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 2020-04-02 15:51 

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Half of humanity in coronavirus confinement...

PARIS (AFP) - More than 3.9 billion people, or half of the world's population, are now being called on to remain in their homes to combat Covid-19, according to an AFP tally on Thursday (April 2).. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 15:47 

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Putin rolls over Russia's non-working period until April 30 over coronavirus...

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (April 2) prolonged until April 30 a non-working period across Russia to try and stem the coronavirus outbreak.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 15:38 

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Coronavirus: Paris police take over food market to store coffins...

PARIS (AFP) - The Paris police department said on Thursday (April 2) that it had requisitioned a hall at a vast fresh food market to store the bodies of coronavirus victims already overwhelming funeral homes.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 15:33 

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Potential Covid-19 vaccine shows promise in trials on mice...

LONDON (REUTERS) - Initial tests in mice of a potential Covid-19 vaccine delivered via a fingertip-sized patch have shown it can induce an immune response against the new coronavirus at levels that might prevent infection, US scientists said on Thursday (...

 2020-04-02 15:30 

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Football: Atletico Madrid players accept pay being slashed by 70 per cent...

MADRID (AFP) - Atletico Madrid's players on Thursday (April 2) joined their Barcelona counterparts in agreeing to a 70 per cent pay cut to help the La Liga club face the financial impact of football's suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.. R...

 2020-04-02 15:26 

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Hong Kong to shut bars in stronger social distancing measure amid Covid-19 pandemic...

HONG KONG (XINHUA) - The Hong Kong government on Thursday (April 2) announced its decision to temporarily close bars and other liquor-selling premises in response to an upsurge in Covid-19 cases.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 15:25 

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Facebook launches desktop version for Messenger as video calls surge...

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Facebook on Thursday (April 2) rolled out the desktop version of its Messenger app for Apple's Mac and Microsoft's Windows to make video chats available on computer screens for Facebook users.. Read more at straitstimes.c...

 2020-04-02 15:17 

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The bugs in China's mask diplomacy...

BEIJING - Six hundred thousand masks recalled. Defective coronavirus test kits. Countries outright rejecting...

 2020-04-02 15:16 

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Coronavirus: Acclaimed US virus expert Anthony Fauci gets security after threats...

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The senior US scientist battling the coronavirus pandemic has been given extra security as he received threats after contradicting President Donald Trump's dubious interpretations and forecasts over the crisis.. Read more at straits...

 2020-04-02 15:13 

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Coronavirus: 14,000 care packages with cleaning products to be distributed to all hawkers...

SINGAPORE - A total of 14,000 care packages will be distributed to all hawkers across 114 hawker centres in Singapore to support them during the Covid-19 outbreak.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 15:04 

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Forum: Amid Covid-19, time to ramp up cashless drive...

Since the push towards a cashless society began a few years ago, many electronic payment options have been developed and rolled out: PayNow, PayLah, payWave.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 15:04 

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Forum: Push from Govt, banks needed for e-payments to take off...

The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed all of us to thoroughly sanitise everything everywhere and minimise all manner of contact, and it is time to look at the use of cash. Just imagine all the hands that would have touched that note or coin.. Read more at stra...

 2020-04-02 15:04 

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Forum: Everyone has to follow instructions on fighting coronavirus...

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the Covid-19 pandemic is the worst global crisis since World War II (Coronavirus the worst global crisis since WW II, says UN chief Guterres, ST Online, April 1) - and Singapore is not spared...

 2020-04-02 15:04 

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Forum: Closing schools not cut and dried matter...

Instituting school closures is never an easy decision. While online learning might be available, it is ineffective compared with face-to-face lessons, and children without Internet service and a computer at home will be disproportionately disadvantaged.. ...

 2020-04-02 15:03 

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Forum: Petrol firms should be subject to price transparency rules...

In my last Forum letter, I requested that petrol firms demystify how retail pump prices move with crude oil prices (Petrol firms need to explain mystery behind pump pricing, March 13).. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 15:03 

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South Korean politicians get creative in campaigning as nation inches towards April 15 polling day...

SEOUL - Campaigning for the upcoming general elections has kicked off in South Korea, with some candidates riding trucks, electric scooters, and even a horse around town to attract attention, as well as help with disinfection works to curb the spread of t...

 2020-04-02 14:59 

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Oil soars after Trump says Saudis and Russians to cut output...

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Oil prices soared on Thursday (April 2) after US President Donald Trump said he expects Russia and Saudi Arabia to announce a major oil production cut, and Saudi state media said the kingdom was calling an emergency meeting of oil pro...

 2020-04-02 14:59 

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Forum: Time wasted just to end rental of cable set-top box...

I recently decided to terminate the rental of one of two cable set-top boxes I have with StarHub to save myself $12 every month.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 14:59 

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Forum: Excerpts from readers' letters...

GAP IN PUBLIC HYGIENE PUSH. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 14:59 

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Forum: More questions on used electric car batteries...

I refer to the National Environment Agency's reply (Local recycling industry building up its capability to recycle electric car batteries, March 30) to my letter (Used electric car batteries may pose problems few years from now, March 26).. Read more ...

 2020-04-02 14:52 

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My First Skool in Rivervale Crescent to close temporarily after teacher diagnosed with Covid-19...

Affected staff and students at the pre-school have also been placed on leave of absence.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 14:48 

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WHO reiterates warning that kids are hit by coronavirus too...

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - The World Health Organisation on Thursday (April 2) reiterated its warning that children can also be affected by the new coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of several young people.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 14:41 

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Global air passenger demand sees steepest decline since 9/11: IATA...

GENEVA (AFP) - The coronavirus pandemic sent global air passenger demand plunging 14 per cent in February, marking the steepest decline in traffic since the Sept 11 attacks in 2001, the global aviation association said on Thursday (April 2).. Read more at...

 2020-04-02 14:30 

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Coronavirus: Food handlers may soon have to wear spit guards or masks...

SINGAPORE - People who prepare or serve food may soon have to wear spit guards or masks when handling food to prevent contamination and stem the spread of the coronavirus.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 13:58 

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Saudi Arabia deploys clerics to help fight spread of virus...

RIYADH (BLOOMBERG) - On a show that dispenses religious edicts on state-run Saudi television, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq told a woman she had every right to kick her husband out of bed if he doesn't comply with social-distancing rules to tackle coronav...

 2020-04-02 13:56 

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Coronavirus: KL City Hall places homeless people in shelters amid virus outbreak...

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia has placed over 500 homeless people living on various streets of Kuala Lumput in shelters during the ongoing movement restrictions.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 13:44 

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Football: Belgian league moves to declare season finished due to coronavirus pandemic...

Paris (AFP) - The Belgian football league has recommended that the current season be declared finished early due to the coronavirus pandemic with the present league table accepted as final, it said in a statement on Thursday.. Read more at straitstimes.co...

 2020-04-02 13:41 

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49 new coronavirus cases in S'pore; 3 new clusters at Mustafa Centre, Maxwell station worksite and Keppel Shipyard...

41 are local cases and eight are imported. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,049.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 13:40 

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Coronavirus: 129 stop-work orders issued to companies not implementing safe distancing at workplace...

SINGAPORE - More than 850 workplaces have been inspected and 129 stop-work orders, as well as 260 remedial orders (ROs), have been served to companies in a bid to enforce safe distancing at workplaces, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in an update on T...

 2020-04-02 13:38 

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Coronavirus: France urges debt freeze for poor countries hit by pandemic...

PARIS (AFP) - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Thursday (April 2) called for a US$500 billion (S$717.24 billion) war chest and debt moratorium for developing countries, especially in Africa, to help them cope with the coronavirus crisis.. Read mo...

 2020-04-02 13:32 

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Singapore and China reaffirm commitment to ensure free flow of goods, especially medical supplies...

SINGAPORE - Singapore and China have reaffirmed their commitment to maintain supply chain connectivity between both countries, ensuring the free flow of goods - especially medical supplies - during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.. Read more at straitsti...

 2020-04-02 13:01 

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Coronavirus: FairPrice to reopen Bedok Mall store on April 4 after Covid-19 case, debunks rumours on affected worker...

SINGAPORE - The NTUC FairPrice store in Bedok Mall where an employee was diagnosed with Covid-19 will only reopen on Saturday (April 4), after it has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 13:00 

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Coronavirus: Indonesia frees 18,000 inmates from bursting jails over virus fears...

MAJENE, INDONESIA (AFP) - Indonesia has released some 18,000 inmates in a desperate bid to stop coronavirus from rampaging through its notoriously overcrowded prison system, authorities said on Thursday (April 2).. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 12:53 

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Late Taiwan ex-premier Hau Pei-tsun a deeply respected leader, says Singapore's PM Lee...

TAIPEI - Taiwan's former premier Hau Pei-tsun has died at the age of 100 due to multiple organ failure.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 12:49 

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Coronavirus: US weekly jobless claims hit record 6.6 million...

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits last week shot to a record high for a second week in a row - topping 6 million - as more jurisdictions enforced stay-at-home measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, ...

 2020-04-02 12:46 

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Hackers linked to Iran target WHO staff e-mails amid coronavirus outbreak...

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON/LONDON (REUTERS) - Hackers working in the interests of the Iranian government have attempted to break into the personal e-mail accounts of staff at the World Health Organisation during the coronavirus outbreak, four people with kn...

 2020-04-02 12:41 

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Asian Insider, April 2: Should we be masking up, measures tighten across Asia, more job cuts...

Hi, In today's bulletin: The world enters the mask-wearing debate, with opinions divided between Asia and the West; countries in the region impose tighter coronavirus measures as cases continue to rise; traders get a reality check from China, and more...

 2020-04-02 12:37 

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Coronavirus deaths in the Netherlands increase to 1,339...

AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) - The number of deaths caused by the new coronavirus in the Netherlands has increased by 166 to 1,339, health authorities said on Thursday (April 2).. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 12:36 

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SMRT bus driver tests positive for Covid-19; vehicle thoroughly cleaned and disinfected...

SINGAPORE - A bus captain, driving bus service 972, has tested positive for the coronavirus, said SMRT on Thursday (April 2).. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 12:33 

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Malaysia appoints PAS chief Hadi Awang as special Middle East envoy with rank of minister...

KUALA LUMPUR - The month-old Malaysian government has appointed the president of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) as special envoy to the Middle East, with the rank of minister.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 11:54 

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Free-standing mirror in Jewel Changi store fell and killed baby when boy came out from behind it...

SINGAPORE - Two six-year old boys were playing near a free-standing mirror inside a boutique at Jewel Changi Airport when one of them stepped out from behind it.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 11:53 

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Coronavirus: New study finds at least 10 patients in Singapore caught virus from those without symptoms...

SINGAPORE - At least 10 people in Singapore got the coronavirus from those without symptoms, according to a new study of such patients in the country.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 11:33 

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Spike in online scams involving Nintendo Switch consoles; $21,000 cheated from victims...

SINGAPORE - The police have warned of a spike in online scams involving the popular Nintendo Switch video game console, with at least 53 police reports lodged since February.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 11:22 

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Football: Brescia president threatens to forfeit matches if Serie A re-starts...

ROME, April 2 (Reuters) - The president of bottom-of-the-table Brescia has said that it makes no sense to try to complete the Serie A season and that he would rather forfeit matches than put his team on the pitch.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 11:12 

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Coronavirus: Nursing homes adjust to ban on visitors...

While the barring of visits can be distressing to both residents and their families, nursing home operators insist that the measures are in the best interests of all parties.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 10:25 

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Coronavirus: Thailand to announce nationwide curfew starting Friday...

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand is to announce a nationwide curfew between 10pm and 4am starting on Friday (April 3) to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the government said in a statement on Thursday.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 10:23 

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Evening Update: Today's headlines from The Straits Times on April 2...

Good evening! Catch up on some of the main headlines on Thursday, April 2.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 10:17 

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Thailand hit by African Horse Sickness, over 100 horses killed...

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - More than 100 horses have died from African Horse Sickness (AHS) in Thailand, government data showed, in the Southeast Asian country's first instance of the illness that only affects animals.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 10:07 

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Spain's coronavirus deaths rise past 10,000 with 950 new fatalities...

MADRID (BLOOMBERG) - Spain reported 950 new coronavirus fatalities on Thursday (April 2), the largest toll in a single day and taking the total number of deaths past 10,000.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

 2020-04-02 10:02 

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Libya marks year of fighting, fears worse to come amid virus pandemic, global slump...

TRIPOLI (AFP) - While the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, war-shattered Libya marks one year Saturday (April 4) of its latest bloody conflict that is plunging it ever deeper into chaos.. Read more at straitstimes.com....

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