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The Latest: Pope Francis earmarks initial $750,000 aid fund

  • Apr 06, 2020

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has earmarked an initial $750,000 for a new fund for hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other structures run by the Catholic Church in poor countries to use to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Francis on Monday urged church entities around the world to contribute to the f

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Japan’s PM to declare state of emergency as early as Tuesday

  • Apr 06, 2020

TOKYO  — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday to bolster measures to fight the coronavirus, but that there will be no hard lockdowns. Abe also told reporters Monday that his government will launch

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From Iran’s hot zone, Afghans flee home, spreading virus

  • Apr 06, 2020

KABUL, Afghanistan  — Mahdi Noori, a young Afghan refugee in Iran, was left jobless when the factory where he’d worked cutting stone was shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. He had no money, was afraid of contracting the virus and had no options. So he headed home. He joined a larg

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South Africa’s TB, HIV history prepares it for virus testing

  • Apr 06, 2020

JOHANNESBURG  — South Africa, one of the world’s most unequal countries with a large population vulnerable to the new coronavirus, may have an advantage in the outbreak, honed during years battling HIV and tuberculosis: the know-how and infrastructure to conduct mass testing. Health

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Desperate hunt for food by Peru’s poor amid virus quarantine

  • Apr 06, 2020

LIMA, Peru  — Pushing a shopping cart with two children, César Alegre emerges from the large, deteriorated house near Peru’s presidential palace that is shared by 45 families to search for food. Sometimes he begs in markets. Sometimes he sells candies. It is a task that was hard at th

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US, UK brace for soaring death tolls as pandemic bears down

  • Apr 06, 2020

LONDON  — The United States and Britain braced for one of their darkest weeks in living memory on Monday as the social and financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic deepened. Italy, Spain and France saw signs that they are flattening the pandemic curve, but still reported hundreds of people dying each da

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After virus, how will Americans’ view of the world change?

  • Apr 06, 2020

As the coronavirus spread across the world and began its reach into the United States, an assortment of Americans from the president on down summoned one notion as they framed the emerging cataclysm. “The Chinese virus,” they called it — or, in a few particularly racist cases, the “ku

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Search to continue for Kennedy Townsend’s daughter, grandson

  • Apr 06, 2020

ANNAPOLIS, Md.  — Divers and boats plan to resume searching Monday in the Chesapeake Bay for the bodies of the daughter and a grandson of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, authorities said. The search began last Thursday after a report of a canoe in the bay that didn’t retu

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Tiger at NYC’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

  • Apr 06, 2020

NEW YORK  — A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday. The 4-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia — and six other tigers and l

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