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The Italian flag hangs from the balcony of the French Embassy in Rome, Friday, March 27, 2020. As the coronavirus claims lives, ruins livelihoods and wreaks economic havoc, tensions are rising between European Union countries over how best to respond as the pandemic overwhelms some member nations, once more raising troubling questions about the EU's ability to stand united in times of crisis. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

EU tempers fray as virus hits lives, livelihoods, economies

Mar. 27, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

As the coronavirus claims lives, ruins livelihoods and wreaks economic havoc, tensions are rising between European Union countries over how best to respond as the pandemic overwhelms some member nations, once more raising troubling questions about the EU's ability to stand united in times of crisis. Almost 16,000...

FILE - In this photo taken on March 21, 2020 police officers check on motorists in Baisieux, on the Belgian-French boarder, northern France. Criminals have spotted a new business opportunity with the coronavirus pandemic and are now plundering the needy and the fearful and even disrupting the medical sector, online and off, with fraud, counterfeit products and cybercrime, a report issued Friday by the European law enforcement agency Europol says. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

Europol: Criminals exploit virus crisis as fresh opportunity

Mar. 27, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Criminals are preying on a fearful public and disrupting the provision of medical care during the coronavirus pandemic by selling counterfeit products, impersonating health workers and hacking computers as many citizens do their jobs online at home, European law enforcement agency Europol said...

Shoppers wearing face masks with a cart full of food supplies wait in line to pay at a supermarket counter in Singapore, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020. Singaporeans were seen buying food supplies in supermarkets following neighboring Malaysia's announcement of a nationwide lockdown from the coronavirus to begin Wednesday which could affect the flow of food supplies to the city state. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

Mar. 26, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases...

European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a media conference after an EU summit by video conference in Brussels, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Following the informal video conference, members of the European Council adopted a statement on the EU actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Francois Walschaerts, Pool Photo via AP)

EU leaders order up recovery plan for after coronavirus

Mar. 26, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union national leaders told the bloc’s finance ministers Thursday to draw up new measures to tackle the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic after failing to bridge major differences over how best to share the debt burden. During six hours of talks by...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, European Commissioner for Europe fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager, left, and European Commissioner for An Economy that Works for People Valdis Dombrovskis, right, participate in a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, March 13, 2020. The European Union on Friday urged member countries to put in place health screening measures at their borders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but warned them to coordinate their actions to ensure that people affected can still quickly get the health care they need. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

EU proposes triggering crisis clause to allow virus spending

Mar. 20, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm on Friday proposed easing the bloc's budget policies so member countries can spend what they need to address the coronavirus pandemic without being subject to deficit limits and other fiscal requirements. If approved by the leaders of the 27 nations, the...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels. Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief negotiator for the future relationship with Britain after Brexit, said Thursday March 19, 2020 he has been infected with the coronavirus. Barnier tweeted that he is doing well and is in good spirits.  (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has coronavirus

Mar. 19, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief negotiator for the bloc's future relationship with Britain after Brexit, has been infected with the new coronavirus. The 69-year-old Barnier said in a Twitter video message Thursday that he is doing well and is in good spirits, while the EU's...

The twin spans of the Blue Water Bridge loom over the St. Clair River in Port Huron, Mich., looking to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The Canada-U.S. border will be closed to non-essential traffic in both directions

Trump invokes emergency authority, no new cases in Wuhan

Mar. 18, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump invoked emergency authority to marshal industry to fight the coronavirus, as the economic fallout from the pandemic mounted Wednesday with major U.S. auto manufacturers saying they are shutting down their North American factories. The announcements came hours...

Judie Shape, center, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, but isn't showing symptoms, presses her hand against her window after a visit through the window and on the phone with her daughter Lori Spencer, left, and her son-in-law Michael Spencer, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. In-person visits are not allowed at the nursing home, which is at the center of the outbreak of the new coronavirus in the United States. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Disruption frenzy: Nations try to slow virus, aid economies

Mar. 18, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Mass disruptions shuddered around the globe as governments struggled to slow the spread of the coronavirus while trying to keep afloat their economies. The impact included border traffic jams in Lithuania, the deaths of 17 elderly residents in one Madrid nursing home and a bus service halt in...

A man looks at departure boards at the main hall of the nearly empty Central train station in Brussels, Monday, March 16, 2020. Belgium has closed schools, restaurants and bars as well as cancelled cultural and sporting events in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU to ban most foreign travelers for 30 days to curb virus

Mar. 17, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Tuesday to immediately impose travel restrictions on most foreigners entering Europe for at least 30 days to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, and to set up fast-track transport lanes to keep vital medical equipment, food and goods flowing smoothly...

The Latest: SKorea warns churches over flouting restrictions

Mar. 17, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 182,000 people and killed more than 7,100. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms but most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or people with existing health problems. More than 79,000 people have recovered...