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  • Trump demands appreciation from governors for coronavirus response
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    Trump demands appreciation from governors for coronavirus response

    President Trump used his daily coronavirus briefing to attack Democratic governors who in his estimation had shown insufficient gratitude for his administration's response to the pandemic. “I want them to be appreciative,” Trump said, arguing that failing to show appreciation was insulting not just to him but to the Army Corps of Engineers, which has been part of the federal response to the pandemic. The president said he has told Vice President Mike Pence not to call governors who haven't shown proper deference to his administration.

  • 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.

  • Inmate dies after contracting coronavirus at Louisiana federal prison
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    Inmate dies after contracting coronavirus at Louisiana federal prison

    A 47-year-old inmate died Saturday after contracting the coronavirus at a Louisiana federal prison where at least five prisoners have tested positive for the virus, officials said. The death of Patrick Jones marks the first COVID-19 related death of an inmate in the federal prison system, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said. Jones was locked up on drug charges at a minimum-security prison in Oakdale facing a surge in Covid-19 cases, according to the Bureau of Prisons and union leaders.

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    Moscow says coronavirus outbreak enters new phase as residents go out to brave risk

    Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Sunday that the coronavirus outbreak had entered a new phase as the total number of cases in the Russian capital exceeded 1,000 with many Muscovites going out despite a plea to stay home. Authorities in Moscow, Russia's worst-affected area, shut shops and entertainment venues from Saturday and urged Muscovites to stay at home during the non-working week announced by President Vladimir Putin. But at least 52,000 people took walks in the city parks on Saturday, and many elderly people made long trips on the city's vast public transportation network, Sobyanin said on his website.

  • Coronavirus Comes to the Kremlin
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    Coronavirus Comes to the Kremlin

    Russian media reported that two Kremlin officials may have tested positive for the coronavirus. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed he was aware of one of those cases, but claimed no knowledge of the second. State media outlet TASS speculated that one of the infected persons may have been a staffer responsible for awards, who traveled to Spain and later attended Putin's presidential awards ceremony in occupied Crimea.

  • Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges
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    Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges

    A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with "narco-terrorism" along with President Nicolas Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to US authorities, prosecutors said Saturday. "The national Attorney General learned that Mr Cliver Alcala surrendered to US authorities," the Colombian prosecutor said in a statement, adding there was no arrest warrant when he gave himself up. Alcala turned himself in on Friday to the Colombians, who in turn handed him over to US authorities, the El Tiempo de Bogota newspaper said.

  • 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 spread globally, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been criticized at home and abroad for what many called a lackadaisical posture — urging people to hug, shaking hands and kissing well-wishers as he stumped and extolling his personal good-luck charms such as 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.” “Don't go out into the street unless it is for something absolutely necessary,” López Obrador told the nation in a sober YouTube address Friday evening from the northern border city of Tijuana.

  • Detainees in US immigration jails living in fear as coronavirus spreads
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    Detainees in US immigration jails living in fear as coronavirus spreads

    Detainees at immigration detention centers across the American south have alleged heavy-handed crackdowns amid increasing panic and protest over the coronavirus pandemic, according to advocates and recordings of detainees obtained by the Guardian. A number of detainees have expressed concern they are not being properly cared for in packed detention centers. Former senior immigration officials and attorneys have called for the release of nonviolent detainees.

  • 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.

  • Stay In the Lines With These Neat Science Coloring Pages
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    Stay In the Lines With These Neat Science Coloring Pages

    No money required—all you need is a printer and some colored pencils. From Popular Mechanics

  • Senator says White House turned down emergency coronavirus funding in early February
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    Senator says White House turned down emergency coronavirus funding in early February

    Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, says that Trump administration officials declined an offer of early congressional funding assistance that he and other senators made on Feb. 5 during a meeting to discuss the coronavirus. The officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, said they “didn't need emergency funding, that they would be able to handle it within existing appropriations,” Murphy recalled in an interview with Yahoo News' “Skullduggery” podcast. “What an awful, horrible catastrophic mistake that was,” Murphy said.

  • China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak
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    China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak

    China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's most populous nations. Across the Middle East and elsewhere, the outbreak has raised concerns that health systems strapped by multiple wars, refugee crises and unstable economies won't be able to handle the growing number of cases. In Iran, which is battling the worst outbreak in the region, state TV said Saturday another 139 people had died from the virus.

  • Coronavirus deaths fall again in Italy but lockdown extension looms
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    Coronavirus deaths fall again in Italy but lockdown extension looms

    The number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy fell for the second consecutive day on Sunday but the country still looked almost certain to see an extension of stringent containment measures. The Civil Protection department said 756 people had died in the last day, bringing the total to 10,779 - more than a third of all deaths from the virus worldwide. "The measures that were due to expire on April 3 inevitably will be extended," Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia told Sky TG24 television.

  • Coronavirus cradle Wuhan partly reopens after lockdown
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    Coronavirus cradle Wuhan partly reopens after lockdown

    The city in China where the coronavirus pandemic began, Wuhan, has partially re-opened after more than two months of isolation. Crowds of passengers were pictured arriving at Wuhan train station on Saturday. Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, saw more than 50,000 coronavirus cases.

  • South Korea virus test-kit makers approved to export to US
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    South Korea virus test-kit makers approved to export to US

    Three South Korean coronavirus test-kit makers have been given the green light to export their devices to the United States, officials said Saturday. The companies won pre-approval under emergency use authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration that allows for the products to be sold in America, South Korea's foreign ministry said, without naming the firms. The US has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than anywhere else in the world.

  • Violent Tornado Rips Through Arkansas Town, Injuries Reported
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    Violent Tornado Rips Through Arkansas Town, Injuries Reported

    At least six people were injured after a tornado ripped through downtown Jonesboro, Arkansas on Saturday, ripping entire walls off buildings, flattening homes, and leaving cars overturned. There was no immediate word on fatalities, but videos showed major damage to the area, with only piles of debris apparently left of some buildings. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin issued a 7 p.m. curfew for the entire city as authorities began assessing the damage and conducting search-and-rescue missions throughout the area.

  • New York hospitals must allow partners in the delivery room for birth, Department of Health says
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    New York hospitals must allow partners in the delivery room for birth, Department of Health says

    The New York Department of Health pushed back against hospitals that are barring partners or other birth aides of expecting mothers from the delivery room in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. New York-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai Health System, two major hospital networks with some of the top maternal and infant care centers, were previously criticized for banning visitors in response to the coronavirus crisis. Other public health officials have disputed the visitor bans, as World Health Organization guidelines say that "having a companion of choice present during delivery" is part of "high-quality care before, during and after childbirth" promised to those giving birth during the outbreak.

  • 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.

  • Rosneft Sells Venezuelan Assets as Fight With U.S. Grows
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    Rosneft Sells Venezuelan Assets as Fight With U.S. Grows

    Russian oil giant Rosneft PJSC sold its assets in Venezuela to the Russian government, in what may be a maneuver to avoid any U.S. sanctions in an escalating fight between Caracas, Washington and Moscow. Rosneft is selling local production, service and trading assets to a state-owned company, it said in a statement. The move is to protect shareholders' interests, according to company spokesman Mikhail Leontyev.

  • Trump sounds like he could make a move that would make the coronavirus pandemic even worse
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    Trump sounds like he could make a move that would make the coronavirus pandemic even worse

    There are rumblings that the Trump administration may slap protectionist measures on medical supplies needed to fight the coronavirus. Anything that worsens relations between nations, makes medical supplies more expensive, or complicates supply chains is the last thing we need right now. Listen and read between the lines of some of Trump's press conferences, and pay attention to what some of his friends and allies are saying, and you may notice that he's toying with the idea of starting a trade war in the middle of a global pandemic.

  • 273 Americans stuck in Central America flown back to U.S. on ICE deportation flights
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    273 Americans stuck in Central America flown back to U.S. on ICE deportation flights

    Nearly 300 Americans stranded in Central America due to the spread of the coronavirus have returned to the U.S. this week aboard flights used by U.S. immigration authorities to deport people back to their home countries. The Americans have been brought back to the U.S. on the return legs of three separate removal flights to Central America, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. Since Sunday, 273 Americans have flown back to the U.S. on removal flights, said Mary Houtmann, an ICE spokesperson.

  • Iran extends prison furloughs as coronavirus death toll rises
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    Iran extends prison furloughs as coronavirus death toll rises

    Iran's coronavirus death toll has risen to 2,640, a health ministry official said on Sunday, as the Middle East's worst-hit country grapples with the fast-spreading outbreak. "In the past 24 hours we had 123 deaths and 2,901 people have been infected, bringing the total number of infected people to 38,309," Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the health minister, said in a tweet. Health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV that 3,467 of those infected were in "critical condition".

  • Plane catches fire at Manila airport, killing all 8 aboard
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    Plane catches fire at Manila airport, killing all 8 aboard

    A plane carrying eight people, including an American and a Canadian, burst into flames Sunday while attempting to take off from Manila's airport on a flight bound for Japan, killing all those on board, officials said. The Westwind 24 plane, which was carrying six Filipino crew members and the American and Canadian passengers, was bound for Tokyo on a medical mission when it caught fire near the end of the main runway, Manila airport general manager Ed Monreal said. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said the aircraft apparently encountered an unspecified “problem which resulted in a fire” as it rolled to take off, adding its chief investigator was on the way to the scene.

  • Record virus deaths in Spain as world hunkers down
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    Record virus deaths in Spain as world hunkers down

    Spain broke another national record of daily coronavirus deaths Sunday as more than 40 percent of the world's population was asked to stay at home to halt the deadly march of a disease that has claimed some 33,500 lives. Hospitals are rapidly filling with a deluge of patients in Europe and the United States, now the focal points of a pandemic that began in Asia but is now upending the global economy and upsetting everyday life in unprecedented ways. Spain announced 838 deaths in a 24-hour period, the third consecutive day it has seen a rise.

  • 4 passengers dead aboard cruise ship anchored off Panama coast
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    4 passengers dead aboard cruise ship anchored off Panama coast

    Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship now anchored off the coast of Panama and two people aboard the ship have tested positive for the coronavirus, the cruise line said Friday, with hundreds of passengers unsure how long they will remain at sea.