Pope Francis marked Palm Sunday at St. Peter's Basilica with an audience of two dozen people. (Reuters)

With Holy Week hushed by a pandemic, the pope does social distancing his own way

Vatican insiders say Pope Francis has curbed his interactions but is also trying to appear present, and not self-concerned, during a dark period for the world.

As borders harden during pandemic, some countries look to keep their food

Food protectionism has led to catastrophe before. The United Nations worries that it could happen again.
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The coronavirus death toll in the United States continues to rise rapidly, especially New York. But there are signs in some places that new infections may be leveling off.
After two months of confinement, Lydia Chen emerges to a new reality and some of the same fears.
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For China's few independent-minded outlets, aggressive coronavirus coverage could come at a price.
In the United States, signs of optimism that the virus's spread was flattening contrasted with rising death tolls, opposing messages about social-distancing orders, and political frustration.
Yemen’s health system, devastated by more than five years of civil war, would be overwhelmed by the spread of the virus, aid workers say.
A new report charges that Syria used chemical weapons after claiming it gave up its stockpile.
Britain hasn’t seen such a surge of volunteers since World War II.
Months after he died, people are still writing to Li Wenliang’s social media account.
In some places, health care workers get ovations. In others, they’re kicked off buses, evicted from homes, doused with chlorine.
The prisoners freed Wednesday were chosen “based on their health condition, age and length of remaining sentence,” and did not include 15 senior fighters whose release the Taliban had demanded.
Fed up with relying on Chinese imports and donations, a governor decided to produce her own.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.
Most of those executed come from the kingdom’s Shiite Muslim minority.
Chinese companies are reopening with tight rules for preventing second-wave coronavirus infections.
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The pandemic calls some of the signature initiatives of Trump’s "American First" foreign policy into question.
Ren Zhiqiang, who disappeared a month ago, had assailed the Communist Party’s ‘crisis of governance’ and its inflexible culture.
Since the coronavirus outbreak began in China, new cases have been confirmed in more than 100 countries, with thousands of cases reported in South Korea, Italy and Iran and hundreds in the United States.
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A report by aid group Oxfam says that around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic unless richer countries help them
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In another sign that wild animals are roaming more freely during the coronavirus lockdown for humans, a maritime patrol has filmed remarkable images of whales powering through Mediterranean waters off the coast of southern France
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The typically frenetic streets of Iran’s capital, Tehran, have fallen silent and empty due to the new coronavirus outbreak that’s gripped the Islamic Republic
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Shares have risen in Europe and Asia after a 3.4% overnight rally on Wall Street
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More than half of the Thai Muslims returning home from a mass religious gathering in Indonesia were infected with the coronavirus
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