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Outbreak starts to look more like worldwide economic crisis

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The coronavirus outbreak began to look more like a worldwide economic crisis Friday as anxiety about the infection emptied shops and amusement parks, canceled events, cut trade and travel and dragged already slumping financial markets even lower. More employers told their workers to stay home, and officials locked down neighborhoods… Read

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Another case of coronavirus confirmed in Northern California

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California health officials on Friday confirmed the second case of novel coronavirus in the United States believed to have been transmitted to a person who didn’t travel internationally or come in close contact with anyone who had it. Health officials in San Jose said the patient was an older adult… Read

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Trump accuses Democrats of 'hoax' for criticizing virus plan

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President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at Democrats who have questioned his handling of the coronavirus threat, calling their criticism a new “hoax” intended to undermine his leadership. At a political rally in South Carolina, Trump sought to steal some of the spotlight from his Democratic rivals who were campaigning… Read

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Biden, Sanders blast Trump amid coronavirus fears

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U.S. Democratic presidential contenders blasted the Republican Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus outbreak on the eve of South Carolina's fourth-in-the-nation nominating contest on Saturday. Former Vice President Joe Biden is banking on the southern state to breathe new life into his struggling campaign and make him the top moderate… Read

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U.S. reports first drug shortage tied to virus outbreak

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Health officials reported the first U.S. drug shortage tied to the viral outbreak that is disrupting production in China, but they declined to identify the manufacturer or the product. The Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that the drug's maker recently contacted officials about the shortage, which it blamed… Read

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Dems joust with Pompeo at hearing, the 1st since impeachment

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the Trump administration's response to the spreading coronavirus but also faced contentious questions Friday from Democrats about the basis for an airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful general and whether the attack had put American security at risk. Democrats on the House Foreign… Read

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Cruise lines, passengers scramble to respond to coronavirus

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Being trapped aboard a ship with thousands of people as the new coronavirus spreads around the world isn’t the kind of serene vacation envisioned by most travelers, many of whom are delaying or canceling planned cruises at a time when bookings should be at their busiest. Cruise lines, meanwhile, are… Read

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U.S. court deals serious blow to Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' immigration policy

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A U.S. appeals court on Friday blocked one of President Donald Trump's signature immigration policies that has helped to sharply curb a migration surge on the southern border and forced tens of thousands of migrants to wait in Mexico. The decision is a major blow to Trump who has declared… Read

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Johnson says coronavirus top priority, as first Briton dies

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said slowing the spread of the coronavirus was now his government's top priority, shortly after news on Friday that the first British person had died of the disease after contracting it on a cruise ship moored in Japan. Britons were right to be concerned about the… Read

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NATO urges Syria, Russia to halt airstrikes as migrants move

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NATO on Friday called on Syria and Russia to halt their airstrikes following the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in northeastern Syria, as scores of migrants seeking entry into Europe gathered at Turkey's border with Greece With Turkey signalling that it would let migrants leave, Greece and neighboring Bulgaria bolstered… Read

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