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Europe's rights body fears virus measures hurting democracy

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe’s leading human rights body warned Tuesday that threats to democratic rights and personal freedoms have worsened during the pandemic, with some governments using health restrictions as a pretext to advance undemocratic po
States push jobless from virus recession to return to work

States push jobless from virus recession to return to work

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Eduardo Rovetto is hoping the state of Vermont's reinstated requirement that people who are collecting unemployment benefits must seek work to qualify will help him hire enough staff for his restaurant in the resort town of Stowe.
NIH vaccine designer takes coronavirus research to Harvard

NIH vaccine designer takes coronavirus research to Harvard

The U.S. government scientist who helped design one of the first COVID-19 vaccines and then tackled skepticism of the shots in communities of color is moving to Harvard in June.

Wisconsin GOP leader cites bogus COVID info to nix request

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EXPLAINER: Why Broadway is waiting until fall to reopen

EXPLAINER: Why Broadway is waiting until fall to reopen

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway shows are tripping over themselves to announce that tickets are once more available. But don't get dressed up just yet: The curtains won't rise for most until September or October.

Slovakia halts use of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia has halted use of the two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.
Clock is ticking for EU vaccine certificates as summer looms

Clock is ticking for EU vaccine certificates as summer looms

BRUSSELS (AP) — As strict lockdowns are loosened across Europe and many EU citizens dream about holidays in the sun, the 27-nation bloc has yet to agree on how to quickly implement a virus certificate scheme to boost summer travel and tourism.
Greek islands to get accelerated vaccination program

Greek islands to get accelerated vaccination program

NAXOS, Greece (AP) — A vaccination program for Greek islands is being accelerated to cover all local residents by the end of June, the government announced Tuesday ahead of the launch of the tourism season.
New Brunswick reports two new cases of COVID-19, entire province at yellow level

New Brunswick reports two new cases of COVID-19, entire province at yellow level

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today, as part of the province's northwest moves to the yellow pandemic-alert level.
Belgium relaxes lockdown measures as COVID-19 numbers drop

Belgium relaxes lockdown measures as COVID-19 numbers drop

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian government said Tuesday it will further relax its coronavirus lockdown as of next month and hopes to fully reopen the nation from Sept. 1.