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2 major events promoting gender equality delayed until 2021

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 2:33pm

The United Nations on Friday announced the postponement of two major events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the landmark U.N. women’s conference in Beijing because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting off until next year the meetings where thousands of people from across the world will try to make progress toward gender equality.

UN chief: Cease-fire appeal backed by parties in 11 nations

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 10:23am

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that warring parties in 11 countries have responded positively to his appeal for a global cease-fire to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, but turning words into peace is enormously difficult and fighting has escalated in major conflicts including Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan.

Prince Charles opens new London hospital for virus patients

Pan Pylas and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 6:07am

Prince Charles remotely opened a vast temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients at London’s main exhibition center Friday, as the number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in the U.K. surpassed China’s official total.

The daily terrors: Improvising in a makeshift ICU in Spain

Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 2:30am

The tension is palpable. There is no non-essential talking. An orchestra of medical monitors marks the tempo with an endless series of soft, distinct beeps.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 10:40pm

Walmart says it will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly about 20% of the average store’s capacity. To oversee the restriction, workers will mark a queue at a single-entry door, and direct arriving customers there, where they’ll be admitted one by one. Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest and JetBlue said they applied Friday for their share of $25 billion in federal grants designed to cover airline payrolls for the next six months. And in Mexico, the coronavirus has led to the makers of Corona beer shuttering their breweries.

UN in cash crisis from unpaid dues, secretary-general says

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 7:53pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations is facing a cash crisis because of non-payment of dues by member states, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowded in camps, Rohingya refugees vulnerable to virus

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 7:26pm

Aid workers are bracing for a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in one of the world's largest refugee camps in Bangladesh, with officials warning that containing the disease among more than 1 million tightly packed Rohingya Muslims will be a daunting task.

UN adopts resolution urging global cooperation on COVID-19

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 6:43pm

The U.N. General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution Thursday recognizing “the unprecedented effects” of the coronavirus pandemic and calling for “intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat” the COVID-19 disease.

In Ecuador, families wait with their dead as bodies pile up

Christine Armario and Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 1:59pm

Daniel Larrea died Monday after a week of high fever, struggling to breathe and steadily turning blue. Then a new nightmare began for his family. No one in their city on Ecuador's Pacific coast would pick up his body.

Spanish hospital personnel must improvise in a makeshift ICU

Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 1:19pm

The tension is palpable. There is no non-essential talking. An orchestra of medical monitors marks the tempo with an endless series of soft, distinct beeps.

Iran's parliament says speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 9:24am

Iran's parliament says speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine.

Virus masks, apps: The race is on to avoid hidden carriers

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 8:26am

The worldwide race to protect people against being infected by unwitting coronavirus carriers intensified Thursday, pitting governments against each other as they buy protective gear and prompting new questions about who should wear masks, get temperature checks or even be permitted to go outside.

Africa faces an 'existential threat' as virus cases spread

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 7:15am

Some African countries will have more than 10,000 coronavirus cases by the end of April, health officials projected Thursday, as the continent least equipped to treat serious infections has an “enormous gap” in the number of ventilators and other critical items.

Europe's hospitals running out of ICU meds for COVID-19

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 5:22am

Nine leading European university hospitals are warning they will run out of essential medicines needed for COVID-19 patients in intensive care in less than two weeks as they are increasingly crushed by the pandemic.

Spain reports 950 COVID-19 deaths in the past day, highest daily toll so far, while infections growth wanes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 3:46am

Spain reports 950 COVID-19 deaths in the past day, highest daily toll so far, while infections growth wanes.

Polio immunization suspended amid coronavirus pandemic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 3:35am

Health officials attempting to eradicate polio say they are being forced to suspend their mass immunization efforts amid the surging coronavirus pandemic.

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 2:08am

Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before.

Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl

Adil Jawad and Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 12:49am

A Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Defense lawyer says Pakistani court has overturned murder conviction in slaying of US journalist Danny Pearl

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 12:42am

Defense lawyer says Pakistani court has overturned murder conviction in slaying of US journalist Danny Pearl.