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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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Japan’s COVID-19 response in focus as woman let off cruise ship tests positive

By Friday, nearly 1,000 passengers who had tested negative for the COVID-19 virus had disembarked from the Diamond Princess cruise ship after a quarantine period came to a close. But rather than representing a positive turning point in the two-week saga, a growing number of questions are now being raised over the government’s decision not to isolate the passengers allowed ...

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China’s Xi says epidemic ‘grim,’ calls for action to revive economy

Warning that China’s virus epidemic is “still grim and complex,” President Xi Jinping called Sunday for more efforts to stop the outbreak, revive industry and prevent the disease from disrupting spring planting of crops. Xi defended the ruling Communist Party’s response as “timely and effective” in a video conference with officials in charge of anti-disease work, according to the official ...

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US-Taliban truce begins, raising hopes of peace deal

US-led forces, Kabul forces and Taliban fighters will observe a seven-day period of reduced violence, officials say. A week-long “reduction in violence” between the Taliban, the United States and Afghan security forces took effect on Friday, raising hopes for a resolution to the 18-year-long war. The agreement struck during negotiations between US and Taliban representatives, if maintained, could secure a ...

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‘I have never seen him eat a vegetable:’ Trump braces for a beef-free menu in India

When President Donald Trump travels abroad — be it to Saudi Arabia or Singapore– his hosts usually try make him feel at home with his favorite meal: steak with miniature bottles of ketchup on the side. But what’s a beef-lover to do in India? The President, whose diet is often a rotation of steaks, burgers and meatloaf, faces a potential ...

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