Russian PM tests positive for coronavirus

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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has gone to hospital after he was diagnosed with coronavirus. His positive test came on the same day that Russia recorded a record 7,099 cases, taking the total number of infections above 100,000. Mr…

Lebanon to seek IMF loan, says it needs $10bn

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(Beirut) - Lebanon will seek an International Monetary Fund aid package to help it recover from its worst-ever financial crisis, Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced, after his government endorsed a financial rescue plan to pull the country…

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds announce birth of son

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a son. A spokeswoman for the PM and his partner said both mother and baby are "doing very well". It is understood Mr Johnson, who has just recovered…

Spain plans return to 'new normal' by end of June

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Spain has announced a four-phase plan to lift its stringent coronavirus lockdown and return to a "new normality" by the end of June. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said each region would relax restrictions at a different pace, depending on…

Slumdog Millionaire actor Irfan Khan dies

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Bollywood actor Irfan Khan, renowned internationally for roles in the hit films Slumdog Millionaire and Jurassic World, has died at the age of 53. Khan was known for his nuanced and understated performances, with many calling him one of India's…

US economy shrinks at fastest rate since 2008

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The US economy suffered its most severe contraction in more than a decade in the first quarter of the year, as the country introduced lockdowns to slow the spread of coronavirus. The world's largest economy sank at an annual rate of 4.8%,…

US states partly reopen as virus deaths top 50,000

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Three US states have allowed some shops to reopen after measures imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as the country's death toll passed 51,000. Salons and spas could reopen in Georgia and Oklahoma while Alaska lifted restrictions…

Saudi Arabia ends execution of minors

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Saudi Arabia will no longer impose the death penalty on people who committed crimes while still minors, the country's Human Rights Commission says. The announcement, citing a royal decree by King Salman, comes two days after the country said…

Italy moves to ease Europe's longest lockdown

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Italy has outlined plans to ease the restrictions it imposed seven weeks ago to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the measures would be relaxed from 4 May, with people being allowed to visit their relatives…

Coronavirus currently eliminated in New Zealand

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New Zealand says it has stopped community transmission of Covid-19, effectively eliminating the virus. With new cases in single figures for several days - one on Sunday - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the virus was "currently" eliminated. But…

WHO warns COVID-19 pandemic will not end any time soon

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The global coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon, with many countries still in the early stages of the fight, health experts have warned as researchers revealed the first US deaths from the disease came weeks before the alarm was raised…

Ramadan commences in several Muslim countries

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Saudi Arabia said that it had sighted the Ramadan moon and that the month of fasting would be commence tomorrow (Friday) in the country. The announcement was made after the Kingdom's moon sighting committee convened a meeting after Maghreb…

Amazon's £250,000 for bookshops fund stuns trade

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Online retailer Amazon, long accused of killing off bricks-and-mortar book sales, has stunned the industry by donating £250,000 to a fund in aid of bookshops hit by coronavirus. The tech giant initially made the donation on a "low-key" basis,…

Merkel warns coronavirus crisis 'still just the beginning'

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her country must remain "clever and cautious" in handling the coronavirus crisis, as it is "not the end phase but still just the beginning". "We'll have to live with this virus for a long time," Ms…