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Virus tracing app raises privacy concerns in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — As India enters an extended coronavirus lockdown, the government is actively pursuing contact tracing to help control infections. At the heart of the effort in the country of 1.3 billion people is a smartphone app that evaluates users' infection risk based on location ...

Siemens says profits down, this quarter could be the bottom

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Siemens AG, maker of trains, power generators and medical scanners, saw net profit sag during the most recent quarter due to the virus outbreak. The company abandoned its business forecast for the year, saying it expected the downturn to bottom out in the current ...

Troubled Zimbabwe hopes for some relief in tobacco sales

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Adjust Saidi, a foreman at a farm outside Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, paced through rows of tobacco plants. Desperate to complete the harvest and sell the crop, he pushed workers picking leaves to "hurry it up." Some carried up to 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of leaves, ...

Amid pandemic, the world’s working poor hustle to survive

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — From India to Argentina, untold millions who were already struggling to get by on the economic margins have had their lives made even harder by pandemic lockdowns, layoffs and the loss of a chance to earn from a hard day's work. More than four out of five ...

Volunteers put faces to names of Americans in WWII cemetery

OPIJNEN, Netherlands (AP) — Staff Sgt. Maurice Gosney was just a name carved on a white cross until a young Dutch historian went in search of the fallen American soldier's face. Killed in an ambush near the German village of Sulzfeld on April 11, 1945, Gosney is one of more than 10,000 ...

Philippine TV network’s shutdown amid pandemic sparks uproar

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Alarm over a Philippine government agency's shutdown of the country's largest TV and radio network heightened Wednesday with a top official warning that taking a major provider of news on the coronavirus pandemic off the air could cost lives. International ...

Two Russian doctors dead, one in ICU after mysterious accidents

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian doctors have died and one remains in the intensive care unit in serious condition after falling out of windows in hospitals under mysterious circumstances. The tragic incidents last week made national headlines, with media reports saying all three have come under ...

Astronomers find closest black hole to Earth, hints of more

Meet your new but shy galactic neighbor: A black hole left over from the death of a fleeting young star. European astronomers have found the closest black hole to Earth yet, so near that the two stars dancing with it can be seen by the naked eye. Of course, close is relative on the galactic ...

UK scientist who warned over virus quits for lockdown breach

LONDON (AP) — Britain's health secretary said Wednesday that national lockdown rules were "for everyone," after one of the government's key scientific advisers quit for receiving secret visits from his girlfriend amid the coronavirus pandemic. Imperial College epidemiologist Neil Ferguson ...

Spain to avert political crisis, extend virus lockdown

MADRID (AP) — Spain's left-wing coalition government appears to have averted throwing the country into a political crisis on top of the enormous challenge it already faces from a devastating coronavirus outbreak that has claimed more than 25,000 lives and severely damaged its economy. Prime ...