Italians defy coronavirus with mass singing, applause for doctors

MILAN (Reuters) – Italians came out on Saturday to sing together from windows and balconies and applaud their hard-pressed doctors and nurses as the death toll from Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak kept climbing. The government has imposed an unprecedented series of controls since the virus emerged in northern Italy on Feb. 21, banning public gatherings, forbidding all but essential travel […]

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Tom Hanks, wife Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus

The actor and actress tested positive for coronavirus in Australia, Hanks said on his Twitter account. Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have tested positive for coronavirus in Australia, the actor said on Twitter. Hanks said he and Wilson, both 63, were tested in Australia, where he is working on a film after they felt tired […]

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Security upped for Israel election challenger Gantz after threats

Threats against Blue and White alliance’s Benny Gantz came in the wake of last week’s inconclusive general elections. The Israeli parliament has strengthened the security detail for Benny Gantz, the main electoral challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after it deemed various death threats against Gantz to be credible. The threats came in the wake of last week’s volatile and inconclusive election, […]

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How European populists are using coronavirus as a political tool

Refugees, aid workers placed under quarantine in Italy as far-right leaders across Europe call for tighter borders. As more European countries announce coronavirus cases, Europe’s populist politicians are attempting to use the health crisis to serve their own political goals. The COVID-19 virus affects about 86,000 people, 90 percent of whom are in China’s Hubei province, according to the World Health […]

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Trump Won’t Be Getting a Coronavirus Test, His Doctor Says

But hours later, just before midnight, the White House physician released a statement saying Mr. Trump would not be tested — nor would he self-quarantine — even as it became apparent that he had interacted with not one but with at least two infected members of the Brazilian delegation that visited his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last weekend. Mr. Trump’s […]

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Biden Builds a Lead as Sanders Presses On: This Week in the 2020 Race

In his speech, Mr. Biden used the language and tone of crisis in proposing a detailed coronavirus plan and setting goals for testing, hospital capacity and a vaccine. Mr. Sanders warned that the American death toll could exceed the number of American soldiers killed during World War II. Both sharply criticized Mr. Trump. “This virus laid bare the severe shortcomings […]

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Coronavirus: Trump awaits COVID-19 test results after potential exposures

WASHINGTON — After days of resistance, U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that he was tested for the coronavirus and is awaiting his results as the White House stepped up precautions around him following his repeated direct and indirect exposures to the new coronavirus. Trump also told reporters at a White House briefing that he had his temperature taken and […]

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City of London revokes honour granted to Myanmar's Suu Kyi

The award was granted to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi three years ago. The City of London Corporation (CLC) on Thursday revoked an honour granted to Aung San Suu Kyi over the treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Elected representatives on the body that runs London’s historic centre and financial district voted to revoke the […]

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Mahathir gives up on confidence vote against new Malaysia PM

Veteran politician says he no longer believes his coalition has the numbers to carry the vote in parliament. Mahathir Mohamad, who resigned as Malaysia’s prime minister after a power grab triggered the collapse of his ruling coalition, says he no longer believes he has enough support to win a confidence vote in Parliament against his former ally-turned-rival Muhyiddin Yassin.  Mahathir […]

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'Nigeria will deal with this': High alert after coronavirus case

Experts say Nigeria is prepared to contain new virus following a successful response to Ebola more than five years ago. Abuja, Nigeria – Health authorities in Nigeria are ramping up efforts to detect and contain the new coronavirus after Africa’s most populous country confirmed its first case, calling on citizens to avoid panicking or spreading unverified information about the disease. […]

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