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.

The silver lining to lockdowns: Air quality is improving

There's a benefit to the stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus crisis, environmental researchers say.
The trauma of the pandemic left Italian comic illustrator Milo Manara unable to work. Then he found his inspiration: A cop, a cashier, a doctor and other women on the job during the coronavirus fight.
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.
Stories from four continents: Toronto, Tbilisi, Sao Paulo and Sydney.
Covid-19 will affect carriers of HIV and tuberculosis disproportionately, and border closures and crowded hospitals may make getting treatment harder.
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.
Food protectionism has led to catastrophe before. The U.N. fears it could again.
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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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A top U.S. military leader says the Navy aircraft carrier sidelined in the Pacific with more than 400 crew members infected with coronavirus is unlikely to be the only deployed ship affected by the outbreak
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African officials are pushing back against the global jostling to obtain medical equipment to combat the coronavirus
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Residents of Wuhan are cautiously returning to shopping and strolling in the streets of the city where the coronavirus pandemic began
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A cease-fire proposed by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen has gone into effect, potentially paving the way for an end to the more than 5-year-old conflict
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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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