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Chinese government rejects allegations that its face masks were defective, tells countries to
Chinese government rejects allegations that its face masks were defective, tells countries to 'double check' instructions

The Chinese government told other countries to "double-check" the instructions for using the defective face masks.

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Italy's coronavirus deaths push higher, new cases hold steady

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has climbed by 760 to 13,915, the Civil Protection Agency said on Thursday, slightly higher than the daily rise of 727 registered a day earlier. Italy hit a daily peak of 6,557 new cases on March 21. Italy has registered more deaths than anywhere else in the world and accounts for around 28% of all global fatalities from the virus.

American Airlines crammed the only 11 passengers on a flight into 3 rows because they only bought basic economy, report says
American Airlines crammed the only 11 passengers on a flight into 3 rows because they only bought basic economy, report says

American Airlines has risked the health of flight attendants and passengers by enforcing rules about riding in coach, it is alleged.

'Above-average' hurricane season predicted this year, top experts say

An "above-normal" hurricane season, which begins June 1, is expected this year, according to Colorado State forecasters.

Is coronavirus God
Is coronavirus God's will? Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders debate tough questions amid pandemic

Faith leaders field questions about whether coronavirus is God's will, if God created it and if it's some sort of punishment for sin.

3 people who survived the coronavirus describe what it
3 people who survived the coronavirus describe what it's like and what they wish they would have known

Three Americans told Insider what it feels like to be diagnosed with the coronavirus and recover. Here's what we can learn from them.

Canada faces
Canada faces 'critical week' in coronavirus crisis, death toll jumps

Canada faces "a critical week" in fighting the coronavirus, a senior official said on Thursday, as the death toll jumped and the most populous province said residents should brace for a stark scenario. Deaths surged to 161 from 105 on Wednesday while positive cases rose to 11,131 from 9,017, according to provincial announcements compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "This is a critical week in our fight against the coronavirus," said Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

'Ventilators' donated by Elon Musk can't be used on coronavirus patients, health officials say

Elon Musk's ventilator giveaway may do more harm than good.After weeks of brushing off the COVID-19 pandemic as "dumb," the billionaire Tesla founder earlier this week announced he had 1,000 "FDA-approved ventilators" and ended up donating 40 to New York City's hospital system. Except the devices Musk gave away aren't powerful enough to use in the ICU, and health officials have actually warned against using them on COVID-19 patients because they could spread the virus further.What Musk purchased and gave to New York's hospitals were BiPAP machines made by ResMed, a photo shared by the hospital system reveals. ResMed CEO Mick Farrell later confirmed Musk's purchase of...

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte orders police to
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte orders police to 'shoot dead' any 'troublemakers' who break quarantine

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police and military to "shoot dead" any "troublemakers" who cause disturbances during the coronavirus quarantine in the Philippines, The Philippine Star reports. The move comes after protestors staged demonstrations over the lack of food and financial aid they've received from the government since the lockdown began in the country on March 17."I will not hesitate [to tell] my soldiers to shoot you. I will not hesitate to order the police to arrest and detain you," said Duterte in his address, adding: "Instead of causing trouble, I'll send you to the grave." The president is infamous for his alleged...

McConnell Urges Pelosi to Abandon Effort to Use Coronavirus Relief Bill to Achieve Unrelated Policy Goals
McConnell Urges Pelosi to Abandon Effort to Use Coronavirus Relief Bill to Achieve Unrelated Policy Goals

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed attempts by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to spearhead talks about a fourth coronavirus relief bill, saying that she should "stand down" on the proposal."She needs to stand down on the notion that we're going to go along with taking advantage of the crisis to do things that are unrelated to the crisis," McConnell said, calling the speaker's suggestions about fourth relief bill "premature."The Senate majority leader's remarks come a week after Congress passed a massive $2 trillion stimulus package to offset the economic destruction caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to spread across the country, causing businesses to...

Army attack helicopters teamed up with Navy ships to practice holding enemies
Army attack helicopters teamed up with Navy ships to practice holding enemies 'at high risk' in the Middle East

The operations were designed to enhance the capabilities of US forces to respond to surface threats.

Why undocumented immigrants still fear the 2020 census
Why undocumented immigrants still fear the 2020 census

The United States might not be able to get information about more than 10 million people in the 2020 census. That's the number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Another 16.7 million individuals live in a household with an undocumented member and so might also not be counted in this year's census.The primary reason that undocumented immigrants might forego participation in the 2020 census? Fear. Fear of being found by immigration enforcement authorities. Fear of being detained to face a deportation hearing. And, ultimately, fear of being deported. If data is missing from the 2020 census, that will harm national and community planning efforts. Fear of deportationThe...

How to figure out if your student loan qualifies for coronavirus relief
How to figure out if your student loan qualifies for coronavirus relief

Among the provisions of the coronavirus stimulus package is payment relief until after Sept. 30. But it doesn't apply to all types of student loans.

Tourists stranded in India because of coronavirus lockdown
Tourists stranded in India because of coronavirus lockdown

Tourists from Australia, Britain and Canada are stranded in India's capital after their vacations were abruptly ended by a three-week lockdown and international flights were halted because of the coronavirus. Some said on Thursday that they are running out of money and hoping to be flown home with help from their countries' embassies in New Delhi. Emma Snashford, a British tourist, said she has contacted officials in London but has been asked to keep waiting.

Greek PM warns: stay at home or
Greek PM warns: stay at home or 'we will pay for it'

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Greeks on Thursday that if they relaxed compliance with lockdown measures "we will pay for it", saying April would be the most critical month in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. "We are not at the beginning of the end, rather at the end of the beginning," Mitsotakis told parliament, urging people to stay at home. Greek authorities have closed restaurants, bars, shops, playgrounds, schools, shopping malls, universities and gyms to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

US sends warships to Caribbean to stop illegal drugs
US sends warships to Caribbean to stop illegal drugs

The announcement came a week after the US accused Venezuela's leader of "narco-terrorism".

Coronavirus: BA expected to suspend 36,000 staff
Coronavirus: BA expected to suspend 36,000 staff

The airline reaches a deal with unions to furlough 80% of its workforce after grounding most of its fleet.

Trump Administration Has Turned Immigration Court Into
Trump Administration Has Turned Immigration Court Into 'Public Health Hazard'

In a country ground to a standstill by the coronavirus pandemic, there is one place normalcy reigns: immigration courts.Overburdened judges oversee packed proceedings; attorneys shuttle clients and paperwork from room to room, often with interpreters in tow; aspiring legal citizens, or at least residents, follow closely, sitting through hearings famously described as death-penalty cases held in a traffic court.The courts, along with visa applications, detention hearings and other immigration related bureaucracy, are seemingly the lone part of the federal government still expected to function as if a global pandemic hasn't upended nearly every facet of American life. But those tasked with...

Angry Wuhan next-of-kin seek answers over virus handling
Angry Wuhan next-of-kin seek answers over virus handling

Zhang took his elderly father to a Wuhan hospital for a surgical procedure in January, just as coronavirus was consuming the central Chinese city. Devastated and angry, Zhang is now demanding answers from a government that he accuses of incompetence and lying about the extent of the virus. Zhang says he has linked online with dozens of other people whose grief over lost loved ones is paired with anger.

Duterte tells Philippine police to shoot dead lockdown troublemakers
Duterte tells Philippine police to shoot dead lockdown troublemakers

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told security forces they should shoot dead anyone causing "trouble" in areas locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hours before Duterte gave the order in a speech late Wednesday, nearly two dozen people from a slum community in the capital Manila were arrested for holding a protest that accused the government of failing to provide food aid to the poor. "My orders are to the police and military, also village officials, that if there is trouble or the situation arises that people fight and your lives are on the line, shoot them dead," Duterte said.

Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl
Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl

A Pakistani court Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Instead, the court found Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh guilty of the lesser charge of kidnapping and sentenced him to seven years in prison. Pearl disappeared Jan. 23, 2002 in Karachi while researching links between Pakistani militants and Richard C. Reid, who became known as the "shoe-bomber" after he was arrested on a flight from Paris to Miami with explosives in his shoes.

Coronavirus: Oil prices rise on hopes of a price war truce
Coronavirus: Oil prices rise on hopes of a price war truce

US President Donald Trump said he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia to strike a deal in the next few days.

Russian plane with supplies for virus fight lands in US
Russian plane with supplies for virus fight lands in US

A Russian military plane carrying medical supplies arrived in the United States on Wednesday, the Russian mission to the UN said, as the Kremlin flexes its soft power during the coronavirus pandemic. The Antonov-124, landed at JFK Airport in New York -- the epicenter of America's coronavirus outbreak -- pictures and video posted on the mission's Twitter page showed. Russia's defense ministry had earlier announced that the plane "with medical masks and medical equipment on board," left for the US overnight, without providing further details.

Serbia sets the stage for Beijing
Serbia sets the stage for Beijing's mask diplomacy

When six Chinese doctors landed in Belgrade two weeks ago, Serbia's president greeted them with elbow-bumps before laying a kiss on their country's flag, a gesture of gratitude that sent Chinese social media aflutter. For weeks China has been showering European countries with millions of face masks, test kits and other aid, recasting itself as the hero in the battle against coronavirus.

Dr Fauci: security reportedly expanded as infectious disease expert faces threats
Dr Fauci: security reportedly expanded as infectious disease expert faces threats

Reports say immunologist who has become celebrity amid coronavirus has received unwelcome messages from critics and supportersSecurity for Dr Anthony Fauci, the 79-year-old infectious disease expert who has become a calm, reassuring foil to Donald Trump at coronavirus briefings, has been expanded, according to multiple reports.While Fauci's straight talk and willingness to gently correct the president's outrageous exaggerations have drawn admiration from late-night talkshow hosts, professional basketball players and doughnut shop owners alike, the doctor has received threats and unwelcome communications from both critics and fervent admirers. The Washington Post first reported the news.At...

Dr. Fauci to receive additional security following threats
Dr. Fauci to receive additional security following threats

The increase in security came at the request of the Health and Human Services Inspector General, Department of Justice officials told CBS News.

FDA says heartburn drug Zantac should be immediately pulled from shelves
FDA says heartburn drug Zantac should be immediately pulled from shelves

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said the heartburn drug Zantac should immediately be pulled from shelves and consumers should dispose of any pills or liquid they have at home.During safety tests last summer, extremely high levels of the contaminant NDMA, believed to be a carcinogen, were discovered in samples of the drug. The active ingredient in Zantac is ranitidine, and the FDA said that over time, NDMA appears as an impurity in ranitidine in levels exceeding federal standards, NPR reports.The FDA issued a warning last September, and CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart removed the drug and its generic forms from stores. Since then, the agency has confirmed that the issue is how...

Amazon says it will investigate after we obtained a photo appearing to show a lack of social distancing at Indiana warehouse
Amazon says it will investigate after we obtained a photo appearing to show a lack of social distancing at Indiana warehouse

A photo obtained by Business Insider appears to show company managers sitting close together at a warehouse. Amazon says it's investigating.

Americans purchasing record-breaking numbers of guns amid coronavirus
Americans purchasing record-breaking numbers of guns amid coronavirus

The pandemic has created a surge in demand, with some gun stores inundated with panic-buyers * Coronavirus - latest US updates * Coronavirus - latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageAmericans have responded to the coronavirus epidemic with a record-breaking number of gun purchases, according to new government data on the number of background checks conducted in March.More than 3.7m total firearm background checks were conducted through the FBI's background check system in March, the highest number on record in more than 20 years. An estimated 2.4m of those background checks were conducted for gun sales, according to adjusted statistics from a leading firearms industry...

Biden Offers to Call Trump with Coronavirus Advice

(Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden's campaign said Wednesday it will be in touch with the White House to set up a call for the former vice president to offer his ideas on combating coronavirus to President Donald Trump after a top White House official complained the administration

Six-week-old newborn dies of coronavirus in US: state governor
Six-week-old newborn dies of coronavirus in US: state governor

A six-week-old infant has died of complications relating to COVID-19, the governor of the US state of Connecticut said Wednesday, in one of the youngest recorded deaths from the virus. Governor Ned Lamont tweeted that the newborn was "brought unresponsive to a hospital late last week and could not be revived." "Testing confirmed last night that the newborn was COVID-19 positive," Lamont said.

Chilean consul in Argentine grains hub Rosario dies from coronavirus

A Chilean consul in the Argentine grains hub city of Rosario has died after being infected by the coronavirus, Chile's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, as the global pandemic spreads through South America. The Chilean Foreign Ministry earlier this week said that diplomat Fernando Labra, who was

California appears to be flattening the curve. But its testing lags behind other states
California appears to be flattening the curve. But its testing lags behind other states

The state's testing delays have limited understanding of the outbreak and hindered containment * Coronavirus - latest US updates * Coronavirus - latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageCalifornia has not seen the surge in coronavirus cases that have overwhelmed cities like New York and Detroit in the past week, which suggests that the state's early and restrictive shelter-in-place orders could be slowing the virus' spread. But experts say delays in testing have limited the understanding of the outbreak and have hindered containment efforts.California implemented the earliest and strictest orders to stay at home in the United States in mid-March, and as of Wednesday,...

Coronavirus turned the 2020 presidential race upside down, but not in Wisconsin
Coronavirus turned the 2020 presidential race upside down, but not in Wisconsin

June 2 has now replaced April 28 as one of the biggest days in the Democratic presidential primary.

Trump threatens Iran - again - if it attacks U.S. interests in Iraq
Trump threatens Iran - again - if it attacks U.S. interests in Iraq

The latest threat comes as both Iran and the United States battle the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Delaying
Delaying 'nonessential' abortions during coronavirus crisis endangers women's health and financial future

Several U.S. states are blocking health clinics from providing abortions, declaring the procedure to be "nonessential" during coronavirus business closures. Other services deemed medically unnecessary during the crisis include dental exams, colonoscopies and cataract surgeries. The inclusion of abortion on this list is controversial and legally contested. Judges in recent days struck down such abortion bans in Texas, Ohio and Alabama, allowing abortions to continue. However, on March 31, a Texas appeals court overturned the district court's ruling. Abortions that are not "immediately medically necessary" may now be prohibited in the state.Officials in these states argue restricting...

Russian plane with coronavirus medical gear lands in U.S. after Trump-Putin call
Russian plane with coronavirus medical gear lands in U.S. after Trump-Putin call

A Russian military transport plane left an airfield outside Moscow and arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy airport in late afternoon on Wednesday.

Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears
Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears

Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans worried about their safety during the coronavirus crisis. According to figures from the FBI, 3.7 million background checks were done in March - the most for a single month since the system began in 1998. Background checks are the key barometer of gun sales, but the FBI's monthly figures also incorporate checks for firearm permits that are required in some states.

Top Marine
Top Marine 'signaling' to industry that F-35 cuts are on the table

"I'm signaling to the industry, we have to be prepared to adjust as the operating environment adjusts," said Marine Commandant David Berger.

Democrats proposing commission to study US pandemic response
Democrats proposing commission to study US pandemic response

House Democrats are drafting legislation that would create a bipartisan commission to study the U.S. government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, modeled on one that examined the 9/11 attacks. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., are working on separate bills establishing a commission. Draft legislation from Thompson's committee says the commission would provide a "full and complete accounting" of the U.S. efforts.

Trump doubles U.S. military assets in Caribbean, bolstering drug fight after Maduro indictment
Trump doubles U.S. military assets in Caribbean, bolstering drug fight after Maduro indictment

The Trump administration said on Wednesday it was deploying more U.S. Navy warships and aircraft to the Caribbean to prevent drug cartels and "corrupt actors" like Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to smuggle more narcotics. President Donald Trump said he was doubling U.S. military resources in the region, including destroyers, surveillance planes and personnel, in an anti-drug crackdown to deal with what he called a "growing threat." The beefed-up operation - quickly dismissed by the Maduro government - will also call for sending Navy ships closer to Venezuela, according to a U.S. official and two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on...

'Thank you China!!!' Mexico grateful for coronavirus medical supplies

Mexico's top diplomat thanked two Chinese charities for donating medical supplies to help stem the coronavirus outbreak in an online message that went viral. "Thank you China!!!" Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard wrote in a Twitter post late Tuesday night, linking to a local news report

Kellyanne Conway Keeps Attacking Joe Biden for Staying Inside
Kellyanne Conway Keeps Attacking Joe Biden for Staying Inside

While leaders across the country are urging Americans to stay in their homes to stop the spread of the coronavirus, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is openly mocking former Vice President Joe Biden for setting that example. "Why doesn't Vice President Biden call the White House today and offer some support? He's in his bunker in Wilmington," Conway said Wednesday morning on Fox & Friends. In her next breath she added, "I have to tell you, we're not talking about politics here at the White House at all. We're talking about ventilators and vaccines, not Biden and Bernie."And yet Conway continued to attack Biden for criticizing President Donald Trump's response to the crisis from...

Joe Biden says he
Joe Biden says he'd be happy to talk coronavirus with Trump - and suggests he call Obama too

Former Vice President Joe Biden isn't afraid to reach across the aisle during this national crisis.In a press gaggle on Wednesday, Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Trump, snapped at Biden's apparent "criticism" of the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus. "Why doesn't Vice President Biden call the White House today and offer some support?" Conway questioned - and so Biden offered to do so."I think it's really disappointing to have President Obama's number two ... out there, criticizing, instead of saying 'hey, here is what we did that we thought was effective,' Conway said Wednesday. She repeated the criticism on Fox News and in a tweet,...

WHO: The world will reach 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the next few days
WHO: The world will reach 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the next few days

Over the past few weeks and months, the number of global COVID-19 cases and deaths has escalated dramatically.

'We are the verge of a massive collapse': Ex-Energy Secretary Perry says COVID-19 will ravage oil industry

"I'm telling you, we are on the verge of a massive collapse," Perry said of the impact the plunge in oil prices could have on U.S. operators.

Coronavirus latest news: Six-week old baby becomes
Coronavirus latest news: Six-week old baby becomes 'one of the youngest lives lost anywhere' during pandemic

Government continue to dodge basic questions on testing strategy Why is Germany testing more people than the UK? When will lockdown end - the four exit strategies Follow coronavirus cases in the UK and across the world with our Live Tracker Subscribe to The Telegraph, free for one month Telegraph Coronavirus Appeal: Join us in helping those hit hardest A six-week old baby has died in the United States after contracting a coronavirus infection, the governor of Connecticut has has confirmed. Ned Lamont announced late last night that the baby's death is "one of the youngest lives lost anywhere due to complications relating to Covid-19." "This is absolutely heartbreaking,"...

FISA Hawks Lee, Leahy Say
FISA Hawks Lee, Leahy Say 'Damning' Horowitz FBI Audit 'Makes Clear Our Work Is Not Done'

Senators Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah) said Wednesday that "damning" evidence of widespread FISA abuse uncovered in an ongoing audit of the FBI's application process proves that "our work is not done" as the Senate prepares to consider an extension of expiring FISA powers in the coming months.In light of a report released Tuesday showing systemic abuses within the foreign surveillance process, Leahy and Lee announced that they will propose an amendment to "ensure" that government agencies hand over all evidence - including potentially exculpatory evidence - in future FISA applications. The amendment will be added to the "USA FREEDOM Extension and Amici Curiae Reform...

Differing death tolls in California and Louisiana hint at the urgency to
Differing death tolls in California and Louisiana hint at the urgency to 'flatten the curve'

In the past week, California has seen its number of deaths slowing down, while the tally in Louisiana has accelerated.

Las Vegas resorts already booking rooms despite shutdown being extended two weeks
Las Vegas resorts already booking rooms despite shutdown being extended two weeks

Major resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are taking reservations starting May 1, the day after Nevada's statewide shutdown is due to end.


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