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Europe, U.S. reel as virus infections surge at record pace

Fears rose Thursday that Europe is running out of time to control a resurgence of the coronavirus, as infections hit record daily highs in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and Poland. France slapped a 9 p.m. curfew on many of its biggest cities and Londoners faced new travel restrictions as governments imposed increasingly tough measures.

Cybercrime money-launders busted by European police, FBI

European and American officials said Thursday that they have arrested 20 people in several countries for allegedly belonging to an international ring that laundered millions of euros stolen by cybercriminals through malware schemes.

Italy imposes mask mandate outside and in as virus rebounds

Italy imposed a nationwide outdoor mask mandate Wednesday with fines of up to 1,000 euros ($1,163) for violators, as the European country where COVID-19 first hit hard scrambles to keep rebounding infections from spiraling out of control.

Belgium busts big cocaine ring that relied on corrupt police

Authorities in Belgium and another three countries have dismantled a criminal drug trafficking network that allegedly relied on corrupt police officers to ship hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Western Europe, officials said Thursday.

Migrants trying to reach Europe pushed to deadly Atlantic

The only person who wasn’t crying on the boat was 2-year-old Noura. Noura’s mother, Hawa Diabaté, was fleeing her native Ivory Coast to what she believed was continental Europe. Unlike the 60 adults on board, only Noura was oblivious to the risks of crossing the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean in an overcrowded rubber dinghy.

Cheers and fears: Kids yearn for class, teachers are uneasy

In a world turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, rarely have so many kids relished the end of their summer vacations — and rarely have so many teachers faced such anxiety as school bells ring in a new year across much of Europe starting Tuesday.

Virus flareups in Europe lead to club closings, mask orders

New flareups of COVID-19 are disrupting the peak summer vacation season across much of Europe, where authorities in some countries are reimposing restrictions on travelers, closing nightclubs again, banning fireworks displays and expanding mask orders even in chic resort areas.

Stats: England had Europe’s highest extra deaths in pandemic

England suffered a more widespread coronavirus outbreak than its European neighbors and had the highest level of excess deaths during the pandemic, according to an analysis of more than 20 countries released Thursday by the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics.

‘Second wave’ virus fears strike blow to tourism industry

Concerns over a “second wave” of coronavirus infections brought on by returning vacationers are wreaking havoc across Europe's tourism industry, particularly in Spain, following Britain's effective ban on travel to the country.

Criticism of U.S. pullout from WHO from allies, China alike

Germany’s health minister on Wednesday lamented the formal U.S. notification of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization as a “setback for international cooperation” and said Europe would work to reform the U.N. health agency.

European travel in the distance for those coming from the U.S.

Ashley Talarico had been planning her Aug. 31 trip to Italy for a long time. Pat Talarico is Ashley’s father-in-law, and his family is from the southern Italian village of Positano. Other than a trip Pat took as a young boy that he only remembers from stories and pictures, he has not visited.

U.S. citizens likely to be left out as Europe reopens borders

Americans are unlikely to be allowed into more than 30 European countries for business or tourism when the continent begins next week to open its borders to the world, due to the spread of the coronavirus and President Donald Trump’s ban on European visitors.

Study ties blood type to COVID-19 risk; O may help, A hurt

A genetic analysis of COVID-19 patients suggests that blood type might influence whether someone develops severe disease. Scientists who compared the genes of thousands of patients in Europe found that those who had Type A blood were more likely to have severe disease while those with Type O were less likely.