TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday promised a massive unprecedented package of steps to cushion the economy from the coronavirus pandemic, saying the country was close to a national emergency as infections surged in Tokyo. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a news conference on Japan’s response to the coronavirus disease
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A worker wearing a preventive mask harvests grapes at a vineyard, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in San Felipe, Chile March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced on Friday that low-income families will be able to delay household debt payments without the fear of having utilities cut
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BRASILIA (Reuters) – A doctor working with the largest tribe in the Amazon has tested positive for the coronavirus, Brazil’s Health Ministry said on Friday, ringing alarm bells that the epidemic could spread to vulnerable and remote indigenous communities with devastating effect. FILE PHOTO: Twenty-year-old Regiane Doroteo Guerreiro (front R), a Tikuna indigenous woman and
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DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s prime minister told citizens to stay home until April 12 to help slow the spread of coronavirus, only leaving to shop for groceries, for brief individual physical exercise or to make family visits that are absolutely essential. FILE PHOTO: Ireland’s Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks during a news conference on
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FILE PHOTO: Athletics – World Athletics Council Meeting – Monaco – November 22, 2019 IAAF President Sebastian Coe during a press conference REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo Athletes already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before the Games were postponed will get to keep their spots in the rescheduled 2021 competition. About 6,200 of the 11,000 scheduled
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(Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday unveiled measures to help oil refineries cope with fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, including waiving anti-smog requirements for gasoline and extending the deadline for small facilities to show compliance with the nation’s biofuels law. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler looks on during
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the coronavirus task force daily briefing as Vice President Mike Pence stands by at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst LONDON (Reuters) – U.S President Donald Trump wished British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a speedy recovery from coronavirus during a phone call on
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FILE PHOTO: Dominic Cummings, special advisor for Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, leaves his home, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser sprinted out of Downing Street on Friday shortly after his boss revealed that
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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is seen in Davos, Switzerland Januar 20, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) will donate more than $800 million in funds towards producing medical supplies used to fight COVID-19, and in ad credits to government and health organizations and businesses, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said
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FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video link, held by leaders from the Group of 20 to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impacts, at his residence outside Moscow, Russia March 26, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is sharply divided over a constitutional change that would allow
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LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at his Downing Street residence but said he would still lead the government’s response to the accelerating outbreak. Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday, a day after he answered at the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in parliament’s
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