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Congress passes huge financial stimulus package

Image copyright AFPImage caption Democratic US Representatives practise social distancing as they discuss the stimulus bill The US Congress has passed its largest-ever financial stimulus package, worth $2tn (£1.7tn), as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. The House of Representatives passed the bill two days after the Senate. President Trump says he will sign […]

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Coronavirus: More than 900 deaths in a day in Italy

Image copyright EPAImage caption Deaths in Lombardy have risen sharply Italy has recorded 969 new coronavirus deaths, its highest daily figure in the outbreak so far. It means 9,134 people have now died from the virus in the country. Earlier World Health Organization chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “chronic global shortage” of protective […]

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Coronavirus: Fears of virus in Idlib refugee camps

There have been stark warnings from doctors, aid workers and the United Nations that camps for the displaced in North Western Syria could be devastated by an outbreak of coronavirus. Almost one million people have fled their homes in the area since December when the Syrian regime launched an offensive to retake Idlib – the […]

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Coronavirus: Fears over rapid spread in Italy’s south

Image copyright EPAImage caption Italy is the worst-hit European country by the coronavirus outbreak The Italian region hardest hit by coronavirus has seen a steep decline in the number of deaths and infections but worries are growing that the country’s south could become the next hotspot. Recent numbers from the northern region of Lombardy suggested […]

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Robert Levinson: Iran denies US former agent died there

Image copyright AFPImage caption US officials suspected that Robert Levinson was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence Iran has denied a claim by the family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson that he has died in custody there, saying he left the country years ago. “Credible evidence” suggested Mr Levinson left Iran for an “unspecified destination” at […]