The Zaandam cruise ship sails toward the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean, as seen from Panama City. (Bienvenido Velasco/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
The Zaandam cruise ship sails toward the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean, as seen from Panama City. (Bienvenido Velasco/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Cruise ship with sick passengers and four dead on board crosses Panama Canal, aims for Florida

Holland America Line's Zaandam is making progress toward land — but it's still unclear where and when passengers will be allowed to leave the ship.

Hungary’s ‘coronavirus bill’ hands Orban unchecked power

The emergency measure passed by the Hungarian parliament gives the country's populist prime minister, Viktor Orban, the power to govern unchallenged for as long as he sees fit.

As Russian coronavirus cases rise, Putin delegates tough action to Moscow mayor

Sergei Sobyanin has become the face of Russia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, imposing a strict quarantine on the capital Monday.
Months into the novel coronavirus outbreak, world leaders are pushing their responses to the pandemic to the brink, with hospital ships arriving in New York City, an unprecedented state of emergency declared in Hungary, and Japan telling its citizens to avoid a third of the world.
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The new pandemic powers won by Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán may be a fatal blow for the country's immunocompromised democratic system.
Unauthorized crossings have dropped steeply in recent days as U.S. implements rapid deportation model due to emergency measures.
Sen. Richard Burr’s sell-off has drawn criticism, and now scrutiny from law enforcement and regulators.
The country is taking an unorthodox approach to the pandemic, but officials acknowledge the real number of cases is much higher than reported.
U.S.-backed Kurdish forces said they were battling to bring the prison in Hasakah under control.
The heist was the latest in a long line of Van Gogh thefts in the Netherlands.
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They will officially step down as working members of the British royal family.
Refugees International questioned the effectiveness of border closures in preventing the spread of the disease.
The Games were originally scheduled to begin on July 24, 2020, but were postponed becaue of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The reality is that neither side has acquitted itself well so far during the crisis.
It took a month for the United States to record its first 1,000 coronavirus-related fatalities. The next 1,000 took just two days.
A spokeswoman for the couple said they hadn’t asked.
Surveys show Canadians favor expanding access to medical assistance in dying. The Trudeau government has introduced legislation that would overhaul the process.
Imported to the region by those who can afford to travel and study abroad, covid-19 threatens those who can least afford care and treatment — or a day off.
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