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Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

By CARA ANNA Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the ...

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

By BISWAJEET BANERJEE and GARY FIELDS Associated Press LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul. COVID-19 restrictions mean that the 71-year-old woman won't be allowed to go to temple ...

New Zealand embraces teddies to help make lockdown bear-able

By NICK PERRY Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some are perched in trees. Some are hanging upside down. Some are baking scones. Teddy bears are popping up in the unlikeliest of places as New Zealanders embrace an international movement in which people are placing the stuffed ...

Chinese smartphone health code rules post-virus life

WUHAN, China (AP) — Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the "health code" that says a user is symptom-free and it's required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people ...

Music never dies: “Bolero” busts out of coronavirus lockdown

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press LE PECQ, France (AP) — Look closely: The kettle drum player has a wooden spoon in one hand, a ladle in the other ... and doesn't even have his drums. But, hey, cutting a few corners can be forgiven of an orchestra that managed the remarkable feat of ...

‘There is nothing now’: Syrians in Idlib fear end nearing

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press IDLIB, Syria (AP) — "There's nothing now. Nothing at all," said Yasser Aboud, as he looked away from his family's few remaining belongings, dumped on the floor of the bare single room that would now be their home in the northwest Syrian city of Idlib. It ...

EU chief proposes 30-day ban on nonessential entry into bloc

By LORNE COOK and SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official on Monday proposed a 30-day ban on anyone entering the bloc unless their travel is essential, to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, while insisting on the need to keep the internal ...

Lockdowns, stocks down as virus fight shifts away from China

By ARITZ PARRA and FRANK JORDANS Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Monday marked another stage in the global battle to outwit the new coronavirus, as reported infections in the rest of the world overtook those in China. Millions of people in Europe and the United States began holing up at home ...

US officials: Foreign disinformation stoking virus fears

By ZEKE MILLER and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials said Monday. On Sunday, federal officials ...

Impact of pandemic stretches from schools to world’s leaders

By STAN CHOE, LORI HINNANT and TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Schools shut down across much of Europe. Gatherings were canceled or banned from California to Germany. And the coronavirus reached directly into the world's centers of power Thursday, with politicians in Canada, ...