• British PM hospitalised with coronavirus but 'still in charge'
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    British PM hospitalised with coronavirus but 'still in charge'

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in "good spirits" on Monday and remained in charge of the government despite his admission to hospital for tests after suffering "persistent symptoms" of coronavirus 10 days after being diagnosed, officials said. Officials said it was a "

  • I Was Raised By A Doomsday Prepper And Coronavirus Has Me Questioning My Childhood
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    I Was Raised By A Doomsday Prepper And Coronavirus Has Me Questioning My Childhood

    "I cringe at the very thought of hearing my mother's inevitably apocalyptic interpretation of our new reality... because I’m scared she’s right."

  • Experts urge smokers and tobacco firms to quit for COVID-19
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    Experts urge smokers and tobacco firms to quit for COVID-19

    Health experts on Monday urged smokers to quit and cigarette companies to stop producing and selling tobacco products to help reduce the risks from COVID-19. "The best thing the tobacco industry can do to fight COVID-19 is to immediately stop producing, marketing and selling tobacco," Gan

  • Czechs may relax lockdown as coronavirus infections slow
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    Czechs may relax lockdown as coronavirus infections slow

    The Czech government is considering relaxing lockdown measures that have stifled the economy if an apparent levelling off in the growth of new coronavirus infections is confirmed in the coming days, officials said on Monday. Sunday saw the lowest absolute number of new infections since March 22, although

  • Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa empty due to coronavirus fears
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    Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa empty due to coronavirus fears

    The old city of Jerusalem is empty. This is the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path that Jesus walked to the crucifixion. Normally a busy hub for visitors and Easter pilgrims, this year the cats have the run of the place. Father Francesco Patton is a Franciscan

  • High Court to hand down Pell judgment
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    High Court to hand down Pell judgment

    One of Australia's most high profile court cases will come to a close on Tuesday morning (April 7)-- as the country's High Court hands down its judgment on former Vatican treasurer George Pell's appeal against historical child sex offences. The decision will likely

  • Europe’s Tourist Hot Spots Dream Of Swift Summer Restart
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    Europe’s Tourist Hot Spots Dream Of Swift Summer Restart

    While the U.S. braces for its “saddest week," Spain hopes the coronavirus pandemic will soon be over, and that travelers will follow.

  • Dutch confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 5.3% to 18,803 - authorities
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    Dutch confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 5.3% to 18,803 - authorities

    The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the Netherlands has risen by 952, or 5.3%, to 18,803, health authorities said, with 101 new deaths. The Netherlands' Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said in its daily update that total deaths had risen to 1,867. The RIVM continues to caution

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    Britain committed to continuing talks with EU - PM's spokesman

    Britain is absolutely committed to continuing negotiations with the European Union on their future relationship, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, repeating that the government did not intend to extend the transition period. Britain's chief negotiator will talk to the

  • Pakistan police clash with doctors protesting lack of virus protection gear
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    Pakistan police clash with doctors protesting lack of virus protection gear

    Riot police wielding batons used force to break up a protest by Pakistani doctors and medical staff against a lack of gear to protect against coronavirus, arresting dozens of medics who say the government has failed to deliver promised supplies. Reuters journalists at the scene, in the southwestern

  • Mormon church to open first temple in mainland China
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    Mormon church to open first temple in mainland China

    The temple in the eastern Chinese city of Shanghai will help fill a gap left by renovation work since last July at the church's temple in Hong Kong, Russell M. Nelson, president of the church, announced on Sunday. "In Shanghai, a modest, multipurpose meeting place will provide a way for Chinese

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    Venezuela elderly feel 'sentenced to euthanasia' under coronavirus quarantine

    Venezuelan retirees Carlos Blanco, 81, and Olga Rodriguez, 78, have for more than a year been unable to purchase the diabetes medication they need, as the country's hyperinflation has left their monthly pensions insufficient to buy even a loaf of bread. Already at high risk in the coronavirus pandemic

  • Hong Kong ex-lawmaker convicted for protest assault with loudhailer
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    Hong Kong ex-lawmaker convicted for protest assault with loudhailer

    A former Hong Kong lawmaker was convicted on Monday of using a loudhailer to assault police officers during huge pro-democracy protests that convulsed the finance hub last year. Hong Kong's courts have a huge backlog of cases stemming from last year's protests which dominated the city for seven

  • John Krasinski Gathers Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Hamilton’ Cast To Sing To 9-Year-Old Fan
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    John Krasinski Gathers Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Hamilton’ Cast To Sing To 9-Year-Old Fan

    "The Office" star struck gold again in his YouTube antidote to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • As infections balloon, coronavirus squeezes Europe's armed forces
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    As infections balloon, coronavirus squeezes Europe's armed forces

    Military forces across Europe have scaled back operations and imposed stricter rules on personnel to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus among staff who often live and work in close quarters, making them more vulnerable to infection. Germany mobilised 15,000 soldiers to help local authorities

  • Death at home: the unseen toll of Italy's coronavirus crisis
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    Death at home: the unseen toll of Italy's coronavirus crisis

    The sight of so many coffins in one room is a grim one. Well over 15,000 of them have officially been required in Italy, where COVID-19 has devastated human life on a scale not seen anywhere else. But there's a warning: the death toll could be much higher.

  • On an empty Via Dolorosa before Easter, praying for the world's sick
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    On an empty Via Dolorosa before Easter, praying for the world's sick

    Brown-robed Franciscans stride through a shuttered and deserted Jerusalem to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the global focus of the most important festival in the Christian calendar - but in a city bereft of Easter pilgrims. Among them is Father Francesco Patton, 56, the custodian of the Holy Land

  • What's the UK's plan B if Johnson is incapacitated?
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    What's the UK's plan B if Johnson is incapacitated?

    As the UK waits for news on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s health, questions have been raised about what would happen if he weren’t able to continue leading the country. Johnson was diagnosed with the coronavirus last month and admitted to hospital on Sunday (April 5) due to his ongoing

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    Asia virus latest: Japan proposes state of emergency, Singapore quarantines dorms

    Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the coronavirus pandemic: - Japan state of emergency - Japan's prime minister proposed a state of emergency for several major regions seeing a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, as well as a stimulus package worth $1 trillion to cushion the impact

  • Asia virus latest: Japan proposes state of emergency, Singapore quarantines dorms
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    Asia virus latest: Japan proposes state of emergency, Singapore quarantines dorms

    Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Protesters ransack makeshift coronavirus hospital
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    Protesters ransack makeshift coronavirus hospital

    Protesters tore down a makeshift COVID-19 hospital in Ivory Coast's capital Abidjan on Sunday (April 6) night. To the banging of pots and pans, and cries of "we don't want it", the angry residents of Yopougon dismantled the partially built structure. The person

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    China vows to strengthen coronavirus controls at land borders as cases rise

    China will work to further prevent coronavirus cases imported through its land borders, the Chinese government said in a statement on Monday after a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang. The risk of the virus being imported into China via land borders is increasing and the number of such cases has

  • Germany draws up plans to relax lockdown after April 19
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    Germany draws up plans to relax lockdown after April 19

    Germany has drawn up a list of steps, including mandatory mask-wearing in public, limits on gatherings and the rapid tracing of infection chains, to help enable a phased return to normal life after its coronavirus lockdown is set to end on April 19. A draft action plan compiled by the Interior Ministry

  • PM Johnson is doing well, expected back at his office shortly - minister
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    PM Johnson is doing well, expected back at his office shortly - minister

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "doing well" and is expected to be back at his office shortly, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Monday after the British leader was admitted to hospital on Sunday night. "This isn't an emergency admission and so I certainly expect that he'

  • Vietnamese hat seller turns to homemade face shields in virus fight
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    Vietnamese hat seller turns to homemade face shields in virus fight

    For nearly three decades, Quach My Linh has sold hats at Ba Chieu market in Vietnam's bustling Ho Chi Minh City. "I was once a patient myself and I feel like my family owes doctors a lot", said Linh, who received hospital treatment a few years ago for a blood-related illness. Last week