March 19, 2020 / 10:07 AM / 18 days ago


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World leaders rush in to shore up panic-hit global financial system

HONG KONG (Reuters) - World leaders raced to shore up panic-stricken global markets on Thursday, pouring liquidity into the financial system as investors everywhere dumped assets, switching to dollars in cash amid the escalating coronavirus pandemic.


New imported coronavirus cases hit record in China’s capital

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - New imported coronavirus infections hit a record of 21 in the Chinese capital of Beijing, data showed on Thursday, piling pressure on authorities to screen out infected passengers and isolate suspected cases.



U.S.-Canada border closed as Florida congressman diagnosed with coronavirus

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States and Canada closed their shared border to “non-essential traffic” on Wednesday to curb transmission of the coronavirus as U.S. President Donald Trump moved to bolster medical equipment supplies and the outbreak struck Capitol Hill.


Some 60,000 California homeless could get coronavirus in coming weeks, governor says

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Modeling has shown that more than 60,000 homeless people could become ill with the coronavirus in California over the next eight weeks, badly straining the healthcare system, the state governor said on Wednesday.



Airline industry turmoil deepens as coronavirus pain spreads

SYDNEY/BERLIN (Reuters) - Airline industry turmoil deepened on Thursday as Qantas Airways told most of its 30,000 staff to take leave and Lufthansa said the industry may not survive without state aid if the coronavirus pandemic lasted a long time.


Crypto-market infrastructure creaks amid volatility test

LONDON (Reuters) - As worries over the economic hit from the coronavirus outbreak spread from stocks, oil and bonds to cryptocurrencies late last week, bitcoin crashed to its worst day in seven years. But plummeting prices weren’t the only problem for investors.



‘Friends’ reunion special latest victim of coronavirus shutdown

The planned “Friends” reunion has been delayed due to disruptions in Hollywood caused by the coronavirus, an industry source said on Wednesday.


Harvey Weinstein moved to maximum security prison in upstate N.Y.

Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday was transferred to a maximum security prison in upstate New York to serve a 23-year sentence for sexual assault and rape.



Tokyo Olympics chief attended meeting with official who now has coronavirus

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori attended a meeting on March 10 that included the deputy head of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) who tested positive for the new coronavirus this week, officials said.


I’ll defend French Open title whenever it’s played: Barty

SYDNEY (Reuters) - French Open champion Ash Barty did not receive a heads up from tournament chief Guy Forget about moving the 2020 edition back by four months but said she would grasp at any chance she gets to defend her title.



For better, for worse, COVID19 tests couples working home together

Coronavirus is challenging not just Americans’ health but also their marriages, with an unprecedented number of two-career couples forced to work at home together for at least the next two weeks, sometimes in very close quarters.

19 Mar 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT



Already retired, or close to it? How to think about volatility in perilous times The breathtaking coronavirus-induced plunge of the stock market has unnerved retirement investors of all ages, but it poses special risks for people close to, or already retired. Unlike younger workers with many years ahead of earning and saving, older investors are less able to fall back on income from work and may have less ability to wait out their losses.

19 Mar 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Google critics see its Firebase tools as another squeeze play

Alphabet Inc’s Google has increasingly pressed app developers to embed code that will deepen its data on consumers and, company rivals now say, add to the challenges they face in competing.

19 Mar 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


INSIGHT-How a Texas oil CEO’s luxury land deals costs him his job

ProPetro CEO Dale Redman built a billion-dollar empire in the Texas shale patch, but his mixing of personal and company financial interests got him ousted this week. A Reuters investigation shows myriad conflicts of interest, including ProPetro deals with Redman-owned companies, relatives employed at high salaries, and company stock used as collateral for loans on Redman’s sprawling ranches.

19 Mar 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Coronavirus impact is swift, brutal at the U.S.’s 900,000 small restaurants

Amy and Chris Hillyard marked the 30th anniversary of Farley’s, their two cafes in San Francisco and Oakland, with live bagpipes and noisy crowds of customers.This year, they spent the day quietly packing up beans, granola, and a vegetarian coconut curry made from unsold produce to give to the 40 employees they had to lay off on March 16.

19 Mar 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Canadian province Manitoba unveils 2020-21 budget

The Canadian province of Manitoba releases its 2020-21 budget. The province, led by Progressive Conservative Premier Brian Pallister, has been working to reduce its deficit. The budget has been delayed repeatedly by opposition tactics, and the date of its passage is unclear.

19 Mar 17:00 ET / 21:00 GMT


Facebook, Twitter remove fake Russia-linked accounts targeting U.S.

Facebook and Twitter said on Thursday they had taken down a network of Russian-linked fake accounts operated out of Ghana and Nigeria which targeted the United States.

19 Mar 17:00 ET / 21:00 GMT


Norway to distribute funds to banks to alleviate coronavirus impact

Norway’s central bank to distribute first batch of extraordinary loans to banks to alleviate the impact from coronavirus on the financial sector

Mar 20


POLL-Analyst survey on central bank interest rate

We will release our regular analyst poll on Colombia’s central bank interest rate decision. Policymakers have held the rate for nearly two years in a bid to stimulate economic growth.

Mar 20



Portugal in state of emergency over coronavirus crisis

Portugal in state of emergency over coronavirus.

19 Mar 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Senegal’s home-bound school children take classes from TV Senegalese schoolboy Ibrahima Diongue listened intently as a teacher held forth about a tricky maths problem. It was a regular school day, except Diongue was in his living room and the teacher was on the other side of a flickering TV screen. The coronavirus pandemic has shut schools across West Africa and beyond, but in Senegal a television channel has launched daily lessons to prevent children falling behind with their studies. It could provide a template for other countries in the region, where many households do not have ready access to the internet, but whose children face weeks or longer out of school

19 Mar 08:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


Ireland’s parliament sits to discuss coronavirus

Ireland’s parliament, already meeting irregularly with a new government still nowhere near to being formed following a Feb. 8 election, discuss the coronavirus crisis in a chamber that will be only a third full to adhere to social distancing measures.

19 Mar 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT


Two generic drugs tested in U.S. as coronavirus treatments U.S. researchers, following the lead of scientists in several other countries, have launched trials to see whether widely-available and low-cost generic drugs can be used to help contain the coronavirus pandemic.

19 Mar 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT


U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres due to speak to press about coronavirus

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres due to speak to press about coronavirus

19 Mar 12:30 ET / 16:30 GMT


China releases daily data on new coronavirus cases, deaths

China’s National Health Commission releases daily data on new coronavirus cases and deaths, including numbers from Hubei, the epicentre of the country’s outbreak.

20 Mar 19:30 ET / 23:30 GMT


In Syria, lots of coronavirus curbs and no cases

The Syrian government has enforced a series of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, from shutting schools to putting dozens of travelers in quarantine, though it has announced it recorded no cases so far. Reuters expecting interview with WHO in Syria.

Mar 20


UK government daily briefing on coronavirus updates

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and government health officials hold a daily briefing to update on the coronavirus outbreak in the United Kingdom.

Mar 20


The latest on the coronavirus outbreak in China

The latest on the ground in China where the coronavirus outbreak began.

Mar 20


“Corona OUT” make-up and fashions help South Koreans fight virus in style

With beauty tutorials demonstrating how to put on makeup despite wearing a face mask, and fashion designer creating a hat with clear plastic cover to protect people from the coronavirus, South Koreans are fighting the epidemic in style.

Mar 20



Austria’s interior, health ministers hold news conference on corona developments

19 Mar 07:30 ET / 11:30 GMT


Colombia coronavirus measures stoke fear among Venezuelan migrants

Maricarmel Luho lovingly cradles her three-month-old baby as passerby on a busy Bogota street brush past the spot where her young family scrapes by begging and selling candy. The family already struggles mightily to afford food and rent, but the global outbreak of coronavirus has stoked a new fear: how to get medical care if they are infected.

Mar 20



India set to execute four men convicted for infamous 2012

Delhi bus gang rape India set to execute four men convicted for infamous 2012 Delhi bus gang rape.

20 Mar 20:00 ET / 00:00 GMT


Man accused of stabbing London muezzin in mosque appears in court

Daniel Horton, 29, appears at Southwark Crown Court facing a charge of grievous bodily harm

Mar 20



Olympics-The Olympic flame arrives in Japan

The Olympic Flame arrives in Japan at Matsushima Airfield, Miyagi, ahead of the beginning of a 121-day trip across the country.

20 Mar 22:00 ET / 02:00 GMT



EVENT CANCELLED Autumn/Winter collection displayed at Fashion Week Tokyo

Designers showcase their latest Autumn/Winter styles at Fashion Week Tokyo.

Mar 20

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