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.
Johnson Lai, Associated Press | PostedApr 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.
Maggie Michael and Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press | PostedApr 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.
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.
Rahim Faiez and Tameem Akhgar, Associated Press | PostedApr 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.
Nicole Winfield, Maria Grazia Murru and Aritz Parra, Associated Press | PostedApr 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.
Sam McNeil, Associated Press | PostedApr 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.
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.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedApr 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.
Cara Anna, Associated Press | PostedApr 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.
Sam McNeil, Associated Press | PostedApr 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.