Virus count revised, new clusters emerge as France reopens

PARIS (AP) — France’s national health agency reported a sudden jump in new virus infections — just an hour after the prime minister announced a sweeping national reopening plan. The agency clarified Friday that the surprising new figures were the result of a new accounting method, and not linked to a much-feared second wave of […]

Another Navy warship at sea reports a coronavirus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another Navy ship at sea has reported a coronavirus outbreak and is returning to port, the Navy said Friday. A Navy statement said at least 17 members of the crew of a destroyer, the USS Kidd, have tested positive and it expects the number to grow. It said it is evaluating the […]

Pandemic threatens to deepen crisis in mental health care

NEW YORK (AP) — More than three weeks after Brandon Bell stopped showing up at a New York office that serves people with schizophrenia, employees finally located him at a nearby homeless shelter. The office remains open, but patients aren’t stopping by as much during the pandemic. Group activities such as the weekly Caribbean lunch […]

Venezuela: 2 US ‘mercenaries’ among those nabbed after raid

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said authorities arrested two U.S. citizens among a group of “mercenaries” on Monday, a day after a beach raid purportedly aimed at capturing the socialist leader that authorities say they foiled. Maduro held up a pair of blue U.S. passports, reading off the names and birth dates […]

Watchdog: Pandemic worsening threat to global media freedom

PARIS (AP) — Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders is sounding the alarm that the coronavirus pandemicposes a threat for press freedom around the world. In its annual evaluation of global media freedoms, the group warned Tuesday that the health crisis could serve as an excuse for governments “to take advantage of the fact that politics […]

Schooner is school for Dutch teens sailing home due to virus

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The sailing trip that 25 Dutch high school students embarked on last month was supposed to end in Cuba, where they would trade a tall ship for a plane flight back to the Netherlands. The coronavirus pandemic forced a change in plans. Now, the students, ages 14-17, are taking the long way […]

World Bank: Global remittances to drop 20% amid coronavirus

HAVANA (AP) — Remittances sent home by migrants from low- and middle-income countries are expected to drop around 20 percent this year amid the global economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus. the World Bank said Wednesday. Job losses and lost hours and wages are expected to leave migrants in wealthier nations unable to send […]

Dutch students complete Atlantic crossing forced by virus

HARLINGEN, Netherlands (AP) — Greeted by relieved parents, pet dogs, flares and a cloud of orange smoke, a group of 25 Dutch high school students with very little sailing experience ended a trans-Atlantic voyage Sunday that was forced on them by coronavirus restrictions. The children, ages 14 to 17, watched over by 12 experienced crew […]

Swiss prosecutors intend to drop 1 FIFA case against Blatter

GENEVA (AP) — In a legal victory for former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, federal prosecutors in Switzerland plan to drop one of two cases open against him for suspected criminal mismanagement. The Swiss attorney general’s office on Saturday confirmed reports they intend to close an investigation into how Blatter and soccer governing body FIFA awarded […]

UN chief warns leaders pandemic may cause historic famine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief on Thursday warned the largest gathering of world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic began that it will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world,” with historic levels of hunger and famine and up to 1.6 billion people unable to earn a living unless action is taken now. […]

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