Philippine capital returning to lockdown as virus…

The Philippine president has agreed to place the capital and outlying provinces back under a lockdown after medical groups declared that the country was waging “a losing battle” against the coronavirus amid an alarming surge in infections

Australia's Melbourne to close retail

Australia's second-biggest city Melbourne already under night curfew announced fresh restrictions on industries on Monday, including retail and construction, as it steps up desperate efforts to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus. Libby Hogan reports.

Egypt Sets Elon Musk Straight About Pyramids…

After Elon Musk tweeted last week that "Aliens built the pyramids obv," Egypt has officially set him straight. "I follow your work with a lot of admiration. I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs...

Islamic State attack on Afghan prison, killing 21…

An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members is still raging on after killing at least 21 people in fighting overnight

Firefighters battle wildfire in Madrid region

Spain's Military Emergency Unit joined the firefighting effort on Sunday as the blaze raged out of control, fanned by strong winds.

Russia Will Start Mass COVID Vaccinations in…

Clinical trials are not yet complete, but Russia plans to roll out a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign in October. Teachers and health care workers will be the first to get the coronavirus vaccine currently being developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, which is reportedly set to begin Phase III trials—the...

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British woman in Malaysia court for trial in…

A British woman accused of stabbing her husband to death at their Malaysian resort home entered court for the start of a murder trial that could end with her sentenced to be hanged

NASA astronauts speak after historic SpaceX return

U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the capsule in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday (August 2) after a two-month voyage that was NASA's first crewed mission from home soil in nine years.

All the Passengers Got Off. Then Came the…

Bad news for a Norwegian cruise ship: After wrapping up a voyage Friday, it tested the crew for the coronavirus and found 36 positives. Meanwhile, all the passengers had already left. Now the MS Roald Amundsen is docked at the Norwegian city of Tromso with 154 of the original 158...

Microsoft confirms talks seeking to buy US arm of…

Microsoft is confirming that it is in talks with Chinese company ByteDance to acquire the U.S. arm of its popular video app TikTok and has discussed with President Donald Trump his concerns about security and censorship

NASA astronauts splash down in SpaceX capsule

U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the capsule in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a two-month voyage that was NASA's first crewed mission from home soil in nine years. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Thousands of Germans Protest 'Masks That Make Us…

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate on Saturday to protest Germany's pandemic restrictions—as police pleaded with them to wear masks and socially distance. When the warnings were ignored, police eventually ordered the crowd at the sit-in to leave, the BBC reports. Organizers had billed the event as...

Ethiopians celebrate progress in building dam on…

Ethiopians are celebrating progress in the construction of a dam on the Nile River, which has caused regional controversy over its filling

U.S. election will not be delayed -Trump advisers

[NFA] The White House and Donald Trump's campaign on Sunday sought to shut down the Republican president's musings on delaying the 2020 vote, saying there will be an election on Nov. 3. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

The World Has a New No. 3 in COVID Deaths

Mexico has a grisly new claim to fame: The country of 126 million has now lost 47,472 of its people to coronavirus, making it the country with the pandemic's third highest death toll. Britain previously held that spot, though it has just over half Mexico's population, but now has...

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Venezuelan coalition opposed to Maduro rejects…

A coalition of political parties in Venezuela led by U.S.-backed Juan Guaidó says it won’t participate in upcoming congressional elections called by officials loyal to President Nicolás Maduro

Chicago artist tackles urban segregation

Artist Tonika Johnson hopes her “Folded Map Project” in Chicago – which brings together residents from the North and South Sides – can serve as a model for "awkward but necessary" conversations on racial inequality nationwide. Vanessa Johnston reports.

Trump Looks to Force Sale, and Microsoft May Be…

President Trump is looking at ordering the sale of the US portion of TikTok, and Microsoft appears ready to step into the void. "We may be banning TikTok," Trump said Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A deal with Microsoft would bring Bytedance, the app's Chinese owner, tens of billions...

South Africa hits 500,000 infections but…

South Africa has exceeded a half-million confirmed cases of COVID-19 but President Cyril Ramaphosa says he sees “promising signs” that the rapid growth of cases has stabilized and that the country’s strained health system is managing to cope

Storm Isaias brushes off Florida, heads up East…

Isaias, downgraded from a hurricane but still a powerful tropical storm, moved along Florida's eastern coast on Sunday, bringing strong winds but no longer posing a storm surge threat. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

In Vietnam, a Proud Streak Comes to an End

Vietnam has stood out over the last few months because of an impressive number in regard to the coronavirus: zero. As in, the nation of nearly 100 million people had recorded no deaths attributed to COVID-19. That changed on Friday, reports the BBC . State media says a 70-year-old man from...

Israel's Netanyahu rails at media over protests…

Israel's prime minister has railed at swelling protests against his rule, saying they are egged on by a biased media that distorts facts and cheers on the demonstrators

U.S. election will be Nov. 3 as planned -Meadows

The White House and Donald Trump's campaign on Sunday sought to shut down the Republican president's musings on delaying the 2020 vote, saying there will be an election on Nov. 3.

Hong Kong CEO Calls Off Elections for a Year

Local council elections in Hong Kong last year saw a surge of pro-democracy winners, and opposition parties had hoped to claim a similar victory in this year's legislative elections set for Sept. 6. Those hopes will now have to wait: Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam announced at a Friday news...

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Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among…

Coronavirus outbreaks at mink breeding farms in Spain and the Netherlands have scientists digging into how the animals got infected and if they can spread it to people

India's interior minister hospitalized

Amit Shah, India's interior minister and a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tweets that he has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for the new coronavirus. David Doyle reports.

Michelle Bolsonaro Has Virus

No sooner had Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced his recovery from the coronavirus than his wife tested positive. Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive Thursday, NPR reports. She's in the care of a presidential medical team, the government said. "She is in a state of good health and will follow all established...