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Hi-tech scans get under skin of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Researchers using a battery of modern imaging techniques have gotten under the skin of Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring," but tests haven't answered the key question about the world famous painting's enigmatic ...

Naples’ beloved pizza is back after virus shutdown eases

By PAOLO SANTALUCIA Associated Press NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Wood is burning again in Naples' pizza ovens, giving a symbolic and savory boost to Neapolitans after two months of lockdown meant an end to their most iconic and favorite food. Pizzerias reopened Monday night in the birthplace of ...

New Zealand tames virus; France, Spain reveal lockdown exits

By ANGELA CHARLTON, ELENA BECATOROS and NICK PERRY Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France and Spain, two of the worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, were laying out separate roadmaps Tuesday for lifting their lockdowns, while signs emerged that the virus has been all but vanquished ...

Leaving Wuhan: Getting into virus-hit city was the easy part

By SAM McNEIL Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Getting into Wuhan was the easy part. New virus infections had fallen to almost zero and travel restrictions were easing. As a 76-day lockdown neared its end, journalists and others were allowed to enter the city in central China where the ...

‘We are in prison’: France opens nursing homes, exposes pain

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press PARIS (AP) — For her first authorized visit in more than six weeks with her 80-year-old mother, Sabrina Deliry prepared a selection of their favorite tunes, among them Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose." Later, at the Paris nursing home where the mother has ...

Virus traps, sickens foreign laborers in Gulf Arab states

By JON GAMBRELL and AYA BATRAWY Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long a lifeline for families back home, migrant workers in oil-rich Gulf Arab states now find themselves trapped by the coronavirus pandemic, losing jobs, running out of money and desperate to return to their ...

Nurse Jenny from New Zealand recounts treating Boris Johnson

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Nurse Jenny from New Zealand says that helping save somebody as notable as Boris Johnson in his battle with the coronavirus didn't faze her thanks to her years of dealing with stressful situations in intensive care wards. Jenny McGee was one of two National ...

US church faces neglect allegations after Haiti child deaths

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and BEN FOX Associated Press KENSCOFF, Haiti (AP) — For a limestone mantel from the Waldorf Astoria, the church that owns the Olde Good Things antique stores asks for $8,500. But for the death of each child in a fire at a home it ran in Haiti, the same church offered ...

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

By CARA ANNA Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the ...

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

By BISWAJEET BANERJEE and GARY FIELDS Associated Press LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul. COVID-19 restrictions mean that the 71-year-old woman won't be allowed to go to temple ...

New Zealand embraces teddies to help make lockdown bear-able

By NICK PERRY Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some are perched in trees. Some are hanging upside down. Some are baking scones. Teddy bears are popping up in the unlikeliest of places as New Zealanders embrace an international movement in which people are placing the stuffed ...

Chinese smartphone health code rules post-virus life

WUHAN, China (AP) — Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the "health code" that says a user is symptom-free and it's required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people ...

Music never dies: “Bolero” busts out of coronavirus lockdown

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press LE PECQ, France (AP) — Look closely: The kettle drum player has a wooden spoon in one hand, a ladle in the other ... and doesn't even have his drums. But, hey, cutting a few corners can be forgiven of an orchestra that managed the remarkable feat of ...

‘There is nothing now’: Syrians in Idlib fear end nearing

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press IDLIB, Syria (AP) — "There's nothing now. Nothing at all," said Yasser Aboud, as he looked away from his family's few remaining belongings, dumped on the floor of the bare single room that would now be their home in the northwest Syrian city of Idlib. It ...

EU chief proposes 30-day ban on nonessential entry into bloc

By LORNE COOK and SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official on Monday proposed a 30-day ban on anyone entering the bloc unless their travel is essential, to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, while insisting on the need to keep the internal ...

Lockdowns, stocks down as virus fight shifts away from China

By ARITZ PARRA and FRANK JORDANS Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Monday marked another stage in the global battle to outwit the new coronavirus, as reported infections in the rest of the world overtook those in China. Millions of people in Europe and the United States began holing up at home ...

US officials: Foreign disinformation stoking virus fears

By ZEKE MILLER and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials said Monday. On Sunday, federal officials ...

Impact of pandemic stretches from schools to world’s leaders

By STAN CHOE, LORI HINNANT and TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Schools shut down across much of Europe. Gatherings were canceled or banned from California to Germany. And the coronavirus reached directly into the world's centers of power Thursday, with politicians in Canada, ...

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson taking diagnoses ‘one day at a time’

By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Tom Hanks said he and wife Rita Wilson were taking their new coronavirus infection "one day at a time" while Australian television hosts who had interviewed Wilson were awaiting test results Friday. Australia has stepped up its ...

In role reversal, Asia seeks to stop virus from coming in

By KEN MORITSUGU and KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — From quarantining travelers from overseas to nabbing those sneaking in with fevers, China and other parts of Asia are scrambling to prevent the new coronavirus from coming back to where it first broke out. Just as the ...