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German experts say growth rebound could be relatively quick FRANKFURT, Germany - A group of leading economists say Germany, Europe's largest economy, will suffer a deep slump in the first half of this year but should rebound relatively quickly from the disruption of the virus outbreak.

School shutdowns raise stakes of digital divide for students - Students struggling to get online in a rural South Carolina county received a boost last week with the arrival of six buses equipped with Wi-Fi, some of the hundreds the state has rolled out since schools were closed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Asian shares extend losses as toll from pandemic surges BANGKOK - Asian shares started the week with fresh losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus that has prompted shutdowns of travel and business in many parts of the world. Japan's benchmark dropped almost 4% and other regional markets were mostly lower.

North Korea says US clearly doesn't want nuclear talks SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Monday that "reckless remarks" by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear that Washington has no intention of resuming nuclear talks and Pyongyang warned that it is now compelled to pay back "the pains the U.S.

Sports make political point for Belarus amid virus outbreak MINSK, Belarus - With most sports around the world shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic, longtime Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is proudly keeping soccer and hockey arenas open. The Eastern European nation of nearly 9.5 million even started a whole new soccer season this month as coronavirus cases rose.

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Grandma is gone Coronavirus keeps kids from older family SALT LAKE CITY - A few weeks ago, Debbie Cameron saw her grandsons most days, playing the piano, making after-school snacks or singing nursery rhymes with the baby in her Chandler, Arizona, home. Then the cornavirus crisis hit and the boys were suddenly gone.

Trump extends US virus restrictions; Moscow goes on lockdown MOSCOW - In an abrupt turnaround, President Donald Trump extended lockdown measures across the United States as deaths in New York alone from the new coronavirus passed 1,000. Moscow went on its own lockdown Monday as all of Russia braced for sweeping nationwide restrictions.

Afghan officials say Taliban attacks kill 11 troops, police KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban attacks in Afghanistan's north and south have killed at least 11Afghan soldiers and policemen, the country's Defense Ministry and a provincial official said Monday.

2020 Watch Will Trump lead by addition or subtraction? NEW YORK - Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:. Days to next set of primaries: ? Days to general election: 218. The coronavirus pandemic has effectively put presidential politics on hold as elected officials work furiously to save lives and rescue the economy.

In Zimbabwe, 'you win coronavirus or you win starvation' HARARE, Zimbabwe - "We are already ruined. What more harm can coronavirus do?" Irene Kampira asked as she sorted secondhand clothes at a bustling market in a poor suburb of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of pandemic LE PECQ, France - Of a world in coronavirus turmoil, they may know little or nothing. Mariners aboard ballistic submarines are habitually spared bad news while underwater to avoid undermining their morale, say current and former officers who served aboard France's nuclear-armed subs.

The Latest Coronavirus cases in Africa near 5,000 The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. - Coronavirus cases in Africa rose closer to 5,000.

Two Inmates Who Walked Away From Prison Camp in Northern California are Captured Authorities on Sunday captured two minimum-security inmates who walked away from a prison camp in Northern California on Friday night. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation found Derek Barnett, 29, and Noah Wilson, 28. Authorities arrested Barnett at 11 a.m.

Tokyo Olympic head expects call from IOC's Bach on new date TOKYO - Tokyo Olympic President Yoshiro Mori said Monday he expects to talk with IOC President Thomas Bach this week about potential dates and other details for the rescheduled games next year. The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

AP PHOTOS France's front-line volunteers brave virus risks PARIS - They don't have to put themselves in harm's way, but the volunteers of France's well-known Civil Protection service have chosen the front line in the fight against the coronavirus. They are often the first to knock on the doors of people calling for help, and who may have the infection or whose confirmed case has taken a downturn.

Grocery Stores Taking Steps To Keep Employees Safe During Pandemic Grocery stores in the Southland remain open and are taking steps to keep employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

LA Convention Center Undergoing Preparations For Possible Use The Los Angeles Conference Center is being prepped as a possible field hospital to make room at hospitals taking in coronavirus patients.

AP FACT CHECK Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus WASHINGTON - For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded alarm about what was coming - and already here. That sunlit trail now has hit a wall.

Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus TOKYO - Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the disease. He was 70.

Santa Ana police seek possibly armed suspect in fatal shooting The victim was a minor who was approached at El Salvador Park by the suspect and one other person who allegedly identified themselves as gang members just prior to the shooting, police said.

Coronavirus response highlights deepening partisan divide NEW YORK - In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has instituted a shutdown on a city of nearly 4 million people and threatened uncooperative business owners with power shutoffs and arrest. In Mississippi, home to nearly 3 million people, Gov.

Gang Detectives In Santa Ana Searching For Homicide Suspect Santa Ana police want the public's help in locating a homicide suspect.

Dozens more at Tennessee nursing home have virus; 2 dead An outbreak of the new coronavirus at a Tennessee nursing home has spread to dozens more of its residents and staff members, Gov. Bill Lee's office said Sunday night. A hospital said without elaborating that two of the residents have died.

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