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In this Saturday, May, 2, 2020, photo, a man uses banknotes to pay for his purchases at the mall in Basra, Iraq. The coronavirus pandemic has reawakened debate about the continued viability of what has been the physical lifeblood of global economies: paper money and coins.  (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Cash, long a refuge in uncertain times, now under suspicion

May. 20, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home — a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty. But in this crisis, things are different. This time cash itself, passed from hand to hand across neighborhoods, cities and societies just like the coronavirus,...

In this Saturday, May, 2, 2020, photo, a man uses banknotes to pay for his purchases at the mall in Basra, Iraq. The coronavirus pandemic has reawakened debate about the continued viability of what has been the physical lifeblood of global economies: paper money and coins.  (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Cash, long a refuge in uncertain times, now under suspicion

May. 20, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home — a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty. But in this crisis, things are different. This time cash itself, passed from hand to hand across neighborhoods, cities and societies just like the coronavirus,...

Visitors wearing a face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 admire statues in the Rome Capitoline Museums, including the second century A.D. Roman marble statue

UN agency warns pandemic could kill 1 in 8 museums worldwide

May. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Museums are starting to reopen in some countries as governments ease coronavirus restrictions, but experts warn one in eight worldwide could face permanent closure due to the pandemic. Studies by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums show 90% of the planet's museums, some 85,000...

Elephant baby Kibali enjoys her birthday cake besides her mother Numbi at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, Monday, May 18, 2020. Economy Minister Margarete Schramboeck was named godmother to Kibali the elephant in a ceremony at Vienna’s Zoo. In order to help Austrians envision keeping the recommended one-meter (3.28 feet) apart to protect themselves from the conronavirus, Schramboeck said they’d always told people it was “the length of a baby elephant.” (Zoo Vienna via AP)

Austrian minister thanks elephant that aided virus guidance

May. 18, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austria’s economy minister has become the symbolic godmother of a young elephant, in a nod of thanks after the government used a cartoon of the large mammal as a reference to help people put pandemic distancing recommendations into perspective. Margarete Schramboeck was named godmother...

A barber and a male customer wear face masks during a haircut at a barber shop on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Singapore. Singapore has allowed selected businesses such as traditional Chinese medicine medical halls, home-based establishments, food manufacturing, selected food retail outlets, laundry services, traditional barbers and pet supplies to reopen May 12 in a cautious rollback of a two-month partial lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in the city-state. (AP Photo/Royston Chan)

The Latest: Singapore loosens coronavirus restrictions

May. 12, 2020 1:14 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: — Singapore loosens coronavirus restrictions. — South...

In this picture taken, April 26, 2020, a family album photograph showing Hannelore Fischer Cruz singing is placed on her piano at the house where she used to live in Braga, northern Portugal. Born amid the ruins of wartime Vienna, Hannelore Fischer was sent as a small child to Portugal where her flamboyant manner and outstanding soprano voice would later help her build a life far from her place of birth. She died of COVID-19 on March 25, 2020, after four days on a ventilator at Braga's hospital. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)

Lives Lost: Virus silences angelic voice of WWII evacuee

May. 1, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — After Adolf Hitler annexed his native Austria and Allied bombs laid waste to Vienna, Hannelore Cruz traveled to Portugal without her parents as a refugee from hunger, cold and postwar deprivation. She arrived with a group of other children when she was 5 years old. A Portuguese...

Chicago Police officer Cheryl Clark, right, greets co-workers while she is waiting to get vital PPE from the World Vision in Chicago, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. One of Chicago's first responders World Vision is supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) for hundreds of members in the Chicago Police and Fire Departments and the Cook County Sheriff's Office at the World Vision Storehouse. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

US relief checks begin arriving as economic damage piles up

Apr. 15, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government relief checks began arriving in Americans’ bank accounts as the economic damage to the U.S. from the coronavirus piled up Wednesday and sluggish sales at reopened stores in Europe and China made it clear that business won’t necessarily bounce right back when the...