Mar. 10, 2020

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Monday said he will be taking "major" steps to gird the economy against the impact of the spreading coronavirus outbreak and will discuss a payroll tax cut with congressional Republicans on Tuesday.

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that the United States had told Moscow that U.S. President Donald Trump would not travel to Russia to mark Victory Day on May 9. Putin presides over an annual parade on May 9 to commemorate the Soviet Union's World War Two victory over Nazi Germany and uses the occasion to show off the country's military hardware.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened the door to constitutional changes that would allow him to remain in power until 2036 if he chose to do so, despite saying he had misgivings about the legal amendments.

Airlines around the world sank deeper into crisis as the worsening coronavirus epidemic and Italy's lockdown hammered passenger numbers, forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and led to the delaying of plane orders.

Italy faced an unprecedented lockdown on Tuesday that left streets in the capital Rome and other cities deserted after the government extended a clampdown across the entire country in a bid to slow Europe's worst outbreak of the coronavirus.

London is introducing enhanced cleaning on its public transit network and has began using a stronger anti-viral fluid on trains and at stations to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading, its transport authority said on Tuesday.

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran said on Tuesday that he had asked the country to release all prisoners temporarily, saying that it is "unfortunate and disturbing" to have political prisoners detained amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Spain shut down schools in several regions, suspended flights from Italy and closed the lower house of parliament for at least a week after a a lawmaker tested positive for the coronavirus, in the hope of stemming a growing outbreak.

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As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided a grim reminder of the toll that the flu has taken on Americans. The CDC said that so far this season, about 20,000 people have died of the flu, including 136 children.

The U.S. has begun withdrawing troops originally sent to the Middle East in the wake of the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, as Iran sees the worst outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus in the region.

President Trump on Monday evening said he will speak with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans about a possible payroll tax cut that would provide "very substantial relief" amid the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

Mortgage payments will be suspended across Italy as the country struggles to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

A man who threatened the life of Rep. Ilhan Omar has been given a lighter sentence after the politician asked for leniency.

To have any hope of catching up to Joe Biden after the former vice president's dominant performance on Super Tuesday, Bernie Sanders needs to win Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary in Michigan - a state where the Vermont senator upset rival Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Iran has temporarily freed about 70,000 prisoners to combat the spread of the coronavirus in jails, the head of the judiciary said on Monday, as officials reported hundreds of new infections and dozens more deaths across the country.

Tehran's nuclear program is back under the spotlight after the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog revealed the extent of Iran's uranium enrichment drive and reprimanded it for denying access to two locations.

Over the years, LGBT+ people have been blamed for disasters both natural and man-made, and now they stand accused of being responsible for the coronavirus epidemic. Several U.S. religious figures and an influential Israeli rabbi have suggested the emergence of the virus is divine retribution for same-sex activity, which they see as sinful.

In a move with sweeping consequences for the U.S. Navy's battle force, the service is canceling plans to add 10 years to the expected service lives of its stalwart destroyer fleet, a cost-savings measure that would almost certainly hamper plans to grow the size of the fleet.

Police in Chile are searching for members of an armed gang who stole a cash shipment worth about $15m from a warehouse at Santiago airport.

BBC

Canada's government is moving ahead with plans for a nationwide ban on conversion therapy.

Hundreds of billions of locusts are swarming through parts of East Africa and South Asia in the worst infestation for a quarter of a century, threatening crops and livelihoods.

WND

According to a survey of 2,000 British adults who live with their romantic partners, outside of sleeping, the average couple spends just four hours per day in the same room with each other.

The Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said Friday that if the NBA ever implements an emergency coronavirus plan that calls for games without fans in the stands, he won't be playing.

There are 550 parishioners in voluntary self-quarantine after a priest was diagnosed with coronavirus, a spokesman from Christ Church, Georgetown confirmed Monday.

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