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Monday 03/30/2020
Moscow goes into lockdown, rest of Russia braces for same
Posted: March 30, 2020 - 1:03 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian capital, Moscow, on Monday woke up to a lockdown obliging most of its 13 million residents to stay home, and many other regions of the vast country quickly followed suit to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Wall Street pushes higher, led by surging health care stocks
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 1:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks pushed higher on Wall Street Monday, led by big gains for health care companies announcing developments that could aid in the coronavirus outbreak.

New York governor pleads for help as virus death toll rises
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 1:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's governor put out an urgent plea for medical volunteers and a Navy hospital ship pulled into port Monday as coronavirus deaths in the city mounted and hospitals buckled in what authorities say could be a preview of what other communities across the U.S. could soon face.

Time to 'revenge shop': China's virus hot spot reopens
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 12:15 pm

WUHAN, China (AP) — The city at the center of China's virus outbreak was reopening for business Monday after authorities lifted more of the controls that locked downs tens of millions of people for two months. “I want to revenge shop,” one excited customer declared as she traversed one of Wuhan's major shopping streets,

Coronavirus hits rich and poor unequally in Latin America
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 1:16 pm

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — From Mexico City to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Santiago, Chile, the coronavirus is taking root in the world’s most unequal region, where many of Latin America's first cases arrived with members of the elite returning from vacations or work trips to Europe and the United States.

Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 11:01 am

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday.

Mercedes F1 team helps to develop breathing aid in pandemic
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 11:02 am

Formula One team Mercedes has helped to develop a breathing aid that could keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care and ease some pressure on Britain’s strained health service.

In Zimbabwe, 'you win coronavirus or you win starvation'
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 10:17 am

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — “We are already ruined. What more harm can coronavirus do?" Irene Kampira asked as she sorted secondhand clothes at a bustling market in a poor suburb of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 11:46 am

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's games.

Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony rescheduled for July 23, 2021; closing ceremony on Aug. 8
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 7:16 am

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony rescheduled for July 23, 2021; closing ceremony on Aug. 8.

Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic delay sparks questions
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 3:00 am

TOKYO (AP) — Before the Olympics were postponed, Japan looked like it had coronavirus infections contained, even as they spread in neighboring countries. Now that the games have been pushed to next year, Tokyo’s cases are spiking, and the city's governor is requesting that people stay home, even hinting at a possible lockdown.

AP PHOTOS: France's front-line volunteers brave virus risks
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 11:00 am

PARIS (AP) — They don't have to put themselves in harm's way, but the volunteers of France's well-known Civil Protection service have chosen the front line in the fight against the coronavirus. They are often the first to knock on the doors of people calling for help, and who may have the infection or whose confirmed case has taken a downturn.

Sunday 03/29/2020
As virus makes goodbyes hard, fears of many more rise in US
Updated: March 29, 2020 - 10:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as family members described wrenching farewells through hospital windows with dying loved ones.

Asian shares extend losses as toll from pandemic surges
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 2:02 am

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares started the week with fresh losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus that has prompted shutdowns of travel and business in many parts of the world.

Iran defends virus response as Syria reports first death
Updated: March 29, 2020 - 6:09 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Sunday lashed out at criticism of authorities' lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, saying the government has to weigh economic concerns as it takes measures to contain the pandemic.

Fit, healthy 33-year-old recounts falling ill to coronavirus
Updated: March 29, 2020 - 8:45 pm

ROME (AP) — Andrea Napoli didn’t fit the usual profile of a coronavirus patient.

Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions
Updated: March 29, 2020 - 9:15 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The streets of Stockholm are quiet but not deserted. People still sit at outdoor cafes in the center of Sweden's capital. Vendors still sell flowers. Teenagers still chat in groups in parks. Some still greet each other with hugs and handshakes.

Uganda's Bobi Wine sings against virus, criticizes leaders
Posted: March 29, 2020 - 7:04 am

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition leader Bobi Wine, who released a song urging Africa's people to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, is criticizing African governments for not maintaining better health care systems for the continent's 1.3 billion people.

In Somalia, coronavirus goes from fairy tale to nightmare
Updated: March 29, 2020 - 10:01 am

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At first, the coronavirus was just a fairy tale, a rumor along the dusty lanes of the displaced persons’ camp that Habiba Ali calls home.

Germany's Merkel shines in virus crisis even as power wanes
Updated: March 29, 2020 - 5:45 am

BERLIN (AP) — In her first address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel calmly appealed to citizens' reason and discipline to slow the spread of the virus, acknowledging as a woman who grew up in communist East Germany how difficult it is to give up freedoms, yet as a trained scientist emphasizing that the facts don't lie.

In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many fronts
Updated: March 29, 2020 - 12:45 am

CAIRO (AP) — Malak el-Kashif left home on her birthday seven years ago. Walking into an uncertain future, she was underdressed for the weather and armed with little— except for some makeup, a few women’s accessories and 50 Egyptian pounds (at the time about six American dollars).

Saturday 03/28/2020
North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about outbreak
Updated: March 29, 2020 - 1:31 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea and Japan said, continuing a streak of weapons launches that suggests leader Kim Jong Un is trying to strengthen domestic support amid worries about a possible coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Canadian PM's wife has recovered from coronavirus illness
Updated: March 28, 2020 - 10:30 pm

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife said Saturday that she has recovered from being ill from COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus.

'Off the charts': Virus hot spots grow in middle America
Updated: March 28, 2020 - 9:02 pm

DETROIT (AP) — The coronavirus continued its unrelenting spread across the United States with fatalities doubling in two days and authorities saying Saturday that an infant who tested positive had died. It pummeled big cities like New York, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago, and made its way, too, into rural America as hotspots erupted in small Midwestern towns and Rocky Mountain ski havens.

Rhode Island door knocks in search of fleeing New Yorkers
Updated: March 29, 2020 - 6:01 am

WESTERLY, RI (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting the state.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes life-or-death coronavirus gamble
Updated: March 28, 2020 - 7:30 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has staked out the most deliberately dismissive position of any major world leader, calling the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it are unnecessary.

Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa
Updated: March 28, 2020 - 3:15 pm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Elsewhere, officers were captured in mobile phone footage whacking people with batons.

With virus, cherished Mideast traditions come to abrupt halt
Updated: March 28, 2020 - 8:45 am

BAGHDAD (AP) — Under the sign “Take out only” and a tall bottle of antiseptic by his side, Mazin Hashim, 54, rearranged the coals heating a water pipe outside his famed cafe in Baghdad.

AP PHOTOS: Italy's front-line medical heroes, in portraits
Updated: March 28, 2020 - 7:30 pm

ROME (AP) — Their eyes are tired. Their cheekbones rubbed raw from protective masks. They don’t smile.

Australia prepares to fly cruise passengers to Germany
Updated: March 28, 2020 - 6:01 am

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian authorities pressed ahead Saturday with plans to fly 800 cruise ship passengers to Germany this weekend after a downward revision in the number of people on board who needed to be tested for the coronavirus.

Students provide sanitizers to daily workers to fight virus
Posted: March 28, 2020 - 12:10 am

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — They toil on the fringes, without any job security or set hours or decent wages. And the coronavirus has made their already difficult lives harder, and more hazardous.

Friday 03/27/2020
In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 11:03 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus.

US eyes new outbreaks as infections worldwide top 590,000
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 10:16 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans rushed to build a makeshift hospital in its convention center Friday as troubling new outbreaks bubbled in the United States, deaths surged in Italy and Spain and the world warily trudged through the pandemic that has sickened more than a half-million people.

Tourists stranded in Asia by canceled flights, shut borders
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 10:46 pm

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — From the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand to the foothills of Mount Everest, tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Eiffel Tower says "Merci" to health workers fighting virus
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 6:02 pm

PARIS (AP) — Health workers racing to save lives as France contends with one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks have received a huge show of gratitude with the help of the Eiffel Tower.

Athletes who've qualified for 2020 Olympics are in for 2021
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 5:02 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You're in for 2021.

Stocks drop, but hold on to weekly gains after a big rally
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 4:46 pm

Wall Street closed lower Friday but still notched big gains for the week as investors held out hope that a $2 trillion rescue package will cushion businesses and households from the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus.

Pope prays for 'fragile' humanity needing help in pandemic
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 3:32 pm

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead leaves “all of us fragile and disoriented” and needing each other's help and comfort.

Italy hopes virus is easing but fears new onslaught in south
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 3:02 pm

ROME (AP) — Doctors and nurses in Italy's overwhelmed northern hospitals have welcomed a slight stabilizing in the number of coronavirus infections but fear the virus is still silently spreading in the country's south 2 1/2 weeks into the West's most extreme nationwide shutdown.

Virus test results in minutes? Scientists question accuracy
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 2:45 pm

MADRID (AP) — Some political leaders are hailing a potential breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19: simple pin-prick blood tests or nasal swabs that can determine within minutes if someone has, or previously had, the virus.

British Prime Minister Johnson tests positive for virus
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 1:16 pm

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the first leader of a major nation to contract COVID-19, but he insisted Friday that he remains in charge of the U.K.'s response to the outbreak.

From Dhaka to Gaza: How do you socially distance in a crowd?
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 1:31 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Josna Begum lives with her son in a house with four other families in a slum in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, the world’s most densely populated city. “Distancing is impossible for us,” she said.

Garment workers going unpaid as fashion labels cancel orders
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 1:31 pm

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A survey of factory owners in Bangladesh found that major fashion retailers that are closing shops and laying off workers in Europe and the U.S. are also canceling their sometimes already completed orders, as workers often go unpaid.

Political turmoil in Kabul dogs negotiations with Taliban
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 9:30 am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After months of deliberation, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it as not inclusive enough.

Q&A: Tokyo Olympics move to 2021; countless questions remain
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 9:02 am

TOKYO (AP) — Things began to unravel this week when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year — a decision announced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a joint agreement with IOC President Thomas Bach.

Japanese baseball players test positive for coronavirus
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 12:46 am

TOKYO (AP) — Three Hanshin Tigers players testing positive for the coronavirus this week isn't making Japanese baseball organizers think twice about starting the professional league season next month.

Thursday 03/26/2020
Asian shares advance after stimulus surge on Wall Street
Updated: March 26, 2020 - 11:02 pm

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced on Friday in Asia after Wall Street logged a third straight day of gains with the approaching congressional approval of a massive coronavirus relief bill.

Half-million infected worldwide as economic toll rises
Updated: March 26, 2020 - 9:46 pm

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the multitudes, Italy shut down most of its industry, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week. The U.S. surpassed official Chinese government numbers to become the country with most reported infections.

World leaders vow to coordinate virus response in video call
Updated: March 26, 2020 - 5:30 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the United Nations told leaders of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations during an emergency virtual summit Thursday that "we are at war with a virus — and not winning it” despite dramatic measures by countries to seal their borders, shutter businesses and enforce home isolation for well over a quarter of the world's population.

Netanyahu rival becomes parliament speaker, signaling deal
Updated: March 26, 2020 - 7:46 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief rival was chosen on Thursday as the new speaker of parliament, an unexpected step that could pave the way to a power-sharing deal between the two men as the country grapples with a worsening coronavirus crisis.

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