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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 ...