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English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world

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

Pubs and movie theaters across England reopened Saturday as part of Britain’s biggest step toward post-outbreak normal, while South Africa signaled anything but — reporting another record daily high in 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.

Sex workers lack food for taking HIV drugs during COVID-19

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 1:05am

As the coronavirus spreads in Africa, it threatens in multiple ways those who earn their living on the streets — people like Mignonne, a 25-year-old sex worker with HIV.

Explosions rock 2 Somalia cities as 4 killed in Baidoa

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:41pm

Explosions rocked two of Somalia's largest cities on Saturday as officials said a suicide car bomber detonated near the port in Mogadishu and a land mine in a restaurant on the outskirts of Baidoa killed four people.

North Korea says it has no plans for talks with US

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:23pm

North Korea on Saturday reiterated it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington discards what it describes as “hostile” polices toward Pyongyang.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:40pm

Florida reported a record number of coronavirus cases, the latest sign that the the virus is surging in many parts of the United States and casting a pall over Fourth of July celebrations. Officials and health authorities warned people to take precautions or simply stay home on Saturday, as confirmed cases are climbing in 40 states. The U.S. set another daily record Friday with 52,300 newly reported infections, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. That is widely thought to be an undercount. Florida reported 11,445 infections on Saturday, bringing the statewide total to more than 190,000. 

Heavy rain floods southern Japan; over a dozen presumed dead

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 9:45pm

Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said.

Ethiopia's PM accuses dissidents of taking up arms in unrest

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 12:39pm

Ethiopia’s prime minister on Friday said dissidents he recently extended an offer of peace have “taken up arms” in revolt against the government in a week of deadly unrest that followed the killing of a popular singer.

Turkey convicts 4 human rights activists of terror charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:05am

A Turkish court on Friday convicted Amnesty International’s former Turkey chairman, Taner Kilic, of membership in a terror organization and sentenced him to more than six years in prison.

Canada suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:14am

Canada suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong on Friday after China imposed a new security law on the territory.

2 tremors shake Puerto Rico, latest in series of quakes

DÁnica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 9:31am

Two strong earthquakes shook Puerto Rico on Friday, but there were no reports of injuries in the latest of a series of tremors that have hit the U.S. territory since late December.

Man who crashed gate where Trudeau lives facing 22 charges

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 8:45am

A military reservist who allegedly crashed his truck through a gate on the grounds where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives was charged with 22 crimes on Friday, including weapons offenses and uttering threats.

Iran official: Cause of fire at Natanz nuclear site is known, will not be made public at this time for security reasons

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 8:14am

Iran official: Cause of fire at Natanz nuclear site is known, will not be made public at this time for security reasons.

French president names Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as new prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:43am

French president names Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as new prime minister.

AP Interview: Barcelona mayor wants Columbus statue debate

Renata Brito and Joseph Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:34am

Christopher Columbus has been decapitated, defaced, or quietly removed for his own good from pedestals across the United States in the wake of the protests for racial justice sweeping the country.

Iran declines to disclose cause of mysterious nuke site fire

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:21am

An online video and messages purportedly claiming responsibility for a fire that analysts say damaged a centrifuge assembly plant at Iran's underground Natanz nuclear site deepened the mystery Friday around the incident — even as Tehran insisted it knew the cause but would not make it public due to “security reasons.”

4 dead, 97 injured in blast at Turkish fireworks factory

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:04am

An explosion at a fireworks factory in northwestern Turkey on Friday killed four people and injured 97 others, officials said. At least three people were reported missing.

Botswana investigates 'mysterious deaths' of 275 elephants

Sello Motseta, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 2:22am

Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses — 275 — found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks.

Turkey: Khashoggi's fiancee appears at absent Saudis' trial

Suzan Fraser and Robert Badenbieck, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 2:08am

The fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi told a Turkish court Friday that the Washington Post columnist was lured to his death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul through “a great betrayal and deception,” and she asked that all persons responsible for his killing be brought to justice.