• Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions


  • Germany’s Merkel shines in virus crisis even as power wanes

    BERLIN (AP) — In her first address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel calmly appealed to citizens’ reason and discipline to slow the spread of the virus, acknowledging as a woman who grew up in communist East Germany how difficult it is to give up freedoms, yet as a trained scientist emphasizing that the facts don’t lie.

  • New York residents urged to avoid travel as virus spreads

    BEIJING (AP) — Health authorities urged millions of residents of the New York City region to avoid non-essential travel due to surging coronavirus infections there as deaths in the United States and Europe rose and countries including Russia and Vietnam tightened travel and business restrictions.

    Updated: 12:06 am

  • In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many fronts

    CAIRO (AP) — Malak el-Kashif left home on her birthday seven years ago. Walking into an uncertain future, she was underdressed for the weather and armed with little— except for some makeup, a few women’s accessories and 50 Egyptian pounds (at the time about six American dollars).

    Updated: 11:21 pm

  • Canadian PM’s wife has recovered from coronavirus illness

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife said Saturday that she has recovered from being ill from COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus.

  • South Korea says North Korea has fired projectile into sea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea and Japan said, continuing a streak of weapons launches that suggests leader Kim Jong Un is trying to strengthen domestic support amid worries about a possible coronavirus outbreak in the country.

    Updated: 8:54 pm

  • Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes life-or-death coronavirus gamble

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has staked out the most deliberately dismissive position of any major world leader, calling the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it are unnecessary.

    Updated: 6:04 pm

  • AP PHOTOS: Italy’s front-line medical heroes, in portraits

    ROME (AP) — Their eyes are tired. Their cheekbones rubbed raw from protective masks. They don’t smile.

    Updated: 6:04 pm

  • With virus, cherished Mideast traditions come to abrupt halt

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Under the sign “Take out only” and a tall bottle of antiseptic by his side, Mazin Hashim, 54, rearranged the coals heating a water pipe outside his famed cafe in Baghdad.

  • Students provide sanitizers to daily workers to fight virus

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — They toil on the fringes, without any job security or set hours or decent wages. And the coronavirus has made their already difficult lives harder, and more hazardous.