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US says foreign students whose classes move online cannot stay

Washington - The United States said Monday it would not allow foreign students to remain in the country if all of their classes are moved online in the fall because of the coronavirus crisis.

Australia's Qantas cuts 6,000 jobs over COVID impact

Sydney - Australia's Qantas is cutting 6,000 staff and grounding 100 planes for up to a year in a US$10 billion cost-cutting blitz in response to the COVID crisis, the airline announced Thursday.

South Korea reports 46 new virus cases as it tackles 'second wave'

Seoul - South Korea reported 46 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday after health authorities declared the country was battling a second wave of infections that had been circulating for weeks.

Robots: allies during virus crisis, enemies later?

Paris - When human contact needs to be kept to a minimum, robots can save lives and factories. But when the coronavirus crisis is over, will they amplify job losses?

Haiti says virus infections have peaked

Port-au-prince - Haitian health officials said Monday that COVID-19 infections had peaked and the number of cases being detected was going down, leading them to voice cautious hope the epidemic might not be as bad as some of the more alarming predictions had led them t...

Greece is 'ready to welcome tourists', says prime minister

Th - From the emblematic island of Santorini, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday that Greece is "ready to welcome tourists" in complete safety after the coronavirus lockdown, whose impact on tourism will be "significant".

Nobel winner Mukwege quits local DR Congo virus team over problems

Bukavu - Nobel winner Denis Mukwege on Wednesday said he had resigned as head of a coronavirus taskforce in an eastern province of DR Congo, blaming organisational problems, outpaced strategy and slow testing.

Traffic jams and jubilation as Moscow emerges from virus lockdown

Moscow - After months under lockdown, Moscow was back to life Tuesday as restrictions eased, luring sun baskers and strollers back to the streets -- along with the city's legendary traffic jams.

Last redoubt: Pygmies return to forest to isolate against coronavirus

- Dzanga-Sangha, a wildlife sanctuary in southwest Central African Republic, is a remote place, linked to the rest of the world by a narrow trail that becomes impassable in heavy rain.

Italy's far-right leaders join protest against government

Rome - Opposition leaders, including anti-immigrant League party chief Matteo Salvini, marched with hundreds of protesters on Italy's national day Tuesday to demand the government resign.

Opera returns to Vienna with hotel 'window concert'

Vienna - Deserted by tourists, a hotel in Vienna gave itself a temporary one-night-only makeover, turning itself into an outdoor concert hall.

Pandemic puts up to 86mn children at risk of poverty: study

New York - The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic could push as many as 86 million more children into poverty by the end of 2020, a joint study by Save the Children and UNICEF showed Wednesday.

Trump urges quicker US reopening from virus lockdown

Washington - President Donald Trump on Thursday pressed for a broader reopening of the United States as coronavirus-related job losses mounted, while parts of Europe embraced post-lockdown life.

Trump urges quicker US reopening from virus lockdown

Washington - President Donald Trump on Thursday pressed for a broader reopening of the United States as coronavirus-related job losses mounted, while parts of Europe embraced post-lockdown life.

Latin America and Caribbean record 500,000 virus cases

Montevideo - Latin America and the Caribbean have recorded more than half a million coronavirus infections, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

Aussies book out Sydney bars as virus measures ease

Sydney - Sydney's bars and restaurants opened their doors to customers Friday as a weeks-long lockdown eased, with owners hoping a busy booking calendar will make up for restrictions on crowd numbers.

Asia virus latest: Seoul shuts bars and clubs, anti-lockdown clashes in Melbourne

Fpo - Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: - Seoul bars and clubs shut after new cases -South Korea's capital ordered the closure of all clubs and bars after a burst of new cases sparked fears of a second corona...

Asia virus latest: Seoul shuts bars and clubs, anti-lockdown clashes in Melbourne

Fpo - Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: - Seoul bars and clubs shut after new cases -South Korea's capital ordered the closure of all clubs and bars after a burst of new cases sparked fears of a second corona...

Lessons from Colombia kidnap ordeal ease Betancourt pandemic fears

Apo - More than six years in captivity at the hands of Colombian guerrillas provided a crash course in confinement that former politician Ingrid Betancourt says has steeled her for life under lockdown.

Colored flags signal Guatemalans' need for help under virus curfew

Guatemala City - Floridalma Chavez, 24, hangs a bit of white cloth in the window of her home in Guatemala City, alerting the neighborhood that she and her family need help amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Finland to reopen schools mid-May

Apo - Children in Finland will begin to return to class from May 14 as the country starts to lift coronavirus restrictions, ministers said on Wednesday.

Finland to reopen schools mid-May

Apo - Children in Finland will begin to return to class from May 14 as the country starts to lift coronavirus restrictions, ministers said on Wednesday.

India partially eases lockdown, but effort falters

New Delhi - Absent staff and broken supply chains scuppered efforts by some Indian industries to restart Monday, weeks after the government ordered a nationwide shutdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.

New Zealand to ease virus lockdown next week

Wellington - New Zealand will ease a nationwide coronavirus lockdown next week after claiming success in stopping "an uncontrolled explosion" of the disease, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Warsaw remembers World War II ghetto uprising with low-key events

Warsaw - Poland commemorated the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising on Sunday, replacing its annual official ceremonies with low-key gatherings on site or online as the coronavirus pandemic prevented any big events.

Indian police order 'cave-dwelling' foreign tourists into quarantine

Rishikesh - Six foreign tourists who tried to sit out the coronavirus pandemic in an Indian cave have been sent to quarantine at an ashram near a town made famous by the Beatles after running out of money, police said Sunday.

New Zealand PM takes pay cut as virus hits economy

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Wednesday she will take a 20 percent pay cut in a symbolic act of solidarity with people struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic.

India to extend world's largest pandemic lockdown for two weeks

New Delhi - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to extend the world's biggest pandemic lockdown for two weeks, state ministers said after talks Saturday on the growing fallout in the country.The three week lockdown is due to end Tuesday.

EU nations seek breakthrough to clinch virus rescue

Apo - EU finance ministers will resume efforts on Thursday to agree a rescue plan for Europe's hardest-hit nations after The Netherlands blocked a compromise over bailout conditions.

Australian police seize black box in raid on virus-hit cruise ship

Sydney - Australian police have raided the coronavirus-stricken Ruby Princess cruise ship and seized its black box, they said Thursday, as part of a criminal investigation after thousands of passengers were allowed to disembark in Sydney and 15 later died of th...
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