North Korea launches missiles during coronavirus crisis as show of strength
North Korea has recently test-fired a few missiles as the rest of the world struggles with the coronavirus. Analysts claim the tests were a show of confidence during the crisis and that the government intends to hold a meeting of its 700 top officials in April. The move seems to be a show of confidence in the government's ability to manage the virus.
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South Korea asks for the 15-day shutdown while preparing for a long battle with coronavirus
South Korea has asked businesses to close facilities and for its citizens to stop socializing for the next 15 days. The government also warned of consequences for people who do not adhere to the new rules as the coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the country. Experts claim this will be a 'long battle' for the country
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Nikki Haley leaves Boeing board over government aid disagreement
Nikki Haley, former UN ambassador and former governor of South Carolina, has resigned from her position as a board member of the American plane manufacturer Boeing, after disagreements with senior management for seeking government aid due to the financial stress caused by the coronavirus crisis. Boeing seeks 60 billion USD from the Trump administration, which the government is willing to provide since Boeing is a prominent US defense contractor.
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Calls for Senator Richard Burr to step down amid coronavirus stock selloff scandal
It was recently made public that North Carolina's Republican Senator Richard Burr downplayed the coronavirus outbreak while getting rid of hundreds of thousands of dollars of stocks before the market collapsed as the pandemic spread. Senator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for Burr's resignation after the secretary of the Senate disclosed him and his wife had sold more than 33 stocks valued between 628,000 to 1.7 million USD.
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Trump asks FDA to investigate malaria medicine to fight the coronavirus
US President Donald Trump has asked the F.D.A to study malaria drugs and their potential to help those with the coronavirus, saying it looks promising. There has been no proper study that has tested this medicine or its potential to treat the virus although some doctors in France and South Korea have said that it helped.
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Democratic Hopeful Tulsi Gabbard drops out of the race
Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has announced that she will be dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. She was the last remaining woman still contending for the nomination and has now decided to endorse ex-Vice President Joe Biden instead of Bernie Sanders. She will return to Hawai and serve as a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard.
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India executes men responsible for horrific 2012 Delhi bus rape
India has hanged four men who were convicted of raping and murdering a young woman on a bus in Delhi in 2012. Hundreds of people gathered outside the prison to celebrate the execution. They were initially sentenced to death in 2013 in a fast track court and all of their pleas were rejected.
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New Zealand will no longer allow foreigners to enter the country
New Zealand has banned all foreigners from entering the country in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The country has had 28 confirmed cases of the virus and no deaths so far. This decision came right after Australia announced a similar travel ban for non-citizens. They will still be allowing cargo to enter.
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Canada to give out giant aid package to curb coronavirus slump
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the government will be giving out $18.6 billion to support families and businesses that are suffering due to the coronavirus. The Canadian stock market still fell by 6% despite this large announcement. Trudeau has also said that the government is prepared to take more measures if necessary.
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Trump to invoke Defense Production Act to combat coronavirus pandemic
US President Donald Trump has announced that he will invoke the Defense Production Act to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, which was an act introduced in 1950 during the Korean War giving the President special powers to direct the country's industry to produce critical products and equipment. The Act was amended in 2008 to give the President special powers in times of national emergency.
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Biden sweeps Tuesday primaries, Democratic nomination certain
Former Vice President Joe Biden has swept the Democratic primaries for Florida, Illinois, and Arizona, building on his dominating lead against rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is now almost certain to concede the nomination and is under increasing pressure to end his campaign. The race will now enter a hiatus with no new primaries scheduled in the upcoming weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic
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Trump rolls out extraordinary measures to fight coronavirus pandemic
Amid the looming economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economy sinking into an almost-certain recession, US President Donald Trump has announced extraordinary measures to ease the economic fallout from the outbreak, seeking more than 1 trillion USD in emergency funds and allowing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to defer income tax payments without penalty or interest for up to 90 days.
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The US launches new sanctions against Iran, demanding the release of American citizens
The US has imposed more sanctions on Iran in order to increase the economic pressure on the country. The government has demanded the release of detained American citizens and will not lower the sanctions until their demands are met. China has encouraged the US to lower the sanctions in order to help Iran deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
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China removes American journalists as US-China dispute escalates
China is withdrawing the press credentials of American journalists in response to America's new restrictions on Chinese journalists. The US has claimed that these restrictions were only placed on journalists who worked for 'propaganda outlets' and that China's response is unbalanced. US newspapers have also condemned this decision saying this is bad for everyone involved.
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Canada shuts down borders to non-nationals to fight coronavirus
Canada has now officially closed its borders to all people who are not citizens or residents of the country. The government has also urged people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus as Canada already has four deaths that were caused by it. Trade will not be impacted by the border closure.
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Mexican President embraces crowd despite repeated coronavirus warnings
The President of Mexico has been holding large public rallies where he is in close proximity to a large number of people, despite warnings from his health ministry. Mexico now has a few cases of the virus and the health ministry has encouraged people to engage in social distancing to prevent the spread.
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Joe Biden says that he will pick a female Vice President if nominated
Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has recently announced that he will pick a female running mate if he is nominated for the 2020 US election. He also said that he will pick the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. He made both of these statements during his one on one debate against Bernie Sanders.
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Biden and Sanders participate in last Democratic debate amid coronavirus panic
Punctuated by the severe disruption of life in the US caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and his rival and current front-runner former Vice President Joe Biden engaged in the last Democratic debate before the party needs to decide on its nominee for the 2020 presidential elections. Biden has emerged as the clear favorite after sweeping recent primaries, finishing far ahead of second-place Sanders.
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New Zealand begin strictest border control policy in the world
New Zealand has announced that all incoming travelers, including its citizens, will have to isolate themselves for two weeks when they first land in the country. The country has only had six confirmed cases and no fatalities but has still instituted what many experts claim is the strictest border control policy in the world.
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US now officially in a state of emergency due to coronavirus
US President Donald Trump has officially declared a US national emergency over the rapid spread of the coronavirus. This will allow the government to more quickly move funds around in order to combat the virus. He also went on to say that the next eight weeks were critical in the fight against the illness.
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Greece now has its first-ever female president
Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Greece's first-ever female President, has been sworn in for a full five-year term. She was sworn in during a public ceremony that involved the minimum number of people and did not engage in handshakes. Sakellaropoulou, a conservative politician, has managed to get support from both conservative and left-wing parties.
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Iraq condemns US airstrikes and accuses the US of escalating conflict
The Iraqi military has publicly condemned the recent US airstrikes that they claim killed six people. The airstrikes were launched in response to an Iranian backed militia in Iraq that the US blames for a rocket strike that killed two US soldiers. Iraq claimed the airstrikes were a violation of its sovereignty.
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Justin Trudeau’s wife tested positive for Coronavirus
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Just Trudeau tested positive for Coronavirus on Thursday after getting mild symptoms. The Prime Minister's office confirmed that Sophie Trudeau is feeling well but will remain in isolation for at least 14 days. Justin Trudeau will isolate himself as well for 14 days. Canada has confirmed 147 cases with one death so far
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US Congress to restrict President Trump's war powers
A US House of Representatives resolution headed by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is aiming to restrict US President Donald Trump's war powers after an airstrike against Iran ordered by the President worsened hostility between the two countries. The motion has been passed in the US Senate, and now the House of Representatives by a majority of 227 to 186, but Trump has promised to veto the resolution soon.
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Indian Prime Minister imposed a travel ban on ministers
Indian Prime Minister Narendra expressed his concerns over the rapid outbreak of coronavirus in India. He tweeted on Thursday mentioning that the country should not panic and everyone should take precautions. He added that no Minister of the Central Government will travel abroad in the upcoming days, Modi urged countrymen to avoid non-essential travel and large gatherings.
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