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 2020-04-01 11:16 

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Putin takes coronavirus precautions as Moscow unveils tracking app...

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin is taking precautions to protect himself against coronavirus, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, as Moscow authorities launched a smartphone app designed to track people who have been ordered to stay home because of the...

 2020-04-01 11:15 

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China clamps down on coronavirus test kit exports after accuracy questioned...

BEIJING/HONG KONG — Beijing is stepping up its oversight of exports of coronavirus test kits after several European countries complained about the accuracy of some Chinese-made tests. Chinese exporters of coronavirus tests must now obtain a registra...

 2020-04-01 11:05 

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Japan expands entry ban to more countries, will ask all visitors to quarantine...

TOKYO — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday the government was expanding a ban on the entry of non-Japanese people to cover 73 countries as policymakers try to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The number of countries was increas...

 2020-04-01 11:02 

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The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada...

The latest news on the COVID-19 global pandemic (all times Eastern): 6:35 a.m. It's April 1st and rent payments are due for millions of Canadians for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic led to an economic shutdown and many layoffs. Hundreds of ...

 2020-04-01 11:00 

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In lull before feared COVID-19 storm, Canada's health system works furiously to build up crucial supplies...

As doctors, nurses and other medical staff brace for the potential onslaught, opinions are mixed on whether Canadian hospitals will be ready...

 2020-04-01 11:00 

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Game on: How COVID-19 crisis pivoted Bauer Hockey from skate-maker to medical face shield manufacturer...

Dan Bourgeois is a Montreal Canadiens fan and an engineer by profession. Among his talents is dreaming up great, new, hockey-gear related ideas, which is something he and his design team do a lot of at Bauer Hockey's innovation centre north of Montrea...

 2020-04-01 10:58 

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'There's no better present': Chinese businesses send masks to European clients...

MADRID/BEIJING — With a dire shortage of protective face masks in Europe, even for health workers, a senior manager at a Spanish furniture store group was surprised to hear business partners and staff in China offering to send him masks. The startin...

 2020-04-01 10:54 

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Isolated and alone, Australians turn to pets during coronavirus shutdown...

SYDNEY — For Chris Moysa, a Sydney schoolteacher, the spread of coronavirus means long days at home without company. But like scores of other Australians, Moysa now has a new housemate after he adopted a cat named Fred. "It's just the compan...

 2020-04-01 10:54 

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Ukraine in talks with World Bank about $150 million loan: minister...

KIEV — Ukraine is in talks with the World Bank about a $150 million loan that the country plans to use for social payments amid an expected budget revenue decline, said social minister Maryna Lazebna on Wednesday. The assistance may come from the In...

 2020-04-01 10:44 

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Calls to Spain's gender violence helpline rise sharply during lockdown...

MADRID — Calls to Spain's governmental helpline for victims of gender violence shot up in the first two weeks of a state of emergency lockdown imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday. Calls increased by 12.4...

 2020-04-01 10:37 

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Preliminary study finds UK lockdown is slowing spread of COVID-19...

LONDON — Lockdown and social distancing measures introduced by the British government to slow the spread of COVID-19 may already be working, according to preliminary research findings, and could soon see Britain's epidemic of infections declinin...

 2020-04-01 10:33 

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NBA Standings...

Apr 1 (OPTA) Standings from the NBA on Wednesday EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Toronto 46 18 .719 2. Boston 43 21 .672 3 3. Philadelphia 39 26 .600 7 1/2 4. Brooklyn 30 34 .469 16 5. New York 21 45 .318 26 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT [.....

 2020-04-01 10:25 

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'Some of us will die': India's homeless stranded by coronavirus lockdown...

NEW DELHI — In a densely packed neighborhood of Delhi, hundreds of homeless people queued up this week as volunteers doled out rice and peas from a vat in the back of a van. Only a handful of the people in the crowd wore masks. There were no hand sa...

 2020-04-01 10:24 

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Singapore LGBT+ activists approach country's top court to overturn gay sex ban...

By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) S ingaporean gay activists have turned to the country's highest court to overturn a colonial-era ban on sex between men, a lawyer said on Wednesday, after they failed in a legal challeng...

 2020-04-01 10:19 

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China has fewer new coronavirus infections, starts posting tally of symptom-free cases...

BEIJING — China reported dwindling new infections on Wednesday in the global coronavirus pandemic and started to publish the daily change in cases that are free of symptoms, although the latter could complicate the picture of trends in the disease. ...

 2020-04-01 10:18 

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Bangkok to close parks as Thailand's coronavirus cases rise...

BANGKOK — The Thai capital of Bangkok will close all parks as it tightens measures to rein in a coronavirus pandemic by limiting people's movements, a city hall spokesman said on Wednesday. Nearly half of the 1,771 infections in the southeast As...

 2020-04-01 10:17 

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Putin to hold meeting by video-conference after contact with coronavirus doctor Kremlin...

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a government meeting on Wednesday by video conference, the Kremlin said, a day after a doctor who met Putin last week said he had been diagnosed with the virus. Denis Protsenko last week gave Putin...

 2020-04-01 10:15 

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Worker crunch hits world's top medical glove maker as demand spikes...

KUALA LUMPUR — The world's biggest maker of medical gloves is grappling with a serious shortage of workers as it tries to meet a huge surge in demand as countries such as the United States run out of personal protective gear due to the coronavir...

 2020-04-01 10:15 

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Barbara Kay: Where is the GG during Canada's coronavirus crisis?...

In a parlous hour, the monarchy's role is to encourage and fortify national solidarity, and the Governor General represents the crown here...

 2020-04-01 10:14 

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Rouhani: U.S. has lost opportunity to lift Iran sanctions amid coronavirus...

DUBAI — Iran's president said on Wednesday that, with the advent of the coronavirus, the United States had missed a historic opportunity to lift sanctions on his country, though the penalties had not hampered its fight against the infection. On ...

 2020-04-01 10:10 

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What you need to know about the coronavirus right now...

Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Europeans learn to love the mask The ambivalence of some Western countries towards masks is being challenged by the coronavirus pandemic. Until only a few weeks ago, the hygiene masks so pr...

 2020-04-01 10:03 

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Afghan, Taliban prisoner exchange to begin amid coronavirus...

KABUL — Afghanistan will release some Taliban prisoners this week as part of confidence building measure crucial for the success of the peace deal signed between America and the Taliban to end nearly two decades of war, officials said on Wednesday. ...

 2020-04-01 10:03 

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LGBT+ marches unite in first online Global Pride due to coronavirus...

By Rachel Savage LONDON, April 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Organizations running LGBT+ Pride marches around the world have joined forces to hold the first online Global Pride event in June after hundreds of real-life gatherings were shelved due to the ...

 2020-04-01 10:02 

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Federal Reserve Events...

***Denotes a new entry. —————————————————— FOMC MEETING DATES: 2020 April 28-29 (second day: statement released 1400 EDT/1800 GMT; news conference ...

 2020-04-01 10:02 

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For Americans, pandemic takes the fun out of April Fools' this year...

NEW YORK — With life in most of the United States grinding to a halt and the economy set to tip into a recession or worse, Americans appear to have no appetite for April Fools' Day this year. By tradition, pranksters stretch the limits of believ...

 2020-04-01 10:00 

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Hezbollah asserts role in Lebanon's coronavirus fight...

BEIRUT — The Lebanese paramilitary group Hezbollah is marshaling its deep resources in the fight against coronavirus, using a corps of volunteers, doctors and facilities to carve out a prominent role in the crisis-riven state's response. The cam...

 2020-04-01 09:31 

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Dutch coronavirus measures have lowered infection rate -health official...

AMSTERDAM — Measures to limit the coronavirus outbreak in the Netherlands appear to have halved the rate of infection but need to be continued to be really effective, the country's top official for infectious diseases said on Wednesday. The rate...

 2020-04-01 09:24 

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In Belarus, some don't wait for Lukashenko to start worrying about coronavirus...

MINSK — Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko may have called coronavirus a "psychosis" that can be fought with vodka, saunas and driving tractors, but some of his citizens are taking matters into their own hands to protect themselves. The ...

 2020-04-01 09:10 

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China and Australia target Pacific with coronavirus aid...

SYDNEY — Beijing has ramped up its diplomatic push into the Pacific, pledging coronavirus aid and medical advice, although its efforts are being impeded as islands close borders to stop the spread of the disease from hotspots including China. Chines...

 2020-04-01 09:07 

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China has fewer new coronavirus infections, starts posting symptom-free tally...

BEIJING — Mainland China reported dwindling new infections on Wednesday in a global coronavirus pandemic, and started to publish the daily change in cases that are free of symptoms, although the latter could complicate the picture of trends in the d...

 2020-04-01 09:01 

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Moscow unveils coronavirus tracking app as national lockdown widens...

MOSCOW — Authorities in Moscow unveiled a smartphone app designed to keep tabs on people who have been ordered to stay at home because of the coronavirus and Russia on Wednesday expanded its lockdown to cover more of its sprawling territory. Russia&...

 2020-04-01 08:56 

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Indonesia confirms 149 new coronavirus infections, taking total to 1,677...

JAKARTA — Indonesia confirmed on Wednesday 149 new coronavirus infections, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 1,677, a health ministry official said. Achmad Yurianto reported 21 new deaths from the virus, taking the total to 157, whi...

 2020-04-01 08:42 

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Racing to stop coronavirus, India scours mosques to trace contacts with Delhi gathering...

NEW DELHI — As coronavirus cases rose across densely-populated South Asia, authorities scoured mosques in northern India on Wednesday trying to trace people who attended the gathering of a Muslim group in New Delhi that later emerged as an infection...

 2020-04-01 08:39 

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Ireland says reagent shortage to slow COVID-19 tests rollout for 7-10 days...

DUBLIN — Ireland expects global constraints in the supply of reagents used in testing for the coronavirus to slow the roll-out of tests over the coming week to 10 days, Health Minister Simon Harris said on Wednesday. Britain's Cabinet Office min...

 2020-04-01 08:33 

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Rouhani: U.S. has lost opportunity to lift Iran sanctions amid coronavirus...

DUBAI — Iran's president said on Wednesday that the United States had lost a historic opportunity to lift sanctions on his country over the coronavirus, while adding that the penalties had not hampered Tehran's fight against the infection. O...

 2020-04-01 08:33 

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Postcards from Wuhan: residents tell the world to stay strong, stay indoors...

WUHAN — Life in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged, is slowly returning to normal as the government relaxes a more than two-month-old lockdown that cut the city off from the world and kept most of its 11 million residents...

 2020-04-01 08:32 

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Philippines reports 227 new coronavirus cases, eight more deaths...

MANILA — The Philippines recorded 227 new coronavirus cases and eight more deaths on Wednesday, the health ministry said. The latest figures brought the total number of infections and deaths in the country to 2,311 and 96, respectively. (Reporting b...

 2020-04-01 08:27 

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UK to speed up coronavirus testing as criticism grows...

LONDON — Britain's government said on Wednesday it would ramp up the number of coronavirus tests amid widespread criticism that it was doing far too few, as ministers suggested that shortages of chemicals were partly to blame. Officials say test...

 2020-04-01 08:17 

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Chinese scientists seeking potential COVID-19 treatment find 'effective' antibodies...

BEIJING — A team of Chinese scientists has isolated several antibodies that it says are "extremely effective" at blocking the ability of the new coronavirus to enter cells, which eventually could be helpful in treating or preventing COVID-19...

 2020-04-01 08:16 

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PM, Scheer to donate pay raise and a goat invasion; In The News for April 1...

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of April 1 ... COVID-19 in Canada ... Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew S...

 2020-04-01 08:06 

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Swiss manufacturing PMI sinks to lowest level since 2009 on coronavirus fears...

ZURICH — From expensive watches to chocolates and cement, Swiss industry is being battered by the coronavirus epidemic, data showed on Wednesday, with the country's PMI survey sinking to its lowest level in more than a decade. The Swiss Purchasi...

 2020-04-01 08:05 

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Norway's March PMI plunges to 11-year low as virus, oil crash bite...

OSLO — The outlook for Norway's manufacturing sector has fallen to an 11-year low amid the coronavirus outbreak and a sharp drop in the price of crude oil, the country's most important export, a key business survey showed on Wednesday. The D...

 2020-04-01 07:37 

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Vietnam plans 10% electricity price cut to support virus-hit consumers...

HANOI — Vietnam plans to cut its electricity prices by 10% for three months to support people hit by the coronavirus epidemic, state media reported on Wednesday. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has submitted the price cut plan, scheduled to take ...

 2020-04-01 07:36 

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Vietnam-based Hyundai, Honda plants close amid nationwide lockdown...

HANOI — Vietnam-based Hyundai assembler TC Motor and Honda Vietnam have shut down their plants for two weeks amid a nationwide social distancing campaign to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the companies said on Wednesday. Honda Vietnam will clos...

 2020-04-01 07:31 

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Amid Europe's lockdowns, no safety net for millions in black economy...

ROME/ATHENS — Bricklayer Salvatore La Barbera is worried that in a matter of days his family of four will run out of food and, with Italy locked down by coronavirus, there is no way he can earn money to buy more. "Working in the black market is ...

 2020-04-01 07:19 

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Rouhani: U.S. has lost opportunity to lift Iran sanctions amid coronavirus...

DUBAI — Iran's president said on Wednesday the United States had missed a historic opportunity to lift sanctions on his country during the coronavirus outbreak, though he said the penalties had not hampered Tehran's fight against the infecti...

 2020-04-01 07:14 

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European shares tumble as more coronavirus damage revealed...

European shares fell on Wednesday in their first trading session of the quarter, as dismal economic data from Asia underpinned the ongoing damage from the coronavirus pandemic and fanned fears of a deep global recession. The pan-European STOXX 600 index w...

 2020-04-01 07:07 

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Ethiopia postpones August election due to coronavirus...

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia has postponed parliamentary elections scheduled for August due to the coronavirus outbreak, the electoral board said on Tuesday, a move endorsed by some key opposition parties. The vote had been regarded as an important test o...

 2020-04-01 07:06 

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Rouhani: U.S. has missed opportunity to lift sanctions on Iran amid coronavirus...

DUBAI — Iran's president said on Wednesday the United States had missed a historical opportunity to lift sanctions on his country during the coronavirus outbreak, though he said the penalties had not hampered Tehran's fight against the infec...

 2020-04-01 07:05 

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U.S. air strikes killed civilians in Somalia, Amnesty International says...

MOGADISHU — U.S. air strikes in Somalia killed two civilians and injured three in February, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Wednesday, in a statement that raised questions over U.S. investigations of such allegations. U.S. Africa...

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