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Medical staff in carry the first person infected with the coronavirus in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia out of an ambulance into the Liver and Infection Center of the University Hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020. (Guido Kirchner/dpa via AP)

Germany in warning over a virus epidemic

Feb. 26, 2020 6:44 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister said Wednesday that the country was “at the beginning of an epidemic” as authorities in the west tested dozens of people who had contact with a couple infected with the coronavirus gaining a foothold in Europe. Germany has been bracing for an increase...

People wear sanitary masks as they ride an empty tram in downtown Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Italy has been struggling to contain the rapidly spreading outbreak that has given the country more coronavirus cases outside Asia than anywhere else. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

Italy seeks to calm fears in Europe as cases, deaths rise

Feb. 26, 2020 6:03 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy sought to rally international support for its virus containment efforts Wednesday even as its caseload reached 447, people linked to Italy fell ill across Europe and as far away as Brazil, and the U.N.'s health agency urged a scaled-up response. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte's government...

U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe scores against Canada during the second half of a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Carson, Calif. The U.S. won 3-0. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Pugh, Davidson back on US roster for SheBelieves

Feb. 26, 2020 6:00 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Forward Mallory Pugh and defender Tierna Davidson are back with the U.S. women's national team for the upcoming SheBelieves tournament. Both players, who were on the team's World Cup-winning squad last year, were not included on the smaller roster that took part in CONCACAF Olympic...

A protester throws a petrol bomb against riot police during clashes in Diavolorema near the area where the government plans to build a new migrant detention center, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Local authorities declared a 24-hour strike on two eastern Greek islands Wednesday to protest government plans to build new migrant detention camps there. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

Greek islanders attack riot police in migrant camp protests

Feb. 26, 2020 5:43 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government hoped to defuse tensions after protests over plans for new migrant camps on two of its islands Wednesday turned into violent clashes between police and local residents, some armed with Molotov cocktails and shotguns. Hundreds of residents attacked police officers...

Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican before leaving after his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope observes usual Ash Wednesday customs in time of virus

Feb. 26, 2020 5:37 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual that marks the opening of the Catholic Church's Lenten season in traditional fashion while greeting the public in Rome as other Masses were canceled in northern Italy over fears of the coronavirus outbreak. Francis and a long line of...

Sailing heavyweights Ainslie, Slingsby square off in SailGP

Feb. 26, 2020 5:35 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The second season of the SailGP global circuit is shaping up as a heavyweight fight between two of the world's best sailors, Britain's Sir Ben Ainslie and defending champion Tom Slingsby of Australia. When the two helmsmen headed onto Sydney Harbor for practice aboard their...

A passenger wearing a mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 arrives to the Sao Paulo International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

With first case, Latin America prepares for COVID-19 virus

Feb. 26, 2020 5:28 PM EST

With Brazil reporting the first case of the COVID-19 virus, neighboring countries and other nations around Latin America were attempting to block the possible arrival of the virus. A glance at efforts across the region: — Peru was maintaining a team of specialists working around-the-clock shifts at Jorge...

FILE - In this May 21, 2019 file photo, Tripoli government forces clash with forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, south of the capital Tripoli, Libya. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed, File)

UN: Rival Libyan politicians meet for peace talks in Geneva

Feb. 26, 2020 4:52 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan politicians met on Wednesday for U.N.-sponsored political talks in Geneva aimed at ending the latest round of fighting over the country's capital, Tripoli. Yet just hours later, the High Council of State, an advisory body to the western Tripoli-based government, sent a letter to...

Workers disinfect subway trains against coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, in the early morning of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Iran's government said Tuesday that more than a dozen people had died nationwide from the new coronavirus, rejecting claims of a much higher death toll of 50 by a lawmaker from the city of Qom that has been at the epicenter of the virus in the country. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

World battles virus epidemic as cases multiply outside China

Feb. 26, 2020 4:40 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Crews scrubbed everything from money to buses, military bases were on high alert and quarantines were enforced Wednesday from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to a remote island in the Pacific, as the world worked to halt the fast-spreading virus that for the first time counted...

Gabriel Natale Hjorth attends the opening of the trial for the killing of Italian policeman Mario Cerciello Rega in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020.  American teenagers Finnegan Lee Elder and Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth are being tried for killing the officer. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Trial begins for jailed American pals in policeman's slaying

Feb. 26, 2020 4:31 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Two former schoolmates from California sat impassively in a crowded courtroom Wednesday for the start of their trial for the murder of a plainclothes Italian policeman while they were vacationing in Rome last summer. In pre-trial court documents, prosecutors alleged that Finnegan Lee Elder, now...