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Vatican closes latest probe into girl’s 1983 disappearance

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has formally closed its latest investigation into the 1983 disappearance of an employee's 15-year-old daughter after digging up a Holy See cemetery in search of her remains. The mystery of Emanuela Orlandi's disappearance has horrified and intrigued Italians for ...

Germany wary of lifting lockdown, despite economic pain

BERLIN (AP) — Politicians and scientists in Germany pushed back against calls for a rapid relaxation of pandemic restrictions as new figures released Thursday showed that businesses have applied for state aid to avoid slashing 10 million jobs because of the economic downturn. Like in other ...

Outsiders consider possibility of chaos in North Korea

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea's collapse has been predicted — wrongly— for decades. Some said it would happen after fighting ended in the Korean War in 1953. Others thought it would be during a 1990s famine or when national founder Kim Il Sung died in 1994. And when the death of his son, Kim ...

Romania: Orthodox Church blasts posters of doctors as saints

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Orthodox Church on Wednesday criticized a billboard campaign showing doctors dealing with the coronavirus epidemic as saints with halos shaped like the virus. According to a church spokesman, the "blasphemous" campaign created by international advertising ...

Pandemic crisis squeezes Cuba’s fragile private businesses

HAVANA (AP) — Until a few weeks ago, Julio Álvarez was the image of a successful Cuban entrepreneur. He had a dozen cars — classice Chevrolets and Fords thaT arrived before the 1959 revolution — conveying photo-snapping foreign tourists along Havana's seafront Malecon for $30 an ...

UK now has world’s third-highest virus-related death toll

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. has the third-highest coronavirus death toll in the world after the British government published new figures Wednesday that include deaths outside of hospitals. After factoring in deaths in all settings such as care homes, the number of people in Britain who have died ...

Russian construction site hit by coronavirus

MOSCOW — Russian officials say more than 1,000 coronavirus cases have been found among workers building a liquefied natural gas facility in the far northern Murmansk region. The Interfax news agency cited regional officials as saying 80 cases were found Wednesday at the Belokamenka work ...

Brazil leaves its many poor hanging amid coronavirus surge

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Work had already dried up for Ivanilson Gervásio when the coronavirus first emerged in Brazil in late February. As cases now surge amid a simultaneous implosion of Latin America's largest economy, hope of finding a job is gone, forcing Gervásio to line up for hours ...

Women who dare dissent targeted for abuse by Yemen’s rebels

CAIRO (AP) — Samera al-Huri's fellow activists were disappearing, one by one. When she asked their families, each gave the same cryptic reply: "She's traveling." A few of the women re-emerged. But they seemed broken and refused to say where they had been for months. Al-Huri soon found ...

Russia slams U.S. arguments for low-yield nukes

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected U.S. arguments for fielding low-yield nuclear warheads, warning that an attempt to use such weapons against Russia would trigger an all-out nuclear retaliation. The U.S. State Department argued in a paper released last week ...

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 ...