IMF: Global Economy Has Entered Recession, Worse Than 2008 Downturn
2020-03-27 23:26:50 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund said Friday it is clear that the global economy has now entered a recession that could be as bad or worse than the 2009 downturn.
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the 189-nation lending agency was forecasting a recove...
France: Merci, Stay At Home
2020-03-27 23:12:35 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Health workers racing to save lives as France contends with one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks have received a huge show of gratitude with the help of the Eiffel Tower.
The Paris landmark also had a message for the broader French public: Stay home.
Lights spelled ...
GOOD THINGS: Berlin Clubs Take Party Online
2020-03-26 19:23:23 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the nightclubs in the German capital have decided to keep the beat going — at least online.
Berlin’s nightclubs were closed March 13 to help slow the spread of the virus. In response, some of them formed a streaming platform to let DJs...
Coronavirus: Half-Million Infected Worldwide
2020-03-26 16:49:08 UTC
The number of coronavirus infections closed in on a half-million worldwide Thursday, with both Italy and the U.S. on track to surpass China, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week in a stark demonstration of the damage to the world’s bigge...
France: No Excuse to Get Out, 1 Baguette at A Time
2020-03-26 15:53:36 UTC
LE VESINET, France (AP) — In France, the fight against COVID-19 is being waged one baguette at a time.
No longer just a mere staple, the iconic loaf and the French daily ritual of buying it have become loaded with moral, civic and public health considerations that could never have been imagine...
The Latest Developments in Coronavirus Outbreak
2020-03-22 18:54:16 UTC
(Reuters) - As coronavirus cases ballooned in Europe, several countries imposed or planned new restrictions to try to curb the spread. Britain told panic-buyers to calm down. California and three other U.S. states directed tens of millions of people to stay at home.
Cannes Film Festival Postponed Its 73rd Edition
2020-03-20 00:56:07 UTC
<p>NEW YORK (AP) — France’s Cannes Film Festival, arguably the world’s most prestigious film festival and cinema’s largest annual gathering, has postponed its 73rd edition due to the coronavirus pandemic. </p><p>Organizers of the French Riviera festival, scheduled to ...
Italy Passes China in Coronavirus Deaths
2020-03-19 18:39:28 UTC
ROME (AP) — The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtook China’s on Thursday, and infections in the United States climbed past 10,000, in a stark illustration of how the crisis has pivoted toward the West.
Italy, with a population of 60 million, recorded at least 3,405 deaths, or roug...
Coronavirus: Putin's Media Waging Fake News to Undermine Public Confidence in Europe
2020-03-19 17:25:12 UTC
<p>BRUSSELS (AP) — Russian state media and news outlets supporting President Vladimir Putin are waging a fake news campaign aimed at undermining public confidence in the ability of European health care systems to cope with the coronavirus, according to a European Union analysis.</p><p>The r...
Coronavirus Cases Top 220,000 Worldwide - 9,000 Dies
2020-03-18 23:20:08 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Desperate travelers choked European border crossings on Wednesday after nations implemented strict controls in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, creating traffic jams miles long and slowing the passage of trucks carrying critical supplies.
The number of people...
Global Stocks Fall Sharply as Virus Cases Spread Around the World
2020-03-16 20:33:23 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell sharply around the world Monday as the coronavirus forced huge swaths of the economy to the edge of a standstill, from parked airplanes to the nearly empty restaurant around the corner.
The Dow industrials took a 2,999-point nosedive on Monday as fears deepen that ...
“But Only For the U.S.”: Trump Attempts to Pay German Scientists to Get Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-03-15 20:38:26 UTC
<p>BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the United States, prompting German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine.</p><p>German government sources told ...
Warm Winter: Germany’s Vineyards Will Produce No Ice Wine
2020-03-13 19:45:47 UTC
<p>FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A warm winter means that, for apparently the first time in the history of German winemaking, the country’s fabled vineyards will produce no ice wine — a pricey, golden nectar made from grapes that have been left to freeze on the vine. </p><p>The...
Scientists: Make Coronavirus Research Available to All
2020-03-13 17:28:52 UTC
<p>The Latest on the world’s coronavirus pandemic:</p><p>Science policy leaders from around the globe are calling on publishers to immediately make available all research and data on the new coronavirus.</p><p>The leaders come from a dozen countries, including the United States, Italy, Japa...
Global Shares Plunge: Worst Day Since '87
2020-03-13 02:06:33 UTC
<p>NEW YORK (AP) — Shares have plunged in Asia, with Japan’s benchmark sinking 10% after Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987. </p><p>Markets worldwide have retreated as fears of economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis deepen and the mel...
World Health Organization Declares Coronavirus Crisis Is Now a Pandemic
2020-03-11 16:52:06 UTC
<p>ROME (AP) — Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic.</p><p>Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who heads the U.N. agency, said the WHO is “deeply concerned by the alarming l...
"Constitutional" Amendment: Putin Plans To Rule Until 2036
2020-03-10 21:45:41 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed his tightly guarded political plans Tuesday and supported a constitutional amendment that would allow him to seek reelection in 2024 by restarting the term count.
The constitutional change would pave the way for the 67-year-old Putin to s...
Angela Merkel Says top EU Leaders Stressing Cooperation
2020-03-10 20:19:00 UTC
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she talked to other top leaders of EU member states and the European Commission at a video conference Tuesday evening and explained what her country is doing to contain the spread of the virus and also how the government is financially supporting comp...
Carlos Santana Cancels European Tour Due to Public Health Concerns
2020-03-10 17:55:03 UTC
Carlos Santana is the latest musician to cancel concerts because of public health concerns and performance restrictions due to the growing coronavirus outbreak.
The Grammy-winning star announced Tuesday that he has canceled the European tour dates of his Miraculous 2020 World Tour. Refunds wil...
Italy Hopes of Not Becoming Next Epicenter of Spreading Coronavirus
2020-03-10 17:46:24 UTC
ROME (AP) — The boisterous hum of Rome dwindled to a whisper and police patrols kept people apart in cafes as Italy enforced an extraordinary, sweeping lockdown Tuesday in hopes of not becoming the next epicenter of the spreading coronavirus epidemic now that life in China is edging back to norma...
Billionaire Can't Recall Why He Bought Pablo Picasso Paintings
2020-03-10 17:20:19 UTC
MONACO (AP) — Billionaire art collector David Nahmad can’t fully recall why he bought “Nature Morte,” a charmingly simple oil on canvas that Pablo Picasso painted in 1921.
Given that Nahmad owns about 300 of the Spanish genius’ works, his forgetfulness is perhaps understandable. With such a pr...
Meghan Tells Men to Value & Appreciate Women in Their Lives
2020-03-10 06:01:34 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry’s wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has visited a school to offer an International Women’s Day message with an appeal to men to honor the women in their lives.
The surprise visit Friday took place at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham in east London. The com...
Max von Sydow, Who Starred in 11 Ingmar Bergman Films Dies at 90
2020-03-09 15:56:17 UTC
<p>COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Max von Sydow, the self-described “shy boy”-turned-actor known to art house audiences through his work with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and later to moviegoers everywhere when he played the priest in the horror classic “The Exorcist,&rdquo...
March 8: Women Filled Streets to Protest Gender Violence, and Inequality
2020-03-09 02:22:45 UTC
<p>MEXICO CITY (AP) — Women filled the streets of the world’s largest cities Sunday to protest gender violence and inequality on International Women’s Day, with the mothers of murdered girls leading a march in Mexico City and participants in Paris inveighing against the “v...
Quarter of Italy’s Population Is Now Under Quarantine
2020-03-08 05:58:01 UTC
<p>BEIJING (AP) — Italy’s prime minister announced a sweeping coronavirus quarantine early Sunday, restricting the movements of about a quarter of the country’s population in a bid to limit contagions at the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak.</p><p>Shortly after midnight, Pri...