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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with members of a working group created to discuss constitutional amendments in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The working group proposed holding a nationwide vote on the changes on April 22. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Kremlin group sets date for constitutional vote

Feb. 26, 2020 11:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A working group chaired by President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday set a date for a nationwide vote on amendments to the Russian Constitution. The working group's choice of April 22 coincides with the 150th anniversary of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin's birth. Neither group members nor Putin...

Finnish minister: EU needs to establish own OS, web browser

Feb. 26, 2020 11:31 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — A top Finnish government member wants the European Union to develop its own computer operating system and internet browser to reduce reliance in the 27-nation bloc on tech giants. Finnish Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni said in a speech Wednesday that an EU-developed operating system would...

A girl wearing a face masks sits checking her phone in downtown Milan's Gae Aulenti square Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The viral outbreak that began in China and has infected more than 80,000 people globally, so far caused 374 cases and 12 deaths in Italy, according to the last figures released by civil protection. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

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

Feb. 26, 2020 11:30 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy sought international support for its virus containment efforts Wednesday even as its caseload reached 374, people linked to Italy got sick elsewhere in Europe and the world, and the U.N.'s health agency urged a scaled-up response. Premier Giuseppe Conte's government appealed to European...

A worker wearing a face mask sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The number of new virus infections in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the U.S. military reported its first case among its soldiers based in the Asian country, with his case and many others connected to a southeastern city with an illness cluster. (Lee Ji-eun/Yonhap via AP)

Globe braces for long battle as virus cases spread

Feb. 26, 2020 11:28 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Crews scrubbed everything from money to buses, military bases were on high alert and quarantines were enforced Wednesday from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to a remote island in the Pacific, as the world worked to halt the fast-spreading virus that for the first time counted...

Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and former Vice President Joe Biden, right, participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden claims momentum as Sanders marches past debate fray

Feb. 26, 2020 11:22 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Eyeing a South Carolina victory to rescue his presidential ambitions, Joe Biden claimed one of the state's most coveted endorsements on Wednesday as Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders marched past the blistering assault from his rivals on the debate stage the night before. And...

University to close campus in Italy amid virus concerns

Feb. 26, 2020 10:50 AM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University is going to close a study abroad program in Italy because of the spread of the new coronavirus. The university will assist the 342 students studying at its Florence campus return to the U.S., school officials announced Tuesday. Most students will return to the...

The European Union's political director Helga Schmid and Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, from left, wait for a bilateral meeting as part of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Roland Zak)

World powers: 'serious concerns' about Iran's atom program

Feb. 26, 2020 10:29 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — The world powers that remain party to the nuclear deal with Iran expressed "serious concerns" Wednesday about Tehran's violations of the pact, while acknowledging that time was running out to find a way to salvage it. Wang Qun, Chinese ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna, told...

Airport employees wear masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 as they work at the Sao Paulo International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

Feb. 26, 2020 10:26 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government confirmed on Wednesday that a 61-year-old Brazilian man who traveled to Italy this month has Latin America's first confirmed case of the contagious new coronavirus. “We will now see how this virus behaves in a tropical country in the middle of summer, how...

A bottle of hand sanitizers hangs on a pole on a street for visitors next to notices about precautions against the COVID-19 in front of a market in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The number of new virus cases in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the first U.S. military soldier tested positive, with his infection and many others connected to a southeastern city where the outbreak has clustered. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

New virus has infected 81,000 globally, caused 2,700 deaths

Feb. 26, 2020 10:25 AM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 81,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Wednesday in...

Ireland's rugby matches against Italy postponed due to virus

Feb. 26, 2020 9:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's Six Nations rugby match against Italy in Dublin was postponed Wednesday because of concerns about the spreading virus in Europe. The Italians were scheduled to play at Ireland on March 7, part of annual rugby competition that also includes England, France, Scotland and Wales. A...