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Canada bans assault-style weapons after shooting rampage

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an immediate ban Friday on the sale and use of assault-style weapons in Canada, two weeks after a gunman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia. "Canadians need more than thoughts and prayers," he said, rejecting the reaction of many ...

Russia reports spike in virus cases as others ease controls

BEIJING (AP) — Russia reported its highest one-day jump in new coronavirus infections as some other countries and U.S. states where numbers of cases are stabilizing allowed businesses and public activities to reopen. China, where the pandemic began in December, reported a single new ...

Forbidden City, parks in Chinese capital reopen to public

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing's parks and museums including the ancient Forbidden City reopened to the public Friday after being closed for months by the coronavirus pandemic. The Forbidden City, past home to China's emperors, is allowing just 5,000 visitors daily, down from 80,000. And parks are ...

Turkish police detain gathered union leaders on May Day

ISTANBUL (AP) — Police in Istanbul detained at least 15 people Friday, including trade union leaders who tried to stage a May Day march in defiance of a coronavirus lockdown and a ban on demonstrations at a historic square. The Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey, or DISK, ...

South Africa eases one of world’s strictest lockdowns

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa began easing one of the world's strictest lockdowns on Friday, with runners and dog-walkers returning eagerly to the streets but not all wearing the face masks that are now mandatory in the country with Africa's most coronavirus cases. In Johannesburg, Cape ...

Duchess of Sussex loses first round in newspaper lawsuit

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex lost an early round in a London court Friday when a judge dismissed part of her lawsuit against the publisher of a British newspaper that put out excerpts of a letter to her estranged father. Meghan sued Associated Newspapers for invasion of privacy and ...

Asia Today: Japan debuts robots at hotels for virus patients

BANGKOK (AP) — Robot staff debuted at a Tokyo hotel used for mildly sick coronavirus patients under a new plan to free up beds at hospitals overburdened with more severe cases. Pepper, a talking robot, greets new guests at the lobby, while Whiz, a cleaning robot, operates in areas where ...

Top diplomats discuss peace plans for eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed ways to advance the peace process for eastern Ukraine in Thursday's call, but failed to achieve any tangible progress. The call follows a December summit in Paris where the leaders of the four nations agreed to ...

Ghana’s virus cases spike 10 days after lockdown is lifted

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus cases in Ghana have surged above 2,000, increasing 24% in a matter of days, health officials announced Thursday, reflecting mostly test taken during a recent three-week lockdown in the West African country's two largest cities. And Indian Ocean ...

Russian prime minister says he tested positive for virus

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus and has told President Vladimir Putin he will self-isolate. First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov will temporarily perform Mishustin's ...

Johnson: UK ‘past the peak’ of outbreak but must be cautious

LONDON (AP) — Britain is past the peak of its coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday, as he promised to reveal a "road map" out of national lockdown — but not yet. Appearing at a news conference for the first time since he fell seriously ill with the virus a month ...

Top European Union diplomat denies bowing to China pressure

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat denied Thursday that his agency bowed to pressure from China and watered down a report that criticized the country's role in promoting disinformation about the coronavirus. In an April 24 article, the New York Times said EU officials had ...

Grounded Thai airline staff, hit by pay cuts, work side gigs

BANGKOK (AP) — Restrictions on air travel imposed on airlines in Thailand have brought a lot of turbulence into the lives of flight and cabin crews, but they've been trained to cope with emergencies. More than 200 furloughed staff, facing reduced incomes from big pay cuts, have formed a car ...

Turkey sends second consignment of medical supplies to U.S.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A second Turkish military plane took off from an air base near Ankara on Thursday carrying more medical aid to the United States which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The cargo plane is carrying a second consignment of personal protective equipment, ...

Vatican closes latest probe into girl’s 1983 disappearance

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has formally closed its latest investigation into the 1983 disappearance of an employee's 15-year-old daughter after digging up a Holy See cemetery in search of her remains. The mystery of Emanuela Orlandi's disappearance has horrified and intrigued Italians for ...

Germany wary of lifting lockdown, despite economic pain

BERLIN (AP) — Politicians and scientists in Germany pushed back against calls for a rapid relaxation of pandemic restrictions as new figures released Thursday showed that businesses have applied for state aid to avoid slashing 10 million jobs because of the economic downturn. Like in other ...

Outsiders consider possibility of chaos in North Korea

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea's collapse has been predicted — wrongly— for decades. Some said it would happen after fighting ended in the Korean War in 1953. Others thought it would be during a 1990s famine or when national founder Kim Il Sung died in 1994. And when the death of his son, Kim ...

Romania: Orthodox Church blasts posters of doctors as saints

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Orthodox Church on Wednesday criticized a billboard campaign showing doctors dealing with the coronavirus epidemic as saints with halos shaped like the virus. According to a church spokesman, the "blasphemous" campaign created by international advertising ...

Pandemic crisis squeezes Cuba’s fragile private businesses

HAVANA (AP) — Until a few weeks ago, Julio Álvarez was the image of a successful Cuban entrepreneur. He had a dozen cars — classice Chevrolets and Fords thaT arrived before the 1959 revolution — conveying photo-snapping foreign tourists along Havana's seafront Malecon for $30 an ...

UK now has world’s third-highest virus-related death toll

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. has the third-highest coronavirus death toll in the world after the British government published new figures Wednesday that include deaths outside of hospitals. After factoring in deaths in all settings such as care homes, the number of people in Britain who have died ...