Democracy in overtime: Candidates await virus-delayed votes

Political campaigns in some U.S. states have been switching gears or in limbo awaiting decisions on voting plans after elections were postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak By JULIE CARR SMYTH and DAN SEWELL Associated Press March 26, 2020, 5:51 PM 4 min read CINCINNATI — Political campaigns in some U.S. states have been switching … Read more

Lawyers, judges push to close immigration courts amid virus

SAN DIEGO — Immigration attorneys have sported swim goggles and masks borrowed from friends to meet with clients in detention centers. Masked judges are stocking their cramped courtrooms with hand sanitizer for hearings they want to do by phone. While much of daily life has ground to a halt to reduce the spread of the … Read more

Daimler in talks for 10 billion euro credit line: Bloomberg

Mercedes logo is seen as Ola Kaellenius, CEO of German luxury car manufacturer Daimler AG, speaks at the annual results news conference in Stuttgart, Germany, February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Daimler (DAIGn.DE) is in talks with lenders for a credit facility of at least 10 billion euros ($11.03 billion) to help the … Read more

With U.S. hit by virus, China courts Latin America with medical diplomacy

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – As Argentina was scrambling to introduce emergency measures to insulate its ailing economy from the coronavirus last week, the Chinese ambassador paid a visit to the home of President Alberto Fernandez to discuss an offer. Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez poses with China’s Ambassador to Argentina Zou Xiaoli, at the Olivos Presidential Residence, in … Read more

Czech breweries roll back the barrels, turn to bottles and cans

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech breweries — including Pilsner Urquell and Budejovicky Budvar — have stopped refilling kegs and started storing their beer in cooled cellars as they seek to limit damage from pub closures caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Breweries have also ramped up bottle and can production lines to offset a loss from keg … Read more

Senate passes $2 trillion bill for ‘strange and evil’ coronavirus crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously backed a $2 trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus epidemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment. After bitter negotiations, the deeply divided Senate came together and passed the bill by a 96-0 … Read more

WHO chief urges G20 to boost production of protective gear against virus

GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told the Group of 20 wealthy nations on Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic is “accelerating at an exponential rate” and urged them to ramp up production of protective gear for health workers. “We call on all of your nations to increase production, remove export … Read more

Italy coronavirus deaths rise by 662 in a day, lifting total death toll to 8,165

A man delivers fruits and vegetables by rowboat to his customers’ houses during the current emergency of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Venice, Italy, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri ROME (Reuters) – The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has grown by 662 to 8,165, the Civil Protection Agency said on Thursday. … Read more