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Rights group: Over 120 detained in violent Belarus election clashes

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MOSCOW -- Belarusian police violently cracked down on protests that erupted in major cities on Sunday night, as state media said longtime President Alexander Lukashenko was poised to win a sixth consecutive term in power.

Over 50 people were detained in Minsk and more than 120 had been detained nationwide, human rights organization Viasna said....Read more

Reports: Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai was arrested Monday on suspicion of breaching the new national security law, local media reported.

Lai was reportedly arrested on suspicion of collusion with foreign forces, according to Hong Kong news outlets including RTHK and the South China Morning Post.

Lai is the owner of pan-democratic ...Read more

New COVID-19 testing site set to open near pedestrian crossing along US-Mexico border

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SAN DIEGO -- Later this week, a COVID-19 testing site will open up just outside a pedestrian crossing in San Ysidro, where tens of thousands of people enter the United States from Mexico every day.

The PedEast testing location is thought to be the closest to the U.S.-Mexico border in any state, and is the result, San Diego County says, of a ...Read more

San Quentin State Prison guard dies from coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES -- A guard at San Quentin State Prison died Sunday morning of complications from COVID-19.

Sgt. Gilbert Polanco, an Army veteran, was admitted to a San Jose hospital in early July and was on life support, ABC7 News reported. Polanco had worked at San Quentin since 1988.

There have been 261 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff ...Read more

LA County reports more than 1,700 new coronavirus cases, many among younger people

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 1,789 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 related deaths but said the numbers still did not include a pending backlog of lab reports that could cause a spike in new cases.

Young residents continue to account for an outsize share of the new cases, officials said. Of the...Read more

India faces lost generation as virus pushes children to work

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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing India's children out of school and into farms and factories to work, worsening a child-labor problem that was already one of the direst in the world.

Sixteen-year-old Maheshwari Munkalapally and her 15-year-old sister stopped attending lessons when virtually the entire economy was brought to a halt during the...Read more

California church holds indoor services in defiance of judge's order

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NEWBURY PARK, Calif. -- Minor scuffles erupted Sunday morning between rival demonstrators outside Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, which welcomed congregants in defiance of a judge's order forbidding indoor services as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.

Some protesters carried signs reading, "This church endangers all" ...Read more

Puerto Rico to partially redo botched gubernatorial primary

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Puerto Rico will partially redo a key gubernatorial primary election next Sunday after ballots failed to arrive at some polling centers in a timely manner.

Gov. Wanda Vazquez, who is facing a challenge from within her New Progressive Party, said no results would be released until everyone gets an opportunity to vote.

Vazquez is facing her ...Read more

States wary of Trump's move for them to kick in on federal aid

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A day after President Donald Trump took executive action to offer $400 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits, including 25% he said should be kicked in from state coffers, governors are pushing back.

The leaders of states including New York and Michigan said Trump's plan ignores the cash-strapped reality of most states, which have deep...Read more

Trump aides struggle to defend his pandemic relief orders as US cases reach 5 million

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WASHINGTON -- As the United States surpassed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, President Trump's senior aides on Sunday defended his handling of intertwined economic and public health crises, declaring that Democrats would bear the blame for millions of Americans' financial distress if lawmakers challenged Trump's controversial new ...Read more

Afghanistan to free 'worst' Taliban prisoners to push talks

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Afghanistan's government will release hardened Taliban prisoners to clear the final hurdle for direct peace talks with the insurgent group and end the 19-year war.

President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said he would accept the recommendation of the Loya Jirga, a grand national assembly of 3,400 influential members of society, which sought to free ...Read more

COVID-19 cases top 5 million in US with odds for highly effective vaccine 'not great'

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MIAMI -- As kids across the nation prepare to head back to school, more than 5 million people in the United States have been confirmed with coronavirus, Johns Hopkins University reports.

There have been more than 19.6 million confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus worldwide, with more than 727,000 deaths, according to the university. More than ...Read more

Trump's payroll tax action creates political, business risks

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President Donald Trump's move to halt the collection of taxes that fund America's main support programs for the elderly spurred a wave of political opposition and threatens to generate tension between employers and workers.

Trump in a memorandum on Saturday instructed the deferral of payroll tax collections for some workers. The taxes are paid ...Read more

Blast in Lebanon's port capped deadly game of pass the buck

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The nearly 3,000 tons of highly flammable ammonium nitrate that caused last week's disastrous explosion in Lebanon didn't languish forgotten in the years after an alarm was first raised. A warning was sent to the Public Works Ministry the very day the Port of Beirut blew up, and at least three other times this year, shunted from office to office...Read more

US to crack down on foreign election meddling, Trump aide says

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National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien vowed to protect the 2020 U.S. election from foreign interference, whether they back President Donald Trump or challenger Joe Biden, saying any country that interferes risks "severe consequences."

"Whether it's China or Russia or Iran, we're not going to put up with it," O'Brien said on CBS's "Face the ...Read more

Bill Gates says US virus testing has 'mind-blowing' problems

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Microsoft Corp. founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said it's "mind-blowing" that the U.S. government hasn't improved COVID-19 testing that he described as slow and lacking fair access.

"You're paying billions of dollars in this very inequitable way to get the most worthless test results of any country in the world," Gates said on...Read more

As COVID-19 cases surge, patients are dying at a lower rate. Here's why

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LOS ANGELES -- When the number of people being sent to the hospital with COVID-19 began to creep up in Los Angeles County early this summer, officials warned that a major increase in deaths was inevitable. A record-breaking number of cases could result in a record-breaking number of deaths, they predicted.

But nearly two months later, that has ...Read more

Firefighters report progress against 32,000-acre Apple fire in Riverside County

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LOS ANGELES -- A massive vegetation fire continues to burn more than a week after it broke out in Riverside County but firefighters are getting a handle on the blaze as their focus shifts from protecting homes to stopping the fire's growth, officials said.

The Apple fire had burned 32,412 acres, destroyed four homes and was 40% contained as of ...Read more

Global powers pledge aid to Lebanon after Beirut blast

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World leaders pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to help support Lebanon and rebuild Beirut after the deadly blasts last week that destroyed a huge swathe of the city.

Leaders from more than two dozen countries participated in a virtual donors conference Sunday co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations. ...Read more

Montrose Harbor blocked by police, fence after Mayor Lori Lightfoot shuts down large beach party: 'It's being addressed'

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CHICAGO -- For months, memes have appeared to show Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot watching for crowds and threatening to close parts of the city if residents don't abide orders and closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

But on Saturday, Lightfoot herself -- not just a Photoshopped picture of her, like those used in such memes -- apparently had...Read more