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Day: May 14, 2020

For Europe's strongmen, pandemic is opportunity and risk

Europe’s strongmen leaders want to use the coronavirus pandemic to tighten their grip while touting their prowess in overcoming crises, but their authority risks being badly undermined if the outbreak is mishandled. From Turkey to Russia and other ex-Soviet states such as Belarus, the coronavirus has proved an […]

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5 things to know today – that aren’t about the virus

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. OBAMA EMERGES AS CENTRAL FIGURE IN 2020 RACE Democrats are embracing him as a political wingman for Joe Biden, while President Trump gets to train the spotlight on one of his favorite political foils. 2. STRONG TYPHOON SLAMS INTO PHILIPPINES The storm, […]

US immunologist warns of ‘darkest winter’ if virus rebounds

WASHINGTON — America faces the “darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus, says a government whistleblower who alleges he was ousted from his job after warning the Trump administration to prepare for the pandemic. Immunologist Dr. Rick Bright makes […]

Turkey accuses five nations of forming ‘alliance of evil’

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Tuesday accused Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates of seeking to form an “alliance of evil” after these countries issued a joint declaration denouncing Ankara’s policies in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya. In a strongly-worded statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman […]

UN says 7 or 8 `top’ candidates for a COVID-19 vaccine exist

UNITED NATIONS — The World Health Organization chief said Monday there are around seven or eight “top” candidates for a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus and work on them is being accelerated. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a U.N. Economic and Social Council video briefing the […]

Highlights of Democrats’ $3 trillion-plus virus relief bill

WASHINGTON — Democrats controlling the House have unveiled a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief bill — the fifth coronavirus response legislation so far — and are planning to pass the measure on Friday. The legislation replenishes existing accounts to respond to both the COVID-19 health care crisis and to try to […]

Wisconsin high court tosses out governor’s stay-home order

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended it for another month without consulting legislators. The 4-3 ruling essentially reopens the state, lifting caps on the size of gatherings, allowing […]

AP PHOTOS: Paraguay, land-locked 'ísland' amid the pandemic

Paraguay’s most honored writer, Augusto Roa Bastos, called his homeland “an island surrounded by land,” and it so far has indeed seemed isolated from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping through neighboring countries. The nation of some 7 million people has recorded only 10 deaths as it […]

Health groups ask India to rescind Gilead's patents for COVID-19 drug remdesivir

NEW DELHI – Two health advocacy groups have written to the Indian government asking it to rescind patents given to Gilead Sciences for the drug remdesivir so it can be distributed more fairly to coronavirus patients around the world, particularly in poorer nations. Drug patents in India are […]

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