WASHINGTON (AP) - The European Union on Saturday urged President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to terminate the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere reinforced that the pandemic is far from contained.
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PRAGUE - A coal mine in the north-eastern Czech Republic near the border with Poland has halted work after a major Covid-19 outbreak among the miners.
BERLIN (AP) - The European Union's top diplomat has called for the bloc to have a "more robust strategy" toward China amid signs that Asia is replacing the United States as the centre of global power.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece restarted regular ferry services to its islands Monday and cafes and restaurants were also back open for business as the country accelerated efforts to salvage its tourism season.
HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong police fired tear gas and a water cannon at protesters in a popular shopping district on Sunday, as thousands took to the streets to march against China's proposed tough national security legislation for the city.
MOSCOW (AP) -- An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) - Kosovo prosecutors on Friday filed terrorism charges against two ethnic Albanian women for allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria.
BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union signaled Wednesday that it will not punish member countries for breaking the bloc´s deficit rules to tackle the coronavirus but that it could condition their access to sorely-needed recovery funds on them following its
BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgium is taking the next step in its relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown on Monday and is also telling people: get up! Schools are opening up to more students, markets are setting up again and museums are the reopening their doors.
CAIRO (AP) - Pirates attacked a UK-flagged chemical tanker off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden, Stolt Tankers said.
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's health minister says the government will consider making the use of face masks mandatory in public spaces.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Churches throughout Greece have opened their doors to the faithful after two months.
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says there might never be a vaccine for Covid-19 despite the huge global effort to develop one.
(AFP) -- Top-flight football in Germany kicked off again on the weekend, becoming the first major sports league in the world to resume play, as parts of Europe took more tentative steps towards normality after the devastation unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia has sent its army to a town near the border with Croatia where hundreds of migrants remain stranded in hopes of reaching the European Union.
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- One of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda's 1994 genocide has been arrested in Paris, authorities said Saturday.
BRUSSELS (AP) - Talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom on their post-Brexit relationship ground to a near-standstill Friday, with each side accusing the other of blocking progress on a trade deal just weeks before a crucial summit.
ROME (AP) -- The Italian government is easing travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing people to move freely inside the region where they live as of Monday, and between regions starting June 3rd
The main opposition candidate in Poland´s presidential election said Friday she was quitting the race after her support dropped dramatically.
Scores of infants born to surrogate mothers for foreign parents are stranded because of coronavirus restrictions.
(AFP) -- BuzzFeed said on Thursday that it would be shuttering part of its loss-making news operations in Britain and Australia, as it scales back global ambitions to cut costs.
Germany is recommending that a requirement for people arriving from other countries in Europe to self-quarantine for 14 days be dropped.
The world´s biggest shipping company said it expects its transport volumes to drop by up to 25% as the world economy slides to recession,
Two Swedish citizens have been charged with terrorism in connection with an explosion that damaged the headquarters of the Danish Tax Agency.
(AFP) – New Zealand will phase out its coronavirus lockdown over the next 10 days after successfully containing the virus, although some restrictions will remain, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday.
LONDON (AP) - The British government has replaced its "stay at home" coronavirus slogan with a new "stay alert" message, a move that has met with widespread criticism ahead of a speech Sunday in which Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lay out the stages for lifting the country's lockdown.
ROME (AP) - South Korea's capital closed down more than 2,100 bars and other nightspots Saturday because of a new cluster of coronavirus infections, Germany scrambled to contain fresh outbreaks at slaughterhouses, and Italian authorities worried that people were getting too friendly at cocktail hour during the country's first weekend of eased restrictions.
PARIS (AP) - As France prepares to start letting public life resume after eight weeks under a coronavirus lockdown, many parents are deeply torn over a question without a clear or correct answer: Should I send my child back to school?
LONDON (AP) - From resounding applause to ostracization and isolation. That's essentially the journey Lt. Cmdr. Robert Embleton, who served 34 years in Britain's Royal Navy...
LONDON (AP) — Europe was marking the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces following six years of war in a low-key fashion Friday due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions across the continent.
The British economy could suffer its deepest annual contraction in more than three centuries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The head of Germany's military counterintelligence agency has apologized for publishing a report containing a map that failed to show the state of Israel.
HELSINKI (AP) - Swedish police say they have identified a body found late last month in a river as that of missing Pakistani journalist Sajid Hussain.
LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson and fiancee Carrie Symonds have named their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson in honour of their grandfathers and doctors who saved the British leader's life when he was hospitalized with Covid-19.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) – A military helicopter operating off a Canadian frigate taking part in a NATO operation in the Mediterranean crashed into the sea between Greece and Italy, the Canadian military said.
A 29-year-old man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group is facing possible terrorism charges after he rammed his car into police.
A British judge delayed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's full extradition hearing, which had been due to begin next month.
BERLIN (AP) - Germany's labour minister wants to enshrine into law the right to work from home if it is feasible to do so, even after the coronavirus pandemic subsides.
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says that Spaniards will be allowed to leave their homes for short walks and exercise starting on May 2 after seven weeks of strict home confinement.
LONDON (AP) - Britain's government on Saturday defended the independence of the scientists advising it on the coronavirus after it emerged that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's controversial chief aide had attended meetings of the group.
ROME (AP) -- Italy will start distributing free protective masks to nursing homes, many of which have been devastated by coronavirus infections and deaths.
(AFP) -- Australians and New Zealanders held dawn Anzac Day vigils from the isolation of their own driveways on Saturday to honour their armed forces, as parades were cancelled and ceremonies closed to the public due to the coronavirus.
BERLIN (AP) -- The World Health Organization is cautioning against the idea of "immunity passports." It says there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from Covid-19 and have antibodies are protected against a second infection.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Nurse Jenny from New Zealand says that helping save somebody as notable as Boris Johnson in his battle with the coronavirus didn't faze her thanks to her years of dealing with stressful situations in intensive care wards.
BERLIN (AP) - Two former members of Syria's secret police go on trial Thursday in Germany accused of crimes against humanity for their role in a government-run detention centre where large numbers of opposition protesters were tortured.
WERNECK, Germany (AP) - The Werneck Brewery has survived a lot: world wars, economic crises and decades of declining beer consumption. But after 400 years in existence it has finally met a challenge it can't overcome: the coronavirus outbreak.
HONG KONG (AP) - The United States condemned the arrests of at least 14 veteran pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on charges of joining massive anti-government protests last year, saying the police action jeopardizes a high degree of autonomy guaranteed the southern Chinese city.
CAIRO (AP) -- Pope Tawadros II, the spiritual leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Christians, has held Easter services in an empty monastery in the desert amid coronavirus restrictions which kept the faithful from gathering at churches and monasteries across the country.
LONDON (AP) -- British authorities reported 888 more coronavirus-related hospital deaths on Saturday, bringing the total to 15,464.
MADRID (AP) -- Spain has reached 20,000 deaths for the coronavirus pandemic and total infections increased to more than 190,000.
JERUSALEM (AP) - A small group of Christian clerics celebrated the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Saturday as the coronavirus pandemic prevented worshippers from taking part in the ancient and mysterious ritual.
LONDON (AP) -- The British government says another 717 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died in hospitals, taking the total in the United Kingdom to 11,329.
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Crowds swarm Stockholm's waterfront, with some people sipping cocktails in the sun. In much of the world, this sort of gathering would be frowned upon or even banned.
Police say the problem of sexual abuse of children by clerics is pervasive and the scores of police reports they have received are just the tip of the iceberg.
LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his gratitude to the staff of the National Health Service for saving his life when his treatment for the coronavirus could have "gone either way" as the UK on Sunday became the fourth European country to surpass 10,000 virus-related deaths.
LONDON (AP) -- British Health Secretary Matt Hancock says it is too soon to determine whether the peak of coronavirus infections in the country has passed.
LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs time to recover from the new coronavirus and is unlikely to be back at work soon, his father said Friday, as millions of Britons began an Easter holiday weekend in lockdown and the U.K.
LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II is expected to use a rare address to the nation to acknowledge the suffering many families have experienced because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
ICUs on Rails: France Deploys Hospital Trains to Virus Trouble Spots as Macron Criticised for Slow Response
PARIS (AP) - The high-speed train whooshing past historic World War I battle sites and through the chateau-speckled Loire Valley carried a delicate cargo: 20 critically ill COVID-19 patients and the breathing machines helping keep them alive.
Romans-sur-Isère (France) (AFP) -- A Sudanese refugee went on a knife rampage in a town in southeastern France on Saturday, killing two people in what is being treated as a terrorist attack.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- The Russian military has flown 11 planeloads of equipment and medical experts to Serbia to help it fight the coronavirus spread.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The Hungarian government says it will impose new taxes on multinational retail chains and banks to boost state budget revenues needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
MADRID (AP) -- Spain has reported 809 more deaths over the last 24 hours, for a new tally of 11,744 fatalities from the pandemic.
LONDON (AP) - The first case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in the Falkland Islands, a remote British territory in the South Atlantic.
A British seaside resort town has been invaded by long-haired Kashmiri goats who are taking advantage of the empty streets.
(AFP) -- New Zealanders have become so keen to report their neighbours for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules that police on Monday said a website dedicated to addressing the issue crashed soon after going live.
(AFP) --President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States would not pay security costs for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, appearing to confirm that the royal couple have moved to live in California.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain and Italy have demanded more European help as they fight still-surging coronavirus infections amid the continent’s worst crisis since World War II.
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.
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.
(AFP) -- From trafficking dodgy surgical masks to peddling counterfeit medicines and running internet scams, criminals are finding ways to profit from the coronavirus crisis, European police warn.
(AFP) -- Europe was reeling from a staggering surge in coronavirus deaths Saturday, still days or weeks from what experts desperately hope will be the epidemic's peak.
(AFP) -- Vigilantes in some Australian outback towns have reportedly slashed tyres of those fleeing coronavirus hotspots in the big cities, according to a government minister who urged calm on Friday.
(AFP) — The Australian military will help enforce the quarantine of travellers returning to the country, with the prime minister unveiling strict new measures and door-to-door checks Friday to rein in the spread of Covid-19.
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.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Police in southern Finland began Friday to enforce the new regulation aimed at ceasing all unnecessary human traffic to and from Uusimaa, the region that includes the Nordic nation’s capital, Helsinki.
LONDON (AP) - The British government unveiled another massive income support scheme on Thursday, this time for the 5 million-or-so self-employed people, many of whom face financial ruin from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.
Soave, Italy (AP) - Italy has become the first western developed nation to idle most of its industry to halt the spread of the coronavirus, a potential cautionary tale for other governments, such as the Trump administration, that are resisting such drastic measures.
British Researchers Say Wuhan Lockdown Bought Hospitals Vital Time, Warn Against Lifting Restrictions Early
(AFP) -- The lockdown in the Chinese outbreak city of Wuhan brought the Covid-19 epidemic crashing to a halt, giving health systems crucial breathing room to deal with serious cases, new research showed Thursday.
Indian PM Modi announced a "total lockdown" in the country of 1.3 billion people during a televised address Tuesday night.
Spanish troops disinfecting nursing homes have found, to their horror, residents living among the infectious bodies of the deceased.
A strong earthquake in Croatia on Sunday caused panic, the evacuation of hospitals and widespread damage including to the capital's cathedral.
LONDON - Sunday is Mother's Day in Britain, and the government has a stark message for millions of citizens: A visit to your mother could be life-threatening.
(AFP) -- Australia on Sunday announced a $38 billion spending plan to limit the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, as citizens were told to cancel domestic travel plans to slow the virus spread.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A popular Warsaw entertainment centre looks empty and closed amid a government-ordered shutdown from the coronavirus, but inside, cook Bozena Legowska is busy.
MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Moscow are detaining and deporting Chinese nationals for violating quarantine procedures the city government-mandated in response to the coronavirus, according to court filings and a lawyer working on at least 15 cases.
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbia's police have detained 154 people for breaching the curfew imposed as part of harsh measures designed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in the Balkan country.
ROME (AP) -- Outbreaks of the coronavirus have stricken two convents in the Rome area.
BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — The priest gave a final benediction. There were no flowers, no embraces. Francesca Steffanoni and her mother hurried away from Bergamo’s main cemetery, their furtive farewell lasting no more than 5 minutes.
Open Borders Brain Drain: Poorer EU Nations Struggle After Years of Doctors Moving to Richer Neighbours
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – The main Serbian hospital treating patients infected with coronavirus looks like an abandoned building, but it isn´t. With its rundown facade, peeling walls and rooms crammed with metal beds, the downtown Belgrade clinic for infectious diseases
Britain´s dramatic escalation was sparked by new evidence suggesting 250,000 in the UK might die if the country did not suppress coronavirus.
In Lithuania, the lorry line on the border to Poland stretched 60 kilometers (37 miles) long after Poland closed its border over Coronairus.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A tanker carrying around 190 migrants run aground in rough weather just outside the port on the Cycladic island of Kea, near the Greek capital, the coast guard said Monday.
Spain has become the fourth most virus-infected country in the world, and closing its borders is a "real possibility" being considered.
CAIRO (AP) -- Libya's coast guard intercepted over 400 Europe-bound migrants off the country´s Mediterranean coast and returned them to the capital of Tripoli over the past 24 hours, the UN migration agency said Sunday.
PARIS (AP) - France is holding nationwide elections Sunday to choose all of its mayors and other local leaders despite a crackdown on public gatherings because of the new virus.
(AFP) -- Passengers on the Golden Princess cruise liner were barred from disembarking at a New Zealand port on Sunday because of a suspected coronavirus case on board, health officials said.
(AP) -- French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that France is shutting down all restaurants, cafes, cinemas and non-essential retail shops, starting Sunday, to combat the accelerated spread of the virus in the country.
MADRID (AP) - Spain´s government is set to announce Saturday that it is placing tight restrictions on movements and closing restaurants and other establishments in the nation of 46 million people as part of a two-week state of emergency to fight the sharp rise in coronavirus infections.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation in UN peacekeeping and political missions rose significantly in 2019, with allegations against civilian personnel nearly doubling, a UN report said Friday.