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Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori listens questions from journalist during a press conference Monday, March 23, 2020, in Tokyo. As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: US officials working on $2 trillion rescue deal

Mar. 24, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 381,000 people and killed over 16,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 101,000 people have recovered so...

A woman wears a protective mask as she arrives at Brussels International Airport in Brussels, Friday, March 13, 2020. European Union interior ministers on Friday were trying to coordinate their response to the COVID-19 coronavirus as the number of cases spreads throughout the 27-nation bloc and countries take individual measures to slow the disease down. 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/Virginia Mayo)

EU urges border health checks as virus case count mounts

Mar. 13, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union urged member countries Friday to put health screening procedures in place at their borders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus but said they must coordinate so people can still quickly get the medical care they need. With Italy reporting the most virus cases and...

United Nations peacekeepers stand inside the UN buffer zone during a protest from Greek and Turkish Cypriots against a closed crossing point in the ethnically divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Demonstrators staged another protest against a decision by the Cyprus government to temporarily shut four of nine crossing points along a United Nations controlled buffer zone that separates the south from the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north. The Cypriot government says it shut the crossing points to better check for potential coronavirus carriers at the other crossing points. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus police pepper spray protesters at shut crossing point

Mar. 7, 2020 11:14 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus riot police used pepper spray on Saturday to thwart Turkish Cypriot protesters trying to shove their way through a barricaded crossing point in the heart of the ethnically divided island nation's capital. Several dozen protesters tried to push their way through a cordon of...

FILE  - In this March 5 2020 file photo, migrants walk to the village of Skala Sikaminias, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing on a dinghy the Aegean sea from Turkey on Thursday, March 5, 2020. No entry, says Hungary. Move along, says Greece. Watch out, says Croatia: They might have the coronavirus. This week, thousands of asylum-seekers sit at the intersection of a pair of fast-moving news stories — a spike in migration in Europe and uncertainty about the global spread of the new and sometimes deadly virus. (AP Photo/Alexandros Michailidis, File)

Asylum-seekers, coronavirus collide with complicated results

Mar. 6, 2020 1:59 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — No entry, says Hungary. Not all at once, says Greece. Watch out, says Croatia: They might have the coronavirus. This week, thousands of asylum-seekers sit at the intersection of a pair of fast-moving news stories — a spike in migration in Europe and uncertainty about the...

Cyprus president scolds UN for comments on crossing closures

Mar. 6, 2020 8:25 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president on Friday told the United Nations peacekeeping mission on the ethnically divided island nation not to meddle in government affairs following a decision to close crossing points amid virus concerns. President Nicos Anastasiades suggested the U.N. was out of line in...

Migrants walk towards to a refugee camp after they come back from the immigration inside a refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia outside of Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The government of ethnically divided Cyprus is ramping up measures to stem migrant inflows amid fears of a surge of new arrivals following Turkey's decision to open its borders to those seeking to enter Europe illegally. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus sees surge in migrants after Turkey opens border

Mar. 3, 2020 3:17 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is seeing a surge of migrants after Turkey's president made good on a threat to stop intercepting people trying to reach Europe. Cyprus, a member of the European Union, is a mere 51 miles (83 kilometers) away from Turkey at its nearest point. Interior Minister Nicos Nouris...

Protesters pull the barriers set up by the police as they demonstrate against the closing of a crossing point straddling a United Nations-controlled buffer zone in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Around 200 people gathered at the Ledra Street crossing point to voice their opposition to it closing. The Cyprus government said it closed the Ledra Street crossing point along with three others to help with efforts to prevent the possible spread of a new COVID-19 virus either to the breakaway, Turkish Cypriot north or the internationally recognized, Greek Cypriot south. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Protesters decry Cyprus crossing point closures over virus

Feb. 29, 2020 3:28 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Dozens of people pushed aside police barriers Saturday in Cyprus to protest the closing of a crossing point in the medieval core of the ethnically divided island nation's capital. Protesters chanted and raised placards opposing the closure of the Nicosia crossing point, which the...

France's Defense Minister Florence Parly, left, talks with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades during their meeting at the Presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Parly said on Tuesday that her country stands in solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish search for natural gas inside Cypriot waters. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

France gives backing to Cyprus amid gas search tensions

Feb. 18, 2020 5:51 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — France's defense minister said Tuesday that her country stands in solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish search for natural gas inside Cypriot waters. Florence Parly said France supports Cyprus, which finds itself under “strong pressure.” “France is...

Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades, center, and Mustafa Akinci, centre right, the leader of the ethnically divided island's breakaway Turkish Cypriots, attend an exhibition of culturally significant paintings and audio visual recordings that were recently exchanged as part of an effort to boost confidence between the ethnically divided island nation's two communities, at the Ledra Palace Hotel inside the UN controlled buffer zone in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus president regrets taking free flight for family trip

Feb. 13, 2020 10:27 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus said Thursday that he regretted accepting a free flight on a Saudi businessman's jet for his family's vacation in the Seychelles but that the private travel arrangements didn't break any laws or ethical guidelines. President Nicos Anastasiades said in a...

Cyprus court detains club president, referee in fixing probe

Feb. 12, 2020 10:35 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot court on Wednesday ordered the detention of a soccer club president and a referee for eight days as police investigate allegations that the two men were involved in fixing the outcome of a second-division match. A police investigator told the court during a custody hearing...