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More than 900 people have died from the new virus in China. The 2002-3 epidemic, which also began in the country, killed 774 people worldwide.

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Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world April 8
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The premier of Ontario says the rate of COVID-19 testing in his province is "unacceptable." Here's a look at what's happening in Canada and around the world.

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Bernie Sanders ends Democratic campaign for president
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday in a conference call with staff, his campaign said in a statement.

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U.S. health officials planning for what re-entry to 'normality' will look like
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-NEW YORK

U.S. health officials are planning ways for the country to return to normal activities if distancing and other steps to mitigate COVID-19 this month prove successful in curbing the outbreak, the top U.S. infectious disease official said on Wednesday.

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British PM Boris Johnson 'responding to treatment' for COVID-19
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care and was in stable condition on Wednesday after receiving oxygen support for COVID-19 complications, raising questions about how key decisions would be taken in his absence.

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Linda Tripp, whistleblower in Monica Lewinsky scandal, dies at 70
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Linda Tripp, whose secretly recorded conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday at age 70.

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Supermoon brightens night skies around the world
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Landmarks and landscapes around the world were illuminated by the brightest moon of the year.

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Congo president's chief of staff arrested amid graft probe
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On Wednesday, police in Congo — also known as Congo-Kinshasa — arrested the president's chief of staff, Vital Kamerhe, after he testified in an investigation into alleged misappropriation of public funds.

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Shareholder sues Zoom for not disclosing security flaws
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Zoom Video Communications Inc. was slapped with a class-action suit yesterday by one of its shareholders accusing the videoconferencing app of overstating its privacy standards and failing to disclose that its service was not end-to-end encrypted.

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Vatican to again study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church
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The Vatican said Wednesday that Pope Francis has created a new commission of experts to examine whether women can be deacons, an ordained role in the Catholic Church currently reserved for men.

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Trump's touting of unproven COVID-19 drug is unusual. We'll soon see if he's right
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA

It's unusual for an elected leader to promote unproven medicine. But Donald Trump, a norm-smashing U.S. president facing the political fight of his life, is all-in on a malaria drug as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Now, a global race is on to test the drug — and the wisdom of Trump's move.

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World Health Organization says it's not the time for politics after Trump criticisms
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/WHO

World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus dismissed suggestions that his agency was too close to China after criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Canadian Transportation Agency says travel vouchers OK for cancelled flights as U.S., EU mandate refunds
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While the Canadian Transportation Agency states airlines only have to offer travel vouchers for cancelled flights during the COVID-19 pandemic, both the European Union and the U.S. have declared that passengers are entitled to cash refunds.

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'I'm not abandoning my wife and child': Families fight to stick together in COVID-19 pandemic
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A mother stuck in India begs the Canadian government to be reunited with her children in Quebec. An Ontario man refuses to abandon his pregnant wife in Peru. Couples navigate border closures, flight cancellations and immigration delays in their bid to stay together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lockdown of Chinese city where pandemic began lifted after 11 weeks
Virus Outbreak China Lockdown Lifted

The lockdown that served as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world has ended after 11 weeks.

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter John Prine dead at 73 of COVID-19 complications
Music John Prine

John Prine, the plain-spoken singer-songwriter whose body of work saw him shift effortlessly between poignant reflections on mortality and humorous takes on life's absurdities, has died after falling ill with COVID-19, his family announced on Tuesday.

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U.S. records deadliest day yet in coronavirus crisis
Virus Outbreak New York

New York recorded the single greatest one-day jump in deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, but the state's governor pointed to signs that the state may be reaching a plateau in its wrenching efforts to limit the damage caused by the pandemic.

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Acting U.S. navy secretary resigns amid coronavirus controversy
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Acting U.S. navy secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, just hours after he had publicly apologized for a profanity-laced upbraiding of the officer he fired as captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt.

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Some good news from around the world on Tuesday
Some good news from around the world on Tuesday

With much of the world struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still some good-news stories to report. Here's a brief roundup.

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Global lockdowns might reduce CO2 emissions but won't halt climate crisis, scientists say
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The worldwide shutdowns are having a deep economic impact, but it might appear as though there could be a silver lining: reduced CO2 emissions. Scientists say that it's not that simple.

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Taliban breaks off what it calls 'fruitless talks' with Afghanistan over prisoner exchange
Afghanistan Peace Deal

The Taliban on Tuesday broke off talks with the Afghan government on a prisoner exchange, a main step in peace talks being brokered by the United States after it agreed on a troop withdrawal pact with the militants.

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Syrian Air Force Launched Chemical Attacks On Civilians, Watchdog Says
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria used the chemical weapons sarin and chlorine in a series of attacks in 2017. ... read more


Sweden's Unique Response To Coronavirus Is Hurting Its Minority Communities
Sweden hasn't locked down. That may have confused segregated groups with foreign backgrounds, which report high infection rates. ... read more


U.S. Is Suddenly OK With Indian Hydroxychloroquine Maker It Banned For Multiple Violations
The US Food and Drug Administration has lifted a 3 year-long import ban on chloroquine products manufactured by Mumbai-based Ipca Laboratories, a company that it last investigated in August 2019. ... read more


Coronavirus Live Updates: Read The Latest About The COVID-19 Outbreak
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Masked Crowds Fill Streets, Trains After Wuhan Lockdown Ends
Thousands streamed out of the Chinese city of 11 million people as its 76-day lockdown was lifted. ... read more


Cyclone Harold Slams Into Fiji As Category 5 Storm
The powerful storm leveled homes and snapping communications links in the archipelago. ... read more


Miss England Returns To Work As A Doctor To Aid Coronavirus Pandemic
Bhasha Mukherjee, who won the title in 2019, was doing humanitarian work abroad but decided to hang up her crown and help her overwhelmed colleagues. ... read more


Ireland's Prime Minister Is Reregistering As A Doctor To Fight Coronavirus
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who has a background in medicine, "wanted to help out even in a small way.” ... read more


How The World Could Exit Lockdown
As some European nations reveal plans to gradually reopen society, Britain and France say even discussing lifting coronavirus restrictions would be a mistake. ... read more


Dominic Raab: Everything You Need To Know About Britain's New De Facto PM
The 46-year-old takes the reins of government during one of the biggest crises in modern history. ... read more


Boris Johnson Awake And Breathing Without Ventilator In Intensive Care, Says No.10
The prime minister is said to be in "good spirits". ... read more


Giant Pandas Take Full Advantage Of Locked Down Zoo, Finally Have Sex
After about 10 years of trying, Ying Ying and Le Le finally mated at the Ocean Park zoo in Hong Kong, which shuttered in January due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more


'An Utter Tragedy': Great Barrier Reef Hit With Third Mass Bleaching Event In 5 Years
“I’m not sure I have the fortitude to do this again,” one of Australia's top scientists wrote. ... read more


Australian Court Dismisses Cardinal George Pell's Sex Abuse Convictions
The senior Catholic will walk free after he was convicted of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys. ... read more


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson In Intensive Care Due To Coronavirus
Johnson was admitted to a hospital on Sunday. ... read more


Coronavirus Live Updates: CDC May Loosen Guidelines For Some Exposed To Virus
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Europe’s Tourist Hot Spots Dream Of Swift Summer Restart
While the U.S. braces for its “saddest week," Spain hopes the coronavirus pandemic will soon be over, and that travelers will follow. ... read more


Boris Johnson Admitted To Hospital Due To Coronavirus
The British prime minister revealed that he tested positive for the virus on March 27. ... read more


Trump Admin Tries To Narrow Stockpile’s Role For States
President Donald Trump has insisted that the stockpile is only a short-term backup for states. ... read more


Israel Had Never Issued A Press Credential To A Journalist From My Country. It Gave Me One.
As a Pakistani reporter covering U.S. foreign policy, I worried about writing on Palestine and Israel — until visiting gave me an empathy stronger than my fear. ... read more


Giuseppe Conte: EU needs to help coronavirus-hit countries
Italian PM Giuseppe Conte tells the BBC EU leaders need to rise to the challenge of the pandemic. ... read more


Coronavirus: EU top scientist forced out in political row
Mauro Ferrari says he lost faith in the system, but EU science officials say he was asked to leave. ... read more


Coronavirus: Marathon talks over EU virus rescue package stall
EU finance ministers suspend talks on a recovery fund after 16 hours, amid deep divisions. ... read more


Coronavirus: Financial crisis 'on steroids' looms for EU leaders
After 16 hours, EU finance ministers still could not reach a deal on how to react to coronavirus. ... read more


Poland must suspend judge discipline panel – ECJ
The EU has repeatedly criticised the judicial reforms introduced by Poland’s Law and Justice Party. ... read more


Italy bridge collapse: Two drivers survive
The bridge would normally have been busy but lockdown measures meant there was little traffic. ... read more


The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News to go into liquidation
The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News say they cannot survive the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. ... read more


Coronavirus: How Russia's ballet wasn't shut down despite lockdown
The spread of coronavirus has shut down entertainment venues but for these dancers the show goes on. ... read more


Coronavirus: The Italians struggling to feed their families
A month into Italy's strict lockdown, some people are so short of money they can no longer afford food. ... read more


Coronavirus: Why are football teams in Belarus still playing?
Football and life, continue (almost) as normal in Belarus, but anxiety about coronavirus is growing. ... read more


Coronavirus: Quarantined Italian village turned into human laboratory
Could a tiny hilltop village in Italy help us solve some of the mysteries around coronavirus? ... read more


The Queen's coronavirus address: 'We will meet again'
The sovereign promises "better days will return" in her address to the nation during the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more


Coronavirus: How do you care for someone at home?
The BBC's Laura Foster explains measures you should take when caring for someone who has coronavirus in your home. ... read more


Hopes for at-home finger-prick coronavirus test dashed after accuracy is questioned
"Sadly, the tests we have looked at to date have not performed well," said Sir John Bell, the professor heading up the tests for the British government. ... read more


Lawmakers demand answers on Kushner supply chain influence
Chairs of two key House panels sent a letter to FEMA demanding information in a week on efforts by the president's senior adviser and son-in-law. ... read more


'No miraculous recovery': Some ICU doctors say malaria drug not helping
Many doctors suspect that if the drug does turn out to be beneficial, it may work better early on in the course of the illness. ... read more


Ex-acting Navy secretary's trip to Guam cost $243,000
He resigned shortly after taking the 35-hour trip aboard a Gulfstream 550. ... read more


White House coronavirus coordinator warns people of second wave if they start going out
"What's really important is that people don't turn these early signs of hope into releasing from the 30 days to stop the spread — it's really critical," the White House coronavirus coordinator warned. ... read more


Bernie Sanders bet big on a small tent. Here's why it didn't work.
Sanders counted on a loyal base and a crowded 2020 field. But his base was smaller and the party less divided than he expected. ... read more


'Modern Family's' finale is the end of an era — and the beginning of a new one
Ten years from now, I hope my kids won't see themselves as the product of a modern family, just a normal, loving one. ... read more


House hunting in a pandemic: Virtual open houses and drive-thru closings
One couple from Florida bought their home after having seen it only online. ... read more


Truckers brave personal and economic risks to replenish shelves
"On behalf of American truckers: Slow down, people. Just get enough for a few days for your family," one long-haul trucker said. ... read more


'Cardiac calls' to 911 in New York City surge, and they may really be more COVID cases
Fire Department data show ambulances are responding to a surge in fatal or near-fatal heart attacks suffered by New Yorkers whose true health issue may be COVID-19. ... read more


'That woman from Michigan': Gov. Whitmer stands out. Just ask Trump.
The heartland state, hard hit by coronavirus, is key to the president's re-election chances. ... read more


How to run outside safely during the coronavirus outbreak
"It's like a weird video game where you get points for avoiding people and avoiding infection," one runner said of navigating the outdoors. ... read more


Republican, Democratic senators press Trump for more on IG's firing
The senators want a written explanation for the removal of the intelligence community inspector general who flagged the Ukraine complaint. ... read more


Nevada man charged with stealing surgical masks from VA center
Federal prosecutors say Peter Lucas, 35, stole at least four boxes each containing 50 surgical masks from the facility in March. ... read more


Argument over social distancing preceded 'calculated' Wisconsin killings, authorities say
The bodies of a university doctor and her husband were found in a ditch last week. They had been shot in the head. ... read more


Trump says he is astounded that Obama has not endorsed Biden
"He certainly does not want to see me for four more years," the president said of his predecessor. ... read more


Newly engaged gay cop is Florida police's first coronavirus fatality
Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Bennett, 39, died from COVID-19 on April 3 after falling ill March 23. He proposed to his fiancé four months before his death. ... read more


California woman accused of licking, ruining $1,800 in groceries
Jennifer Walker, 53, of South Lake Tahoe was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism. ... read more


Texas teen accused of threatening to spread coronavirus is charged
Lorraine Maradiaga claimed in a series of Snapchat videos to have tested positive for and to be "willfully spreading" the coronavirus, according to police. ... read more


How to help doctors, nurses and hospital staff on the front lines of COVID-19
How to donate your time, resources and money to medical professionals on the front lines of COVID-19. ... read more


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Hopes for at-home finger-prick coronavirus test dashed after accuracy is questioned
"Sadly, the tests we have looked at to date have not performed well," said Sir John Bell, the professor heading up the tests for the British government. ... read more


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Lawmakers demand answers on Kushner supply chain influence
Chairs of two key House panels sent a letter to FEMA demanding information in a week on efforts by the president's senior adviser and son-in-law. ... read more


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'No miraculous recovery': Some ICU doctors say malaria drug not helping
Many doctors suspect that if the drug does turn out to be beneficial, it may work better early on in the course of the illness. ... read more


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Ex-acting Navy secretary's trip to Guam cost $243,000
He resigned shortly after taking the 35-hour trip aboard a Gulfstream 550. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3299596/200408-deborah-birx-al-0733_5289c756cbec55da62903522ea74e550.jpg
White House coronavirus coordinator warns people of second wave if they start going out
"What's really important is that people don't turn these early signs of hope into releasing from the 30 days to stop the spread — it's really critical," the White House coronavirus coordinator warned. ... read more


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Bernie Sanders bet big on a small tent. Here's why it didn't work.
Sanders counted on a loyal base and a crowded 2020 field. But his base was smaller and the party less divided than he expected. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3300136/200408-jesse-tyler-ferguson-eric-stonestreet-mdern-family-ew-1246p_37320be1c4d27cb8e54cb4c299436c87.jpg
'Modern Family's' finale is the end of an era — and the beginning of a new one
Ten years from now, I hope my kids won't see themselves as the product of a modern family, just a normal, loving one. ... read more


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House hunting in a pandemic: Virtual open houses and drive-thru closings
One couple from Florida bought their home after having seen it only online. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_14/3295311/200403-coronavirus-truck-driver-se-615p_3c296493503cb2baa3261615234ddf40.jpg
Truckers brave personal and economic risks to replenish shelves
"On behalf of American truckers: Slow down, people. Just get enough for a few days for your family," one long-haul trucker said. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_15/3299956/200408-ambulance-elmhurst-ew-1138a_aae69e8bcb3d54dc7e857b897f5e2dbd.jpg
'Cardiac calls' to 911 in New York City surge, and they may really be more COVID cases
Fire Department data show ambulances are responding to a surge in fatal or near-fatal heart attacks suffered by New Yorkers whose true health issue may be COVID-19. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_14/3293661/200402-gretchen-whitmer-se-456p_cb4590184de2ed6e1c45360516ffd673.jpg
'That woman from Michigan': Gov. Whitmer stands out. Just ask Trump.
The heartland state, hard hit by coronavirus, is key to the president's re-election chances. ... read more


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How to run outside safely during the coronavirus outbreak
"It's like a weird video game where you get points for avoiding people and avoiding infection," one runner said of navigating the outdoors. ... read more


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Republican, Democratic senators press Trump for more on IG's firing
The senators want a written explanation for the removal of the intelligence community inspector general who flagged the Ukraine complaint. ... read more


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Nevada man charged with stealing surgical masks from VA center
Federal prosecutors say Peter Lucas, 35, stole at least four boxes each containing 50 surgical masks from the facility in March. ... read more


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Argument over social distancing preceded 'calculated' Wisconsin killings, authorities say
The bodies of a university doctor and her husband were found in a ditch last week. They had been shot in the head. ... read more


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Trump says he is astounded that Obama has not endorsed Biden
"He certainly does not want to see me for four more years," the president said of his predecessor. ... read more


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Newly engaged gay cop is Florida police's first coronavirus fatality
Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Bennett, 39, died from COVID-19 on April 3 after falling ill March 23. He proposed to his fiancé four months before his death. ... read more


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California woman accused of licking, ruining $1,800 in groceries
Jennifer Walker, 53, of South Lake Tahoe was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism. ... read more


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Texas teen accused of threatening to spread coronavirus is charged
Lorraine Maradiaga claimed in a series of Snapchat videos to have tested positive for and to be "willfully spreading" the coronavirus, according to police. ... read more


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How to help doctors, nurses and hospital staff on the front lines of COVID-19
How to donate your time, resources and money to medical professionals on the front lines of COVID-19. ... read more


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