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LONDON (AP) — Fresh restrictions on social gatherings in England, potentially involving limiting pub opening hours, appear to be on the cards soon as the British government seeks to suppress a sharp spike in new coronavirus infections.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is preparing for a massive military parade in its capital to mark the 75th anniversary of its ruling party next month, satellite images indicated Friday, even as the country strengthens its anti-coronavirus measures.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is set to go back into a full lockdown later Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — An improvised explosive device blew up outside an English-language institute in southern Iraq early Friday without causing any casualties, Iraqi police said in a statement, amid a recent uptick in attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq.

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — An international tribunal has granted a stay pending a final decision on a $5.8 billion penalty imposed on Pakistan for denying a mining lease to an Australian company, the adviser to Pakistan's prime minister said Friday.

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa should know its true toll from the coronavirus pandemic within a few weeks, the government’s chief medical adviser says, as the country prepares to almost fully reopen its economy after bringing the first surge in cases under control.

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GENEVA (AP) — Germany has presented a resolution at the U.N.’s top human rights body that raises concerns about torture, “arbitrary deprivations of life,” and sexual and gender-based violence linked to Belarus' disputed presidential election last month.

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Friday announced a 5 million Australian dollars ($3.7 million) grant to the national news agency as part of pandemic-related assistance to regional journalism.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The World Food Program chief warned Thursday that millions of people are closer to starvation because of the deadly combination of conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic and he urged donor nations and billionaires to help feed them and ensure their survival.

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The second high-level U.S. envoy to visit Taiwan in two months began a day of closed-door meetings Friday as China conducted military drills near the Taiwan Strait after threatening retaliation.

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LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra’s job is on the line Friday as opposition lawmakers push through an impeachment hearing criticized as a hasty and poorly timed ouster attempt in one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Naomi Osaka posa junto a la bandera de Japón tras su victoria en el US Open de Nueva York el 12 de septiembre del 2020. El jueves 17 de septiembre del 2020 Osaka anuncia que no participará en el Abierto de Francia debido a una lesión.

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Varios pasajeros aguardan a abordar un vuelo humanitario a Canadá el jueves 17 de septiembre de 2020 en el aeropuerto internacional La Aurora, en Ciudad de Guatemala.

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TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were slightly higher Friday despite some investor attention shifting again to the uncertainties in global economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, as reflected in the overnight fall on Wall Street.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out.

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BANGKOK (AP) — A two-day rally planned this weekend is jangling nerves in Bangkok, with apprehension about how far student demonstrators will go in pushing demands for reform of Thailand’s monarchy and how the authorities might react.

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LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Interim President Jeanine Áñez on Thursday dropped out of Bolivia's presidential election scheduled for Oct. 18, saying she wanted to avoid dividing the votes of people who oppose returning the party of ex-leader Evo Morales to power.

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ president, beleaguered by six weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation, on Thursday announced he was putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania.

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for the second visit by a high-level American official in two months, prompting a stern warning and threat of possible retaliation from China.

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Un cerdo está conectado a un prototipo de ventilador mecánico mientras doctores, ingenieros y veterinarios de la escuela veterinaria de la Universidad Nacional de Panamá prueban los dispositivos en Panamá el jueves 17 de septiembre de 2020.

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Un cerdo está conectado a un prototipo de ventilador mecánico mientras doctores, ingenieros y veterinarios de la escuela veterinaria de la Universidad Nacional de Panamá prueban los dispositivos en Panamá el jueves 17 de septiembre de 2020.

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Un cerdo está conectado a un prototipo de ventilador mecánico mientras doctores, ingenieros y veterinarios de la escuela veterinaria de la Universidad Nacional de Panamá prueban los dispositivos en Panamá el jueves 17 de septiembre de 2020.

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Varios agricultores observan la presa La Boquilla, en el estado de Chihuahua, el miércoles 9 de septiembre de 2020 tras haberle quitado la víspera el control de la misma a la Guardia Nacional con el fin de cerrar las válvulas e interrumpir el flujo del agua que va a Estados Unidos.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft had lunch Wednesday with Taiwan’s top official in New York, a meeting she called “historic” and a further step in the Trump administration’s campaign to strengthen relations with the self-governing island that China claims as part of its territory.

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El presidente peruano Martín Vizcarra asiste al arranque de un testeo casa por casa y distribución de comida en Villa el Salvador, a las afueras de Lima, Perú el martes 15 de septiembre de 2020.

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El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador tañe una campana el martes 15 de septiembre de 2020 durante el tradicional grito anual por la independencia desde el Palacio Nacional, en la Ciudad de México.

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LIMA, Peru (AP) — A high Peruvian court rejected a request by President Martín Vizcarra Thursday to halt impeachment proceedings being pushed by opposition lawmakers who contend he tried to cover up ties with a controversial ally.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday that Mexico will respond “softly, softly” and with “love and peace” to the finding by the U.S. government that his country needs to do more to stop drug trafficking.

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LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office said Thursday her requirement that athletes wear masks applies to Big Ten football in Michigan, but a face shield will suffice for players and the administration is open to potentially changing the order.

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