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English Premier League football to restart after Covid-19 lockdown on June 17, say reports

The BBC reported that the first two matches would be Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal. Those matches are the two games in hand.

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Coronavirus-scarred Wuhan welcomes gleeful return of football after phase of kicking their heels indoors

Chinese Super League (CSL) team Wuhan Zall and third-tier Wuhan Three Towns have both returned to the central city after being forced to train elsewhere at the height of the outbreak.

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Covid-19 aftermath: Would prefer no grand slam over playing them without audience, says former Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova

Sports came to a halt in Kvitova's homeland, where the virus has claimed 300 deaths from 9,000 confirmed cases, in mid-March.

COVID-19: Brazil reports highest number of Coronavirus death in 24 hours, death toll surpasses 20,000

The death toll -- the sixth highest worldwide -- has doubled in just 11 days, according to ministry data. Despite the worrying spread of the disease, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday continued his calls to scrap

Huawei says ‘pernicious’ US chip restrictions threaten global economy

Chinese technology giant Huawei on Monday assailed the latest US move to cut it off from semiconductor suppliers as a "pernicious" attack that will sow chaos in the global technology sector and other industries.

The Commerce Department said on Friday it was tightening sanctions on Huawei

COVID-19 crisis: WHO to kick off first ever virtual international meet amid US-China tensions

A number of heads of state, government chiefs, health ministers and other dignitaries are expected to attend the meeting, which is due to kick off around noon on Monday.

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Bundesliga football returns after Coronavirus break: Haaland shines as Dortmund beat Schalke 4-0 in front of empty stands

The game was played in front of empty terraces and no more than 300 people allowed into Signal Iduna Park, which is normally packed with almost 82,000 fans.

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COVID-19 outbreak: English Premier League football gets green light for June re-start

English Premier League clubs had been planning for a return to action no earlier than the week beginning June 8.

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US says Chinese hacking Covid vaccine research: Reports

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are planning to release a warning about the Chinese hacking as governments and private firms race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

US President Donald Trump says ‘glad’ Kim Jong Un ‘is back, and well’

Kim's disappearance from public view came as Pyongyang's talks with Washington over the North's nuclear arsenal are at a standstill, despite three meetings between Kim and Trump.

Covid-19: Global death toll touches 206,567, US worst-hit with 54,877 deaths

China -- excluding Hong Kong and Macau -- has to date declared 4,633 deaths and 82,830 cases, including one new fatality and three new infections.

Donald Trump’s move to ban travel between US and China not a great moment in fight against coronavirus: Nancy Pelosi

Trump has repeatedly described his decision to implement a travel ban between the US and China as his best and earliest move to fight the pandemic.

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China seizes over 89 million shoddy face masks after global backlash

China's market regulators had inspected nearly 16 million businesses and seized over 89 million masks and 418,000 pieces of protective gear as of Friday, said Gan Lin, deputy director of the State Administration of Market Reg

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Coronavirus outbreak: US records 2,494 more coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, says Johns Hopkins University

The United States is by far the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic, in terms of both confirmed infections and deaths.

Coronavirus global death toll passes 200,000; United States worst-hit country with 53,070 deaths

Italy has the second highest toll with 26,384 deaths out of 195,351 cases, followed by Spain (22,902 deaths and 223,759 cases), France (22,614 deaths and 161,488 cases) and the UK with 20,319 fatalities and 148,377 cases.

Saudi Arabia abolishes flogging as punishment

Court-ordered floggings in Saudi Arabia -- sometimes extending to hundreds of lashes -- have long drawn condemnation from human rights groups.

The Saudi supreme court said the latest reform was intended to "bring the kingdom into line with international human rights norms against corporal punishment". (Reuters image)

Iran says no longer at ‘red’ status, reports 93 new virus deaths

The actual numbers of those killed and sickened by the virus are widely thought to be much higher than the Iranian government's official tolls.

The first cases it announced on February 19 were deaths in the Shiite holy city of Qom, south of the capital. (Reuters file image)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China may have known of coronavirus in November

The first official acknowledgement of what became a global pandemic came on December 31 when authorities in Wuhan reported mysterious cases of pneumonia.

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Reports on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s health ‘incorrect’, says Donald Trump

South Korea, which is still technically at war with the North, earlier said it could not confirm the reports on Kim and reported no unusual movements in its neighbour.

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Powered by ‘miracle Coronavirus drug’, this country has lifted COVID-19 lockdown! Check details

Madagascar deployed the army last month to help enforce a lockdown in its three main cities to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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भारत में आया Facebook का Messenger Kids ऐप, लॉकडाउन के दौरान बच्चों की करेगा मदद

फेसबुक ने बुधवार को अपने Messenger Kids ऐप को 70 नए देशों के लिए शुरू किया है जिसमें भारत भी शामिल

Messenger Kids: Facebook rolls out new app to help children deal with Coronavirus lockdown

Messenger Kids was launched in the United States in 2017 and expanded later to Canada and a handful of other countries, aiming at children too young for a Facebook account. 

Big news on Coronavirus vaccine! Germany to start first clinical tests

"The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut... has authorised the first clinical trial of a vaccine against COVID-19 in Germany," the regulatory body said in a statement.

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Coronavirus outbreak in China: Chinese writer faces backlash for ‘Wuhan Diary’

Critics say the 64-year-old, who was awarded China's most prestigious literary prize in 2010, is providing fodder to countries that have slammed Beijing's handling of the pandemic.

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WHO insists it hid nothing, sounded virus alarm from start

Tedros also urged leaders not to exploit the pandemic for their own political capital.

WTI oil slumps to lowest since 1986 at USD 10.34 a barrel

The fall is severe as it concerns the May contract due to expire later Monday and investors don't want to take physical possession of the oil. 

Oil prices collapse on storage fears, Asian equities mixed

US crude benchmark West Texas Intermediate briefly plunged almost 20 percent to below $15 -- its lowest since 1999 -- as stockpiles continue to build owing to a crash in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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