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Prisoners riot in Iran, region's worst virus outbreak

Amir Vahdat and Omar Akour, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 12:26am

Prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot, state media reported Monday, the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances in the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 10:40pm

Authorities in Russia are bracing for a nationwide lockdown as the number of coronavirus cases in the country topped 1,800 on Monday. That's an increase of more than 300 from the previous day. Nine people have died. The Russian capital has accounted for more than 1,200 of the new coronavirus cases. A lockdown began Monday in Moscow. All city residents except those working in essential sectors are asked to stay home. There are exceptions for medical emergencies or shopping at nearby stores or pharmacies.

Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic delay sparks questions

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 7:35pm

Before the Olympics were postponed, Japan looked like it had coronavirus infections contained, even as they spread in neighboring countries. Now that the games have been pushed to next year, Tokyo’s cases are spiking, and the city's governor is requesting that people stay home, even hinting at a possible lockdown.

Uganda's Bobi Wine sings against virus, criticizes leaders

Rodney Muhumuza and Patrick Onen, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 6:04am

Ugandan pop star and opposition leader Bobi Wine, who released a song urging Africa's people to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, is criticizing African governments for not maintaining better health care systems for the continent's 1.3 billion people.

US-led forces pull out of 3rd Iraqi base this month

Samya Kullab, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 5:38am

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdrew on Sunday from a military base in the country's north that nearly launched Washington into an open war with neighboring Iran.

In Somalia, coronavirus goes from fairy tale to nightmare

Abdi Guled and Mohamed Sheikh Nor, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 4:02am

At first, the coronavirus was just a fairy tale, a rumor along the dusty lanes of the displaced persons’ camp that Habiba Ali calls home.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 10:40pm

Asian shares have opened lower as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus outbreak that has prompted shutdowns of travel and business in many parts of the world. Stocks fell in Tokyo and most other regional markets but rose in Australia after the government promised more stimulus. U.S. futures fell slightly more than 1% and oil prices also were lower. Monday's drop followed a 3.4% decline Friday on Wall Street. Hopes that a $2 trillion relief bill would ease the economic havoc brought by the pandemic helped lift the S&P 500 10.3% last week, its biggest gain since 2009. 

As virus makes goodbyes hard, fears of many more rise in US

Matt Sedensky, Michael R. Sisak and Stefanie Dazio, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 10:24pm

The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as family members described wrenching farewells through hospital windows with dying loved ones.

North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about outbreak

Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 5:40pm

North Korea on Sunday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea and Japan said, continuing a streak of weapons launches that suggests leader Kim Jong Un is trying to strengthen domestic support amid worries about a possible coronavirus outbreak in the country.

South Korea says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile into the sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 5:36pm

South Korea says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile into the sea.

2nd UK Cabinet member joins Johnson in having virus symptoms

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 10:46am

Another member of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet has developed symptoms of COVID-19, as the number of people with the coronovrius to die in the U.K. passed the 1,000 mark Saturday.

Indian authorities send buses to take unemployed to villages

Manish Swarup and Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 3:16am

Authorities sent a fleet of buses to the outskirts of India's capital on Saturday to meet an exodus of migrant workers desperately trying to reach their home villages during the world's largest coronavirus lockdown.

Australia prepares to fly cruise passengers to Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 2:27am

Australian authorities pressed ahead Saturday with plans to fly 800 cruise ship passengers to Germany this weekend after a downward revision in the number of people on board who needed to be tested for the coronavirus.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump has backed away from calling for a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He directed instead Saturday night that a “strong Travel Advisory” be issued for those hard-hit areas to stem the spread of the outbreak. In other coronavirus news, Italy became to first country to surpass 10,000 deaths. Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews or seal off major cities. In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife announced that she has recovered from COVID-19 after testing positive earlier this month.

Virus delays review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 10:38pm

The 191 parties to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty have decided to postpone a conference to review its implementation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations said Friday.

UN chief says misinformation about COVID-19 is new enemy

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 9:59pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday the world is not only fighting the “common enemy” of the coronavirus “but our enemy is also the growing surge of misinformation” about COVID-19 disease.

Eiffel Tower says "Merci" to health workers fighting virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 2:43pm

Health workers racing to save lives as France contends with one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks have received a huge show of gratitude with the help of the Eiffel Tower.

Italy has become the second country after the United States to surpass China in reported coronavirus cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 10:36am

Italy has become the second country after the United States to surpass China in reported coronavirus cases.

Tokyo closes cherry blossom parks to slow spread of virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 7:07am

Japan's cherry blossoms are in full bloom, but flower viewing has come to an abrupt halt in Tokyo because of the coronavirus.