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FILE - In this April 20, 2020, photo, daily-wage workers wear protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Kabul, Afghanistan. A prominent international aid organization warned Tuesday, June 2, 2020 that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster because the government is unable to test at least 80% of possible coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Group: Lack of virus tests pushes Afghanistan toward crisis

Jun. 2, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent international aid organization warned Tuesday that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster because the government is unable to test at least 80% of possible coronavirus cases. The Intentional Rescue Committee said COVID-19, the illness caused by the...

FILE - In this May 2, 2017, file photo, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Muslim American groups and the Anti-Defamation League are decrying the U.S. Agency for International Development’s hiring of Mark Kevin Lloyd, a religious freedom adviser who has reportedly made past anti-Islam comments. Greenblatt said Lloyd's appointment was “particularly offensive and inappropriate” in light of his past anti-Islam comments and urged him to “apologize immediately.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

New USAID adviser sparks furor over past anti-Islam comments

May. 29, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Muslim American groups are calling for the dismissal of a newly appointed religious freedom adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development, citing past online posts that disparage Islam on his social media. The Anti-Defamation League also has decried the appointment of Mark...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 21 2009 file photo, Sudanese refugees gather behind the Oxfam logo at the site of the looted compound of the expelled British aid group, Oxfam at Al Salam refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan. Oxfam, one of the world’s leading aid agencies, is to severely curtail its work around the world because of the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including the closure of operations in 18 countries at the potential cost of over 1,000 jobs. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Shock and sadness as Oxfam plans exit from 18 countries

May. 21, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The decision by Oxfam International to close operations in 18 countries in response to the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic was met with shock and sadness Thursday across developing countries where the aid organization has often been helping the needy for decades....

The Latest: Japan ending state of emergency in 3 prefectures

May. 21, 2020 1:30 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: — Japan approves lifting state of emergency in three...

In this May 12, 2020 photo, a Yemeni man receives treatment as he lies on a bed at a hospital in Aden, Yemen. People have been dying by the dozens each day in southern Yemen's main city, Aden, many of them with breathing difficulties, say city officials. Blinded with little capacity to test, health workers fear the coronavirus is running out of control, feeding off a civil war that has completely broken down the country. (AP Photo/Wail al-Qubaty)

Coronavirus spreads in Yemen with health system in shambles

May. 15, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of people in Aden, southern Yemen’s main city, have died in the past week with symptoms of what appears to be the coronavirus, local health officials said in interviews with The Associated Press. The officials fear the situation is only going to get worse: Yemen has little...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2015, file photo, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, left, winner of the Lapchick Character Award, gets together with former St. John's basketball coach Lou Carnesecca at the organization's annual luncheon, in New York. Krzyzewski and Carnesecca are among those who teamed up with Madison Square Garden for a video posted on social media Wednesday night, May 13, 2020, saluting essential workers leading the fight against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The Latest: College hoops coaches salute essential workers

May. 13, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Many of college basketball’s top coaches and biggest rivals have teamed up with Madison Square Garden for a video on social media saluting essential workers leading the fight against the coronavirus. Duke coach Mike...

Street vendors, wearing face masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, sell fruit on the street corner in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. South Africa began a phased easing of its strict lockdown measures on May 1, and its confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to increase as more people are being tested. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

UN appeals for $6.7 billion to fight virus in poor countries

May. 7, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations called on governments, companies and billionaires Thursday to contribute to a $6.7 billion fund for immediate needs in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in vulnerable countries, warning that a failure to help could lead to a “hunger pandemic,” famine,...

In this May 4, 2020, photo, rhe Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court's second day of arguments by phone is devoted to a new version of a case it decided seven years ago involving federal money to fight AIDS around the world. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Justices wary of tying AIDS money to prostitution pledge

May. 5, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its second day of arguments by phone, the Supreme Court appeared skeptical of a requirement that foreign affiliates of U.S.-based health organizations denounce prostitution as a condition of receiving taxpayer money to fight AIDS around the world. The justices on Tuesday heard a new...

In this May 3, 2020 photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court is getting ready for its second day of telephone arguments. Its first day of arguments over the phone with audio available live for the first time went off largely without a hitch Monday. There were some minor glitches.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP Courtside: Supreme Court finishes Day 2 of phone argument

May. 5, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing a second day of arguments by telephone with the audio available live to audiences around the world. You can listen live here starting at 10 a.m. Eastern. Monday was the justices' first foray into the setup they settled on because of the coronavirus pandemic....

In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russia's foreign minister has angrily rejected Western claims that Moscow is using the coronavirus crisis to expand its political influence. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday, April 14 that suggestions from some in the West that Russia had opaque motives for helping Italy respond to the virus resulted from

Development bank to allocate $15 bln to tackle virus fallout

Apr. 28, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The New Development Bank will allocate up to $15 billion for loans to help the so-called BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - boost their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday. “We believe that it should become a...