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Coronavirus: US Congress passes $484bn economic relief bill

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (right) and other lawmakers were seen wearing masks and social distancing in the Capitol The US Congress has passed a new Covid-19 relief package totalling $484bn (£391bn), the fourth aid bill to clear Congress in response to the pandemic. The legislation, approved 388-5 by the House of Representatives, tops up a small business aid fund, while ...

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Germany to start first clinical tests on coronavirus vaccine

Germany has authorised its first clinical test of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the country’s regulatory body said Wednesday, green-lighting trials on human volunteers for an RNA vaccine developed by German firm Biontech and US giant Pfizer. “The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut… has authorised the first clinical trial of a vaccine against COVID-19 in Germany,” the regulatory body said in a statement. ...

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WHO insists it hid nothing, sounded virus alarm from start

The World Health Organization insisted Monday that it sounded the alarm on the novel coronavirus right from the very start and had hidden nothing from Washington about the deadly pandemic. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there were no secrets at the UN agency after being blasted by the United States for allegedly downplaying the initial COVID-19 outbreak in China.“We ...

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Trump says immigration suspension to last 60 days

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was suspending immigration for green card seekers for 60 days, arguing the controversial move would help Americans find work again after coronavirus caused a surge in unemployment. Trump told reporters at the White House the suspension would come into force through an executive order that he would likely sign on Wednesday as he offered ...

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WHO chief: Worst of coronavirus pandemic still ahead

The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Monday that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is still ahead. “Trust us. The worst is yet ahead of us,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a briefing.“Let’s prevent this tragedy. It’s a virus that many people still don’t understand.” The pandemic globally had infected nearly 2.5 million people and ...

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Kim Jong Un was in critical condition after surgery, US official says

The US is seeking details about Kim Jong Un’s health after receiving information that the North Korean leader was in critical condition after undergoing cardiovascular surgery last week, US officials said. The Trump administration wasn’t sure of Kim’s current condition, said the officials, who asked not to be identified. One of the officials said the White House was told that ...

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Trump temporarily suspending immigration

President Donald Trump on Monday said he would temporarily suspend immigration into the US because of the coronavirus outbreak. “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” Trump tweeted. He ...

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Muslims try to keep Ramadan spirit amid virus restrictions

Photo : In this file photo, people attend evening prayers while maintaining a level of social distancing to help avoid the spread of the coronavirus, at a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan. Every year during Ramadan, the Light of Muhammad Mosque sets up long tables on the street and dishes up free meals at sunset for the poor to break their ...

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18 killed in Canada’s worst mass shooting

A tribute is displayed Monday, April 20, 2020, at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police headquarters in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, following a weekend shooting rampage by a gunman, disguised as a police officer, that killed multiple people including an RCMP constable.   A gunman, disguised as a police officer, killed at least 18 people and burned homes in rural communities in ...

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Trump calls social distancing protesters “great people”

US President Donald Trump on Sunday called people who are protesting their governors’ social distancing measures “great people.” Trump said this despite the fact the states are following recommendations of federal health officials to institute the distancing guidelines. In recent days Trump has encouraged governors to relax those guidelines as soon as they feel it’s safe to do so.Trump was ...

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