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Report: Italy's mobsters well-poised to exploit pandemic aid

ROME (AP) — Italy’s organized crime investigators raised alarm Wednesday that the nation’s mobsters are well-positioned to exploit pandemic recovery projects worth billions of euros and, awash in drug...

Hungary rolls out China's Sinopharm jab amid lagging trust

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Doctors in Hungary on Wednesday began administering a COVID-19 vaccine developed in China, making the country the first European Union nation to use a Chinese jab as officials...

Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in 'equity' push

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to distribute millions of face masks to Americans in communities hard-hit by the coronavirus, as part of his efforts to ensure “equity” in the government's ...

States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Not waiting for more federal help, states have been approving their own coronavirus aid packages, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help residents and business owners d...

Ukraine: Health workers welcome COVID-19 vaccination drive

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine launched a COVID-19 vaccination campaign Wednesday in hopes of halting the spread of the coronavirus that has put a significant strain on the country's teetering health ca...

Russia hosts new Kyrgyzstan leader on his 1st foreign trip

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted the newly elected president of Kyrgyzstan, voicing hope for political stability in the Central Asian nation that recently saw a viole...

New home sales jump 4.3% in January

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Demand for new homes in the U.S. surged 4.3% in January as the housing market remains one of the strongest segments of the economy. Last month's increase pu...

Six Nations says new testing clears France to host Scotland

PARIS (AP) — France's rugby match against Scotland in the Six Nations will go ahead as scheduled after another round of coronavirus tests showed no positive cases in the squad, organizers said Wednesd...

A shot in the arm: EU vaccine program struggles to speed up

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two months after its first vaccine shots, the European Union is still struggling to get its COVID-19 inoculation drive up to speed. EU leaders are meeting Thursday to jump-start the pr...

Taiwan's requirement to wear masks during large-scale assemblies to continue

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The requirement for people to wear masks during large-scale assemblies will continue after Feb. 28, when the requirement was originally set to expire, the Central Epidemic...

Philippines to probe use of illegal COVID-19 vaccines

The Philippines health ministry said on Wednesday it will investigate the illegal use of unauthorized COVID-19 vaccines, after a presidential advisor admitted to receiving shots of a Sinopharm vaccine...

School voucher push taps frustration over distance learning

ATLANTA (AP) — With her children struggling in many classes last spring, Kelli Rivera became so frustrated with how her suburban Atlanta district was handling the coronavirus pandemic that she withdre...

Japanese officials punished in scandal linked to PM's son

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s communications ministry punished 11 senior officials on Wednesday for accepting lavish dinners paid for by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s eldest son and his fellow executives at ...

Malaysia launches COVID-19 vaccination drive as PM gets first shot

Malaysia on Wednesday (Feb. 24) launched its COVID-19 inoculation program, which authorities hope will rein in a spike in infections and help revive an economy that recorded its worst slump in over tw...

Biden to order a review of US supply chains for vital goods

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is preparing to sign an executive order to review U.S. supply chains for large-capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors that powe...