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Knifeman in southern France kills 2 in attack on passers by

Prosecutors say a man wielding a knife has attacked residents venturing out to shop in a town under lockdown south of the French city of Lyon

Posted 2 hours ago

Knife attacker kills 2, wounds others in French town under virus lockdown

Knife attacker kills 2, wounds others in French town under virus lockdown

Posted 2 hours ago

4 soldiers, 63 jihadists killed in clash in Niger

Niger's government says four soldiers and 63 jihadists have been killed in fighting in the nation’s west

Posted 2 hours ago

Keir Starmer picked to lead UK Labour amid virus crisis

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party has elected lawyer and lawmaker Keir Starmer as its new leader, after a contest thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus outbreak

Posted 3 hours ago

Keir Starmer picked to lead UK Labour amid virus crisis

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party has elected lawyer and lawmaker Keir Starmer as its new leader, after a contest thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus outbreak

Posted 3 hours ago
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The new coronavirus might spread when people talk, but scientists say masks can help

It's possible that the new coronavirus can spread from person to person simply by talking, or even breathing, according to preliminary studies.

Posted 3 hours ago

Doctor fired after criticizing his hospital for coronavirus response

Dr. Ming Lin was ousted after publicly criticizing coronavirus procedures at his hospital in Bellingham, Wash. Other doctors and nurses across the country fear speaking out, even as more health workers catch COVID-19.

Posted 9 hours ago

Coronavirus killed China's whistleblower doctor. Now the virus has changed how the country can mourn him

On a day when tombs are traditionally swept, China mourns its coronavirus deaths and praises Dr. Li Wenliang, calling him a martyr.

Posted 12 hours ago

This is how we're getting extra doctors and nurses to fight coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic creates a logistical puzzle for the health care workforce

Posted 14 hours ago

CDC recommends wearing coronavirus masks during the pandemic

The CDC now recommends that the public wear cloth face masks while also urging that high-grade equipment be reserved for medical personnel.

Posted 16 hours ago
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Keir Starmer elected new leader of UK's Labour Party

Britain's main opposition party picks lawyer and Labour's Brexit spokesman to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Top Gun or Prop Gun: The entertaining face of American propaganda

American war comes with a soundtrack and soundbites, cool toys and logos, to send a message that the US is always a force for good.

Posted 2 hours ago

Doctor's Note: Why will it take so long for a COVID-19 vaccine?

Scientists say it will take 12 to 18 months before a coronavirus vaccine can be ready. A doctor explains why this is.

Posted 2 hours ago

Cameroon Anglophone crisis: Women bear the brunt of violence

Three years of separatist fighting in Cameroon has left its scars. Al Jazeera hears from a victim of gang rape.

Posted 2 hours ago

COVID-19 effect: US service sector among hardest hit by lockdown

Unemployment in the United States grows at an alarming rate and there have been significant job losses in the service industry.

Posted 2 hours ago
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Romans-sur-Isère: Two killed and others wounded in France knife attack

Police arrested a suspect after the attack in the south-eastern town of Romans-sur-Isère.

Posted 2 hours ago

Michael Atkinson: Trump fires intelligence chief involved in impeachment

Intelligence chief Michael Atkinson first alerted Congress to a whistleblower complaint.

Posted 3 hours ago

Coronavirus: China stops for three minutes to remember the dead

A day of remembrance is held to honour those who have died in the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted 5 hours ago

Coronavirus: China mourns Covid-19 victims with three-minute silence

A day of mourning is held for the 3,300 people who died in China, where the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Posted 10 hours ago

Coronavirus: US accused of ‘piracy’ over mask ‘confiscation’

Berlin officials say 200,000 masks have been diverted to the US under a law invoked by Donald Trump.

Posted 13 hours ago
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British Prime Minister congratulates new UK Labour leader and invites him to Covid-19 briefing

Prime Minister Johnson said there was a duty to work together during a national emergency.

Posted about 1 hour ago

France records 1,000 more Covid-19 deaths bringing death toll to 6,500

There are more than 1,000,000 confirmed cases worldwide and over 54,000 deaths according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Posted 3 hours ago

Member of British armed forces becomes first confirmed coronavirus case on Falklands

The individual became unwell at Mount Pleasant Complex, a Royal Air Force base on the remote British territory.

Posted 3 hours ago

Keir Starmer elected as the next leader of the UK Labour Party

He succeeds Jeremy Corbyn after the party's worst election result since 1935.

Posted 3 hours ago

First confirmed coronavirus case in Falkland Islands

The patient was admitted to hospital from the Mount Pleasant Complex RAF base.

Posted 5 hours ago
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What coronavirus means for online fraud, forced sex, drug smuggling, and wildlife trafficking

Possibly emerging as a result of wildlife trafficking and the consumption of wild animal meat, COVID-19 is influencing crime and illicit economies around the world. Some of the immediate effects are likely to be ephemeral; others will take longer to emerge but are likely to be lasting. How is the COVID-19 outbreak affecting criminal groups,…

Posted 22 hours ago

Tanvi Madan on the US-India-China “Fateful Triangle”

Posted 7:07pm - 2 Apr 2020

Our finest hour

As many readers may know, I am currently hospitalized in Madrid after having tested positive for COVID-19. My recovery has been slow, but the prospects are encouraging. Although remaining isolated from my loved ones has been unpleasant, it is a relief that these hardships are befalling us in the twenty-first century, with so many tools…

Posted 9:21pm - 1 Apr 2020

France at war against the coronavirus: Politics under anesthesia?

Under the threat of COVID-19, life as we know it is unravelling across the world. Political developments considered momentous only a few weeks ago now appear trivial. In France, one of the big questions for 2020 was the ability of President Emmanuel Macron’s political movement, La République en marche (LREM), to gain a much-needed local…

Posted 5:03pm - 31 Mar 2020

AMLO’s feeble response to COVID-19 in Mexico

Like many other populist leaders around the world, including Donald Trump, Jair Bolsanaro in Brazil, and Imran Khan in Pakistan, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (commonly known as AMLO) has mostly taken a dangerously dismissive and outright irresponsible attitude toward the coronavirus. Late into March, he failed to adopt any necessary preparation for the…

Posted 8:39pm - 30 Mar 2020
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An Old Conspiracy Theory Known As "Agenda 21" Has Been Given Fresh Life By The Coronavirus Pandemic

Social media posts are being widely shared that link the pandemic to claims that a totalitarian world government is seeking to kill most of the planet’s population.


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We Tried To Get Home To Our Dying Father In The US. Then Our Flight From Russia Was Cancelled

“We wanted to get home to Montana to be with our father who is dying of cancer. We wanted to be with him for his last few days.”


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Posted 13 hours ago

A Cluster Of Coronavirus Cases Can Be Traced Back To A Single Mosque And Now 200 Million Muslims Are Being Vilified

Six COVID-19 deaths have been linked to a religious gathering in March. It’s led to a huge spike in anti-Muslim narratives and misinformation.


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Posted 14 hours ago

Queen Elizabeth Will Give A Rare Televised Address On Sunday About The Coronavirus

It's thought to be just the fourth address of its kind during the Queen's reign.


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Posted 20 hours ago

Two NHS Nurses Have Passed Away From The Coronavirus

Areema Nasreen, a 36-year-old nurse at Walsall Manor Hospital, and Aimee O'Rourke, a 38-year-old who worked at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, have both passed away.


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Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Saturday

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With just over 12,500 cases of COVID-19 reported across Canada, including 219 deaths, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce more financial support Saturday aimed at helping the most vulnerable Canadians cope with the pandemic.

Posted 2 hours ago

Keir Starmer picked to lead U.K. Labour amid coronavirus crisis

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Lawyer and legislator Keir Starmer was elected leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Saturday by a decisive margin, after a contest thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted 2 hours ago

Backlash grows against Brazil's Bolsonaro even as he moderates tone on pandemic

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There are signs Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro may be changing his tone after downplaying the coronavirus threat and undermining directives from health officials. Experts say his sagging approval ratings are the reason.

Posted 6 hours ago

Detective work and a culture of cleanliness — has Japan found its own way to stop COVID-19?

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If Japan seems complacent about the threat of coronavirus in a world that's been crippled by it, that's partly because the number of infections here has been relatively low. But that could change, writes Saša Petricic.

Posted 6 hours ago

Why the Queen's rare broadcast will bring 'dignity and gravitas' to the battle against COVID-19

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A rare special message from Queen Elizabeth on Sunday is likely to be calm and stoic, offering thanks to those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 and support for everyone working together at a time of crisis.

Posted 6 hours ago
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CBN News - World

Pastor David Platt's Powerful Response to Pain, Evil & Chaos

In a world in which evil and suffering can sometimes feel totally overwhelming, how do we, as Christians, ground ourselves and continue to push forward and do good?

Posted 18 hours ago

'Jesus is the Hope of the World': Pastor Rick Warren to Host Global Easter Prayer Event Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Easter Sunday is the biggest event in Christianity, but this year will look very different as churches across the globe close their doors to combat the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Posted 10:59am - 3 Apr 2020

Full Statement by Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne Regarding His Coronavirus Arrest

Rodney Howard Browne is responding to set the record straight after he was arrested on "trumped-up charges" for conducting a church service on Sunday, March 29, which Sheriff Chad Chronister claimed, in a press conference, allegedly violated the Hillsborough County Executive Order regarding the coronavirus.

Posted 8:39pm - 2 Apr 2020

Good News from the COVID-19 Frontlines: Social Distancing Working to Contain Virus's Spread

Despite growing coronavirus numbers, experts say the social distancing is working. They warn, however, the evidence that mitigation measures are working will lag behind the effects of the deadly disease.

Posted 7:30pm - 2 Apr 2020

Good News from the COVID-19 Frontlines: Social Distancing Working to Contain Virus's Spread

Despite growing coronavirus numbers, experts say the social distancing is working. They warn, however, the evidence that mitigation measures are working will lag behind the effects of the deadly disease.

Posted 7:30pm - 2 Apr 2020
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At least 22,000 Americans still stranded abroad over coronavirus crisis

Millions of Americans shelter at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, while others remain on foreign shores still hoping to return to the U.S. Cancelled flights, sudden travel restrictions and strict quarantines have all blocked many people from getting back. This week, the State Department warned that time may be running out. Kris Van Cleave speaks to some of the Americans looking for a way to return.

Posted 1 hours ago

Spain behind U.S. in total number of coronavirus cases

Spain now has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases behind the U.S., while China held a nationwide day of mourning as it gradually brings the disease under control. The United Nations said it will make a decision later in the month as to whether it will postpone September’s General Assembly meeting in New York. Roxana Saberi breaks down the virus’ global impact from the U.K., where the death toll has jumped to over 3,300.

Posted 2 hours ago

UN chief praises positive response to global ceasefire

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday​ that over a dozen countries have said they will begin or continue ceasefires.

Posted 11 hours ago

Sailors cheer for ousted aircraft carrier captain

Sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt cheered and chanted the name of Captain Brett Crozier as he left the ship for the last time. It was an emotional show of support for the man whose pleas on their behalf ultimately cost him his command. David Martin reports.

Posted 14 hours ago

Coronavirus may lead to increase in domestic violence: WHO

Speaking to reporters Friday about the coronavirus pandemic, the WHO Director General called on countries to include services for addressing domestic violence in their COVID-19 response.

Posted 14 hours ago
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COVID-19: Italy's doctors look for help from sleek new robots

The shiny new robots gently check the pulses of highly infectious patients on life support in the Italian epicentre of COVID-19.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Britain's Labour names Keir Starmer as new leader

Britain's main opposition Labour Party named Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions who opposed the country's exit from the European Union, as its leader on Saturday.

Posted 2 hours ago

Spain's daily coronavirus death toll falls for second day in row

The daily pace of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain slowed again on Saturday as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was expected to announce a new extension to lockdown measures that have confined most Spaniards to their homes for three weeks.

Posted 2 hours ago

Thousands of Central Americans detained for flouting coronavirus rules

Thousands of people have been detained across Central America for violating rules put in place by their governments to curb the fast-spreading new coronavirus in a region that has fewer medical resources than developed countries.

Posted 6 hours ago

US attorney general orders release of more federal inmates due to coronavirus pandemic

U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared on Friday that the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is facing emergency conditions due to the fast-spreading coronavirus, paving the way for the agency to begin releasing more inmates out of custody and into home confinement.

Posted 6 hours ago
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Christian Science Monitor

Points of Progress: Tapirs return to Brazilian forest, and more

In good news this week: Tapirs, sometimes called “forest gardeners,” return to an endangered Brazilian ecosystem – and more positive headlines.

Posted 14 hours ago

Points of Progress: Tapirs return to Brazilian forest, and more

In good news this week: Tapirs, sometimes called “forest gardeners,” return to an endangered Brazilian ecosystem – and more positive headlines.

Posted 14 hours ago

Listen: #StayHomeSounds emerge in silence of lockdowns

The way the world sounds has changed dramatically. Birdsongs. Cheers. Rain falling. The Cities and Memory project is capturing rediscovered sounds on a website to unite people living in isolation.

Posted 21 hours ago

Listen: #StayHomeSounds emerge in silence of lockdowns

The way the world sounds has changed dramatically. Birdsongs. Cheers. Rain falling. The Cities and Memory project is capturing rediscovered sounds on a website to unite people living in isolation.

Posted 21 hours ago

Victory over the virus? Sidewalks bustle to life in Wuhan.

No new cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Wuhan for one week. But Chinese officials are keeping a close watch as millions of people cautiously head back to work in factories, offices, and shops.

Posted 22 hours ago
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NBA 2K tournament starts Friday with Kevin Durant, Trae Young and more

Confirming yesterday’s leak, the NBA announced an esports tournament that will kick off this Friday,

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Posted 10:35pm - 31 Mar 2020

Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord bugs: fixes and workaround for crashes and known issues

Let’s just say that Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord has had a bit of a

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Posted 10:35pm - 27 Mar 2020

Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Not once during Samsung’s Unpacked event for

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Posted 8 months ago

Game of Thrones creators sign $200 million Netflix deal to make exclusive shows and films

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have signed a multi-year film and

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Posted 8 months ago

‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix

Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been lured to

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Posted 8 months ago
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CNBC - World news

These 'disease hunters' developed a novel technique for tracking pandemics after 9/11, but lost funding right before COVID-19

Nearly two decades ago, when 9/11 spurred governments to invest in fighting bioterrorism, a group of disease experts figured out how to track pandemics using data from emergency rooms with a technique called 'syndromic surveillance.' Now, as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic spreads, they're calling on the private sector for help.

Posted about 1 hour ago

OPEC and its allies will likely postpone emergency meeting to April 8 or 9, sources say

OPEC and its allies will not hold their emergency virtual meeting on Monday and will likely postpone it until April 8 or 9 to allow more time for negotiations, two OPEC sources said on Saturday.

Posted 5 hours ago

Coronavirus live updates: China mourns the deaths of those killed by the pandemic

The national day of mourning in China will see people across the country observe 3 minutes of silence at 10 a.m. Beijing time.

Posted 12 hours ago

Trump to ban export of coronavirus protection gear, says he's 'not happy with 3M'

In a CNBC interview Friday morning, 3M CEO Mike Roman said it was "absurd" to suggest his company wasn't doing all it could to help the U.S. fight the coronavirus.

Posted 15 hours ago

The stimulus boost has passed and now the stock market is focused solely on virus developments

Developments around the coronavirus will be the catalyst for stocks in the week ahead, as investors await the onset of earnings season.

Posted 17 hours ago
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There are fears a coronavirus crisis looms in Tokyo. Is it too late to change course?

Each day seems to bring more bad news for Tokyo.

Posted 13 hours ago

Germany testing tuberculosis drug as coronvirus treatment

A microbiologist in Germany believes that the use of an updated version of a 100-year-old Tuberculosis vaccine may work as an intermediate treatment for Covid-19. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

Posted 16 hours ago

FDA changes course and allows China's KN95 mask to be used in US

The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday changed its position on a sought-after type of respirator from China, the KN95, announcing that the agency will authorize the mask for use in healthcare settings if it meets certain criteria.

Posted 20 hours ago

Chris Cuomo shares covid-19 experience: 'The beast comes at night'

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Posted 11:24am - 3 Apr 2020

Powerful photos of daily life under lockdown

Venturing out onto the streets of New York City, photographer Ashley Gilbertson spotted a young woman standing under an alcove in the financial district. He stopped to watch as she poked her head out a few times before emerging with an elderly man on her arm.

Posted 10:29am - 3 Apr 2020
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China honours virus victims with 3 minutes of reflection

With air raid sirens wailing and flags at half-staff, China held a three-minute nationwide moment of reflection on Saturday to honour those who have died in the coronavirus outbreak, especially 'martyrs' who fell while fighting what has become a global pandemic.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Keir Starmer picked to lead U.K. Labour amid virus crisis

Lawyer and lawmaker Keir Starmer was elected leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Saturday by a decisive margin, after a contest thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Medics at Egypt's main cancer centre test positive for virus

At least 17 medics in Egypt's main cancer hospital have been quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, officials said Saturday, raising fears the pandemic could prey on health facilities in the Arab world's most populous country.

Posted 1 hours ago

Knife attacker kills 2, wounds others in French town under virus lockdown

Knife attacker kills 2, wounds others in French town under virus lockdown.

Posted 2 hours ago

Knifeman in southern France kills 2 in attack on passersby

A man wielding a knife attacked residents venturing out to shop in a town under lockdown south of the French city of Lyon Saturday, killing two people and wounding others, prosecutors said.

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Anti-EU fury: Italian mayors rip down EU flags in outrage as row with Brussels intensifies



THERE IS growing outrage inside Italy at the European Union's neglect of one of its most important member states, as shocking footage emerged showing leading politicians ripping down or tying up the European Union flag.

Posted 1 hours ago

France stabbing: Two killed and seven injured in Romans-sur-Isere knife attack



TWO PEOPLE have been killed and seven injured after a knife attack in Romans-sur-Isere, France, local media has reported.

Posted 2 hours ago

Zoom security fear: FBI issues terrifying Zoombombing warning - hackers hijack video calls



THE FBI has issued an alarming warning over 'zoombombing' attacks after the popular video-conferencing app Zoom became the latest target for hackers who hijack video calls and broadcast pornography or racist material.

Posted 5 hours ago

Greta Thunberg fury: Teen rival claims climate activist 'spewing words' to connect issues



GRETA THUNBERG has been accused of "spewing words" in a bid to connect social issues such as feminism and climate change to make global warming a bigger topic than it actually is, the Swedish teenager's rival has claimed.

Posted 5 hours ago

Euro POLL: Should Gordon Brown be thanked for keeping the UK out of the euro? VOTE



THE euro has been taking a pounding as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, with the eurozone shrinking by 10 percent and worse to come, analysts have said - so today Express.co.uk is asking readers whether Britain be grateful to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the man often regarded as having blocked Tony Blair's ambition for the UK to sign up for the single European currency?

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Brit stuck in Beijing flat for 10 weeks gives top tips for surviving lockdown

Dale Fox has been in lockdown in Beijing since the middle of January and can only leave his apartment twice a day as China continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic

Posted 2 hours ago

Man stabs 'at least nine people' in broad daylight leaving two dead

We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story

Posted 2 hours ago

China’s first coronavirus victim, 55, ‘may have caught bug from bat in November’

The first case of someone in China suffering from covid-19 was recorded on November 17, according to a new report

Posted 7 hours ago

Student’s coronavirus hell as she tests positive 'twice' and awaits third result

Adele Jiang, 24, is currently in quarantine at a hotel in the Hubei province, China, and hopes her third test will be negative so that she can finally return home

Posted 7 hours ago

Spain faces fears incinerators could stop as hundreds of bodies go through daily

Spain could be forced to repeat the chilling scenes in Italy where convoys of coffins were taken to crematoriums in other parts of the countries due to shortages

Posted 22 hours ago
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U.S. Navy taps Boeing for three additional MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft

U.S. defense contractor Boeing said on Thursday it had got a new order for three additional MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft to the U.S. Navy. “We’re honored to have the Navy’s confidence in our system design and performance that is evident from this additional order,” said Dave Bujold, Boeing’s MQ-25 program director. “This order establishes […]

Posted 2 hours ago

Boeing delivers newest configuration of Chinook to Royal Netherlands Air Force

Boeing, is a world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial and military aircraft, has announced that it recently delivered the first CH-47F Chinook with an upgraded cockpit to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), continuing a track record of on-time deliveries to customers. The RNLAF will operate a fleet of 20 CH-47F Chinooks, the […]

Posted 3 hours ago

U.S. Navy awards $200M contract to upgrade USS Boxer amphibious assault ship

The Department of Defense and BAE Systems announced on Friday an agreement worth about $200 million for drydock and perform nearly 18 months of maintenance and modernization work aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The drydocking of USS Boxer will be the first time the company’s San Diego shipyard will use its […]

Posted 3 hours ago

China reportedly tested its new maritime helicopter, copy of U.S. Navy’s Seahawk

Chinese media has reported images showing a new variant of the Z-20  10 ton-class medium-lift utility helicopter produced by the Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG). A navalized, anti-submarine warfare variant of the new Z-20 helicopter based at a reverse-engineered and improved variant of the U.S. made S-70C-2 helicopter of which has been used by the People’s Liberation Army […]

Posted 3 hours ago

Ukrainian tank spotted at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

A satellite image has recently emerged on military online forums showing what appears to be Soviet-era T-72 main battle tanks at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds, one of the largest military installations in the world. The military expert from Nowa Technika Wojskowa, Damian Ratka drew attention that the Ukrainian T-80U also stood in line with Soviet main […]

Posted 22 hours ago
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Brexit Endgame: The 2019 UK Election

Brexit Endgame: The 2019 UK Election

Brexit is coming. But, maybe Boris Johnson will strike a good deal with the EU to prevent the further polarisation in the UK.

Posted 4 months ago

Brexit Populism: To the Brink of Democracy and an Unholy Alliance with the US

Brexit Populism: To the Brink of Democracy and an Unholy Alliance with the US

With the installation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the UK, British democracy has – alongside political developments in the United States – reached a tipping point.

Posted 8 months ago

We Unhappy Few: The Conservative Party Leadership Race

We Unhappy Few: The Conservative Party Leadership Race

Hard Brexit is the likeliest outcome because it is the desire of the Party’s membership. Even if it means the destruction of their party..

Posted 10 months ago

The Days of May (Again): What Happens to Brexit Now?

The Days of May (Again): What Happens to Brexit Now?

To snuff out Nigel Farage a second time, the Conservatives will almost certainly elect Boris Johnson, and he will push for a No Deal exit.

Posted 10 months ago

Brexit Never Rains, But It Pours

Brexit Never Rains, But It Pours

After three exhausting and poisonous years of negotiations between the UK and the EU we are not approaching the end – we have barely finished the beginning.

Posted about 1 year ago
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US singer Bill Withers dies aged 81

US singer-songwriter Bill Withers, whose hits included Lean On Me, has died aged 81, his family said. More follows

Posted 23 hours ago

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault

Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

Posted 3:07pm - 11 Mar 2020

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault

Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. More to follow

Posted 3:07pm - 11 Mar 2020

SPONSORED: 5 reasons why Yokohama brings exciting opportunities for Scottish businesses

There are a number of international opportunities for new and established businesses in Scotland in the city of Yokohama in Japan. And that's thanks to the Scottish Government and the City of Yokohama signing a joint declaration on collaborating in the areas of culture and tourism, marine industries, sports and education in 2018. A year on, we reveal five reasons why this innovative and creative city brings exciting opportunities for Scots businessmen and businesswomen looking to launch a new business there...

Posted 4 months ago

Notre Dame: Firefighters may not be able to save historic cathedral

Around 400 firefighters are battling to save Notre Dame after a catastropic fire engulfed the world famous cathedral in Paris, toppling its spire and threatening the entire wooden frame of the building.

Posted 12 months ago
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Spain reports second consecutive drop in daily coronavirus deaths

The daily pace of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain slowed again on Saturday as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was expected to announce a new extension to lockdown measures that have confined most Spaniards to their homes for three weeks.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Knife attack leaves two dead in French town of Romans-sur-Isère, mayor says

Two people were killed and four others injured in a knife attack in the southeastern French town of Romans-sur-Isère on Saturday, the mayor said.

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Centre-left Keir Starmer replaces Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader

Britain's main opposition Labour Party named Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions who opposed the country's exit from the European Union, as its leader on Saturday.

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Trump and Macron urge for increased cooperation on coronavirus from the UN

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged top-level UN talks on the coronavirus crisis, with France pushing for a focus on war zones around the world.

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Trump fires intelligence watchdog who triggered impeachment process

U.S. President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday that he is firing the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community who was involved in triggering an impeachment probe of the president last year.

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4 soldiers, 63 jihadists killed in clash in western Niger: officials

Extremists on motorcycles fought the army Thursday in the Tillaberi region near the border with Mali before being forced to flee, according to a defence ministry statement.

Posted 29 minutes ago

Coronavirus: Global diplomacy strained amid COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered international diplomacy. While the interruptions may seem to many like trivial inconveniences for a well-heeled jet set, they may have significant implications for matters of war and peace, arms control and human rights.

Posted 30 minutes ago

Countries using everything from humour to death threats to try to stop coronavirus

Here's what officials are resorting to around the world, from fines and jail time for "fake news" to making face masks mandatory.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Coronavirus: UN to decide in a month whether to delay meeting of world leaders

The president of the U.N. General Assembly says the 193-member world body will take a decision in the coming month on whether to delay the annual gathering of world leaders in New York in late September because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted about 1 hour ago

2 killed in knife attack in France: officials

A man wielding a knife attacked residents venturing out to shop in a town under lockdown south of the French city of Lyon Saturday, killing two people and wounding others, prosecutors said.

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Spain to extend state of emergency to April 26, rise in infections slows - Reuters

  1. Spain to extend state of emergency to April 26, rise in infections slows  Reuters
  2. Spain behind U.S. in total number of coronavirus cases  CBS This Morning
  3. Coronavirus live news: Spain records second day of fewer deaths as China honours 'martyrs'  The Guardian
  4. Google data show New Yorkers doing less social distancing than people in Italy, Spain  New York Post
  5. Coronavirus: "This is not a video game, it's real" - BBC News  BBC News
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China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic - Reuters

  1. China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic  Reuters
  2. Fearing COVID-19 resurgence, China asks people to stay vigilant  Al Jazeera English
  3. The Trail Leading Back to the Wuhan Labs  National Review
  4. On the Coronavirus, God and the Chinese Communist Party  The New York Times
  5. The new war for soft power hegemony | TheHill  The Hill
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China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic - Reuters

  1. China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic  Reuters
  2. The Trail Leading Back to the Wuhan Labs  National Review
  3. China holds moment of mourning for victims of coronavirus outbreak that's swept the world  The Sun
  4. On the Coronavirus, God and the Chinese Communist Party  The New York Times
  5. The new war for soft power hegemony | TheHill  The Hill
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Spain's daily coronavirus death toll falls for second day in row - Reuters

  1. Spain's daily coronavirus death toll falls for second day in row  Reuters
  2. Spain behind U.S. in total number of coronavirus cases  CBS This Morning
  3. Google data show New Yorkers doing less social distancing than people in Italy, Spain  New York Post
  4. Coronavirus: "This is not a video game, it's real" - BBC News  BBC News
  5. Europe's north-south lockdown divide revealed by Google data  Reuters
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Spain's daily coronavirus death toll falls for second day in row - Reuters

  1. Spain's daily coronavirus death toll falls for second day in row  Reuters
  2. Spain behind U.S. in total number of coronavirus cases  CBS This Morning
  3. Google data show New Yorkers doing less social distancing than people in Italy, Spain  New York Post
  4. Coronavirus: "This is not a video game, it's real" - BBC News  BBC News
  5. Europe's north-south lockdown divide revealed by Google data  Reuters
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Iran to Use Artificial Intelligence in Diagnosing COVID-19

Iran’s Vice President for Science and Technology says Iranian researchers have gained an achievement to diagnose COVID-19 disease by artificial intelligence.

The post Iran to Use Artificial Intelligence in Diagnosing COVID-19 appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on April 4

IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Saturday, April 4, 2020, and picked headlines from 11 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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Sanctions Crippling Iran’s Fight against COVID-19: Tehran Mayor on Guardian

In a rare opinion piece published by The Guardian, Tehran’s mayor Pirouz Hanachi has argued that the US sanctions are crippling the Islamic Republic of Iran’s fight against the novel coronavirus.

The post Sanctions Crippling Iran’s Fight against COVID-19: Tehran Mayor on Guardian appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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Iran Records Highest Number of COVID-19 Deaths in 24 Hours

Iran’s Health Ministry says 158 people have died of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest number of deaths a day since the beginning of the outbreak in the country.

The post Iran Records Highest Number of COVID-19 Deaths in 24 Hours appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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IAEA to Send Two Rapid Coronavirus Testing Devices to Iran: Envoy

Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency says the IAEA will soon send two rapid coronavirus diagnostic test devices to Iran.

The post IAEA to Send Two Rapid Coronavirus Testing Devices to Iran: Envoy appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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“Commonsense on Syria” series opens with a strong start

Just World Educational’s Commonsense on Syria project is off to a powerful start, with the first online Zoom webinar taking place on March 25, followed by the second on March 28.

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Posted 5:17pm - 31 Mar 2020

Richard Falk’s amicus brief to the International Criminal Court

Richard Falk, Just World Educational Board Member and international law scholar, filed an amicus curiae brief with the International Criminal Court on March 16, 2020.

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Posted 1:42am - 24 Mar 2020

JWE to launch webinar series on Syria March 25

We are delighted to announce that on March 25, we’ll be launching a web-based educational program, “Commonsense on Syria.” This series of 10 webinar sessions aims to expand the discourse ...

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Posted 3:27pm - 18 Mar 2020

Two big powers arm-wrestle in Syria. Neither one is the United States.

It is just as well that, when he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin March 5, Turkey’s President Rejep Tayyip Erdogan did not look up to his right. If he had, he would have seen towering over him a lofty statue of Russia’s Catherine the Great, who in the 18th century sheared Erdogan’s Ottoman forebears of much of their European territory and many of their rights in the shared Black Sea.

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Posted 1:21pm - 17 Mar 2020

Evasions, Accidents, Engagements, and Fulfillment: An Autobiographical Fragment

This post is something new for me, an autobiographical fragment written at the request of an online listserv as a suggestive model for academics at the start of their careers as diplomatic historians. I publish it here.

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Posted 2:58pm - 5 Mar 2020
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Two big powers arm-wrestle in Syria. Neither one is the United States.

It is just as well that, when he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin March 5, Turkey’s President Rejep Tayyip Erdogan did not look up to his right. If he had, he would have seen towering over him a lofty statue of Russia’s Catherine the Great, who in the 18th century sheared … Continue reading Two big powers arm-wrestle in Syria. Neither one is the United States.

Posted 7:37pm - 6 Mar 2020

Foreign jihadis playing a big role in Syria’s Idlib

The thousands of highly motivated foreign fighters at all ranks of the fighting forces that currently control Syria’s Idlib enclave pose a particular challenge to policymakers worldwide trying to fashion a response to the bitter fighting in the enclave and the humanitarian crisis that has resulted from it. (Many of these foreigners have also brought … Continue reading Foreign jihadis playing a big role in Syria’s Idlib

Posted about 1 month ago

Idlib: Is ‘Gaza-style’ stabilization possible?

Might “Gaza-ification”– a Gaza-style form of stabilization that is still a long way from a stable peace agreement– be a viable way of alleviating the  currently dire humanitarian situation of the residents of Syria’s northwestern Idlib province? This prospect might seem little better better than the current situation of Idlib’s three million or so residents, … Continue reading Idlib: Is ‘Gaza-style’ stabilization possible?

Posted about 1 month ago

Idlib and the “Interahamwe aid trap”

For legitimate international aid organizations, the intense needs of the three million or so residents of Syria’s war-torn Idlib province pose a sharp moral (as well as legal) dilemma, since the many very needy noncombatants there have effectively been held hostage for more than two years by the genocidal coalition of militias led by the … Continue reading Idlib and the “Interahamwe aid trap”

Posted about 1 month ago

US corporate media and the suffering in Syria (contd.)

The New York Times been continuing its wilful hiding of the political facts around the fighting in Syria’s Idlib province. In yesterday’s print edition, the paper had yet another humanitarian-only tearjerker, “reported” by Carlotta Gall (who should know better!) out of  Reyhanli, Turkey. Her piece quoted some of the small numbers of people crossing the … Continue reading US corporate media and the suffering in Syria (contd.)

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52-Year-Old Officer In Italian Prime Minister's Security Dies Of COVID-19

The Italian government said that, when officer Giorgio Guastamacchia tested positive on March 21, he had not been in contact with Conte for at least two weeks.

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Man Kills Two, Injures 7 In Knife-Attack In France

A man in south-east France attacked several people with a knife on Saturday, killing two and wounding seven, before being arrested, sources told AFP.

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New York In "Race Against Time" As Death Count Nears 9/11 Attack Level

Two of the principal US coronavirus hot spots - New York and Louisiana - reported their biggest jumps in COVID-19 deaths yet on Friday, as the White House sent mixed messages on whether Americans...

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How Are 'Machines On Wheels' Saving Lives In Coronavirus-Ravaged Italy

The shiny new robots gently check the pulses of highly infectious patients on life support in the Italian epicentre of COVID-19. The doctors and nurses love them because they also help save their own...

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Trump Fires Intelligence Official Involved In His Impeachment Probe

U.S. President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday that he is firing the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community who was involved in triggering an impeachment probe of the president...

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News24.com | India newborn twins named Corona and Covid after virus

Parents wanted names to be 'memorable and unique' after boy and girl born during nationwide lockdown.

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News24.com | WATCH | Two members of Kennedy family missing on US canoe trip

Two members of the Kennedy US political dynasty, including a grand-niece of assassinated president John F Kennedy, were missing Friday after they went canoeing.

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News24.com | New York hospital ship tries to stay in virus-free 'bubble'

A military hospital ship which arrived in New York City on Monday is fighting to stay in a coronavirus-free "bubble" so as not to risk bringing the disease on board, its medical officer said.

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News24.com | Virus patients in Spain get five-star hotel quarantine

An ambulance driver wearing a white protective gown enters a Barcelona hotel and announces the arrival of three new "customers" -- a trio of coronavirus patients discharged from hospital into luxury quarantine.

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News24.com | Trump, Macron plan UN Security Council talks on coronavirus

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged top-level UN talks on the coronavirus crisis, with France pushing for a focus on war zones around the world.

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Taliban Attacks Could Resume

A spokesman for the Taliban has announced its forces may resume attacks in Afghanistan. This comes after the U.S. announced a peace agreement with the group just this weekend.

Posted about 1 month ago

Jack Welch, Legendary CEO Of General Electric, Dead At 84

Welch, dubbed "manager of the century" in 1999 by Fortune magazine, grew GE into an industrial powerhouse. During his reign, the company's market value skyrocketed to $410 billion from $12 billion.

Posted about 1 month ago

Live: Super Tuesday 2020 Results And Analysis

Fourteen states are voting in the presidential primary on Tuesday, with 1,357 delegates at stake. Follow the latest updates.

Posted about 1 month ago

'The Mirror & The Light' Is A Triumphant End To A Spellbinding Story

In this new novel, Hilary Mantel brings her award-winning trilogy on the life of Tudor politician Thomas Cromwell to an end. And even though readers know how this story will end, it's still gripping.

Posted about 1 month ago

Season 6 Trailer

This season on Invisibilia: inventors in desperate times.

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Ooni of Ife's new Queen / Prophetess Naomi Celebrates 7 years of Ministering Video




Ooni of Ife's New Queen, Prophetess Celebrates their 7 years of Ministering.

Posted about 1 year ago

German nurse admits to killing 100 patients in his care video

 



A German has admitted to killing 100 patients who were in his care. On the first day of his trial Neils Hoegel, 41, admitted he killed patients at two hospitals in the country. He told the court that the charges against him were accurate. The charges stem from his time at two hospitals in Oldenburg and Delmenhorst from 1999 to 2005. The victims were age 34 and 96. Posted by Persist

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Plane carrying 188 people crashes after take-off



A passenger plane carrying 188 people has crashed into the sea off Jakarta.

Flight JT610 lost contact with the ground 13 minutes after take-off, The Guardian report.

''It has been confirmed that it has crashed'', Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the country's search and rescue agency said on Monday.

The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which can carry up to 200 passengers.

A search and rescue effort has been launched for the plane, which departed Jarkata about 6.20am Ipcal time on Monday.

It was scheduled to land at Pangkal Pinang atb7.20am.

Wreckage has been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground. Said Mohmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency.

Posted about 1 year ago

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha confirmed dead




Leicester City owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has been confirmed among the dead in Saturday night helicopter crash tragedy at the King Power Stadium.

The Premier League club on Sunday officially confirmed that five people died when the helicopter lost control during take-off.

A club statement read: '' it is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crash outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived.

Posted about 1 year ago

EPL: Mourinho takes another swipe at Man United's board




Man Utd manager, Jose Mourinho has taken another swipe at his board, by claiming that Everton have the same 'ambition' as the Red Devil this season.

United who only spent £70M during the summer transfer window on Fred and Diogo Dalot but Mourinho was furious that his board failed to sign at least one centre back.

United's executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward overruled Mourinho's defensive choices and the Red Devil had a slow start to the season, leaning in tenth position of the premier league table.

Mourinho has made a number of digs at his board since the start of the season by praising West Ham's scouting network and Juventus's strength in depth.

However, the Portuguese claimed that his Sunday's opponents, Everton have the same 'ambition' as united do.

Posted about 1 year ago
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Brazilians protest Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic

President Jair Bolsonaro has remained defiant even after US President Donald Trump, who has been his political role model, walked back his own skepticism about the coronavirus outbreak. Bolsonaro’s stance has isolated him politically in Brazil.

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International doctors can help the US fight COVID-19. But can they get here?

The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges for doctors on visas who are already in the US, and for international physicians who are supposed to arrive in the US to start work at US hospitals in a few months. 

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Coronavirus has changed how we transport goods and ourselves. But will it last?

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that what’s “normal” can change dramatically and quickly to protect public health — and those lessons may be good for the climate, too.

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How the US coronavirus stimulus package compares to those of Europe

The US just passed a $2 trillion stimulus. But how does it look compared to efforts in some European countries to mitigate the economic effect of the coronavirus pandemic?

Posted 21 hours ago

South Korea flattened the curve. Now what?

While an increasing number of countries are tightening their borders in an effort to halt further infections, South Korea is taking a different approach. But a rise in imported cases threatens to roll back some of the country’s progress.

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'Boozers' go thirsty as Zimbabwe bans alcohol under Covid-19 lockdown

Drinkers in Zimbabwe are bracing themselves for a dry weekend after police said they would enforce a ban on the sale of alcohol as part of their efforts to enforce social distancing under a coronavirus lockdown.

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Man kills two, injures four in knife attack in southeast of France

A man armed with a knife attacked people out shopping in the southeastern French town of Romans-sur-Isère on Saturday, killing two and wounding four, the mayor said. 

Posted about 1 hour ago

What to do with asparagus when restaurants and markets are shut down?

France has asked supermarkets to prioritise French fruits and vegetables, as border closures and confinement measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 have affected supply chains.

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France reports 588 deaths in hospitals, but real numbers are much higher

France on Friday reported 588 more coronavirus deaths in hospital, its biggest 24-hour toll in the country since the epidemic began. The new deaths brought to 5,091 the total number of people who have died in hospital of COVID-19 in France.

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EU should help African 'neighbours' as fears of 'out of control' pandemic rise - EU official

European countries will club together and “create a package” to try and help African countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said. Cases of Covid-19 have topped more than 7,000 across the African continent and the EU is concerned that many African countries could be overwhelmed by the pandemic.

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Center-left Keir Starmer replaces Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party named Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions who opposed the country’s exit from the European Union, as its leader on Saturday. Starmer, who has tried to carry the socialist supporters of outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn while also keeping more centrist Labour members on board, beat Rebecca Long-Bailey, an […]

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Video app Zoom rockets to fame, with some hiccups, amid pandemic

What does British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have in common with virtual happy hour celebrants and thousands of students around the world? All use the Zoom videoconferencing application to get together while staying apart during the deadly coronavirus pandemic. But amid its newfound fame, the Silicon Valley-based company has come under stepped-up scrutiny over how […]

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Knife attack leaves two dead in French town of Romans-sur-Isère, mayor says

Two people were killed and four others injured in a knife attack in the southeastern French town of Romans-sur-Isère on Saturday, the mayor said. The attack took place in the morning outside a bakery where customers had queued, according to Mayor Marie-Hélène Thoraval, who said that the assailant had been arrested. One of the wounded is […]

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Remote control operation removes tiger’s collar in India

A delicate remote control operation to remove a tracking collar from a tiger on an epic 13-month trek through India has been carried out to avoid the device choking the animal. The feline explorer, named Walker for the roughly 3,000 kilometres (1,800 miles) of terrain it covered, has been tracked by Indian wildlife experts through […]

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Four acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder rearrested pending appeal

Four men acquitted in the kidnapping and killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan have been rearrested and will stay in jail while prosecutors appeal the ruling, officials said. A Pakistani court sparked US outrage on Thursday after it overturned the death sentence of British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh as well as the […]

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Britain set for long lockdown as death toll rises to 4,313

Britain is unlikely to lift its stringent lockdown rules until the end of May, once the spread of the coronavirus has started to slow, a leading government adviser said on Saturday as the death toll rose to 4,313.

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Austrian coronavirus infection growth slows significantly: health ministry

Austria's daily growth of COVID-19 infections has decreased to a single digit percentage range from 40 percent three weeks ago as restrictions on people's movement and the closure of schools and shops took effect, the health ministry said.

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Spain to extend state of emergency to April 26, rise in infections slows

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will ask parliament to extend lockdown measures by 15 more days until April 26 as the daily pace of new coronavirus infections and deaths slowed again on Saturday in one of the world's most hard-hit countries.

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UK coronavirus death toll rises to 4,313, up 20% on day earlier

The United Kingdom's death toll from the coronavirus rose by 20% to 4,313 at 1600 GMT on April 3, the health ministry said.

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Saudi authorities lock down several Jeddah neighborhoods

Saudi authorities announced a lockdown and a partial curfew in seven neighborhoods of the Red Sea city of Jeddah, starting on Saturday, as part of measures to contain the new coronavirus outbreak, the interior ministry said in a statement.

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Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 60,000 – Johns Hopkins University

Preview The worldwide death toll from coronavirus has topped 60,000, according to a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
Read Full Article at RT.com

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Researchers unearth deep-sea bacteria with metabolism unlike anything encountered before

Preview A peculiar form of bacteria discovered on the floor of the deepest ocean layer has been found to have a strange metabolism unlike anything that has ever been encountered before.
Read Full Article at RT.com

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LISTEN: China pays tribute to Covid-19 victims with 3 minutes of silence, air raid sirens & car horns

Preview China has held a nationwide day of mourning for those who lost their lives to coronavirus, with the country observing three minutes of silence – and some cities opting for a much louder way of paying their respects.
Read Full Article at RT.com

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Two killed, several injured in stabbing attack in French town of Romans-sur-Isère – reports

Preview At least two people have been killed and multiple others injured after a man carried out a knife attack in the French town of Romans-sur-Isère, local media is reporting.
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‘Govt sends us NAKED against Covid-19’: RT speaks to French nurse from caregivers’ undressing flashmob

Preview French caregivers battling Covid-19 are appallingly underequipped and overloaded with fresh cases, a local nurse said, explaining a recent action which saw medics posing naked to show their vulnerability to the deadly contagion.
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Light lamps to dispel coronavirus 'darkness', Indian PM tells citizens

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged citizens to switch off the lights in their homes and light candles and oil lamps instead on Sunday night to dispel the "darkness" of the coronavirus epidemic and look forward with hope.

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Coronavirus deaths in Spain down for second day in a row

Spain has seen a drop in the number of people dying from COVID-19 for the second day in a row.

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Twins born during pandemic named 'Corona and Covid'

A couple in India have named their twins born amid the global coronavirus pandemic Corona and Covid.

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China mourns coronavirus 'martyrs' during national day of reflection

With air raid sirens wailing and flags at half-mast, China has held a three-minute nationwide moment of reflection to honour those who have died in the coronavirus outbreak.

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France death toll tops 6,500 as world faces critical equipment shortage

France's coronavirus death toll has risen by more than 1,000 to around 6,500 - as another 160,000 police officers were deployed to enforce the country's strict confinement laws.

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Africa's Conflict-Ridden Regions Face Another Existential Threat in COVID-19

Africa's Conflict-Ridden Regions Face Another Existential Threat in COVID-19

Africa's Conflict-Ridden Regions Face Another Existential Threat in COVID-19

Lisa Bryant – Voice of America

PARIS - In the West African country of Burkina Faso, rising insecurity has shuttered dozens of health clinics and left just three capable of carrying out coronavirus testing.  
 
In nearby Chad, a COVID-19-triggered drop in crude prices could translate into problems paying the Sahel region’s most powerful army fighting an Islamist insurgency.  
 
And in nations ranging from Mali to the Democratic Republic of Congo to South Sudan, years of unrest have weakened governments, deepened hunger and malnutrition, and left crowded camps of displaced people with scant access to health care and hygiene services.  
 
If experts fear the coronavirus may deal Africa an outsized blow, the continent’s conflict-torn regions are particularly vulnerable, analysts and humanitarians say.  
 
“They are now facing two wars,” said Laurent Bossard, director of the Sahel and West Africa Club for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. “And these two wars will be interlinked in many ways.”  
 
So far, the continent has reported just a few thousand coronavirus cases, and no major outbreaks yet of the kind being endured in China, Italy and the United States.  
 
But experts fear the cases could multiply rapidly, even as the continent risks potentially shrinking peacekeeping operations and humanitarian support from donor countries fighting their own battles against COVID-19.  
 
Calling for urgent action, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned this week that Africa’s conflict areas would bear the brunt of a potentially “devastating” impact of COVID-19 on the continent.  
 
“We’re particularly worried about Africa, because it’s a continent marked by conflict and violence that haven’t stopped” with the coronavirus, said the ICRC’s Dakar-based spokeswoman, Halimatou Amadou.

Yet Another Humanitarian Crisis?  
 
Spreading unrest, much of its generated by Islamist militants, has led to the closure of more than 100 health facilities this year alone in Burkina Faso, according to the ICRC, while 20 percent of those centers have been partially or completely destroyed in neighboring Mali.  
 
To the east, decades of war in South Sudan have left just one physician for every 65,000 people, according to the World Health Organization.  
 
In the Horn of Africa, health experts fear a coronavirus outbreak in conflict-ravaged Somalia, with 2.6 million displaced people, could be one of the world’s worst, according to humanitarian group Refugees International.  
 
The ICRC, for one, is working with local partners in Africa’s conflict zones to spread community awareness about the disease through media spots, flyers and small focus groups. But the challenges are tremendous, Amadou said, including the many areas rendered no-go zones through insecurity.  
 
“We’re trying to think of ‘out of the box’ solutions to reach these populations,” she added.  
 
Some conflict areas have a few advantages. In the Sahel, for example, unrest has limited circulation and cut off affected communities from capitals that could potentially be hard-hit by the pandemic.  
 
The DRC also emerged from a devastating Ebola outbreak last month that may have better prepared health workers to deal with this latest health crisis.  
 
“One of the forces of Africa is it’s a continent that has unfortunately been hit by different epidemics, and where the medical structure is used to working with very little means,” said the ICRC’s Amadou. “We have medical staff who are very inventive, who find solutions adapted to the local context.”

Military Setbacks  
 
Although United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a “global cease-fire” while fighting the pandemic, few armed groups in Africa appear to be listening.  
 
Late last month, Boko Haram militants killed almost 100 Chadian troops in an ambush on a Lake Chad island, dealing N’Djamena’s military its deadliest blow yet. Boko Haram also killed nearly 50 Nigerian forces the same day.  
 
With 1,000 troops committed to the French-supported, five-nation G5 Sahel campaign fighting the Islamist insurgency, Chad is facing another serious threat: an economic crunch from tumbling oil prices, which is also hitting Nigeria hard.  
 
“Will the Chadian government be able to pay its forces in the future?” asked the OECD’s Bossard.  
 
“From a security perspective, it really is a significant liability,” said Pierre Englebert, international relations professor at Pomona College in California and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council research group. “The Chadians are pretty much the only local military that’s really capable in the region, so it would leave the French with no serious partner there.”  
 
For their part, it’s unclear whether many rebel and insurgent groups will feel economic pain from the coronavirus. In the Sahel, for example, a number survive through activities such as smuggling, kidnapping, and facilitating migration movements, Englebert said. He doubts they will be hard hit.  
 
In DRC, the myriad rebel groups depend on small-scale activities like artisan mining. They, too, would be marginally affected by a coronavirus-driven global recession, he added.

Foreign Impact  
 
France recently announced it would pull some of its forces from Iraq due to coronavirus concerns but has said nothing about withdrawing its 5,100-person counter-insurgency operation in the Sahel.  
 
Last week, France and several other European countries announced the creation of a new special forces initiative in the Sahel, due to be fully operational next year.  
 
But the coronavirus may prompt other international forces to scale back, even temporarily, analysts say. That includes the United States, which is already mulling troop cuts.  
 
While the coronavirus may not directly impact Washington's decision, “I can only imagine it could precipitate it, could accelerate the rhythm of disengagement,” analyst Englebert said.    

For its part, the U.N. has also asked nine troop-contributing countries affected by the coronavirus to delay their rotations to peacekeeping missions, many of which are in Africa. In South Sudan, U.N. peacekeepers are also taking steps to limit their potential exposure to the virus, including cutting travel to the field, according to Refugees International.   
 
The U.N.'s peacekeeping headquarters in New York did not respond to a request for comment.  
 
Experts also fear richer nations fighting the coronavirus and its fallout at home will fail to step up with the humanitarian assistance desperately needed for Africa to confront the pandemic, especially in conflict-affected regions.  
 
Referring to the Sahel region, Bakary Sambe, of the Dakar-based research group Timbuktu Institute, warned the European Union of the dangers of being solely fixated on the bloc’s economic survival.  
 
“The day the sanitary barricades are lifted, we’ll be confronted by the scale of the disaster,” Sambe told the Mondafrique investigative website.  
 
“And we’ll realize, once again, that the Sahel’s vulnerabilities also concern Europe,” he added, “if only on the question of collective security, migration, and the fight against terrorism.”

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The Military Must Balance National Security Risks With The Health Of Its Troops

The Military Must Balance National Security Risks With The Health Of Its Troops

The Military Must Balance National Security Risks With The Health Of Its Troops by Meghann Meyers – Military Times

With the services on track to report more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 by the end of the week, military senior leadership is looking at a tough choice.

They can ramp down some missions in an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus throughout the ranks and sacrifice both short- and long-term readiness.

Or, they can push ahead knowing that it could take longer for the infection rate to peter out ― and possibly cost more lives ― but having preserved national security to the fullest extent possible.

Those questions are part of the ongoing discussions at the highest levels of the Defense Department, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told Military Times on Friday.

“[There] seems to be this belief that the best way for the Department of Defense to defeat COVID-19 is for us to stand down and stop operations around the world,” Hoffman said. “One, that’s not going to happen. Two, we don’t believe that’s necessary.”…

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Pakistan Rearrests 4 Men in Daniel Pearl Case

Pakistan Rearrests 4 Men in Daniel Pearl Case

Pakistan Rearrests 4 Men in Daniel Pearl Case by Salman Mansood – New York Times

The Pakistani authorities said Friday that four men had been rearrested in the abduction and killing of the American journalist Daniel Pearl after a court overturned their convictions just the day before. The government will appeal their acquittals to Pakistan’s Supreme Court, officials said.

On Thursday the High Court in Sindh Province overturned the murder conviction of Ahmed Omar Sheikh, a high-profile British-born militant accused of masterminding the 2002 abduction and killing of Mr. Pearl. It also tossed his death sentence, reducing it to seven years, a move that would have allowed him to be freed for time served. The convictions of three other men in the case on murder and terrorism charges were also overturned.

The court decision was widely condemned by American officials and journalists’ groups. Welcoming Pakistan’s move to appeal on Friday, a senior State Department official said, “The overturning of the convictions for Daniel Pearl’s murder is an affront to victims of terrorism everywhere.”...

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In South Korea, How U.S. General Contained COVID-19

In South Korea, How U.S. General Contained COVID-19

In South Korea, How U.S. General Contained COVID-19

William Gallo – Voice of America

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - “Go hard, go early.”

That’s the advice from Gen. Robert Abrams, the top U.S. general in South Korea, on how to combat the coronavirus.

“It'll seem like an overreaction. It'll seem a bit over the top…a week later, your community will understand, your unit will understand.”

Abrams, who spoke to VOA and CNN in a joint interview Thursday in Seoul, commands approximately 28,000 U.S. troops in South Korea. It was effectively the first U.S. community to be on the front lines against the coronavirus. Its efforts so far to contain the outbreak provide important insights in the global fight against COVID-19.

Quick Action

The most important lesson, according to Abrams, is to act immediately and decisively.

“You've got to attack this hard and fast from the very beginning,” he said, "It's got a very, very high infectious rate."

Nowhere is that more evident than South Korea.

The country reported its first case on January 20. Cases remained relatively low for weeks, until a 61-year-old woman, the country's 31st confirmed case, attended religious services after contracting the virus.

Within a week, South Korea exploded with thousands of cases -- over half of which were linked to the religious group.

“It only takes one person,” Abrams said, citing this case, South Korea's so-called Patient 31 case.

South Korea was able to quickly put out the cluster infection, thanks to its campaign of vigorous coronavirus testing, investigations to determine the path of infection and isolation of those involved.

So far, the U.S. military in South Korea has avoided its own “super spreader.” As of Friday, only 17 individuals related to U.S. Forces Korea, including two armed services members, have tested positive for the virus.

Fighting Complacency

With the number of new U.S. military-related infections picking up over the past week, though, Abrams has implemented strict new measures.

At Camp Humphreys, the biggest U.S. base in South Korea, life has changed dramatically. Gyms have been closed. Bus and taxi services are suspended. Lines sometimes form outside the commissary because only 100 people are allowed in the store at a time.

Last week, Abrams declared a public health emergency, which gave him greater authority to enforce restrictions among civilian employees, contractors, and service members’ families. That move came after a U.S. contractor caught the virus after eating at a local restaurant in violation of rules.

“The fight now is really about…complacency and ensuring that every single person remains vigilant,” Abrams said. “And it's difficult in a community, but what people need to understand about this enemy is that it only takes one person to not follow the guidance. That puts everyone else's health at risk. And it will be almost immediate.”

Military Readiness

Mission-related activities have also changed. Aircraft mechanics, for instance, have been separated into teams.

“So if a person on one team gets sick, it doesn’t affect all the mechanics,” Abrams said. 

The same goes for air crews. Pilots now are paired up, rather than rotated, making it easier to track down infection paths, should the need arise, he said.

The measures could affect military readiness, especially if they last a long time, Abrams acknowledged. He said he is confident, though, of striking a balance between mission readiness and safety.

“We're still flying [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance flights]. We're still flying helicopters. We're still conducting routine training,” he said. “It's required us to make some adjustments, but we’re all capable of doing it.”

The U.S. military must deal with the coronavirus while also keeping an eye on North Korea. That threat was highlighted last month, when North Korea tested a record number of short-range missiles.

Other Challenges

Making things even trickier, the U.S. military this week furloughed over 4,000 local South Korean civilian employees, amid deadlocked military cost-sharing negotiations between Washington and Seoul.

“I’ve been burning up the phone lines and email late at night and early morning back to Washington,” Abrams said of the cost-sharing talks, which are led on the U.S. side by the State Department.

Asked if the military is able to cope with the furloughs on top of the virus containment, all while remaining mission-ready, Abrams replied: “I don't have a choice. I have to deal with it...this is part of our duties and responsibilities.”

Looking Ahead

Nearly two months since the outbreak began in South Korea, the U.S. and much of the rest of the world are now learning the same lessons as those in South Korea.

One important final lesson is that even when it seems the virus has been contained, the battle isn’t over.

“I’m not about flattening the curve,” Abrams said. “I’m about squashing the curve.” 

SWJED Fri, 04/03/2020 - 4:44pm

Posted 17 hours ago

Statement From SECNAV on Relief of CO Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

Statement From SECNAV on Relief of CO Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

Statement From SECNAV on Relief of CO Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

Statement from the Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly, regarding the relief of the Commanding Officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Good afternoon. Thank you again for your diligence and courage in keeping the American people informed as we all deal with the profound ramifications, and rapid developments, associated with this crisis.

I am here today to inform you that today at my direction, the Commanding Officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Captain Crozier, was relieved of command by the Carrier Strike Group Commander, Rear Admiral Stuart Baker.

The Executive Officer, Captain Dan Keeler, has assumed command temporarily until such time as Rear Admiral Select Carlos Sardiello arrives in Guam to assume command. Rear Admiral Select Sardiello is the former commanding officer of the Theodore Roosevelt so he is extremely well-acquainted with the ship, many members of its crew and the operations and capabilities of the ship itself. He is the best person in the Navy right now to take command under these circumstances.

As Secretary of the Navy, I could not be more proud of our men and women serving as part of the Navy and Marine Corps team. I can assure you that no one cares more than I do about their safety and welfare. I myself have a son in uniform, who is currently serving right now on active duty in Korea—one of the first nations in the world to have a significant spike in Coronavirus cases. I understand, both as a parent and a veteran, how critical our support lines are for the health and well-being of our people, especially now in the midst of a global pandemic.

But there is a larger strategic context, one full of national security imperatives, of which all our commanders must all be aware today. While we may not be at war in a traditional sense, neither are we truly at peace. Authoritarian regimes are on the rise. Many nations are reaching, in many ways, to reduce our capacity to accomplish our national goals. This is actively happening every day. It has been a long time since the Navy and Marine Corps team has faced this broad array of capable global strategic challengers. A more agile and resilient mentality is necessary, up and down the chain of command.

Perhaps more so than in the recent past, we require commanders with the judgment, maturity, and leadership composure under pressure to understand the ramifications of their actions within that larger dynamic strategic context. We all understand and cherish our responsibilities, and frankly our love, for all of our people in uniform, but to allow those emotions to color our judgment when communicating the current operational picture can, at best, create unnecessary confusion, and at worst, provide an incomplete picture of American combat readiness to our adversaries.

When the Commanding Officer of the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT decided to write his letter of 30 March 2020 that outlined his concerns for his crew in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of the Navy had already mobilized significant resources for days in response to his previous requests. On the same date marked on his letter, my Chief of Staff had called the CO directly, at my request, to ensure he had all the resources necessary for the health and safety of his crew.

The CO told my Chief of Staff that he was receiving those resources, and was fully aware of the Navy’s response, only asking that the he wished the crew could be evacuated faster. My Chief of Staff ensured that the CO knew that he had an open line to me to use at any time. He even called the CO again a day later to follow up. At no time did the CO relay the various levels of alarm that I, along with the rest of the world, learned from his letter when it was published two days later.

Once I read the letter, I immediately called the Chief of Naval Operations, ADM Gilday, and the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, ADM Aquilino. ADM Gilday had just read the letter that morning as well, and ADM Aquilino had it the day before. We had a teleconference within minutes of my reading of that article, including the Commander, SEVENTH Fleet, VADM William Merz, ADM Aquilino, ADM Gilday, the Department of the Navy’s Surgeon General, RADM Bruce Gillingham, and others. That evening, we held another teleconference with the entire chain of command.

The next day, I spoke with the CO of the THEODORE ROOSEVELT myself, and this morning, I have spoken to the TR’s Carrier Strike Group Commander, RDML Stuart Baker. RDML Baker did not know about the letter before it was sent to him via email by the CO. It is important to understand that the Strike Group Commander, the CO’s immediate boss, is embarked on the Theodore Roosevelt, right down the passageway from him. The letter was sent over non- secure, unclassified email even though that ship possesses some of the most sophisticated communications and encryption equipment in the Fleet.

It was sent outside the chain of command, at the same time the rest of the Navy was fully responding. Worse, the Captain’s actions made his Sailors, their families, and many in the public believe that his letter was the only reason help from our larger Navy family was forthcoming, which was hardly the case.

Command is a sacred trust that must be continually earned, both from the Sailors and Marines one leads, and from the institution which grants that special, honored privilege.

As I learned more about the events of the past week on board USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), including my personal conversations with the Strike Group Commander, Commander, SEVENTH Fleet, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Chief of Naval Operations, and CAPT Crozier himself, I could reach no other conclusion than that Captain Crozier had allowed the complexity of his challenge with COVID breakout on the ship to overwhelm his ability to act professionally, when acting professionally was what was needed most. We do, and we should, expect more from the Commanding Officers of our aircraft carriers.

I did not come to this decision lightly. I have no doubt in my mind that Captain Crozier did what he thought was in the best interests of the safety and well-being of his crew. Unfortunately, it did the opposite. It unnecessarily raised alarms with the families of our Sailors and Marines with no plan to address those concerns. It raised concerns about the operational capabilities and operational security of the ship that could have emboldened our adversaries to seek advantage, and it undermined the chain of command who had been moving and adjusting as rapidly as possible to get him the help he needed.

For these reasons, I lost confidence in his ability to lead that warship as it continues to fight through this virus, get the crew healthy, so that it can continue to meet its national security requirements. In my judgement relieving him of command was in the best interests of the United States Navy and the nation in this time when the nation needs the Navy to be strong and confident in the face of adversity. The responsibility for this decision rests with me. I expect no congratulations for it, and it gives me no pleasure in making it. CAPT Crozier is an honorable man, who despite this uncharacteristic lapse of judgment, has dedicated himself throughout a lifetime of incredible service to our nation.

Pursuant to this action, and with my full support, the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gilday has directed the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Robert Burke, to conduct an investigation into the circumstances and climate of the entire Pacific Fleet to help determine what may have contributed to this breakdown in the chain of command. We must ensure we can count on the right judgment, professionalism, composure, and leadership from our Commanding Officers everywhere on our Navy and Marine Corps team, but especially in the Western Pacific. I have no indication that there is a broader problem in this regard, but we have obligation to calmly and evenly investigate that nonetheless.

To our Commanding Officers, it would be a mistake to view this decision as somehow not supportive of your duty to report problems, request help, protect your crews, and challenge assumptions as you see fit.

This decision is not one of retribution. It is about confidence. It is not an indictment of character, but rather of judgement. While I do take issue with thevalidity of some of the points in Captain Crozier’s letter, he was absolutely correct in raising them.

It was the way in which he did this, by not working through and with his Strike Group Commander to develop a strategy to resolve the problems he raised, by not sending the letter to and through his chain of command, by not protecting the sensitive nature of the information contained within the letter appropriately, and lastly by not reaching out to me directly to voice is concerns, after that avenue had been provided to him through my team, that was unacceptable.

Let me be clear, you all have a duty to be transparent with your respective chains of command, even if you fear they might disagree with you. This duty requires courage, but it also requires respect for that chain of command, and for the sensitivity of the information you decide to share and the manner you choose to share it.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I would like to send a message to the crew of the Theodore Roosevelt and their families back here at home. I am entirely convinced that your Commanding Officer loves you, and that he had you at the center of his heart and mind in every decision that he has made. I also know that you have great affection, and love, for him as well. But it is my responsibility to ensure that his love and concern for you is matched, if not exceeded by, his sober and professional judgement under pressure.

You deserve that throughout all the dangerous activities for which you train so diligently, but most importantly, for those situations which are unpredictable and are hard to plan for. It’s important because you are the TR, you are the Big Stick, and what happens onboard the TR matters far beyond the physical limits of your hull. Your shipmates across the fleet need for you to be strong and ready—and most especially right now they need you to be courageous in the face of adversity.

The nation needs to know that the Big Stick is undaunted, unstoppable —and that you will stay that way as we as a Navy help you through this COVID-19 challenge. Our adversaries need to know this as well. They respect and fear the Big Stick, and they should. We will not allow anything to diminish that respect and fear as you, and the rest of our nation, fights through this virus. As I stated, we are not at war by traditional measures, but neither are we at peace. The nation you defend is in a fight right now for our economic, personal and political security, and you are on the front lines of this fight in many ways.

You can offer comfort to your fellow citizens who are struggling and fearful here at home by standing the watch, and working your way through this pandemic with courage and optimism and set the example for the nation. We have an obligation to ensure you have everything you need as fast as we can get it there, and you have my commitment that we will not let you down. The nation you have sworn to defend is in a fight, and the nations and bad actors around the world who wish us harm should understand that the Big Stick is in the neighborhood and that her crew is standing the watch.

Thank you, and I am ready to answer any questions you may have.

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What does a tense US-China relationship mean for the world?

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Posted 12:49pm - 24 Mar 2020

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'I just want to go home': the desperate millions hit by Modi's brutal lockdown

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Saudi cleric tells women they CAN refuse sex with husbands during coronavirus outbreak

A SAUDI cleric has told women it is okay to refuse to have sex with their husbands during the coronavirus outbreak. Religious scholar Abdullah Muhammad Al-Mutlaq, an adviser at the Saudi royal court, gave the advice while appearing on a live state TV call-in show. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news […]

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Two dead and seven injured in knife attack in France as anti-terror cops launch probe

TWO people have been killed and seven are injured after a knifeman went on stabbing rampage in France today. The country’s anti-terrorism police have launched an investigation, according to local reports. Four people are said to be in serious condition after the attack is said to have started in a butcher shop in the southeastern […]

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Spain’s daily coronavirus death toll falls for second day in row as 809 die taking total to 11,744

SPAIN has recorded less than 900 coronavirus deaths in a single-day period for the first time since Thursday. Health chiefs offered a glimmer of hope today by announcing 809 deaths in the past 24 hours. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates The figure remains depressingly high, but it represents […]

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Coronavirus patient ‘bites nurse’s FACE after she tried to stop him escaping from quarantine’

A CORONAVIRUS patient reportedly bit the face of a nurse who was trying to prevent him from escaping from quarantine. Cops are said to have arrested the man, who had been found to have Covid-19, after he bit a Chinese nurse as he tried to escape the authorities. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for […]

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Brit businessman, 60, dies in 65ft fall from Bangkok motorway flyover after coronavirus decimated his business

A BRITISH businessman died after falling 65 feet from a Bangkok motorway flyover after the coronavirus pandemic reportedly decimated his business. The 60-year-old is understood to have parked his silver pickup truck on the flyover before falling to his death at about 7am local time this morning. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the […]

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Freighters in Great Lakes take precautions against virus

CHICAGO (AP) - Workers on American and foreign freighters are following new protocols and precautionary measures in the Great Lakes region to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Coast Guard will monitor American and foreign cargo vessels that have recently traveled to an area affected by the new ...

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Global diplomacy under the gun in the time of coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) - Entire countries are on lockdown, state visits canceled, travel curtailed, key meetings postponed or moved online.

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered international diplomacy. While the interruptions may seem to many like trivial inconveniences for a well-heeled jet set, they may have significant implications for matters ...

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The Latest: U.S. Embassy in Russia tries get Americans home

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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Kentucky governor vetoes voter ID bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday vetoed a bill pushed by Republican lawmakers to require Kentucky residents to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote.

In his veto message, the governor said the measure would create an obstacle to voting, resulting in fewer people ...

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Boris Johnson, UK prime minister, still in isolation due to coronavirus symptoms

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday he will stay in isolation because he is still feeling the effects of his coronavirus infection.

"I still have a temperature so in accordance with government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes," said Mr. Johnson in a video ...

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How The Hindu's paywall is paying off

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How an AI system is boosting The Globe and Mail's business

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How an AI system is boosting business at The Globe and Mail

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Covid-19: Indian publishers promote safety of print newspapers

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COVID-19: How publishers are engaging children and teens

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COVID-19: NY State records 562 deaths in single day; tally crosses 7000 in US

More than 7,000 people have died in the US, and 1,867 in New York City alone, according to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre. The New York State reported its highest number of 562 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, with a person dying almost every two-and-a-half minutes.

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US sets new global record with 1,480 virus deaths in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins

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Pakistan records 2,700 coronavirus cases

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WHO, IMF say saving lives 'prerequisite' to save jobs

The WHO and IMF chiefs insisted Friday that saving lives was a "prerequisite" to saving livelihoods in the coronavirus pandemic -- a crisis they called "one of humanity's darkest hours".

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Competition for supplies sharpening as pandemic worsens

Scarce supplies of medical equipment are leading to growing competition within the U.S. and among nations, in what one French politician called a "worldwide treasure hunt."

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Hungary prepares $30 billion coronavirus package to jump-start economy

18 min 22 sec agoBUDAPEST - Hungary is preparing to announce a roughly $30 billion package of measures

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Iran hits back at Pompeo over dissident killing accusation

29 min 4 sec agoDUBAI - Iran's foreign ministry criticised U.S.

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Germany reports 6,082 more coronavirus cases, a slight daily fall

28 min 29 sec agoLONDON - Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases have risen by 6,082 in the past 2

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SoftBank CEO Son's coronavirus poll shows 80% favour state of emergency

35 min 44 sec agoTOKYO - More than 80% of respondents to a Twitter poll initiated by SoftBank Group Co

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Spain to extend coronavirus state of emergency until April 26 - El Pais

48 min 49 sec agoMADRID - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will extend the state of emergency in t

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Wartime Lessons for Industrial Mobilization in a Time of Pandemic

Some six months after Pearl Harbor, with American industry in a desperate rush to build tanks, planes and ships to defeat Japan, the Higgins shipyard had no choice but to relinquish a contract it had signed only months earlier to build cargo ships. Higgins lacked the steel it needed. An exasperated New York Times editorial […]

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COVID-19 and the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-19

October 1918 was the height of the Spanish influenza pandemic in Cape Town, South Africa. A leading community worker asked his good friend Dr. Frederick Willmot, the state’s assistant medical officer of health, the following: “Will you answer a straightforward question? Are we going to be wiped out?” Willmot hesitated before replying, “I’ll tell you […]

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The Meaning of Public Service

Chris and Melanie sit down with Mark Cancian of CSIS to discuss the final report of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. They discuss what public service is, what role the government should play in encouraging it, and how COVID-19 and the response to it might affect what opportunities people see for […]

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Pandemic and the Plight of American Public Policy

The pandemic afflicting the world has exposed many weaknesses and flaws. One of these is surely America’s ability to design, coordinate, and implement effective public policy in the face of a crisis. How can a nation that produces some of the world’s most innovative technology, is home to the planet’s most impressive companies, and is […]

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Does America Need an Africa Strategy?

“I could make your life hell,” Senator Lindsey Graham reportedly told Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, if the Pentagon withdrew American troops from Africa. While Graham later denied the report, the senator confirmed that he warned against any potential force reductions as a part of the ongoing “blank slate review” of America’s military posture. Esper, […]

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Live updates: U.S. reports more than 30,000 coronavirus cases in record day; CDC recommends people wear cloth face coverings

The tens of thousands of new American cases came as President Trump announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that everyone wear a simple, cloth face covering while out in public.

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Coronavirus chills protests from Chile to Hong Kong to Iraq, forces activists to innovate

The pandemic is slamming the brakes on dreams of social change. Some movements are getting creative.

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Violence imperils coronavirus response in conflict zones around the world

Millions face a special risk in Africa, the Middle East and eastern Europe.

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Live updates: U.S. grapples with widening onslaught as China warns about risk of new infections

With debate unfolding over the full scope of the coronavirus pandemic, Australia’s chief medical officer said the global death toll was probably five to 10 times higher than official figures indicated, and China warned of the risk of a resurgence in domestic case numbers.

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Migrants are the unsung heroes of the pandemic

From hospitals to farmlands, migrants are providing vital labor to keep societies afloat

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Lending a hand

ABUJA, Nigeria—As lockdowns began this week to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, one megachurch near the capital city donated hospital beds, diagnostic sets, sanitizers, oxygen and regular face masks, and other items to health officials.

“We are not just going to pray and trust in God to save us, but we must come out to support the constituted authorities,” said Paul Eneche, senior pastor of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre in Abuja.

Churches and mission groups across Africa are turning their attention to the fight against the new coronavirus. In western Kenya, Houston-based Living Water International, which has formed partnerships with local churches to provide access to clean water while sharing the gospel, has continued its water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) program.

Maitabel Okumu, an Africa program specialist with the group, said it has a COVID-19 guide fluent in Swahili to help church leaders encourage their members and educate them on the virus. Translators are working on similar efforts in other communities across the continent. Kenya has at least 81 cases of the coronavirus so far. Health Ministry Director-General Patrick Amoth on Monday said the country could record up to 10,000 cases by the end of April and urged Kenyans to remain vigilant.

In Sierra Leone, where officials recorded the first two cases of COVID-19 this week, Living Water delivered sanitizers and other emergency supplies to church communities. In Ghana, the Presbyterian church in North Kaneshie provided food and hand sanitizers to more than 300 needy people, hoping to encourage them to stay home. The country has counted more than 195 cases. As the number of infections in the country rose to 10 in Mozambique, Grace Missions, which runs an annual conference for church leaders and a Christian bookshop, offered its uncommissioned, 32-bed surgical hospital and two respirators to aid the response in Nampula province.

Hannah Malone, an administrative staff member with the group, said officials from the provincial health department visited the facility this week to inspect it and see if it would work as the city’s treatment base: “We want to be helpful to people around us with our resources.”

As international groups rally to help Africa during the pandemic, they also are condemning some government responses to the threat. Police officials in Kenya have used batons to beat people and fired tear gas at several others who violated the lockdown. On Monday, a 13-year-old boy died after a police officer enforcing a curfew fired his gun in a crowded neighborhood and struck him as he stood on a balcony.

Otsieno Namwaya with Human Rights Watch said authorities should respect the law and abstain from abuse, “otherwise, excess use of force could undermine government’s ability to win popular support and cooperation in an effort to control the spread of the virus.”

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Collaboration and compassion

India’s Christians are offering the use of hospitals and trained staff to take care of coronavirus patients. A Catholic media group is also raising money to feed the suffering homeless.

The Coalition for Christian Health offered to work with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to supply 1,000 hospitals and 60,000 beds, the Union of Catholic Asian News reported. It has Catholic and Protestant healthcare facilities across India, including in rural villages, with 1,000 doctors and 50,000 nurses.

“The Christian community always stood in the forefront to fight any national calamity or crisis, and COVID-19 is no exception,” said the Rev. George Kannanthanam, a coalition official.

With the nation on lockdown, India’s homeless are going hungry. Atmadarshan TV launched a “feed a stomach” campaign to raise funds. The Catholic channel sends out volunteers daily with food in central India.

“This has created a serious survival problem for the thousands of abandoned who are dependent on alms for their sustenance,” the Rev. Anand Chirayath said. —Julia A. Seymour

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Prisoners escape Syrian jail

At least four members of Islamic State (ISIS) escaped from a Syrian prison during a riot on Sunday. Inmates at the Ghweran prison, which is run by the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, held banners calling for authorities to respect their human rights. It remains unclear whether the pandemic sparked the unrest.

Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the SDF, said the prisoners seized control of the first floor, where they tore down internal walls and damaged doors.

The SDF is still holding about 12,000 ISIS fighters in overcrowded prisons and camps across the northeastern territory since the extremist group lost control of its stronghold last year. Ghweran houses at least 3,000 inmates, a majority of whom are suspected foreign fighters. —O.O.

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Hungary’s Orban clinches more power

The Hungarian National Assembly on Monday passed a law granting emergency powers to Prime Minister Viktor Orban during the coronavirus pandemic. The changes will allow him to lead by decree indefinitely. In addition, people who hinder efforts to curb the outbreak or spread false information can face up to five years in prison. “When this emergency ends, we will give back all powers, without exception,” Orban said during the vote.

Critics called it a power grab. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday urged all bloc members to limit emergency measures to what is strictly proportionate, although she did not mention Hungary: “It is of utmost importance that emergency measures are not at the expense of our fundamental principles and values as set out in the treaties.” —O.O.

Don’t name the virus

Authorities in Turkmenistan have not confirmed any cases of coronavirus and are banning people from acknowledging the pandemic. Turkmenistan Chronicles reported the government has not mentioned “coronavirus” in official documents. It has replaced the word with “illness” and “acute respiratory diseases” in health information brochures in schools, offices, and hospitals. Plainclothes police officers are arresting people who wear face masks or talk about the pandemic in public, according to correspondents in the capital city of Ashgabat. Countries bordering Turkmenistan, including Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, have recorded multiple cases of COVID-19. Turkmenistan is ranked last in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. —O.O.

Teen migrant smuggling foiled

Greek authorities arrested a Syrian man last week for smuggling 12 Egyptians into the country during coronavirus restrictions. Police said the 22-year-old suspect failed to stop for a police check and engaged authorities in a car chase. They found 12 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 hidden in the van. The migrants said they arrived at the Greek border after traveling by sea to Albania. Officials charged the Syrian man with illegally transporting migrants, theft, dangerous driving, and refusing to stop for a police check. He also received a $160 fine for violating coronavirus lockdown orders. —O.O.

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Coronavirus cases top 1 million worldwide

The number of global COVID-19 cases doubled in one week. By Friday morning, countries around the world had confirmed more than 1,040,000 infections and more than 55,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The good news: More than 221,000 people have recovered from the new coronavirus.

How are nations handling the pandemic? On Friday, Britain’s Prince Charles remotely opened a 4,000-bed temporary hospital at a conference center in east London, with more to come. China officially designated health workers killed by the virus as martyrs. The nation will lower the flags to half-staff, sound air raid sirens, and observe three minutes of silence nationwide on Saturday to honor the dead. North Korea insisted it has no COVID-19 cases because it quickly implemented quarantine measures and disinfected all goods entering the country. Experts question the North Korean government’s honesty, but the nation’s relative isolation makes the report possible if not reliable.

Dig deeper: Read June Cheng’s report on the controversy over China’s actual coronavirus death toll.

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China’s coronavirus coverup

CHINA: In a classified report delivered to the White House last week, U.S. analysts said Chinese officials underreported its total number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. That adds to many reports from locals in Wuhan who maintain that round-the-clock incinerating of bodies and other evidence suggest an estimated 40,000 or more people died in the city, not the 2,500 officially reported.

“The reality is that we could have been better off if China had been more forthcoming,” Vice President Mike Pence told CNN.

Beijing is using Uighur and other Turkic youth as slave laborers to kick-start a Chinese economy slammed by the global pandemic. Already detained in Xinjiang camps, masked workers are boarded onto buses to work in factories where they may also contract the coronavirus, Uighur activists charged.

ITALY: “I was an atheist, but now I’m returning to God,” said physician Lulian Urban Lorenzo. Watching the “nightmare” as patients and colleagues died of COVID-19, the 38-year-old doctor in Lombardia said he and other healthcare workers are discovering: “We have reached our limits,” and, “We begin to feel that God begins where man ends.”

SPAIN: A record 950 people died nationwide overnight, according to the country’s Health Ministry on Thursday, but increases in daily cases registered is slowing, slightly.

ISRAEL is running the largest per capita rate of COVID-19 infections in the world outside of Europe, with more than a dozen deaths from Wednesday to Thursday. With a deep political crisis and a month of high holy days ahead, Israelis are braced for another wartime moment, knowing this time they are not alone.

LEBANON: “I now worry more for my family about hunger than corona,” says Beirut resident Hassan Zeitar, as his country already was heading into a recession before the virus outbreak.

UNITED STATES: A report released Thursday from the National Federation of Independent Business, with responses before the coronavirus clampdown, showed 54 percent of surveyed companies once were hiring and 24 percent said their biggest problem was finding qualified workers. More than a third of small businesses said they had job openings they were unable to fill. With unemployment now up an estimated 10 percent—and more than 10 million workers applying for benefits in March—those earlier numbers are a marker: The United States “had a strong economy and business optimism until government shut down the country to slow the virus. The goal now should be to keep the lockdown from doing so much damage that America can never get back to March.”

Just days old, the Samaritan’s Purse hospital in Central Park already is treating COVID-19 patients.

EARTH is a quieter place on pandemic lockdown, say seismologists, and it is moving less as human activity all but stops.

AFGHANISTAN: The U.S.-Taliban deal crafted by the Trump administration sounds a little too much like the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal, with a “fundamental asymmetry” that “ensures the more Washington implements its obligations under the deal, the less constrained the Taliban will be to keep its own.” The already faltering agreement also overlooks the gains of the long war:

“Rather than a safe haven for extremists to plot devastating strikes on the United States and its allies, in other words, Afghanistan over the last two decades became an outpost from which the United States and its allies could project power against the terrorists.”

PAKISTAN: A Karachi court overturned the 2002 murder conviction of extremist Omar Saeed Sheikh for the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, reducing his death sentence to seven years for kidnapping. Pearl’s father, computer scientist Judea Pearl, called the ruling “a mockery of justice,” and a state prosecutor said it will be appealed to the Pakistani Supreme Court.

HUNGARY: Reaction from Western allies to a sweeping new law granting broad powers to Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been strangely muted. The “coronavirus bill” passed 137-53 on Monday, allowing Orban to bypass the National Assembly and rule by decree, with no end date. The law criminalizes free speech if public statements are viewed as untrue or distorted, prohibits by-elections, and can only be overturned by a two-thirds assembly vote.

  • Thirteen European Union countries issued a statement saying they were “deeply concerned” about the risk to rule of law principles.
  • The U.S. State Department has issued no formal statement, but a State Department spokesman in response to a question said, “As governments around the world respond [to the coronavirus], we urge them to avoid undue restrictions on essential human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

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Worshipping with the coronavirus

ISRAEL: Not since the Black Plague has Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site where Jesus is believed to have been buried and resurrected, been closed indefinitely. The coronavirus has shuttered Jewish, Christian, and Muslim holy sites throughout the Old City.

  • Millions of Christians tuned in to online services on Sunday, but around the world, parishioners and clergy crowded into churches, too, flouting bans on large gatherings—a practice Rick Warren called “dumb” and “un-Biblical.” Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow for the first time on Sunday advised parishioners to stay home, but most churches continued with services anyway, including his own.
  • A prominent bishop in the Serbian Orthodox Church has died from COVID-19, as his and other Orthodox churches continued the practice of serving communion using a single spoon dipped in wine.
  • A prayer to God in anxious times by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. and a great resource page for Christian worshippers.

CHINA: Bliss was that day when Wuhan lifted nearly three months of coronavirus lockdown and residents once again can get a haircut. Barber Xiong Juan is doing 70 trims a day.

China’s early failures at reporting cases squandered time to slow the pandemic.

TAIWAN: Monitored quarantines and other strict measures have helped Taiwan fight off coronavirus, despite close ties to mainland China.

IRAN: Travel around the Persian New Year that began March 20 has triggered a new surge of coronavirus cases in already hard hit Iran, with 117 deaths in the last 24 hours.

UNITED STATES: President Donald Trump dropped his goal of getting the country running again by Easter, as his coronavirus task force warned the United States could face up to 200,000 deaths from the pandemic. With the United States now leading the world with close to 145,000 cases, Trump on Sunday extended federal social distancing guidelines to April 30, with continued closures and state-by-state shutdowns.

  • In New York City, where nearly 800 people have died, Samaritan’s Purse will open Tuesday with Mount Sinai Health a 68-bed mobile hospital in Central Park (similar to facilities put in place in war-torn Iraq and this month in virus-hit Italy); the USNS Comfort, one of two U.S. Navy hospital ships, arrived Monday morning in Manhattan; and it’s now an evening ritual for New Yorkers from their apartments to applaud health workers in unison at 7 p.m.
  • The New York Times has launched a database tracking each case.

SOMALIA has reported three COVID-19 cases since March 16, but as Africa tries to brace for the spread of the disease, it underscores the challenge with fewer than 20 ICU beds nationwide. African countries quickly moved to seal borders, close airspace, and ban gatherings because they lack resources to fight outbreaks. Liberia, already tested by its 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic, has just three ventilators for 5 million people.

NETHERLANDS: Van Gogh’s Spring Garden was stolen overnight Sunday from a Dutch museum currently closed due to the coronavirus.

IRAQ: Four French aid workers with SOS Chrétiens d’Orient kidnapped in Baghdad in January—at the height of protests and U.S.-Iran tensions over Iraq—have been released.

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China delayed virus reporting

The COVID-19 crisis continues to wane in China, but new details suggest early failures worsened what would become a pandemic. Officials in Wuhan tried to resolve problems internally rather than use the national digital reporting system when the first cases of the new coronavirus emerged in the city, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Even after national officials got involved, local authorities only recorded patients with a known connection to the source of the outbreak, excluding vital information on how the virus spread among humans.

What’s happening in China now? On Monday, shops reopened in Wuhan and subway services resumed, although body temperature checkpoints remained in place at several spots in the city. Chinese officials on Monday reported four new deaths and 31 new cases, but only one of the cases was locally transmitted.

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Does Iran's coronavirus crisis raise the risk of war?

Does Iran's coronavirus crisis raise the risk of war?Iran is experiencing on of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus in the world. Will the instability cause the country's leaders to lash out against America?


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Global diplomacy under the gun in the time of coronavirus

Global diplomacy under the gun in the time of coronavirusThe coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered international diplomacy. While the interruptions may seem to many like trivial inconveniences for a well-heeled jet set, they may have significant implications for matters of war and peace, arms control and human rights. As the global crisis threatens to alter the world balance of power, NATO's top diplomats abandoned plans to meet in person this past week, the European Union has scaled back its schedule, a major international conference on climate change in Scotland was called off, and many lower-level U.N. gatherings have been scrapped entirely.


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World Suffers Under the Grip of a Deadly Pandemic: Weekend Reads

World Suffers Under the Grip of a Deadly Pandemic: Weekend Reads(Bloomberg) -- With the U.S. now the clear epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak and poised to enter its most challenging week yet, President Donald Trump’s administration still faces charges from state and local officials that it’s not doing enough to ensure lives aren’t lost unnecessarily.The virus is still ravaging Europe, and talks are under way over how to help the continent’s most vulnerable economies recover.And in China, preparations are being made to re-open Wuhan, the original site of the outbreak, even as a second wave of infections threatens Asian urban centers. Dig deeper into these topics — and check out some others you may have missed — with the latest edition of Weekend Reads.Blue-Collar America Braces for Another Devastating RecessionManufacturing takes more of a beating in downturns than other sectors — and it’s still scarred from the last one. Shawn Donnan, Joe Deaux, Reade Pickert and Keith Naughton take a look at the coming storm.Stay-at-Home Orders Halt State Moves on Sports Bets, Taxing RichA Michigan bid to raise taxes on the rich. An amendment allowing sports betting at Indian casinos in California. An effort to bring light to how political ads are funded in Arizona. Across the U.S., stay-at-home decrees are blocking the most essential part of efforts to get these proposals on ballots in November: gathering signatures in person. Jeffrey Taylor takes a closer look. Good Luck Policing the Massive Virus Relief Fund, TARP Vets SayThe massive $2 trillion U.S stimulus package includes a $500 billion Treasury Department fund to bail out airlines and other large corporations harmed by the pandemic. As Joshua Green explains, the job of policing it won’t be easy.As Rest of World Locks Down, China Tries to Get Shoppers OutIn a bid to jump-start consumption, authorities are distributing vouchers and offering subsidies on larger purchases such as cars, while state media plays up stories of officials venturing out to enjoy local delights like bubble tea and pork buns. But as Dandan Li reports, many Chinese are hesitant to return to their old lives.Johnson’s Virus Fight Banks on British Love for Health ServiceSchoolkids in lockdown put home-made signs in their bedroom windows thanking brave doctors and nurses. Families stepped outside their front doors for a national round of applause. Public buildings lit up blue. Olivia Konotey-Ahulu, James Paton, Suzi Ring and Andrew Atkinson break down how this week’s events demonstrate why few leaders have more to gain or lose from the ability of doctors to cope than the U.K. prime minister.The World’s Hotspots Risk Festering With All Eyes on the VirusWith attention right now is focused on fighting the pandemic, that doesn’t mean the world’s conflict spots have gone silent. Rosalind Mathieson, Samer Al-Atrush, Donna Abu-Nasr and Philip Heijmans take a closer look. Poorest Caracas Neighborhoods Flout Maduro’s Virus LockdownMuch of Caracas is now deserted with hardly anyone in the streets apart from armed officials enforcing the local lockdown. Not so in the Venezuelan capital’s slums, where stocking up and hunkering down isn’t an option, Alex Vasquez reports. Putin’s Economic Isolation Suddenly Doesn’t Look So BadVladimir Putin has the U.S. Treasury Department to thank for helping his country prepare for a global economic crisis. A steady deluge of economic sanctions has pushed Russia’s authorities to boost reserves and strip back debt over the past five years. Now that fortress approach is starting to look like good foresight, Natasha Doff and Anya Andrianova report. Angela Merkel Can’t Isolate Herself From Pressure to Save EuropeAcross the River Spree from the quiet of Berlin’s Museum Island, Angela Merkel spent most of the week a in self-imposed quarantine. The galleries at the UNESCO World Heritage Site now boast more World War II bullet holes than visitors, and, as Alan Crawford writes, history may judge Germany’s enduring leader on what she does to help Europe’s weaker countries through the pandemic. Tell us how we’re doing or what we’re missing at balancepower@bloomberg.net.And finally … In January, Shelly Banjo’s 16-month-old son uttered one of his first words: “mask.” Banjo and her family were living in Hong Kong, which had gone on de facto lockdown to limit the virus’s spread as it infected thousands in mainland China. Read her first-hand account of their decision to relocate to the U.S., which taught them you can’t run from a global pandemic. For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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Knifeman in southern France kills 2 in attack on passersby

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At funerals in virus outbreak, mourning is from a distance

At funerals in virus outbreak, mourning is from a distanceNo one stands in line to embrace the widow and share memories of her husband of 50 years. No rows of family and friends file toward the flag-draped coffin to pay their last respects. “This is going to be a different experience for all of us,” the minister tells the half-dozen people gathered at a South Carolina funeral home to celebrate the life of J. Robert Coleman, an Army veteran, husband to Gloria, father to three sons and grandfather to three children.


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