France to extend coronavirus emergency for two months

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France will extend a health emergency imposed to fight the new coronavirus pandemic for another two months until July 24, Minister of Health Olivier Veran has said. A draft law says a lifting this month of the emergency, which began on March…

Apple boosted by streaming services despite lockdown

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Apple saw growth for the first three months of the year, as falling device sales in China were offset by demand for its streaming services due to the coronavirus lockdown. Sales climbed to $58.3bn (£46.2bn), up from $58bn in the same period…

US authorises Ebola drug for coronavirus treatment

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The US's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised emergency use of the Ebola drug remdesivir for treating the coronavirus. The authorisation means the anti-viral drug can now be used on people who are hospitalised with severe Covid-19. A…

British virus death toll now world's third-worst

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Britain's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 26,097 -- the second-highest in Europe behind Italy and third-highest in the world -- as the government took into account fatalities outside hospital, including care homes, for the…

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…