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Food crisis deepens as Puerto Rico school cafeterias shutter

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government is refusing to open school cafeterias amid coronavirus health concerns and has not tapped into millions of federal dollars set aside for the island even as a growing number of unemployed parents struggle to feed their children in a U.S. ...

UK leader Boris Johnson, fiancee announce birth of baby boy

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, announced the birth of a son on Wednesday, just two days after Johnson returned to work following hospitalization for the coronavirus. Johnson's office said Symonds gave birth to a "healthy baby boy" in a ...

Virus lockdown worsens suffering for Johannesburg beggars

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Inock Mukanhairi shows the small amount of food that he has for himself, his wife, Angeline, and five children — barely enough to make it through another week of South Africa's strict coronavirus lockdown. The 58-year-old and his wife are both blind. Normally, they ...

China to convene Congress, showing confidence in virus fight

BEIJING (AP) — China, taking a step toward a return to business as normal, announced Wednesday that its previously postponed national legislature session will be held in late May. The National People's Congress, delayed from early March because of the coronavirus outbreak, will start on May ...

Amid health worries, Kim Jong Un’s role looms large

TOKYO (AP) — New rumors about Kim Jong Un pour in daily. The North Korean leader is dead. Or he's very ill. Or maybe he's just recuperating in his luxury compound, or isolating himself from the coronavirus. As speculation about his health builds, an underlying question looms for professional ...

VIRUS DIARY: A positive test, then a Mumbai hotel quarantine

MUMBAI, India (AP) — I was on assignment April 20 outside Mumbai, India's financial center. My phone rang nonstop. Fellow news photographers checked whether I'd heard about the COVID-19 tests we had taken days earlier at the Mumbai Press Club. I hadn't yet, and I was anxious. Then I received ...

Making public transit safe next hurdle in easing lockdowns

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transit systems are key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies, yet everything from trains and buses to ferries and bicycles will have to be re-imagined in the coronavirus era. In Europe in ...

Russian doctors, nurses face more risks as virus cases grow

By DARIA LITVINOVA Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A patient who had routine surgery at a hospital in St. Petersburg suddenly developed a fever after an operation. Doctors insisted on testing him for coronavirus and results showed that he had it. And so did the Russian doctors, nurses and ...

A look at past disappearances of NKorean leaders, officials

By KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While Kim Jong Un's two-week absence has inspired speculation and rumors that he is gravely ill, he is not the first member of North Korean's ruling elite to disappear from public view. Some absences were caused by real trouble, ...

As virus cases rise, UAE adjusts to a new normal in pandemic

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a Dubai industrial park, workers weld, drill and build what one entrepreneur sees as key to the near future of this desert city-state amid the coronavirus pandemic: disinfection gates. Husam Zammar's company builds such ...

Hi-tech scans get under skin of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Researchers using a battery of modern imaging techniques have gotten under the skin of Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring," but tests haven't answered the key question about the world famous painting's enigmatic ...

Naples’ beloved pizza is back after virus shutdown eases

By PAOLO SANTALUCIA Associated Press NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Wood is burning again in Naples' pizza ovens, giving a symbolic and savory boost to Neapolitans after two months of lockdown meant an end to their most iconic and favorite food. Pizzerias reopened Monday night in the birthplace of ...

New Zealand tames virus; France, Spain reveal lockdown exits

By ANGELA CHARLTON, ELENA BECATOROS and NICK PERRY Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France and Spain, two of the worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, were laying out separate roadmaps Tuesday for lifting their lockdowns, while signs emerged that the virus has been all but vanquished ...

Leaving Wuhan: Getting into virus-hit city was the easy part

By SAM McNEIL Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Getting into Wuhan was the easy part. New virus infections had fallen to almost zero and travel restrictions were easing. As a 76-day lockdown neared its end, journalists and others were allowed to enter the city in central China where the ...

‘We are in prison’: France opens nursing homes, exposes pain

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press PARIS (AP) — For her first authorized visit in more than six weeks with her 80-year-old mother, Sabrina Deliry prepared a selection of their favorite tunes, among them Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose." Later, at the Paris nursing home where the mother has ...

Virus traps, sickens foreign laborers in Gulf Arab states

By JON GAMBRELL and AYA BATRAWY Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long a lifeline for families back home, migrant workers in oil-rich Gulf Arab states now find themselves trapped by the coronavirus pandemic, losing jobs, running out of money and desperate to return to their ...

Nurse Jenny from New Zealand recounts treating Boris Johnson

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. Jenny McGee was one of two National ...

US church faces neglect allegations after Haiti child deaths

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and BEN FOX Associated Press KENSCOFF, Haiti (AP) — For a limestone mantel from the Waldorf Astoria, the church that owns the Olde Good Things antique stores asks for $8,500. But for the death of each child in a fire at a home it ran in Haiti, the same church offered ...

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

By CARA ANNA Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the ...

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

By BISWAJEET BANERJEE and GARY FIELDS Associated Press LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul. COVID-19 restrictions mean that the 71-year-old woman won't be allowed to go to temple ...