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New Zealand embraces teddies to help make lockdown bear-able

By NICK PERRY Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some are perched in trees. Some are hanging upside down. Some are baking scones. Teddy bears are popping up in the unlikeliest of places as New Zealanders embrace an international movement in which people are placing the stuffed ...

Chinese smartphone health code rules post-virus life

WUHAN, China (AP) — Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the "health code" that says a user is symptom-free and it's required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people ...

Music never dies: “Bolero” busts out of coronavirus lockdown

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press LE PECQ, France (AP) — Look closely: The kettle drum player has a wooden spoon in one hand, a ladle in the other ... and doesn't even have his drums. But, hey, cutting a few corners can be forgiven of an orchestra that managed the remarkable feat of ...

‘There is nothing now’: Syrians in Idlib fear end nearing

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press IDLIB, Syria (AP) — "There's nothing now. Nothing at all," said Yasser Aboud, as he looked away from his family's few remaining belongings, dumped on the floor of the bare single room that would now be their home in the northwest Syrian city of Idlib. It ...

EU chief proposes 30-day ban on nonessential entry into bloc

By LORNE COOK and SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official on Monday proposed a 30-day ban on anyone entering the bloc unless their travel is essential, to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, while insisting on the need to keep the internal ...

Lockdowns, stocks down as virus fight shifts away from China

By ARITZ PARRA and FRANK JORDANS Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Monday marked another stage in the global battle to outwit the new coronavirus, as reported infections in the rest of the world overtook those in China. Millions of people in Europe and the United States began holing up at home ...

US officials: Foreign disinformation stoking virus fears

By ZEKE MILLER and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials said Monday. On Sunday, federal officials ...

Impact of pandemic stretches from schools to world’s leaders

By STAN CHOE, LORI HINNANT and TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Schools shut down across much of Europe. Gatherings were canceled or banned from California to Germany. And the coronavirus reached directly into the world's centers of power Thursday, with politicians in Canada, ...

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson taking diagnoses ‘one day at a time’

By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Tom Hanks said he and wife Rita Wilson were taking their new coronavirus infection "one day at a time" while Australian television hosts who had interviewed Wilson were awaiting test results Friday. Australia has stepped up its ...

In role reversal, Asia seeks to stop virus from coming in

By KEN MORITSUGU and KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — From quarantining travelers from overseas to nabbing those sneaking in with fevers, China and other parts of Asia are scrambling to prevent the new coronavirus from coming back to where it first broke out. Just as the ...

Spain to declare state of emergency over virus outbreak

By ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says the government will declare a two-week state of emergency in a bid to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. Sánchez said Friday that Spain will "mobilize all resources," including the ...

Nations employ drastic tactics to fight microscopic foe

By ARITZ PARRA and LORI HINNANT Associated Press MADRID, Spain (AP) — Tens of millions of students stayed home on three continents, security forces went on standby to guard against large gatherings of people, and bars, restaurants and offices closed Friday to slow the spread of the ...

Thousands of migrants look for way around shut Greek border

By COSTAS KANTOURIS and ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press KASTANIES, Greece (AP) — Thousands of migrants and refugees searched for ways to cross Greece's border with Turkey on Tuesday, as Athens ramped up its diplomatic efforts for help from the European Union to seal off its eastern land and ...

China’s crisis wanes as epidemic takes hold in US, elsewhere

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's coronavirus caseload continued to wane Tuesday even as the epidemic took a firmer hold beyond Asia, with three countries now exceeding 1,000 cases and the U.S. reporting its sixth death. The health ministry announced just 125 new ...

North Korean swagger may conceal brewing virus disaster

By FOSTER KLUG Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — In these days of infection and fear, a recent propaganda photo sums up the image North Korea wants to show the world, as well as its people: Soldiers with black surgical masks surround leader Kim Jong Un, ensconced in a leather overcoat and ...

Virus crisis tracks west, ebbing in China; Fed slashes rates

By LORI HINNANT and KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The coronavirus crisis shifted increasingly westward toward Europe and the United States on Tuesday, with governments taking emergency steps to ease shortages of face masks for front-line doctors and nurses and the U.S. Federal ...

Netanyahu’s future still uncertain after Israeli election

By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future remained up in the air Tuesday as preliminary results and exit polls from Israel's third election in under a year indicated the embattled leader would fall short of securing the ...

S. Korea reports 1st virus death; 2.5M urged to stay home

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported its first death from the new virus on Thursday while the mayor of a southeastern city urged its 2.5 million people to stay inside as infections linked to a church congregation spiked. The ...

PM says Australians ‘devastated’ by domestic violence attack

SYDNEY (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that Australians were "shocked, saddened and devastated" by the deaths of five people including three children after a car fire in apparent domestic violence. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4, and Trey, 3, ...

9 killed in suspected far-right attack in Germany

By DAVID McHUGH and FRANK JORDANS Associated Press HANAU, Germany (AP) — A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb in attacks that appeared to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said Thursday. The gunman first attacked a ...