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Forest Gauthier, an emergency services medical assistant, walks through a tent set up outside the Emergency Department at the Harborview Medical Center before it opened for patients, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Seattle. The tent, which was recently put in place, is used to examine walk-up and other patients who arrive at the emergency room with respiratory symptoms possibly related to the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Latest: Washington extends stay-at-home through May 4

Apr. 2, 2020 8:56 PM 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: — Washington extends orders to keep non-essential business...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service troops exercise under the supervision of British special forces during U.S. military-led annual counterterrorism exercise in Thies, Senegal. Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the global upheaval caused by the new coronavirus as a threat but also as an opportunity to strike harder than before, asserting that the virus is punishment for non-Muslims while also urging followers to repent and take care of themselves. (AP Photo/Cheikh A.T. Sy, File)

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

Apr. 2, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the Islamic extremist groups show concern about the...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, funeral home workers remove the body of a person suspected to have died from the coronavirus outbreak from a residential building in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Skepticism about China’s reported coronavirus cases and deaths has swirled throughout the crisis, fueled by official efforts to quash bad news in the early days and a general distrust of the government. In any country, getting a complete picture of the infections amid the fog of war is virtually impossible. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

The Latest: Israel's health minister has new coronavirus

Apr. 2, 2020 1:13 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: ___ — Isreaeo's health minister diagnosed with new...

LGBT community raided in Uganda over social distancing

Apr. 1, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A gay rights leader in Uganda says 20 members of the local LGBT community have been detained after police raided their shelter and accused them of violating coronavirus-related social distancing measures. “It is evident that they were arrested because of their...

US again accused of killing civilians in Somalia airstrikes

Apr. 1, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military is facing more allegations of killing civilians with airstrikes in Somalia, and now says it will address the issue more fully in upcoming public reports. Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that the U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, killed two civilians...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington, as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: China reports 36 new COVID-19 cases

Apr. 1, 2020 1:33 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: — White House projects between 100,000 and 240,000 U.S....

Ethiopia postpones major election because of coronavirus

Mar. 31, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's election set for August has been postponed as the national election board said Tuesday the coronavirus makes it impossible to prepare. The vote has been highly anticipated in a country that has seen sweeping political reforms in the past two years but a surge of...

Relatives and friends wait outside as the body of 13-year-old Yasin Hussein Moyo is washed prior to burial, at the Kariakor cemetery in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The family of a 13-year-old boy is in mourning after police in Kenya's capital are accused of shooting him dead while enforcing a coronavirus curfew. Kenya’s police inspector general has ordered an investigation into the boy’s death by “stray bullet,” including a forensic analysis of all firearms held by officers at the scene.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

13-year-old shot dead; Kenyan police enforcing curfew blamed

Mar. 31, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The bullet struck the 13-year-old as he stood on the balcony of his family’s home with his siblings. Below, police officers moved through the crowded neighborhood, enforcing Kenya’s new coronavirus curfew. Go upstairs, the children's mother had shouted minutes earlier,...

This compilation image made from video frames from the latest music video of Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, shows the singer recording an informational music video educating the public about the dangers of the new coronavirus and the precautionary measures they should take to fight its spread. Wine, who released a song in March 2020 urging Africa's people to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, is criticizing African governments for not maintaining better health care systems for the continent's 1.3 billion people while investing in weapons and

Uganda's Bobi Wine sings against virus, criticizes leaders

Mar. 29, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition leader Bobi Wine, who released a song urging Africa's people to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, is criticizing African governments for not maintaining better health care systems for the continent's 1.3 billion people. In his...

In this photo taken Thursday, March 26, 2020, residents live in crowded conditions in the Sayidka camp for internally displaced people in Mogadishu, Somalia. The country has only a handful of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus so far but residents of the camp, who have already fled drought and violence from the Islamist al-Shabab militant group, say they are fearful of the virus and feel vulnerable. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

In Somalia, coronavirus goes from fairy tale to nightmare

Mar. 29, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At first, the coronavirus was just a fairy tale, a rumor along the dusty lanes of the displaced persons’ camp that Habiba Ali calls home. It seemed fantastical: an illness sweeping the world far beyond Somalia’s borders, killing thousands of people and sending some...