Jewish American groups has called on the U.S. government to press Jordan to extradite a Palestinian woman who helped carry out a 2001 suicide bombing that killed 15 people, including two Americans, in Jerusalem.

Armenia-Azerbaijan border fighting escalates; 16 killed

Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 7:43am

Armenia and Azerbaijan forces fought Tuesday with heavy artillery and drones, leaving at least 16 people killed on both sides, including an Azerbaijani general, in the worst outbreak of hostilities in years.

Ethiopia enters 3rd week of internet shutdown after unrest

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 7:27am

Ethiopia is entering its third week without internet service for almost everyone after days of deadly unrest, as the government in Africa’s diplomatic and aviation hub says it’s trying to prevent speech that could further inflame ethnic tensions.

UN commission warns new Burundi leader needs watching

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 5:44am

A United Nations commission of inquiry warns that it will take more than a new president to reverse the trend of repression in the East African country of Burundi.

Japan: US military coronavirus policy has multiple problems

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 3:52am

Japan's defense minister said Tuesday that officials have discovered "a number of problems” with U.S. military measures to guard against the coronavirus among service members stationed in Japan after 95 Marines tested positive at several bases on the southern island of Okinawa.

Iran executes defense ministry staffer as alleged CIA spy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 3:48am

Iran has executed a former employee of the defense ministry who was convicted of spying on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, the country's judiciary said Tuesday. It was the second such execution in the past month.

Pakistan to resume polio campaign as COVID-19 cases decline

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 3:14am

Pakistan announced Tuesday it would resume vaccinations against polio next week, months after the drive against this crippling children’s disease was halted because the novel coronavirus had overwhelmed the country's health system.

ICC prosecutor says defendant was 'key' to Timbuktu crimes

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 3:11am

An alleged Islamic extremist who went on trial Tuesday on charges that he policed a brutal Islamic regime in Timbuktu after al-Qaida-linked rebels overran the historic Malian desert city in 2012 was a “key figure” in the reign of terror, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said.

France says 'merci' to virus heroes on poignant Bastille Day

Angela Charlton and Arno Pedram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 12:48am

Medics in white coats replaced uniformed soldiers as stars of France’s Bastille Day ceremonies Tuesday, as the usual grandiose military parade in Paris was recalibrated to honor medics who died fighting COVID-19, supermarket cashiers, postal workers and other heroes of the pandemic.

China accuses US of sowing discord in South China Sea

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 11:11pm

The Trump administration's rejection of broad Chinese claims to much of the South China Sea came across in Asia as an election-year political move, with some appealing for calm amid fears of greater tensions.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 10:40pm

South Africa's health ministry and data from Johns Hopkins University shows the country has surpassed the UK in its number of confirmed coronavirus cases. South Africa now has the world’s eighth highest number of confirmed cases with nearly 298,300. President Cyril Ramaphosa this week said the country is now “confronted by the gravest crisis in the history of our democracy.” He said many more infections have gone undetected despite South Africa conducting more tests than any other African country. A strict lockdown delayed the surge in cases but it has been loosened under economic pressure. Now the president says a “storm” has arrived and is stressing the country's resources. 

Thousands in Russia's Far East protest governor's jailing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 10:37am

Thousands of protesters gathered Monday for a third straight day of massive rallies in Russia's Far East against the jailing of a provincial governor accused of involvement in multiple murders.

American woman freed after being held captive in Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 9:23am

An American woman who was lured to Nigeria by a man she met on Facebook has been rescued after spending more than a year in captivity, authorities said.

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.

Manhunt in Germany for man who disarmed 4 police officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 4:13am

Hundreds of German police were involved in a manhunt Monday for a 31-year-old man in camouflage clothing who disarmed four officers at gunpoint a day earlier and then fled into the forest with a pistol, knife and a bow and arrow.

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.