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Italy eases virus lockdown, and gets first reckoning of toll

ROME (AP) — Italians strolled in the park, grabbed take-out cappuccinos and paid their respects to the astonishing number of dead Monday as the European epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gingerly woke up from the continent's first and longest lockdown. Greece, Portugal and Belgium also ...

With testing, Iceland claims major success against COVID-19

HVAMMSTANGI, Iceland (AP) — Winter storms isolated the northern village of Hvammstangi from the rest of Iceland. Then spring brought the coronavirus, isolating villagers from each other. Now, as summer approaches, residents hope life is getting back to some kind of normal. High schools, hair ...

Lebanon restaurants partially reopen, face faltering economy

BEIRUT (AP) — It's not just a lifestyle, it's a livelihood. That was the motto used by some of Lebanon's best-known nightclubs to raise money for thousands of bartenders, waiters and support staff who have been without a job since the country imposed a strict coronavirus lockdown in ...

Dubai Expo 2020 world’s fair postponed to October 1, 2021

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's Expo 2020 world's fair will be postponed to Oct. 1, 2021, over the new coronavirus pandemic, a Paris-based body behind the events said Monday. The announcement by the Bureau International des Expositions came just hours after police in Kuwait ...

Many lockdowns ease but Russia, India, UK still struggling

ROME (AP) — From the United States to Europe to Asia, the easing of some coronavirus lockdowns brought millions out of their homes to enjoy the outdoors and warm spring temperatures. Yet the global pandemic is still slicing through the defenses of other nations, causing infections and deaths ...

Rise in virus cases in crowded Indian jails prompts concerns

NEW DELHI (AP) — The spread of the coronavirus in India's notoriously crowded prisons has prompted authorities to impose jail lockdowns and release thousands of pretrial detainees on parole, as health experts worry that the cramped facilities are serving as breeding grounds for the ...

Cycle power: Bikes emerge as a post-lockdown commuter option

MADRID (AP) — Halfway through his 30-minute bike ride to work, police ordered Juan Pasamar to dismount, accusing him of breaking Spain's coronavirus lockdown rules by exercising in public. The officers were not buying his explanation he was commuting to his job outside of Zaragoza, the ...

Scrub Hub to the rescue: 4 women succeed where UK stumbled

LONDON (AP) — They just wanted to help. But they created a movement. Four women from London's Hackney Wick neighborhood responded to the coronavirus pandemic by organizing volunteers who so far have churned out more than 3,800 sets of scrubs for health care workers after Britain's National ...

Israel’s high court hears petitions against Netanyahu rule

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's high court began hearing petitions on Sunday against Benjamin Netanyahu forming a government while facing criminal indictments. The proceedings, held by an exceptionally large panel of 11 justices and in a rare instance also broadcast live, are focusing on the issue ...

South Korea: Kim did not have surgery amid lingering rumors

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not undergo surgery or any other medical procedure, a South Korean official said Sunday, amid speculation about his health that continues to linger even after he reappeared publicly in recent days. North Korea had said Saturday ...

N Korea’s Kim Jong Un appears in public amid health rumors

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, state media said Saturday, ending an absence that had triggered global rumors that he may be seriously ill. The ...

Egypt’s dynasty of big cat trainers takes the show home

CAIRO (AP) — At his Cairo apartment, located just off a busy road along the Nile River, Ashraf el-Helw, a third-generation Egyptian lion trainer, prepares for a show with his big cats. Instead of a circus ring, his living room is his stage. He has already posted one online video of the lions ...

Remains found, 5 presumed dead from chopper crash off Greece

TORONTO (AP) — Additional remains have been found and five missing Canadian military members from a helicopter crash off Greece are now presumed dead, the Canadian military said Friday. The Canadian Armed Forces said in a statement that NATO's search and rescue efforts are now a search and ...

Canada bans assault-style weapons after shooting rampage

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an immediate ban Friday on the sale and use of assault-style weapons in Canada, two weeks after a gunman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia. "Canadians need more than thoughts and prayers," he said, rejecting the reaction of many ...

Russia reports spike in virus cases as others ease controls

BEIJING (AP) — Russia reported its highest one-day jump in new coronavirus infections as some other countries and U.S. states where numbers of cases are stabilizing allowed businesses and public activities to reopen. China, where the pandemic began in December, reported a single new ...

Forbidden City, parks in Chinese capital reopen to public

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing's parks and museums including the ancient Forbidden City reopened to the public Friday after being closed for months by the coronavirus pandemic. The Forbidden City, past home to China's emperors, is allowing just 5,000 visitors daily, down from 80,000. And parks are ...

Turkish police detain gathered union leaders on May Day

ISTANBUL (AP) — Police in Istanbul detained at least 15 people Friday, including trade union leaders who tried to stage a May Day march in defiance of a coronavirus lockdown and a ban on demonstrations at a historic square. The Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey, or DISK, ...

South Africa eases one of world’s strictest lockdowns

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa began easing one of the world's strictest lockdowns on Friday, with runners and dog-walkers returning eagerly to the streets but not all wearing the face masks that are now mandatory in the country with Africa's most coronavirus cases. In Johannesburg, Cape ...

Duchess of Sussex loses first round in newspaper lawsuit

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex lost an early round in a London court Friday when a judge dismissed part of her lawsuit against the publisher of a British newspaper that put out excerpts of a letter to her estranged father. Meghan sued Associated Newspapers for invasion of privacy and ...

Asia Today: Japan debuts robots at hotels for virus patients

BANGKOK (AP) — Robot staff debuted at a Tokyo hotel used for mildly sick coronavirus patients under a new plan to free up beds at hospitals overburdened with more severe cases. Pepper, a talking robot, greets new guests at the lobby, while Whiz, a cleaning robot, operates in areas where ...