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    • Coronavirus plunges world economy into brutal recession

      Coronavirus plunges world economy into brutal recession

      Measures imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus are pushing the world economy into a recession deeper and more painful than initially expected, even if a rebound is still on the cards for next year. A week before the International Monetary Fund updates its forecasts for the global economy that will take into account the initial damage incurred since the coronavirus emerged in China at the start of the year, the first sets of data are coming in.

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    • Bernie Sanders ending presidential run

      Bernie Sanders ending presidential run

      Bernie Sanders is ending his second bid for the presidency, the campaign staff was informed on a conference call Wednesday morning, according to campaign sources. Sanders then told supporters in a live stream that the decision to end his campaign was "very difficult and painful", and acknowledged some of his supporters would have wished him to fight until the last state contest.

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    • Trump threatens withholding funds from WHO

      Trump threatens withholding funds from WHO

      President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to cut US funding to the World Health Organisation, accusing it of bias toward China during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump told reporters he was "going to put a very powerful hold on" funding to WHO, the UN body whose biggest funding source is the United States.

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    • US records over 10,000 coronavirus deaths as infections mount

      US records over 10,000 coronavirus deaths as infections mount

      The USA reached a grim milestone in its fight against the coronavirus Monday as more than 10,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the nation. As of early Tuesday the number rose to 10,986 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins dashboard, which tracks the data. That total surpasses the number of battle deaths from six US wars combined, according to data from the US. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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    • How the pandemic will end

      How the pandemic will end

      Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 446,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not. It has crashed economies and broken health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces. It has separated people from their workplaces and their friends. It has disrupted modern society on a scale that most living people have never witnessed. 

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    • Would you social dis-dance with me?

      Would you social dis-dance with me?

      Strobe lights flash across a near-empty dance floor, as a DJ live-streams thumping electronic music from a Singapore nightclub to revellers confined to their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak sweeping the globe has shuttered once lively nightspots from London to New York, but innovative DJs have started putting their performances online so clubbers don't miss out. The trend is another example of how the virus, which has left some 3.6 billion people stuck at home under lockdowns, is upending daily life in ways unthinkable until recently as governments impose social-distancing curbs to stem its spread.

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    • The COVID-19 pandemic: The EU must think and act globally

      The COVID-19 pandemic: The EU must think and act globally

      The COVID-19 coronavirus is overwhelming European hospitals and the death toll is rising; meanwhile, lockdowns are laying waste to economies. Not surprisingly, the top priority for European leaders’ video conferences is how to mitigate the human and economic damage to their countries. Even so, the EU cannot afford to neglect the impact of the spread of COVID-19 beyond its borders.

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