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Brazil court bans raids in Rio favelas during pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 6:05 PM

A judge says: 'Recent incidents have made the state's armed operations in Rio de Janeiro's communities even more troubling'

KID KILLED. A demonstrator places flowers next to a sign reading 'We will not forget Miguel Otavio Santana Da Silva' in demand of justice for the death of a five-year-old, the son of a black maid who on June 2 fell from a ninth floor. Photo byLeo Malafaia/AFP

California says film, TV production can resume June 12

Jun 06, 2020 - 5:58 PM

The reopening will be subject to approval by local health officers

CLOSURE. Shattuck Cinemas, a local movie theater in downtown Berkeley, California, was temporarily closed due to the coronavirus. Photo from Shutterstock

Brazil threatens to quit WHO, Trump says U.S. beating pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 1:12 PM

Bolsonaro criticizes the World Health Organization for suspending clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 – a decision it reversed this week – and threatens to follow in Trump's footsteps by quitting

BOLSONARO'S THREAT. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. File photo by  Sergio Lima/AFP

Universal Orlando is first big Florida theme park to reopen after virus

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:14 AM

The reopened theme park will only operate at 35% capacity, with new rules like mandatory face masks, temperature checks at the entrance, and ground markers

U.S. sues Chinese firm over half-million 'fake' N95 masks

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:29 AM

King Year Packaging and Printing falsely claims the 495,200 masks it shipped met the N95 standard and also falsely claimed they were certified by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, according to the complaint

More than 900 U.S. virus deaths in past 24 hours – tracker

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:39 AM

The additional 922 deaths bring the total in the United States to 109,042, and there have been more than 1.89 million cases

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A person gets his temperature checked before being allowed into a Mt. Sinai Hospital building on May 4, 2020 on the Upper East Side neighborhood in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Canada adds 290,000 jobs in May 2020 but unemployment rate still rises

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:50 AM

Canada's unemployment rate still goes up to a record 13.7% as more Canadians look for work

Customers line up outside of a mobile phone store May 19, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. - Ontario, Canada's most populous province, is allowing stores with street access to reopen, along with hospital surgery rooms, dog parks and golf courses. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

Stock markets power ahead on surprise U.S. jobs rise

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:25 AM

The Dow piles on around 830 points, or 3.2%, to finish at 27,110.98 on Friday, June 5

STOCK EXCHANGE. The Fearless Girl statue stands in front of the New York Stock Exchange near Wall Street in New York City on March 23, 2020. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

U.S. shows surprising employment recovery in May 2020 despite pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The United States' unemployment rate is down to 13.3% in May 2020, from 14.7% in April 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 14, 2020, a man wearing a face mask walks past a sign "Now Hiring" in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia. - The US economy regained 2.5 million jobs in May as coronavirus pandemic shutdowns began to ease, sending the unemployment rate falling to 13.3 percent, the Labor Department reported on June 5, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

WHO encourages masks where virus widespread, distancing tough

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:53 PM

(UPDATED) As the coronavirus continues to spread, the World Health Organization changes its stance on who should wear a mask, when it should be worn, and what it should be made of

FACE MASKS. People wait to enter a supermarket wearing face masks amid concern over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Panama City, on June 1, 2020. File photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Trump says U.S. 'largely through' coronavirus pandemic

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:31 PM

'We had the greatest economy in the history of the world. And that strength let us get through this horrible pandemic, largely through, I think we're doing really well,' says President Donald Trump

COVID-19 IN US. US President Donald Trump turns to address US Secretary of Health Alex Azar as he speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Luxury carmaker Bentley to axe 1,000 UK jobs

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Bentley says the coronavirus pandemic 'hastened' its move to cut almost a quarter of its workforce in the United Kingdom

AstraZeneca 'on track' to roll out virus vaccine in September

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:58 PM

'Our present assumption is that we will have the data by the end of the summer, by August, so in September we should know whether we have an effective vaccine or not,' says AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot

COVID-19 pandemic 'under control' in France

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:20 PM

'We can reasonably say the virus is currently under control,' says Jean-Francois Delfraissy, an immunologist who was appointed to the French government's coronavirus advisory panel

SAFER. People ride their bicycles on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France on May 11, 2020. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Tax the rich? Post-pandemic recovery idea finds favor in UK

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Mass unemployment, bankruptcies, and other potential shocks could hit the richest, but supporters of tax reform say they should still shoulder more of the burden

The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019 - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday that the suspension of parliament would be extended until October 14 -- just two weeks before the UK is set to leave the EU -- enraging anti-Brexit MPs. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Japanese April spending sees sharpest drop since 2001

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:55 AM

The April 2020 drop in Japan's household spending is partly attributed to declines in spending on transport and telecommunications, as well as on leisure activities

JAPAN ECONOMY. People walk along a shopping precinct in Tokyo's Ueno district on March 21, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

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

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Greece 'more than sea and sun', says PM in tourism launch

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Greece desperately needs to attract visitors to boost its coronavirus-hit economy

GREECE TOURISM. Tourists walk in the Plaka area of central Athens, Greece, on March 13, 2020. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Las Vegas casinos reopen after months of virus lockdown

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The reopening of casinos is a major boost for the badly-hit Las Vegas economy, which depends heavily on tourism

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 04: Slot machines with every other machine ready to play are ready for guests at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip as the property opens for the first time since being closed on March 17 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on June 4, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hotel-casinos throughout the state are opening today as part of a phased reopening of the economy with social distancing guidelines and other restrictions in place. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Germany's beleaguered Lufthansa to quit Frankfurt's Dax 30

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Real estate group Deutsche Wohnen will replace Lufthansa on the Dax starting June 22

A display showing the German share index Stock Market Index DAX is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 24, 2019. - The German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt rebounded strongly on March 24, with the Dax gaining 10.98% at closing in a market reacting to the extent of monetary support from central banks and state budgets, in the fight against the economic damage caused by the COV-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / AFP)

Africa CDC tries to ramp up coronavirus tests as lockdowns ease

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Africa records 162,000 cases and 4,600 deaths, with an average of 5,400 new cases per day in the past week

COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA. Commuters queue at the Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg on June 1, 2020. File photo by Emmanuel Croset/AFP

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)

Europe boosts aid to virus-hit economies as U.N. calls for 'people's vaccine'

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:28 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says a new vaccine against the coronavirus has to be available to everyone across the world

'PEOPLE'S VACCINE.' In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

ECB ramps up eurozone support as pandemic persists

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:00 PM

The European Central Bank announces 600 billion euros ($674 billion) more of emergency bond-buying and the scheme's extension until June 2021

ECB. The European Central Bank, based in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Iran reports most new virus cases since outbreak began

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Officials appear to suggest that the surge in new cases could be the result of wider testing rather than a second wave of infection

NEW CASES. Iranians, some wearing face masks, walk along a street in the capital Tehran on June 3, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. Photo by AFP

Pandemic shutdown of auto sector hits Canada trade hard

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Canada's total exports fall 29.7% in April 2020, while total imports are down 25.1% – described as 'unparalleled' declines

TRADE. A container terminal in Vancouver, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

UK car sector axes 2,000 jobs as sales slump

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:00 PM

British car dealership Lookers says it is cutting about 1,500 jobs, while carmaker Aston Martin is slashing 500

Spike in Malaysia virus cases as migrants are infected

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Cases have been increasing rapidly since last week at centers where foreigners are detained on suspicion of being in the country illegally

COVID-19 IN MALAYSIA. Shoppers wear masks outside a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2020, as sectors of the economy are being reopened following restrictions to halt the spread of COVID-19. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

China says U.S. trade sanctions on Hong Kong violate WTO rules

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:30 PM

'If the United States disregards the fundamental principles of international relations and adopts unilateral measures according to its domestic laws, it will violate WTO rules,' says the Chinese commerce ministry

People gather to watch the sunset as they stand on a viewing platform in Tamar Park overlooking Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon skyline in Hong Kong on May 5, 2020. - Hong Kong on May 5 announced plans to ease major social distancing measures, including reopening schools, cinemas, bars and beauty parlours after the Chinese territory largely halted local transmission of the deadly coronavirus. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / 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

Prince Charles spurred to action after bout with virus

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:51 PM

Prince Charles calls the outbreak, which has officially claimed more than 40,000 lives in Britain 'an unbelievably testing and challenging time,' which has forced people to reassess their lives

EXPERIENCE. In this file photo taken on March 04, 2020, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reacts during his visit to the London Transport Museum in London on March 4, 2020, to take part in celebrations to mark 20 years of the museum. File photo by Victoria Jones/Pool/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

Duterte borrows another $500 million from World Bank for coronavirus

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:05 PM

So far, the Duterte administration has borrowed $1.1 billion or around P55 billion from the World Bank for the Philippines' coronavirus response

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)

China to allow limited U.S. passenger flights

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) China says it will now let foreign airlines operate one international route into the country each week, including American carriers which have been affected by a de facto ban

VIRUS IMPACT. A Delta Air Lines plane. Photo from Shutterstock

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

Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:06 AM

The accident is the second largest in modern Russian history in terms of volume, World Wildlife Fund expert Alexei Knizhnikov says

SPILL. This handout photograph taken and released by the Marine Rescue Service of Russia on June 3, 2020, shows a large diesel spill in the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk. Photo by Marine Rescue Service/AFP

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

WHO to resume hydroxychloroquine coronavirus trials

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:22 AM

More than 3,500 patients have been recruited across 35 countries to take part in the trials

TRIALS TO RESUME. In this file photo taken on May 20, 2020 pills of Hydroxychloroquine sit on a tray at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah. File photo by George Frey/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

South Korea approves remdesivir for virus patients

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:47 PM

A South Korean government review of remdesivir research says it has proven 'clinically meaningful' in cutting patients' recovery times

REMDESIVIR. One vial of the drug Remdesivir lies during a press conference about the start of a study with the Ebola drug Remdesivir in particularly severely ill patients at the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg, northern Germany, on April 8, 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Ulrich Perrey/Pool/AFP

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

U.S. suspends flights by Chinese airlines in new spat with Beijing

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The move is triggered by China's failure to act on American carriers' requests to resume passenger service

AVIATION. A China Southern employee wears a face mask as she carries a model plane at Beijing Daxing International Airport on the eve of a 5-day national holiday on April 30, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

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)

U.N. accuses Asian nations of censorship during pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:32 PM

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says arrests 'for expressing discontent or allegedly spreading false information through the press and social media' have been reported in the Philippines and 11 other countries

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