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EU chief says proposed new recovery fund is an “ambitious answer” to Europe’s coronavirus challenge

May. 27, 2020 7:52 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU chief says proposed new recovery fund is an “ambitious answer” to Europe’s coronavirus challenge.
A currency trader talks near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), right, and the foreign exchange rates at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Major Asian stock markets have declined as US-Chinese tension over Hong Kong competes with optimism about recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Global stocks turn higher on economic stimulus hopes

May. 27, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

Global stock markets turned higher Wednesday as the European Union proposed more economic stimulus, though U.S.-Chinese tensions over Hong Kong kept some investors on edge. European markets rose after the EU commission proposed a new 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) package of financial aid meant to help the...

European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni talks to journalists during a news conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (John Thys/Pool Photo via AP)

EU proposes 750 billion-euro coronavirus recovery fund

May. 27, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm is proposing a 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund to help the bloc’s economy through the painful recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said Wednesday. Gentiloni, who is in charge of economic...

FILE - In this file image taken on Sunday, May 10 2020, sunbathers sit on an empty stretch of 'Landa' beach at the Cyprus seaside resort of Ayia Napa, a favorite among tourists.  Cyprus' government Wednesday May 27, 2020, is pledging to cover all costs for anyone testing positive for the coronavirus while on vacation in the east Mediterranean island nation, covering the costs of lodging, food, drink and medication for COVID-19 patients and their families.(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, FILE)

Cyprus pledges to cover costs for virus-hit tourists

May. 27, 2020 7:17 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is pledging to cover all costs for anyone testing positive for the coronavirus while on vacation on the eastern Mediterranean island nation, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Cypriot government says it will cover lodging, food, drink and...

Dominic Cummings, top aide to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, leaves his home in north London, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The British government faced accusations of hypocrisy after the revelation that  Cummings traveled more than 250 miles (400 kms) to his parents' house during a nationwide lockdown while he was showing coronavirus symptoms. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)

UK lawmakers set to quiz Johnson amid pressure to fire aide

May. 27, 2020 6:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Senior British lawmakers are set to question Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday amid growing pressure to fire his closest adviser for allegedly flouting COVID-19 lockdown rules. The parliamentary committee will quiz Johnson on the decision of his top aide, Dominic Cummings, to drive...

A Spanish flag hoisted to half-staff for the victims of COVID-19, flutters atop of the dome of the Atocha train station in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The Spanish government has declared 10 days of mourning starting Wednesday for the nearly 27,000 people who have died with the novel coronavirus in Spain, the longest official mourning period in the country's 4-decade-old democracy. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The Latest: Spain begins 10 days of mourning virus victims

May. 27, 2020 6:32 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: — Virus expands grip in many areas, as US nears 100,000...

Lawmakers are sworn in during the inauguration of Iran's new parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May, 27, 2020. Iran has convened its newly elected parliament, dominated by conservative lawmakers and under strict social distancing regulations, as the country struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus that has hit the nation hard. Iran is grappling with one of the deadliest outbreaks in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran's newly elected parliament convenes despite pandemic

May. 27, 2020 6:08 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's newly elected parliament convened on Wednesday, dominated by conservative lawmakers and under strict social distancing regulations, as the country struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus that has hit the nation hard. Iranian state TV said all 268 lawmakers who were in...

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg talks via video link with Professor of Environmental Science Johan Rockstrom in Germany, during a live chat on International Earth Day where they discussed the coronavirus pandemic and the environment, at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (Jessica Gow/TT News Agency via AP)

Thunberg scolds Danes for dumping wastewater into strait

May. 27, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg lashed out at the Danish capital on Wednesday because Copenhagen has for the last six years pumped large amounts of wastewater into the strait separating Sweden and Denmark. Danish media, citing the Danish Environmental Protection...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rubio predicted in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 26, that foreign actors will seek to amplify American conspiracy theories about the virus and find new ways to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, much as Russia did in 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Rubio warns of foreign actors amplifying virus conspiracies

May. 27, 2020 5:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio, the new Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is warning that foreign actors will seek to amplify conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and find new ways to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. The Florida Republican said in an interview...

In this Sunday, April 5, 2020, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan, center, ignoring social distancing rules and not wearing mask, speaks with journalists during the arrival of Lebanese passengers who were stuck in Saudi Arabia and other countries because of the coronavirus outbreak, outside Rafik Hariri Airport, in Beirut. From the U.S. president to the British prime minister's top aide and far beyond, leading officials around the world are refusing to wear masks or breaking confinement rules meant to protect their populations from the coronavirus and slow the pandemic. While some are punished when they're caught, or publicly repent, others shrug off the violations as if the rules don't apply to them. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hypocrisy gone viral? Officials set bad COVID-19 examples

May. 27, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — “Do as I say, but not as I do” was the message many British saw in the behavior of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's key aide, who traveled hundreds of miles with coronavirus symptoms during the country's lockdown. While Dominic Cummings has faced calls for his firing but support...