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Navy Boss Resigns Amid Uproar Over Firing of Virus Whistleblower

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, bringing to a climax an extraordinary drama that he advanced by delivering a profanity-laced upbraiding of the officer he fired as captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt.

China’s Virus Pandemic Epicenter Wuhan Ends 76-Day Lockdown

WUHAN, China (AP) — After 11 weeks of lockdown, people went outdoors and by the thousands boarded the first trains and planes leaving Wuhan as the last restrictions on movement were lifted Wednesday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began.

Trump Blasts World Health Group, Defends Early Virus Steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to freeze U.S. funding to the World Health Organization, saying the international group had “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic.

Europe, U.S. Slowly Adopting Mask-Wearing Against COVID-19

BERLIN (Xinhua) — Face masks, in either Europe or the United States, had never hit so many headlines as they do now.

Russia Warns Against U.S. Plan to Seize Territories in Other Planets

MOSCOW (TASS) — Attempts to seize the territories of other planets are harmful to international cooperation, Deputy Director General of Roscosmos for International Cooperation Sergey Saveliev said on Tuesday.

US Navy Leader Calls Virus Carrier Whistleblower ‘Stupid’

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary broadside punctuated with profanity, the Navy’s top leader accused the fired commander of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt of being “too naive or too stupid” to be in charge of an aircraft carrier. He delivered the criticism to sailors who had cheered the departing skipper last week.

Japan to Consider Including Sex Workers for Virus Compensation

TOKYO (Kyodo) —The Japanese government will consider making bar hostesses and sex workers also eligible to receive compensation for parents unable to work due to school closures in the wake of the spread of the new coronavirus, a senior official said Monday.

UK Leader Boris Johnson Moved to ICU for Coronavirus

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms dramatically worsened Monday, just a day after he was admitted for what were said to be routine tests.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Hospitalized With Virus

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital Sunday for tests, his office said, because he is still suffering symptoms, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

U.S. ‘Wasted’ Months Before Preparing for Virus Pandemic

A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies largely waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers.

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