• Pelosi: Trump's downplaying of coronavirus has cost American lives
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    Pelosi: Trump's downplaying of coronavirus has cost American lives

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharpened her criticism of President Trump's early dismissal of the coronavirus, saying the delay cost American lives. His denial at the beginning was deadly,” said Pelosi to open her interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. His delaying of getting equipment — it continues — his delaying of getting equipment to where it is needed is deadly, and now I think the best thing is to prevent more loss of life rather than open things up because we just don't know.

  • In the coronavirus pandemic, carbon emissions have fallen, but climate change remains an existential threat
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    In the coronavirus pandemic, carbon emissions have fallen, but climate change remains an existential threat

    In a world desperate for good news about the coronavirus, a dip in global carbon emissions caused by the outbreak's economic downturn might be seen as a silver lining. As expected, March data compiled by San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography appears to show the rate of rise of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has slowed. “This isn't the way we want to reduce emissions,” Rob Jackson, professor of Earth system science at Stanford University and one of the world's leading experts on climate change, told Yahoo News.

  • A New York dad refused to let his 21-year-old son back in their house after the spring breaker partied in Texas amid coronavirus spread
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    A New York dad refused to let his 21-year-old son back in their house after the spring breaker partied in Texas amid coronavirus spread

    A New York father refused to let his college-age son back in their Nanuet home after the student traveled to South Padre Island for spring break. Peter Levine, 51, told the New York Post that he tried to encourage his 21-year-old son Matt to come home early from the trip, but to no avail. "I was aggravated.

  • Police commander killed, 2 officers wounded in Phoenix shooting
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    Police commander killed, 2 officers wounded in Phoenix shooting

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — A 31-year Phoenix police veteran was killed and two other officers were injured when a man opened fire on them during a call about a disturbance between roommates in northwest Phoenix Sunday night, authorities said. Commander Greg Carnicle has died after being shot, police said.The other two officers are expected to recover. The shooting drew a massive police response at the scene, with dozens of police vehicles and tactical trucks.

  • Fit, healthy 33-year-old recounts falling ill to coronavirus
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    Fit, healthy 33-year-old recounts falling ill to coronavirus

    Still, Napoli, a lawyer in Rome, developed a cough and fever less than a week after Italy's premier locked down the entire nation, including the capital which had continued life as usual while the virus raged in the north. Until that day, Napoli was following his routine of work, jogging and swimming. He received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 three days later.

  • Moscow mayor orders all residents to stay at home
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    Moscow mayor orders all residents to stay at home

    Moscow's mayor announced strict isolation rules for the city from Monday, the latest in a series of measures introduced in Russia to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The new restrictions would apply to all the city's residents, regardless of age, mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a statement Sunday. "The extremely negative turn of events that we see in the largest cities in Europe and the USA causes great concern for the life and health of our citizens," Sobyanin said introducing the new rules.

  • The Netherlands has recalled 600,000 coronavirus face masks it imported from China after discovering they were faulty
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    The Netherlands has recalled 600,000 coronavirus face masks it imported from China after discovering they were faulty

    The Netherlands has asked hospitals to give back around 600,000 face masks it imported from China. The Dutch government has recalled over half a million face masks it imported from China after discovering that they were faulty. The Netherlands said on Saturday that it had asked its hospitals to return around 600,000 face masks which health professionals are using to treat patients of the coronavirus.

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    U.S.-backed Kurdish-led group says militants riot in jail in northeast Syria

    Islamic State prisoners on Sunday seized control of the ground floor of a major prison in northeastern Syria run by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with some of the militants managing to escape, an SDF spokesman said. The SDF, which is spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, mounted an operation to capture those who fled as security forces sent reinforcements to crush the mutiny in Hasaka prison, spokesman Mustafa Bali said in a tweet. "The situation is tense inside the prison currently and we sent anti-terror forces and additional troops to control the situation," Bali said.

  • Coronavirus: Brazil's Bolsonaro in denial and out on a limb
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    Coronavirus: Brazil's Bolsonaro in denial and out on a limb

    As the world tries desperately to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, Brazil's president is doing his best to downplay it. Jair Bolsonaro has largely struggled to take it seriously. Going against his own health ministry's advice earlier in March, and while awaiting the results of a second coronavirus test, he left self-isolation to join rallies against Congress.

  • Pelosi on virus: ‘As the president fiddles, people are dying’
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    Pelosi on virus: ‘As the president fiddles, people are dying’

    As the president fiddles, people are dying,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during an interview on Sunday morning.

  • Tucker Carlson Wants to Have It Both Ways on Coronavirus
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    The Daily Beast

    Tucker Carlson Wants to Have It Both Ways on Coronavirus

    Fox News primetime star Tucker Carlson has been credited with pushing President Donald Trump to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously and has received mainstream media plaudits for seemingly calling out his own colleagues for actively downplaying the outbreak. Earlier this month, as confirmed cases and deaths began surging across the country, Carlson gained widespread acclaim when he called out those “minimizing” COVID-19, calling the pandemic a “very serious problem.” It was seen at the time that Carlson was calling out both Trump and many of his Fox News colleagues—without naming them, of course—for reacting inappropriately to the impending crisis.

  • A New Jersey man was charged after throwing a 'Corona Party' for nearly 50 people in his apartment
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    A New Jersey man was charged after throwing a 'Corona Party' for nearly 50 people in his apartment

    Ethan Miller/Getty Images for CineVegas A 54-year-old New Jersey man was charged with disorderly conduct after throwing a party with nearly 50 attendees crammed into his one-bedroom apartment. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order on March 21 telling residents to stay at home until further notice. The order also prohibits social gatherings.

  • Fact check: Is the coronavirus being spread 'quickly' via gas pumps?
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    Fact check: Is the coronavirus being spread 'quickly' via gas pumps?

    The claim: Coronavirus is spreading quickly from gas pumps A March 17 Facebook post warned users to be careful when going to the gas station. The post, by user Brent McDonald, claimed gas pump handles are helping to spread coronavirus. "I just spoke with a friend who got called into an emergency meeting at his hospital," McDonald wrote.

  • Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions
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    Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions

    After a long, dark Scandinavian winter, the coronavirus pandemic is not keeping Swedes at home even while citizens in many parts of the world are sheltering in place and won't find shops or restaurants open on the few occasions they are permitted to venture out. Swedish authorities have advised the public to practice social distancing and to work from home, if possible, and urged those over age 70 to self-isolate as a precaution. Yet compared to the lockdowns imposed elsewhere in the world, the government's response to the virus allows a liberal amount of personal freedom.

  • 'Merkel is back': virus crisis boosts Germany's centre-right
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    'Merkel is back': virus crisis boosts Germany's centre-right

    Angela Merkel's long-struggling conservatives have rebounded in the polls thanks to the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and widespread faith in the outgoing German chancellor's ability to manage the upheaval. Shaking off years of record-low popularity, Merkel's centre-right CDU/CSU bloc is now enjoying approval ratings of around 32 to 35 percent, some six to seven points higher than just a few weeks ago. It's a surprise turn of events for Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) which as recently as last month was riven by internal turmoil and debate over who would be the party's chancellor candidate when Merkel bows out in 2021.

  • Mexico's president shifts tone on coronavirus, urges people to stay home, warns of dire consequences
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    Mexico's president shifts tone on coronavirus, urges people to stay home, warns of dire consequences

    As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been criticized for what many called a lackadaisical posture — urging people to hug, shaking hands and kissing well-wishers as he stumped and extolling his personal talismans: Catholic scapulars, a shamrock and $2 bill. “Continue bringing the family to eat in restaurants,” López Obrador advised compatriots, arguing that such activity bolsters “the popular economy.” Although still avoiding curfews and mandatory stay-at-home orders, Mexican authorities are now abruptly citing a final chance to avert a national catastrophe that would inundate the country's limited healthcare infrastructure and probably result in many deaths.

  • Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sources
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    Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sources

    The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, is discussing his possible surrender with U.S. authorities, three people familiar with the matter said on Saturday, after prosecutors charged him this week with drug trafficking alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Carvajal, a former general and ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has been in hiding since a Spanish court in November approved his extradition to the United States. It was unclear when or if he would surrender as the people said talks were ongoing.

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    Bloomberg

    North Korea Fires Missile Into East Sea

    The suspected missiles, fired from the eastern coast city of Wonsan toward a northeastern direction around 6:10 a.m., flew around 230 kilometers and reached as high as 30 kilometers, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a text message, adding that other detailed intelligence is under analysis with the U.S. forces. “This kind of military action is extremely inappropriate, particularly at a time when the entire world is undergoing difficulties of the coronavirus outbreak,” the South Korean military said, asking Pyongyang to immediately stop provocation.

  • Dr. Birx predicts up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths 'if we do things almost perfectly'
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    Dr. Birx predicts up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths 'if we do things almost perfectly'

    The White House coronavirus response coordinator said Monday that she is "very worried about every city in the United States" and projects 100,000 to 200,000 American deaths as a best case scenario. In an interview on "TODAY," Dr. Deborah Birx painted a grim message about the expected fatalities, echoing that they could hit more than 2 million without any measures, as coronavirus cases continue to climb throughout the country. "I think everyone understands now that you can go from five to 50 to 500 to 5,000 cases very quickly," Birx said.

  • Analyzing the Patterns in Trump's Falsehoods About Coronavirus
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    The New York Times

    Analyzing the Patterns in Trump's Falsehoods About Coronavirus

    Hours after the United States became the nation with the largest number of reported coronavirus cases on Thursday, President Donald Trump appeared on Fox News and expressed doubt about shortages of medical supplies, boasted about the country's testing capacity, and criticized his predecessor's response to an earlier outbreak of a different disease. “I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” he said, alluding to a request by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York. The president made the statement despite government reports predicting shortages in a severe pandemic — and he reversed course Friday morning, calling for urgent steps to produce more ventilators.

  • Coronavirus: Oil price collapses to lowest level for 18 years
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    BBC

    Coronavirus: Oil price collapses to lowest level for 18 years

    The price of oil has sunk to levels not seen since 2002 as demand for crude collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile the price of US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell below $20 a barrel and close to an 18-year low. Oil prices have fallen by more than half during the past month as companies cut back or close production.

  • After more than 10,000 coronavirus deaths — the worst in the world — there are signs that Italy's lockdown is beginning to work after 3 weeks
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    After more than 10,000 coronavirus deaths — the worst in the world — there are signs that Italy's lockdown is beginning to work after 3 weeks

    Italy is showing very early signs that it may be turning a corner with the coronavirus as the number of new deaths and cases lessening, according to multiple reports. The country's three week-long strict lockdown is due to be lifted on Friday, reported Deutsche Welle (DW). The positive figures are a sign that those under lockdown "save lives" by staying home, said government health adviser Luca Richeldi on Sunday.

  • Police break up 'illegal' house party that violated N.J.'s stay-at-home order
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    TODAY

    Police break up 'illegal' house party that violated N.J.'s stay-at-home order

    Police in New Jersey broke up a house party in which 47 people crammed into a small apartment in violation of the state's stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines, the state governor said. "Last night, Ewing Township Police broke up a party with 47 people – including a DJ – crammed into a 550-square foot apartment," Gov. Phil Murphy said during a press conference Saturday. During the press conference, the governor encouraged people to only go out if they need to go to a supermarket or a pharmacy and to remain six feet apart from others.

  • Wuhan's virus ground-zero market hides in plain sight
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    AFP

    Wuhan's virus ground-zero market hides in plain sight

    Chinese disease control officials have previously identified wild animals sold in the market as the source of the coronavirus pandemic that has taken more than 33,000 lives worldwide so far and rocked the global economy. A price list issued by one merchant at the sprawling emporium, which circulated on China's internet in January, contained a smorgasbord of exotic wildlife including civets, rats, snakes, giant salamanders and even live wolf pups. Markets such as this are the final stop in what conservationists say is a brutal trade in wild animals that is fuelled in large part by Chinese consumption.

  • Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of pandemic
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    Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of pandemic

    Of a world in coronavirus turmoil, they may know little or nothing. Submariners stealthily cruising the ocean deeps, purposefully shielded from worldly worries to encourage undivided focus on their top-secret missions of nuclear deterrence, may be among the last pockets of people anywhere who are still blissfully unaware of how the pandemic is turning life upside down. Mariners aboard ballistic submarines are habitually spared bad news while underwater to avoid undermining their morale, say current and former officers who served aboard France's nuclear-armed subs.