Humanitarian crises

In this Tuesday, April 28, 2020 photo, a man passes by an advertisement of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy Z Flip smartphone at its shop in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday, April 29, its operating profit for the first three months of 2020 rose 3.4% from a year earlier driven by increasing demands for computer chips. However, the company predicted its profit would decline in the current quarter with the coronavirus pandemic eating into global sales of smartphones, TVs and other products. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 29, 2020 - 12:04 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its operating profit for the first three months of 2020 rose 3.4% from a year earlier driven by increasing demands for computer chips. However, the company predicted its profit would decline in the current quarter with the coronavirus...
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Hundreds of cars wait in line for a food bank distribution at the Big Butler Fairgrounds on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Prospect, Pa. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank expected more than 1,500 vehicles to come to receive two 25-pound boxes of food each. (Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
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April 28, 2020 - 10:10 pm
Things were so much clearer when just about everything was locked down. Now, with states lifting their coronavirus restrictions piecemeal and according to their own, often arbitrary, timetables, Americans are facing a bewildering multitude of decisions about what they should and should not do to...
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FILE - This Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo shows an arrangement of hydroxychloroquine pills in Las Vegas.At least 13 states have obtained a total of more than 10 million doses of malaria drugs to treat COVID-19 patients despite warnings from doctors that more tests are needed before the medications that President Trump once fiercely promoted should be used to help people with the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher,File)
April 28, 2020 - 8:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican state leaders in Oklahoma and Utah are facing scrutiny for spending millions of dollars combined to purchase malaria drugs promoted by President Trump to treat COVID-19 patients that many other states obtained for free and that doctors warned shouldn't be used...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, people keep their distance as they exercise outside of a closed La Jolla beach in San Diego. From Cape Cod to California, festivals are being canceled, businesses in tourist havens are looking at empty reservation books, and people who have been cooped up through a dismal spring are worrying summer will bring just more of the same. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
April 28, 2020 - 7:24 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thelma Uranga is sprucing up her back deck in Chicago, hoping to host some small gatherings to take the place of the summer’s usual neighborhood festivals built on music, food and time with friends. “People look forward to summer because winter tends to feel like an eternity...
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Nicole Snider opens the Northern Treasure thrift store on Monday, April 27, 2020 in Roundup, Mont. The store had been closed for a month under a coronavirus directive from the state's governor. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
April 28, 2020 - 6:36 pm
ROUNDUP, Mont. (AP) — Traffic got a little busier along Main Street, but otherwise, it was hard to tell that coronavirus restrictions were ending in the tiny Montana town of Roundup. That’s because it's largely business as usual in the town of 1,800 people. Nonessential stores could reopen as a...
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People around the world are all dreaming about the same thing, the new coronavirus and the way it has upended the lives of millions around the globe. Experts say this is a unique moment and are collecting and analyzing COVID-19 dreams for study. It's also first time in human history that people around the globe are able to share their collective dreams instantaneously on social media. Illustration by Peter Hamlin.;
April 28, 2020 - 5:18 pm
For millions of people around the world dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, sleep brings no relief. The horrors of COVID-19, and the surreal and frightening ways it has upended daily life, are infecting dreams and exposing feelings of fear, loss, isolation and grief that transcend culture,...
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Taina dos Santos, third from left, attends the burial of her mother Ana Maria, a 56-year-old nursing assistant who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Dos Santos said that the situation in the Salgado Filho public hospital where her mother worked is complicated and that some health workers have to buy their own protective gear. "She gave everything to her job until the very end," said the 27-year-old daughter. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
April 28, 2020 - 5:09 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As Brazil careens toward a full-blown public health emergency and economic meltdown, President Jair Bolsonaro has managed to add a third ingredient to the toxic mix: political crisis. Even if it doesn’t speed his downfall, it will render Brazilians more vulnerable to the...
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A woman wearing a face mask and gloves walks past Nossa Senhora das Gracas cemetery during the COVID-19 pandemic in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, April 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
April 28, 2020 - 1:44 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of many of Latin America's household maids, leaving them without work or government assistance or effectively trapping them inside the homes of their employers because of government-ordered lockdowns. Millions of domestic servants...
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People walk in front of the Gate of the ancient Roman agora with the ancient Acropolis hill seen in the background in the traditional Plaka district of Athens, as lockdown measures continue to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, on Monday April 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
April 28, 2020 - 1:37 pm
PARIS (AP) — Europeans are starting to venture outside after weeks of confinement, scarred by a virus that has overwhelmed some of the world's best health care systems and killed more than 120,000 in the continent, yet yearning to rediscover signs of normalcy. Leaving lockdown looks different in...
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Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General displayed on a screen at the Environment Ministry as he delivers his speech at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Due to the coronavirus crisis, the conference will only be held digitally. (Michael Kappeler/Pool via AP)
April 28, 2020 - 11:39 am
BERLIN (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres challenged leaders Tuesday to use the coronavirus pandemic to “rebuild our world for the better” by also working together to tackle other global threats such as climate change. The outbreak has resulted in at least 200,000 deaths globally and...
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