• Afghan official: Taliban kill 7 civilians in country’s north
    by The Associated Press on April 8, 2020 at 8:46 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least seven Afghan civilians were killed when the Taliban attacked security forces in northern Balkh province, local officials said Wednesday. The insurgents abducted the civilians on Tuesday afternoon in the district of Sholgara and later killed them, according to Sayed Arif Iqbali, the local police chief. There was no immediate […]

  • Explosion on road in southeast Turkey kills 5
    by The Associated Press on April 8, 2020 at 8:39 am

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An improvised explosive device went off on a road in southeast Turkey on Wednesday, killing five forestry workers traveling to work, officials said. The regional governor’s office blamed the early morning explosion near the town of Kulp, in the mainly-Kurdish populated Diyarbakir province, on Kurdish rebels, who have carried out similar […]

  • Fire reported at replica Prussian palace in Berlin
    by The Associated Press on April 8, 2020 at 8:29 am

    BERLIN (AP) — Berlin’s fire department is responding to a report of a blaze Wednesday in the roof of a replica of a Prussian palace being rebuilt on the city’s historic Unter den Linden boulevard. The fire department said that units were on the scene of the construction site, but had no further details. Webcam […]

  • Iran says US oil production must be known before OPEC+ call
    by NASSER KARIMI on April 8, 2020 at 8:21 am

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran demanded on Wednesday that U.S. oil production levels must be known before an upcoming OPEC meeting with Russia and others seeking to boost global energy prices. The meeting of the so-called OPEC+ is scheduled to be held Thursday after officials delayed it following Saudi Arabia criticizing Russia over its comments […]

  • 27 dead on Solomon Islands ferry: Did it follow virus order?
    by NICK PERRY on April 8, 2020 at 8:03 am

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leader of the remote Solomon Islands said Wednesday that 27 people had died after being washed overboard from a crowded ferry last week and the government is conducting a criminal investigation. But others say the government itself must take responsibility after it told people to leave the capital and […]

  • Tokyo Olympic flame taken off display; next stop unclear
    by STEPHEN WADE on April 8, 2020 at 7:54 am

    TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. And it’s not clear when it will reappear again or where — or under what conditions. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 26. After the Tokyo Olympics and the torch relay were postponed until next year, the […]

  • AP PHOTOS: German charity goes home-to-home in virus crisis
    by The Associated Press on April 8, 2020 at 7:28 am

    BERLIN (AP) — Poor families are particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, even in rich countries like Germany. Lockdowns are forcing children to stay inside often-cramped homes, amplifying tensions that already exist. Food bank closures mean families have to spend of their limited money on basic supplies and without access to social workers, instances of […]

  • Asian shares mostly lower, Japan gains on upbeat data
    by YURI KAGEYAMA on April 8, 2020 at 7:05 am

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s benchmark advanced but other Asian shares fell Wednesday amid uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to claim more lives around the world. Japan’s Nikkei 225 jumped 2.1% to finish at 19,353.24. Stronger than expected machinery orders helped lift sentiment. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 shed nearly 0.9% to 5,206.90, while South Korea’s […]

  • Italy, Spain ICU pressures decline, but emotional toll rises
    by NICOLE WINFIELD, ARITZ PARRA and MARIA GRAZIA MURRU on April 8, 2020 at 6:44 am

    ROME (AP) — Maddalena Ferrari lets herself cry when she takes off the surgical mask she wears even at home to protect her elderly parents from the coronavirus that surrounds her at work in one of Italy’s hardest-hit intensive care units. In the privacy of her own bedroom, where no one can see, the nursing […]

  • Making plans, defiantly, amid the chaos and madness
    by Jocelyn Noveck on April 8, 2020 at 6:34 am

    As owners of a wedding and event-planning business, Karina Lopez and Curtis Rogers have always known how the best-laid plans can go awry. But there’s no way they could have imagined just a few weeks ago what would happen to their very own wedding plans. First, the joyous bash they’d been meticulously planning for many […]