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Two more weeks of lockdown as Spain's coronavirus crisis worsens

Thursday 26 March 2020 09:49 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Spain's coronavirus lockdown was extended on Thursday to last until at least April 12 as Europe's second-worst hit country struggled to tackle a fast increase in the death toll.
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Iran starts intercity travel ban amid fears of surge of coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 09:54 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Iran has started an intercity travel ban, an Iranian official said in a televised news conference on Thursday, a day after Iran's government spokesman warned the country might face a surge of cases in the coronavirus pandemic.
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Go now: Australia tells cruise ships to leave as coronavirus cases rise

Thursday 26 March 2020 09:56 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Australia ordered two cruise ships to leave its waters on Thursday, after a liner that docked in Sydney Harbour last week became the primary source of infection in the country's coronavirus outbreak.
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China will continue to support global coronavirus fight, Xi tells WHO

Thursday 26 March 2020 10:03 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
China's control of the coronavirus outbreak continues to improve and the country will keep offering anti-epidemic support globally to the best of its ability, state media cited President Xi Jinping as saying in a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday.
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China's Shanghai orders all incoming travellers to undergo 14-day quarantine

Thursday 26 March 2020 10:03 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The eastern Chinese city of Shanghai will make all incoming travellers undergo 14 days of quarantine and observation from Thursday in a bid to prevent coronavirus transmission, the local government announced.
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Hungary expects coronavirus epidemic to peak in June-July: PM Orban's chief of staff

Thursday 26 March 2020 10:17 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Hungary's government expects the coronavirus epidemic to peak in June-July, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff said on Thursday, adding this projection was surrounded by great uncertainty.
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Mali opposition leader goes missing with 11 others: party

Thursday 26 March 2020 10:18 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Mali's main opposition leader Soumaila Cisse is missing and thought to be kidnapped along with 11 members of his delegation, his party said on Thursday, during election campaigning in a region where jihadists frequently strike.
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UK navy shadows Russian warships after 'high levels of activity'

Thursday 26 March 2020 10:19 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Britain's navy said on Thursday it had shadowed seven Russian warships after detecting high levels of activity by Russian vessels off its coastline.
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UAE to clear streets for coronavirus disinfection drive, Bahrain evacuates citizens

Thursday 26 March 2020 10:24 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The United Arab Emirates will halt all public transport and restrict people's movements in the evening for a weekend nationwide disinfection campaign starting Thursday to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
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Japan's Abe calls coronavirus a 'national crisis' after surge in Tokyo

Thursday 26 March 2020 10:35 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Japan banned entry from Europe on Thursday and warned of a high risk the coronavirus would become rampant after a surge in Tokyo, setting up a task force - a step toward a possible state of emergency - though the government said none was yet planned.
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Turkey hints curfew could come if coronavirus spread worsens

Thursday 26 March 2020 10:35 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Turkey can resort to the "highest measure" of adopting a complete curfew if coronavirus infections continue to spread, the government said on Thursday as it clamped down further on medical tools leaving the country.
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UAE to take part in G20 virtual summit on coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 10:37 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohamed Bin Zayed tweeted on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates would take part in a virtual G20 summit on the coronavirus to take place later on Thursday chaired by King Salman of Saudi Arabia.
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Mass testing explains Germany's relatively low death rate from coronavirus: virologist

Thursday 26 March 2020 10:40 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Germany's relatively low rate of deaths so far from coronavirus is largely due to the high number of tests being carried out in the country, meaning authorities are simply aware of more cases, including milder ones, a senior virologist said.
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Mexican rights groups denounce crackdown on migrants protesting over coronavirus fears

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:07 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
This week, dozens of migrants in Mexico's largest detention center gathered to protest over fears they will contract the coronavirus in the facility, which advocates have long denounced for overcrowding and poor sanitation.
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Trump risks blowback from war of words with China over coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:21 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
U.S. President Donald Trump and some top aides have repeatedly excoriated China over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a stance that even some in his administration worry could bring a dangerous backlash from Beijing.
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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus, Queen Elizabeth in good health

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:32 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus but is in good health and is now self isolating in Scotland with mild symptoms.
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Mexicans fear looting spree as shops robbed, online messages incite theft

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:47 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Mexicans on Wednesday feared measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak would lead to widespread looting after criminals robbed stores that were closed and posted calls on social media for people to ransack businesses.
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Mexico City coronavirus test lab draws lines of people

Thursday 26 March 2020 03:30 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Dozens of people waited in their cars and on the sidewalk at a laboratory in an upscale Mexico City neighborhood on Wednesday to be tested for coronavirus, eager for diagnoses despite the government's insistence that not everyone needs to be tested.
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New Zealand falls silent on day one of coronavirus lockdown

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:04 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
New Zealand started a one-month compulsory lockdown on Thursday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, with warnings from authorities to stay at home or face big fines and even jail.
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G7 finance ministers agree priorities for coronavirus response: UK's Raab

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:29 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
British foreign minister Dominic Raab and his G7 counterparts agreed their priorities for the response to the coronavirus pandemic in a virtual meeting on Wednesday, including the protection of the world economy.
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Cruise ships told to leave Australian waters to avoid coronavirus 'fiasco' repeat

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:24 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Two cruise ships off the coast of Western Australia have been told to "immediately" leave Australian waters, after the country's worst outbreak of the coronavirus was traced to a cruise liner that docked in Sydney Harbour last week. Cruise ships have become a flash point for the epidemic in Australia after 147 of 2,700 passengers who disembarked from the Ruby Princess cruise ship in Sydney later tested positive for COVID-19.
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Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no emergency now

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:30 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Japan will set up a new coronavirus taskforce, the government said on Thursday, as it warned of a high risk of a wide spread of the virus but the economy minister said the government was not thinking of declaring a state of emergency now.
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Swiss army joins frontline in battle against coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 11:56 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
In a Swiss hospital, the tall young soldier adjusts the heavy hospital bed in which an elderly woman with coronavirus is coughing deeply and wheels her out of the emergency ward.
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Dyson ventilator order dependent on passing tests: UK PM Johnson's spokesman

Thursday 26 March 2020 11:57 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Britain's order of 10,000 ventilators from bagless vacuum cleaner company Dyson is dependent on them passing safety and regulatory tests, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Thursday.
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UK orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson for coronavirus patients

Thursday 26 March 2020 11:57 AM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Britain has ordered 10,000 medical ventilators designed at breakneck speed by vacuum cleaner-maker Dyson, billionaire founder James Dyson said, as the country tries to boost the number of devices available to treat coronavirus patients.
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Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:04 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Coronavirus cases across the globe jumped on Thursday as Japan planned to a special task force and New Zealand went under lockdown. The U.S. Senate unanimously backed a $2-trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the epidemic.
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Uzbekistan locks down three more cities due to coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:07 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Uzbekistan is locking down the cities of Samarkand, Namangan and Andijan to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the three cities' municipal authorities said on Thursday.
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Swiss coronavirus cases top 10,000, with 161 deaths

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:07 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Switzerland has 10,714 confirmed coronavirus infections and 161 people have died of the disease, the Federal Office of Public Health said on Thursday.
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Russia's atomic agency keeps building abroad despite coronavirus outbreak

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:17 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Russia's Rosatom is continuing the construction of nuclear stations abroad despite the global coronavirus outbreak, the state atomic agency's head Alexei Likhachev said on Thursday.
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Britons to laud healthcare workers with nationwide applause

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:23 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Britons around the country were set to take to their balconies and front gardens on Thursday evening to applaud healthcare workers who are battling the spread of coronavirus.
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U.S.-led forces depart Iraqi military base near Mosul in drawdown

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:26 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Troops with the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State began departing an air base in northern Iraq on Thursday, handing it over fully to the Iraqi military as part of a reduction of foreign forces in the country.
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Ramaphosa tests negative for coronavirus as South Africa to begin lockdown

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:27 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for coronavirus after taking the test as a precautionary measure, the presidency said in a statement on Thursday, hours before the start of a countrywide lockdown.
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EU marks 25th anniversary of open-border Schengen pact with closed frontiers

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:29 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The European Union marked the 25th anniversary of its open-border Schengen agreement on Thursday with all its land borders shut or subject to heavy checks imposed in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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'All we have left is to hope and pray': Travellers stranded in airport by coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:30 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Russian hostel manager Valerie Azure has spent the past three nights sleeping on the floor of a Malaysian airport along with her young son, after Southeast Asian nations sealed borders and cancelled flights in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Turkey could impose stay-at-home order if coronavirus outbreak worsens

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:33 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Turkey could order the public to stay at home if coronavirus infections continue to spread, the government said on Thursday as it clamped down further on medical equipment leaving the country.
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China to significantly reduce international flights amid virus concerns

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:35 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
China's aviation regulator on Thursday asked domestic airlines to reduce their international routes to only one per country while capping the number of flights to no more than one flight per week.
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Turkey holds first tender related to Istanbul canal project

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:41 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Turkey held its first tender on Thursday to prepare to build a huge canal on the edge of Istanbul, a Transport Ministry spokesman said, signaling progress on the project despite widespread criticism over its cost and environmental impact.
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Putin says Russia can defeat coronavirus in less than three months

Thursday 26 March 2020 12:49 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia could defeat coronavirus in less than three months if it imposed tough measures quickly as authorities suspended all regular and charter flights to and from the country from Friday.
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Qatar signs agreements to increase strategic food stocks: Qatar news agency

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:19 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Qatar announced on Thursday it was signing agreements to increase its strategic food stuff reserves, according to the state news agency.
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Anyone coughing at UK police, shop workers faces two years in jail

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:21 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Anyone claiming to have coronavirus who deliberately coughs at emergency workers faces being jailed for two years, Britain's Director of Public Prosecutions said on Thursday.
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U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Iranian individuals, companies: Treasury

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:30 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The United States has imposed sanctions on 15 Iranian individuals and five companies in Iran under a counter-terrorism program, according to a post on the Treasury web site on Thursday.
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German cathedral dusts off relics of St Corona, patron of epidemics

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:31 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Germany's Aachen Cathedral has dug out the relics of little-known Saint Corona, patron saint of resisting epidemics, from its treasure chamber and is polishing up her elaborate shrine to go on show once the coronavirus pandemic has passed.
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Tehran says missing former U.S. agent left Iran years ago

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:32 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Tehran said on Thursday that a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran 13 years ago had left the country a long time ago, despite his family saying a day earlier that he had died in Iranian custody.
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Beware second waves of COVID-19 if lockdowns eased early: study

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:34 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Extending school and work closures at the coronavirus' ground zero in China may delay a second wave of infections, researchers said on Thursday, urging the rest of the world to take note.
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Spain extends coronavirus lockdown, in 'war' to buy medical supplies

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:35 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Spain extended its coronavirus lockdown on Thursday to at least April 12 as Europe's second-worst hit country fought "a real war" procuring medical supplies in an overheated Chinese market that officials said was rife with fraud and speculative deals.
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Venezuela's Maduro to face U.S. drug trafficking charges: source

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:39 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The U.S. government is expected to bring criminal charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and at least a half-dozen other Venezuelan officials on Thursday, accusing them of involvement in drug trafficking, a person familiar with the matter said.
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Armenia reports first death related to coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:45 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
A 72-year-old woman diagnosed with the coronavirus died in Armenia on Thursday, the Health Ministry's spokeswoman said, reporting the country's first death related to the virus.
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Dutch-Belgian border village left half open, half shut by virus

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:52 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus have created an odd situation in a village straddling the Dutch-Belgian border where opposite sides of the road are in different countries.
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UAE orders overnight curfew for deep clean, Gulf coronavirus cases rise

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:53 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The United Arab Emirates will impose overnight curfews as a temporary measure this weekend, when it will carry out a nationwide disinfection campaign starting Thursday to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
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Lebanon extends coronavirus lockdown by two weeks

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:53 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Lebanon is extending a lockdown by two weeks until April 12 to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad said on Thursday.
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Lebanon to impose overnight shutdown to confront coronavirus: minister

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:53 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Lebanon will begin an overnight shutdown from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., with some exceptions to be announced later, as it steps up measures to combat coronavirus, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad said on Thursday.
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Mali opposition leader taken hostage with six others: party

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:54 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Mali's main opposition leader Soumaila Cisse is being held hostage with six members of his delegation, his party said on Thursday, after they were attacked on the campaign trail in a region where jihadists often strike.
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Lisbon's first 'drive-thru' clinic tests patients for coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:56 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
In a redeveloped urban park in Lisbon, a "drive-thru" clinic is performing five-minute swab tests through car windows on people with coronavirus symptoms, as Portuguese authorities ramp up testing facilities to tackle the growing health emergency.
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Saudi king to G20: let's unite against coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:58 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Saudi Arabia's King Salman called on Thursday for G20 leaders to boost funding for a coronavirus vaccine, resume the normal flow of goods and services as soon as possible, and help developing countries overcome the global health crisis.
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Gaza medics switching focus from border protests to coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:59 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Scarcely two years ago Gaza's border with Israel was a deadly front line, with black smoke swirling around thousands of Palestinian protesters as they faced off against Israeli troops firing live ammunition.
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Putin says Russia can beat virus in two-three months as flights halted, shops to shut

Thursday 26 March 2020 02:59 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped Russia would defeat coronavirus in 2-3 months if it imposed tough measures, as authorities suspended international flights, ordered most shops in the capital to shut and halted some church services.
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London's homeless stuck on the streets during coronavirus lockdown

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:12 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
As most of Britain headed indoors to wait out the coronavirus, rough sleeper Mohamed Sisi stayed on a patch of pavement opposite London's Charing Cross rail station with nowhere else to go.
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Lockdown, what lockdown? UK begins tougher action against those ignoring shutdown

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:20 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Britain brought in tough measures on Thursday to curb the spread of coronavirus and ensure people obey the government's virtual lockdown which many thousands are feared to have so far ignored.
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South Africa coronavirus cases exceed 900, Ramaphosa urges G20 aid

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:29 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa jumped to more than 900 on Thursday and President Cyril Ramaphosa called for richer countries to help African nations deal with the economic fallout, hours before the start of a countrywide lockdown.
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Coronavirus death toll in Italy's Lombardy rises by more than 385 in a day: source

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:29 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy's contagion, has risen by more than 385 in a day to around 4,860, a source familiar with the data said on Thursday.
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Kenya confirms first coronavirus death

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:29 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Kenya confirmed its first coronavirus death on Thursday, government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said, without providing further details.
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Russia thanks 'real friend' Jack Ma for gift of a million masks

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:30 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Russia has received more than a million masks and 200,000 coronavirus testing kits as a gift from Chinese billionaire businessman Jack Ma, its Defence Ministry said on Thursday.
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Canada's Trudeau balks at potential troop deployment on U.S. border

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:32 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Canada wants its long border with the United States to remain free of a U.S. military presence, even as cases of coronavirus grow rapidly in both nations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.
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Netanyahu and Gantz move closer to unity government in surprise twist

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:33 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main rival, Benny Gantz, was elected Speaker of parliament on Thursday in a surprise manoeuvre that could herald a unity government keeping the veteran leader in power.
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Gantz elected Israel's parliament speaker, signaling possible deal with Netanyahhu

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:33 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz was elected on Thursday as speaker of parliament in a surprise move that appeared to herald a political partnership that could keep Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power.
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Spain's coronavirus death toll surpasses 4,000

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:39 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Spain registered 655 fatalities from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours - down from over 700 on Wednesday, the health ministry reported on Thursday as the total death toll from the epidemic in the country rose to over 4,000.
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U.S. indicts Venezuela's Maduro, a political foe, for 'narco-terrorism'

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:46 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The U.S. government on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and more than a dozen other top Venezuelan officials on charges of "narco-terrorism," the latest escalation of the Trump administration's pressure campaign aimed at ousting the socialist leader.
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Britain asks it citizens to help pick fruit and vegetables

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:52 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Britain on Wednesday called on its citizens to help pick fruit and vegetables to ensure a supply of food during the global coronavirus crisis - work that would usually be largely carried out by migrant seasonal workers.
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French army moves up a gear in war against coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:55 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
A soldier ushers in a three-man medical team transporting a person on life-support toward an army field hospital. Army nurses then order a complete sanitary check before the medical team can enter.
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Africa's window to curb coronavirus "narrowing every day": WHO

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:56 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
About half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa still have a "narrowing" opportunity to curb the spread of coronavirus in the local population, a World Health Organisation regional official said on Thursday.
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Yemen warring parties back U.N. truce call, as U.S. starts aid reduction

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:21 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Yemen's warring parties welcomed a U.N. call for an immediate truce on Thursday as the country entered its sixth year of a conflict that has unleashed a humanitarian crisis, rendering it more vulnerable to any coronavirus outbreak.
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German asparagus season faces peril as coronavirus shuts out pickers

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:24 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
German growers of white asparagus, an expensive delicacy savoured by food lovers in spring, fear this year's harvest may go to waste as coronavirus lockdowns shut out seasonal pickers from Eastern Europe.
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Nursing home deaths make up a third of Spanish coronavirus toll: local radio

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:26 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
A total of 1,307 elderly residents of Spanish nursing homes have died from coronavirus, roughly a third of the country's total death toll, radio network Cadena Ser said on Thursday in an update of its analysis that earlier pointed to 397 deaths.
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Afghanistan to release 10,000 prisoners to slow spread of coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:31 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Afghanistan will release at least 10,000 prisoners above the age of 55 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, officials said on Thursday.
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Senate passes $2 trillion bill for 'strange and evil' coronavirus crisis

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:34 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously backed a $2 trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus epidemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment.
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Canada calls Trump plan to deploy troops at border unnecessary and damaging

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:43 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Canada's government on Thursday said U.S. President Donald Trump should not deploy troops along the U.S.-Canada border, calling it unnecessary because of the coronavirus outbreak and warning it would damage relations between the two countries.
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India's coronavirus cases tick up, immense lockdown holds

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:43 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
India's death toll from the coronavirus rose by six to 16 in the last 24 hours, as the government sought on Thursday to improve basic services to 1.3 billion people locked indoors to slow the spread of the disease.
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G20 to do 'whatever it takes' to combat coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:44 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The Group of 20 major economies will do "whatever it takes" to overcome the coronavirus crisis and said on Thursday they are injecting $5 trillion into the global economy though national measures as part of their efforts to lessen its impact.
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G20 leaders weigh supply chains, worker protections: White House adviser

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:44 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The leaders of the G20 nations on Thursday discussed ways to try to have minimal disruption to global supply chains and how to protect workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said.
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With U.S. hit by virus, China courts Latin America with medical diplomacy

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:50 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
As Argentina was scrambling to introduce emergency measures to insulate its ailing economy from the coronavirus last week, the Chinese ambassador paid a visit to the home of President Alberto Fernandez to discuss an offer.
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Italy coronavirus deaths rise by 662 in a day, lifting total death toll to 8,165

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:51 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has grown by 662 to 8,165, the Civil Protection Agency said on Thursday.
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Vatican readies contingency plan against coronavirus in busy papal residence

Thursday 26 March 2020 05:53 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The Vatican is conducting tests for coronavirus on the dozens of priests who live in the same residence as Pope Francis and making contingency plans to move those diagnosed with the disease elsewhere, a source in the Holy See said on Thursday.
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Britain's lockdown measures might last six months and are working - health official

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:25 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Some lockdown measures which restrict the social interactions of Britons could be in place for six months, but the steps are bearing fruit in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Britain's deputy chief medical officer said on Thursday.
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Bolivia election body proposes June-to-September window for coronavirus-delayed vote

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:26 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Bolivia's electoral tribunal said on Thursday it had proposed new dates between June 7 and Sept. 6 to the country's legislative assembly for holding presidential elections that were delayed by a global coronavirus pandemic.
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Explainer: How the coronavirus crisis is affecting food supply

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:31 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Like other parts of the global economy, food supply chains have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and empty supermarket shelves have become a symbol of the crisis.
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Shut by coronavirus, London Zoo seeks donations to safeguard animals

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:37 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The world's oldest zoo is shut to the public for the first time since World War Two as London locks down because of the coronavirus pandemic, but for the roughly 18,000 animals housed there, life must go on.
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Food security concerns stoked as exporters curb sales, importers buy more

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:37 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Global food security concerns are mounting as some governments contemplate restricting the flow of staple foods with around a fifth of the world's population under lockdown to fight the widening coronavirus pandemic.
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Study sees 'severe and acute' emergency for world in coronavirus pandemic

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:42 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The world faces "a severe and acute" emergency due to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus and national responses in the coming weeks will be critical to the trajectory of their epidemics, a leading group of scientists said on Thursday.
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U.S. imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions despite coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:46 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
The United States blacklisted five Iran- and Iraq-based companies and 15 individuals on Thursday for supporting terrorist groups, its third round of sanctions on Iranian targets in the last two weeks even as Tehran battles the coronavirus outbreak.
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Coronavirus deaths in UK jump to 578 as recording method changes

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:47 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Another 115 people have died in the United Kingdom after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 578, the government said on Thursday.
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Israel's Netanyahu and rival Gantz move closer to unity government

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:51 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main rival, Benny Gantz, was elected parliamentary speaker on Thursday in a surprise maneuver that could herald a unity government keeping the veteran leader in power.
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Italy's latest coronavirus deaths data omits 50 from Piedmont

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:59 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Italy's northern Piedmont region said on Thursday that 50 people had died there from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, numbers which were omitted from the national tally released by the Civil Protection Agency.
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Unable to work, Argentines at the fringes turn to army for food

Thursday 26 March 2020 07:00 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
In a suburb of Quilmes, south of Buenos Aires, dozens wait in line at an army field kitchen to get rations of food, their pockets emptier than normal due to a nationwide shutdown aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy to fight coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 07:04 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to inject $5 trillion in fiscal spending into the global economy to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus and "do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic."
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Brazil's governors write Bolsonaro seeking more support as coronavirus spat festers

Thursday 26 March 2020 06:05 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Brazil's governors on Thursday wrote an open letter to Jair Bolsonaro, asking for more federal support in the coronavirus battle amid a simmering conflict between state leaders and the far-right president over how best to tackle the health crisis.
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Canada attacks Trump plan to deploy troops at border as unnecessary and damaging

Thursday 26 March 2020 07:43 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Canada on Thursday attacked a U.S. proposal to deploy troops along the undefended joint border to help fight the spread of coronavirus, saying the idea was unnecessary and would damage relations.
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Costa Rica confirms 30 new coronavirus cases, total now at 231

Thursday 26 March 2020 07:59 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Costa Rican Health Minister Daniel Salas said on Thursday that there are 30 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the Central American nation, bringing the total number or cases to 231.
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Italy suffers setback to hopes its coronavirus epidemic might be in retreat

Thursday 26 March 2020 08:00 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Hopes that Italy's coronavirus epidemic might be in retreat suffered a setback on Thursday when data showed that both the number of new cases and deaths had ticked higher, underscoring how hard it is to halt the disease.
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Egypt reports 39 new coronavirus cases, three deaths

Thursday 26 March 2020 08:07 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Egypt on Thursday reported 39 new coronavirus cases and three deaths, the health ministry said in a statement, bringing the total number of infections to 495 including 24 fatalities.
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Canada can ignore drug, device patents during outbreak under new law

Thursday 26 March 2020 08:29 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Canada's emergency legislation on the coronavirus crisis gives the health minister powers to circumvent patent law and ensure medical supplies, medication or vaccines can be produced locally.
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Canada border towns 'petrified' by prospect of looser U.S. coronavirus measures

Thursday 26 March 2020 08:42 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Canadian towns along the country's U.S. border fear they will be harmed if the United States eases measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, with some making contingency plans and others appealing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene.
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Turkey's coronavirus death toll jumps to 75, with 1,196 new cases: minister

Thursday 26 March 2020 08:43 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Turkey's death toll from the coronavirus increased by 16 to 75 on Thursday, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 1,196 to 3,629, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
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Brazil's Maracana stadium tapped to serve as coronavirus hospital

Thursday 26 March 2020 08:46 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Brazil's Maracana sports complex in Rio de Janeiro, which includes the world famous soccer stadium, will become a temporary hospital to help fight coronavirus, state authorities said on Thursday.
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With obesity and diabetes epidemic, Mexico braces for coronavirus

Thursday 26 March 2020 08:58 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Four of the six people who have died from coronavirus in Mexico so far had diabetes, raising alarm bells that a country with one of the world's highest rates of the condition may be more vulnerable than its relatively young average age might suggest.
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Turkey struggles to ramp up tests as outbreak reaches critical phase

Thursday 26 March 2020 09:03 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
A week after sending half a million coronavirus test kits to the United States, Turkey is struggling to ramp up its own testing for the disease as doctors warn the country has reached a crossroads in containing the fast-growing outbreak.
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Venezuela says U.S. drug trafficking charges against Maduro show 'desperation'

Thursday 26 March 2020 09:04 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Thursday that drug trafficking charges by the U.S. against President Nicolas Maduro announced earlier in the day showed the "desperation" of the "Washington elite."
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Three French nationals and an Iraqi freed in Iraq, France says

Thursday 26 March 2020 09:12 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Three French nationals and an Iraqi who work for a French non-governmental organisation have been released in Iraq more than two months after they went missing, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Thursday.
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Reserved Britons show love with national cheer for carers

Thursday 26 March 2020 09:44 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Locked-down Britons all over the country took to their balconies and door steps on Thursday evening to applaud health workers who are battling the spread of coronavirus - an emotional show of solidarity during the nation's worst crisis since World War Two.
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Ireland reports 10 coronavirus deaths to bring total to 19

Thursday 26 March 2020 09:48 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Ireland reported 10 deaths from COVID-19 infections on Thursday, more than doubling the total number of fatalities to 19, Ireland's Department of Health said.
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Brazil's governors press Bolsonaro for more coronavirus support

Thursday 26 March 2020 09:57 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Brazil's governors pressed President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday for more federal support in the coronavirus battle after he blasted them as job-killers and undermined their orders with a decree keeping churches open at evangelical preachers' request.
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UK pledges 210 million pounds to global push for coronavirus vaccine

Thursday 26 March 2020 04:12 PM UTC+00 | Tags: worldnews
Britain pledged on Thursday to contribute 210 million pounds ($253 million) to the international coalition to find a vaccine against coronavirus, which it said made it the biggest contributor.
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