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A COVID-19 patient from the Netherlands arrives for treatment by helicopter to the University hospital in Muenster, Germany, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. The transfer is intended to reduce the coronavirus pressure on the intensive care units in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Dutch hospital airlifts patients to Germany amid virus surge

Oct. 23, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

ALMERE, Netherlands (AP) — A bright yellow helicopter rose into a blue sky Friday carrying a COVID-19 patient from the Netherlands to a German intensive care unit, the first such international airlift since the pandemic first threatened to swamp Dutch hospitals in the spring. The clatter of the...

Bird flu fears: Dutch farms ordered to keep poultry indoors

Oct. 22, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Thursday it is ordering poultry farms to keep their birds indoors after six wild swans were found recently dead and tests on two of the birds came back positive for a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu. The order was set to come into force at...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks, during a coronavirus media briefing in Downing Street, London, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is imposing the highest level of coronavirus restrictions on the Greater Manchester region, after days-long negotiations between his government and local leaders who reject the measures broke down with no deal reached. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP)

European nations mixed in their response to virus spikes

Oct. 20, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

Countries across Europe are battling coronavirus infection spikes with new lockdowns, curfews, face mask orders and virus tracking smart phone apps. In a small indication of success, Spain's government said it won't extend a state of emergency in the Madrid region when it expires Saturday, but will look to more...

Dutch money for children of summarily executed Indonesians

Oct. 19, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands’ government announced Monday that it will pay compensation to the children of Indonesian men summarily executed by Dutch forces during the southeast Asian nation’s struggle for independence in the 1940s. The decision follows a court ruling in...

Medical staff takes a swabs as she tests a boy for COVID-19 at a drive-through at the San Paolo hospital, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Coronavirus infections are surging again in the region of northern Italy where the pandemic first took hold in Europe, renewing pressure on hospitals and health care workers. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Europe, US reel as virus infections surge at record pace

Oct. 15, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

Coronavirus cases around the world have climbed to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day as the scourge comes storming back across Europe and spreads with renewed speed in the U.S., forcing many places to reimpose tough restrictions eased just months ago. Well after Europe seemed to have largely tamed the...

FILE - In this Monday, March 23, 2020 file photo, a cyclist takes images of a barricaded backroad used by locals on the Netherlands border with Belgium between Chaam, southern Netherlands, and Meerle, Northern Belgium. European Union countries are set to adopt a common traffic light system to coordinate traveling across the 27-nation bloc, but a return to a full freedom of movement in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic remains far from reach. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Dutch order bars, restaurants closed over pandemic fears

Oct. 13, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Dutch government decided to close bars and restaurants as of Wednesday as part of a “partial lockdown" that will last at least four weeks to counter the sustained surge in coronavirus cases across the Netherlands. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the nation needed to move a...

Sri Lankans wait to give swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka bans gatherings amid virus cluster

Oct. 6, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of coronavirus infections expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said early Wednesday that the outbreak centered at a garment factory has risen to 830 confirmed cases while more than...

People wearing masks and face shields wait for their turn to pick up student electronic tablets as online classes are scheduled to start next week in the Dona Rosario High School in Quezon city, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Public schools will hold online classes using electronic gadgets and educational materials provided to students as the opening got delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: 2 Philippine tourist spots partially reopen

Oct. 1, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Two of the most popular Philippine tourist destinations, including the Boracay beach, have partially reopened with only a fraction of their usual crowds showing up given continuing coronavirus restrictions. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Friday that 35 local tourists,...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

Belgian Minister of Cooperation Development and Finance, Alexander De Croo speaks during a media conference at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Almost 500 days after Belgian parliamentary elections, seven parties from both sides of the linguistic border have agreed on forming a fully functioning majority government that will center on dealing with the pandemic and its devastating economic impact. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

7 parties agree on Belgian government led by Liberal De Croo

Sep. 30, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Almost 500 days after Belgian parliamentary elections, seven parties from both sides of the linguistic aisle agreed early Wednesday on forming a fully functioning majority government under new Prime Minister Alexander De Croo that will center on dealing with the pandemic and its devastating...