• 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.

  • Former Republican senator Tom Coburn dies aged 72
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    Former Republican senator Tom Coburn dies aged 72

    The former Republican senator Tom Coburn has died at 72, according to a newspaper in his native Oklahoma. Coburn, the paper said, served in the Senate from 2005 to 2015 and in the US House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001. After leaving the Senate, he pushed for a constitutional convention and advocated for a range of conservative fiscal causes.

  • North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about outbreak
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    North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about outbreak

    North Korea on Sunday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea and Japan said, continuing a streak of weapons launches that suggests leader Kim Jong Un is trying to strengthen domestic support amid worries about a possible coronavirus outbreak in the country. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected the projectiles flying from the North Korean eastern coastal city of Wonsan into the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan on Sunday morning. The projectiles flew about 230 kilometers (143 miles) at a maximum altitude of 30 kilometers (19 miles), the statement said.

  • Spain toughens restrictions as coronavirus death toll surges
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    Spain toughens restrictions as coronavirus death toll surges

    Spain prepared to enter its third week under near-total lockdown on Sunday, as the government approved a strengthening of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus and the death toll rose by 838 cases overnight to 6,528. Second only to Italy in fatalities, Spain also saw infections rise to 78,797 from 72,248 the day before. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in a televised address to the nation on Saturday night, announced that all non-essential workers must stay at home for two weeks, the latest government measure in the fight against coronavirus.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Coronavirus: Trump backs away from New York quarantine
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    Coronavirus: Trump backs away from New York quarantine

    US President Donald Trump has said quarantining New York "will not be necessary", after the state's governor said doing so would be "preposterous". Mr Trump said the latest decision was taken on the recommendation of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The president had earlier said he might impose a quarantine on New York, and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut, to slow the spread of Covid-19.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A 90-year-old woman in Washington state recovered from the coronavirus, and she credits family, God, and potato soup
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    A 90-year-old woman in Washington state recovered from the coronavirus, and she credits family, God, and potato soup

    The Family of Geneva Wood Geneva Wood had a stroke in December that left her recovering in a Washington state nursing home. Last month, Life Care Center at Kirkland went on lockdown after several of its residents were diagnosed with the new coronavirus. Wood, who was one of them, was hospitalized and declined ventilation.

  • A Wuhan seafood vendor believed to be one of the first coronavirus patients says 'a lot fewer people would have died' if the Chinese government acted sooner
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    A Wuhan seafood vendor believed to be one of the first coronavirus patients says 'a lot fewer people would have died' if the Chinese government acted sooner

    STR/AFP via Getty Images Wei Guixian, a 57-year-old seafood vendor in Wuhan, China, was among the first 27 people to be diagnosed with the coronavirus, which originated from the wet market where she worked. Wei first began exhibiting coronavirus symptoms on December 10 and was admitted to the hospital less than a week later, with doctors describing her illness as "very serious" and "ruthless." Other vendors from the same market began to check into the hospital soon after.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Coronavirus: Trump 'considering quarantine on New York'
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    Coronavirus: Trump 'considering quarantine on New York'

    US President Donald Trump has said he is considering imposing a quarantine on New York in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus. "I didn't speak to him about any quarantine," he told reporters shortly after he had spoken with Mr Trump by phone. New York state has the highest number of cases of Covid-19 in the US.

  • Iran warns of lengthy 'new way of life'  as virus deaths rise
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    Iran warns of lengthy 'new way of life' as virus deaths rise

    President Hassan Rouhani warned Sunday that "the new way of life" in Iran was likely to be prolonged, as its declared death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 2,640. Iran announced its first infection cases on February 19, but a senior health official has acknowledged that the virus was likely to have already reached Iran in January. At his daily news briefing, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 123 more people in Iran had died from the virus in the past 24 hours.

  • Associated Press

    Saudi forces destroy missile fired over capital Riyadh

    Saudi Arabia's Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile over the capital around midnight, state media said early Sunday. Residents of Riyadh reported on social media hearing loud explosions in the middle of the night. Minutes later, state media carried a statement by Saudi Arabia's military saying it had destroyed a missile over the city.

  • Stunning photos show Pope Francis praying to an empty St. Peter's Square amid the coronavirus
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    Stunning photos show Pope Francis praying to an empty St. Peter's Square amid the coronavirus

    As Easter approaches, images from an empty St. Peter's Square during a prayer Friday paint a stark portrait of the Vatican, which, along with surrounding Italy, has been afflicted by coronavirus. During the Urbi and Orbi prayer, Pope Francis stood underneath a canopy as he spoke to an empty St. Peter's Square. The Pope likened the coronavirus pandemic to an "unexpected, turbulent storm" that brings us on "the same boat."

  • Australia government says growth rate of coronavirus infection slows
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    Australia government says growth rate of coronavirus infection slows

    Australia's health minister said on Sunday there were "early, positive signs" of a slowdown in the growth rate in new coronavirus infections in the country, with the growth rate approximately halving over the past week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the slower growth in new inflections showed social distancing measures were working. "This time last week the rate of increase on cases was up around 25% to 30% a day," Morrison told a press conference.

  • 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.