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Wimbledon chief fears 'no more tennis this year'

Apr 03, 2020 - 1:50 PM

'I don't think it's unrealistic to say that there may be no more tennis this year,' says All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

S&P confirms U.S. AA+ rating with stable outlook

Apr 03, 2020 - 1:45 PM

The stable outlook comes from the view that the 'unprecedented' US stimulus package will limit the decline in growth and 'set the stage for recovery in 2021'

OUTBREAK. A person wearing a mask is seen in New York City on March 14, 2020, as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images/AFP

Pentagon removes captain of virus-struck aircraft carrier

Apr 03, 2020 - 1:11 PM

'I have no doubt in my mind that Captain Crozier did what he thought was in the best interests of the safety and well-being of his crew... Unfortunately, it did the opposite,' says the the acting US Navy secretary

This handout photo released by the US Navy shows Captain Brett Crozier addressing the crew for the first time as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a change of command ceremony on the ship’s flight deck in San Diego, California on November 1, 2019. The Pentagon removed the captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt Thursday, saying he mishandled communications over how the outbreak was sweeping through the warship. Brett Crozier "demonstrated extremely poor judgment in the middle of a crisis" in writing a four-page letter detailing the problem that was leaked to the US media before top defense officials saw it, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said. Sean LYNCH / US NAVY / AFP

Democrats postpone White House nominating convention to August over virus

Apr 03, 2020 - 12:36 AM

The US Democratic nomination race has boiled down to former vice president Joe Biden, the clear frontrunner, and his lone remaining rival, the liberal Senator Bernie Sanders

POSTPONED. In this file photo, the, the site of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, is seen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 11, 2019. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

Coronavirus drives 6.65 million to file for U.S. jobless benefits

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:15 PM

Even analysts who had expected grim figures are stunned

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 24, 2020, a Five Guys restaurant is closed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Detroit, Michigan. - Another 6.65 million US workers filed for unemployment benefits last week, the most ever recorded, as the coronavirus forces businesses to shut down nationwide, the Labor Department reported on April 2, 2020. (Photo by SETH HERALD / AFP)

U.S., eurozone output to crash in Q2 2020 – Fitch

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Fitch Ratings says it does not see US and EU gross domestic product returning to pre-coronavirus levels until late 2021

SHOPS CLOSED. The sculpture 'Torso' by Robert Graham stands on iconic and nearly empty Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Navy evacuates virus-struck aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt

Apr 02, 2020 - 5:16 PM

Acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly says: 'We cannot and will not remove all the sailors from the ship. This ship has weapons on it, it has munitions on it, it has expensive aircraft, and has a nuclear power plant.'

(FILES) This US Navy file handout photo shows the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)as it transits the Pacific Ocean while conducting a tailored ship’s training availability off the coast of Southern California on April 30, 2017. The captain of the nuclear aircraft carrier with more than 100 sailors infected with the coronavirus pleaded on March 30, 2020 with US Navy officials for resources to allow isolation of his entire crew, and avoid possible deaths in a situation he described as quickly deteriorating. Paul L. ARCHER / US NAVY / AFP

U.S. coronavirus deaths pass 5,000 – Johns Hopkins

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:33 PM

This follows a US one-day record of 884 people dead of COVD-19 in 24 hours

HOPE. A boy rides his bike pass a supportive sign posted on a storefront in San Francisco, California on April, 1, 2020, during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Automakers report lower Q1 U.S. auto sales on virus hit

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'Further historic declines' in United States car sales are likely in April as well

VOLKSWAGEN'S DIESELGATE. A Diesel Volkswagen that the company bought back from consumers is loaded on a trailer in the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome on August 4, 2017 in Pontiac, Michigan. File photo by Jeff Kowalsky/ AFP

U.S. Navy captain says aircraft carrier faces dire coronavirus threat

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:09 PM

The captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt writes a newspaper: 'We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die... The spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating' because of the ship's 'inherent limitations of space.'

UNDER SIEGE. File photo of the US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt when it was in Manila Bay on April 11, 2018.

U.S. donates P203 million to help PH fight coronavirus outbreak

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Health assistance will go to preparing laboratories for processing of coronavirus tests as well as surveillance efforts to trace possible coronavirus cases

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. The Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital on March, 30, 2020, installs plastic dividers to separate health workers from patients as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

California to release 3,500 non-violent prison inmates to prevent virus spread

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:32 AM

Inmates are also being offered additional free phone calls to their loved ones to compensate the loss of their visitation rights

FATHER. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez visits inmates at Men's Central Jail after holding Christmas Mass in a jail chapel on December 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

In Venezuela shift, U.S. asks Guaido to renounce power – for now

Apr 01, 2020 - 12:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaido should set up a transitional government to arrange elections in 6 to 12 months.

SHIFT. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado (L) during a meeting at the Department of State on February 6, 2020 in Washington,DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

U.S. could take equity shares in coronavirus-hit airlines – officials

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:55 AM

The massive financial rescue plan passed by the United States Congress designates $50 billion for the airline industry

AMERICAN AIRLINES. A Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 11, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Hit list: What's next in line for possible coronavirus postponement

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Here are the upcoming major competitions that will likely be delayed or canceled altogether due to the worldwide health crisis

Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) shakes hands and embraces Spain's Rafael Nadal (L) after Federer won their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

New York postpones presidential primary over coronavirus concerns

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The vote, which was slated for April 28, will instead take place on June 23

THE CITY STOPS. A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Small businesses become endangered in virus-stricken New York

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:35 PM

In New York, the coronavirus hit to the economy is like a boulder that gets bigger as it rolls ever-faster downhill, leveling more of the city's stores and services

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: A nail salon sits closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 20, 2020 in New York City. Today New York announced new measures to control the epidemic, including the closure of all hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, and tattoo parlors. The economic situation in the city continued to decline as more businesses closed their doors and New York weighed a shelter in place order for the entire city. Victor J. Blue/Getty Images/AFP

Trump signs $2-trillion recovery plan as U.S. virus cases skyrocket

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:00 AM

(UPDATED) 'This will deliver urgently needed relief to our nation's families, workers, and businesses,' says United States President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: U.S. President Donald Trump signs H.R. 748, the CARES Act in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier on Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the $2 trillion stimulus bill that lawmakers hope will battle the the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

In the U.S., restaurants on the edge of failure over virus crisis

Mar 27, 2020 - 4:25 PM

The United States restaurant industry, the country's second biggest employer, is suffering amid coronavirus lockdowns

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MARCH 26: A Waffle House restaurant sits closed on March 26, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. The restaurant chain has closed at least 420 locations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Xi Jinping tells Trump: China and U.S. must 'unite to fight virus'

Mar 27, 2020 - 3:14 PM

In a telephone call, Chinese President Xi tells the American president that China 'wishes to continue sharing all information and experience with the US'

WORK TOGETHER. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping greeting US President Donald Trump before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Balikatan exercises canceled because of coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:44 PM

(UPDATED) What would have been the last iteration of the yearly drills between Filipino and American forces has been called off to protect soldiers’ health, says the US Indo-Pacific Command

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Fitch maintains U.S. AAA rating despite coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'The US sovereign rating is supported by structural strengths that include the size of the economy, high per capita income, and a dynamic business environment,' says Fitch Ratings

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03: An American Flag hangs from a building in the Financial District of Manhattan on September 03, 2019 in New York City. New manufacturing data released on Tuesday renewed concerns about a weakening global economy. Oil prices also fell on Tuesday as the continuing U.S.-China trade dispute continues to worry markets and investors about a global slowdown. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Coronavirus pushes Zimbabwe to reintroduce use of U.S. dollar

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:45 AM

The move is part of 'measures to mitigate the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the Zimbabwean society and the economy'

Stocks brush aside record U.S. unemployment surge

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:15 AM

Investors welcome the United States' proposed $2-trillion stimulus package and the G20's pledge on Thursday, March 26, to inject $5 trillion into the global economy

Pedestrians walk in front of a quotation board displaying stock prices on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo on March 26, 2020. - Tokyo's key Nikkei index opened down more than three percent on March 26 on profit-taking after surging in recent sessions, although US stimulus plans offset worries over the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Coronavirus pushes 3.3 million to claim U.S. jobless benefits

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Nearly every state in the US cites the coronavirus pandemic for the jump in initial jobless claims in the week ending March 21

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 19, 2020, picnic tables block the closed doors of Abbey burger Bistro in Baltimore, Maryland after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan banned on-premise drinking and dining at area establishments due to the COVID-19 outbreak. - US unemployment claims rise 3.3 million for the week of March 21, 2020, according to the US Labor Department on March 26. The Coronavirus outbreak caused highest claims for US jobless benefits on record. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

Rockets hit Iraq's Green Zone, U.S.-led coalition leaves base

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Other Iraqi bases and foreign embassies, particularly the American mission, have been targeted in more than two dozen rocket attacks since late October that have prompted fears of a proxy war on Iraqi soil

GREEN ZONE. Members of the Iraqi security forces look on as municipal workers clear cement blocks at the al-Sinek bridge, connecting the Iraqi capital Baghdad's Sinek district to the Salhiyeh district neighboring the high-security Green Zone, which hosts government offices and foreign embassies, in Baghdad on February 12, 2020. File photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait during virus spat

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:30 PM

A US Pacific Fleet tweet confirms the USS McCampbell, a guided missile destroyer, transited the strait

FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION. A view of the deck of the USS McCampbell, a guided missile destroyer of the US Pacific Fleet, as it sails through the Taiwan Strait March 26, 2020. Photo from Twitter of US Pacific Fleet

$2-trillion rescue package passes U.S. Senate, heads to House

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The United States' massive coronavirus aid package clears the Senate 96-0 after days of tumultuous, sometimes bitter negotiations and debate

MEETING. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and incoming White House Chief of Staff Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) head to a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) at the US Capitol as negotiations continue on a $2-trillion economic stimulus in response to the coronavirus pandemic March 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Coronavirus prompts Americans to stock up on guns, ammo

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:20 PM

A gun store owner in Washington state says, '... a lot of people are scared that someone is going to break into their home... to steal cash, their toilet paper, their bottled water, their food'

GUN SALE. File photo of guns sold in a sporting goods store in South Plainfield, New Jersey.

Magnitude 7.5 quake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands – USGS

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:46 PM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says 'only very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake and there is no further threat'

U.S. could overtake Europe as coronavirus epicenter – WHO

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:19 AM

WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris says 85% of the new cases reported to the global body overnight have come from Europe and the United States, now the two 'main drivers of the outbreak'

NEW EPICENTER? A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Fed ramps up help to U.S. economy on life support

Mar 24, 2020 - 9:45 AM

United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Federal Reserve's measures would provide $4 trillion in needed liquidity into the US economy

A man walks across Wisconsin Ave, in the normally busy shopping district of Georgetown in Washington, DC on March 23, 2020. - The Federal Reserve launched an unprecedented effort on Monday to flood the US economy with money amid the chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as Congress debated a rescue plan for American workers and companies. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

U.S. economic rescue plan blocked again in Senate, talks continue

Mar 24, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Democrats argue the current Republican-led legislation prioritizes big corporations over protecting workers

WAITING. An ambulance sits outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, March 23, 2020, as the Senate continues negotiations on a relief package in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pentagon says successfully tested hypersonic missile

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:14 PM

The Pentagon says a test missile flew at hypersonic speeds – more than 5 times the speed of sound, or Mach 5 – to a designated impact point

PENTAGON. In this file photo taken on August 25, 2013, The Pentagon is seen from the air over Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. suspends all routine visa services due to virus

Mar 20, 2020 - 9:37 PM

US embassies and consulates will still consider emergency visas if they have adequate staff, the State Department says

SUSPENDED. The US Department of State is seen on January 6, 2020, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/AFP

U.S. and Mexico plan to close border to 'non-essential travel'

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:40 PM

The measure follows similar US moves to bar visitors from most of Europe, China and other parts of the world as its number of coronavirus cases surges

AT THE BORDER. A Mexican soldier walks between lines at San Ysidro port of entry on the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on March 19, 2020. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Coronavirus freezes consumer-driven U.S. economy, testing retailers

Mar 19, 2020 - 4:25 PM

The coronavirus crisis tests all retailers, leading to temporary store closures at companies like Apple and Nike

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 18: The sculpture 'Torso' by Robert Graham stands on iconic and nearly empty Rodeo Drive on March 18, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. The city of Beverly Hills mandated the closure of non-essential stores, including the famous retailers on Rodeo Drive, starting today in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Sanders to 'assess' campaign after primary drubbing by Biden

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:57 AM

Pressure mounts on the leftist Vermont senator to end his White House campaign

MASK. Supporters wait to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders at his 2020 Super Tuesday Rally at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont March 3, 2020. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

U.S. to close Canada border to 'non-essential' traffic – Trump

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:04 PM

The shutdown builds on President Donald Trump's barring of visitors from most of Europe, China, and other parts of the world hit by coronavirus

CLOSING. A truck crosses the Bluewater Bridge border crossing between Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan on March 16, 2020. File photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Rappler Talk: Ex-VFA chief Edilberto Adan on cutting the military pact with the U.S.

Mar 18, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Bookmark this page: Former Visiting Forces Agreement Commission executive director Edilberto Adan talks about the importance of the military deal and the impact of its repeal

Biden wins Florida, biggest prize on virus-hit primary night

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:13 AM

A Biden trifecta would leave Sanders a gravely wounded candidate

JOE. Joseph 'Joe' Biden speaks during the an Easter Prayer Breakfast in the East Room of the White House in April 2015. Photo by Andrew Harrer/EPA

Biden wins Washington state Democratic primary – U.S. media

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Media reports say Joe Biden had won 37.9% of the vote, with the leftist Bernie Sanders close behind with 36.4%

JOE BIDEN. Democratic presidential hopeful former US vice president Joe Biden makes a point as he and Senator Bernie Sanders take part in the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Coronavirus gives U.S. banks a shot at redemption

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:20 AM

US banks were blamed during the 2008 financial crisis. Now, they're 'going to try to put their best foot forward.'

The JPMorgan Chase headquarters stands in Midtown Manhattan on January 8, 2014 in New York City. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. drops case against Russian firm accused of 2016 election meddling

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:36 AM

The case is against the company controlled by a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin that allegedly funded the campaign to meddle in the 2016 elections

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S.-China trade truce at risk as virus hits global economy

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Concerns are mounting that conditions of the initial deal between the United States and China cannot be met as the coronavirus threatens the world economy

Biden commits to female running mate if he is Democratic nominee

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:14 AM

'There are a number of women who are qualified to be vice president tomorrow,' the moderate Biden says

CONTEMPLATING. US Democratic frontunner Joe Biden (C) with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (C, background) and Health Minister Susan Ley (R). Photo Tracey Nearmy/AFP

U.S. Fed slashes key interest rate, rolls out massive response to pandemic

Mar 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The United States Federal Reserve makes its second emergency rate cut in less than two weeks and announces other drastic measures to counter the economic impact of the coronavirus

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: A person wearing a mask is seen as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 14, 2020 in New York City. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images/AFP

Raging coronavirus makes zero rates a possibility as U.S. Fed meets

Mar 15, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Analysts say the question is not whether the United States Federal Reserve will cut rates again – but how low they will go

KEY RATE UNCHANGED. United States Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a press conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, DC, on May 1, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

[OPINION] The Pope and single-use plastics

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it

Trump says Fed not 'aggressive' enough against coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020 - 9:15 AM

United States President Donald Trump says central bank chief Jerome Powell had 'made a lot of bad decisions'

SAFE. File photo of US President Donald Trump. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP