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Global lockdown tightens as virus deaths mount

AFP - 18h ago

Harsh lockdowns aimed at halting the march of the coronavirus extended worldwide Monday as the death toll soared past …

Governor does not want passengers on virus-hit cruise ship 'dumped' in Florida

AFP - 19h ago

Florida's governor said Monday that he does not want passengers suspected of suffering from coronavirus on the cruise …

Trump, Putin discuss oil price plunge, coronavirus

Mar 30 2020

President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed plunging oil prices and the coronavirus …

North Korea slams Pompeo and says will 'walk our way'

Mar 30 2020

Nuclear-armed North Korea on Monday warned it could cut off dialogue with the United States, but Washington's top …

Moscow begins lockdown during tougher push to curb virus

Mar 30 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged Moscow's 12 million residents to respect a strict new lockdown, as …

Italy extends lockdown until 'at least' April 12

Mar 30 2020

Italy on Monday extended an economically crippling lockdown until "at least" mid-April to stem coronavirus infections …

Hungary's Orban gets sweeping new powers in virus fight

Mar 30 2020

Hungary's parliament endorsed a bill on Monday giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban the sweeping new powers he says …

Florida does not want virus-stricken cruise ship: governor

Mar 30 2020

Florida's governor said Monday that he does not want a cruise ship with passengers suspected to be suffering from …

Oil prices slide on shattered demand, stocks rise

Mar 30 2020

Oil prices plunged Monday to an 18-year low as the number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide surged past 700,000, …

Trump says Putin to request sanctions lifting

Mar 30 2020

President Donald Trump said Monday he expects his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to request the lifting of US …

Unwanted virus-stricken cruise ship heads to US coast

Mar 30 2020

Passengers on the coronavirus-stricken Zaandam cruise ship headed out into the Caribbean bound for the US on Monday …

Global lockdown widens as coronavirus deaths mount

Mar 30 2020

Harsh lockdowns aimed at halting the march of coronavirus around the world widened on Monday to include Moscow's capital …

Oil prices slide on shattered demand, stocks scatter

Mar 30 2020

Oil prices plunged Monday as the number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide surged past 700,000, reinforcing worries …

Trump says Putin to 'probably ask' for sanctions lifting

Mar 30 2020

President Donald Trump said Monday he expects his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to request the lifting of US …

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year

Mar 30 2020

The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 next year, organisers said on Monday, after the coronavirus forced the historic …

Hungary's Orban seeks sweeping new powers in virus fight

Mar 30 2020

Hungary's parliament was expected to endorse a bill on Monday giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban sweeping new …

Stocks, oil prices slide on shattered demand

Mar 30 2020

World stock markets mostly tumbled and oil prices plunged Monday despite fresh Chinese and Australian stimulus to shore …

Moscow under lockdown as global virus cases top 700,000

Mar 30 2020

Russia's capital became the latest world city to impose a coronavirus lockdown on Monday as declared cases globally …

Asian markets mostly down as virus fears grow

Mar 30 2020

Asian markets fell Monday following a steep drop on Wall Street as the jubilation from last week's enormous US stimulus …

Trump ditches hopes of quick virus bounce-back for US

Mar 30 2020

President Donald Trump has extended emergency coronavirus restrictions for the United States, where his top scientist …

China slashes rate, pumps $7 bn into market to counter virus

Mar 30 2020

China's central bank on Monday cut an interest rate on loans to banks by the largest margin in five years and injected …

Police site crashes as Kiwis turn into shutdown snitches

Mar 30 2020

New Zealanders have become so keen to report their neighbours for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules that police on …

Asian markets resume losses as stimulus joy fades

Mar 30 2020

Asian markets fell Monday following a steep drop on Wall Street as the jubilation from last week's enormous US stimulus …

Country music star Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus

Mar 30 2020

Joe Diffie, a Grammy award-winning country music singer who had several chart-topping hits in the 1990s, has died of …

Cruise company still searching for port for virus ship

Mar 30 2020

Passengers on a virus-stricken cruise liner entered the Panama Canal in Central America Sunday after they were told the …

North Korea says tested 'super-large' rocket launchers

Mar 30 2020

Nuclear-armed North Korea successfully tested "super-large multiple rocket launchers", state media said on Monday, but …

Twitter removes two Bolsonaro tweets questioning virus quarantine

Mar 30 2020

Two tweets by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro in which he questioned quarantine measures aimed at containing the …

Peak US death rate likely in two weeks: Trump

Mar 30 2020

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the peak death rate in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic was …

Trump says US won't pay Harry and Meghan security

Mar 29 2020

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States would not pay security costs for Prince Harry and his wife …

Scrap season if it can't be finished by end of June says Kane

Mar 29 2020

England captain Harry Kane said on Sunday the Premier League season should be cancelled if it cannot be completed by the …

Foam in hole and toilet paper for prizes, US golfers play on despite virus

Mar 29 2020

While most global sport has shut down over the coronavirus pandemic, a US third-level women's golf tour is playing …

Mali votes despite coronavirus and security fears

Mar 29 2020

Malians voted in a long-delayed parliamentary election on Sunday, barely a day after the country recorded its first …

Nigeria orders lockdown in Lagos, Abuja over virus

Mar 29 2020

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered the "cessation of all movements" for two weeks in the largest …

Brazil economy 'can't stop' for coronavirus: Bolsonaro

Mar 29 2020

Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday flouted his government's social distancing guidelines against the …

Record virus deaths in Spain as world hunkers down

Mar 29 2020

Spain broke another national record of daily coronavirus deaths Sunday as more than 40 percent of the world's population …

Italy's 'very long' lockdown to only end gradually

Mar 29 2020

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government prepared Italians for a "very long" lockdown Sunday that would only be lifted …

Fauci says coronavirus could claim up to 200,000 US lives

Mar 29 2020

Senior US scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a cautious prediction Sunday that the novel coronavirus could claim as many …

Record virus deaths in Spain as world hunkers down for long haul

Mar 29 2020

Spain broke another national record of daily coronavirus deaths Sunday as more than 40 percent of the world's population …

US could take equity shares in coronavirus-hit airlines: officials

Mar 29 2020

The US government could take equity shares in airlines and other troubled but vital American corporations as it moves to …

Anti-virus measures spark Mideast fears of setback in liberties

Mar 29 2020

Armoured vehicles in the streets, hundreds arrested, smartphone surveillance -- sweeping measures to fight the …

Tokyo organisers eye July 2021 for delayed Olympics: reports

Mar 29 2020

Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, …

China's virus epicentre pivots to stem imported cases

Mar 29 2020

The ground-zero city of Wuhan is cautiously reopening after a two-month quarantine, but the birthplace of the global …

Europe, US virus deaths surge as Trump reverses New York lockdown threat

Mar 29 2020

The global coronavirus death toll surged past 30,000 over the weekend as Europe and the United States endured their …

Hospitals turn to snorkel masks to ease respirator overload

Mar 29 2020

As hospitals face an overload of COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to …

French chefs cook up antidote to virus confinement

Mar 29 2020

Frustrated at stay-at-home confinement, France's celebrity chefs are cooking up an antidote to the gloomy days of …

Europe, US virus deaths surge as Trump reverses on New York lockdown

Mar 29 2020

The coronavirus death toll shot past 20,000 in Europe on Saturday with Italy and Spain each reporting more than 800 dead …

Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare

Mar 29 2020

The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding …

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

Mar 29 2020

The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan's hotels and tourism industry, …

North Korea fires two short-range 'ballistic missiles' into sea

Mar 29 2020

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Sunday, the fourth such …

Coronavirus: Trump decides against quarantine of New York region

Mar 29 2020

US President Donald Trump decided late Saturday against imposing a broad two-week lockdown on New York and its neighbors …

Saudi intercepts missiles over curfew-locked Riyadh, border city

Mar 29 2020

Saudi air defences intercepted ballistic missiles over Riyadh and a city along the Yemen border late Saturday, leaving …

Privacy rights may become next victim of killer pandemic

Mar 29 2020

Digital surveillance and smartphone technology may prove helpful in containing the coronavirus pandemic -- but some …

Europe, US virus tolls surge as Trump reverses on New York lockdown

Mar 29 2020

The coronavirus death toll shot past 20,000 in Europe on Saturday, with Italy and Spain each reporting more than 800 …

Hunger games?: Tennis foot soldiers struggle in time of virus

Mar 29 2020

With careers spent scratching around dusty outposts, sometimes with "just $100" in their pockets, tennis' unheralded …

North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into sea: Seoul

Mar 29 2020

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Sunday, the fourth such …

Osaka disappointed but supports Olympic delay

Mar 29 2020

Japanese star Naomi Osaka says she's disappointed not to compete at the Tokyo Olympics this year but supports the …

Juventus players agree to take pay reduction in 90-million-euro cost cut

Mar 29 2020

Juventus on Saturday announced that they had cut their players' and coach Maurizio Sarri's salaries after all Italian …

Hit list: What's next in line for possible coronavirus postponement

Mar 29 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the 2020 sporting calendar, with the Tokyo Olympics and football's European …

Ex-Venezuela general charged with drug trafficking surrenders to US

Mar 29 2020

A retired Venezuelan general has turned himself over to Colombian authorities after the United States charged him with …

Brazil court orders government to stop advising against virus isolation

Mar 29 2020

A federal court in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday banned the government from disseminating propaganda against confinement …

S.African police fire rubber bullets at shoppers during lockdown

Mar 29 2020

South African police fired rubber bullets towards hundreds of shoppers queueing outside a supermarket in Johannesburg as …

Scared New York medical workers decry lack of virus protection

Mar 28 2020

Medical staff in America's coronavirus hotbed New York are struggling with long hours and a dire need for protective …

Europe virus toll surges, Trump mulls quarantine of New York area

Mar 28 2020

The coronavirus death toll shot past 20,000 in Europe on Saturday, with Italy and Spain each reporting more than 800 …

Italy's toll tops 10,000 despite long lockdown

Mar 28 2020

The coronavirus toll in Italy shot past 10,000 on Saturday and showed little sign of slowing despite a 16-day lockdown.

Coronavirus: Trump weighs 'quarantine' of New York, nearby states

Mar 28 2020

US President Donald Trump said Saturday he is weighing placing a two-week quarantine on New York and nearby states, the …

Spain toughens lockdown as toll nears 5,700

Mar 28 2020

Spain toughened its nationwide lockdown on Saturday, halting all non-essential activities as it stepped up its fight …

Trump says he might 'quarantine' New York state

Mar 28 2020

President Donald Trump said Saturday he is considering placing coronavirus-stricken New York state and adjacent areas …

Europe's virus toll surges but Wuhan cautiously reopens

Mar 28 2020

The accelerating death toll from the coronavirus epidemic sweeping the globe surged past 20,000 in Europe on Saturday, …

Europe mulls finishing football season at end of year

Mar 28 2020

Europe's football bosses have not given up hope of finishing this pandemic-hit season -- even if it might have to be …

Moody's cuts South Africa's credit ratings to junk

Mar 28 2020

Moody's has downgraded South Africa's credit rating to junk status, piling more anguish on an economy already in …

Europe's virus toll surges, world plunges into recession

Mar 28 2020

Europe was reeling from a staggering surge in coronavirus deaths Saturday, still days or weeks from what experts …

China's virus epicentre eases travel restrictions after lockdown

Mar 28 2020

Trains packed with thousands of passengers arrived in Wuhan Saturday as the Chinese city that was Ground Zero for the …

US civil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies aged 98

Mar 28 2020

US civil rights leader Reverend Joseph Lowery who campaigned with Martin Luther King died on Friday aged 98.

Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as infection rate surges

Mar 28 2020

Italy has logged a shocking spike in its already staggering coronavirus death toll, with officials warning the peak of …

Trump signs $2 trillion recovery plan as US virus cases skyrocket

Mar 28 2020

President Donald Trump signed into law Friday the $2 trillion rescue plan to salvage a US economy crippled by the novel …

US civil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies: media

Mar 28 2020

US civil rights leader Reverend Joseph Lowery who used to campaign with Martin Luther King died on Friday aged 98, media …

New York medical workers decry 'abysmal' lack of coronavirus protection

Mar 28 2020

Medical staff in America's coronavirus hotbed New York are struggling with long hours and a dire need for protective …

China virus epicentre eases travel restrictions after lockdown

Mar 28 2020

The Chinese city of 11 million people that was Ground Zero for what became the global coronavirus pandemic partly …

'Corona criminals' prey on Europe's virus fears

Mar 28 2020

From trafficking dodgy surgical masks to peddling counterfeit medicines and running internet scams, criminals are …

Aussie local election goes ahead despite virus threat

Mar 28 2020

People in the Australian state of Queensland were urged to vote in local elections on Saturday or face a fine of Aus$133 …

All Blacks coach doubts Wales, Scotland Tests will go ahead

Mar 28 2020

All Blacks coach Ian Foster conceded Saturday the July home Tests against Wales and Scotland are likely to be scrapped …

Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus

Mar 28 2020

With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears are rising of a …

How to survive a lockdown, by the Chilean miners

Mar 28 2020

Survivors from two dramatic rescues that captivated the world, the 2010 Chilean mine collapse and the 1972 Andes plane …

Stranded by virus lockdown, India migrant workers walk home

Mar 28 2020

With India locked down over the coronavirus and no way to earn money, Dilipji Thakor faces a grim choice: either walk …

Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as British PM tests positive

Mar 28 2020

Italy on Friday recorded the most daily deaths of any country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and Spain had …

Pope faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square

Mar 27 2020

Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter's Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the …

As world hunkers down, Trump moves full-speed against US foes

Mar 27 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is shaking up the world, but not US foreign policy.

New date for Tokyo Olympics 'won't satisfy everybody', says Coe

Mar 27 2020

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe admitted Friday that settling on a new date for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will …

Defoe backs Gerrard to become top manager

Mar 27 2020

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe believes his boss Steven Gerrard has the personal qualities that will take him all the way …

IMF chief: 'Clear we have entered recession'

Mar 27 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help …

S.Africa reports first virus death as lockdown starts

Mar 27 2020

South Africa recorded its first death from coronavirus on Friday as its infection tally breached the 1,000 mark just …

Four passengers die on stranded Dutch cruise ship

Mar 27 2020

Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship carrying scores of people with flu-like symptoms that has been stranded …

$2 trillion rescue plan passes US House, heads to Trump

Mar 27 2020

The US House of Representatives passed a historic $2 trillion rescue package Friday that injects cash into the pockets …

S.Africa reports first two virus deaths as lockdown starts

Mar 27 2020

South Africa recorded its first two deaths from coronavirus on Friday as its infection tally breached the 1,000 mark …

Stock markets retreat as nervous investors pocket week's gains

Mar 27 2020

Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic retreated Friday as investors banked profits from the week's rally sparked …

Britain PM tests positive for virus as global toll tops 25,000

Mar 27 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first major world leader to test positive for the coronavirus on Friday …

$2 trillion rescue plan set to clear US House, go to Trump

Mar 27 2020

The House of Representatives was poised Friday to pass a historic rescue package that injects $2 trillion into the …

China's imported cases rise as foreigners banned and flights cut

Mar 27 2020

China reported more than 50 imported cases of the coronavirus on Friday, hours after announcing a ban on foreigners …

Britain's Johnson tests positive for virus as Spain sees record deaths

Mar 27 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first major world leader to test positive for the coronavirus on Friday …

British PM Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

Mar 27 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

European stocks retreat at end of strong week for global equities

Mar 27 2020

European stock markets retreated Friday as investors banked profits from the week's strong rally in global equities as …

Prince Harry and Meghan now based in California: report

Mar 27 2020

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have permanently relocated to California amid the coronavirus pandemic, media reports …