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US Democrats Unveil $3 Trillion Virus Relief Package

US Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a $3 trillion coronavirus response package, the largest yet, to fund efforts to fight the pandemic and provide emergency payments to millions of American households. The Heroes Act was introduced in the House of Representatives and could be voted on in the Democratic-led chamber as early as this week. But the...

UK Economy Shrinks On COVID-19

Britain’s economy shrank two percent in the first three months of the year, rocked by the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed Wednesday, with analysts predicting even worse to come. Gross domestic product shrank in the first quarter compared with the prior three months in the largest slump since the global financial crisis...

Austria, Germany To Reopen Border Mid-June

Austria and Germany plan to open their border in mid-June after it was closed for two months in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the government in Vienna said Wednesday. “From June 15, the opening of the border between Germany and Austria will be possible,” Tourism Minister Elisabeth Koestinger told state radio station O1. Restrictions on...

German Cannibal Who Ate A Man Allowed To Take Day Trips

A cannibal who put out an advert for ‘a man to slaughter’ on a gay website before murdering and eating him has been going for ‘walks around town’. Murderer Armin Meiwes, 58, was given ‘sunglasses and a cap’ to hide his identity and then driven to another state in Germany for walks. According to an investigator...

China’s Ground Zero Reports Coronavirus Infections

China reported a new cluster of coronavirus cases in Wuhan Monday after a month without fresh infections at the pandemic’s global epicentre, as a northeastern city was placed under lockdown. The cases added to fears China could be facing a new wave of infections, even as restrictions continued to ease in some other parts of...

Russian Medical Students Slam ‘Forced Labour’ In COVID-19 Wards

Fourth-year medical student Alexandra says she wants to become an infection specialist, but when her school said students must do their required training in a coronavirus ward, she balked. “This is not volunteering by choice. Coronavirus is dangerous, and they should give people a choice,” said Alexandra, who studies at Moscow’s top Sechenov medical university. Daunted...

UK Lockdown Easing Plans Criticised As Study Outlines Virus Risk

Lower skilled workers in parts of Britain appear at greater risk of dying from coronavirus than white-collar employees, according to an analysis of official figures published Monday. The finding by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday that construction and manufacturing workers could return to work but recommended...

Putin To Address Russians As Country Sets New Daily COVID-19 Record

Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the nation about the coronavirus on Monday, as a new record of daily confirmed infections was set and number of deaths surpassed 2,000. Putin will speak about the deadly pandemic and measures to support the Russian economy, the Kremlin said in a statement. He is expected to announce a decision...

Italian Rice Puts Pasta In The Shade During COVID-19 Pandemic

Europe’s top rice producer Italy has seen consumption of the staple rise throughout the coronavirus pandemic, putting even pasta in the shade. It’s not just popular at home either — China itself has even signed a deal to import Italian rice. The Chinese have their eyes on varieties used to make typical risotto dishes such as...

Gyms, Bars And Cinemas Reopen As Virus Measures Ease In Hong Kong

Hong Kong began to ease major social distancing measures on Friday with bars, gyms, beauty parlours and cinemas reopening their doors after the financial hub largely halted local transmissions of the deadly coronavirus. Queues formed outside gyms in the semi-autonomous Chinese city on Friday morning for employees to check temperatures as people celebrated the return...

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