Iran opens up as economic woes trump virus infection fears

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday began opening intercity highways and major shopping centers to stimulate its sanctions-choked economy, gambling that it has brought under control its coronavirus outbreak — one of the worst in the world — even as some fear it could lead to a second wave of infections. Stores from high-end […]

Mexico urges end to harassment of health workers in pandemic

MEXICO CITY (AP) — They are the first line of defense against the COVID-19 pandemic, but in parts of Mexico, doctors, nurses and other health workers are being harassed to the point that federal authorities have pleaded for Mexicans to show solidarity. While tributes to courageous medical personnel putting themselves in the virus’ path circle […]

Docs, nurses give taxi driver rare fares during pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicolae Hent often would begin his day at JFK Airport, where he could clean his taxi while awaiting what might be a $70 fare before driving into Manhattan. No reason to go to the airport now. Nor does he see any point in heading to Manhattan earlier, instead. “No one wakes […]

A gentler Gotham? NYers anxiously wait out coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — To a casting director, he might have seemed the perfect impatient New Yorker — broad, bald and with a booming voice, tattoos on his neck and hands visible under his construction jacket. Justin Hunter stood in line outside the Park Slope Food Coop, one of several dozen shoppers spaced 6 feet […]

Uber resumes operating in Colombia after three-week hiatus

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Uber restarted operations in Colombia on Thursday after shutting down its app for almost three weeks. In a statement, the platform said it had found “new alternatives” to work legally in the South American country. Uber said that from now on, its app will help users enter contracts with drivers in […]

Woman struck and killed by Mardi Gras float during parade

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is mourning the death of a woman who was run over by a parade float as the city celebrates the season leading up to Mardi Gras. Police are still investigating the accident, spokesman Juan Barnes said Thursday. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified her Thursday as Geraldine Carmouche, 58, […]

Germany: passengers stop runaway tram as driver passes out

BERLIN (AP) — Passengers on a tram in Germany forced their way into the cab and stopped the speeding vehicle after the driver passed out and they couldn’t get the emergency brake to work. Police in Bonn said several passengers called the emergency line shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday to report that they couldn’t get […]

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