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Economy May 29Europe’s social welfare net shows signs of wear from virus
Europe’s extensive social welfare net is showing signs of fraying under economic strain from the coronavirus. Protests erupted Friday for the second day in Spain against layoffs by French carmaker Renault, and Italy’s chief central banker warned that ’’uncertainty is…
Health May 05Britain’s death toll from the coronavirus rivals Italy’s
Britain has become the first country in Europe to confirm more than 30,000 coronavirus deaths, and infections are rising sharply again in Russia. That took place Tuesday even as other nations reported strides in taming the virus.
World Apr 28New Zealand tames virus as France, Spain announce lockdown exit plans
France and Spain were laying out separate roadmaps Tuesday for lifting their lockdowns, while signs emerged that the virus has been all but vanquished in New Zealand and Australia.
Health Mar 31Global virus infections top 800,000 as Spain sees record deaths
Spain's coronavirus deaths jumped by a record number Tuesday as the country's medical system strained to care for its tens of thousands of infected patients and the world total climbed to more than 800,000 case.
World Mar 19On COVID-19, Wuhan offers hope as Italy nears stark death toll
The Chinese city of Wuhan reported no new homegrown infections, but Italy appeared set to surpass China's death toll from the virus.
World Mar 15Christchurch marks anniversary of mosque shootings
People in the New Zealand city of Christchurch honored the 51 worshipers who were killed in a mass shooting a year ago in small but poignant ways Sunday, after a planned national memorial event was canceled due to fears it…
World Feb 10Deluge in Australia drenches fires and eases 3-year drought
Experts say it will take some time yet to know to what extent the rainfall has replenished dried-up rivers and quenched parched soil in some inland areas most affected by the 3-year drought.
World Jan 12Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle
Crews battling Australia’s wildfires said Sunday that they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather.
World Jan 112 Aussie wildfires merge into inferno; man seriously burned
Two wildfires merged to form a massive inferno in southeastern Australia and a man suffered serious burns protecting a home, in a night of treacherous conditions during the nation’s unprecedented wildfire crisis, officials said Saturday.
World Jan 10More Australians evacuate as heat and winds increase fire threat
Firefighters were working into the night to keep the fires from reaching communities as fierce winds whipped the blazes in multiple directions.