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Trump prepares to hit the road

Stuck in the White House compound and deprived of boisterous rallies, the president wants to send a message that America is reopening for business. President Donald Trump is eager to hit the road. As his own health officials continue to warn against non-essential travel, Trump has privately urged aides over the past week to start adding official events back to ...

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Astronauts returning to world changed by coronavirus pandemic after months in space

Two NASA astronauts say they expect it will be tough returning to such a drastically changed world next week, after more than half a year at the International Space Station. Andrew Morgan said the crew had tried to keep across the pandemic news, but he said it was hard to comprehend what was really going on and what to expect ...

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World’s coronavirus death toll tops 60,000 as mask debate rages

The global death toll in the coronavirus crisis soared past 60,000 as calls grew for citizens to wear face masks to halt the pandemic’s devastating spread. New York state, the worst affected in the US, saw a record 630 deaths in a single day. Britain too reported a new daily high in fatalities, including a five-year-old child. There was better ...

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Coronavirus latest: at a glance

Global cases pass 1.2 million The number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally has passed 1.2m, according to Johns Hopkins University figures. Just over one in four of these is in the US, which has 311,544 cases. There have been 64,753 coronavirus-related deaths worldwide. The five countries with the highest numbers of confirmed cases are as follows: US (311,544), Spain (126,168), Italy (124,632), ...

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Nicolás Maduro: US charges Venezuelan president with ‘narco-terrorism’

The US has charged Venezuela’s President, Nicolás Maduro, and other senior officials in the country with “narco-terrorism”. It accused them of flooding the US with cocaine and using drugs as a weapon to undermine the health of Americans. The charges were announced by Attorney General William Barr. A $15m (£12.5m) reward is being offered for information leading to Mr Maduro’s ...

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Coronavirus: Deaths rise sharply in Spain while infection rate stabilises

Spain has seen a sharp rise in the number of deaths caused by coronavirus but the rate of new infections is stabilising, officials say. Confirmed cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, rose to 64,059, a 14% increase compared with 18% a day earlier and 20% on Wednesday. In 24 hours, 769 people died, a daily record, taking ...

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Germany, Switzerland help France deal with COVID-19 patients

At a time when so many borders in the EU have shut, it is a display of European solidarity. The coronavirus emergency has highlighted a lack of European cooperation. But in an encouraging display of solidarity, hospitals in Germany have opened their wards to coronavirus patients from eastern France. Critically ill patients have been airlifted from the French city of ...

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How US governors are fighting coronavirus – and Donald Trump

Governors have found themselves under an intense spotlight, highlighting an evolving dynamic between those running states and an impossible-to-predict president America’s state governors have found themselves under an intense national spotlight in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The additional scrutiny has also highlighted an evolving dynamic between these chief executives who operate the country’s states and a White House run ...

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The U.S. Army Wants a ‘Cannon’ That Can Attack from 1,000 Miles Away

The new Strategic Long-Range Cannon could give the ground-combat branch roughly the same kind of fast deep-strike capability that the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy possess with their warplanes and cruise missiles. The U.S. Army still is studying a concept for a gigantic new cannon that could fire shells as far as 1,000 miles. The new Strategic Long-Range Cannon ...

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Ukrainian army’s command reports new escalation: Russia-led troops fire 20 heavy artillery rounds

The Ukrainian army’s command has reported a new round of escalation in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, as Russia-led troops fired 20 heavy artillery rounds on Monday midnight. “The Russian occupying forces have attacked positions of the Joint Forces with the use of weapons that are banned under the Minsk agreements. The invaders opened fire from 122mm artillery systems. The enemy fired ...

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