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Visitors wearing a face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 admire statues in the Rome Capitoline Museums, including the second century A.D. Roman marble statue

UN agency warns pandemic could kill 1 in 8 museums worldwide

May. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Museums are starting to reopen in some countries as governments ease coronavirus restrictions, but experts warn one in eight worldwide could face permanent closure due to the pandemic. Studies by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums show 90% of the planet's museums, some 85,000...

Belgian police seize 11.5 tons of cannabis, arrest 6 people

May. 19, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police have seized 11.5 tons of cannabis with an estimated street value of 114 million euros ($124.6 million) and arrested six people during a drugs bust at Brussels' main wholesale market, officials said Tuesday. The Belgian capital's prosecution office said special federal police...

A man wearing a face mask walks by a screen showing precautions against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S.Korea: Rules stay relaxed despite virus spike

May. 13, 2020 1:46 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: No plans to backtrack on relaxed rules despite...

Planes from Brussels Airlines sit idle on the tarmac at Brussels Airport in Brussels, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis, Brussels Airlines unveiled Tuesday a cost-cutting plan that will result in the reduction of 25 percent of its workforce. The Lufthansa subsidiary, which employs 4,000 people, has suspended its flights as a result of the pandemic, which has put much air travel to a halt. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Brussels Airlines to cut 1,000 jobs amid COVID-19 crisis

May. 12, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hard-hit by the global clampdown on travel, Belgium’s Brussels Airlines said Tuesday it will cut a quarter of its workforce as part of a cost-cutting plan, a move that has enraged politicians. The Lufthansa subsidiary employs 4,000 people and has like many airlines suspended flights...

Ryanair gets ready to fly more often in July

May. 12, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair says it will begin operating nearly 1,000 daily flights starting in July, assuming government restrictions on flights within Europe are lifted after the shutdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The carrier, which was Europe's busiest airline before the pandemic, said...

A barber and a male customer wear face masks during a haircut at a barber shop on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Singapore. Singapore has allowed selected businesses such as traditional Chinese medicine medical halls, home-based establishments, food manufacturing, selected food retail outlets, laundry services, traditional barbers and pet supplies to reopen May 12 in a cautious rollback of a two-month partial lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in the city-state. (AP Photo/Royston Chan)

The Latest: Singapore loosens coronavirus restrictions

May. 12, 2020 1:14 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: — Singapore loosens coronavirus restrictions. — South...

A man rides a bicycle along a new path designated only for bikes, during a gradual lifting of a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in Brussels, Monday, May 4, 2020. As European cities gradually relax lockdown measures, Brussels authorities intend to take advantage of the coronavirus health crisis to turn the EU institutions capital into a cycling-friendly greener place. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Brussels going greener amid coronavirus crisis

May. 4, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European cities gradually relax lockdown measures, Brussels authorities intend to take advantage of the coronavirus health crisis to turn the Belgian capital into a bicycle-friendly greener place. Belgium started the first phase of exiting the lockdown Monday as some businesses were...

A journalist wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus shelters under a Union flag umbrella outside 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Journalists' working conditions hit hard by coronavirus

Apr. 30, 2020 3:20 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The working conditions of news reporters around the globe have deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic amid job losses and attacks on media freedom, according to a survey published Thursday by the International Federation of Journalists. Three out of four journalists have faced...

A woman responds from a window as a bus delivers a loudspeaker message from family and friends in Brussels, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. With streets in the Brussels capital mostly devoid of loud traffic and honking horns, a simple piece of emotional poetry can split the air. The public bus company, STIB-MIVB, has been calling on people to send in voice messages, which are now delivered by a special bus driving in a loop to connect all the messages and leave a trail of happiness. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Brussels love bus gives loud shoutout during pandemic times

Apr. 23, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In pandemic times, Brussels has the love bus. Now that the streets in the Belgian capital are mostly devoid of grumbling engines and honking horns, suddenly a simple piece of emotional poetry splits the silence. “We miss you a lot. Big kisses,” a loudspeaker from the bright...

FILE - In this Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo, moored gondolas are reflected on the water of the Gran Canal, in Venice. The European Union on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 says its vaunted tourism industry is facing decline due to the coronavirus crisis while Internal market Commissioner Thierry Breton says it should be the prime sector to receive over a fifth of all recovery funds. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Pandemic is dealing European tourism 'staggering' blow

Apr. 21, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — The European Union says its vaunted tourist industry is facing “staggering” figures of decline because of the coronavirus crisis and the bloc's internal market commissioner wants the sector to be first in line when it comes to recovery funds. Thierry Breton mentioned...