Qatar makes COVID-19 app mandatory, experts question efficiency

Qatari public health officials try to quell privacy concerns as contact-tracing app Ehteraz comes into force. Qatar is turning to technology to help contain the coronavirus. Although the country has only seen 23 confirmed deaths to date, its infection rate remains stubbornly high. More than 40.000 people have been infected amid a population of roughly 2.8 million. The new Ehteraz […]

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Kobe Bryant helicopter crash post-mortem released

A post-mortem examination of the helicopter crash that killed basketball star Kobe Bryant has ruled blunt force trauma as the cause of death for all nine victims. The 180-page report also found that the pilot, 50-year-old Ara Zobayan, tested negative for drugs and alcohol. The cause of the 26 January crash, which occurred in California amid heavy fog, is still […]

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France’s boom city shaken by pandemic

As you head up the motorway from the Mediterranean to Toulouse, there is a big sign outside the city that shows an aircraft and orbiting satellites and the words in bold letters: “Toulouse, capital of the aerospace industry.” Until Covid-19 struck, most of the sector was booming. Now it’s reeling as airlines have no idea when they can resume flights […]

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Swedish prosecutor to probe deaths at Stockholm care home amid virus outbreak

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they would start a preliminary investigation into a care home in the Stockholm area where a large number of elderly residents have died during the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The pandemic has hit the country’s elderly care homes hard, not least in the capital Stockholm, where staff at hospitals and […]

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'You deserve a raise': Canada to help fund pay hikes for essential workers

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada and the country’s 10 provinces will boost pay for essential workers such as employees in seniors’ residences, which are linked to 80% of coronavirus deaths, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday. “If you’re risking your health to keep this country moving and you’re making minimum wage, you deserve a raise,” he told a daily briefing. […]

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Postal workers raise alarm over hasty Polish mail vote

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s postal workers are growing increasingly concerned as the country prepares for its first presidential election by mail on Sunday, arguing they are not equipped to carry out the vote safely and effectively amid the coronavirus pandemic. Unresolved issues include how to deliver ballots to damaged or missing postal boxes, ensuring ballots go to the right people […]

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'Be messengers of life in a time of death,' pope says on Easter eve

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged people to “not yield to fear” and focused on a “message of hope” as he led an Easter eve Mass in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic and called for an end to wars. The vigil, which normally takes place in a church packed with about 10,000 people, […]

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Russian church leader tours Moscow with holy icon to halt coronavirus

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia’s influential Orthodox Church, drove a holy icon around the streets of Moscow in a procession of cars on Friday, as the country fights to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The icon of the Virgin Mary was driven 109 kilometres (68 miles) in a procession of sleak black cars shown on […]

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Exclusive: Airline crisis forces Airbus to consider A320 output cuts

PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus is studying a sharp cut in output of its top-selling A320 plane series amid an industry-wide slowdown triggered by the coronavirus crisis, sources familiar with the matter said. Europe’s leading planemaker is examining scenarios including cutting its monthly output of 60 A320-family jets by as much as half for around three to six months as airlines […]

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Putin extends Russia's non-working period up to April 30 over coronavirus

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Thursday prolonged until April 30 a non-working period declared across Russia to try and stem the spread of the coronavirus. Putin declared this week non-working in a televised address on Wednesday last week. Days later, Moscow announced a partial lockdown, ordering the capital’s residents to stay at home, prompting dozens of Russian regions […]

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