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Mississippi inflated dome to store exports to Asia, Europe

Apr. 9, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A storage dome was inflated in Mississippi to house wood pellets that will be used as sources of fuel abroad. Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, announced Tuesday on Facebook that it has inflated the dome at the port of Pascagoula in Jackson...

Commuters wear masks at a station in Fukuoka, southern Japan Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures including Fukuoka to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

Apr. 9, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — South Korea’s top central banker expects slow, but...

Slovakia's Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak gestures, prior to a EU foreign affairs council in Zagreb, Croatia, Friday, March 6, 2020. EU foreign affairs ministers met in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Friday to discuss the escalating migrant crisis on Turkey-Greece border. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Kosovo says it’s ready to resume dialogue with Serbia

Apr. 8, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo’s acting prime minister on Wednesday assured a European Union special envoy of his commitment to resume dialogue with neighboring Serbia on normalizing ties. Albin Kurti, who heads a caretaker cabinet, also asked in a letter to new EU envoy Miroslav Lajcak that any...

Lighter than normal traffic flow in and out downtown Atlanta Monday, April 6, 2020. Gov. Brian Kemp has issued an order to shelter in place in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Latest: Japan's Abe: Stay home, obey state of emergency

Apr. 8, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan PM Abe urges cooperation with state of emergency in...

People wearing face masks walk at a downtown street in Hong Kong Monday, April 6, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The Latest: Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners

Apr. 7, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners indefinitely...

A patient is wheeled into the emergency unit of the Verdun Hospital in Montreal on Monday, April 6, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s confident Canada will still be able to import N95 protective masks form the U.S. despite an export ban and says he will talk to U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming days. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

3M, U.S. reach agreement that allows mask exports to Canada

Apr. 6, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Manufacturing giant 3M said Monday it has an agreement with the Trump administration that will allow the company to continue to export N95 protective masks to Canada and Latin America amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company said the U.S. government and 3M have a plan to produce 166.5...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Dr. Deborah Birx, Ambassador and White House coronavirus response coordinator, holds a 3M N95 mask as she and Vice President Mike Pence visit 3M headquarters in Maplewood, Minn., in a meeting with the company's leaders and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to coordinate response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. On Friday, April 3, 2020, the manufacturing giant pushed back against criticism from Trump over production of face masks that are badly needed by American health care workers. 3M said the administration asked it to stop exporting medical-grade masks to Canada and Latin America, which the company said raises “significant humanitarian implications” and will backfire by causing other countries to retaliate against the U.S. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)/Star Tribune via AP)

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US

Apr. 6, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will try to stop “profiteers” from exporting medical protective gear, shortly after picking a fight with manufacturing giant 3M, a major producer and exporter of face masks used to protect health care workers from the coronavirus. 3M argued that...

The Latest: South Korea health minister urges vigilance

Apr. 6, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — 13 hospitalized, 1 dead from cruise ship with coronavirus...

FILE - In this March 14, 2020, file photo Taiwanese army soldiers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant over a road during a drill to prevent community cluster infection of coronavirus in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The administration, backed by a bipartisan collection of lawmakers, is pressing for Taiwan's inclusion as a separate entity in international organizations like the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization, both of which have significant roles in anti-virus efforts. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)

US sees coronavirus window to push Taiwan's global status

Apr. 6, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is seizing the opportunity of the coronavirus pandemic to push a cause that has long been an irritant in U.S. relations with China: Taiwan. The virus has added yet another dimension to U.S.-China tensions that were already wracked by a trade war and heated...

This undated photo provided by the US-China Business Council in March 2020 shows Craig Allen, president of the U.S.-China Business Council. In a March interview amid the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Allen said that the United States and China together comprise as much as 40% of the global economy. If U.S.-China relations continue to deteriorate, everyone will suffer. (Kaveh Sardari/USCBC via AP)

Insider Q&A: 'Everyone will suffer' from US-China spat

Apr. 5, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months ago, the United States and China signed an interim “Phase 1'' trade deal, signaling a cease-fire in the trade war between the world's two biggest economies. China agreed to import much more U.S. farm, energy and other products. But the coronavirus changed everything....