Italian businesses count heavy cost of coronavirus lockdown

MILAN/ROME (Reuters) – Even if Italy’s draconian measures to stop the spread of coronavirus prove successful, they will leave an economy in tatters, with small and medium-sized businesses the hardest hit. Responding to the spread of the disease in Europe’s worst affected country, the government has banned all non-essential travel and public gatherings until April 3 and closed schools and […]

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Coronavirus: Italy closes shops and restaurants to limit spread of COVID-19

Italy has shut all shops except food stores, pharmacies and stores selling “essential” items, to try and stop the spread of COVID-19. All restaurants and bars have also been closed as have hairdressers and beauty salons, although restaurants can still make home deliveries. There have been more than 800 deaths in Italy and on Wednesday there were more than 2,000 […]

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WHO's Tedros urges world to 'double down' against virus pandemic

GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) urged all countries on Thursday to “double down” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking to diplomats in Geneva a day after characterizing COVID-19 as a pandemic, also said: “Describing this as a pandemic does not mean that countries should give up. The idea that […]

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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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