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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, gestures hello to an MEP prior to addressing the European Parliament plenary in Brussels, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The European Union is to unveil Wednesday a massive coronavirus recovery plan worth hundreds of billions of euros to help countries rebuild their ailing economies, but the bloc remains deeply divided over what conditions should be attached to the funds. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU proposes 750 billion-euro coronavirus recovery fund

May. 27, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union proposed a 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund to help countries weather a painful recession triggered by the coronavirus and sought Wednesday to bridge divisions over the conditions that should be attached for access to the money. The fund, to be mostly made up...

In this Sunday, April 5, 2020, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan, center, ignoring social distancing rules and not wearing mask, speaks with journalists during the arrival of Lebanese passengers who were stuck in Saudi Arabia and other countries because of the coronavirus outbreak, outside Rafik Hariri Airport, in Beirut. From the U.S. president to the British prime minister's top aide and far beyond, leading officials around the world are refusing to wear masks or breaking confinement rules meant to protect their populations from the coronavirus and slow the pandemic. While some are punished when they're caught, or publicly repent, others shrug off the violations as if the rules don't apply to them. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hypocrisy gone viral? Officials set bad COVID-19 examples

May. 27, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — “Do as I say, but not as I do” was the message many British saw in the behavior of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's key aide, who traveled hundreds of miles with coronavirus symptoms during the country's lockdown. While Dominic Cummings has faced calls for his firing but support...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels. European Union leaders are preparing for a new virtual summit, which will take place Thursday, April 23, 2020, to take stock of the damage the coronavirus has inflicted on the lives and livelihoods of the bloc's citizens and to thrash out a more robust plan to revive their ravaged economies. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)

'Frugal' EU nations push back vs French-German recovery plan

May. 20, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Living up to their reputations for budgetary frugality — the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and Sweden are working on a proposal for a European recovery fund that will have tough conditions attached for countries that seek financial help. And it could derail or water...

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...

People pass by wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as ride along a street in Beijing, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. China on Wednesday reported just two new cases of the coronavirus and no deaths. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: UN ups appeal to fight virus to $6.7 billion

May. 7, 2020 12:56 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 increases amount of appeal to fight coronavirus to $6.7...

Christine Olivarri walks along the shuttered shops on Olvera Street amid the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Latest: Tyson Foods to reopen pork plant in Iowa

May. 6, 2020 12:11 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: —President Trump heads to Phoenix to tour Honeywell plant....

French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a protective face mask, speaks with schoolchildren during a class at the Pierre Ronsard elementary school Tuesday, May 5 2020 in Poissy, outside Paris. Starting from May 11, all French businesses will be allowed to resume activity and schools will start gradually reopening. (Ian Langsdon, Pool via AP)

The Latest: Macron criticized for opening schools next week

May. 5, 2020 10:09 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: — 4 new cases in South Korea, China show work on containment....

A worker disinfects ticket gates next to a poster about precautions against the new coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The signs read

The Latest: South Korea hopes for vigilance during holiday

Apr. 29, 2020 12:08 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: —Putin extends Russia's shutdown to May 11. —China...

A combo of images showing at top the color of the Dutch royal House of Orange dominating the streets and canals on King's Day in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Friday, April 27, 2018 and the same empty scene on King's Day on April 27, 2020. The Dutch national birthday party for their king was a muted affair Monday, dubbed King's Day at Home because of coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

No orange crush: Dutch celebrate King's Day at home

Apr. 27, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — There was no orange crush Monday as coronavirus restrictions reined in festivities marking the Dutch king's birthday. Canals and streets in Amsterdam, normally choked with boats and revelers wearing wigs, hats, fake feather boas and anything else they can find in the national...

In this April 16, 2020, a few cars and trucks drive on the usually very crowded main highway around Frankfurt, Germany, that is seen in the background. As the restrictions to avoid the spreading of the coronavirus are eased, Chancellor Angela Merkel has pointed to South Korea as an example of how Germany will have to improve measures to “get ahead” of the pandemic with more testing and tracking of cases so that the rate of infections can be slowed. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Preparation, quick action aid Germany, SKorea virus fight

Apr. 22, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Derided by many economists for years for insisting on a balanced budget and criticized for a health care system seen as bloated and overly expensive, Germany has found itself well equipped now to weather the coronavirus pandemic. Already applauded for early actions such as social-distancing...