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A woman holds a packet of contraceptive pills,  in Harare, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Asia and elsewhere out of reach of birth control and other sexual and reproductive health needs. Confined to their homes with husbands and others, they face unwanted pregnancies and little idea of when they can reach the outside world again. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Lockdowns mean millions of women can't reach birth control

Apr. 9, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The callers were in tears. One by one, women in homes across rural Zimbabwe had a pleading question: When would family planning services return? Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Latin America and elsewhere out of reach of...

A man wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, runs past a mural on the street in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, April 9, 2020. South Africa and more than half of Africa's 54 countries have imposed lockdowns, curfews, travel bans or other restrictions to try to contain the spread of COVID-19. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Africa must not be 'neglected' in virus fight, officials say

Apr. 9, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African officials objected Thursday to the global jostling to obtain medical equipment to combat the coronavirus, warning that if COVID-19 is left to spread on the continent the world will remain at risk. “We cannot be neglected in this effort,” the head of the Africa...

A graffiti of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wearing a protective mask in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Brazil is in the midst of a pitched battle over the effectiveness of isolation to avoid the spread of the new coronavirus, with Bolsonaro dismissing the virus’ severity and publicly taking aim at governors who impose shutdowns that he says could cripple the economy. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

UN urges governments to tackle recession, scrap debt payment

Apr. 10, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 60 U.N. agencies and international organizations urged governments on Thursday to take immediate steps to address the unfolding global recession and financial crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, especially in the world’s poorest countries. The U.N.-led...

Homeless recyclers and other destitute people, some of whom said they have not eaten in three days, are asked to practice social distancing by police as they lineup in a Johannesburg park, waiting to receive food baskets from private donors, Thursday, April 9, 2020.  Because of South Africa's imposed lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, many people who don't have savings and are unable to work are not able to buy food. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

With Africa's most cases, South Africa extends lockdown

Apr. 9, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday extended the country's strict lockdown to combat the coronavirus until the end of April. In a speech broadcast to the nation, Ramaphosa said the lockdown of Africa's most industrialized economy, which has been in effect since March 27,...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, men from Bangladesh disembark from the Open Arms rescue vessel at the port of Messina after being rescued on Friday off the Libyan coast, in Sicily, Italy. The European Union announced Tuesday, March 31, 2020 the launch of a new naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at enforcing the U.N arms embargo on Libya, after Italy blocked a previous operation claiming that the warships attracted migrants. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)

UN agency says 280 migrants stranded in unsafe port in Libya

Apr. 9, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

The Libyan coast guard rescued 280 migrants in distress in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday and diverted them to the shores of the North African country, only to have them banned from disembarking, the U.N. migration agency said. The migrants, hungry and exhausted after 72 hours at sea, remained stuck on a...

A man stretches, at the entrance of his home in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 7, 2020 as South Africa continued its 21 days lockdown in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. The virus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

66 at South African hospital have coronavirus, mostly staff

Apr. 7, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Sixty-six people at a single hospital in South Africa have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past few days, the health minister said Tuesday, as anxiety rose among health workers over the shortage of protective gear. At least 48 of the people who tested positive at St....

FILE- In this April 5, 2019 file photo, flowers are laid on top of a glass case containing the skulls of some of those who were slaughtered as they sought refuge in the church, kept as a memorial to the thousands who were killed in and around the Catholic church during the 1994 genocide, inside the church in Ntarama, Rwanda. A valley dam that authorities in Rwanda say could contain about 30,000 bodies has been discovered more than a quarter-century after the country’s genocide in which 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed. Rwanda on Tuesday marks the 26th anniversary of the genocide. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Rwandans mark genocide anniversary under nationwide lockdown

Apr. 7, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — For Augustine Ngabonziza, a survivor of Rwanda’s genocide, it’s difficult not to wonder whether God has become more distant these days. How else can one explain why a country that always comes together for the anniversary of the killings is now confined at home? Every...

A woman and her daughter wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, sell fruit and vegetables at the taxi station in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. South Africa and more than half of Africa's 54 countries have imposed lockdowns, curfews, travel bans or other restrictions to try to contain the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Half billion more people face poverty due to virus - report

Apr. 9, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic unless richer countries take “urgent action” to help developing nations, a leading aid organization warned Thursday. In the run-up to three key...

FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. After the new coronavirus erupted in China, the World Health Organization sprang into action: It declared an international health emergency, rushed a team to the epicenter in Wuhan and urged other countries to get ready and drum up funding for the response. Many analysts have praised the initial response by the world’s go-to agency on health matters. But now, governments have started to brush aside, ignore and criticize WHO recommendations on issues of public policy, like whether cross-border travel should be restricted or whether the public should wear masks. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, file)

UN health agency on defensive after Trump slams it on virus

Apr. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — In a heartfelt plea for unity, the World Health Organization's chief sought Wednesday to rise above sharp criticism and threats of funding cuts from U.S. President Donald Trump over the agency’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The vocal defense from the WHO director-general came...

In this April 3, 2020 photo, a woman carrying a child walks past a closed courier business featuring a U.S. flag and the Spanish phrase:

Virus crisis cuts off billions sent to poor around the world

Apr. 7, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Until a month ago, Diana Leticia Hernández sold face cream door to door in Miami. Her husband painted houses. The money fed their family and at least six relatives in Honduras. Hernández has sold nothing since last month due to fear and social-distancing restrictions in South...

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FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London.  With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized and in intensive care Wednesday April 8, 2020, after contracting the new coronavirus, Sunak is among key players in Johnson's Cabinet who will be directing Britain's response to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, while their leader is being treated. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

The Latest: Japanese leaders press PM to hasten measures

Apr. 10, 2020 1:50 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 — Japanese leaders press prime minister to hasten emergency...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, men from Bangladesh disembark from the Open Arms rescue vessel at the port of Messina after being rescued on Friday off the Libyan coast, in Sicily, Italy. The European Union announced Tuesday, March 31, 2020 the launch of a new naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at enforcing the U.N arms embargo on Libya, after Italy blocked a previous operation claiming that the warships attracted migrants. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)

UN agency says 280 migrants stranded in unsafe port in Libya

Apr. 9, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

The Libyan coast guard rescued 280 migrants in distress in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday and diverted them to the shores of the North African country, only to have them banned from disembarking, the U.N. migration agency said. The migrants, hungry and exhausted after 72 hours at sea, remained stuck on a...

Homeless recyclers and other destitute people, some of whom said they have not eaten in three days, are asked to practice social distancing by police as they lineup in a Johannesburg park, waiting to receive food baskets from private donors, Thursday, April 9, 2020.  Because of South Africa's imposed lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, many people who don't have savings and are unable to work are not able to buy food. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

With Africa's most cases, South Africa extends lockdown

Apr. 9, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday extended the country's strict lockdown to combat the coronavirus until the end of April. In a speech broadcast to the nation, Ramaphosa said the lockdown of Africa's most industrialized economy, which has been in effect since March 27,...

In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Iran's supreme leader suggested Thursday that mass gatherings in the Islamic Republic may be barred through the holy Muslim fasting month Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran's Khamenei: Mass Ramadan events may stop over virus

Apr. 9, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader suggested Thursday that mass gatherings may be barred through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Amnesty International said it believes at least 35 Iranian prisoners were killed by security forces...

A man wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, runs past a mural on the street in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, April 9, 2020. South Africa and more than half of Africa's 54 countries have imposed lockdowns, curfews, travel bans or other restrictions to try to contain the spread of COVID-19. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Africa must not be 'neglected' in virus fight, officials say

Apr. 9, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African officials objected Thursday to the global jostling to obtain medical equipment to combat the coronavirus, warning that if COVID-19 is left to spread on the continent the world will remain at risk. “We cannot be neglected in this effort,” the head of the Africa...

A woman holds a packet of contraceptive pills,  in Harare, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Asia and elsewhere out of reach of birth control and other sexual and reproductive health needs. Confined to their homes with husbands and others, they face unwanted pregnancies and little idea of when they can reach the outside world again. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Lockdowns mean millions of women can't reach birth control

Apr. 9, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The callers were in tears. One by one, women in homes across rural Zimbabwe had a pleading question: When would family planning services return? Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Latin America and elsewhere out of reach of...

Commuters wear masks at a station in Fukuoka, southern Japan Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures including Fukuoka to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

Apr. 9, 2020 12:43 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 — South Korea’s top central banker expects slow, but...

A man wears a protective mask while waiting for a bus in Detroit, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Detroit buses will have surgical masks available to riders starting Wednesday, a new precaution the city is taking from the new coronavirus COVID-19. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

Apr. 8, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as coronavirus deaths mount across Europe and New York, the U.S. and other countries are starting to contemplate an exit strategy and thinking about a staggered and carefully calibrated easing of restrictions designed to curb the scourge. “To end the confinement, we’re...

FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. After the new coronavirus erupted in China, the World Health Organization sprang into action: It declared an international health emergency, rushed a team to the epicenter in Wuhan and urged other countries to get ready and drum up funding for the response. Many analysts have praised the initial response by the world’s go-to agency on health matters. But now, governments have started to brush aside, ignore and criticize WHO recommendations on issues of public policy, like whether cross-border travel should be restricted or whether the public should wear masks. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, file)

UN health agency on defensive after Trump slams it on virus

Apr. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — In a heartfelt plea for unity, the World Health Organization's chief sought Wednesday to rise above sharp criticism and threats of funding cuts from U.S. President Donald Trump over the agency’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The vocal defense from the WHO director-general came...

FILE - In this Monday, March 30, 2020 file photo, people carry the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus at a cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran. Across the Middle East and parts of South Asia, bereaved families have faced traumatic restrictions on burying their dead amid the pandemic. Religion and customs that require speedy burials in the largely Muslim region have clashed with fears of COVID-19 contagion and government-mandated lockdowns. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Saudi Arabia halts parental visitation rulings to curb virus

Apr. 8, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi king suspended final rulings and judicial orders on visitation rights of children of separated parents in the latest effort to try and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus among households, according to state media reports Wednesday. The state-run Saudi...