Russia has sent a planeload of medical aid to the United States amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. A military aircraft loaded with medical equipment and masks took off from Moscow early on Wednesday morning, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The delivery follows a phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, when the two leaders discussed cooperation in the fight against the new coronavirus. A Kremlin statement said the call took place at Washington's initiative. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump accepted Russia's aid "with gratitude."
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedMar 31st - 8:07pm
The U.N. Security Council urged Afghanistan’s warring parties on Tuesday to heed the U.N. secretary-general’s call for an immediate cease-fire to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure delivery of humanitarian aid throughout the country.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedMar 31st - 4:56pm
The U.N. Security Council didn’t issue a statement after discussing North Korea’s latest missile tests but six European nations on the council are condemning Pyongyang’ repeated launches, saying they illustrate its ongoing efforts to develop its ballistic missile programs and expand its arsenal.
Tom Odula, Associated Press | PostedMar 31st - 8:41am
The bullet struck the 13-year-old as he stood on the balcony of his family’s home with his siblings. Below, police officers moved through the crowded neighborhood, enforcing Kenya’s new coronavirus curfew.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan officially make the transition Tuesday from senior members of Britain’s royal family to — well, it’s unclear. International celebrities, charity patrons, global influencers?
Colleen Long, Karen Matthews and David Rising, Associated Press | PostedMar 31st - 12:41am
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,600 Tuesday, eclipsing China’s official count, as hard-hit New York City rushed to bring in more medical professionals and ambulances and parked refrigerated morgue trucks on the streets to collect the dead.
New York City is setting up hospitals at convention centers and sports complexes and bringing in medical workers as its battles the coronavirus. Public health experts projected Tuesday that the number of U.S. deaths could range from 100,000 to 240,000 even if Americans continue to practice social distancing. They said they hope the figure won't soar that high if everyone does their part to prevent the virus from spreading. Hard-hit New York is parking refrigerated morgue trucks on the streets to collect the dead. Italy has reported that the infection rate appears to be leveling off, while Spain is struggling to fend off the collapse of its hospital system.
Nineteen people have died while fighting a raging forest fire in southwestern China and hundreds of reinforcements were sent to fight the blaze and evacuate nearby residents, officials and state media reported Tuesday.
Marcelo By Sousa and Diarlei Rodrigues, Associated Press | PostedMar 30th - 6:21pm
A month ago, a massive Carnival party bursting with samba music and smiling faces raged inside Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome. Today, its floodlights are off and there's no hint of celebration as its grounds serve a humanitarian purpose: protecting the homeless from the new coronavirus.
Aritz Parra, Vladimir Isachenkov and David Rising | PostedMar 30th - 8:06am
In an abrupt turnaround, President Donald Trump extended lockdown measures across the United States as deaths in New York from the new coronavirus passed 1,000. Spain on Monday became the third country to surpass China in infections after the United States and Italy.