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Pelosi believes coronavirus stimulus deal still possible as Democrats prepare new package

Stimulus negotiations between House Democrats and the Trump administration fell apart in early August, though Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he and Pelosi have agreed to restart talks. 

Democrats seek to turn Supreme Court fight into referendum on Obamacare

Joe Biden and his Democratic allies are seeking to turn Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court into a referendum on Obamacare.

Antarctica, the only continent without coronavirus, braces for summer rotation

As the harsh winter comes to a close, critical global efforts are underway to ensure that incoming colleagues do not bring Covid-19 to Antarctica.

Fewer than 10% of Americans show signs of past coronavirus infection, study finds

"You cannot assume that we are even anywhere near herd immunity right now in the United States," Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci.

It's not entirely clear how the government will pay for Trump's $200 Medicare cards

"Under my plan, 33 million Medicare beneficiaries will soon receive a card in the mail containing $200 that they can use to help pay for prescription drugs," Trump said in a speech.

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BREAKING: Swiss voters refuse immigration cuts, embrace paternity leave

Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a bid to slash immigration from the EU, leaving free movement in the heart of Europe intact, and embraced offering paid paternity leave for the first time.

Geneva voters approve 'world's highest' minimum wage

Geneva voters on Sunday came out in support of introducing a minimum wage, guaranteeing every worker in one of the world's priciest cities at least $25 an hour.

'They don't confine the rich': Hundreds protest partial lockdown in Madrid's low-income barrios

Hundreds of people protested in Madrid on Sunday against partial lockdown measures imposed on parts of the region, mainly in densely populated low-income neighbourhoods, to curb a surge in coronavirus cases.

Nestled in far-right stronghold, German town opens doors to migrants

The town of Neuruppin may be nestled in an eastern part of Germany where the far-right AfD party enjoys some of its strongest support.

Five advantages of getting Norwegian citizenship

Many foreigners from different countries have made the move to Norway and are calling it their home. While there are plenty of opportunities to put down roots in this country without becoming a citizen, there are a few advantages to consider, writes Agnes Erickson.

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Donald Trump 'paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016' - New York Times

The New York Times says the president paid no income tax at all in 10 of the last 15 years.

Coronavirus: 'Forced to work' as medics fighting Covid

Almost 200 health workers have died of Covid-19 in Venezuela since the pandemic began in March.

Joe Montana: American football legend saves grandchild from kidnapping attempt

The former quarterback and his wife stopped a home intruder from kidnapping their grandchild.

Armenia and Azerbaijan erupt into fighting over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh

The two countries blame each other as clashes involving heavy weapons kill at least 23 people.

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Tanks ablaze as fighting erupts over disputed region

Heavy fighting erupts between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Roe v Wade: Trump says Supreme Court ruling on abortion 'possible'

The president says his Supreme Court nominee could rule on a landmark decision to legalise abortion.

Switzerland referendum: Voters reject end to free movement with EU

With all votes counted, nearly 62% people have said they want to maintain the pact with the EU.

Belarus: Mass arrests at protests for President Lukashenko to resign

Belarus police make mass arrests as tens of thousands of people again gathered for protests calling on Alexander Lukashenko to go.

South African defence minister's pay docked over use of air force plane

South Africa's defence minister was accused of misusing state resources for party political business.

Belarus: Mass arrests and tear gas on seventh weekend of protests

Protests are held for a seventh straight weekend, days after Alexander Lukashenko's secret inauguration.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Tracker

Provided by Johns Hopkins University this COVID-19 Global Case Tracker Dashboard shows you the most up-to-date information about the global spread of the new corona virus.

About the 2019-20 Coronavirus Pandemic

The 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak started in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and recognized it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of end March 2020, more than a million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in over 200 countries and territories, resulting in approximately 64,000 deaths. More than 250,000 people have recovered.

The virus is mainly spread during close contact, and by small droplets produced during coughing, sneezing, or talking. These small droplets may also be produced during breathing, but rapidly fall to the ground or surfaces and are not generally spread through the air over large distances. People may also catch COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. The virus can survive on surfaces up to 72 hours. It is most contagious during the first 3 days after symptom onset, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear and in later stages of the disease. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically around five days, but may range from 2 to 14 days. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The pandemic has led to severe global socioeconomic disruption, the postponement or cancellation of sporting, religious, and cultural events, and widespread fears of supply shortages resulting in panic buying. Schools and universities have closed either on a nationwide or local basis in more than 160 countries, affecting approximately 97 percent of the world's student population.

Source: Wikipedia (April 5, 2020)

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COVID-19 pandemic: countries urged to take stronger action to stop spread of harmful information

The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the UN, specialised agencies and partners today called on countries to develop and implement action plans to promote the timely dissemination of science-based information and prevent the spread of false information while respecting freedom of expression.

Changing the game to improve availability and affordability of quality-assured insulin and associated devices

There are more than 420 million people living with diabetes.