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Outbreak at German slaughterhouse reveals migrants’ plight

COESFELD, Germany (AP) — Big white trailers adorned with pictures of juicy roasts and the wholesome slogan "Straight from the farmer" sit idle in northwestern Germany, their usual pork hauls disrupted by a coronavirus outbreak at one of the country's biggest meat processing companies that has ...

Prodded by U.S., Mexico aims to restart industrial plants

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged Wednesday to begin reopening Mexico's economy next week — under pressure at home and from U.S. officials — even as the country saw its largest one-day jump in coronavirus cases, hospitals are reeling, and testing remains ...

Poland’s presidential vote to be in person with mail option

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers have changed the rules for the country's postponed presidential election to make it a vote in person at polling stations with an option of voting by mail. No date for the vote has been set yet. The changes to the electoral law that were approved late ...

Ex-lovers of Johnny Depp come to his defense in libel case

LONDON (AP) — Two former romantic partners of actor Johnny Depp came to his defense Wednesday in his libel suit against British newspaper The Sun, dismissing claims that he was violent or abusive. Actresses Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder offered supportive statements for the "Pirates of ...

Death toll from attack on Kabul maternity clinic rises to 24

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials Wednesday raised the death toll from a militant attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul the previous day, saying 24 people were killed, including two newborn babies, their mothers and an unspecified number of nurses. Militants stormed the hospital ...

Children leave homes briefly as Turkey eases restrictions

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Parks filled with the sound of children on Wednesday as Turkey allowed kids ages 14 and under to leave homes for the first time in 40 days. The country's youngest population were allowed to venture out for four hours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as Turkey eased some ...

Ukraine approves law on banks in a bid for IMF aid

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has passed a law preventing former owners of nationalized or liquidated banks from regaining ownership or receiving state compensation, a move that allows the country to get $5.5 billion in loans from the International Monetary Fund. The bill, which some ...

Cannes is empty, the day the film festival should have begun

CANNES, France (AP) — The stars of Cannes Film Festival have stayed home, its prestigious grounds repurposed as a homeless shelter, and the beaches closed. The French Riviera resort of Cannes would normally be abuzz with cinema glitterati on a Tuesday such as this — scheduled as the ...

Russian hospital fires prompt investigation into ventilators

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian health officials on Tuesday announced an investigation into the safety of ventilators at two hospitals, where fires in intensive care units for coronavirus patients killed a total of six people over the past four days. The deaths occurred as Russia struggled to cope ...

Turkey accuses five nations of forming ‘alliance of evil’

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday accused Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates of seeking to form an "alliance of evil" after these countries issued a joint declaration denouncing Ankara's policies in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya. In a strongly-worded ...

Cubicle comeback? Pandemic will reshape office life for good

LONDON (AP) — Office jobs are never going to be the same. When workers around the world eventually return to their desks, they'll find many changes due to the pandemic. For a start, fewer people will go back to their offices as the coronavirus crisis makes working from home more accepted, ...

Concern mounts that border measures threaten EU free travel

BRUSSELS (AP) — The future of ID-check free travel across 26 European countries is at risk if governments do not ease soon the emergency border restrictions they introduced to halt the spread of the coronavirus, European Union lawmakers and officials warned Tuesday. As the virus outbreaks ...

COVID-19 confirmed in crowded UN-run camp in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — For the first time, COVID-19 has been confirmed in a crowded civilian protection camp in South Sudan's capital, the United Nations said Tuesday, a worrying development in a country that's one of the world's least prepared for the virus' spread. The U.N. is aware that ...

Indian LG plant lacked environmental clearance before leak

NEW DELHI (AP) — A plastics factory in India where a chemical gas leak killed 12 people and sickened hundreds more last week lacked federal environmental clearance but had been issued state permits to operate anyway, exposing a potentially dangerous enforcement gap in the country's laws. The ...

UK’s Johnson lays out road map for easing virus lockdown

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday outlined a "conditional plan" for reopening British society in the coming months, including the possible return to school for some young children at the start of June, as well as some easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England. In ...

In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism

TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus in Japan has brought not just an epidemic of infections, but also an onslaught of bullying and discrimination against the sick, their families and health workers. A government campaign to raise awareness seems to be helping, at least for medical workers. But it's ...

African nations seek their own solutions in virus crisis

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A loud hiss and grunt come from a green bag pressing air through a tube, as Senegalese researchers work to develop a prototype ventilator that could cost a mere $160 each instead of tens of thousands of dollars. The team is using 3-D printed parts as it works to find a ...

Hong Kong police arrest more than 200 in renewed protests

HONG KONG (AP) — More than 200 people were arrested during anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Sunday night, police said, as authorities seek to prevent a revival of last year's massive demonstrations, including through the application of anti-social gathering regulations intended to ...

‘Coronavirus hairstyle’ spikes in popularity in East Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The coronavirus has revived a hairstyle in East Africa, one with braided spikes that echo the virus' distinctive shape. The style's growing popularity is in part due to economic hardships linked to virus restrictions — it's cheap, mothers say — and to the goal of ...

Older Turks enjoy walks outside as coronavirus rules relaxed

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's senior citizens got their first chance to venture outside in seven weeks Sunday under relaxed coronavirus restrictions. People aged 65 and over — the age group most at risk from the virus — were subjected to a stay-at-home curfew on March 21. As part of a ...