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U.S. man, 30, dies from virus after attending 'COVID party'

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Jane Appleby, chief medical officer at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, says the man thought the virus was a hoax, despite it killing more than 135,000 people in the United States so far

COVID-19. This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Photo by NIAID-RML

U.S. records 63,643 new virus cases in 24 hours

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:12 PM

The worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic, the United States records a total of 133,969 deaths out of 3.18 million cases

COVID-19 TESTING. Vehicles arrive and depart a mobile COVID-19 test site in Los Angeles, California on July 10, 2020 as the state continues to set record-highs in coronavirus cases. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Parents face dilemma as U.S. schools seek to reopen

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:24 PM

The fear of classroom contagion is shared by many parents, who suspect younger pupils will particularly struggle to socially distance or wear uncomfortable masks for hours to avoid getting COVID-19

RESTARTING CLASSES. In this file photo taken on July 09, 2020 instructor Chablis Torres (C) reads to children in a pre-school class, wearing masks and at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Trump says he will create path to citizenship for 'Dreamers'

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Hours after Donald Trump spoke, the White House releases a statement that seemed to walk back his remarks on creating a path to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries

TRUMP TALKS. US President Donald Trump speaks following a briefing on Enhanced Narcotics Operations at the US Southern Command in Doral, Florida, on July 10, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump commutes prison sentence of ally Roger Stone – White House

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Trump's action immediately brings new charges that the president intervenes freely in the US justice system to help friends and allies and punish critics and perceived enemies

ROGER STONE. In this file photo taken on February 21, 2019, former campaign advisor to US President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, arrives at US District Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump shelves rally, visits hotspot Florida with scant mention of virus

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:59 AM

The rally's postponement is a blow to Trump's efforts to return to his comfort zone – center stage on the campaign trail – and signal that life and business can begin getting back to normal after 4 months of crisis

DONALD TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. adds 40,000 new virus cases in 24 hours

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:23 PM

The United States' total number of cases now stands at 2,876,143

AT MYRTLE BEACH. People walk on the boardwalk on July 4, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. heads into Independence Day besieged by virus, Europe reopens

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:52 AM

With beaches closed and officials urging Americans to stay home, the somber mood heading into what is usually a weekend of barbecues and sunshine underscores the struggle to extinguish the coronavirus

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Taliban reaffirm commitment to U.S. deal in Pompeo call

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:48 PM

The discussion comes as US President Donald Trump faces mounting pressure to explain why he did nothing after being reportedly told that Russian spies had offered and paid cash to Taliban-linked militants for killing US soldiers

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February – report

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Trump is under increasing pressure to explain mounting reports saying he was informed Russian military intelligence had offered and paid cash to Taliban-linked militants for US soldiers' deaths – and did nothing in response

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on June 26, 2020 US President Donald Trump looks on during an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

China to restrict visas for some Americans over Hong Kong row

Jun 29, 2020 - 5:13 PM

'China has decided to impose visa restrictions against American individuals who have behaved egregiously on matters concerning Hong Kong,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says

ZHAO LIJIAN. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Trump says spies deemed Russia-Taliban intel not 'credible'

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:30 PM

US President Donald Trump criticizes the New York Times report on Russian activity in Afghanistan as 'probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump salutes cadets at the 2020 US Military Academy graduation ceremony in West Point, New York. File photo by Timothy Clary/AFP

As virus surges, Trump under pressure to wear mask

Jun 29, 2020 - 12:20 PM

The latest coronavirus upsurge, pushing the nation's total of declared cases over 2.5 million and its death toll past 125,000, prompts a growing chorus of calls for much tougher rules and enforcement

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 27, 2020. File photo by Olivier Douliery/ AFP

U.S. must free migrant children from detention, court says

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Two of the country's 3 family detention centers have confirmed cases of the infection, district judge Dolly Gee says in her ruling on June 26

PROTESTING FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN. Protesters march against the separation of migrant children from their families on June 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

'TikTok Grandma' who helped derail Trump rally will work for Biden

Jun 27, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Mary Jo Laupp is dubbed 'TikTok Grandma' since earning fame for an impassioned social media call for opponents of Trump to book out his campaign appearance in Tulsa, Oklahoma

TRUMP'S RALLY. The upper section of the arena is seen partially empty as US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

US confirms Serbia-Kosovo summit off after war crimes indictment

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:29 PM

President Hashim Thaci scraps his trip to Washington after prosecutors in The Hague announce a slew of charges related to the veteran leader's role in Kosovo's 1998-99 war with Serbia

HASHIM THACI. In this file photo taken on July 02, 2012 Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci looks on during a press conference by the International Steering Group for Kosovo in Vienna. File photo by Alexander Klein/AFP

Trump signs order 'protecting' monuments as crowds topple statues

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:38 AM

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order pledging to enforce prosecution for protesters who vandalize public memorials

TAKEDOWN. Protesters attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. thinks Russia spies aided Taliban attacks – report

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:49 AM

The purported bounties give incentives to the guerrillas to target US forces, just as President Donald Trump tries to withdraw troops and end America's longest war

Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/ AFP

China threatens 'appropriate response' to U.S. over media curbs

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Beijing decries the move by the US State Department as 'bare-faced political suppression of Chinese media' which 'further exposes the hypocrisy of the so-called freedom of speech and press which the US likes to flaunt'

CHINA MEDIA. In this file photo taken on May 20, 2020, journalists attend a news conference by Guo Weimin (behind-on screen), spokesman for the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), as he speaks via video link at the media center in Beijing. File photo by Thomas Peter/AFP

Pompeo compares ex-security advisor John Bolton to Edward Snowden

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Mike Pompeo's comments come the night before the release of Bolton's book 'The Room Where It Happened,' which contains many damning allegations against President Donald Trump

BOLTON'S BOOK. In this file photo US President Donald Trump speaks alongside National Security Adviser John Bolton (L) during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, May 9, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump says he held off on Xinjiang sanctions over China trade deal

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:03 PM

When asked by news site Axios why he held off on imposing direct US Treasury sanctions on Chinese officials linked to Xinjiang, Trump says: 'Well, we were in the middle of a major trade deal'

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Chinese firm sued by U.S. over 'fake' masks not certified – official

Jun 22, 2020 - 3:38 PM

King Year Packaging and Printing is not on a list of enterprises approved or registered as meeting foreign standards, China's Commerce Ministry says

U.S., Russia arms talks start with little hope of accord

Jun 22, 2020 - 12:44 PM

The United States and Russia are meeting on June 22 in Vienna for talks on their last major nuclear weapons agreement against a backdrop of growing tensions over whether they see any value in arms control at all

ARMS TALKS. A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system drives through Red Square in Moscow, on May 7, 2015, during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

1 dead in shooting at Seattle protest movement zone

Jun 21, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Police say another man is seriously wounded with 'life-threatening injuries'

SEATTLE PROTESTS. Demonstrators hold umbrellas while facing off with police near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct on June 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. judge allows release of ex-Trump aide Bolton's book

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:59 AM

The judge writes that it is too late for a restraining order sought by the Trump administration

FORMER AIDE. In this file photo taken on May 13, 2019, former national security adviser John Bolton listens while US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the Oval Office. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. sees 705 more virus deaths in 24 hours

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:59 AM

There are fears of a second wave of COVID-19 infections following state reopenings and massive anti-racism protests around the country in recent weeks

TESTING. Lab staff from myCovidMD provide free COVID-19 virus antibody testing in observance of Juneteenth at the Faith Central Bible Church, in the predominately African American city of Inglewood, California on June 19, 2020. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

U.S. protesters topple Confederate statue after Juneteenth rallies

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:01 AM

(UPDATED) Marches and rallies are held in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington against a backdrop of weeks of protests fueled by the deaths of African Americans at the hands of police

JUNETEENTH. People have a picnic at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn for both Black Lives Matter and to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth on June 19, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. to release Hezbollah financier

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:03 AM

Kassim Tajideen is granted an emergency request for compassionate release citing his age and 'serious health conditions' which leave him particularly vulnerable as the coronavirus spreads through the US prison system

HEZBOLLAH. Supporters of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah perform a salute as they stand behind motorcycles carrying the group's flags in the southern Lebanese district of Marjayoun on the border with Israel on May 25, 2020. File photo by Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP

Court set to rule on Trump attempt to stop aide's damning book

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:10 AM

'It certainly looks difficult to me about what I can do about those books all over the country,' Judge Royce Lamberth says at a hearing in Washington, DC, federal court, referring to copies of 'The Room Where it Happened'

BOLTON AND TRUMP. In this file photo National Security Adviser John Bolton stands alongside US President Donald Trump as he speaks during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, May 17, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Taliban says no threat to West as U.S. troops leave Afghanistan

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:16 PM

A deal signed in February holds that the United States would pull out all troops in return for security guarantees from the insurgents and a pledge to hold peace talks with Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. - The Taliban said on March 2 they were resuming offensive operations against Afghan security forces, ending the partial truce that preceded the signing of a deal between the insurgents and Washington. (Photo by NOORULLAH SHIRZADA / AFP)

Trump says police 'not treated fairly' after latest race shooting

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:27 PM

'I thought it was a terrible situation, but you can't resist a police officer,' US President Donald Trump says of Rayshard Brooks' death in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity

TRUMP ON THE POLICE. US president Donald Trump gestures flanked by her daughter White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump as he arrives at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 22, 2020. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S., China clash anew as top officials meet on tensions

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets at a Honolulu military base with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi, in the two countries' highest-level meeting since the coronavirus pandemic sent tensions skyrocketing

MIKE POMPEO. In this file photo US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint news conference on the International Criminal Court at the State Department in Washington, DC, on June 11, 2020. Photo by Yuri Gripas/AFP

U.S. execution stayed over right to have priest present

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:40 PM

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops argues Ruben Gutierrez's constitutional rights and religious liberty were violated by a year-old state statute which bans religious officials from the death chamber

ON DEATH ROW. This undated image released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Ruben Gutierrez, 43. File photo by Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AFP

Man shot at U.S. colonial statue protest

Jun 16, 2020 - 5:08 PM

Albuquerque city protesters try to pull down the statue of the state's 16th-century governor, Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate. A small group of right-wing militia members tried to protect it and clashes erupted.

U.S. embassy in Seoul removes Black Lives Matter banner

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:42 PM

The Black Lives Matter banner is taken down on June 15, with CNN quoting an anonymous source saying the request to do so came from the office of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

BLACK LIVES MATTER. A 'Black Lives Matter' banner is displayed on the US embassy in Seoul on June 14, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump to halve U.S. troops in key NATO ally Germany

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Trump says he wanted to punish what he said were Germany's insufficient payments to NATO and to use the troops' future as a weapon to back up his threats of a trade war with the European Union

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening Coronavirus crisis on March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Russia sentences U.S. ex-marine to 16 years in spy trial

Jun 15, 2020 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) The Moscow City Court finds former US marine Paul Whelan guilty of receiving classified information

In this file photograph taken on October 24, 2019, US-British Paul Whelan, a former US Marine accused of espionage and arrested in Russia in December 2018, holds a message as he stands inside a defendants' cage before a hearing to decide to extend his detention at the Lefortovo Court in Moscow. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Pompeo talks to EU ministers as rifts fester

Jun 15, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The meeting between EU foreign ministers with US counterpart Mike Pompeo kicks off a crunch week for US-Europe ties

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Atlanta police chief resigns after officer kills black man

Jun 14, 2020 - 3:05 PM

The policeman who carried out the shooting is dismissed from the force, while the second officer involved is placed on administrative duty

RESIST. People gather outside the Georgia State Capitol during a protest against police brutality on June 6, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images/AFP

Trump postpones rally scheduled for 'Juneteenth' holiday

Jun 13, 2020 - 1:20 PM

The 'Make America Great Again' rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma had been due to mark Trump's return to the campaign trail, but he says on Twitter the event is postponed 'out of respect' for the June 19 'Juneteenth' holiday

POSTPONING TRUMP'S RALLY. President Donald Trump meets with supply chain distributors in reference to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in the Cabinet Room in the West Wing at the White House on Sunday, March 29, 2020. File photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Minneapolis council agrees to replace police with community model

Jun 13, 2020 - 1:03 PM

The Minneapolis City Council approves a resolution instructing it to 'commence a year-long process of community engagement, research, and structural change to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in our city'

REPLACING THE POLICE. An image of George Floyd is painted on the road near a memorial site outside Cup Foods on June 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to address West Point amid tensions with Pentagon

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The event is clearly important to Trump, who wants to be seen as a tough leader as he battles for reelection in November against Democrat Joe Biden, who Trump labels 'weak'

DONALD TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Protesters face life in prison over police car attacks in NY

Jun 13, 2020 - 8:55 AM

The indictments, filed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, accuse Samantha Shader, Colinford Mattis, and Urooj Rahman of throwing explosive devices at police cars in two separate incidents in late May

NEW YORK POLICE. Police prepare to make dozens of arrests as demonstrations continue in Manhattan over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer on June 03, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Ramping up fight, Trump authorizes sanctions over ICC war crimes probe

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) In an executive order, Trump says the United States would block all US property and assets of anyone in the Hague-based tribunal involved in probing or prosecuting US troops

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Bojangles' Coliseum on March 2, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Self-described KKK leader charged for driving into U.S. protesters

Jun 09, 2020 - 2:34 PM

'Harry H. Rogers, 36, is charged with assault and battery, attempted malicious wounding, and felony vandalism. Additional charges are being investigated,' says Henrico County's Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor

VIRGINIA PROTEST. A person holds up a fist as people gather around the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, on June 4, 2020, amid continued protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. File photo by Ryan M. Kelly/AFP

U.S. police in hot seat after years of near impunity

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:57 PM

George Floyd's death is just the latest incident in a larger pattern of police use of lethal force

FACING OFF. Demonstrators hold umbrellas while facing off with police near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct on June 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Man shot after car driven into George Floyd protest in Seattle

Jun 08, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Footage broadcast by local television station Q13Fox shows a man carrying a pistol getting out of a car near the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct as protesters screamed and fled

SEATTLE PROTESTS. Demonstrators hold umbrellas while facing off with police near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct on June 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Iran scientist freed by U.S. back home after prisoner swap

Jun 08, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Majid Taheri returns to Iran after being detained in the US for 16 months following a prisoner swap with US Navy veteran Michael White

PRISONER SWAP. This handout photo released by the US State Department on June 4, 2020 shows US Navy veteran Michael White (L) holding a folded US flag as he poses with US Special Envoy to Iran Brian Hook at Zurich Airport in Zurich, Switzerland, on June 4, 2020, after White was released from Iran. Photo by US State Department/AFP

Germany concerned over Trump plan to cut number of stationed U.S. troops

Jun 08, 2020 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Some senior politicians slam US President Donald Trump's plan to cut the number of US troops in Germany

CUTTING TROOPS. The flags of the United States and Germany fly behind a sign at Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein-Miesenbach, July 30, 2014. File photo by Lucas Jackson/AFP

Biden clinches Democratic nomination for 2020 race against Trump

Jun 06, 2020 - 2:29 PM

Biden passes the 1,991 threshold to secure his party's nomination as counting continued from Tuesday's round of Democratic primaries

BIDEN. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student center in Dover, Delaware, on June 5, 2020. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP