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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.

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.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 a.m. EDT

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

Congressional Democratic leaders want to add hundreds of billions of dollars for health care, state and local governments, and food stamps to the $250 billion in emergency aid President Donald Trump is seeking to help small businesses weather the coronavirus epidemic. The just-launched small business payroll protection program is being swamped by businesses rushing to apply for loans. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer unveiled their priorities Wednesday. They back Trump's $250 billion for small businesses but want $125 billion channeled through community-based financial institutions. They also want $100 billion for hospitals and community health centers and another $150 billion for state and local governments to manage the virus crisis.

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.

When leaders are stricken in office, how do nations act?

Tamer Fakahany, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 8:49am

The measure of a nation — its DNA, or sometimes its political system — becomes more visible when its leader is stricken in office. How to respond, and what to tell — or not tell — the populace?

Military promises Pakistani doctors gear to fight virus

Abdul Sattar, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 7:39am

Pakistan's military promised Tuesday that dozens of doctors who were briefly jailed for protesting a lack of protective equipment needed to treat the growing number of coronavirus cases will get the equipment they need.

VIRUS DIARY: In Beijing, finally, a tentative spring blooms

Sam McNeil, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 7:24am

The coronavirus came first in the depths of winter. As with so many places afterward, the change seeped in gradually.

US says airstrike in Somalia kills an al-Shabab leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 6:54am

The U.S. military said Tuesday it has killed a high-ranking leader of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike in Somalia.

Rwandans mark genocide anniversary under nationwide lockdown

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 3:46am

For Augustine Ngabonziza, a survivor of Rwanda’s genocide, it’s difficult not to wonder whether God has become more distant these days. How else can one explain why a country that always comes together for the anniversary of the killings is now confined at home?

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 6th - 10:40pm

The last restrictions on movement have been lifted in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began. People are going outdoors and by the thousands boarded the first trains and planes leaving Wuhan. Its unprecedented, 11-week lockdown has been a model for countries trying to stop the coronavirus. Wuhan now begins another experiment: resuming business and ordinary life while preventing more illnesses. The city that had most of China's 82,000 cases still has measures in place like social distancing and temperature checks. And people leaving the city will face hurdles elsewhere, like 14-day quarantines at their destinations.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care unit of hospital after coronavirus symptoms worsen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 6th - 1:18pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care unit of hospital after coronavirus symptoms worsen.

UN report: Syria or allies likely behind 5 civilian attacks

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 6th - 1:14pm

A U.N. investigation found it “highly probable” that the Syrian government or its allies were responsible for attacks on four civilian facilities in the last opposition stronghold in the northwest in 2019 — a school, a health care center, a hospital and a child care facility.

Virus pain easing in Spain, Italy; UK braces for bleak days

Aritz Parra and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 6th - 11:08am

A week ago, emergency rooms and intensive care wards in Spain and Italy were overflowing with woozy, coughing coronavirus patients and literally buzzing with breathing machines.

Japan's prime minister says he will announce a state of emergency for Tokyo and 6 other prefectures as early as Tuesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 6th - 3:31am

Japan's prime minister says he will announce a state of emergency for Tokyo and 6 other prefectures as early as Tuesday.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 5th - 10:40pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Johnson’s office says Johnson is conscious and does not require ventilation at the moment. Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital late Sunday, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize for him. “Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital,” his office said in a statement.