World
April 8

Tunisia strengthens virus restrictions ahead of Ramadan

Tunisia is extending its nighttime curfew by three hours and tightening other restrictions ahead of Ramadan following an uptick of COVID-19 infections.
Business
April 8

UK infections drop about 60% amid vaccinations, lockdown

The U.K.'s COVID-19 vaccination program is beginning to break the link between infection and serious illness or death, according to the latest results from an ongoing study of the pandemic in England.
World
April 8

Senior Polish judge deletes tweet about transgender child

A Polish top court judge on Thursday deleted a tweet in which she had publicized personal information about a transgender child, triggering accusations that she had placed it in danger.
World
April 8

Analysis: Attack on Iran ship off Yemen escalates shadow war

An attack this week on an Iranian cargo ship that is said to serve as a floating base for Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces off the coast of Yemen has escalated a yearslong shadow war in Mideast waters. The development comes just as world powers are negotiating over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal.
World
April 8

Spain's Sánchez tries to contain migration with Africa visit

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is on a mini-tour to two African nations that are key in the European country's new push to bolster ties with the neighboring continent and mitigate the migration flows that many fear could increase as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
Business
April 8

Australia halts AstraZeneca vaccine for most people under 50

Australia on Thursday become the latest country to restrict use of the AstraZeneca vaccine by recommending that it not be given to people under age 50.
World
April 8

Myanmar ambassador to UK says he is locked out of embassy

Myanmar's ambassador to the United Kingdom, who has criticized the military coup in his country, says he has been locked out of his London office by colleagues.
World
April 8

Dutch police detain man in plot to attack vaccination center

Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of plotting a crime with "terrorist intent" for allegedly planning to set off what they described as a "firework bomb" at a coronavirus vaccination center, prosecutors said Thursday.
Business
April 8

Asia Today: Modi gets 2nd vaccine dose as India hits record

India's prime minister received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the country hit another peak Thursday with 126,789 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
Business
April 8

Holocaust survivors use social media to fight anti-Semitism

Alarmed by a rise in online anti-Semitism during the pandemic, coupled with studies indicating younger generations lack even basic knowledge of the Nazi genocide, Holocaust survivors are taking to social media to share their experiences of how hate speech paved the way for mass murder.
World
April 8

UK offers $59 million to help Hong Kong migrants settle down

The British government said Thursday it is setting up a 43 million pound ($59 million) fund to help migrants from Hong Kong settle in the country as they escape increasing political repression in the former colony.
World
April 8

Iran sets coronavirus infection record for 3rd straight day

Iran hit a new coronavirus infection record on Thursday for the third straight day, reporting 22,586 new cases as the country grapples with a severe spike following the Persian New Year holiday.
Sports
April 8

French Open postponed by 1 week because of pandemic

For the second year in a row, the traditional French Open schedule is being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
World
April 8

Chartered flight from Macao carries stranded passengers home

About 50 people of various nationalities boarded a chartered flight from Macao to Malaysia on Thursday after many were stranded for months by the pandemic and border restrictions.
World
April 8

South Korea's opposition party wins 2 key local elections

South Korea's conservative opposition party has won sweeping victories in mayoral by-elections in the country's two biggest cities, a blow to President Moon Jae-in ahead of next year's presidential vote.
World
April 8

Struggling Bosnia sees infection surge in migrants, refugees

Bosnia is seeing a rise in coronavirus infections among migrants and refugees living in its camps, as it struggles to cope with one of the Balkans' highest COVID-19 death and infection rates among the general population.
World
April 8

Suspect arrested over Easter linked to French church plot

French anti-terrorism investigators said Thursday that an 18-year-old woman arrested over the Easter weekend was suspected of planning an attack on a church.
World
April 8

Cambodia's Angkor site shut for 2 weeks to curb coronavirus

Cambodia is shutting its most popular tourist destination, the centuries-old Angkor temple complex, to visitors for two weeks to help curb the country's coronavirus outbreak.
World
April 8

Poor rains bring optimism African locust outbreak will fade

In a convoy of pickup trucks fitted with spray guns, soldiers zoom through Baraka' s hills leaving a trail of dust and bemused villagers in its wake.
Business
April 8

German factory orders up for 2nd straight month in February

Factory orders in Germany, an important indicator for Europe's biggest economy, rose for the second consecutive month in February, official figures showed Thursday.