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Lawmakers call on ICE to free more immigrants amid pandemic
March 31, 2020
A federal judge said not releasing sick immigrants could lead to "unconscionable and possibly barbaric result."
Amazon fires worker who organized warehouse walkout
March 31, 2020
New York City mayor and New York state Attorney General say they'll investigate if the firing was retaliatory.
Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 cases top 75,000 in New York
March 31, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said there have been 1,550 deaths in the state, the U.S. epicenter of the virus outbreak.
Stocks suffer their worst quarter since 2008
March 31, 2020
"This is the fastest move in history from an all-time high to a bear market," one finance pro commented.
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Where are the US coronavirus hot spots?
March 31, 2020
As New York continues its fight against the deadly virus, officials are concerned about other population centres.
Appeals court OKs Texas abortion ban during coronavirus outbreak
March 31, 2020
Ruling comes as several states seek to ban the procedure in an effort rights groups say is 'exploiting a health crisis'.
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Mass disinfections to combat coronavirus pose another health hazard
April 1, 2020
A drone dispersed clouds of disinfectant in the sky above Indonesia's second-largest city Surabaya on Tuesday, a response to the coronavirus pandemic which is catching on around the world despite warnings from health experts.
Mexico president ramps up rich vs poor rhetoric in coronavirus fight
March 31, 2020
As the outlook for Mexico's economy gets gloomier during the coronavirus crisis, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has driven home the message that his government is ready to help the poor to weather the storm - but that the rich can forget it.
Australian authorities take cluster approach to contain coronavirus
March 31, 2020
Australian authorities will open a pop-up coronavirus testing clinic next to Sydney's Bondi Beach on Wednesday as health workers try to contain clusters of infections across the country.
Paris Club creditors agree to cancel $1.4 billion of Somali debt
March 31, 2020
The Paris Club of creditor nations agreed on Tuesday to restructure Somalia's debt, including immediately canceling $1.4 billion owed by the impoverished Horn of Africa country.
Tokyo may keep city-run schools closed through early May: media
March 31, 2020
Tokyo is considering keeping city-operated schools closed through early May, public broadcaster NHK and other local media reported on Wednesday, a day after coronavirus infections in the Japanese capital hit a daily record of 78.
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NEWS • Report
Europe's Banks Urged to Cut Dividends to Shore Up Capital
March 31, 2020
European banks are shoring up capital by canceling or delaying dividend payments amid concern about their ability to absorb a potential rush of bad loans as households and companies are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Xerox Is Ending Hostile Takeover Bid for HP
March 31, 2020
Xerox is pulling the plug on its hostile bid to buy larger rival HP after the coronavirus pandemic undermined the copier maker’s ability to pull off the debt-laden merger.
Fed Launches New Lending Facility for Foreign Central Banks
March 31, 2020
The central bank launched its latest lending program to alleviate market strains by allowing foreign central banks to convert their holdings of Treasurys into dollars.
Coronavirus Update: New York’s Emergency Measures, Workers Walk Out
March 31, 2020

New York is gearing for the pandemic peak with unconventional hospital set ups, some delivery and grocery workers are walking out over hazard pay and better safety protection, and fresh economic data show China’s economy is slowly coming back to life. WSJ’s Shelby Holliday has the latest on the pandemic. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Coming Out of Coronavirus Lockdown
March 31, 2020

Beijing is emerging from a roughly two-month coronavirus lockdown, forcing people to adapt to a new way of life. WSJ’s Julie Wernau shows us how she’s changed her daily routine to protect herself from the virus. Photo composite: Crystal Tai

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Cat-astrophe in the making? ANOTHER feline tests positive for coronavirus, this time in Hong Kong
March 31, 2020
Preview A pet cat has tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19 coronavirus in Hong Kong, after apparently contracting the disease from its owner. Last week, another feline turned out to have the virus in Belgium.
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Russian Covid-19 aid plane to US: Putin asked Trump if he needed help & he accepted, Kremlin spokesman says
March 31, 2020
Preview A cargo plane loaded with medical supplies and protection equipment may depart for the US by the end of Tuesday, the Kremlin said, after a phone call between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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France records worst day of Covid-19 deaths as health official laments ‘totally unprecedented’ situation
March 31, 2020
Preview Health officials in France have confirmed the worst one-day fatalities from Covid-19 since the start of the outbreak there, with 499 deaths in a single day. The figure brings the country’s overall toll from the virus to 3,523.
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NEWS • Analysis
Inside Trump’s Coronavirus Theatrics on War Powers, Ventilators and GM
April 1, 2020
On Friday, Mar. 27, President Donald Trump took what appeared to be bold, decisive action in the fight against the new coronavirus. Reaching for wartime powers under the Defense Production Act, Trump ordered the federal government to “use any and all authority” to force auto giant General Motors to produce ventilators, the life-saving medical devices…
‘An Activist, a Warrior, a Mother to So Many.’ Lorena Borjas, Pillar of New York Trans Community, Dies From Coronavirus
March 31, 2020
Lorena Borjas, a long-standing pillar of New York's trans Latinx community, has died from coronavirus
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NEWS • Comment
Lessons from the Spanish flu: social distancing can be good for the economy
March 31, 2020
Data from the 1918 pandemic in America suggest that places with the tightest restrictions fared best
Policymakers promise “whatever it takes” to save the global economy
March 30, 2020
For now, markets remain unconvinced
The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land
March 28, 2020
Temperatures stayed roughly the same from November to March
Coronavirus and Leviathan
March 27, 2020
The calamity awaiting poor countries • Spanish sorrows • The implosion of trade • Covid-19 and the climate
Covid-19 is a short-term boon to streaming services
March 27, 2020
A new study has analysed media consumption in times of crisis
Africa is changing so rapidly, it is becoming hard to ignore
March 26, 2020
Rapid economic and social change will give the continent a bigger role in world affairs, says Jonathan Rosenthal
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