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Top U.S. watchdog vows ‘aggressive‘ oversight of Trump administration after intel firing

The top U.S. federal watchdog vowed on Saturday to continue to conduct "aggressive" independent oversight of government agencies, after President Donald Trump fired the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community late Friday night.

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Why U.S. hospitals see promise in plasma from new coronavirus patients

U.S. hospitals desperate to help very sick patients with COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus,are trying a treatment first used in the 1890s that relies on blood plasma donated by recovered patients.

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Spain to extend state of emergency to April 26, rise in infections slows

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will ask parliament to extend lockdown measures by 15 more days until April 26 as the daily pace of new coronavirus infections and deaths slowed again on Saturday in one of the world‘s most hard-hit countries.

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China‘s Guangxi region tightens border controls amid rise in imported coronavirus cases

China‘s southwestern Guangxi region, which has borders with Vietnam, has suspended cross-border passenger transportation and restricted exit of citizens from the country amid concerns of an increase in imported coronavirus cases.

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China says all coronavirus clinical research must be registered

The Chinese government has said all clinical research projects on the novel coronavirus that are already underway must be reported to authorities or face being halted.

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China mourns thousands who died in country‘s coronavirus epidemic

China on Saturday mourned the thousands of "martyrs" who have died in the new coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast throughout the country and suspending all forms of entertainment.

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Spanish hotel owner turns resort over to refugees during coronavirus crisis

In a complex of holiday bungalows to the east of Madrid, Venezuelan refugees and homeless people have replaced the tourists, business meetings and wedding parties that usually fill the premises.

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Spain to extend coronavirus state of emergency until April 26: El Pais

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will extend the state of emergency in the country with Europe‘s highest number of infections from the coronavirus by another two weeks until April 26, El Pais newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Britain‘s Labour turns page on socialism with Starmer as new leader

Keir Starmer was elected as the leader of Britain‘s main opposition Labour Party on Saturday, pledging to bring an end to years of bitter infighting and to work with the government to contain the raging coronavirus pandemic.

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How the coronavirus job cuts played out by sector and demographics

The job losses suffered in March as the U.S. economy shut down in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic were widespread but still were disproportionately felt in a handful of employment sectors and by women, the young and the less educated.

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Explainer: Why U.S. hospitals see promise in plasma from new coronavirus patients

U.S. hospitals desperate to help very sick patients with COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus,are trying a treatment first used in the 1890s that relies on blood plasma donated by recovered patients.

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Exclusive: Amazon in contact with coronavirus test makers as it plans pandemic response

Amazon.com Inc has been in contact with the CEOs of two coronavirus test makers as it considers how to screen its staff and reduce the risk of infection at its warehouses, according to internal meeting notes seen by Reuters.

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Spain‘s daily coronavirus death toll falls for second day in row

Spain‘s death toll from the coronavirus rose to 11,744 on Saturday from 10,935 the previous day, the Health Ministry said on Saturday, though it was the second straight second day in which the daily number of new deaths had fallen.

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Britain‘s Labour Party names Keir Starmer as new leader

Britain‘s main opposition Labour Party named Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions who opposed the country‘s exit from the European Union, as its leader on Saturday.

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Trump fires intelligence official involved in his impeachment probe

U.S. President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday that he is firing the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community who was involved in triggering an impeachment probe of the president last year.

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U.S. Attorney General orders release of more federal inmates due to coronavirus pandemic

U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared on Friday that the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is facing emergency conditions due to the fast-spreading coronavirus, a move that will pave the way for the BOP to begin releasing more inmates out of custody and into home confinement.

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New York in ‘race against time‘ as Trump stresses face masks are voluntary

Two of the principal U.S. coronavirus hot spots - New York and Louisiana - reported their biggest jumps in COVID-19 deaths yet on Friday, as the White House sent mixed messages on whether Americans should cover their face if they venture outdoors.

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Wall Street Week Ahead: Investors look to coronavirus data to support stabilizing markets

Investors are parsing a broad range of signals, from infection counts to more traditional indicators, for clues on the trajectory markets may take in coming weeks as the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus continues to spread.

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Saudi Arabia denies withdrawing from OPEC+ deal, says Russia was the one that withdrew

The Saudi foreign minister said early on Saturday that a statement attributed to Russia‘s President Vladimir Putin about the kingdom‘s withdrawal from the OPEC+ deal is not correct, and that Russia is the one that withdrew, state agency (SPA) reported.

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Saudi energy minister rejects Russian comments about kingdom‘s withdrawal from OPEC+ deal

The Saudi energy minister on Saturday rejected Russia‘s remarks that the kingdom withdrew last month from a deal to cut output.

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New York in ‘race against time‘ as death tolls jump in U.S. virus hot spots

Two of the main U.S. coronavirus hot spots on Friday reported their biggest jumps yet in COVID-19 deaths, with the number of fatalities so far in New York state alone comparable to the loss of life in the United States in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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U.S. businesses swarm coronavirus bailout fund after days of confusion

Like many small business owners, New York City restaurateur Dan Kluger spent his Friday scrambling to apply for a loan under the U.S. government‘s 349 billion small business bailout fund, which officially launched in the morning.

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Brazil‘s Bolsonaro turns to prayer in coronavirus crisis

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, agreeing to a request from evangelical Christians, said on Friday that he was calling for a national day of fasting and prayer this Sunday to "free Brazil from this evil" coronavirus epidemic.

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Trump advises voluntary mask use against coronavirus but won‘t wear one himself

The U.S. government is now recommending Americans wear cloth face coverings on a voluntary basis to stem the spread of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump said on Friday, adding that he himself would not use one.

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