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US-led forces pull out of 3rd Iraqi base this month

Samya Kullab, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 5:38am

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdrew on Sunday from a military base in the country's north that nearly launched Washington into an open war with neighboring Iran.

In Somalia, coronavirus goes from fairy tale to nightmare

Abdi Guled and Mohamed Sheikh Nor, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 4:02am

At first, the coronavirus was just a fairy tale, a rumor along the dusty lanes of the displaced persons’ camp that Habiba Ali calls home.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 10:40pm

The coronavirus is continuing its relentless spread as the daily number of infections worldwide continues to jump sharply. World Health Organization figures show the increase in new infections is now about 70,000 per day - up from about 50,000 just a few days ago. More than 32,000 people have died worldwide. Italy reported more than 750 new deaths Sunday, bringing the country’s total to nearly 10,800. But the number of new infections showed signs of narrowing. Officials said more than 5,200 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, the lowest number in four days, for a total of almost 98,000 infections.

Up to 200K US deaths foreseen as more cities stricken

Matt Sedensky and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 10:24pm

The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as smoldering hots pots in nursing homes and a growing list of stricken cities heightened the sense of dread across the country.

North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about outbreak

Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 5:40pm

North Korea on Sunday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea and Japan said, continuing a streak of weapons launches that suggests leader Kim Jong Un is trying to strengthen domestic support amid worries about a possible coronavirus outbreak in the country.

South Korea says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile into the sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 5:36pm

South Korea says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile into the sea.

2nd UK Cabinet member joins Johnson in having virus symptoms

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 10:46am

Another member of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet has developed symptoms of COVID-19, as the number of people with the coronovrius to die in the U.K. passed the 1,000 mark Saturday.

Indian authorities send buses to take unemployed to villages

Manish Swarup and Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 3:16am

Authorities sent a fleet of buses to the outskirts of India's capital on Saturday to meet an exodus of migrant workers desperately trying to reach their home villages during the world's largest coronavirus lockdown.

Australia prepares to fly cruise passengers to Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 2:27am

Australian authorities pressed ahead Saturday with plans to fly 800 cruise ship passengers to Germany this weekend after a downward revision in the number of people on board who needed to be tested for the coronavirus.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump has backed away from calling for a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He directed instead Saturday night that a “strong Travel Advisory” be issued for those hard-hit areas to stem the spread of the outbreak. In other coronavirus news, Italy became to first country to surpass 10,000 deaths. Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews or seal off major cities. In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife announced that she has recovered from COVID-19 after testing positive earlier this month.

Virus delays review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 10:38pm

The 191 parties to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty have decided to postpone a conference to review its implementation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations said Friday.

UN chief says misinformation about COVID-19 is new enemy

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 9:59pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday the world is not only fighting the “common enemy” of the coronavirus “but our enemy is also the growing surge of misinformation” about COVID-19 disease.

Eiffel Tower says "Merci" to health workers fighting virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 2:43pm

Health workers racing to save lives as France contends with one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks have received a huge show of gratitude with the help of the Eiffel Tower.

Italy has become the second country after the United States to surpass China in reported coronavirus cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 10:36am

Italy has become the second country after the United States to surpass China in reported coronavirus cases.

Tokyo closes cherry blossom parks to slow spread of virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 7:07am

Japan's cherry blossoms are in full bloom, but flower viewing has come to an abrupt halt in Tokyo because of the coronavirus.

British Prime Minister Johnson tests positive for virus

Jill Lawless and Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 5:23am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the first leader of a major nation to contract COVID-19, but he insisted Friday that he remains in charge of the U.K.'s response to the outbreak.

Political turmoil in Kabul dogs negotiations with Taliban

Kathy Gannon and Tameem Akhgar, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 5:07am

After months of deliberation, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it as not inclusive enough.

Tourists stranded in Asia by canceled flights, shut borders

Penny By Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 3:10am

From the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand to the foothills of Mount Everest, tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Q&A: Tokyo Olympics move to 2021; countless questions remain

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 2:08am

Things began to unravel this week when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year — a decision announced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a joint agreement with IOC President Thomas Bach.