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People begin to gather in Ditchling, England, ahead of the funeral for Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, Friday July 10, 2020. The adored singer, who entertained troops with morale-boosting visits to the front line during the Second World War, died aged 103 on June 18. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
July 10, 2020 - 7:17 am
LONDON (AP) — World War II-era aircraft flew over the late singer Vera Lynn’s village in southeastern England on Friday, offering a final tribute to the “Forces’ Sweetheart” who buoyed the morale of Britain during the conflict and beyond. The planes flew past Lynn's beloved village of Ditchling,...
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A worker stands on a scaffolding at Notre Dame cathedral, Friday, July 10, 2020 in Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year's devastating fire. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
July 10, 2020 - 6:37 am
PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year’s devastating fire. No swimming pool or organic garden on the roof of the medieval Paris monument, or contemporary glass spire, or other modern twists. And to stay historically accurate, it will again be built...
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Visitors wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus look at a Tesla Model 3 vehicle on display at an auto show in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality, June 13, 2020. An industry group reports on Friday, July 10, 2020, China's auto sales rose 1.8% in June over a year earlier but were down by double digits for the first half of 2020 after the country shut down to fight the coronavirus. (Chinatopix via AP)
July 10, 2020 - 6:23 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s auto sales rose 1.8% in June over a year earlier but fell by double digits for the first half of 2020 after the country shut down to fight the coronavirus, an industry group reported Friday. June sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans in the industry’s biggest global market rose...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, June 8, 2020, passengers wearing face masks arrive at London's Heathrow Airport. Britain’s airports are much less busy than they would otherwise be in any other year, but the traditional British summer getaway to the sun-soaked beaches is set to pick up steam as quarantine restrictions are removed to dozens of countries, Friday July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
July 10, 2020 - 6:21 am
LONDON (AP) — The traditional British summer getaway to the sun-soaked beaches of the Mediterranean Sea is set to pick up steam Friday as U.K. quarantine restrictions are removed from dozens of countries, including France, Greece and Italy. But with many flights still canceled, holiday resorts...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 file photo, a statue of Pope John Paul II stands outside the island's main cathedral, Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica, during a Mass in Hagatna, Guam. Over 200 clergy abuse lawsuits led church leaders in the U.S. territory to seek bankruptcy protection, as they estimated at least $45 million in liabilities. Even so, the Archdiocese of Agana’s parishes, schools and other organizations have received at least $1.7 million in coronavirus rescue funds in 2020, as it sues the Small Business Administration for approval to get a loan for its headquarters, according to the archdiocese’s bankruptcy filing. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
July 10, 2020 - 5:50 am
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CATHOLIC CHURCH WON $1.4 BILLION IN VIRUS AID Millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed aid went to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington. From Tokyo to Brussels, political leaders have swiftly decried Beijing's move to impose a tough national security law on Hong Kong that cracks down on subversive activity and protest in the semi-autonomous territory. But the rhetoric from democratic nations has more bark than bite. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)
July 10, 2020 - 5:49 am
BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will retaliate against U.S. officials and institutions following Washington’s imposition of sanctions on three local officials of the ruling Communist Party over human rights abuses in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. China will “definitely fight back”...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Dr. Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in China, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the WHO's offices in Beijing. A pair of World Health Organization experts will visit China over the weekend to lay the groundwork for a larger mission to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
July 10, 2020 - 5:23 am
BEIJING (AP) — Two World Health Organization experts were heading to the Chinese capital on Friday to lay the groundwork for a larger mission to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. An animal health expert and an epidemiologist will meet Chinese counterparts in Beijing to set the “...
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July 10, 2020 - 4:53 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank, warning that it would violate international law and threaten long-term peace efforts. The two leaders spoke by phone Thursday, and Macron's office...
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Supporters calling for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN wait outside the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City, Philippines Friday, July 10, 2020. Philippine lawmakers have voted to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, ABS-CBN Corp. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
July 10, 2020 - 4:50 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. The House of Representatives committee on franchises,...
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Protective face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus are sold at a shop Friday, July 10, 2020, in Tokyo. The Japanese capital has confirmed more than 240 new coronavirus infections on Friday, exceeding its previous record. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
July 10, 2020 - 4:18 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Victoria state on Friday reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of tests exceeding 37,500. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return...
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