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Authors withdraw study flagging hydroxychloroquine risks

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:03 AM

'We deeply apologize to you, the editors, and the journal readership for any embarrassment or inconvenience that this may have caused,' 3 of the 4 authors say

PILLS. An employee of a Syrian pharmaceutical factory shows pills of the hydroxychloroquine drug/ Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Virus patients with high blood pressure twice as likely to die – study

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:47 AM

For in-patients with the virus who had stopped taking medication for high blood pressure, the risk of dying doubled again, the study says

U.S. faces unemployment crisis amid record trade drop

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Data show more than 42 million workers in the United States have lost their jobs since mid-March 2020. The country's trade deficit also jumps to $49.5 billion.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 15, 2020, people wait to receive food bank donations at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. - The ranks of US workers laid off at least temporarily by the coronavirus pandemic exceeded 42 million, with 1.87 million new jobless benefit claims filed last week, the Labor Department said on June 4, 2020. However the number of new claims filed in the week ended May 30 was 249,000 less than the week prior, indicating the unprecedented layoffs were slowing. (Photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

German car sales slashed in half in May 2020

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Just over 168,000 cars are registered in Germany in May 2020, down 49.5% compared with May 2019

CORONAVIRUS CLOSURES. Closed shops are pictured in the so-called Dutch district of Potsdam, eastern Germany, on April 4, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Robot dog hounds Thai shoppers to keep hands virus-free

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Mimicking an excited puppy, the robot dog names K9 roams around the popular Central World mall in downtown Bangkok, drawing the attention of delighted children eager to get hand sanitizer gel from a bottle attached to its back

A 5G K9 robot distributes hand sanitiser to visitors in a shopping mall in Bangkok on June 4, 2020, as sectors of the economy reopen following restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Brazil reports a record 1,349 virus deaths in 24 hours

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Experts say under-testing in the country of 210 million people means the real numbers are probably much higher

A man wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, walks in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. - The Sao Paulo stock exchange closed down 13.9 percent Monday and the Brazilian real closed below five to the dollar for the first time ever in further fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) A man wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, walks in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. - The Sao Paulo stock exchange closed down 13.9 percent Monday and the Brazilian real closed below five to the dollar for the first time ever in further fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Dutch, French, Germans, and Italians form virus vaccine alliance

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The collaboration will enable 'the fastest and best possible results with key players in the pharmaceutical industry about promising vaccine initiatives,' the Dutch Health Ministry says

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen crackdown despite virus vigil ban

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:56 AM

(UPDATED) This year's service is banned on public health grounds because of the coronavirus pandemic, with barricades surrounding Victoria Park, the traditional ceremony venue, and police patrolling nearby

BANNED. This general view shows a barricaded entrance to Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil which traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Brazil to test vaccine as Europe emerges from lockdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:09 AM

WHO says it would resume trials of hydroxychloroquine a week after halting them following a study that suggested the drug could harm COVID-19 patients

SHIELD. A resident of Paraisopolis, one of the city's largest slums, takes part in a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 18, 2020, to demand more aid from Sao Paulo's state government during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Germany unveils 130-billion stimulus to kick-start virus-hit economy

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Germany's latest coronavirus relief measures include temporarily slashing value-added tax and giving families 300 euros for each child

DESERTED. An empty pedestrian area is seen in Cologne, Germany, on April 19, 2020. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

Berlin's historic Tegel airport back from brink of closure

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany, beloved for its retro look and super-fast check-in times, will now remain in operation until November 2020

GATEWAY. The Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

London City Airport to reopen end of June 2020

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Domestic services are set to be the first to return at London City Airport

REOPENING. London City Airport. Photo from airport's website

Switzerland economy shrinks 2.6% in Q1 2020

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The Swiss service sector is particularly affected by business closures and restrictions in the 1st quarter of 2020

This photograph taken on March 18, 2020, shows pedestrians as they walk in the near empty streets of the Alpine resort of Zermatt, near The Matterhorn Mountain, amid the spread of the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. - The Swiss government on March 16, 2020, declared a state of emergency lasting until April 19 in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic. All shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment and leisure facilities had to shut down, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies and health facilities. (Photo by VALENTIN FLAURAUD / AFP)

Lufthansa reports net loss of 2.1 billion euros in Q1 2020

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:25 PM

With 'very slow recovery' seen for global air traffic, Lufthansa says it must 'implement restructuring programs in all areas'

PARKED. Lufthansa planes in Frankfurt, Germany. File photo from Shutterstock

Australia heading for recession after economy contracts

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Australia's gross domestic product shrinks 0.3% in January-March 2020. It is now on track to enter its first recession since 1991.

AUSTRALIA ECONOMY. People queue outside a benefits payment center in Sydney on March 23, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

South Korea plans $29-billion virus stimulus

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The South Korean government is eyeing a 35.3-trillion-won ($29-billion) package, its 3rd in response to the coronavirus pandemic

RELAXED. Office workers walk along a street during the lunch period in central Seoul on May 22, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Italy reopens to tourists from Europe

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:27 PM

But there are fears many foreign tourists would be put off coming to a country still shaking off a vicious pandemic

People visit the Loggia dei Lanzi building on Piazza della Signoria in Florence on June 2, 2020, on the eve of the reopening of the Uffizi Gallery Museum to the public, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. Tiziana FABI / AFP

Mexican zoo saves animals endangered by virus crisis

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The deer arrive at the zoo suffering from malnutrition

TIGER. A Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is seen at the zoo in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on May 26, 2020. Photo by Rashide Frias/AFP

In DR Congo, denial becomes major obstacle for virus campaign

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'We have antibodies, from the time of our ancestors,' says one resident

SUIT UP. Two staff members of the Congolese Ministry of Health wear personal protective equipment to perform a COVID-19 test at a private residence in Goma, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on March 31, 2020. Photo by Alexis Huguet/AFP

U.S. protesters risk coronavirus 'for health of nation'

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:12 AM

'It is important to wear a mask not only to protect yourself against COVID-19, but also from state surveillance,' says epidemiologist Brandon Brown

MASKS DOWN. Manhattan, NY protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Russia unveils $72-billion virus recovery plan

Jun 03, 2020 - 1:05 AM

Aimed at boosting employment, incomes, and economic growth, the Russian government's plan 'contains over 500 measures'

A woman wears a protective face mask as she rides a bike along the Moskva river embankment in central Moscow on May 10, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

Air Canada raises $1.2 billion to keep flying in pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 12:40 AM

Coronavirus-hit Air Canada raises funds through an offering of shares and convertible senior notes

FLAG CARRIER. An Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Photo from Shutterstock

France slams Ryanair 'blackmail' over job ultimatum

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:30 PM

'Blackmail is never an option,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, as Ryanair is locked in a dispute with French employees

RYANAIR. Two of the airline's planes in Madrid, Spain. Photo from Shutterstock

Funding shortfall hinders pandemic response – World Bank chief

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:15 PM

What keeps World Bank President David Malpass up at night? 'Not enough resources,' he says.

LOCKDOWN. A young boy sells face masks beside a closed shop during a nationwide lockdown in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 6, 2020. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

France approves 5-billion-euro emergency loan for Renault

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire approves the loan after a meeting with executives, labor representatives, and local officials concerned by a sweeping overhaul unveiled by Renault

RENAULT. The Renault headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, on November 19, 2018. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

Spain jobless figures down significantly as crisis eases

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Spanish government counts 26,573 new jobseekers in May 2020, much lower than at the height of the coronavirus lockdown

People sit at a bar's terrace in Valencia, on May 19, 2020, as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Spain began last week a three-phase plan to end lockdowns for half the country by the end of June. JOSE JORDAN / AFP

Indonesia pulls out of annual Mecca pilgrimage over virus fears

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:52 PM

'This was a very bitter and difficult decision,' religious affairs minister Fachrul Razi says of Indonesia's pulling out of the Mecca pilgrimage. 'But we have a responsibility to protect our pilgrims and hajj workers.'

MECCA. This picture taken on May 24, 2020 shows an aerial view of the Grand Mosque and Kaaba in the center of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. Photo by AFP

Minneapolis businesses hammered by pandemic and protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Dozens of business owners in Minneapolis find themselves in a difficult financial situation, facing both the coronavirus and violent protests over the death of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - MAY 29: A man carries goods out of a ransacked business during protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Earlier today, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody for Floyd's death. Chauvin has been accused of kneeling on Floyd's neck as he pleaded with him about not being able to breathe. Floyd was pronounced dead a short while later. Chauvin and 3 other officers, who were involved in the arrest, were fired from the police department after a video of the arrest was circulated. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

First Rohingya refugee dies from coronavirus in Bangladesh – official

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:49 PM

The 71-year-old man is among at least 29 Rohingya to have tested positive for the virus in the Bangladeshi camps

KUTUPALONG. In this file photo taken on May 15, 2020 Rohingya refugees gather at a market as first cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have emerged in the area, in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. File photo by Suzauddin Rubel/AFP

French economy to shrink 11% in 2020 – minister

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'The shock is very brutal,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire

The Eiffel Tower is seen as a backdrop to bronze statues, one dressed in a mask across her nose and mouth, emmulating the ations of many citizens protecting themselves against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme in Paris on May 2, 2020, on the 47th day of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP)

Mixed fortunes for London shops hit by pandemic

Jun 02, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Certain businesses like bicycle shops are seeing surging demand in London, but others like cafes are asking for help to make it through the coronavirus crisis

Shop owner Michael Falkowski is pictured at his bicycle repair shop, ImpressedLondon, on England’s Lane in north London on May 19, 2020. - England's Lane is one of those postcard streets in London just a short walk from Primerose Hill Park. But behind the colourful facades, the shops have had their darkest hours - and varying fortunes - in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY VERONIQUE DUPONT

South Korea's GDP to shrink faster – central bank

Jun 02, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The Bank of Korea predicts the world's 12th biggest economy will shrink at least 2% in the April-June period

NO DISTANCE. In a photo taken on May 24, 2020, a couple wearing matching clothes sit before the city skyline and Han River in Seoul. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Brazilian Embraer loses $292 million during virus-infected quarter

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Embraer, the world's 3rd largest airplane manufacturer, is affected by the coronavirus pandemic and also by expenses incurred from a scrapped takeover by Boeing

Photo from Embraer's Facebook page

U.N. agency recommends health guidelines for airlines

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:30 AM

From aircraft disinfection to passengers traveling light, here are the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization

AVIATION. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

New Zealand PM chides Black Lives Matter marchers over virus rule breach

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Jacinda Ardern is concerned that large crowds – estimated at about 2,000 in Auckland – could undermine New Zealand's success in fighting the virus

SAFETY FIRST. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2020 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a post-Cabinet media conference at Parliament House in Wellingto. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

Europe loosens lockdown as virus tightens grip on Americas

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:41 AM

In a grim new landmark, infections in Latin America and the Caribbean surge past one million

TEST. A person walks past a pharmacy where COVID-19 tests are conducted in Recoleta commune in Santiago, Chile, on May 06, 2020. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Pandemic antibiotics surge will cause more deaths – WHO

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:23 AM

WHO's Director-General calls the threat of antimicrobial resistance 'one of the most urgent challenges of our time'

Greek hoteliers reopen, anxious for bookings

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hotels in Greece are resuming operations, but it is uncertain how the rest of the year will play out

A staff member wearing face mask works at the welcome desk in a hotel central Athens on June 1, 2020, as Greece eases coronavirus measures and reopening some of the hotels , priomary schools and nurseries. - Greece on May 30, 2020 expanded its list of approved flights from EU destinations to include airports in countries hard-hit by the coronavirus, but flights from the worst-hit regions will still be subject to quarantine measures. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP)

Global stocks rise despite protests, U.S.-China tensions

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Analysts say markets have historically shrugged off civil disruptions

TRADING. The Wall Street street sign is seen in New York City on March 23, 2020. File photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Germany's Lufthansa inches closer to state bailout

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:35 PM

Lufthansa will now ask shareholders to back the $10-billion deal in an online meeting on June 25

LUFTHANSA. One of the airline's aircraft parked in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Emirates could take 4 years to return to normal – chief

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:15 PM

'We have never been in this horrendous situation.... It is a huge structural change to our industry,' says Emirates president Tim Clark

EMIRATES. The Emirates fleet. Photo from airline's website

U.S. workers face unequal future when virus recedes

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:55 PM

The coronavirus pandemic is deepening inequality for workers in the world's largest economy

FACES. Two people wearing masks walk pass a mural of the coronavirus in the neighborhood of Queens on April 27, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

West Bank poverty may double over pandemic as annexation looms

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The number of households living below the poverty line in the West Bank could rise from 14% to 30% in 2020, warns the World Bank

WEST BANK. A picture taken on November 23, 2017 shows a view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, with the settlement appearing in the background. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

What now for tennis in 2020?

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The 2020 editions of the two remaining Grand Slams – the French Open and US Open – might be played behind closed doors

NO HUGS. There will be no physical contact between players when tennis returns. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA-EFE

Putin sets July 1 for reform vote as Moscow lockdown eases

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Critics have warned authorities may be moving too quickly to open up, but President Vladimir Putin says it is time to plan again for the vote that was delayed from April

COUPLE. A couple wearing face masks, amid concerns of the coronavirus, walks in front of a huge banner for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II that is used to cover a building under renovation in central Moscow on May 7, 2020. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Debates rage in Britain as some children go back to school

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:58 AM

'COVID-19 spreading too fast to lift lockdown in England,' scientific advisor Jeremy Farrar says on Twitter

NEW ART. Artist Banksy's newest artwork about health workers is on display at a Britain hospital. Photo from Banksy's Instagram account

Brazil coronavirus toll surges, Pope gives address after 3 months

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:42 AM

'From the great trials of humanity – among them this pandemic – one emerges better or worse. You don't emerge the same,' says Pope Francis

Brazilian health workers protest against working conditions and wage delays in front of the Ministry of Health in Brasilia, on May 21, 2020, amid the COVID-19 corovavirus pandemic. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro rallies supporters as U.S. sends unproven drug

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The crowd chants 'Myth! Myth! Myth!' – echoing the president's dismissal of the virus pandemic

ANGER. A supporter of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (R) argues with an anti-Bolsonaro football fan during a protest against the president, at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 31, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Emirates Airline says it must cut jobs over virus crisis

May 31, 2020 - 11:55 PM

'We have come to the conclusion that we unfortunately have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us,' says Emirates

EMIRATES. An Emirates plane prepares to land at the Dubai International Airport on September 14, 2017. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Thailand passes record stimulus package to combat virus impact

May 31, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The 1.9-trillion-baht ($59.7-billion) package would be a much-needed boost for Southeast Asia's second biggest economy

People look for bargain items at Chatuchak flea market in Bangkok on May 30, 2020. - Thailand continued easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus by allowing various businesses to reopen. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)