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'Adapt and survive' as Galapagos girds for life without tourism

Quito - As much of Ecuador went into lockdown against the coronavirus, scientists shipped out of the Galapagos, leaving important research activity frozen and the Pacific archipelago's tourism in deep crisis.

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.

Growing US-China rivalry seen fueling UN paralysis amid virus crisis

New York - For nearly a decade, the UN Security Council has been frequently paralyzed by Russia's obstinacy over the Syrian crisis. Today, however, it is the US-China rivalry that has infected a growing array of issues, according to officials and diplomats.

French churches reopen as coronavirus restrictions loosened

Paris - French churches were preparing to hold their first Sunday masses in more than two months after the government bowed to a ruling that they should be reopened -- provided proper precautions were taken.

Coronavirus fails to halt conflict in DR Congo's powder-keg east

Goma - Coronavirus has swiftly gained status as the world's No. 1 threat but in eastern DR Congo, one of Africa's most volatile regions, militia killings and ethnic violence are an older and -- for now -- far greater source of dread.

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.

Europe at odds as US, China fight over pandemic at UN

New York - The clash between China and the United States over COVID-19 has caused a rift between European nations at the UN Security Council over a call for ceasefires in some conflict zones during the pandemic.

Under the sun, and threat of virus, Italy readies its beaches

Jesolo - Beach season is around the corner and all along Italy's vast coastlines, preparations have begun to attract sun-worshippers and their wallets while safeguarding against the lingering coronavirus.Most beaches throughout the country remain off-limits.

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.

New resolution on pandemic truce being drafted at UN: diplomats

New York - Germany and Estonia plan to submit a resolution to the UN Security Council on a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic, to replace one drafted by France and Tunisia that the United States has blocked, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

US Supreme Court enters fray over Trump tax documents

Washington - The US Supreme Court takes up Tuesday the most politically charged case of the year -- President Donald Trump's refusal to turn over his tax returns and financial records to Congress and a New York prosecutor, a case that may define the limits of presi...

Italian rice puts pasta in the shade during pandemic

Robbio - Europe's top rice producer Italy has seen consumption of the staple rise throughout the coronavirus pandemic, putting even pasta in the shade.It's not just popular at home either -- China itself has even signed a deal to import Italian rice.

Tests show UVC lamps could light the way in virus fight

New York - Could a new type of ultraviolet lamp be used in stations, airplanes and schools to kill dangerous viruses, becoming a gamechanger in the COVID-19 fight?

Belarus holds Victory Day parade despite coronavirus threat

Minsk - Thousands of troops paraded before crowds of spectators in Minsk Saturday to mark 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany as Belarus held a celebration of Victory Day despite the coronavirus pandemic.

In Brazil, coronavirus hits blacks harder than whites

Rio De Janeiro - The coronavirus pandemic has a color in Brazil, the epicenter of the outbreak in Latin America: black Brazilians are exposed to greater risk than whites and are dying at a higher rate.

Portugal starts to emerge from coronavirus lockdown

Lisbon - Portugal will begin to ease its coronavirus lockdown on Monday, with small shops, hair salons and car dealers resuming operations as a state of emergency was lifted after more than six weeks.

For Haitians, die of hunger today or coronavirus tomorrow?

Port-au-prince - When the novel coronavirus first appeared in Haiti authorities and humanitarian experts panicked, worried about the country's decrepit health system -- but the pandemic's economic consequences could prove yet deadlier for the nation's poor.

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.

As world opens from virus, borders stay shut

Washington - The world is gradually ending weeks of coronavirus confinement but one area remains firmly shut -- international borders, which few governments are yet daring to open.

Thunberg donates $100,000 to support children during pandemic

New York - Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has donated a $100,000 prize she won from a Danish foundation to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for use against the COVID-19 pandemic, the world body said Thursday.

UN Security Council nears virus resolution, and perhaps a new path

New York - After more than a month of controversy, a UN Security Council buffeted between the United States, China and Russia is finally expected this week to adopt its first resolution on the coronavirus pandemic, amid calls for intensified international coopera...

Macron vows help to keep French restaurants, hotels afloat

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron on Friday vowed measures to keep afloat France's hotel and restaurant sector, one of the mainstays of the economy but also the French way-of-life that is being battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

In virus-hit Cuba, the struggle to get food on the table

Havana - Yadira types out a message to her WhatsApp group, with the name of a Havana store where a supply of chicken has just arrived.

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.

US failed to block UN virus vaccine resolution

New York - The UN General Assembly has demanded equal access for any future COVID-19 vaccine but its seeming unanimity was a fluke. The United States in fact opposed the resolution but acted too late to stop it, diplomats say.

Women suffer as lockdown worsens Latin America's 'domestic hell'

Buenos Aires - Weeks of confinement imposed by the coronavirus pandemic is taking a chilling toll on women and girls across Latin America, where the number of calls to helplines have soared, made by victims of domestic violence who cannot flee.

What we know about the 'devious' coronavirus

Paris - Will the novel coronavirus leave you short of breath or make you lose your sense of smell? And if you have had it once, can you be confident you are immune? So far, the research on COVID-19 has raised as many questions as it has answered.
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