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Boeing Extends Plant's Shutdown in State of Washington Amid COVID-19 Crisis
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has announced that the suspension of work at plants and offices in the Puget Sound area of Washington state would be extended until further notice, the company said in a press release.
Turkish Defence Ministry To Minimize Troop Movements in Syria Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Turkish Defen?e Ministry has ordered that the movement of its military in Syria is minimized due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Female Tiger Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Bronx Zoo
According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, coronaviruses that infect animals can sometimes be spread to people, but the cases are rare. Previously, it said that it had not received any reports of animals becoming infected with COVID-19 in the United States.
If Oil Price Stays 'The Way It Is' Trump Says Will Do 'Very Substantial Tariffs'
The US president has recently vowed to impose tariffs on oil coming from abroad if it is required to protect energy workers and companies in the United States.
'Maybe a Good Sign': Trump Raises Hopes of COVID-19 Outbreak Relief as NY Registers Fewer Deaths
The United States has been topping the global coronavirus tally, with more than 335,000 cases confirmed so far, the latest count by Johns Hopkins University shows.
Oil Prices Fall 9-10%, Brent Crude Down to $31.69, WTI Price Drops to $25.96
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The price of Brent crude oil fell by more than 9 percent, while WTI crude oil lost more than 10 percent, early Monday market data shows.
Removed Captain of US Theodore Roosevelt Warship Tests Positive For COVID-19 - Reports
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Captain Brett Crozier, who was removed from command of US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt over a letter on the subject of the coronavirus, has tested positive for COVID-19, media reports.
Russia Registers 1 Ceasefire Violation in Syria Over Past 24 Hours
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission monitoring the implementation of the Syrian truce has recorded one ceasefire violation in Syria over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defence Ministry said in its daily bulletin on Sunday.
Scottish Chief Medical Officer Resigns After Breaking COVID-19 Lockdown Twice
Dr Calderwood has twice visited her second home on the east coast of the country despite her own pleas to citizens to stay at home during the COVID-19 outbreak in the United Kingdom.
Cuomo Says Tesla-Made Ventilators Will Not Be Ready In Time for COVID-19 Apex in New York
On 19 March, Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted that his company would make ventilators if they would be needed. Later, he said that a Buffalo factory would be reopened for ventilator production.
Dirty Money: People at Market in Georgia Asked to Hand Over Cash to Have It Disinfected for COVID-19
The development comes as seven employees of the National Bank, who work in the bank’s vault, tested positive for coronavirus. It is not clear how they contracted the disease, but health experts do not rule out that the infection was transmitted via money.
Riyadh's Price Dumping Didn't Work, Only Joint Solution Can Revive Oil Market – Energy Experts
Saudi Arabia has called for an emergency meeting of OPEC+, as oil prices hit an 18-year low at the end of March, amid calls from US President Donald Trump to stabilise the global oil market. International energy experts say that Riyadh's power play hasn't panned out and it is time for a joint US-Saudi-Russian deal for the flailing market.
Joe Biden Suggests to Hold 'Virtual' Democratic Convention if Needed Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Earlier the US Democratic Party cancelled several rounds of primaries and postponed the party's convention to a later date over the spread of coronavirus in the country.
UK Prime Minister Johnson Admitted to Hospital for Tests Due to Persistent Symptoms of COVID-19
Boris Johnson earlier tested positive for the coronavirus disease and isolated himself at 10 Downing Street but promised to continue his duties from home.
Oil-Rich Canadian Province, US Discuss Slapping Tariffs on Russian, Saudi Crude
Global oil prices suffered a sharp decline as a result of the collapse of the OPEC+ deal after its members failed to negotiate the extension of production cuts. US President Donald Trump claimed that the deal was not prolonged due to Russia and Saudi Arabia entering into a price war.
#GOT7_NOTBYTHEMOON Trends Worldwide as K-Pop Boy Band Reveal Teaser for Upcoming Comeback
The boys have confessed their love for their fans in the style of William Shakespeare.
Russian Female Gymnast Shows Her Indoor Training and Opens Up About Scary Anatomical Feature
The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than one million people, has changed our daily routines as most of the world population has been confined to their homes. For athletes, who spend most of their time training, self-isolation and lockdown have become quite challenging.
Immunity, Personal Responsibility, Universal Ban: Countries With Alternative Approaches to COVID-19
Although the rapid rise of coronavirus infections appears to have eased in recent days, the death toll keeps growing. According to the latest estimates, more than 1,200,600 people have contracted the disease, while more than 64,000 have died from it.
Number of COVID-19 Cases in France Surpasses 70,000, Death Toll Tops 8,000 – Authorities
PARIS (Sputnik) - The total number of COVID-19 cases in France has surpassed 70,000, the country’s health authorities confirmed in a statement on Sunday, adding that the death toll has also risen above 8,000.
Queen Elizabeth II Addresses Nation Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Video
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UK now stands at 47,806, with the death toll at 4,934, according to the British government’s daily statistical bulletin.
EXO’s Chanyeol Congratulates Fellow Band Member Suho on Solo Album in Very Unusual Way
The artist has posted a video of the congratulation on his Instagram account.
Wartime Budget? EU Leaders Claim Europe Needs New 'Marshall Plan' to Be Saved Amid Pandemic
The Marshall Plan was a $12 billion (over $120 billion in today's value) aid package sent from the US to certain European countries in a bid to support rebuilding the continent after the end of the Second World War. Despite generally believed to have been successful, its actual impact on Europe's restoration is still debated among historians.
More Than 3,000 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Turkey Over 24 Hours – Health Minister
ANKARA (Sputnik) - More than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 and 73 more deaths have been reported in Turkey over the past 24 hours, the country’s Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca announced on Sunday.
1.3 Bln Indians Turn On Lights Outside Homes on PM Modi’s Call to Show Solidarity to Defeat COVID-19
New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, 3 April called on citizens of the country to light a lamp outside their homes to symbolically show common resolve to fight COVID-19. This was required to experience the “collective strength” of the entire country, Modi said in a message.
Life After Coronavirus: What Major Shifts Can Energy Markets Expect After End of Pandemic?
The COVID-19 outbreak has put economies around the world on hold, resulting in millions of layoffs and potentially in recessions on a scale surpassing the 2008 financial crisis in certain countries.
Iraqi Oil Minister Optimistic That OPEC+ Countries Will Reach Deal at Upcoming Meeting
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban is optimistic that OPEC+ countries will be able to reach a new agreement at the alliance’s upcoming meeting scheduled for 9 April, spokesman from Iraq’s Oil Ministry Asem Jihad said.
Floyd Mayweather's Daughter Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Another Person
The 19-year-old daughter of boxing star Floyd Mayweather claimed that she had never met the alleged victim before and that the latter had incited her to do it.
Italy COVID-19 Fatalities Rise to 15,887, Growth Rate Drops Below 600 For 1st Time in Two Weeks
Italy has recorded a total of 124,632 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak. The northern region of Lombardy is the most affected area of the country.
Coronavirus: NHS Surgeon Warns Against Wearing Protective Gloves Via TikTok
The world over, people have begun religiously wearing masks and gloves in public places to insulate themselves from the Covid-19 outbreak - however, NHS surgeon Dr. Karan Rangarajan explains in the short yet informative clip that wearing gloves instead of regularly washing one’s hands could place individuals at much greater risk.
Spread of COVID-19 Slowing in Spain as Daily Rise in Cases, Deaths Declines – Minister
MADRID (Sputnik) - The COVID-19 outbreak in Spain may have started to slow as the daily rises in both fatalities and new cases are starting to decline, the country’s Health Minister Salvador Illa said at a press conference on Sunday.
Venezuelan President Maduro Orders Mobilisation of Artillery Amid Tensions With US
On Tuesday, Nicolas Maduro addressed the leaders of governments across the world to request their assistance amid US attempts to arrest him over accusations of drug trafficking, which he has slammed as "false" and not based on any evidence.
England Football Star Walker Apologises for Hosting Sex Party During Lockdown
?Walker paid the two the girls £2,200 in cash for the session, which ended around 2am on 1st April - later that day, Walker told fans in an interview to “stay indoors, keep washing your hands, keep following the protocols and just protect the NHS”.
Harsh Diet: Adorable Cat is Sad it Can't Eat Two Times in Row
Our feline friends might seem distant and independent, but they can also be very sweet, loyal, and tender - especially, when they want to eat. And just like dogs, they can ask for food even when there is no need to grab more - so it is our duty to say no and stand our ground - otherwise, they'll become what the internet calls "big chonckers"!
World's Most Expensive Forward Rumoured to Return to Barcelona FC
In December last year, FC Barcelona launched an offensive to bring the Brazilian star back from Paris Saint-Germain FC, but ultimately failed to agree on a price with the Ligue 1 champions.
UK COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 4,900 as 621 Deaths Reported in 24 Hours – Government
LONDON (Sputnik) - The COVID-19 death toll in the United Kingdom has surpassed 4,900 after the Department of Health and Social Care on Sunday announced that 621 more people have lost their lives after contracting the disease.
End of Open Skies Treaty? Trump Admin Reportedly Determined to Make World 'Less Safe and Secure'
In an overview of the Treaty, the US Arms Control Association states the OST’s “goals to promote openness in military activities” make it “one of the biggest arms control efforts of increasing trust throughout the globe”.
Eight Civilians Killed, 2 Others Injured in Airstrike in Central Afghanistan
KABUL (Sputnik) - An airstrike in the central Afghan province of Uruzgan left at least eight civilians killed and two others critically injured in the early hours of Sunday, a source in the regional government said, adding that it was unclear if the attack was carried out by the government forces or the US-led international troops.
'This Is Not Mythology': Archaeologists Dig Up Proof in Israel That May Corroborate Bible Texts
Dr Scott Stripling is known for sharing his views on the “anti-biblical bias” among today’s archaeologists, expounding in his books in layman’s terms the convergences between the biblical text and the archaeological discoveries from the lands of the Bible.
Number of COVID-19 Deaths in United States Surpasses 8,500 - Johns Hopkins University
Data on the number of coronavirus cases and the death toll is being updated on a regular basis. Despite the growing number of deaths from the coronavirus in the US, the total ratio of fatal cases stands at 2.7 percent – one of the lowest in the world.
Security Forces Find Burial of Daesh Militants' Victims in Western Iraq - Intelligence Agency
BAGHDAD (Sputnik) - The Iraqi security forces have found a burial of Daesh* victims in the country's western Anbar province, the Iraqi National Intelligence Service said in a statement on Sunday.
Knife Attacker Behind Rampage in France Was Reportedly ‘Angered’ by Coronavirus Lockdown
Abdalla Ahmed Osman, aged 32, carried out a deadly knife attack in broad daylight in southeastern France, reportedly shouting "Allahu Akbar” as he assaulted people standing in a supermarket queue.
Coronavirus Affects the Way Earth Moves, Researchers Say
According to seismologists, their studies may bear even more fruit now during the coronavirus crisis, as human-induced seismic activity has of late been firmly on the decrease.
Live From New York City After Trump Orders Military Deployment? - Video
US President Donald Trump has ordered to deploy 1,000 military personnel, consisting mostly of doctors, nurses, and healthcare specialists to New York City amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Ready for the Next Great Challenge! NASA Unveils Plans for Manned Space Bases on Moon and Mars
NASA's Artemis programme, named after the Greek goddess of the Moon, is part of an ambitious effort to place astronauts on the lunar surface and develop an ongoing human presence there by 2024.
When Delhi Lost Its Hustle and Bustle to COVID-19 Health Scare - Photos
New Delhi (Sputnik): Just like the rest of the world, Indians are staying home to avoid the coronavirus and keep their families safe. Now, the normally busy Indian capital looks deserted as never before.
US-Led Coalition Leaves Another Iraqi Base
Late last month, the US-led international coalition’s headquarters in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh near the Syrian border was reportedly transferred to the Iraqi Army, who earlier took over several local military bases left by coalition troops.
Former Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril Dies From Coronavirus - Reports
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Libya currently stands at 18, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre.
'Russian Threat' on Hold as Battle With COVID-19 Sets New Priorities for NATO, West
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - As the world is battling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s alleged threat seems to be put on hold by NATO and the West and is no longer viewed as imminent, experts said, noting that the common fight against the virus may improve – at least at the time of the pandemic - ties between the sides.
Desperate Times Require Innovative Measures: Hotel Owner Opens Sex Doll Brothel Amid COVID-19 Crisis
The coronavirus outbreak that has affected more than one million people, has also resulted in a huge economic slowdown. Many countries have introduced measures to help small and medium business to weather the crisis, but one businesswoman has decided to take the matter into her own hands.
UK Health Secretary: Follow Coronavirus Lockdown or Exercise Will Be Banned
The UK’s second weekend in lockdown is predicted to be the country's warmest in six months, drawing many Britons to streets and parks to bask in the light and heat - but if their conduct amounts to breaches in isolation guidance, restrictions on outdoor movement could be severely curtailed.
Live From Paris as Self-Isolation Regime Continues Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Video
In late March, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe extended the coronavirus lockdown in the country until 15 April amid the global pandemic.
Putin to Cut Down Personal Contacts, Work Remotely for at Least Another Week – Kremlin
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will continue working remotely for at least another week, especially in light of the recent infection of a Moscow coronavirus hospital chief with COVID-19, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.
Watch Hospital for Infectious Diseases Under Construction Catch Fire in Moscow
With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of abating, governments have been taking emergency measures to stop the spread of the infection. According to the World Health Organisation, the number of confirmed cases globally has exceeded one million with over 58,000 deaths.
Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Snapped Breaking Lockdown, Visiting Second Home
Calderwood has repeatedly stressed residents of Scotland should adhere to government advice and restrictions, and suggested it look ever-less likely holidays would take place this year as they have done previously.
Love in the Time of Coronavirus: Couples Wear Face Masks Over COVID-19 Fears
The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 1,213,900 people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 65,600 fatalities, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre.
Indian Netizens Call on Modi to 'Save Doctors' Amid Reported Attacks on Medics, Gear Shortage
New Delhi (Sputnik): As COVID-19 positive cases soared to 445 on Saturday in Delhi, state chief Arvind Kejriwal criticised the federal government for allegedly not paying attention to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the city’s hospitals.
Absolutely Unrelated: Scientists Bust Myths That 5G Equipment Helps to Spread Coronavirus
Bizarre 5G conspiracy theories have already led to a series of arsons that damaged or destroyed top telecom equipment. These theories are in line with other similar claims about alleged harm the new technology could pose to the human body.
Increase in Oil Output Will Lead to Very Low Oil Prices, Not Benefit Any Country - Kremlin
Following the OPEC+ deal falling apart Saudi Arabia ramped up its oil production and started offering its crude to European buyers at a significant discount. This pushed the price of black gold down further after already suffering a decline due to coronavirus pandemic-induced quarantines.
'Very Fire!' Fans Ecstatic as 'Braless' Bella Thorne Sings Unreleased Ballad on Instagram
Earlier this week, Bella Thorne had teased she intended to share some unreleased music on social media as she quarantines in her California home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
London Lockdown: 'Unacceptable' Behaviour Leads to Dispersion, Park Closures
?In Newham, police were called to an 18th birthday party at a residential home, clearing the property of over two dozen guests. "This family thought law relating to social distancing shouldn't apply to 18th birthday parties,” the force noted on social media, in a post replete with an eerie photo of the house deserted.
Russia to Create System to Identify Citizens Who Return From Abroad to Curb Spread of COVID-19
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Russia has grown to 5,389 after 658 new cases were registered over the past day, the COVID-19 response centre said in a statement on Sunday.
Sorry, Amigo: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ex-Teammate Names Lionel Messi the Best Player
The debate on which of the two should be called the greatest player of all time, has been going on for several years. Messi’s former teammate and World Cup winner Xavi recently called the 32-year-old Argentine the best in history.
New Labour Head Sir Keir Starmer Claims Johnson Made ‘Serious Mistakes’ in Dealing With Corona Woes
Sir Keir Starmer assumes the Labour leadership, taking over from Jeremy Corbyn, at a really challenging time, as the whole world is struggling to stamp out an infectious disease and the tremendous economic fallout of what the WHO declared a pandemic last month.
Russia Didn't Support Termination of OPEC+ Deal, Putin Eager to Have Constructive Talks - Kremlin
The day before, it was reported that the main participants in the OPEC+ group supported the idea of meeting on 6 April to discuss cutting oil production.
That's a Strike! Sweet Little Samoyed Puppies Roll Around Like Fluffballs
Big dogs might seem scary and dangerous, but this is just a stereotype and, of course, large dogs, when they’re still small, are simply adorable! Of course, they may be a bit clumsy and sleepy - or hyperactive and curious, but they are always adorable and ready to play with you!
UFC Head Dana White Named Victim in Sex-Tape Extortion Case
In 2015, the FBI arrested Ernesto Joshua Ramos, a real estate agent and personal trainer, on charges of extortion against a businessman, whose surname and even initials were prohibited from being used in any public filings.
Robbie Williams Opens Up About Having COVID-19 Symptoms During 3-Week-Isolation
The English singer-songwriter and former Take That vocalist has shared with The Sun that he felt "lethargic, tired and heavy" in isolation.
UN Facing ‘Dire’ Liquidity Meltdown Due to Coronavirus Crisis
On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cautioned that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact may “bring a recession that probably has no parallel in the recent past”.
Russia Confirms 658 New Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours Bringing Total to 5,389
The country previously went had a paid week off, as Russian President Vladimir Putin urged people to stay at home to curb the coronavirus pandemic, also introducing travel bans and boosting the healthcare system.
Live From Berlin Park as Self-Isolation Regime Continues Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Video
In late March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced strict coronavirus measures for at least two weeks, including a ban on more than two people meeting and the closure of all non-essential businesses.
Flying in Coronavirus’ Face: Jobless Thai Sex Workers Forced to Comb Streets for Clients - Report
Among those Thais, who have lost their jobs due to the worsening epidemic, not everyone can afford to stay in, with concerns rising that the government’s compensation scheme will exclude those who have hitherto not been formally registered as employed - sex workers, for instance.
'Gold Bugs' Smug as Precious Metal Set to Thrive Amid COVID-19 Pandemic in 'Financial Apocalypse'
For years, “gold bugs” - investors encouraging buying precious metals at low prices as a hedge against future global economic risks, were shunned amidst consistently rallying global equities markets.
Number of Coronavirus Cases in Spain Jumps to 130,759, Death Toll Rises to 12,418
The Spanish authorities will extend the state of emergency imposed throughout the country as part of measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic until 26 April, the TVE broadcaster reported on 4 April.
UAE Central Bank Adopts Programme Worth $70 Billion to Support Economy Amid COVID-19 Crisis
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) on Sunday said it had rolled out a set of capital and liquidity relief measures worth a total of 256 billion UAE dirham ($69.7 billion) to support the country's economy and banking sector throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Pope Francis Holds Palm Sunday Mass Without Public Due to Coronavirus Outbreak - Video
The head of the Roman Catholic Church holds the sacred ceremony without the public for the first time due to the coronavirus lockdown, as Italy is suffering from an extremely high death toll amid the pandemic.
Twitter Flooded With 'Requests to PM' Modi to Promote Ayurveda in India’s Fight Against COVID-19
New Delhi (Sputnik): Indians will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to light earthen lamps, candles, or torches at 9 p.m. IST on Sunday, as a symbol of unity in the fight against COVID-19.
Saudi Aramco Reportedly Postpones Oil Pricing Release as Moscow, Riyadh at Odds Over Output Cuts
In early March, global oil prices took a nosedive after OPEC+ members failed to clinch an agreement on output cuts amid the COVID-19 crisis that resulted in a global downturn in economic activity.
Researchers Zero in on Near-Earth Asteroid Deflection Simulations Ahead of Breakthrough Mission
The simulation tests are currently in full swing, as the astrophysicist community is looking forward to the so-called Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission -  the first kinetic impact deflection probe to be carried out on a near-Earth asteroid.
Indian Opposition Politician Priyanka Gandhi Hails Healthcare Workers as 'Anti-COVID-19 Warriors'
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has been tracking the participants of a religious gathering in Delhi that later turned out to be a hotspot for COVID-19. The federal Health Ministry has said that as many as 647 positive cases of COVID-19 found in 14 states were linked to the annual congregation of Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic missionary movement.
Porn Industry Outraged by 'Dehumanizing' Exemption From Trump's $2 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package
The Trump administration signed into law a $2 trillion relief package, dubbed the CARES Act, on 27 March aimed at assuaging the economic and fiscal chaos triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in over 8,500 deaths domestically, according to Johns Hopkins University.
British Scientists Develop Coronavirus Test That Detects COVID-19 Before Symptoms Appear - Reports
The death toll from the coronavirus in the UK has recently surpassed the Chinese numbers, however, according to Boris Johnson adviser Professor Neil Ferguson, the social distancing measures might be eased in a week or two, as the disease is expected to plateau soon.
Hezbollah Commander Who Was Allegedly Close to Slain Quds Head Soleimani Killed in Lebanon - Reports
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force head Qasem Soleimani was killed on 3 January, when the US military conducted a drone airstrike on Baghdad International Airport that had been authorised by President Donald Trump “aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans”.
Rouhani Says 'Low-Risk Economic Activities' Will Resume in Iran From 11 April Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Iran remains the country worst hit by the new virus in the Middle East, with the death toll climbing to 3,452 on Sunday.
Number of COVID-19 Cases in Israel Tops 8,000, Death Toll Reaches 46 – Health Ministry
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The number of people infected with the coronavirus in Israel has grown to a total of 8,018 and the death toll has increased to 46 people, the Israeli Health Ministry said on Sunday.
Australia Reports Gradual Fall in New COVID-19 Cases With 181 New Infections in 24 Hours
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of COVID-19 cases in Australia has increased by 181 to a total of 5,635 in 24 hours and the death toll has reached 34, the Department of Health said in a statement on Sunday.
India Develops Full Body Disinfection Chamber for Health Workers Combating COVID-19
New Delhi (Sputnik): Ever since the first case of the COVID-19 infection was detected in India on 30 January, there has been a steady increase in the number of confirmed cases. As of Sunday, there are 3,374 active cases and 77 persons have succumbed to the virus, according to the federal Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
Sweden Considering Tightening Screws on COVID-19 Amid Growing Death Toll – Report
Last month, the Swedish government introduced a temporary entry ban in order to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.
Unaware They Pose a Threat, Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Communities Contributed to Spread of COVID-19
Israel continues to attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus that has left more than 40 people dead and over 7,000 others in hospitals across the country.
UK Warns Against 'Damaging Protectionism' After US Accused of 'Hijacking' Masks Meant for Europe
Protective masks intended for German police officers were intercepted and diverted to the United States, the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported on Friday, citing Berlin security sources, with the White House dismissing the reports as "completely wrong".
Moscow is at Greater Risk of Coronavirus, Hence Tough Measures Taken to Curb the Spread - Mayor
At the moment, Russia has reported at least 4,731 coronavirus cases, with the majority of them (over 3,300) registered in Moscow. In order to curb the infection, President Vladimir Putin earlier announced a paid week off from March 28 to April 5, urging people to stay at home.
Large Metal Processing Plant in Syria's Hama Province Resumes Work
HAMA (Sputnik) - A large metal processing plant is resuming operation in the Syrian province of Hama, as the demand for the manufacturer's products is growing amid the large-scale reconstruction of territories that were recently cleared of terrorists, the company's general director told reporters.
COVID-19: How Swab & Antibody Tests Can Help the UK's Nosediving Economy to Return Back to Normal
The UK government is planning to step up testing and carry out a survey of how the virus is spreading across the country to find a way out of the steep economic downturn. British academics Geraint Johnes and Alex de Ruyter have explained why British "immunity passports" could become a game changer.
Play, Swim, Relax, Repeat: Golden Retriever Enjoys Time in Pool
Pace yourself while working remotely during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic and learn to relax. Yes, we know that it might be quite a challenge if you are not used to relaxing but now we all have enough time to practise this.
Eleven Killed, Four Injured in Coal Mine Explosion in Colombia - Reports
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - A methane explosion at a coal mine in the central Colombian department of Cundinamarca has damaged three nearby mines and caused the collapse of one of them, resulting in 11 deaths, local media reported.
United Airlines to Cancel 90% of Flights to New York, New Jersey Airports - Reports
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - United Airlines, a major US airline, will temporarily cancel up to 90 percent of its flights to and from Newark and La Guardia airports in New Jersey and New York, respectively, amid the coronavirus pandemic, media reported, citing a letter from CEO Greg Hart to employees.
Soup Day Should Be Changed Into 'Plastic Soup Day', Greenpeace Says
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Greenpeace is proposing to make 5 April "plastic soup day," reminding people that every year the oceans get contaminated with up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic, a Greenpeace spokesperson shared.
'I Can’t Vote for That Guy': Joe Rogan Says He Would Rather Vote for Trump Than Biden
In a January podcast, the 'Joe Rogan Experience' host said that he was going to vote for Joe Biden's rival Bernie Sanders, as Rogan "believes in him" and "likes him a lot".
Kevin Hart Fires Back at 50 Cent After Rapper Mocks Him for Letting Grey Hair Grow
As the government urges US citizens to stay at home to curb the spread of COVID-19, many have found themselves deprived of beauty services that were once considered routine, including hairstylists, facialists, and others. Still, a number of celebrities have embraced their natural looks and shared them on social media.
Coronavirus Patients Housed in New York Hospital Ship Meant for Non-Infected Patients
The coronavirus pandemic which has swept across the United States, making the country the world's number one hotspot for confirmed disease cases, has seen the military mobilise resources in order to aid in combatting its spread.
Queen to Reportedly Urge Nation to Go On With Their ‘Self-Discipline’ as Corona Crisis Hits NHS Hard
At this difficult time, the British monarch will purportedly be handed a nation-unifying role, and urge citizens to scale up their individual efforts to curb the pandemic, as the latter has deeply affected not only the general public but NHS personnel.
Russian Private Arms Factory Asks for Gov't Support Amid COVID-19 Epidemic
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian private arms company ORSIS, which is suffering serious losses due to the coronavirus outbreak, has requested the Moscow Mayor's Office and the Russian government to waive taxes and provide soft loans for the period of self-isolation, Vladimir Zlobin, the company's general director, said.
Iran Develops Its Own AI Software to Swiftly Detect COVID-19
The US has refused to lift sanctions against Iran amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, which limits Tehran's access to medical supplies and needed equipment and forced it to fight the virus on its own without international support.
Trump Says He Agrees With Decision to Remove Captain of Theodore Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump says he supports the decision to remove US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt Captain Brett Crozier over the captain’s inappropriate email regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
UAE Proposes New Date for World Expo 2020 in Dubai Due to COVID-19 Crisis
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The government of the United Arab Emirates has requested the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to change the dates of the World Expo 2020 event from October of this year to October of 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the BIE said.
Trump Says Fired Intelligence Community IG 'Did a Terrible Job', Calls Him 'Disgrace to IGs'
Fired IG Michael Atkinson was the one who alerted the US Congress of a whistleblower complaint that ultimately set off the impeachment proceedings against President Trump that lasted from September 2019 to February 2020.
Russian Embassy Says Surprised by Austrian Foreign Minister’s COVID-19 ‘Disinformation’ Claims
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian embassy in Vienna was surprised by a statement made by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg claiming that Russia, its allies and China spread misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump Says Doesn't 'Care About OPEC', Will Put Tariffs on Oil Imports If He Has to
Oil prices have collapsed recently both due to the lowered demand amid the rapid spread of COVID-19 and OPEC+'s failure to reach an agreement on cutting oil output in April.
Russian Reconciliation Centre for Syria Registers No Fire From Militants Over Past Day
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Defen?e Ministry's centre for Syrian reconciliation has not registered any fire coming from militants in Idlib over the past 24 hours, the centre's head, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, said on Saturday.
NYC Schools Not Allowed to Use Zoom for Distance Learning Due to Security Concerns - Reports
Previously, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation after receiving “reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language".
US Economy to Suffer Biggest Recession Since World War 2, Wall Street Chiefs Predict
The worldwide coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is beginning to take a significant toll on the global economy as governments begin to implement lockdowns and shut down non-essential businesses in order to try and slow the spread of the disease.
Trump Says Ordered 1000 Medical Military Personnel Deployed to New York City Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
A total of 300,915 COVID-19 infections have been reported in the US, and at least 8,162 people have died from the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University.
At Least 19 Killed in Clashes Between Armed Groups in Mexico
A joint operation of the Public Security Secretariat and the Mexican army has been launched to find the whereabouts of the armed groups involved in the clashes.
Trump, Members of Coronavirus Task Force Hold Briefing at White House - Video
The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has recently exceeded 300,000, according to the latest count by Johns Hopkins University.
Iran Accuses US Diplomats of Staging Coups, Arming Terrorists Amid Spat Over Slain Journalist
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of using “agents of terror” disguised as diplomats to carry out assassinations and engage in bomb plots across Europe on Thursday amid reports citing US intelligence that an Iranian hit squad was behind the death of a dissident Iranian journalist in Turkey late last year.
Henry Kissinger Advises How to Deal With Coronavirus Crisis, Help Fix Global Economy
The famous American diplomat highlighted the need to discover a cure for the coronavirus, as well as the apparent necessity to protect the "liberal world order".
Italian COVID-19 Death Toll Surges Past 15,000 as 681 New Deaths Reported – Gov’t
ROME (Sputnik) - Italy’s COVID-19 death toll has surged past 15,000 as 681 more people have died after contracting the disease, Angelo Borrelli, the head of the National Civil Protection Department, announced on Saturday, adding that the daily rise in fatalities was slowing.
China to Supply Russia With Further 1Mln COVID-19 Protective Suits, 80Mln Masks – Official
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow and Beijing have agreed on a new deal that will see China supply Russia with 1.05 million protective suits and 80 million medical masks to combat COVID-19, Alexey Gruzdev, Russia's deputy minister of industry and trade, said on Saturday.
India Criticizes Pakistani Prime Minister Khan’s Comments on Kashmir – Foreign Ministry
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has no legal recourse to criticize new Indian legislation that will give people not born in Jammu and Kashmir the right to become permanent citizens of the disputed territory, a spokesman for the Indian Ministry External Affairs said in a statement.
Senior Russian Doctor Comments on Likelihood of COVID-19 ‘Italian Scenario’ in Russia
Russia sent over 100 medical experts and 15 planeloads of equipment to Italy last month to help it in its battle against the new coronavirus, with the Mediterranean nation remaining in the top tier in total infections and fatalities.
Call Me Maybe? Isolating Russian Ex-Tennis Star Sharapova Reveals Phone Number, Invites Fans to Chat
In February, five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova announced that she would be leaving tennis “to compete on a different type of terrain”. Since then, she has been staying in self-isolation in one of her homes in the United States where she appears to be somewhat bored.
Norway Can Cut Oil Production Unilaterally if Global Output Deal Agreed
In an interview with Reuters, Norway's Oil and Energy Minister Tina Bru said she was following the developments on the global market closely, and has been in contact with other oil-producing countries.
155 Crewmembers of US Aircraft Carrier Theodore Roosevelt Have Covid-19 After 44% of Crew Tested
The testing of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier's crew for COVID-19 is being conducted after an coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship was revealed through the efforts of the vessel's captain, Brett Crozier, who has since been relieved of his command.
Boris Johnson's Pregnant Girlfriend Has Coronavirus, Says Feeling Better and on the Mend
Britain's prime minister went into self-isolation last week after testing positive for COVID-19, but vowed to remain at his post. On Friday, he reported that he would remain in isolation, since he still has mild symptoms, including a high temperature.
US Sanctions Undermining Iran’s Ability to Fight COVID-19 – Iranian Ambassador to Belgium
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US sanctions are drastically hindering Iran’s ability to combat the spread of COVID-19, which has already killed more than 3,000 people in the country, the Iranian ambassador to Belgium, Gholamhossein Dehghani, wrote in a letter to the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
Coronavirus-Hit Coral Princess Ship Arrives in Miami - Video
According to media reports, the vessel had 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board and two deaths.
New York State Reports Record 10,841 New COVID-19 Cases, 630 New Deaths – Governor
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US state of New York has recorded its largest daily increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases as 10,841 positive tests were reported on Saturday, with the death toll also rising by 630, State Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Humanity May Be Stuck With Coronavirus for Good, Leading Russian Virologist Warns
Nations around the world have introduced a range of measures to battle COVID-19 and slow or even stop its spread. However, that may be impossible, a veteran Russian scientist says.
Sleepy Seal Sunbathing and Relaxing
The seal is a pinniped mammal, a member of the eared seal family. Its closest relative is a sea lion. There are 7-9 species of fur seals.
You Shall Not Pass: How a Small Spanish Town is Keeping Coronavirus Count at Zero
Spain has been under a nationwide lockdown for almost three weeks now, and has nonetheless registered the largest number of coronavirus cases in Europe, as well as the continent’s second-highest death toll. But there’s one town that stands out from the otherwise grim crowd.
5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories in UK Just Fake News, NHS Director Says
This week, several mobile towers in the UK, some of them confirmed to be 5G, were reportedly set alight, as conspiracy theories linking 5G to the coronavirus pandemic continue to circulate.
UK Councils Ban Families Attending Funeral Ceremonies Due to Coronavirus Crisis
Funeral services across the UK have already had restrictions implemented by the government in alignment with social distancing regulations. Guidelines limit the number of mourners in attendance as well as the distance from which each attendee must stand.
The Hidden Goddess: Secrets of Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus Uncovered by Scientists
Researchers now intend to further study what they found within the sarcophagus in a bid to learn more about the history of the coffin's occupant.
Untouched Beauty: Cherry Blossoms Bloom Around the World
Blooming cherry blossoms show that the spring has arrived, carrying with it warm and sunny days. Some parts of the world saw the blooming cherry blossoms earlier than expected. In the US the peak of the bloom took place on 20 March, the earliest since 2012.
Terrifying ‘Red Sign’ of Doom Etched in Japan’s Sky 1,400-Years Ago Finally Explained
A bright scarlet fan-like shape spilled across the skies in Japan nearly a millennium and a half ago, striking fear into people’s hearts and presenting astronomers with a puzzle they were at a loss to crack.
Tunisia Deploys its Own 'RoboCop' to Enforce Coronavirus Lockdown
While countries such as the UK debate what kind of powers their police forces should be given to keep people at home to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, police in Tunisia have found a new and essentially modern way of ensuring citizens abide by the lockdown.
Quarter of Patients In Russia Infected With COVID-19 Don’t Have Symptoms
The day before, Moscow's COVID-19 response centre said that people younger than 45 account for nearly 50 percent of the new coronavirus patients registered in the Russian capital, with the infection confirmed in 17 more children.
Benny & Bibi: How the Israeli 'Deep State' Got Hit Below the Belt and What New Gov't Will Look Like
A coalition agreement between Likud and Kahol Lavan is expected to be signed any day now. Israeli observers have explained Benny Gantz's sudden decision to team up with Benjamin Netanyahu and whether a government will be formed at long last.
Will COVID-19 Pandemic Trigger US to Roll Back Policy of Sanctions?
At the end of March Russia put forward a draft declaration in the UN aimed at countering the spread of COVID-19, urging that countries set aside trade wars and sanctions adopted without a UN Security Council mandate to deal with the worldwide pandemic.
Russia to Schedule Repatriation of Nationals Stranded Abroad on Monday
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian government has taken a two-day pause to clear up the situation with nationals stranded abroad due to COVID-19 limitations on air traffic and will come back with a schedule of repatriation on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said.
Prime Minister Modi's Call For Blackout Won't Cause Grid Failure, Assures Indian Power Ministry
New Delhi (Sputnik): India is currently under a 21-day lockdown until 14 April. On 22 March, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi appealed to citizens to bang utensils at 5 p.m for five minutes to honour healthcare providers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Russia Will Produce 500 Coronavirus Ventilators in April, 2,500 and 3,000 in Subsequent Months
According to Russia's Health Ministry, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country currently stands at 4,731, with 43 deaths.
Sick of Quarantine? Watch Shirtless Madrid Man Armed With Katanas Engage in Standoff With Police
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Spain has resorted to some of the toughest lockdown measures in the world to try to slow the spread of the virus.
"Poisonous Comet" That Witnessed the Construction of Egyptian Pyramids Returns to Our Solar System
By the end of April, the comet is expected to become as bright as the stars of Ursa Major and thus visible to the naked eye.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Says 2,854 of Total COVID-19 Cases Local, 808 Imported
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The majority of COVID-19 cases reported in Russia, 2,854 since the start of the outbreak, have been transferred locally by contact and 808 cases of the disease have been imported to the country, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Saturday.
McGregor's Coach Dismisses Rumors of "The Notorious" Replacing Khabib at UFC 249 Against Ferguson
The day before, Russian MMA fighter of Dagestani origin Khabib Nurmagomedov called Irish fighter Conor "The Notorious" McGregor an "old prostitute who wants attention."
Kennedy Curse: JFK’s Grand-Niece, Her Son Presumed Dead After Boating Accident
The prominent Kennedy family has been plagued by tragic deaths in recent decades, from the plane crash of Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. to the assassination of his brothers John and Robert in the ‘60s to the drug overdose of Robert’s granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill last year.
Can Virtual Sport Replace the Void Left by COVID-19 Sporting Cancellations?
In a parallel universe, you’d now be reading my Sputnik Intelligent Punter’s Guide to the 2020 Grand National. But the big race, like all other sporting events, has been cancelled. Instead, today we have a CGI Grand National. Can ‘Virtual Sport’ provide sports’ fans with the excitement they are currently missing?
People Take Part in Self-Isolated Virtual Run For 'Golden Toilet Paper Roll' Award - Video
Though it may be difficult to overcome the stress of self-isolation as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world, people are keeping their chins up and trying different ways to entertain themselves.
After Corbyn Departure, BoJo Calls Upon Party Leaders to ‘Work Together’ on COVID-19 Response
Jeremy Corbyn had consistently ruled out the possibility of joining forces with Boris Johnson to come up with a response to the COVID-19 crisis. Now, it appears that following the end of Corbyn’s tenure as Labour leader, Mr Johnson is reaching out to the newly elected replacement.
‘Everything’s Going as Planned’: Russia Ships First of Dozens of Ansat Helicopters Ordered by Mexico
Russian Helicopters and their Mexican partner – the Craft Avia Center announced plans to form a partnership to market the Ansat multi-purpose helicopter in Mexico several years back, with the Mexican side opening a service center earlier this year.



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