Palm Sunday services held without public; some on rooftops
Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass in the shelter of St. Peter’s Basilica without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, while parish priests elsewhere in Rome took to church rooftops and bell towers to lead services so at least some faithful could follow the familiar ritual.
Poles divided over holding presidential vote during pandemic
Uncertainty deepened in Poland on Friday over how and when the country can move forward with a presidential election scheduled for May amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Judge won’t delay Wisconsin election but extends voting
A federal judge on Thursday declined to postpone Wisconsin’s presidential primary as the coronavirus spreads, but he ordered that people be given an extra six days beyond Tuesday’s election for absentee voting.
Trump administration moves toward promoting broader use of face masks
The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings when leaving home, in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Coronavirus cases near 1 million worldwide
The outbreak continued to hit the United States and Europe especially hard, with more than 220,000 people infected in the United States and the death toll topping 5,300.
Wisconsin governor deploys National Guard to help at polls
Wisconsin’s governor said Wednesday that he will use National Guard soldiers to staff undermanned polling sites in next week’s presidential primary.
Activists say IS prison riots break out again in Syria
Imprisoned Islamic State militants rioted again on Monday at a jail in northeastern Syria, hours after the Kurdish-led forces running the site said they had restored order, activists said.
Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of pandemic
Of a world in coronavirus turmoil, they may know little or nothing.
Death count from COVID-19 in New York State nearing 1,000
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday offered a grim assessment of the coronavirus pandemic engulfing the state.
Virus in America
‘Off the charts’: Virus hotspots grow in middle America
As the United States led the world with confirmed coronavirus cases, cities such as Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans grew as hotspots Saturday, while the virus continued to pummel New York City and made its way into rural America.
Virus infections top 600,000 globally with long fight ahead
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in Europe and the United States and officials dug in for a long fight against the pandemic.
Living outside lockdown: Barbers, beauty shops still open
With South Carolina’s first coronavirus hot spot just a short jaunt up the highway, Johellen Lee hadn’t been out for anything but groceries for nearly a month.
Turkey moves migrants from Greek border amid virus pandemic
Turkish authorities have evacuated thousands of migrants who had been waiting at the border with Greece hoping to make their way into Europe, as a precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey’s interior minister said Friday.
Political turmoil in Kabul dogs negotiations with Taliban
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.
Flatter or fight? Governors seeking help must navigate Trump
Governors around the US use different tactics to try and get the aid they need for their states.
Florida cities order people to stay home; governor resists
Some of Florida’s harder-hit municipalities ordered all their residents to shelter-in-place Tuesday after Gov. Ron DeSantis argued against a statewide order and blamed people flying in from New York and New Jersey for potentially spreading the coronavirus.
Likud members urge speaker to defy Israeli high court order
Israel appeared on the verge of a constitutional crisis Tuesday as top members of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud urged their party colleague and parliament speaker to defy a Supreme Court order to let lawmakers hold a vote for his successor.
Trump agencies steadily push rollbacks as pandemic rages
The Trump administration is moving forward on rollbacks to slow its deregulatory drive amidst coronavirus concerns.
Texas, Ohio orders on surgeries prompt new abortion fight
Orders by the governors of Texas and Ohio to stop all nonessential surgeries in those states have unleashed a new battle over access to abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 1.5 billion globally told to stay home to avoid virus
With masks, ventilators, and political goodwill in desperately short supply, more than one-fifth of the world’s population was ordered or urged to stay in their homes Monday at the start of what could be a pivotal week in the battle to contain the coronavirus in the United States and Europe.
New York quiets as it becomes next virus hot spot
An order barring most New Yorkers from congregating in groups or going to work was set to go into effect Sunday in an attempt to slow a pandemic that has threatened to make the state one of the world’s biggest coronavirus hot spots.
Africa’s busiest airport says foreigners can’t disembark
Anxiety rose in Africa’s richest nation Friday as South Africa announced coronavirus cases jumped to 202, the most in the sub-Saharan region, while the country’s largest airport announced that foreigners would not be allowed to disembark. And state-owned South African Airways suspended all international flights until June.
Tokyo marks 25th anniversary of subway nerve gas attack
Despite a large commemoration being canceled, relatives of victims and subway workers bowed their heads and prayed Friday in observance of the 25th anniversary of a nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subways.
Dutch court convicts tram shooter of deadly terror attack
A radicalized Muslim man who was accused on killing four people in a shooting on a tram has been convicted of murder with a terrorist motive in Dutch court.
US naval officer sues over military transgender ban
A U.S. naval officer who is facing involuntary discharge because of a policy restricting transgender people from military service has filed a lawsuit that aims to force defense officials to allow her to continue serving.
Report: Surge in white nationalism ramps up violence threat
A recent surge in white nationalism in the U.S. has led to a growing threat of violence by factions that embrace bloodshed and advocate for a race war, according to a report released Wednesday by an organization that tracks far-right extremists.
New Zealand passes landmark law to decriminalize abortion
Margaret Sparrow was 21 years old when she drank a concoction to induce an abortion, at a time when the procedure was both illegal and socially unacceptable in New Zealand.
Greek police use tear gas on migrants at Turkish border
Police on Greece’s border with Turkey used tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to repel hundreds of migrants clustered on the Turkish side who attempted to break down a border fence and enter Greece.
A deadly coronavirus mix in Florida: An aging population and lots of young visitors
In the Florida Keys, swamped with young spring breakers and travelers from around the world, just 16 people had been tested by Monday night. Ten of Florida’s 67 counties have tested no one at all.
Get out of jail? Inmates fearful of virus argue for release
Coronavirus has become a “get out of jail” card for hundreds of low-level inmates across the country, and even hard-timers are seeking their freedom with the argument that it’s not a matter of if but when the deadly illness sweeps through tightly packed populations behind bars.
Putin orders Russian constitutional vote despite virus fears
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered a vote on changes in the constitution allowing to extend his rule to be held next month as planned, but warned it could be delayed if the coronavirus situation worsens.
Iraq ex-governor named PM-designate as Baghdad awaits curfew
Iraq’s president Tuesday named a former governor of the city of Najaf as prime minister-designate, following weeks of political infighting, as Baghdad residents rushed to stock up on supplies hours before a days-long curfew was set to take hold amid a global pandemic.
Canada closes borders to all noncitizens, except Americans
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will close the borders to anyone who’s not a citizen, an American, or a permanent resident — but even they have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
Pope leaves Vatican, prays for end to pandemic
Pope Francis left the Vatican to make a surprise visit to two churches on Sunday even as Italian health authorities demanded that people to stay home as much as possible to battle the country’s severe coronavirus outbreak.
Netanyahu rival Gantz chosen to form new Israeli government
Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz will be given the first opportunity to form a new government after an inconclusive national election this month, the country’s president said Sunday, raising questions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future.
House races to pass coronavirus relief after Democrats strike deal with White House
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and announced new steps he said would speed the availability of testing for the virus, as his administration reached a deal with congressional Democrats to provide tens of billions of dollars for sick pay for affected workers and begin to prop up a slumping economy.
Russian lawmakers move to keep Putin in power past 2024
If President Vladimir Putin won and completed two more terms, it would make him the ruler of Russia for 36 years — longer than any other leader in its modern history.
National Guard sent into New York suburb to help control virus
One of the most dramatic actions yet to control the outbreak in the United States
Census Bureau site goes live as counting begins in earnest
The 2020 census is off and running for much of America now.
Holi festival subdued in India over coronavirus concerns
Hindus threw colored powder and sprayed water in massive celebrations of the festival of Holi in India on Tuesday, but the enthusiasm was subdued compared to previous years because of fears of the new virus.
California prepares to dock cruise ship with 21 virus cases
As the US death toll from the new coronavirus reached at least 21, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the mayor of Oakland sought Sunday to reassure the public that none of the passengers from a ship will be released into the public before undergoing a 14-day quarantine.
Despite virus risk, 2020 hopefuls keep up campaigns for now
As the coronavirus hits more states, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday his campaign is gauging when it may become necessary to cancel the large campaign rallies that public health specialists say could be breeding grounds to spread the potentially deadly illness.
White House didn’t want to tell older people not to fly, official says
The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile people be advised not to fly because of the coronavirus, a federal official said.
Coronavirus continues its rapid spread, confounding efforts by global leaders
Thousands of anxious people were confined Saturday to a cruise ship circling in international waters off the San Francisco Bay Area, after 21 passengers and crew members tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Iran warns it could use ‘force’ to halt travel amid virus
Iranian authorities warned Friday they may use “force” to limit travel between cities and announced the new coronavirus has killed 124 people amid 4,747 confirmed cases in the Islamic Republic.
Cruise ship is held off California coast for virus testing
A traveler from the ship’s previous voyage died of the coronavirus and at least two others became infected.
‘This is not a drill’: WHO urges the world to fight virus
The global march of the new virus triggered a vigorous appeal Thursday from the World Health Organization.
Murphy’s surgery to remove tumor ‘successful,’ deputy says
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s surgery Wednesday to remove what was likely a cancerous tumor on his kidney was successful, the state’s acting governor said.
New US guidelines urge a hepatitis C check for most adults
Most American adults need to be checked for hepatitis C, say guidelines released Monday that urge millions more people to get screened for the liver-damaging virus that can fester for decades it’s spotted.
Israel goes back to the polls, with Netanyahu’s future uncertain
For the third time in under a year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking reelection, and once again the Israeli leader is on the ropes.