Mar. 11, 2020

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Former Vice President Joe Biden scored sweeping victories on Tuesday, winning four of the six states holding contests in the race to select the Democratic nominee to take on Republican President Donald Trump in November.

Democratic presidential contenders Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will have no live audience when they debate each other in Phoenix on Sunday due to health concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, party spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said.

Constitutional changes allowing Vladimir Putin to run for president again in 2024 sailed through Russia's lower house of parliament on Wednesday, opening the way for him to potentially stay in power until 2036.

A massive fire ripped through a slum on Wednesday in Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka, leaving thousands of people homeless.

Britain's parliament has no plans to shut over coronavirus, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday, after a minister tested positive for the virus and another lawmaker was advised to stay at home as a precaution.

Slovenia will not close border with Italy but will start performing health checks there to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Health Minister Ales Sabeder told a news conference on Wednesday.

Pope Francis, holed up in the Vatican by Italy's coronavirus epidemic, held his first virtual general audience on Wednesday, thanking medical staff but urging the world not to forget the plight of Syrian refugees.

Concern is growing in Kosovo that the United States may pull its troops out of the Balkan country in retaliation for tariffs imposed by Pristina on goods from its rival Serbia.

Drugmakers are working to develop a coronavirus vaccine. But behind the scenes, scientists and medical experts are concerned that rushing a vaccine could end up worsening the infection in some patients rather than preventing it.

The Afghan government said on Wednesday it would free 1,500 Taliban prisoners, while delaying the release of another 3,500 that the militants say must be set free for talks to begin under a peace deal reached with the United States.

U.S. consumer prices unexpectedly rose in February but are likely to decline in the months ahead as the coronavirus outbreak depresses demand for some goods and services, outweighing price increases related to shortages caused by disruptions to the supply chain.

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Some vital industries in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, were told they can resume work on Wednesday, a day after President Xi Jinping visited there for the first time since the outbreak began.

Scammers are knocking on people's doors and claiming to be part of the official response to the coronavirus, police in New Jersey have warned. The people could then try and take advantage of anxiety around the spread of the disease to sell products at inflated price or otherwise try and scam anyone in the house, authorities warned.

Two Norwegian F-35A stealth fighters intercepted a pair of Russian anti-submarine warfare aircraft off the coast of Norway over the weekend in what appears to be the jet's first intercept mission involving a Russian aircraft, according to multiple reports.

If the coronavirus outbreak were to get out of control in New York City, government officials have a plan for how to deal with all the dead bodies. The plan, developed by the chief medical examiner in 2008, would see refrigerated units placed outside hospitals to store the dead temporarily, and mass graves dug by Rikers Island prisoners.

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New York's governor has announced that troops will be sent into a town north of the city in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The National Guard will deliver food to quarantined individuals in New Rochelle, where a one-mile "containment zone" will be enforced.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that up to 70% of the country's population - some 58 million people - could contract the coronavirus.

One person has been killed and more than 40 injured in a collision between two trains on Mexico City's underground system.

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter jet has crashed near a park in the capital Islamabad, killing the pilot. The aircraft was carrying out rehearsals for the 23 March national day parade.

New rules could spell the death of a "throwaway" culture in which products are bought, used briefly, and then binned. The regulations will apply to a range of everyday items such as mobile phones, textiles, electronics, batteries, construction and packaging. They will ensure products are designed and manufactured so they last - and so they're repairable if they go wrong. It should mean that your phone lasts longer and proves easier to fix. The rules will also fight what is known as "premature obsolescence", the syndrome in which manufacturers make goods with deliberately low lifespan to force consumers into buying a newer model. The plan is being presented by the European Commission. It's likely to create standards for the UK, too - even after Brexit.

Iran's health ministry has reported 63 new deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours - the highest number in a single day in the country. There had now been 354 deaths since the outbreak began last month.

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Government watchdog Judicial Watch already has obtained a court order to put Hillary Clinton under oath regarding her private, unsecure email system.

Harvard University is telling students to move out of their dorms by Sunday at 5 p.m. due to the spread of coronavirus. The school plans to move classes online starting March 23.

The Sunday trough in oil prices was already hitting consumers, with some parts of the county having gasoline that was selling for under $2 per gallon.

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