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Militants increasing attacks on Burkina Faso mines

BOUDA, Burkina Faso (AP) — Jihadists burst into the gold mine where Moussa Tambura worked in Burkina Faso, forbidding everyone from smoking and drinking. It wasn't long before the men returned and leveled the place to the ground. "They attacked the site, killed people and burned houses," ...

Being ostracized: Virus leaves its mark for UK’s elderly

LONDON (AP) — From resounding applause to ostracization and isolation. That's essentially the journey Lt. Cmdr. Robert Embleton, who served 34 years in Britain's Royal Navy, took by ambulance when discharged from Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, southwestern England, on April 8 following his ...

Putin marks Victory Day in virus-reduced ceremony

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin marked Victory Day, the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, in a ceremony shorn of its usual military parade and pomp by the coronavirus pandemic. Putin on Saturday laid flowers at the tomb of the unknown soldier just ...

VE Day clashes with virus chaos, veterans left in limbo

BRUSSELS (AP) — On Friday's 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, talk of war is afoot again — this time against a disease that has killed at least a quarter of a million people worldwide. Instead of parades, remembrances and one last great hurrah for veterans now mostly ...

Virus tracing app raises privacy concerns in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — As India enters an extended coronavirus lockdown, the government is actively pursuing contact tracing to help control infections. At the heart of the effort in the country of 1.3 billion people is a smartphone app that evaluates users' infection risk based on location ...

Siemens says profits down, this quarter could be the bottom

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Siemens AG, maker of trains, power generators and medical scanners, saw net profit sag during the most recent quarter due to the virus outbreak. The company abandoned its business forecast for the year, saying it expected the downturn to bottom out in the current ...

Troubled Zimbabwe hopes for some relief in tobacco sales

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Adjust Saidi, a foreman at a farm outside Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, paced through rows of tobacco plants. Desperate to complete the harvest and sell the crop, he pushed workers picking leaves to "hurry it up." Some carried up to 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of leaves, ...

Amid pandemic, the world’s working poor hustle to survive

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — From India to Argentina, untold millions who were already struggling to get by on the economic margins have had their lives made even harder by pandemic lockdowns, layoffs and the loss of a chance to earn from a hard day's work. More than four out of five ...

Volunteers put faces to names of Americans in WWII cemetery

OPIJNEN, Netherlands (AP) — Staff Sgt. Maurice Gosney was just a name carved on a white cross until a young Dutch historian went in search of the fallen American soldier's face. Killed in an ambush near the German village of Sulzfeld on April 11, 1945, Gosney is one of more than 10,000 ...

Philippine TV network’s shutdown amid pandemic sparks uproar

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Alarm over a Philippine government agency's shutdown of the country's largest TV and radio network heightened Wednesday with a top official warning that taking a major provider of news on the coronavirus pandemic off the air could cost lives. International ...

Two Russian doctors dead, one in ICU after mysterious accidents

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian doctors have died and one remains in the intensive care unit in serious condition after falling out of windows in hospitals under mysterious circumstances. The tragic incidents last week made national headlines, with media reports saying all three have come under ...

Astronomers find closest black hole to Earth, hints of more

Meet your new but shy galactic neighbor: A black hole left over from the death of a fleeting young star. European astronomers have found the closest black hole to Earth yet, so near that the two stars dancing with it can be seen by the naked eye. Of course, close is relative on the galactic ...

UK scientist who warned over virus quits for lockdown breach

LONDON (AP) — Britain's health secretary said Wednesday that national lockdown rules were "for everyone," after one of the government's key scientific advisers quit for receiving secret visits from his girlfriend amid the coronavirus pandemic. Imperial College epidemiologist Neil Ferguson ...

Spain to avert political crisis, extend virus lockdown

MADRID (AP) — Spain's left-wing coalition government appears to have averted throwing the country into a political crisis on top of the enormous challenge it already faces from a devastating coronavirus outbreak that has claimed more than 25,000 lives and severely damaged its economy. Prime ...

US couple’s nightmare: Held in China, away from daughter

SHANGHAI (AP) — The first thing Daniel Hsu noticed about the room was that there were no sharp edges. The walls were covered with beige rubber, the table wrapped in soft, grey leather. White blinds covered two barred windows. Five surveillance cameras recorded his movements, and two guards ...

France’s Macron makes mask-wearing an act of national pride

PARIS (AP) — With a face mask 100% made in France, President Emmanuel Macron showed the famously fashionable French people Tuesday that civic responsibility and style are not mutually exclusive. Macron used a visit to a primary school to promote the type of cloth masks that will be de ...

Social distancing long routine in areas run by armed groups

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For people in Mexican towns and villages where criminal gangs, armed groups and drug traffickers hold more sway than the state, the novel coronavirus is just the latest danger. The threat of death and the inability to move freely are nothing new. From the northern border ...

UK overtakes Italy with most official virus deaths in Europe

LONDON (AP) — Britain now has Europe's highest official coronavirus death toll after the latest round of daily figures Tuesday showed it overtaking Italy. Only the United States has recorded more virus-related deaths. The British government said another 693 people died in hospitals, nursing ...

Northeastern Brazil city is nation’s first to enter lockdown

SAO PAULO (AP) — The capital of tropical Maranhão state ground largely to a halt Tuesday, becoming the first major Brazilian city to enter a lockdown in the hopes of preventing the coronavirus pandemic from overwhelming the health care system of one of the country's poorest states. Some 1.5 ...

In fight over Brazil leader’s virus test, crisis looms

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he twice tested negative for the coronavirus but many, including a federal judge, are demanding he share the actual results. Still, the leader has refused. The surreal standoff is the latest flashpoint in a broader battle between ...