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People wear sanitary masks as they ride an empty tram in downtown Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Italy has been struggling to contain the rapidly spreading outbreak that has given the country more coronavirus cases outside Asia than anywhere else. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

Italy seeks to calm fears in Europe as cases, deaths rise

Feb. 26, 2020 6:03 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy sought to rally international support for its virus containment efforts Wednesday even as its caseload reached 447, people linked to Italy fell ill across Europe and as far away as Brazil, and the U.N.'s health agency urged a scaled-up response. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte's government...

Juventus supporters tour Lyon, central France, ahead of the Champions League , round of 16th, first leg match Lyon against Juventus, Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020. Up to 3,000 Juventus fans are expected. As the coronavirus cases clustered in northern Italy kept climbing and European countries reported new ones with Italian travel ties Tuesday, authorities across the continent tried to strike a balance between taking prudent public health measures and preventing panic. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Italian fans mingle calmly in Lyon amid coronavirus fears

Feb. 26, 2020 3:21 PM EST

As black-and-white clad Juventus fans mingled in the restaurants and bars of Lyon ahead of a Champions League game Wednesday, the decision to let the match go ahead amid a coronavirus outbreak in nearby Italy met with a defiant stance from France's health minister but criticism from others. Lyon received the...

A health worker takes notes at the infectious disease clinic in Zagreb, Croatia, where the first coronavirus case in Croatia is hospitalized, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Croatia confirmed its first case of coronavirus in a man who had been to Milan, the capital of Lombardy, Italy. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

6 European nations report virus cases with Italy link

Feb. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Six European countries announced cases of COVID-19 disease Tuesday in people who had recently traveled from northern Italy, where the virus emerged as a fast-growing cluster last week. For Switzerland, Austria and Croatia it was the first confirmed new coronavirus cases in those countries....

Spanish police officers patrol outside the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Spanish officials say a tourist hotel on the Canary Islands has been placed in quarantine after an Italian doctor staying there tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Europe: Officials try to stem virus panic, keep borders open

Feb. 25, 2020 3:48 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — At first glance, the response to the new virus outbreak in Europe appears to be all over the place. A thousand tourists kept at their hotel on a Spanish island after a vacationing Italian couple tested positive. Buses halted in France to screen passengers at risk of falling ill. Major...

Greece's Finance Minister Christos Staikouras, left, walks with his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire before their meeting in Athens, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece looks to France for post-bailout investment drive

Feb. 25, 2020 8:16 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said his government is backing Greece's request to make emergency spending on the migrant crisis exempt from official fiscal calculations. He also pledged Tuesday to help boost investment by French firms in energy and defense ventures in Greece. ...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2010, file photo, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, listens to officials at a prison in Sheikhupura near Lahore, Pakistan. Asia Bibi will receive Tuesday her diploma as a Citizen of Honor of the city of Paris, a title she was awarded in 2015. She is to meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, the Elysee said. (AP Photo, File)

Pakistani woman accused of blasphemy seeks asylum in France

Feb. 25, 2020 7:39 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, and who faced death threats from Islamic extremists, said she is going to request asylum in France. Asia Bibi will receive her diploma Tuesday as a Citizen of Honor of the city of Paris, a title she...

Police officers control the road to Vo' Euganeo, a town of 3,500 people at the epicenter of the Veneto cluster, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Police manned checkpoints around quarantined towns in Italy's north on Monday and residents stocked up on food as the country became the focal point of the virus outbreak in Europe and fears of its cross-border spread. (AP Photo/Andrea Casalis)

Italy tries to contain virus as isolated towns hunker down

Feb. 24, 2020 3:27 PM EST

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Police manned checkpoints around quarantined towns in Italy's north on Monday and residents stocked up on food as the country became the focal point of the outbreak in Europe and fears of its cross-border spread. Croatia, Hungary and Ireland advised against travel to the affected...

France's former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, right, and his wife Penelope, left, leave the Paris courthouse, in Paris, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. He could have been president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to richly pay his wife and children for work they allegedly never performed. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Former French prime minister and wife go on trial for fraud

Feb. 24, 2020 9:05 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — He was the front-runner to be president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to pay his wife and children for work they allegedly never performed. The trial formally began Monday in the presence of Fillon...

A policeman wearing a sanitary masks controls with a metal detector a reveler in Venice, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Italian authorities have announced they are shutting down Venice's famed carnival events in a bid to stop the spread of the novel virus, as numbers of infected persons in the country have soared to at least 133, the largest amount of cases outside Asia. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)

Italy rushes to contain Europe's first major virus outbreak

Feb. 23, 2020 6:02 PM EST

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Italy scrambled Sunday to check the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections and a third death, calling off the popular Venice Carnival, scrapping major league soccer matches in the stricken area and shuttering...

French President Emmanuel Macron drinks wine during a visit to the International Agriculture Fair (Salon de l'Agriculture) at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via AP)

At Paris farm fair, Macron vows to protect EU ag subsidies

Feb. 22, 2020 1:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his support for maintaining the European Union's farm subsidies at their current level Saturday while attending an agriculture fair that a fixture in French politics. Macron defended the EU's system of agricultural subsidies - a major source of...