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Shoppers wearing face masks with a cart full of food supplies wait in line to pay at a supermarket counter in Singapore, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020. Singaporeans were seen buying food supplies in supermarkets following neighboring Malaysia's announcement of a nationwide lockdown from the coronavirus to begin Wednesday which could affect the flow of food supplies to the city state. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

Mar. 26, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. 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. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Yazan, 1, sits with his mother before his heart surgery at the Tajoura National Heart Center in Tripoli, Libya. Yazan's odyssey from his small desert hometown to the hospital barely skirted the war's front lines. In conflict zones across the Middle East, the specter of the coronavirus looms large. Authorities in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip warn that health care systems gutted by years of war and unrest have left millions of people doubly vulnerable to the pandemic. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Libya sees 1st virus case as more curfews called in Mideast

Mar. 24, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya recorded its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the U.N.-backed government announced, stoking concern that an outbreak could overwhelm the war-torn country's already weakened health care system. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the Middle East, countries have...

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori listens questions from journalist during a press conference Monday, March 23, 2020, in Tokyo. As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: US officials working on $2 trillion rescue deal

Mar. 24, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 381,000 people and killed over 16,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 101,000 people have recovered so...

The Latest: South Korea raises testing of European arrivals

Mar. 22, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 336,000 people and killed more than 14,600. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More...

Egypt frees detainee amid calls for releases due to virus

Mar. 20, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Authorities released a prominent political activist Friday amid calls for Egypt to let thousands of others go free to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading among the prison population. According to human rights groups, there are tens of thousands jailed in Egypt for their political views....

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014 file photo, Egypt's most prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, left, walks with his mother Laila Soueif, a university professor who is an also an activist, outside a court, in Cairo, Egypt. On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Egypt detained and charged four activists, including three family members of jailed activist, Fattah -- his mother, aunt and sister, with spreading false news and violating the country's protest ban after they stood outside the Cabinet building and called for the government to release prisoners amid the coronavirus outbreak. According to human rights groups, there are tens of thousands held without due process in the country for their political views. Three of the activists were released Thursday evening on bail. (AP Photo/Hussein Tallal, File)

Egypt holds activists who urged prisoner releases amid virus

Mar. 19, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Thursday continued to detain the mother of a prominent jailed activist, after she and three others were arrested earlier this week for staging a protest to demand the release of prisoners amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Laila Soueif's detention came as the Egyptian...

Two people walk in Rome's Piazza Navona, deserted, Tuesday evening, March 10, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The Latest: After delay, 361 Taiwanese fly back from Wuhan

Mar. 11, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe: ___ Planes carrying 361 Taiwanese who had been stranded in China's virus epicenter have returned them to the island. The two charter flights landed late Tuesday and early Wednesday after weeks of negotiations between Beijing and Taipei. Medical personnel...

Egyptian lawyer sentenced to 1 year in prison for fake news

Mar. 10, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer and former lawmaker to a year in prison for his conviction on charges that rights advocates have decried as baseless and politically motivated. The judge in Cairo's misdemeanors court found Zyad el-Elaimy guilty of...

A worker wearing protective gear disinfects the offices at the building of Gaza municipality to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Gaza City, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.  For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Iran to call dead medical staff 'martrys' as virus kills 291

Mar. 10, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will recognize doctors and nurses who die combating the new coronavirus as “martyrs” like slain soldiers, the country's supreme leader announced Tuesday as the outbreak killed 54 more people and pushed the nation's death toll to 291. The decision by Supreme Leader...

Sudanese policemen stand around vehicles that were part of Prime Mister Abdalla Hamdok's motorcade in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, March . 9, 2020. Hamdok survived an assassination attempt Monday after an explosion went off near his convoy in the capital of Khartoum, Sudan's state media said. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

Sudan PM says he survived 'terror attack' in capital

Mar. 9, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's prime minister said Monday he survived a “terror attack” after an explosion and gunfire targeted his motorcade in the capital Khartoum. Abdalla Hamdok, a longtime economist, tweeted he was “safe and in good shape" following the explosion. Sudanese state TV said...