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Ukraine approves law on banks in a bid for IMF aid

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has passed a law preventing former owners of nationalized or liquidated banks from regaining ownership or receiving state compensation, a move that allows the country to get $5.5 billion in loans from the International Monetary Fund. The bill, which some ...

Cannes is empty, the day the film festival should have begun

CANNES, France (AP) — The stars of Cannes Film Festival have stayed home, its prestigious grounds repurposed as a homeless shelter, and the beaches closed. The French Riviera resort of Cannes would normally be abuzz with cinema glitterati on a Tuesday such as this — scheduled as the ...

Russian hospital fires prompt investigation into ventilators

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian health officials on Tuesday announced an investigation into the safety of ventilators at two hospitals, where fires in intensive care units for coronavirus patients killed a total of six people over the past four days. The deaths occurred as Russia struggled to cope ...

Turkey accuses five nations of forming ‘alliance of evil’

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday accused Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates of seeking to form an "alliance of evil" after these countries issued a joint declaration denouncing Ankara's policies in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya. In a strongly-worded ...

Cubicle comeback? Pandemic will reshape office life for good

LONDON (AP) — Office jobs are never going to be the same. When workers around the world eventually return to their desks, they'll find many changes due to the pandemic. For a start, fewer people will go back to their offices as the coronavirus crisis makes working from home more accepted, ...

Concern mounts that border measures threaten EU free travel

BRUSSELS (AP) — The future of ID-check free travel across 26 European countries is at risk if governments do not ease soon the emergency border restrictions they introduced to halt the spread of the coronavirus, European Union lawmakers and officials warned Tuesday. As the virus outbreaks ...

COVID-19 confirmed in crowded UN-run camp in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — For the first time, COVID-19 has been confirmed in a crowded civilian protection camp in South Sudan's capital, the United Nations said Tuesday, a worrying development in a country that's one of the world's least prepared for the virus' spread. The U.N. is aware that ...

Indian LG plant lacked environmental clearance before leak

NEW DELHI (AP) — A plastics factory in India where a chemical gas leak killed 12 people and sickened hundreds more last week lacked federal environmental clearance but had been issued state permits to operate anyway, exposing a potentially dangerous enforcement gap in the country's laws. The ...

UK’s Johnson lays out road map for easing virus lockdown

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday outlined a "conditional plan" for reopening British society in the coming months, including the possible return to school for some young children at the start of June, as well as some easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England. In ...

In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism

TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus in Japan has brought not just an epidemic of infections, but also an onslaught of bullying and discrimination against the sick, their families and health workers. A government campaign to raise awareness seems to be helping, at least for medical workers. But it's ...

African nations seek their own solutions in virus crisis

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A loud hiss and grunt come from a green bag pressing air through a tube, as Senegalese researchers work to develop a prototype ventilator that could cost a mere $160 each instead of tens of thousands of dollars. The team is using 3-D printed parts as it works to find a ...

Hong Kong police arrest more than 200 in renewed protests

HONG KONG (AP) — More than 200 people were arrested during anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Sunday night, police said, as authorities seek to prevent a revival of last year's massive demonstrations, including through the application of anti-social gathering regulations intended to ...

‘Coronavirus hairstyle’ spikes in popularity in East Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The coronavirus has revived a hairstyle in East Africa, one with braided spikes that echo the virus' distinctive shape. The style's growing popularity is in part due to economic hardships linked to virus restrictions — it's cheap, mothers say — and to the goal of ...

Older Turks enjoy walks outside as coronavirus rules relaxed

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's senior citizens got their first chance to venture outside in seven weeks Sunday under relaxed coronavirus restrictions. People aged 65 and over — the age group most at risk from the virus — were subjected to a stay-at-home curfew on March 21. As part of a ...

New Iraq PM releases protesters, promotes respected general

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's judiciary ordered courts on Sunday to release anti-government protesters, carrying out one of the first decisions of the recently inaugurated prime minister just as dozens of demonstrators burned tires in renewed protests against the new leadership. Prime Minister ...

Italian woman returns home after 18-month African kidnapping

ROME (AP) — Wearing a surgical mask, disposable gloves and booties to guard against COVID-19, a young Italian woman returned to her homeland Sunday after 18 months as a hostage in eastern Africa. Silvia Romano lowered her mask briefly to display a broad smile after she stepped off an Italian ...

Coronavirus takes a toll in Sweden’s immigrant community

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The flight from Italy was one of the last arrivals that day at the Stockholm airport. A Swedish couple in their 50s walked up and loaded their skis into Razzak Khalaf's taxi. It was early March and concerns over the coronavirus were already present, but the couple, both ...

Turkey reports lowest daily COVID-19 death in over a month

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Friday reported 48 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours — the lowest number of daily fatalities in more than a month. The country's total death toll now stands at 3,689. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also announced 1,848 more confirmed cases, ...

Milan mayor lashes out at revelers breaking virus rules

MILAN (AP) — The mayor of Milan — the first Western metropolis to shut down because of the coronavirus —reacted furiously Friday to images of young people ignoring social distancing rules as they gathered in a trendy neighborhood for the typical aperitivo. Mayor Giuseppe Sala warned that ...

Europe holds low-key V-E Day commemorations due to virus

LONDON (AP) — Europe marked the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces in low-key fashion Friday because of coronavirus lockdown restrictions across the continent. The big celebrations planned were either canceled or dramatically scaled back. There were no mass ...