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Coronavirus: Fears over rapid spread in Italy's south Coronavirus: Fears over rapid spread in Italy's south
The Italian region hardest hit by coronavirus has seen a steep decline in the number of deaths and infections but worries are growing that the country's south could become the next hotspot. Recent numbers from the northern region of Lombardy suggested the epidemic might be slowing at its epicentre. But poorer southern parts are seeing a sharp rise in deaths, raising fears the health service ...
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Coronavirus delays Russian vote on Putin staying in power Coronavirus delays Russian vote on Putin staying in power
Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed a vote on constitutional change that would allow him to stay in power, because of coronavirus concerns. He said the public vote - previously due to be held on 22 April - would be delayed until a "later date". The proposed changes include scrapping a ban on allowing Mr Putin to run for office again. The changes have already been approved by pa...
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Coronavirus: Wuhan to ease lockdown as world battles pandemic Coronavirus: Wuhan to ease lockdown as world battles pandemic
The lockdown in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the global coronavirus outbreak began, will be partially lifted on 8 April, officials say. Travel restrictions in the rest of Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, will be lifted from midnight on Tuesday - for residents who are healthy. A single new case of the virus was reported in Wuhan on Tuesday following almost a week of no reported new ca...
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Kenny Rogers: Country music legend dies aged 81 Kenny Rogers: Country music legend dies aged 81
American country music legend Kenny Rogers has died aged 81. A family representative said he "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes". Rogers topped pop and country charts during the 1970s and 1980s, and won three Grammy awards. Known for his husky voice and ballads including The Gambler, Lucille and Coward Of The County, his career spanned more than six decades. He once su...
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Coronavirus: Algeria protests called off for first time in a year Coronavirus: Algeria protests called off for first time in a year
Algerian protesters have called off their weekly anti-government demonstrations for the first time in more than a year to reduce the spread of coronavirus. This would have been the 57th week in a row that Algerians came out onto the streets. Authorities banned the demonstrations, but opposition activists also urged supporters to stay inside. There have been at least 10 deaths and 90 confi...
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Virus could shake up world's most expensive cities Virus could shake up world's most expensive cities
Hong Kong, Singapore and Osaka have just been ranked as the world's most expensive cities to live in. But this may not be the case after the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll. Cities that get a large part of their income from tourism could become cheaper as their economies shrink and prices are driven down. This is one of the predictions made by the Economist Intellig...
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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, tests positive for coronavirus Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, tests positive for coronavirus
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has tested positive for coronavirus. Cameron Ahmad, communications director for the prime minster, released a statement on Thursday, saying: "Following medical recommendations, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive. Also following medical advice, she will remain in isolation for ...
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UK soldier and two Americans killed in rocket attack in Iraq UK soldier and two Americans killed in rocket attack in Iraq
Three people have been killed after a base hosting US and UK troops in Iraq was hit by a rocket attack. At least 12 people were injured in the attack on the Taji military camp, north of Baghdad. US military sources said an American soldier, an American contractor and a British soldier were killed. No names have yet been released. Tension has been high since the US killed senior Iranian co...
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Taliban prisoner swap begins as part of Afghan peace talks Taliban prisoner swap begins as part of Afghan peace talks
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has approved the release of 1,500 Taliban prisoners as part of efforts to secure a peace deal with the insurgent group. The presidential decree requires all prisoners to give "a written guarantee to not return to the battlefield". In exchange, the Taliban has agreed to hand over 1,000 government troops. It comes as the US begins withdrawing troops from the co...
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Coronavirus: President Xi visits Wuhan to signal control of outbreak Coronavirus: President Xi visits Wuhan to signal control of outbreak
President Xi Jinping has visited Wuhan, the centre of the Coronavirus outbreak, sending a message that Beijing has the situation under control. His visit comes as China records its lowest number of infections, just 19 on Tuesday, all in Wuhan apart from two who had arrived from overseas. There have been 80,754 confirmed cases in mainland China and 3,136 people have died. The visit was Mr ...
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