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Coronavirus outbreak: Risk to Jobs Now ‘Unprecedented Since the Great Depression’

April 4, 2020 11:03:36 pm

Rising unemployment will intensify pressure on governments and central banks to speed delivery of programs to either compensate workers who are made redundant, or try to persuade employers to hoard staff until the virus fades.

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Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeup

April 4, 2020 10:14:58 am

Biden's comments came in response to a question during a virtual fundraiser about whether he'd be willing to release his full proposed Cabinet at the same time he announces his vice presidential pick.

Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint

Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint

April 4, 2020 9:20:29 am

Michael Atkinson was the first to inform Congress about an anonymous whistleblower complaint last year that described Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden and his son.

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Coronavirus claims more Spanish lives, but death rate slows

April 3, 2020 7:16:08 pm

Adding to the world's worst death toll from the disease after European neighbour Italy, 932 people died in 24 hours, bringing the total to 10,935, the Health Ministry said. It was the first time in over a week that the figure fell from the previous day.

As Japan coronavirus cases rise, Tokyo nudges PM Abe to declare state of emergency

April 3, 2020 4:52:51 pm

Amid growing clamour for tighter curbs on people's movements to stem a rising tide of infections, the government has so far been reluctant to pull the trigger, warning of the heavy damage that could ensue in the world's third-biggest economy, already close to recession.

UNGA adopts resolution calling for global solidarity, cooperation to fight COVID-19

UNGA adopts resolution calling for global solidarity, cooperation to fight COVID-19

April 3, 2020 4:25:26 pm

The UN Security Council is yet to discuss the coronavirus outbreak, even as the total number of coronavirus cases across the world crossed one million.

Israel arrests Palestinian official in east Jerusalem

Israel arrests Palestinian official in east Jerusalem

April 3, 2020 2:26:02 pm

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally.

Pak court’s verdict in Daniel Pearl murder case ‘affront’ to victims of terror: US

April 3, 2020 2:03:54 pm

Pearl, the 38-year-old South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, was abducted and beheaded while he was in Pakistan investigating a story on the alleged links between the country''s powerful spy agency ISI and al-Qaeda.

100,000 tourists stuck in New Zealand to leave as rules ease

100,000 tourists stuck in New Zealand to leave as rules ease

April 3, 2020 1:48:01 pm

The domestic flight ban prevented tourists from reaching the country's main hub of Auckland Airport to catch international flights home.

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US and Europe: How do the coronavirus outbreak patterns compare?

April 3, 2020 10:03:19 am

The continued quick growth of cases and deaths in Western Europe, even as the death toll nears 30,000, is consistent with statistical models suggesting that the United States is still weeks from its peak.

What New York looked like during 1918 Flu pandemic

April 2, 2020 11:20:48 pm

The illness spread, racing through crowded neighborhoods and tenements. The numbers rose slowly at first, then soared as if swept in on a huge wave — a pattern eerily familiar 102 years later.

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How will Joe Biden choose a running mate? Look to the Obama model

April 2, 2020 9:17:31 pm

His allies remain enthusiastic about Biden’s promise of a female vice-presidential candidate, despite growing Democratic fixation on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York as he commands loyal audiences for his daily briefings on the coronavirus.

Russian plane lands in US with medical supplies to combat coronavirus

April 2, 2020 6:40:26 pm

"MoD cargo aircraft Ruslan AN-124-100 arrived in Flag of United States NY JFK airport with 60 tons of medical equipment, ventilators, masks & other protection gear to assist in fighting real common adversary- COVID19," the Russian mission to NATO said in the tweet.

A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount

April 2, 2020 6:32:49 pm

The surging layoffs have led many economists to envision as many as 20 million lost jobs by the end of April.

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Indian-origin Singaporean jailed for shouting ‘corona, corona’, spitting on hotel floor

April 2, 2020 6:24:07 pm

Singh smashed a plate and spat onto the floor of the Restaurant after a waitress told him that the eatery was closed. Still unhappy, Singh spat onto the floor two more times and yelled: "Corona, corona."

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Trump’s contradictory views on China shift as crisis grows

April 2, 2020 5:36:58 pm

The diverging messages have generated finger-pointing by both Beijing and Washington that is further destabilizing a critical relationship between countries with the two largest economies and militaries.

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Extremists see global chaos from coronavirus as an opportunity

April 2, 2020 5:12:27 pm

Messages from the Islamic extremist groups show concern about the virus mixed with bravado, asserting that it is punishment for non-Muslims while also urging followers to repent and take care of themselves.

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‘Shoot them dead’: Philippines’ Duterte says won’t tolerate lockdown violators

April 2, 2020 2:33:50 pm

"My orders to the police and military ... if there is trouble and there's an occasion that they fight back and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead. Is that understood? Dead. Instead of causing trouble, I will bury you."

One of Europe’s most polluted towns stages a noisy revolt

April 2, 2020 12:11:48 pm

Many of the citizens of Fos-sur-Mer have banded together to file a criminal complaint accusing the steel, oil and petrochemical companies in the region of putting their lives at risk. It is a first in France: Hundreds of citizens taking on an entire region’s industry in court and threatening criminal sanctions.

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Halting China’s economy was hard. Restarting it is harder

April 2, 2020 11:37:32 am

China’s difficulties could hold lessons for other countries looking for answers to the outbreak. Looking for a way to slow the virus without sinking the economy, the United States on Wednesday blocked travelers from Europe, and President Trump has said he wants to get consumers spending more.