Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has announced. Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said, adding that the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has been tested but does not have the virus. Charles and Camilla are now self-isolating at Balmoral. Buckingham Palace […]

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Coronavirus delays Russian vote

Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed a vote on constitutional change that would allow him to stay in power, because of coronavirus concerns. He said the public vote – previously due to be held on 22 April – would be delayed until a “later date”. The proposed changes include scrapping a ban on allowing Mr […]

Global stocks fall again despite virus rescue efforts

Financial markets in Europe and the US have continued to fall despite fresh action by the Federal Reserve to support the American economy. The US central bank said it would buy as much government debt as needed to soothe markets, while providing new financing for households and firms. Shares in Europe and the US rose […]

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Saudi Arabia imposes curfew

Saudi Arabia will impose a nationwide curfew from Monday evening, as the coronavirus cases in the world continue to increase. Saudi King Salman ordered a curfew to slow the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency SPA reported. The curfew will be enforced from 7pm to 6am for 21 days.

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Smartphone sales collapse amid pandemic

Sales of new phones have collapsed in the biggest fall since the invention of the smartphone. Research firm Strategy Analytics said shipments in February fell by 38% year-on-year. The outbreak of the coronavirus in China had a huge impact, report author Linda Sui said. “Some Asian factories were unable to manufacture smartphones, while many consumers […]

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Olympic flame lit at empty ceremony in Japan

A plane carrying the Olympic flame has arrived at Japan’s Matsushima defence force base. While there were many spectators to welcome the plane from Athens, the Olympic cauldron was lit in a small ceremony without a crowd, amid coronavirus fears. Three-time Olympic gold medallists, Judo champion, Tadahiro Nomura and wrestler Saori Yoshida lit the cauldron […]

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Oil prices fall to record low

Oil prices fell to a record low as the coronavirus continued to affect markets across the globe on Wednesday. The WTI oil slumped by 12% on Wednesday as Brent prices also fell below 6%. WTI oil was priced at under $24 per barrel, as the coronavirus slashes global demand for crude. WTI slid to $23.60 […]

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Italy coronavirus toll tops 4,000

The grim toll of coronavirus deaths in Italy, the world’s worst-hit nation, surged past 4,000 on Friday as New York and other US states joined California in ordering a lockdown to try to bring the pandemic under control. While new infections were being detected around the planet, there was a glimmer of hope in the […]

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COVID-19 could claim 25 million jobs worldwide: ILO

(Geneva) – The economic and labour crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic could increase global unemployment by around 25 million, according to a new assessment by the International Labour Organisation, ILO. Based on different scenarios for the impact of COVID-19 on global GDP growth, the ILO estimates indicate a rise in global unemployment of between […]

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Trump puts US on war footing to combat outbreak

Describing himself as a “wartime president”, President Donald Trump has vowed the US will achieve “total victory” over the coronavirus. He spoke as he revived a Korean War-era measure allowing the US to ramp up production of vital medical supplies. Two lawmakers meanwhile became the first members of Congress to test positive for the infection. […]

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Australia and New Zealand ban non-residents from entry

Australia and New Zealand will ban entry to all non-residents from Friday in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his nation’s order would come into effect from 21:00 on Friday (10:00 GMT). New Zealand’s will begin earlier – at midnight (11:00 GMT Thursday). The historic and far-reaching […]