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Fire at a Moscow retirement home kills 4, leaves 16 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 9th - 1:52am

A fire in a retirement home in Moscow killed four people and injured 16 others but firefighters managed to rescue 50 people from the burning building, emergency officials said Thursday.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 10:40pm

Australian police wearing protective gear have boarded a cruise ship to seize evidence and question crew members after the vessel was linked to hundreds of COVID-19 cases and more than a dozen deaths. About 2,700 passengers disembarked from the ship on March 19 in Sydney and it has since become the largest source of coronavirus infections in Australia. More than 600 cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths are linked the to the ship, the Ruby Princess. About 200 crew have shown symptoms of COVID-19, while 18 have tested positive for the virus that causes it. The workers remaining on the ship are from 50 countries.  

Taiwan protests WHO leader's accusations of racist campaign

Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 8:40pm

Taiwan's foreign ministry on Thursday strongly protested accusations from the head of the World Health Organization that it condoned racist personal attacks on him that he alleged were coming from the self-governing island democracy.

Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire amid pandemic

Maggie Michael and Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 1:36pm

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen announced Wednesday that its forces would begin a cease-fire starting Thursday, a step that could pave the way for the first direct peace talks between the two sides that have been at war for more than five years.

Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire starting Thursday in response to U.N. calls to halt hostilities amid pandemic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 1:20pm

Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire starting Thursday in response to U.N. calls to halt hostilities amid pandemic.

Mexico reports 108 COVID-19 deaths in US, most in New York

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 11:40am

The Mexican government said Wednesday that at least 108 Mexicans have died of complications related to COVID-19 in the United States, more than half of those in New York.

Ecuador struggles to bury coronavirus dead; some bodies lost

Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 11:06am

Alfonso Cedeño died at a crowded hospital in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, where the only bed doctors could offer was an ambulance stretcher. Two weeks later, his family doesn’t know where his body is.

UK truck driver pleads guilty in deaths of 39 Vietnamese

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 8:49am

A truck driver accused in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found inside a refrigerated container that had been hauled to England pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday.

A truck driver has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese found inside a container in England

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 8:40am

A truck driver has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese found inside a container in England.

French aircraft carrier ends mission amid possible outbreak

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 8:15am

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle headed back to port Wednesday due to a possible virus on-board outbreak of the new coronavirus, France's Defense Ministry said.

Afghanistan frees 100 Taliban, but group hasn't verified

Rahim Faiez and Tameem Akhgar, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 8:09am

Afghanistan released 100 Taliban prisoners Wednesday, claiming they were among 5,000 detainees to be freed under a deal between insurgents and the U.S. The Taliban said, however, they have yet to verify those released were on the list they handed over to Washington during negotiations.

Counter-terrorism probe opened in France knife attack

Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 6:51am

French counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened a judicial investigation after a knife attack south of Lyon left two people dead on Saturday.

Tokyo Olympic flame taken off display; next stop unclear

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 3:34am

The Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. And it’s not clear when it will reappear again or where — or under what conditions.

Italy, Spain ICU pressures decline, but emotional toll rises

Nicole Winfield, Maria Grazia Murru and Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 12:42am

Maddalena Ferrari lets herself cry when she takes off the surgical mask she wears even at home to protect her elderly parents from the coronavirus that surrounds her at work in one of Italy’s hardest-hit intensive care units.

Masked crowds fill Wuhan's streets, trains as lockdown ends

Sam McNeil, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 12:12am

Amid streets newly bustling with cars and pedestrians, Wang Chun celebrated the lifting of a virus lockdown on her hometown of Wuhan on Wednesday with a dance outdoors after 2 1/2 months largely cooped up at home.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 10:40pm

Japan’s health ministry says the country had more than 500 new cases for the first time, bringing the national total to 4,768 — excluding hundreds from a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo earlier this year. New Zealand has recorded its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in nearly three weeks. South Korea says it has reported 39 more cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours in a continued slowdown of the virus outbreak in the Asian country. The new cases are the smallest daily jump since Feb. 20. China’s National Health Commission reported 63 new COVID-19 cases but there were none reported in hard-hit Hubei.

UN urges swift release of Mali's kidnapped opposition leader

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 9:05pm

The U.N. Security Council urged the government of Mali and armed groups Tuesday to accelerate implementation of a 2015 peace agreement and called for “the swift liberation” of kidnapped opposition leader Soumaila Cisse.

66 at South African hospital have coronavirus, mostly staff

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 10:19am

Sixty-six people at a single hospital in South Africa have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past few days, the health minister said Tuesday, as anxiety rose among health workers over the shortage of protective gear.

China's virus pandemic epicenter Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown

Sam McNeil, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 9:59am

After 11 weeks of lockdown, people went outdoors and by the thousands boarded the first trains and planes leaving Wuhan as the last restrictions on movement were lifted Wednesday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began.