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A staff member carries plastic buckets containing medical waste from new coronavirus patients at the Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Park Dong-joon/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea’s central bank to provide aid

Mar. 26, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. 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. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea’s central bank to temporarily...

In this photo supplied by United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and taken Friday, Feb. 28 2020, children and a teacher walk past a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) health centre in the Mandruzi resettlement neighbourhood, in Beira, Mozambique. One year after cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique and set off unprecedented climate-related disasters, 2.5 million people, almost half of them children, remain in need of humanitarian assistance. (Karel Prinsloo/Arete for UNCDF Mozambique via AP)

A year after deadly cyclone, Mozambique now braces for virus

Mar. 16, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A year after hundreds of people were killed by one of the southern hemisphere's worst cyclones, Mozambique's port city of Beira is rebounding, but more than a million people need food aid there and in the surrounding countryside. “A year ago much of Beira was flooded by Cyclone...

FILE - In this March 4, 2017, file photo, a man writes a condolence message during the Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has claimed the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost six years ago was a mass murder-suicide by the pilot. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan, File)

Abbott says top Malaysian leaders suspected pilot of MH370

Feb. 19, 2020 7:56 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost six years ago was a mass murder-suicide by the pilot. Abbott was prime minister when the...

Maldives to enhance security for tourists after stabbings

Feb. 7, 2020 10:38 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives government plans to increase security for tourists after suspected Islamic extremists stabbed three foreigners in the Indian Ocean nation. The National Security Council was working with the police and other agencies to find out more about the attack, its motives and...

In this handout photo taken in Jan. 2020 and provided by Nekton, scientists lower the “Limiting Factor” submarine into the Mediterranean Sea, part of sea trials before the next stage of the Nekton Mission begins in mid-March. A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean - into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches, but life still thrives. Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission plan to survey wildlife and gauge the effects of climate change in the unexplored area. (Nekton via AP)

Scientists dive into 'Midnight Zone' to study dark ocean

Feb. 5, 2020 12:37 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean — into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches but life still thrives. Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission plan to survey wildlife and gauge the effects of...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives to give an update on the coronavirus at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will work together to evacuate their isolated and vulnerable citizens from China's virus-hit Hubei province. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Australia defends plan to create island quarantine camp

Jan. 30, 2020 5:17 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government on Thursday defended its plan to send citizens evacuated from the epicenter of China’s novel coronavirus emergency to a remote island used to banish asylum seekers and convicted criminals, despite warnings that that some Australians would...