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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: South Korea reports 27 new coronavirus cases

Apr. 9, 2020 11:02 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 — South Korea reports 27 new cases, 9th straight day below...

Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barr says Russia probe was started 'without basis'

Apr. 9, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr believes the Russia investigation that shadowed President Donald Trump for the first two years of his administration was started without any basis and amounted to an effort to “sabotage the presidency,” he said in an interview with Fox News...

The sun sets behind an idle pump jack near Karnes City, Texas, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Demand for oil continues to fall due to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Oil-producing nations seek global deal to stabilize market

Apr. 9, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Oil-producing countries including those of the OPEC cartel and Russia are trying to strike a global deal to pump less crude in a bid to limit a crash in prices that, while welcome for consumers, has been straining government budgets and pushed energy companies toward bankruptcy. Late Thursday...

In this image from video made available by NASA, International Space Station crew members welcome cosmonauts Ivan Vagner, center, Anatoly Ivanishin and astronaut Chris Cassidy, obscured, as they exit the Soyuz capsule docked to the station on Thursday, April 9, 2020. (NASA via AP)

No social distancing in space: New crew greeted with hugs

Apr. 9, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Three astronauts flew to the International Space Station on Thursday, departing the virus-plagued planet with little fanfare and no family members at the launch site to bid them farewell. NASA’s Chris Cassidy and Russians Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner arrived at the...

An airport employee checks the temperature of a Romanian seasonal worker outside the Avram Iancu international airport, in Cluj, central Romania, Thursday, April 9, 2020. More then 1800 workers from across Romania are traveling on 12 flights to Berlin, Baden Bade and Dusseldorf in Germany, most of them to work in asparagus farms.(AP Photo/Raul Stef)

Germany flies in seasonal farm workers amid virus measures

Apr. 9, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two planes carrying Eastern European farmhands arrived Thursday in Germany as an ambitious government program to import thousands of seasonal agricultural workers got underway amid strict precautions to protect both the laborers and the country from the new coronavirus. The flights to Berlin...

Historic oil price plunge trashes sector's profit outlook

Apr. 9, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a historic Wall Street crash it's been the energy sector that's suffering the worst selling, thanks to a double whammy of the coronavirus crisis and a price war among big crude producers. The sector has lost 44% so far this year, as the price of crude recorded its worst drop in...

Emergency situation employees gather during a fire at a retirement home, housing elderly people with limited mobility, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 9, 2020. A fire in a retirement home in Moscow killed around four people and injured more then ten others, but firefighters managed to rescue 50 people from the burning building, emergency officials said Thursday. (Kirill Voronin, Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

Fire at Moscow retirement home kills 4, leaves 16 injured

Apr. 9, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire in a retirement home in Moscow killed four people and injured 16 others but firefighters managed to rescue 50 people from the burning building, emergency officials said Thursday. The fire broke out Wednesday night in the basement of the building and quickly spread to the ground floor....

A U.S.-Russian space crew has blasted off to the International Space Station

Apr. 9, 2020 5:03 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — A U.S.-Russian space crew has blasted off to the International Space Station.
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 currency trader watches computer monitors near the screens showing the foreign exchange rates at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Asian shares are mixed, with Tokyo lower, as an overnight rally on Wall Street faded.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares mixed, Tokyo lower as Wall Street rally fades

Apr. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday after a 3.4% gain on Wall Street overnight as investors chose a positive focus for data about the coronavirus outbreak’s trajectory. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.4% after the central bank governor said the economy faces...