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China to lift lockdown in most of virus-hit Hubei province

China to lift lockdown in most of virus-hit Hubei province

BEIJING — Chinese authorities said Tuesday they will end a two-month lockdown of most of coronavirus-hit Hubei province at midnight, as domestic cases of the virus continue to subside.
Thailand decrees state of emergency to control coronavirus

Thailand decrees state of emergency to control coronavirus

BANGKOK — Thailand's prime minister says his government has agreed to declare a state of emergency to implement stricter measures to control the coronavirus outbreak.
In global fight vs. virus, over 1.5 billion told: Stay home

In global fight vs. virus, over 1.5 billion told: Stay home

NEW YORK — With masks, ventilators and political goodwill in desperately short supply, more than one-fifth of the world’s population was ordered or urged to stay in their homes Monday at the start of what could be a pivotal week in the battle to cont
Fed makes strongest bid yet to protect firms and governments

Fed makes strongest bid yet to protect firms and governments

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is unleashing its boldest effort yet to protect the U.S. economy from the coronavirus by helping companies and governments pay their bills and survive a devastating crisis.
Florida governor orders New York travellers to quarantine

Florida governor orders New York travellers to quarantine

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov.
US slashes aid to Afghanistan after Pompeo visit to Kabul

US slashes aid to Afghanistan after Pompeo visit to Kabul

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is slashing $1 billion in assistance to Afghanistan and threatening further reductions in all forms of co-operation after the country's rival leaders failed to agree on forming a new government.
PG&E to plead guilty to lethal crimes in 2018 wildfires

PG&E to plead guilty to lethal crimes in 2018 wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for a swath of death and destruction left behind after its fraying electrical grid ignited a 2018 wildfire that destroyed three Northern California
Italy records smaller increase in virus cases for 2nd day

Italy records smaller increase in virus cases for 2nd day

ROME — Italy has recorded a smaller day-to-day increase in new coronavirus cases for the second straight day, officials said Monday while cautioning it was too soon to know if the worst is behind the country with the world's second-biggest caseload.

U-M president seeks firing of professor facing sex charges

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Regents at the University of Michigan are expected to consider a recommendation from its president that the school fire an opera singer and tenured professor facing sexual assault charges.

NY Philharmonic cancels season, cuts orchestra salaries

NEW YORK — The New York Philharmonic cancelled the rest of its season and a 10-concert European tour due to the new coronavirus, estimating it will have $10 million in operating losses to its $87 million annual budget because of the pandemic.