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Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave trader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 1:35am

An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol formerly occupied by a statue of a slave trader.

Report: Mongolian teenager dies of bubonic plague

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:22pm

A 15-year-old boy has died in western Mongolia of bubonic plague, the country's national news agency reported.

Lives Lost: London's Hackney Marshes will miss head referee

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:20pm

The best referees are largely invisible, maintaining order unobtrusively and letting the players decide the game. Their absence — when things can spin out of control — is often more obvious than when they are quietly going about their duties.

Man blamed for nearly half Sri Lanka virus cases speaks out

Bharatha Mallawarachi and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 10:36pm

For months he’s been anonymous, but now Prasad Dinesh, linked by Sri Lankan authorities to nearly half of the country's more than 2,600 coronavirus cases, is trying to clear his name, and shed some of the stigma of a heroin addiction at the root of his ordeal.

Mexico's president turns attention to cartel-plagued states

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 10:02pm

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is traveling to three of Mexico’s most violent states this week to counter what many call a “hands-off” strategy toward drug cartels that has exacerbated tensions with state governors.

Young activists, localists top Hong Kong pro-democracy polls

Zen Soo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 9:58pm

Young activists and localist candidates dominated Hong Kong’s unofficial pro-democracy primaries over the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of people voting despite warnings the election could violate the territory's new security law imposed by Beijing.

Over 1 million marooned in Bangladesh as floods worsen

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 6:26pm

Heavy flooding is worsening in parts of Bangladesh, with over 1 million villagers marooned or leaving their homes for higher ground along with their cattle and other belongings, officials and volunteers said Tuesday.

South Africa surpasses the UK in confirmed coronavirus cases

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 1:56pm

South Africa on Tuesday surpassed the U.K. in its number of confirmed coronavirus cases as the country's president warns of "the gravest crisis in the history of our democracy.”

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.