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The Latest: Officials: First federal inmate dies from virus

Mar. 28, 2020 11:01 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: —Spain's deadliest day has over 800 deaths, over 8,000 news...

EU members to launch talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Mar. 26, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders gave Albania and North Macedonia the greenlight Thursday to begin EU membership talks, ending a long series of setbacks and disappointments for the two Balkans nations’ quest to join. No date was set for the start of the membership negotiations, which can take...

Greece: Man arrested for transporting 12 teenage migrants

Mar. 26, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities arrested a Syrian man after finding 12 Egyptian teenagers hidden in his van following a car chase through the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki early Thursday, police said. Police said they arrested the 22-year-old who had allegedly picked up the teenagers,...

A staff member carries plastic buckets containing medical waste from new coronavirus patients at the Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Wednesday, March 25, 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. (Park Dong-joon/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea’s central bank to provide aid

Mar. 26, 2020 1:04 AM 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: — South Korea’s central bank to temporarily...

The Latest: Pakistan suspending domestic flights

Mar. 25, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 422,000 people and killed over 18,000. 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 108,000 people have recovered so...

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EU greenlights membership talks for Albania and N. Macedonia

Mar. 24, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European affairs ministers agreed Tuesday to allow Albania and North Macedonia to begin European Union membership talks, paving the way for the bloc’s leaders to sign off on the move that could end years of setbacks and disappointment for the two Balkan nations.. “We reached a...

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...

Kosovo partially lifts 100% tariff on Serb, Bosnian goods

Mar. 20, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister said Friday his government has partially lifted a controversial 100% tariff on Serb and Bosnian goods as a goodwill gesture following pressure from the United States and the European Union. Albin Kurti announced on social media that the punitive charge has...

In this photo taken Monday, March 16, 2020, Serbian Army soldiers stand guard outside the Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases in Belgrade, Serbia. Although the global COVID-19 pandemic has not hit Eastern and Central Europe with such a force compared to Italy, Spain and France, health officials throughout the region are sounding alarm about the lack of medical staff, facilities, equipment and enough hospital beds to handle several virus outbreaks simultaneously. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Balkans fights virus amid lack of doctors, medical supplies

Mar. 18, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The main Serbian hospital treating patients infected with coronavirus looks like an abandoned building, but it isn’t. With its rundown facade, peeling walls and rooms crammed with metal beds, the downtown Belgrade clinic for infectious diseases has for decades been a symbol...

Kosovo not ready to lift 100% tariff on Serbia, Bosnia goods

Mar. 13, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo will not lift its 100% tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia any time soon because the coalition government could not agree on whether the import taxes should be phased out or abolished all at once, the country's prime minister said Friday. Prime Minister Albin Kurti said...