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An elephant crosses the road in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Animals have had the country's world-famous wildlife parks to themselves because of lockdown rules that barred international tourists and made it illegal for South Africans to travel between provinces for vacations. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)
July 31, 2020 - 1:40 pm
PARIS (AP) — With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead. “My...
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A Muslim man uses hand sanitizer at the Bradford Grand Mosque as Muslims gathered for Eid al-Adha prayers, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, Friday July 31, 2020. Britain’s health secretary has defended a decision to reimpose restrictions on social life in a swath of northern England, saying it was important to keep ahead of the spread of COVID-19. The affected region has a large Muslim population, and the restrictions come prior to the Eid al-Adha holiday starting on Friday. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
July 31, 2020 - 10:36 am
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson put some of the country's next steps out of lockdown on hold Friday with just a few hours' notice, saying the number of new coronavirus cases was on the rise for the first time since May. The government’s top medical adviser warned that it was...
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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018, file photo packages await delivery inside of a UPS truck in Baltimore. United Parcel Service Inc. reported a 13% drop in first-quarter profit, to $965 million, as stay-at-home orders generated deliveries to people’s homes but not enough to offset the higher costs and a drop in business deliveries. UPS said Tuesday, April 28, 2020 that the coronavirus outbreak has created “significant headwinds.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FIle)
July 30, 2020 - 8:03 am
A boom in online shopping during the pandemic pushed revenue higher at United Parcel Service Inc., which reported a $1.77 billion profit for the second quarter. UPS said Thursday that shipping volume jumped 23% to more than 21 million packages a day. Crucially, shipments from businesses to U.S...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 23, 2020, flags wave in front of a factory building during the production restart of the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, Germany. Carmaker Volkswagen reports Thursday July 30, 2020, an after-tax loss of 1.54 billion euros (dollars 1.81 billion) in the second quarter as the pandemic shut down auto plants and closed dealerships. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, FILE)
July 30, 2020 - 5:27 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmaker Volkswagen recorded an after-tax loss of 1.54 billion euros ($1.81 billion) in the second quarter as the pandemic shut down auto plants and closed dealerships. The company sold 35% fewer cars and cut back its proposed dividend but said it had been able to...
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Currency trader watch computer monitors near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Asian stocks advanced Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero to support a struggling economy. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
July 29, 2020 - 11:49 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks advanced Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero to support a struggling economy. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul all gained. Lower interest rates and investor optimism about a possible coronavirus vaccine have helped...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks via video conference during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on antitrust on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
July 29, 2020 - 6:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on testimony before a congressional committee by the CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Democratic chairman of a House antitrust panel says Facebook is making money off dangerous lies that could have deadly consequences. Rep. David...
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Nick Gavrilides, the owner of the Soup Spoon, poses at one of his two restaurants in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, July 16, 2020. Restaurants, bars and other merchants struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic are desperately reaching out for a lifeline from insurers that in turn contend they are being miscast as potential saviors. In one of the first decisions issued on that question, a Michigan state judge sided with an insurer's rejection of a claim for $650,000 for two months of losses that Gavrilides said he suffered at two restaurants. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
July 28, 2020 - 8:53 pm
Restaurants, bars and other merchants struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic are desperately reaching out for a lifeline from insurers that in turn contend they are being miscast as potential saviors. Shutdowns and crowd restrictions imposed by state and local governments to...
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FILE- This Dec. 13, 2018, file photo shows a sign for a Starbucks Coffee shop in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass. Starbucks says it’s seeing steady recovery as its stores reopen, but it expects the impact of the new coronavirus to last well into the fall. The coffee giant said Tuesday, July 28, 2020 that revenue in its fiscal third quarter plummeted 38% to $4.2 billion. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
July 28, 2020 - 7:20 pm
Starbucks' revenue shrank 38% in its most recent quarter but the coffee giant says it’s recovering faster than expected as its stores reopen from coronavirus lockdowns. The Seattle-based company said Tuesday that it expects coronavirus-related losses to ease through the rest of this year. “We...
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Sunbathers enjoy the beach in Pollença, in the Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The U.K. government's recommendation against all but essential travel to the whole of Spain means that all travelers arriving in Britain from that country will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)
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July 28, 2020 - 3:23 pm
LONDON (AP) — Concerns over a “second wave” of coronavirus infections brought on by returning vacationers are wreaking havoc on Europe's tourism industry, particularly in Spain, following Britain's effective ban on travel to the country. In a move indicative of the continent’s piecemeal approach to...
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FILE - A McDonald's sign is displayed outside the fast food restaurant in Wheeling, Ill., Thursday, April 9, 2020. McDonald's says it will be requiring customers to wear face coverings when entering its U.S. restaurants as the number of new virus cases continue to surge in many states. The move, announced Friday, July 24, 2020 will be in effect on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
July 28, 2020 - 7:15 am
Business did improve for McDonald’s throughout the second quarter as restrictions lifted across the globe, but the fast food giant faces a bumpy recovery. Of the chain's 39,000 restaurants worldwide, 96% are now open, compared with 75% at the start of the second quarter. Comparable-store sales that...
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