Human welfare

People line up to buy face masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus outside Nonghyup Hanaro Mart in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 5, 2020. The number of infections of the COVID-19 disease spread around the globe. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
March 05, 2020 - 1:29 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — The global march of the new virus triggered a vigorous appeal Thursday from the World Health Organization for governments to pull out “all the stops” to slow the epidemic, as it drained color from India's spring festivities, closed Bethlehem's Nativity Church and blocked Italians...
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A migrant throws a baby in the air in Edirne near the Turkish-Greek border on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Turkey said Thursday it would deploy special forces along its land border with Greece to prevent Greek authorities from pushing back migrants trying to cross into Europe, after Turkey declared its previously guarded gateways to Europe open. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
March 05, 2020 - 12:39 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is sending elite special operations police to the border to stop Greek officers from driving back people who try to cross over to Europe, Turkish authorities said Thursday. Thousands of refugees and other asylum-seekers have tried to enter Greece from the land and sea...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, talk during a ceremony in Istanbul for the inauguration of the TurkStream pipeline. A summit meeting between the Turkish and Russian leaders scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2020, may be the last chance to work out a deal that avoids a calamity in Syria's northwest. Faced with mounting losses for his troops in Syria and a potential wave of refugees fleeing fighting in northwestern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is eager for a cease-fire and Vladimir Putin is ready to bargain. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
March 05, 2020 - 1:09 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A summit between the Turkish and Russian leaders on Thursday may be the last chance to work out a deal that avoids further calamity in Syria’s northwest. Faced with mounting losses for his troops in Syria's Idlib province and a potential wave of refugees fleeing the fighting,...
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Medical staff wearing protective suits check documents as they wait for people with suspected symptoms of the new coronavirus, at a testing facility in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The coronavirus epidemic shifted increasingly westward toward the Middle East, Europe and the United States on Tuesday, with governments taking emergency steps to ease shortages of masks and other supplies for front-line doctors and nurses. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
March 04, 2020 - 6:22 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 7:15 a.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a statewide emergency after the state's first fatality from the new coronavirus. Newsom announced the measure at a news conference Wednesday, saying it was intended to help procure...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, photo, Richard Butler poses for a portrait in an apartment that a friend is letting him and his fiance live in on Chicago's Southside. From Hawaii to Pennsylvania, states are scrambling to curb the impact of a new Trump administration rule that could cause nearly 700,000 people including Butler to lose food stamp benefits unless they meet certain work, training or school requirements. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
March 04, 2020 - 11:31 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Having food stamps offers Richard Butler a stability he’s rarely known in his 25 years. He was in state custody at age 2, spent his teen years at a Chicago boys’ home and jail for burglary, and has since struggled to find a permanent home. The $194 deposited monthly on his benefits...
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Migrants walk in Edirne, Turkey, near Turkish-Greek border on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Facing a potential wave of nearly a million people fleeing fighting in northern Syria, Turkey has thrown open its borders with Greece to thousands of refugees and other migrants trying to enter Europe, and has threatened to send "millions" more. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
March 04, 2020 - 4:32 am
KASTANIES, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities were firing tear gas and stun grenades Wednesday morning to repulse a push by migrants to cross its land border from Turkey, as pressure continued along its frontier after Turkey said its own border with Europe was open to whoever wanted to cross. The...
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Migrants walk towards to a refugee camp after they come back from the immigration inside a refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia outside of Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The government of ethnically divided Cyprus is ramping up measures to stem migrant inflows amid fears of a surge of new arrivals following Turkey's decision to open its borders to those seeking to enter Europe illegally. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
March 03, 2020 - 2:16 pm
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is seeing a surge of migrants after Turkey's president made good on a threat to stop intercepting people trying to reach Europe. Cyprus, a member of the European Union, is a mere 51 miles (83 kilometers) away from Turkey at its nearest point. Interior Minister Nicos...
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Migrants scuffle with Grek police at the port of Mytilene after locals block access to the Moria refugee camp, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Migrants and refugees hoping to enter Greece from Turkey appeared to be fanning out across a broader swathe of the roughly 200-kilometer-long land border Tuesday, maintaining pressure on the frontier after Ankara declared its borders with the European Union open. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas)
March 03, 2020 - 12:41 pm
KASTANIES, Greece (AP) — Thousands of migrants and refugees searched for ways to cross Greece's border with Turkey on Tuesday, as Athens ramped up its diplomatic efforts for help from the European Union to seal off its eastern land and sea frontiers. Turkey has made good on a threat to open its...
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Migrants arrive at the village of Skala Sikaminias, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing on a dinghy the Aegean sea from Turkey on Monday, March 2, 2020. Thousands of migrants and refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey said its borders were open to those hoping to head to Europe. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
March 03, 2020 - 3:28 am
ANKARA (AP) — Facing a wave of nearly a million people fleeing fighting in northern Syria, Turkey has thrown open its borders with Greece to thousands of refugees and other migrants trying to enter Europe, and has threatened to send “millions” more. Greece responded by closing the land border,...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2018 file photo, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, left, and Spanish Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu, right, walk in for a press conference, in Santiago, Chile. The Vatican announced Monday, March 2, 2020, that is sending Scicluna and Bertomeu, its top two sex crimes investigators, to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)
March 02, 2020 - 7:40 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is sending its top two sex crimes investigators to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission as the Catholic hierarchy in the world's second-largest Catholic country begins to reckon with decades of clergy sex abuse and cover-up. Archbishop Charles Scicluna and...
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