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U.S. faces 'really bad' week as coronavirus deaths spike

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 9:19pm
The United States is entering what a senior official warned on Sunday would be the "hardest" week of the coronavirus crisis as the death toll mounted, but some saw glimmers of hope from a slight slowing of fatalities in hard-hit New York.

Trump hopes virus leveling-off in hot spots; advisers take tempered view

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 9:19pm
President Donald Trump expressed hope on Sunday that the United States was seeing a “leveling-off” of the coronavirus crisis in some of the nation's hot spots, but some of his top medical advisers took a more tempered view.

Outgoing U.S. intel watchdog fired by Trump says he acted appropriately

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 9:16pm
Michael Atkinson, the outgoing top watchdog of the U.S. Intelligence Community, on Sunday said he was fired by President Donald Trump for acting impartially in his handling of the whistleblower complaint that triggered an impeachment probe of the president last year.

Italy starts to look ahead to 'phase two' as COVID-19 death toll slows

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 9:15pm
Italy reported its lowest daily COVID-19 death toll for more than two weeks on Sunday as authorities began to look ahead to a second phase of the battle against the new coronavirus once the lockdown imposed almost a month ago is eventually eased.

Oil skids on oversupply fears, stocks jump on virus slowdown

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 7:41pm
Oil prices skidded on Monday after Saudi-Russian negotiations to cut output were delayed, keeping oversupply concerns alive, while stocks jumped as investors were encouraged by a slowdown in coronavirus-related deaths and new cases.

Boris Johnson hospitalised for tests after persistent coronavirus symptoms

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 6:47pm
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus, though Downing Street said he remained in charge of the government.

Factbox: Reaction as UK PM Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 6:47pm
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday in what Downing Street said was a "precautionary step" because he was showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

Timeline: Johnson's activities before his hospitalisation with coronavirus

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 6:17pm
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday in what Downing Street said was a "precautionary step" because he was showing persistent symptoms of the coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for it.

Oil prices decline $3 a barrel as market remains uncertain on supply outlook

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 5:51pm
Global benchmark oil prices traded as much as $3 a barrel lower as the market opened for Monday's trading session, reflecting fears of oversupply after Saudi Arabia and Russia postponed to Thursday a meeting about a potential pact to cut production.

Boeing extends Washington state production shutdown indefinitely

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 5:11pm
Boeing Co said on Sunday it would extend the suspension of production operations at its Washington state facilities until further notice amid the coronavirus outbreak.

UK's plan B if 'Team Johnson' is incapacitated? Answer is unclear

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 5:01pm
Britain's constitution offers no clear answer to the question now on many Britons' minds: what happens if Prime Minister Boris Johnson, undergoing tests in hospital after persistent symptoms of coronavirus, cannot continue to lead.

Louisiana church holds services, defying coronavirus stay-at-home order

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 3:08pm
The pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge held services on Sunday in defiance of a stay-at-home order issued by Louisiana because of the coronavirus pandemic, telling worshippers they had "nothing to fear but fear itself."

'We'll meet again': Queen Elizabeth invokes WW2 spirit to defeat coronavirus

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 2:53pm
Queen Elizabeth told the British people on Sunday that they would overcome the coronavirus outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation, invoking the spirit of World War Two in an extremely rare broadcast to the nation.

Queen Elizabeth's addresses the United Kingdom on coronavirus outbreak

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 2:15pm
Britain's Queen Elizabeth made a highly rare broadcast to her nation on Sunday to rally the public in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

Britain must not ease coronavirus restrictions too soon: Deputy CMO

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:57pm
Britain should not start to lift restrictions on social contact until it is clear that coronavirus transmission is in retreat, otherwise a second wave could occur, England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said on Sunday.

UK's Hancock says tighter coronavirus rules 'not imminent'

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:57pm
Tighter rules further restricting Britons' ability to leave their homes during the coronavirus pandemic are not likely soon, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, after earlier in the day warning that a ban on outdoor exercise was possible.

Biden says coronavirus may force Democrats to hold 'virtual' presidential convention

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 9:57am
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on Sunday the party may be forced to host a "virtual" nominating convention in August due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. enters 'hardest, saddest' week in coronavirus crisis

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 9:53am
The United States enters one of the most critical weeks so far in the coronavirus crisis with the death toll exploding in New York, Michigan and Louisiana and some governors calling for a national order to stay at home.

UK coronavirus death toll rises by 621 to 4,934

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 8:52am
The United Kingdom's death toll from the coronavirus rose by 621 to 4,934 at 1600 GMT on April 4, the health ministry said on Sunday.

Exclusive: Planned $1 billion U.S. aid cut would hit Afghan security force funds

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 7:34am
A planned $1 billion cut in U.S. aid to Afghanistan would come from funds for Afghan security forces, according to three U.S. sources, a step experts said would undercut both Kabul's ability to fight the Taliban and its leverage to negotiate a peace deal with them.