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In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 photo, Marina, a medical worker, boxes during a training session with French boxer Hassan N’Dam, at the Villeneuve-Saint-Georges hospital, outside Paris. A world champion French boxer is taking his skills to hospitals, coaching staff to thank the medical profession for saving his father-in-law from the virus, and giving them new confidence and relief from their stressful jobs. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Punching through turmoil: Pro boxer helps medical staff cope

May. 29, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Hassan N’Dam, former middleweight boxing champion of the world, wanted to repay the French hospital that cared for his father-in-law through his bout with COVID-19. Perhaps with Champagne? Or chocolate? No, N’Dam thought: “These are things that won’t last. I wanted...

The headquarters of French carmaker Renault is pictured in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Monday, May 25, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron is set to unveil sweeping new measures to rescue France's car industry, hammered by virus lockdown and the resulting recession. The issue is politically sensitive, since France is proud of its auto industry, which employs 400,000 people and is an important part of the country's remaining manufacturing sector. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

French carmaker Renault announces 15,000 job cuts worldwide

May. 29, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Struggling French carmaker Renault on Friday announced 15,000 job cuts worldwide as part of a 2 billion-euro cost-cutting plan over three years. Renault said on Friday that nearly 4,600 jobs will be cut in France in addition to more than 10,000 in the rest of the world. The group's global...

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...

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, May 29, 2020. Shares fell Friday in Asia after Wall Street’s rally petered out amid worries about flaring U.S.-China tensions. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asia shares fall as US-China tensions douse rally on Wall St

May. 28, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Friday in Asia after Wall Street’s rally petered out amid worries about flaring U.S.-China tensions. Benchmarks declined in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney but rose in Shanghai. Investors are nervously awaiting a news conference about China by President Donald Trump later in...

UN, host UK set new date for climate talks in November 2021

May. 28, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Host Britain said Thursday that the next global climate talks, postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be held in Glasgow from Nov. 1-12, 2021. The U.N. talks originally scheduled for this November are regarded as an important moment to review progress since the Paris climate...

People prepare the terrace of their restaurant in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Thursday, May 28, 2020. France is reopening its restaurants, bars and cafes starting next week as the country eases most restrictions amid the coronavirus crisis. Edouard Philippe defended the gradual lifting of lockdown up to now, saying the strategy was meant to avoid provoking a second wave. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

French way of life to resume with restaurants reopening

May. 28, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French way of life is set to largely resume next week, with most virus-related restrictions easing as the country prepares for the summer holiday season amid the pandemic. In a speech on Thursday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe promised that “freedom will, at last, again become...

A man and a woman demonstrate dining under a plastic shield Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in a restaurant of Paris. As restaurants in food-loving France prepare to reopen, some are investing in lampshade-like plastic shields to protect diners from the virus. The strange-looking contraptions are among experiments restaurants are trying around the world as they try to lure back clientele while keeping them virus-free. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Patrons under plastic: Restaurants get creative in virus era

May. 28, 2020 3:49 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Dining at a table where each person is enclosed by a clear plastic shield might look and sound futuristic, but it could be one way for some restaurants to reopen. It also might help out if your companion orders escargots, heavy on the garlic. The prototype plastic shields are known as the...

FILE - In this June 9, 2019, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal reaches for the ball as he plays Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. If the French Open were being held as scheduled right now, Nadal would have been seeking a 20th Grand Slam title to equal Roger Federer’s record for men. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)

Postponed French Open topics: Rafa's 20th? Serena's 24th?

May. 28, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

If the French Open were being held as scheduled right now -- instead of postponed to September because of the coronavirus pandemic -- Rafael Nadal would have been seeking a 20th Grand Slam title to equal Roger Federer’s record for men. While Federer was going to skip the entire 2020 clay-court circuit...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM 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: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference in Washington. New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a northern congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago, as the sun sets on a Democratic political dynasty that emerged from a territorial 19th century legislature.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Congressman urges New Mexico to extend mail-in vote deadline

May. 27, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján on Wednesday urged New Mexico´s top election regulator to provide more time for people to submit absentee ballots by mail in the state's June 2 primary even though state law may not allow it. Lujan requested Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver...