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The buildings of the banking district are seen in Frankfurt, Germany, at dawn on early Sunday, May 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

European Central Bank nearly doubles pandemic support scheme

Jun. 4, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has boosted its pandemic emergency support program by an unexpectedly large 600 billion euros to 1.35 trillion euros ($1.5 trillion) in an effort to keep affordable credit flowing to the economy during the steep downturn caused by the virus outbreak. The...

In this photo taken Tuesday, June 2, 2020, migrants dry their clothes aboard a tourist boats some 20 kilometers from Malta, . More than 400 migrants are living aboard pleasure cruise vessels, bobbing in the sea off Malta, many of them for weeks now. Rescued from human traffickers’ unseaworthy boats in several operations in the central Mediterranean since late April, the migrants, along with the Maltese government, are waiting for European Union countries to offer to take them. (AP Photo/Rene' Rossignaud)

Europe rights body urges action for migrants stuck off Malta

Jun. 4, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Europe’s leading human rights organization is calling for immediate action to bring to shore some 400 migrants that the Malta government transferred to chartered pleasure boats at sea. The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France, said in a statement Thursday that the...

European Central Bank boosts pandemic support program by 600 billion euros ($670 billion) to 1.35 trillion euros

Jun. 4, 2020 7:48 AM EDT
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank boosts pandemic support program by 600 billion euros ($670 billion) to 1.35 trillion euros.
A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Asian stock markets are mixed after Wall Street rose on better U.S. jobs and manufacturing data than expected.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Global stocks turn lower ahead of ECB decision, US data

Jun. 4, 2020 7:13 AM EDT

Stock markets edged lower on Thursday as investors looked ahead to the European Central Bank's decision on more monetary stimulus and the latest weekly jobless claims figures in the United States. Indexes in London, Frankfurt and U.S. futures were lower. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced while Shanghai...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 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. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Michael Kappeler/DPA via AP, Pool)

EU, China postpone September summit due to pandemic

Jun. 3, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union and China have agreed to postpone a summit planned for this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, German officials said Wednesday. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping and later with European Council President Charles...

EU, China agree to postpone summit planned for September due to coronavirus pandemic

Jun. 3, 2020 3:53 PM EDT
BERLIN (AP) — EU, China agree to postpone summit planned for September due to coronavirus pandemic.
Andrea Monti hugs his girlfriend Katherina Scherf who just arrived from Duesseldorf, Germany at Rome's Fiumicino airport, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Rome’s Fiumicino airport sprang back to life on Wednesday as Italy opened regional and international borders in the final phase of easing its long coronavirus lockdown, allowing families and loved ones separated by the global pandemic to finally reunite. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Italy opens borders ahead of neighbors, still eyed warily

Jun. 3, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

VENTIMIGLIA, Italy (AP) — Italy officially ended its long coronavirus lockdown Wednesday, opening regional and international borders in a bid to boost summer tourism, but found itself alone as European neighbors viewed the move as premature and remained wary of visitors from Italy. Italy's long-awaited...

Migrants dry their clothes aboard a tourist boats some 20 kilometers from Malta, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. More than 400 migrants are living aboard pleasure cruise vessels, bobbing in the sea off Malta, many of them for weeks now. Rescued from human traffickers’ unseaworthy boats in several operations in the central Mediterranean since late April, the migrants, along with the Maltese government, are waiting for European Union countries to offer to take them. (AP Photo/Rene' Rossignaud)

Rescued migrants stranded on chartered Maltese tourist boats

Jun. 3, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — More than 400 migrants are living aboard pleasure cruise vessels bobbing in the sea off Malta, many of them for weeks now. But for them, it's no pleasure, only uncertainty over their fate and they aren’t cruising anywhere. Rescued from human traffickers’ unseaworthy...

Newly elected prime minister Avdullah Hoti, speaks to the media in the capital Pristina, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Kosovo’s parliament voted in a new prime minister Wednesday to lead a fragile coalition government that will inherit the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and stalled normalization talks with neighboring Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo lawmakers vote in new center-right prime minister

Jun. 3, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s parliament voted in a new prime minister Wednesday to lead a fragile coalition government that will inherit the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and stalled normalization talks with neighboring Serbia. Lawmakers voted 61-24 with one abstention to approve...