Trump denies briefing about reported bounties on US troops
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House plans to brief select members of Congress after news reports citing U.S. intelligence that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. The intelligence on bounties was reported initially by The New York Times and was confirmed by The Associated Press. President Donald Trump denies being briefed and says he was told Sunday night the intelligence wasn’t considered credible. Intelligence officials tell the AP that Trump was briefed on the matter earlier this year. A top House Republican, Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney, has called for the White House to share more information with Congress. The Kremlin calls the report “a lie.”
Afghan official: Bomb, mortars kill 23 civilians in Helmand
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A statement from a provincial governor’s office in southern Afghanistan says that at least 23 people, including children, have been killed in a car bomb and mortar attack at a busy market in southern Helmand province. Both the Taliban and the Afghan military are blaming each other for the attack. The Taliban claim the military fired mortars into the market while the military says a car bomb and mortar shells fired by the insurgents targeted the civilians. The army says there was no military activity in the area on Monday.
Testing stepped up as number of new coronavirus cases surges
NEW DELHI (AP) — Governments are stepping up testing and warily considering their next moves as the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases surges in many countries. India reported more than 20,000 new infections on Monday. The U.S. has confirmed more than 40,000 a day for three straight days. As infections rise in the northern hemisphere, many countries are mulling more aggressive moves to stem new outbreaks. In Australia’s second largest city of Melbourne, health officials are using saliva tests for the first time to track down cases amid warnings that the outbreak there could surge out of control.
EU finalizing virus ‘safe list,’ US unlikely to make the cut
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed back into Europe in coming days, but Americans are likely to miss out. Spain’s foreign minister says the bloc is working on a list of 15 countries with comparable coronavirus infection rates to those in Europe. Travelers from China might be allowed to enter once Beijing lifts restrictions on European citizens. Morocco could be on the list, too, but Brazil, India and Russia probably won’t. The list is likely to be announced on Tuesday and updated every 14 days based on how countries are managing the disease. The U.S. has seen a surge in new infections and is restricting the entry of European citizens.
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Gilead’s $2,340 price for coronavirus drug draws criticism
The maker of a drug shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill COVID-19 patients says it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the United States and other developed countries. Gilead Sciences announced the price Monday for remdesivir, and said the price would be $3,120 for patients with private insurance. It will sell for far less in poorer countries where generic drugmakers are being allowed to make it. Critics swiftly attacked the price because taxpayers have funded much of the drug’s development, and because remdesivir has not been shown to improve survival.
Virus pushes millions into hunger; UN seeks more food funds
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Millions of people have been pushed into hunger by the new coronavirus, said the United Nations World Food Program. The agency has appealed for nearly $5 billion to help feed the growing numbers in poor and middle-income countries. To tackle the rising tide of hunger, WFP is undertaking the biggest humanitarian response in its history, aiming to assist 138 million people, up from from a previous record of 97 million in 2019. It says sustained funding is needed to support its work in 83 countries, to provide food to the most vulnerable and to support governments working to curb the spread of COVID-19.
2 Oklahoma police officers shot, in critical condition
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, say two officers are in critical condition after being shot and police are searching for a suspect described as armed and dangerous. Police say on their Facebook and Twitter pages that the officers encountered a man identified as David Ware about 3:30 a.m. Monday on the city’s east side and were shot by Ware while scuffling with him. The names of the officers and the reason why the officers encountered Ware have not been released.
China warns of visa bans on Americans over Hong Kong
BEIJING (AP) — China says it will retaliate against U.S. moves punish officials tied to political crackdowns in Hong Kong by imposing visa restrictions on Americans it considers to have “performed badly” on matters regarding the semi-autonomous Chinese region. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian gave no details in making the announcement at a daily briefing on Monday. It comes as China’s legislature is preparing to pass a national security law for Hong Kong that critics say will severely limit opposition politics and freedom of speech in the city. The U.S. says it will respond by ending favorable trading terms granted to the former British colony after it passed to Chinese control in 1997.
Democrats want John Wayne’s name, statue taken off airport
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — In the latest move to change place names in light of U.S. racial history, leaders of Orange County’s Democratic Party are pushing to drop film legend John Wayne’s name, statue and other likenesses from the county’s airport because of his racist and bigoted comments. The Los Angeles Times reports that earlier this week, officials passed an emergency resolution condemning Wayne’s “racist and bigoted statements” made in a 1971 interview and are calling on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to drop his name, statue and other likenesses from the international airport. In the Playboy magazine interview, Wayne makes bigoted statements against Black people, Native Americans and the LGBTQ community.
The Latest: Tokyo sees virus infections rise in nightclubs
Japan’s capital city of Tokyo has reported 58 new cases of coronavirus and a top government official said the trend doesn’t look good. The number of cases in Tokyo rose to 60 on Sunday, highest since early May and nearly doubling from 31 five days ago. About half of recent daily confirmed cases have been detected among staff or customers of Tokyo’s nightlife districts.The economy minister says officials are closely watching developments “this gives me a rather bad feeling.” He said would meet with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, who is planning to announce a new set of infection monitoring measures on Tuesday.