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Japan’s pandemic deaths low, but future success uncertain

Jun. 5, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has kept its deaths from the new coronavirus low despite a series of missteps that beg the question of whether it can prevent future waves of infections. Authorities were criticized for bungling a cruise ship quarantine and were slow to close Japan’s borders. They have conducted...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday June 3, 2020, after coalition meetings. Germany’s governing parties agreed on a 130 billion euro ($146 billion) stimulus package Wednesday meant to help kick-start Europe’s biggest economy, which has taken a heavy hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Following two days of talks in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the package was a “bold response” that would boost consumption and investment and ease the strain on families and others. (John MacDougall/Pool via AP)

Germany agrees $146B stimulus package as Europe jobless rise

Jun. 3, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s governing parties agreed on a 130 billion euro ($146 billion) stimulus package Wednesday to help kick-start the economy, which like others around the world has taken a heavy hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Following 21 hours of talks over two days, Chancellor Angela Merkel...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 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: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

Delegates stand during the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Thursday, May 28, 2020. China's ceremonial legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has strained relations with the United States and Britain. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law

May. 28, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s legislature endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday that has strained relations with the United States and Britain and prompted new protests in the territory. The National People’s Congress approved the bill as it wrapped up an annual session that was...

In this May 20, 2020, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congress is at a crossroads in the Covid-19 crisis. Lawmakers are wrestling over whether to “go big” as Pelosi wants for the next relief bill or hit “pause” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

May. 26, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deadlocked over the next big coronavirus relief bill, Congress is shifting its attention to a more modest overhaul of small business aid in hopes of helping employers reopen shops and survive the pandemic. Bipartisan legislation that would give small employers more time to take advantage...

FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, wearing protective masks ground crew at the Los Angeles International airport unload supplies of medical personal protective equipment, PPE, from a China Southern Cargo plane upon it's arrival. States are spending billions of dollars stocking up on medical supplies like masks and breathing machines during the coronavirus pandemic. An Associated Press survey of all 50 states found a hodgepodge of public information about the purchase of masks, gloves, gowns and other hard-to-get equipment for medical and emergency workers. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

States give few details on billions spent on virus supplies

May. 25, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — States are spending billions of dollars stocking up on medical supplies such as masks and breathing machines during the coronavirus pandemic. But more than two months into the buying binge, many aren't sharing details about how much they’re spending, what they’re...

A medical worker talks with a customer at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. The state's business and gathering restrictions are being eased for most of the state beginning Friday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana jobless rate hits 16.9%; state plans big budget cuts

May. 22, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s unemployment rate hit 16.9% for April from widespread business closures during the coronavirus outbreak, and state officials warned Friday of steep spending cuts in reaction to plummeting tax revenues. Officials pointed to some hopeful signs of economic recovery as...

Indiana governor seeks spending cuts with tax revenue drop

May. 22, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s state government agencies have been told to cut spending by 15% for the coming year in reaction to plummeting tax revenues during the coronavirus outbreak, the governor’s office said Friday. State tax collections were about $960 million, or 44%, less than...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy let out a yell as they march in formation during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing. China will boost defense spending by just 6.6% in 2020, the lowest rate in years as it battles an economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, the government said Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

China hikes defense spending by 6.6%, lowest rate in years

May. 22, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will increase its defense spending by 6.6% in 2020, the lowest rate in years as it battles an economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, the government said Friday. The figure is down from the double-digit percentage increases of just a few years ago that have given China...

Wisconsin panel split on mailing voter absentee applications

May. 20, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials delayed a decision Wednesday on whether to mail absentee ballot applications to voters who haven't requested one, a move that could incur President Donald Trump's wrath after he threatened to pull funding from other states that have adopted similar...