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Quake shakes eastern Indonesia amid fears of coronavirus A strong inland and shallow earthquake hit late Saturday night causing people to panic in parts of Indonesia's Sulawesi island and run to higher ground despite health officials asking for social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus
The Associated Press4 hours ago
The son of a migrant daily wage laborer looks out a bus window bus as he travels to his hometown following a lockdown amid concern over spread of coronavirus in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 27, 2020. Some of India's legions of poor and others suddenly thrown out of work by a nationwide stay-at-home order began receiving aid on Thursday, as both public and private groups worked to blunt the impact of efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic. The measures that went into effect Wednesday, the largest of their kind in the world, risk heaping further hardship on the quarter of the population who live below the poverty line and the 1.8 million who are homeless. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian authorities send buses to take unemployed to villagesAuthorities have sent a fleet of buses to the outskirts of India's capital to meet an exodus of migrant workers desperately trying to reach their home villages during the world's largest coronavirus lockdown
The Associated Press13 hours ago
In this Friday, March 27, 2020, photo, passengers are seen on the cruise ship Artania docked at Fremantle harbour in Fremantle, Australia. Authorities were still hoping to fly 800 cruise ship passengers from Australia to Germany on the weekend, but a sharp overnight rise in cases of the new coronavirus on board brought severe complications for the repatriation mission. (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)
Australia prepares to fly cruise passengers to GermanyAustralian authorities are pressing ahead with plans to fly 800 cruise ship passengers to Germany this weekend after a downward revision in the number of people on board who had contracted the coronavirus
The Associated Press14 hours ago
In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 photo, a street food vendor shows hand sanitizers and soaps distributed by student activists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A group of students from several universities in the central Java city has distributed soaps and hand sanitizers to informal daily workers whose incomes are affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Fahmi Rosyidi)
Students provide sanitizers to daily workers to fight virus A group of students from several universities in Yogyakarta has distributed soaps and hand sanitizers to informal daily workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Rumors hampering fight against coronavirus in South AsiaAs India and other South Asian nations brace for the spread of the coronavirus, they face another battle: misinformation
The Associated Press20 hours ago
FILE- This Feb. 12, 2014 file photo, shows a Bangladeshi garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A survey of factory owners in Bangladesh has found that major fashion retailers that are closing shops and laying off workers in Europe and the U.S. also are canceling their sometimes already completed orders, as workers often go unpaid. A report released Friday, March 27, 2020, by Mark Anner, director of the Center of Global Rights, found the coronavirus crisis has resulted in millions of factory workers being sent home without the wages or severance they are owed.  About 4.1 million people work in apparel factories in Bangladesh, the world's No. 2 garment exporter after China. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)
Garment workers going unpaid as fashion labels cancel ordersA survey of factory owners in Bangladesh has found that major fashion retailers that are closing shops and laying off workers in Europe and the U.S. are also canceling their sometimes already completed orders, as workers often go unpaid
The Associated Press1 day ago
Masked people stop on a bridge to photograph cherry blossoms Friday, March 27, 2020, in Tokyo. 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. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Tokyo closes cherry blossom parks to slow spread of virusJapan's cherry blossoms are in full bloom, but flower viewing has come to an abrupt halt in Tokyo because of the coronavirus
The Associated Press1 day ago
Vietnam orders non-essential businesses to close for 2 weeksVietnam's government is ordering all non-essential businesses to close for at least two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. After months of deliberation Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it Friday, March 27, 2020, as not inclusive enough. Shaheen said the Taliban would send four members to Bagram, north of Kabul, to oversee the release of their prisoners, also part of the deal signed with the United States. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
Political turmoil in Kabul dogs negotiations with TalibanThe Afghan president has announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, after months of deliberation
The Associated Press1 day ago
Tourists keep social distancing as they wait to extend their visa at Immigration Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, March 27, 2020. Tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Tourists stranded in Asia by canceled flights, shut bordersFrom the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand to the foothills of Mount Everest, tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic
The Associated Press1 day ago
Germany sends plane to rescue stranded tourists from NepalA rescue flight arranged by the German government has picked up hundreds of tourists who had been stranded in Nepal since the Himalayan nation went on lockdown earlier this week
The Associated Press1 day ago
Roads are seen deserted during a lockdown in Greater Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Some of India's legions of poor and people suddenly thrown out of work by a nationwide stay-at-home order began receiving aid distribution Thursday, as both the public and private sector work to blunt the impact of efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Untold numbers of them are now out of work and many families have been left struggling to eat. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
India's central bank cuts benchmark rate to decade-low 4.4% India’s central bank has cut its key interest rate by a sizable 75 basis points to 4.4% from 5.15% to ease financing troubles caused by the coronavirus outbreak and help revive the economy
The Associated Press1 day ago
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The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this March, 25, 2020, file photo, a sign sits in front of the Huber Heights Fire Division in Huber Heights, Ohio. It may be a little awkward, but humor is helping people around the planet cope with the fear and anxiety the coronavirus pandemic has unleashed. (Marshall Gorby/Dayton Daily News via AP)
If you don't laugh, you cry: Coping with virus through humorIt may be a little awkward, but humor is helping people around the planet cope with the fear and anxiety the coronavirus pandemic has unleashed
The Associated Press2 days ago
A visitor wearing a face mask takes photos near cherry blossoms at the Yuyuantan Park in Beijing on Thursday, March 26, 2020. While many of the city's world-famous tourist sites, including the sprawling Forbidden City ancient palace complex, remain closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, spring weather and budding cherry blossoms are coaxing outdoors citizens who have been largely confined to home for the last two months. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
China bars most foreigners to curb imported virus casesChina says it is temporarily barring most foreigners from entering the country as it seeks to curb the number of imported coronavirus cases
The Associated Press2 days ago
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