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Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriageAn outcry is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl’s sexual organs mature and would allow forced marriage as long as the family gives their consent
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Children play in a pool which has been set up for them on the street in the Molenbeek district of Brussels, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.  Local authorities have been back and forth about banishing day trippers from the Belgian seaside, leaving inner city children and others with little alternative to deal with the current heatwave. (AP Photo/Mark Carlson)
Belgian beach brawl fuels virus, political, climate tension The coronavirus and a heat wave are weighing heavily on Belgium, where people are living under a new series of health restrictions
The Associated Press2 hours ago
File - In this Monday, July 13, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a face mask, visits the headquarters of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in London, Monday July 13, 2020. The British government insists that science is guiding its decisions as the country navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic. But a self-appointed  group of independent experts led by a former government chief adviser says it sees little evidence-based about Britain’s response. Unlike other countries, the scientific opposition to Britain’s approach is remarkably organized. The independent group sits almost in parallel to the government’s own scientists, assesses the same outbreak indicators and has put out detailed reports on issues such contact tracing, reopening schools and pubs, and relaxing social distancing. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP, File)
UK scientists openly question government's pandemic responseThe British government insists that science is guiding its decisions as the country navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic
The Associated Press2 hours ago
People gather in honor of the victims at the scene of the last week's explosion that killed many and devastated the city, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
UN council at odds over peacekeeping operation in LebanonThe U.N. Security Council remains at odds over the way the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon operates on the ground
The Associated Press3 hours ago
A woman wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus is reflected on a mirror window of a shop Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Tokyo. Hot weather Wednesday has set with temperatures rising up over 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in Tokyo, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
The Latest: Pope decries pandemic's culture of individualityPope Francis has denounced a culture of individuality revealed by the pandemic, which has sacrificed the care of the weakest members of society
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19With a coronavirus vaccine still months off, companies are rushing to test what may be the next best thing: antibody drugs that fight the virus right away, without having to train the immune system to do the job
The Associated Press4 hours ago
In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, a new vaccine is on display at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that his country is the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine hasn't provoked the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957. Instead the announcement was met by doubts about the science and safety of the vaccine.  (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)
Science and politics tied up in global race for a vaccineRussian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that his country is the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine hasn't provoked the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957
The Associated Press5 hours ago
Pamela Lam and her son are silhouetted in Hong Kong, Friday, July 3, 2020. Lam's 6-year-old son fell in love with the Hong Kong protest anthem, "Glory to Hong Kong," the first time he heard it and sings it quite often. Thanks to a sweeping new national security law, though, singing it in public is now risky. Lam agreed to be photographed only if her face was not shown, fearing possible retribution from authorities. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
As Hong Kongers seek to emigrate, some simply can’t leaveHong Kong's new national security law has many in the former British colony worried that Beijing is stripping their city of its freedoms
The Associated Press5 hours ago
New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infectionsHealth authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation’s largest city goes back into lockdown
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Rows of destroyed trucks are seen at the site of last week's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. World leaders and international organizations pledged nearly $300 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Beirut in the wake of the devastating explosion, but warned on Sunday that no money for rebuilding the capital will be made available until Lebanese authorities commit themselves to the political and economic reforms demanded by the people. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
US contractor told Lebanese port official of chemicals riskAmerican officials say a U.S. government contractor expressed concerns about the security of volatile chemicals stored in a Beirut port facility about four years before the explosions last week that killed dozens and injured thousands
The Associated Press12 hours ago
UN says more than 70 killed in clashes in South SudanThe United Nations says more than 70 people were killed and dozens injured during weekend clashes between South Sudan’s army and armed civilians in north-central Tonj
The Associated Press15 hours ago
This photo taken and provided by Sophie Seneque, shows debris in Riviere des Creoles, Mauritius, Sunday Aug. 9, 2020, after it leaked from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius. Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius are working around the clock to reduce the damage done to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a ship ran aground on a coral reef. Shipping officials said an estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ship’s cargo of 4 tons has escaped into the sea. Workers were trying to stop more oil from leaking, but with high winds and rough seas on Sunday there were reports of new cracks in the ship's hull. (Sophie Seneque via AP)
Urgent pumping removes oil from ship grounded near MauritiusIn a race against tides and time, workers have pumped tons of fuel from a Japanese bulk carrier ship grounded in the shallow waters of Mauritius to try to prevent a renewed oil spill from further fouling the island’s eastern lagoons and shore
The Associated Press15 hours ago