Texas oil producer struggles as prices collapse amid oil glut | AFP

An oil producer in West Texas has suffered significant losses as prices collapse amid an oil glut resulting from the pandemic-induced economic slowdown in the United States.

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Icelandic designer makes ‘scary’ masks to encourage distancing | AFP

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic the effectiveness of masks has been under debate, but Icelandic designer Yrurari’s knitted face coverings aren’t so much to stop airborne droplets as to keep people at a distance by displaying scary tongues or fangs. The knitwear designer, real name Yr Johannsdottir, was inspired by the television and films she watched during self-confinement in the Icelandic capital in March and April. Textile museums in the United States and the Netherlands have already expressed interest in adding Johannsdottir’s masks to their collections as a reminder of the pandemic era.

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AP Debrief: Virus concern among White House staff

Around the White House, reporters say there’s a growing feeling of concern that the coronavirus may be creeping closer to the people the President of the United States is in close contact with. (May 11)

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Coronavirus death toll passes 275,000 worldwide: AFP tally | AFP

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 275,000 people worldwide since it began in China late last year, with more than 85 percent of fatalities in Europe and the United States, according to an AFP tally compiled from official figures at 1615 GMT on Saturday. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Coronavirus deaths top 270,000 worldwide: AFP tally | AFP

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 270,000 people worldwide since it began in China late last year, with more than 85 percent of fatalities in Europe and the United States, according to an AFP tally compiled from official figures at 1615 GMT on Friday. IMAGES

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London’s Trafalgar Square near-empty for silence to mark VE Day | AFP

A small number of people gather in Trafalgar Square for a two-minute silence to commemorate VE Day in London. Europe and the United States mark 75 years since the end of World War II on Friday in a sombre mood as the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of elaborate ceremonies even as Berlin declares an exceptional holiday for the first time. IMAGES

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Red Arrows flypast to mark VE Day in London | AFP

Red Arrows flypast to mark VE Day outside Horse Guards Parade in London. Europe and the United States mark 75 years since the end of World War II on Friday in a sombre mood as the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of elaborate ceremonies even as Berlin declares an exceptional holiday for the first time. IMAGES

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Fighting COVID & Atomic Atolls | VICE on SHOWTIME

Correspondent Gianna Toboni follows front line healthcare workers as they take on the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis; Ben Anderson explores the nuclear legacy of the United States’ atomic weapons testing in the Marshall Islands and the negative impacts on its people.

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US: National Guard and dairy farmers donate excess milk in Boston | AFP

The National Guard and dairy farmers donate excess milk outside Boston College High School amid a slowdown on the dairy market in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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Asian giant hornets spotted for first time in US | AFP

The deadly Asian giant hornet, known as the “murder hornet” has been spotted for the first time in the United States, prompting fears it could decimate the honeybee population and creating a buzz on social media.

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Pompeo says US to use ‘every tool’ to free Americans in Venezuela | AFP

The United States will use all options to free two Americans said to be detained in a failed mercenary attack in Venezuela, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “If the Maduro regime decides to hold them, we will use every tool that we have available to try to get them back,” Pompeo tells reporters. SOUNDBITE

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Isolation helps Hawaii keep coronavirus cases low

Hawaii has among the lowest coronavirus infection and mortality rates in the United States. Since March, the state has required a two-week quarantine for everyone arriving on the islands. (May 4)

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Many enjoy the sunshine in New York parks

People across the United States took advantage of gorgeous spring weather Saturday and ventured outside to soak up the sun, after weeks cooped up indoors because of the coronavirus lockdown. (May 2)

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End of lockdown β€” how are countries adjusting? | AFP

In the United States, Georgia is taking its chances and has allowed non-essential businesses to reopen, one of the first states in the country to do so. In Norway schools are open and adapting to the new reality and in New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has claimed the country has won a significant victory against the spread of the coronavirus while beginning a phased exit from lockdown. In Europe, countries are taking the first tentative steps towards normalcy.

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ONLY ON AP Cuban ambassador on US embassy attack

ONLY ON AP Cuba’s ambassador to the United States has strongly condemed an attack on the country’s embassy in Washington. Ambassador Jose Cabanas called on the State Department to assist the investigation in an interview with the Associated Press. (May 1).

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Trump hoping US deaths stay below 100,000

President Donald Trump says he’s hoping that the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States will be below 100,000. (May 1)

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Indian mobile virus testing van hits Delhi streets | AFP

People queue up to receive coronavirus swab tests at a mobile Covid-19 testing van in New Delhi on Wednesday. India’s confirmed coronavirus death toll passed 1,000 on Wednesday following its highest daily increase, but numbers remain relatively low compared with Europe and the United States.

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“The experts got it wrong”, says Trump as US reports 1m coronavirus cases | AFP

US President Donald Trump says “many, very good experts … said that this would never affect the United States” and “got it wrong,” as he was asked for a response by a reporter to the United States passing the one-million-case mark.

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Patients undergo coronavirus antibody testing

Coronavirus antibody tests have become widely available across the United States, but the effectiveness and reliability of such tests remain in question. They can be used to determine if someone has been exposed to the coronavirus and developed antibodies against it, which could indicate some immunity. (April 28).

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More than 3 million detected coronavirus cases globally: AFP tally | AFP

More than three million cases of coronavirus have been officially registered across the world, with nearly 80 percent in Europe and the United States, according to a tally by AFP at 2050 GMT Monday using official figures. ANIMATED VIDEO

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Pet adoptions, fosters skyrocket in US amid coronavirus pandemic | AFP

Animals shelters across the United States are emptying out thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, as people confined to their homes are adopting or fostering animals in droves.

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Number of global coronavirus deaths passes 200,000: AFP tally | AFP

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 200,000 deaths worldwide, nearly 90 percent of which were in Europe or the United States, according to an AFP tally at 1900 GMT on Saturday based on official figures. ANIMATED VIDEO

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South Dakota’s Native Americans fear coronavirus devastation | AFP

Anxiety is high among the Sioux of South Dakota’s Indian reservations as they face the coronavirus threat. The community is among the poorest in the United States and struggles with limited access to health care.

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