Merkel's party postpones congress to choose new leader due to coronavirus

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) have postponed a conference scheduled for April 25 in Berlin to choose a new party leader due to the coronavirus and said it would reschedule as soon as the epidemic allowed. The delay scuppers any hope of a quick resolution to the power struggle within the party after leader Annegret […]

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EU civil war: Furious Brussels lashes out at Greece over migrant crisis

Brussels is sending a delegation to Athens for emergency talks on a new migrant crisis amid claims refugees are being captured, detained and beaten and then booted out of the cash-strapped country before seeing a lawyer or submitting an asylum bid. New EU home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson said she wanted to discuss harrowing reports of brutal treatment of asylum […]

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Coronavirus tests carried out on newborn baby abandoned in public toilet

Heartbreaking footage shows a newborn girl lying on the floor after being abandoned in a public toilet in China . She has been taken to hospital to be tested for the deadly coronavirus . Authorities were called on the evening of March 8th after a resident found the crying and completely unclothed infant in a toilet cubicle under Nanhe Bridge […]

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China says 'immoral and irresponsible' U.S. officials shift coronavirus blame

BEIJING (Reuters) – China criticized U.S. officials for “immoral and irresponsible” comments that blamed Beijing’s response to the coronavirus for worsening the global impact of the pandemic. On Wednesday, U.S. national security advisor Robert O’Brien accused China of a slow response to the initial emergence of the coronavirus, saying this had probably cost the world two months when it could […]

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In indigenous Colombia, Venezuelan migration sparks conflict

CASTILLETES, Colombia (Reuters) – In the sun-baked scrubland of northern Colombia’s remote La Guajira province, a bitter quarrel rages between two neighboring Wayuu indigenous families, one of them seeking refuge from a humanitarian crisis across the border in Venezuela. Their feud was sparked by goats. Without fences to stop them, their herds mingle amid the low bushes between the two […]

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What you need to know about the coronavirus today

(Reuters) – Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak today: Closing U.S. borders to Europe After being criticized for his government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out all the stops on Wednesday evening with a month-long travel restriction to the United States from Europe. This order does not apply to Britain or […]

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Australian court defers sex offence appeal by ex-Vatican treasurer Pell

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s highest court on Thursday deferred ruling on an appeal to overturn the conviction of former Vatican treasurer George Pell for sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys in the 1990s. After two days of legal arguments, the High Court of Australia said it was still considering whether to allow the appeal, the last avenue for the 78-year-old cardinal […]

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Kazakhstan suspends all public events over coronavirus – president

ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakhstan is suspending all public events and taking special preventive measures due to the global spread of the coronavirus, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wrote on Twitter on Thursday. The Central Asian nation, which borders China, has so far reported no coronavirus cases on its soil, but the authorities have said the arrival of the disease appeared imminent. Tokayev […]

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