China moves to quell Hong Kong protests with security law
HONG KONG (AP) — China officially ratified a plan Thursday to write a national security law for Hong Kong that exerts Beijing's broader, new control over the semi-autonomous territory in a bid to prevent a return of the months of often-violent protests last year.
UK police say Johnson aide made 'minor' lockdown rule breach
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be hoping a near week-long furor over his adviser's travels during the coronavirus lockdown will peter out, following news Thursday that police will not take any action on the matter.
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India had another record daily jump in coronavirus cases, while Russia reported a steady increase in its caseload even as it moved to swiftly ease restrictions in sync with the Kremlin’s ambitious political plans.
Germany confronts Russian ambassador over cyberattack
BERLIN (AP) — Germany said Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament at a time when evidence shows he was working for Russian intelligence.
Manhunts after hundreds flee quarantine in Zimbabwe, Malawi
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people, some with the coronavirus, fled quarantine centers in Zimbabwe and Malawi while authorities worry they will spread COVID-19 in countries whose health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed.
Failed Maduro coup leader flew on pro-govt magnate's plane
MIAMI (AP) — It was mid-January and Jordan Goudreau was itching to get going on a secret plan to raid Venezuela and arrest President Nicolás Maduro when the former special forces commando flew to the city of Barranquilla in Colombia to meet with his would-be partner in arms.
Virus, heat wave and locusts form perfect storm in India
NEW DELHI (AP) — As if the coronavirus wasn't enough, India grappled with scorching temperatures and the worst locust invasion in decades as authorities prepared for the end of a monthslong lockdown despite recording thousands of new infections every day.
Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law
BEIJING (AP) — China’s legislature endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday that has strained relations with the United States and Britain and prompted new protests in the territory.
Hungary to commemorate victims of Danube boat catastrophe
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Commemorations will be held Friday on the anniversary of the Danube River tragedy in which a sightseeing boat carrying mostly tourists from South Korea sank after a collision with a river cruise ship that killed at least 27 people.
AP PHOTOS: Romanian port city marks Easter late due to virus
CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) — Stretching the church calendar, Orthodox Easter arrived over a month late in a Romanian city on the shores of the Black Sea.
Patrons under plastic: Restaurants get creative in virus era
PARIS (AP) — Dining at a table where each person is enclosed by a clear plastic shield might look and sound futuristic, but it could be one way for some restaurants to reopen.
'Didn't give a damn': Inside a ravaged Spanish nursing home
MADRID (AP) — Zoilo Patiño was just one of more than 19,000 elderly people to die of coronavirus in Spain’s nursing homes but he has come to symbolize a system of caring for the country’s most vulnerable that critics say is desperately broken.
Croatian charity offers help as lives turn during outbreak
PULA, Croatia (AP) — Winding stone streets, usually packed with tourists, silent as a graveyard. Restaurants closed. Beaches deserted.
Lebanon crisis brings mixed legacy for central bank governor
BEIRUT (AP) — Touted as the guardian of Lebanon’s monetary stability, he steered the tiny country's finances for nearly three decades, through post-war recovery and bouts of unrest.
UN: Virus could push 14 million into hunger in Latin America
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.N. World Food Program is warning that upward of at least 14 million people could go hungry in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, shuttering people in their homes, drying up work and crippling the economy.
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AP EXPLAINS: Why China is pushing Hong Kong security law
BEIJING (AP) — China is taking matters into its own hands after last year's tumultuous anti-government protests in Hong Kong that often descended into tear gas-filled clashes.
US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount.
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5 killed in fire at Bangladesh coronavirus treatment tent
DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Fire swept through a through a unit of a hospital in an upscale area of the Bangladeshi capital to treat people infected with the coronavirus, killing five people, an official said Wednesday.
French lawmakers endorse the country's virus tracing app
PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament endorsed Wednesday a contact-tracing app designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid sharp debate over privacy concerns.
Vanishing jobs for young could create 'lock-down generation'
GENEVA (AP) — Bashar Ali Naim used to work in a perfume and accessories store in Baghdad, earning $480 per week on average. About three months ago, the coronavirus outbreak swept into Iraq, and the 28-year-old father of two has been out of work ever since.
A stunning tirade highlights Israeli divide over Netanyahu
JERUSALEM (AP) — He named names of police investigators and prosecutors. He accused them of using “Soviet style” extortion to turn witnesses against him.
UK unveils test and trace plan; Johnson refuses aide inquiry
LONDON (AP) — After two months of lockdown and more than 37,000 coronavirus deaths, Britain on Wednesday finally rolled out a countrywide “test and trace” program -- an enormous undertaking meant to help isolate the virus and return the country to some sense of normality.
Denmark residents sue over laws for dismantling 'ghettos'
Stockholm (AP) — A group of Copenhagen residents sued the Danish government Wednesday over legislation that authorized dismantling neighborhoods designated as “ghettos," arguing that the measures discriminate on the basis of ethnicity and should be overturned in court.