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At least 16 killed in Canada’s worst-ever shooting rampage

A gunman who drove a mock-up police car killed at least 16 people in an Atlantic Canada shooting rampage, federal police said Sunday, the worst case of its kind in Canadian history. The shooter, identified as Gabriel Wortman, 51, was shot dead by officers after a 12-hour manhunt in Nova Scotia province ended Sunday morning. Among the victims was a ...

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Chinese mainland reports 16 new coronavirus cases

China on Sunday reported 16 new confirmed coronavirus cases, nine of them imported. The other seven new cases were domestically transmitted, the National Health Commission said in a daily report, noting that six cases were reported in Heilongjiang Province and one in Guangdong Province. No death was reported Saturday on the mainland. Two new suspected cases, one domestic case in ...

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Spain to extend coronavirus lockdown through May 9

Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is to extend its nationwide lockdown until May 9, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Saturday. Restrictions on movements would be loosened slightly however to allow children time outside from April 27, he added, AFP reported. Spain, which has been under lockdown since March 14, has recorded 20,639 deaths from ...

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Social distancing rules should be same for Ramadan, Easter: Trump

President Donald Trump said Saturday he hopes US Muslims will be held to the same social distancing standards during Ramadan as Christians at Easter, when a number of faithful chafed against coronavirus-related restrictions on large gatherings. The US president made the comments after being asked to defend a retweet of a conservative commentator who seemed to question whether Muslims would ...

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WB to launch COVID-19 emergency programs in over 100 countries

Photo : World Bank Group President David Malpass speaks at a virtual press conference, in Washington D.C., the United States. The World Bank Group (WBG) is expected to launch health emergency programs in over 100 countries by the end of April to support the fight against COVID-19, with 64 already in operation, President David Malpass said Friday. “In response to ...

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Coronavirus: Japan declares nationwide state of emergency

A nationwide state of emergency has been declared in Japan due to the country’s worsening coronavirus outbreak. The move allows regional governments to urge people to stay inside, but without punitive measures or legal force. The state of emergency will remain in force until 6 May.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had previously declared a month-long state of emergency in seven ...

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New York governor extends shutdown to May 15

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the state’s shutdown order Thursday until May 15, citing data showing conditions were improving but insisting on the need to maintain vigilance, reports AFP. The governor pointed to falling rates of hospitalization and patients admitted to intensive care, but said infection rates would have to decrease significantly before the economy could begin re-opening. The ...

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China’s Wuhan raises COVID-19 death toll by 1,290, up 50%

China’s coronavirus ground-zero city of Wuhan on Friday abruptly raised its death toll by 50 percent to a total of 3,869, admitting that many cases were “mistakenly reported” or missed entirely. The adjustment, detailed in a social media posting by the city government, adds 1,290 deaths to the tally in Wuhan, where the global pandemic emerged and which has suffered ...

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WHO regrets US decision to halt funding

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said it regretted the US decision to halt funding. At a virtual press conference from Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that WHO is reviewing the impact of any withdrawal of U.S. funding and will work with its partners to fill any financial gaps to ensure the work continues uninterrupted. “Our commitment ...

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US to halt funding to WHO over coronavirus

US President Donald Trump has said he has instructed his administration to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). He said the WHO had “failed in its basic duty” in its response to the coronavirus outbreak. He accused the UN body of mismanaging and covering up the spread of the virus after it emerged in China, and said it ...

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