Government and politics

This undated photo provided by Sister Maria Mabel Spagnuolo shows her, left, with Sister Maria Ortensia Turati. On March 16, 2020, Turati, who was the former mother general of the Little Missionary Sisters of Charity in Tortona, Italy, died at age 88 as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Courtesy Sister Maria Mabel Spagnuolo via AP)
April 08, 2020 - 1:20 pm
The Louisiana pastor who preached courage from his deathbed. The nun who always insisted that her order “get down to brass tacks,” and help people. The rabbi who made sure his students did not lack clothes or books. Even as parishioners, followers and the faithful seek solace and strength from...
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Police officers stand outside St Thomas' Hospital in the background in central London, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care as his coronavirus symptoms persist, Wednesday April 8, 2020. Johnson has spent his second night in hospital intensive care. The highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted on nations around the globe, many imposing self isolation and exercising social distancing when people move from their homes. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
April 08, 2020 - 11:05 am
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “responding to treatment” but remains in intensive care with the new coronavirus, his spokesman said Wednesday, as the U.K. saw its biggest spike in deaths from the virus to date. A shaken U.K. government sought to keep a grip on its response to...
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Afghan National Army soldiers stands guard at a checkpoint near the Bagram base in northern Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. An Afghan official says the country has released 100 Taliban prisoners from Bagram, claiming they are part of 5,000 detainees who are to be freed under a deal between insurgents and U.S. But the Taliban says they have yet to verify those released were on the list they had handed over to Washington during negotiations. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
April 08, 2020 - 10:02 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan released 100 Taliban prisoners Wednesday, claiming they were among 5,000 detainees to be freed under a deal between insurgents and the U.S. The Taliban said, however, they have yet to verify those released were on the list they handed over to Washington during...
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FILE - In this Nov.18, 2015 file photo, France's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle leaves its home port of Toulon, southern France. France's defense ministry announced that French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is heading back to port amid possible virus outbreak onboard. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that around 40 troops are presenting symptoms compatible with the COVID-19 disease. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
April 08, 2020 - 9:15 am
PARIS (AP) — The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle headed back to port Wednesday due to a possible virus on-board outbreak of the new coronavirus, France's Defense Ministry said. The Defense Ministry said in a statement that around 40 sailors showed symptoms compatible with COVID-19, the...
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A medical worker from China's Jilin Province, in red, embraces a colleague from Wuhan as she prepares to return home at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Within hours of China lifting an 11-week lockdown on the central city of Wuhan early Wednesday, tens of thousands people had left the city by train and plane alone, according to local media reports. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
April 08, 2020 - 8:25 am
WUHAN, China (AP) — Amid streets newly bustling with cars and pedestrians, Wang Chun celebrated the lifting of a virus lockdown on her hometown of Wuhan on Wednesday with a dance outdoors after 2 1/2 months largely cooped up at home. “I’m so happy Wuhan has defeated the virus,” Wang said after...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2020 file photo, police officers investigate after a man wielding a knife attacked residents venturing out to shop in the town under lockdown, in Romans-sur-Isere, southern France. French counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened a judicial investigation for murders and attempted murders in relation with a terrorist undertaking, four days after a knife attack south of Lyon left two people dead. (AP Photo, File)
April 08, 2020 - 7:51 am
PARIS (AP) — French counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened a judicial investigation after a knife attack south of Lyon left two people dead on Saturday. In a statement, prosecutors said charges will be pressed later Wednesday against the assailant, who was arrested by police minutes after the...
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A statue of a Japanese Akita dog named "Hachiko" wearing a face mask is seen near Shibuya Station Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the new coronavirus. Hachiko has waited for his owner University of Tokyo Prof. Eizaburo Ueno at the same place by the station every afternoon, expecting him to return home for nearly 11 years even after Ueno's death at work. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 08, 2020 - 5:42 am
TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit Japanese prefectures to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. But this is no European or Wuhan-style lockdown. A look at what Japan's state of emergency entails: Q. WHY DID ABE...
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In this April 6, 2020, photo, Billy White, right, and his brother Sonny White, second from right, owners of Captain White Seafood City, along with their nephew Paul White, left, and Stan Kiser with Jessie Taylor Seafood, second from left, set up portable fencing in the hope to force customers to social distance at the Fish Market at The Wharf in Washington. The Fish Market was closed by city officials over the weekend after large crowds gathered. The officials said the market may be allowed to reopen if they can show a plan for safe social distancing. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 08, 2020 - 4:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pick-up basketball games. Crowds gathering at an outdoor fish market. Family hikes along trails in Rock Creek Park. The warmer weather is bringing violations of social distance guidelines in the nation’s capital, even as health officials predict the city could become one of the...
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German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, left, and German Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrive to give a press conference on an aid package in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Berlin, Monday April 6, 2020. Restrictions on civil liberties and social restrictions have been imposed in many countries as the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus sweeps the globe. (John Macdougall/Pool via AP)
April 08, 2020 - 4:28 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European governments remained at loggerheads Wednesday over measures to help the economy weather the coronavirus outbreak, breaking off a meeting of finance officials who clashed over aid conditions and a proposal to borrow together to pay for the health crisis. Finance ministers...
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This Sunday, April 5, 2020, photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. If you're a census slacker and haven’t yet filled out the form for the 2020 head count, the federal government is trying another way to get in touch with you. Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out millions of paper forms to homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
April 08, 2020 - 12:16 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you're a census slacker and haven't yet filled out the form for the 2020 head count, the federal government is trying another way to get in touch with you. Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out paper forms to 65.6 million homes whose residents haven't yet...
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