Muslims celebrate major holiday amid curfews, virus fears

The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel, family get-togethers, and lavish daytime feasts after weeks of dawn-to-dusk fasting. But this year many of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims will have to pray at home and make due with video calls.

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Polls start closing as voters navigate protests, coronavirus

Polls began to close Tuesday night as voters navigated curfews and health concerns in a slate of primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to host elections amid dueling crises and moved Joe Biden closer to formally clinching the Democratic presidential nomination.

Medical examiner: Floyd’s heart stopped while restrained

A medical examiner on Monday classified George Floyd’s death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped as police restrained him and compressed his neck, in a widely seen video that has sparked protests across the nation.

South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears

South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus.

Mass gatherings, erosion of trust upend coronavirus control

Protests erupting across the nation over the past week — and law enforcement’s response to them — are threatening to upend efforts by health officials to track and contain the spread of coronavirus just as those efforts were finally getting underway.

Liberal Warsaw mayor injects suspense into presidential vote

Warsaw’s liberal mayor Rafal Trzaskowski made a late entry in Poland’s presidential election and has quickly emerged as the main challenger to the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda.

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Today is Friday, May 29, the 150th day of 2020. There are 216 days left in the year.

Red Cross says 208 COVID-related attacks on health workers

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said it has recorded 208 COVID-19-related attacks against health workers and installations in 13 countries since March, a striking contrast to the cheers and clapping in gratitude for their work in many nations.

Trump honors fallen soldiers on Memorial Day in twin events

President Trump honored America’s fallen service members on Monday as he commemorated Memorial Day in back-to-back appearances in the midst of the pandemic.

Europeans soak up the sun but virus travel rules a mishmash

Europeans soaked up the sun where they could, taking advantage of the first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased.

National parks hope visitors comply with virus measures

As national parks end a two-month shutdown due to the coronavirus, park officials ask visitors to take simple precautions. But it’s unclear whether tourists will comply or whether popular parks known for drawing large crowds will become hot spots.

Judge demands ICE explain questioning of parents about release of children

A federal judge on Friday criticized the Trump administration’s handling of detained immigrant children and families, ordering the government to give the court detailed information about its efforts to quickly release them in the wake of the coronavirus.

Buckets were lined up to fetch water in a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe, in March. For many here, clean water is a luxury.

Lack of water fuels fears of virus spread

Violet Manuel hastily abandoned her uncle’s funeral and grabbed two empty containers when she heard a boy running down the dirt road shouting, “Water, water, water!”

In reversal, White House tells CDC to post church guidance

After refusing for weeks to release reopening guidance for churches, the Trump administration on Thursday abruptly changed course — with the president saying he had instructed health officials to put the advice out.

Locusts, COVID-19, flooding pose ‘triple threat’ in Africa

Locusts, COVID-19, and deadly flooding pose a “triple threat” to millions of people across East Africa, officials warned Thursday, while the World Bank announced a $500 million program for countries affected by the historic desert locust swarms.

Hundreds killed in new violence in South Sudan, Red Cross says

Hundreds of people have been killed in a new burst of intercommunal violence in South Sudan, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday, with “many more” injured and thousands displaced.

CDC to study coronavirus antibodies in 25 metro areas

The study is aimed at providing long-awaited insight into the way the virus is spreading and its presence in communities.


South Korean high school seniors return to school

South Korean students began returning to school on Wednesday, but not without some hitches, in a possible template for other countries struggling to reopen educational facilities.

‘This is war’: Virus charges beyond Latin American hot spots

Beyond the hot spots of Brazil and Mexico, the coronavirus is threatening to overwhelm Latin American cities large and small in an alarming sign that the pandemic may be only at the start of its destructive march through the region.

UN chief recommends scaled-back UN meeting of world leaders

Secretary General Antonio Guterres is recommending that the annual gathering of world leaders in late September, which was supposed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, be dramatically scaled back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bouncing back? Ocean City restaurant debuts ‘bumper tables’ for customers to keep social distance amid coronavirus

Diners in a Maryland beach town are bouncing back into eating out amid the coronavirus pandemic with a little help from inflatable inner tubes on wheels.

Police: Man angry about virus closure attacks 2 with machete

A Nashville couple were in critical care after a man attacked them with a machete because he was angry about shutdowns that were taking place during the coronavirus pandemic, police said.

Judge rules that Oregon virus restrictions are invalid

A judge in rural Oregon on Monday tossed out statewide coronavirus restrictions imposed by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, saying she didn’t seek the Legislature’s approval to extend the stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit.

A customer entered the Rivershack Tavern Friday, the first day restaurants were allowed to provide indoor sit-down service, in Jefferson, La. Once a hot spot for coronavirus infections, Louisiana is officially easing up Friday on economically devastating business closures and public gathering restrictions that Governor John Bel Edwards credits with slowing the spread of the virus.

Restaurants and racing can resume, but new rules abound

Restaurants can reopen in New Orleans, a city famous for its cuisine, but they must take reservations and limit the number of diners. Auto and horse racing tracks in New York can resume competitions but without spectators.

Cassandra Callender, forced to undergo chemo, dies at 22

Ms. Callender was forced by Connecticut courts as a teenager to undergo chemotherapy for cancer.

In new setback, Russian president’s spokesman hospitalized with coronavirus

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, the latest in a series of setbacks for President Vladimir Putin as Russia struggles to contain the growing outbreak.

Pence will ‘keep his distance’ from Trump, McEnany says

The decision was made after Pence’s spokeswoman tested positive for coronavirus.

Study: Virus death toll in NYC worse than official tally

New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus may be thousands of fatalities worse than the tally kept by the city and state, according to an analysis released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This day in history

Today is Monday, May 11, the 132nd day of 2020. There are 234 days left in the year.

Citing virus, Iran says it’s ready for prisoner swap with US

Iran says it is ready for unconditional prisoner swap talks with the United States because of fears that the coronavirus could put the lives of the prisoners at risk, Iranian media reported Sunday.

Indonesia condemns abuse of its fishermen on Chinese boats

Indonesia’s government on Sunday condemned what it called the “inhuman” treatment of its nationals by a Chinese fishing company that allegedly kept Indonesian fishermen as virtual slaves, leading to the deaths of at least three of them.

As Trump pulls back from virus, Congress races to fill void

As President Trump tries to move on from the coronavirus, Congress is rushing to fill the void and prepare the country for the long fight ahead.

Stuck on cruise ships during pandemic, crews beg to go home

Tens of thousands of crew members have been trapped for weeks aboard dozens of cruise ships around the world — long after governments and cruise lines negotiated their passengers’ disembarkation..

Arrests made in shooting death of black man after outcry

Georgia authorities arrested a white father and son Thursday and charged them with murder in the February shooting death of a black man they had pursued in a truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood.

UN appeals for $6.7 billion to fight virus in poor countries

The United Nations announced Thursday it is increasing its appeal to fight the coronavirus pandemic in fragile and vulnerable countries from $2 billion to $6.7 billion.

Face masks make a political statement in era of coronavirus

The decision to wear a mask in public is becoming a political statement — a moment to pick sides in a brewing culture war over containing the coronavirus.

US shelves detailed guide to reopening country

The CDC’s guide for going back to normal life has been altered by the Trump administration.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, May 6, the 127th day of 2020. There are 239 days left in the year.

Justice Ginsburg in hospital with infection

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Tuesday with an infection caused by a gallstone, but plans to take part in the court’s arguments by telephone Wednesday, the Supreme Court said.

Reem Desouky, 47, with her 13-year-old son Mustafa Hamed, at an art event in Lancaster, Pa., before she was detained in Egypt.

American schoolteacher imprisoned in Egypt is released

An American schoolteacher imprisoned in Egypt for nearly a year without trial has been freed by Egyptian authorities and returned home to the United States, the State Department said.

Scientists fault UK’s pandemic strategy as deaths rise

As the coronavirus continues to infect people across Britain in what will likely turn out to be Europe’s worst outbreak, the government has come under criticism from scientists, who say it has neglected the fundamentals of epidemic control.

US awards 29 Purple Hearts for brain injuries in Iran attack

Six Army soldiers who were injured in a ballistic missile attack in Iraq in January have been awarded Purple Hearts, and 23 others have been approved for the award and will get them later this week, US Central Command said Monday.

Italy eases virus lockdown, and gets first reckoning of toll

Italians strolled in the park, grabbed take-out cappuccinos, and paid their respects to the astonishing number of dead Monday as the European epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gingerly woke up from the continent’s first and longest lockdown.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the coronavirus could have originated at a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, but US evidence to back up that assertion has not been shared..


UN: US hasn’t shared evidence on alleged coronavirus origin

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said Monday that it has received no evidence from the US government to back up allegations that the coronavirus could have originated at a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Black robes or bathrobes? Virus alters high court traditions

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing big changes at the tradition-bound Supreme Court.

As lockdowns ease, some countries report new infection peaks

While millions of people took advantage of easing coronavirus lockdowns to enjoy spring weather, some of the world’s most populous countries reported worrisome new peaks in infections Sunday, including India, which saw its biggest single-day jump yet.

Members of a armed militia spoke to protesters on the steps of the Michigan statehouse.

Tension in states

Armed militia joins Michigan protest, spurring legislators to don bulletproof vests

Gun-carrying protesters have been a common sight at demonstrations calling for coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted. But an armed militia’s involvement in an angry protest in the Michigan statehouse Thursday marked an escalation that has drawn alarmed reactions.

Easing of lockdown raises the question: Who’s family in Italy?

When Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said the government would relax some parts of a nationwide lockdown, residents entering an eighth week of home confinement to inhibit the coronavirus dove for their dictionaries.

Cuomo: All New York schools to remain closed through spring

New York’s schools and colleges will remain shut through the end of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

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