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A Somali man wears a surgical mask and gloves on the street after after the government announced the closure of schools and universities and banned large gatherings, following the announcement on Monday of the country's first case of the new coronavirus, in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough and the vast majority recover in 2-6 weeks but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health issues, the virus that causes COVID-19 can result in more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Africa should 'prepare for the worst' with virus, WHO says

Mar. 18, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa should “prepare for the worst” as the coronavirus begins to spread locally, the World Health Organization's director-general said Wednesday, while South Africa became the continent's new focus of concern as cases nearly doubled to 116 from two days before. South...

FILE - In this April 30, 2015 file photo, a man fishes along the receding banks of the Salton Sea near Bombay Beach, Calif. Scientists say that half of the world's sandy beached are at risk of disappearing by the end of the century if climate changes continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches changed over the past 30 years and project how global warming might affect them in the future. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Half of world's sandy beaches at risk from climate change

Mar. 2, 2020 2:49 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say that half of the world's sandy beaches could disappear by the end of the century if climate change continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches have changed over the past 30 years...