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Foreign students fear deportation over Trump visa threat

New York - Pakistani student Taimoor Ahmed is one of hundreds of thousands of foreigners enrolled in American universities now fearing for their future after Donald Trump's administration threatened to revoke their visas.

Dominican Republic vote goes ahead despite virus threat

Santo Domingo - Voters in the Dominican Republic are set to defy rising coronavirus infections on Sunday to choose a new president in an election that could end 16 years of unbroken rule by the center-left Dominican Liberation Party.

Amid US virus struggle, Trump visits Rushmore and bemoans racial protests

Keystone - US President Donald Trump bemoaned protests demanding racial justice as "violent mayhem" Friday, but said little about an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases as he attended a crowded, fireworks-studded Independence Day celebration beneath majestic...

Virus sours July 4 celebrations in US as Mexico cases soar

Washington - A surge in coronavirus cases sapped the fun out of July 4 celebrations in the United States as the pandemic also accelerated through neighboring Mexico, the rest of Latin America and South Africa.

As US struggles with virus, Trump heads to Rushmore for fireworks

Washington - Under fire for his silence in the face of America's spiralling coronavirus caseload, President Donald Trump heads to Mount Rushmore on Friday for a night of fireworks that he hopes will soothe a nation he has struggled to unite.

US under siege as pandemic accelerates, Britain eases quarantine

Miami - The United States posted a record 53,000 new coronavirus cases as the deadly pandemic accelerated across the Americas, but its slowdown in Europe led Britain to announce Friday the first exemptions to its quarantine rules.

Coronavirus complicates Quebec moving season

Montr - Moving house is a palaver at the best of times, but in the Canadian province of Quebec it is even more testing as the majority of leases end on the same day.

US buys up COVID drug, as some countries say well-stocked

Washington - Britain and Germany said Wednesday they had sufficient stocks of remdesivir, the first drug to be shown to be relatively effective in treating COVID-19, and of which the United States has bought almost all supply.

British and German remdesivir stocks 'sufficient' as US buys up supply

Washington - Britain and Germany said Wednesday they had sufficient stocks of remdesivir, the first drug to be shown to be relatively effective in treating COVID-19, and of which the United States has bought almost all supply.

BioNTech, Pfizer report progress in coronavirus vaccine trial

Washington - BioNTech of Germany and the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported positive preliminary results on Wednesday from a joint project to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

EU reopens to outside visitors as virus surges in US

Corfu - The European Union reopened its borders on Wednesday to visitors from 15 countries but excluded the United States, where coronavirus deaths are spiking once again, six months after the first cluster was reported in China.

EU bars visitors from US where experts warn of potential virus surge

Washington - The European Union reopened its borders Wednesday to visitors from 15 countries -- but not the virus-stricken United States, where a top health official warned the country is headed in the "wrong direction" as cases spike in multiple states.

WHO says pandemic 'not even close' to over as toll passes 500,000

Geneva - The coronavirus pandemic is "not even close to being over", the WHO warned Monday, as the global death toll passed half a million and cases surge in Latin America and the United States.

US tops 2.5mn virus cases as infections surge

Miami - The United States has surpassed 2.5 million coronavirus cases, as efforts to reopen the world's economic powerhouse were dramatically set back by a surge of new infections in states such as Florida.

UN chief: COVID-19 signals need for global approach to problems

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on the world to strengthen multilateral cooperation, saying a global approach has been the key to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's coronavirus vaccine to enter final trial stage in July

Washington - A vaccine against COVID-19 developed by the US biotech firm Moderna will enter the third and final stage of its clinical trial in July with 30,000 participants, the firm said Thursday.

The Lancet doubts over hydroxychloroquine study see WHO restart trials

Paris - The WHO announced Wednesday the resumption of its hydroxychloroquine trials after The Lancet cast doubt over a large-scale study it published last month that led to temporary suspension of testing of the drug.

The Lancet casts doubt over hydroxychloroquine study

Paris - The Lancet has issued an "expression of concern" over a large-scale study of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine it published that led to the World Health Organization suspending clinical trials of the anti-viral drugs as a potential treatment for COVID...

UN agency recommends health guidelines for airlines

Montr - Mask wearing, temperature controls, disinfection of aircraft: the International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday published a series of health recommendations for the pandemic-hit airline industry as it relaunches air travel.

As pandemic rages, Trump eager to vaccinate America first

Washington - Leaders of China, France, Germany, and the World Health Organization want any coronavirus vaccine to be deemed a "global public good," but President Donald Trump has another idea: vaccinate America first.

Bolsonaro bets big on 'right-wing' drug against virus

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro neatly sums up how thoroughly politics has hijacked the debate over using malaria drugs against the new coronavirus: "Right-wingers take chloroquine.

Coronavirus test touted by Trump produces many false negatives: study

Washington - A rapid coronavirus test touted by President Donald Trump and used to test White House officials produces false negatives in almost half of all cases, according to new study by researchers at NYU Langone Health.

Surfers, sunbathers test waters as California closes Huntington Beach

Los Angeles - Sun, sand and surfers, dude: Huntington Beach would have made for a classic postcard Saturday, if it weren't for police tape blocking locals from cramming this famous California haunt amid efforts to curb the coronavirus.

No benefit, higher death rate for malaria drug in coronavirus study

Washington - A malaria drug widely touted as a potential cure for COVID-19 showed no benefit against the disease over standard care -- and was in fact associated with more deaths, the biggest study of its kind showed Tuesday.

Hungry, jobless Americans turning to food banks to survive pandemic

New York - American families slammed by the coronavirus pandemic are turning more and more to food banks to get by, waiting hours for donations in lines of cars stretching as far as the eye can see.

America's love affair with an elderly epidemiologist

Washington - Move over, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. There is a new feisty super senior in Washington who is captivating American hearts.

Pile of bodies linked to coronavirus found at US nursing home

New York - US police found 17 bodies piled up in a nursing home morgue in New Jersey, media reported Thursday, highlighting how the coronavirus outbreak is overwhelming long-term care facilities.

Study shows Iceland got it right with early, widespread virus testing

Washington - Iceland has provided a textbook example of how to get out ahead of a looming pandemic: per capita, it has tested more people for coronavirus than any other country on earth and it got started a month before the first case was even confirmed in the tiny...

Hunger for 'good news' grows as pandemic woes deepen

New York - Battered by grim headlines, horrifying statistics and deep uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, many people worldwide are trying to lift their spirits by seeking out "good news.

As US hits virus peak, warnings not to ease lockdown too soon

Washington - The US coronavirus epidemic appears to be hitting its peak, but scientists are already warning a second wave is possible if President Donald Trump and others move too fast in easing the nationwide lockdown.
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