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17 detained in protest outside Ukraine opposition party HQ

May. 23, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Members of a far-right group threw fireworks and smoke bombs and clashed Saturday with security guards at the headquarters of Ukraine’s largest Russia-friendly political party. Police detained 17 people, including figures from both side, in the disturbance outside the offices...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 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 warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on education via teleconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin says coronavirus situation in Russia has stabilized

May. 22, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Friday the coronavirus outbreak in Russia has begun to abate, creating a positive environment for easing restrictions, as officials defended the country's data on deaths against claims they were being under-reported. Speaking during a video conference with top...

In this photo taken on Monday, May 18, 2020, Dr. Irina Vaskyanina adjusts a face mask to protect against coronavirus during her interview with the Associated Press in front of a hospital in Reutov, just outside Moscow, Russia. Vaskyanina headed a department handling blood transfusions at a hospital in Reutov, outside Moscow, and spent weeks fighting for better working conditions after 40 of her colleagues got infected with the virus and dozens quit. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

‘We’re expendable’: Russian doctors face hostility, mistrust

May. 21, 2020 4:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — There are no daily public displays of gratitude for Russian doctors and nurses during the coronavirus crisis like there are in the West. Instead of applause, they face mistrust, low pay and even open hostility. Residents near the National Medical Research Center for Endocrinology, a Moscow...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: UN chief warns pandenic threatens Africa

May. 20, 2020 12:33 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 Secretary-General warns virus pandemic threatens...

A healthcare worker walks past people waiting to be tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. Confirmed COVID-19 patients in Bay Area hospitals has dropped by more than half since the peak of 471 reported on April 7. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data

May. 19, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public health officials in some states are accused of bungling coronavirus infection statistics or even using a little sleight of hand to deliberately make things look better than they are. The risk is that politicians, business owners and ordinary Americans who are making...

FILE - In this April 6, 1974 file photo, members of Swedish group ABBA and close associates celebrate the victory of their song

`Eurovision that never was' has fans pining for golden times

May. 15, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Over its many years, the Eurovision Song Contest has come to be a sign of the times. So it is perhaps fitting that, in coronavirus times, nothing will be happening on Saturday at the scheduled venue of the Ahoy Hall in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. In 1974, it was ABBA that ushered in...

Dark clouds envelop the skies as workers fold a billboard to prepare for the coming of typhoon Vongfong in Manila, Philippines Thursday May, 14, 2020. The first typhoon to hit the country this year roared toward the eastern Philippines on Thursday as authorities work to evacuate tens of thousands of people while avoiding overcrowding in shelters that could spread the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

May. 14, 2020 1:07 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: —Typhoon Vongfong bears down on Philippines during lockdown...

A declassified document with names of President Barack Obama administration officials who made requests for unmasking of Michael Flynn's name is photographed Wednesday, May 13, 2020. In 2016, Obama administration officials received intelligence reports that were concerning, but incomplete. Surveillance of Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. revealed he had interacted with an unnamed American who may have been undercutting efforts to pressure Vladimir Putin’s government. Using a common process known as “unmasking,” they asked intelligence agencies to reveal the American’s name. It was Flynn, an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump. The document was declassified by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Q&A: What does 'unmasking' someone in an intel report mean?

May. 14, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2016, Obama administration officials received intelligence reports that were concerning, but incomplete. Surveillance of Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. revealed he had interacted with an unnamed American who may have been undercutting efforts to pressure Vladimir Putin’s...

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the coronavirus response, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 13, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

The United Nations is forecasting that the coronavirus pandemic will shrink the world economy by 3.2% this year, the sharpest contraction since the Great Depression in the 1930s. The U.N.’s mid-year report released Wednesday said COVID-19 is expected to slash global economic output by nearly $8.5 trillion...