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PM Johnson 'getting better' in intensive care as UK extends overdraft
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 03:25:46 -0400 - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was getting better on Thursday in intensive care where he is battling COVID-19 as his government extended its overdraft facility and reviewed the most stringent shut down in peacetime history.
British PM is 'stable, improving and sat up' in intensive care, minister says
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 03:25:46 -0400 - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in a stable and improving condition in intensive care, his culture minister said on Thursday.
Britain's William and wife Kate surprise school children with video call
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 03:19:33 -0400 - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate surprised children at a school with a video-call to offer thanks to their parents who are key workers keeping the country running during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cardinal Pell's acquittal stirs abuse survivor memories in Ballarat hometown
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 03:17:49 -0400 - A thick line of black tape obscures Cardinal George Pell's name on a board lauding ordained alumni of St Patrick's College in the Australian town of Ballarat as coloured ribbons flutter on doors and mailboxes.
Rockets hit U.S. air base in Afghanistan; no casualties
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 03:12:07 -0400 - Five rockets hit a U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday, but there were no casualties, two senior security officials said, and no militant group immediately claimed responsibility.
U.S. Democrats, Republicans at odds over next coronavirus aid
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:56:32 -0400 - Efforts to push a further $250 billion of coronavirus aid for small businesses through the U.S. Congress were stalling on Wednesday as top Democrats said they would back the measure only if it was coupled with a similar amount for hospitals and local governments.
Japan's economy faces extreme uncertainty as coronavirus spreads: central bank head
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:45:53 -0400 - Uncertainty over Japan's economic outlook is "extremely high" as the coronavirus pandemic hits output and consumption, central bank Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said, stressing his readiness to take additional monetary steps to prevent a deep recession.
Coronavirus fallout prodding firms to cut new hiring: BOJ official
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:45:40 -0400 - The coronavirus pandemic is prodding some companies in western Japan to hold off on new hiring and curb non-essential capital expenditure, a senior central bank official said on Thursday.
Asian shares rise as investors pin hopes on pandemic peaking
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:28:01 -0400 - Asian shares rose on Thursday on hopes the COVID-19 pandemic is nearing a peak and that governments would roll out more stimulus measures to support their economies, while expectations of a deal to cut oil production bolstered crude prices.
China seeks to contain 'silent carriers' of coronavirus
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:26:20 -0400 - China released new measures on Wednesday to try and prevent asymptomatic "silent carriers" of coronavirus from causing a second wave of infections, as the country reported another modest rise in new confirmed cases.
Shanghai set to reopen schools after coronavirus closures
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:26:06 -0400 - Local schools in Shanghai that have been closed in an effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus will reopen starting April 27, the director of the city's education commission said on Thursday.
Factbox: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:22:19 -0400 - The number of confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus were reported to have exceeded 1.47 million globally and the death toll crossed 87,700, according to a Reuters tally as of 0200 GMT.
Speed of coronavirus deaths shock doctors as New York toll hits new high
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:22:19 -0400 - New York state, epicenter of America's coronavirus crisis, set another single-day record of COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, as veteran doctors and nurses voiced astonishment at the speed with which patients were deteriorating and dying.
UK's Johnson 'improving' as he fights COVID-19 in intensive care
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:22:17 -0400 - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's condition is improving and he is able to sit up in bed and engage with clinical staff, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday as Johnson remained in intensive care battling COVID-19.
Head of Japan junior coalition partner wants to consider more economic steps
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:04:50 -0400 - The head of Japan's Komeito party, the junior partner in the coalition government, said he wants to consider additional economic steps after the imposition of a state of emergency and the postponement of the Summer Olympics amid the coronavirus woes, Kyodo news agency said.
New York reports 779 more deaths, governor says social distancing working
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:00:31 -0400 - New York's efforts at social distancing are working to get the coronavirus outbreak under control even as the state reported an additional 779 deaths, a record high for a second day, the Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.
Exclusive: U.S. ambassador to South Korea is discussing plans to resign - sources
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 01:44:58 -0400 - U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris has said privately that he does not plan to stay on beyond the November U.S. presidential election, regardless of whether President Donald Trump wins another term, five sources told Reuters.
Chinese stay close to home after coronavirus brought under control
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 01:43:29 -0400 - China's first test of travel demand after its coronavirus outbreak was the Qingming festival last weekend, but rather than hopping on a plane or train, Shan Mingyu and five of her family drove to a resort town close to her eastern home of Yixing.
BOJ cuts economic view for all of Japan's nine regions
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 01:31:29 -0400 - The Bank of Japan cut its economic assessment for all of the country's nine regions in a quarterly report released on Thursday, underscoring the broadening fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
California developer says virus an act of God, sues Exxon over stalled deal
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 01:30:57 -0400 - A California retail developer claims the state's coronavirus lockdown was an act of God that prevented it from completing a $4.2 million property acquisition, asking a court to prevent owner Exxon Mobil Corp from selling to any other buyers.

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