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‘I may take it’: Trump urges India to lift ban on export of anti-malaria drug questionably touted as Covid-19 cure - rt

‘I may take it’: Trump urges India to lift ban on export of anti-malaria drug questionably touted as Covid-19 cure

Touting the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for Covid-19 and saying he would take it himself despite the risks, US President Donald Trump has urged PM Narendra Modi to lift a ban on its exports from India.
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Internet shutdowns have disrupted millions of lives in Ethiopia - quartz

Internet shutdowns have disrupted millions of lives in Ethiopia

A two-week internet blackout in 2019 under prime minister Abiy is estimated to have cost the country $66.9 million.
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Deadly knife attack in south of France investigated by anti-terrorism prosecutor - rt

Deadly knife attack in south of France investigated by anti-terrorism prosecutor

The man who killed two people and injured five in the southeastern French town of Romans-sur-Isère had the aim of “seriously disturbing public order by intimidation or terror,” the anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said.
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Restaurant and bars account for more than half of the US jobs lost in March - quartz

Restaurant and bars account for more than half of the US jobs lost in March

They are the hardest hit of the hard-hit "leisure and hospitality" category.
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Lottery jackpots are being reduced as the coronavirus crisis hits ticket sales

Powerball and Mega Millions will use ticket sales and interest rates to determine future jackpots.
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‘Animal abuser tortured dog then baked it to death in roasting hot oven’

Investigators say the incident is the worst case of animal cruelty they've ever investigated
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A Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship Spent Weeks Trying to Dock. It Just Arrived in Miami With Two Dead People Aboard. - vice

A Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship Spent Weeks Trying to Dock. It Just Arrived in Miami With Two Dead People Aboard.

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The coronavirus crisis is forcing the US Supreme Court to face its technology problem

Judicial transparency advocates have long advocated for cameras in the court and livestreaming.
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Inmates to be let out early as Coronavirus threatens prisons

To relieve the pressure on jails and the NHS, thousands of inmates in England and Wales will be temporarily released on licence, with electronic tagging.
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Keir Starmer storms Labour leadership contest

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New Orleans takes on Coronavirus battle 15 years after hurricane

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Trump rejects CDC advice to wear masks as US virus death toll reaches 7,100

As the number of cases across the world continue rising fast - President Trump has rejected advice from his own health experts.
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Midlands coronavirus death toll worst in England

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A glimmer of hope in Italy, as fewer patients in intensive care for the first time & daily death toll declines

The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care has fallen in Italy for the first time since the outbreak began, while the number of new deaths also declined slightly, but remains high at 681 cases in 24 hours.
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ESPN2 is airing an esports marathon because Covid-19 has crimped live sports

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Chinese communities built a donation pipeline for Covid-19 supplies to US hospitals

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3 GOP Senators Are Stalling the Coronavirus Bailout Because They Think the Unemployment Benefits Are Too Generous

3 GOP Senators Are Stalling the Coronavirus Bailout Because They Think the Unemployment Benefits Are Too Generous

vice - 1 week ago

WASHINGTON — The massive $2 trillion coronavirus bailout bill has hit a snag.

A trio of GOP senators, Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), are threatening to delay the bill unless an expansion to unemployment insurance was tweaked to guarantee no one would get paid more if they’re laid off than what they’d been making previously.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) responded by promising to push for more restrictions on corporate bailout funds if they don’t back off.

It’s common to see dramatic last-minute objections to massive bills constructed to respond to crises, and this is one of the biggest bills — and one of the largest crises — ever tackled by Congress. But it’s unclear at this moment whether these objections are a temporary hiccup or a sign that this rushed legislation may be beginning to unravel just hours after it was finalized and could need some major changes to pass Congress and get help to suffering Americans.

The trio of GOP senators called the language they objected to a “drafting error” — but the bill was intentionally written to give a $600 weekly increase to unemployment for people who were laid off, on top of whatever their state was already set to pay them. That would lead to weekly unemployment assistance of roughly $1,000 a week in many states.

These senators said that sum would provide a "strong incentive for employees to be laid off instead of going to work," and want to make sure no one would get more through the program than they'd be able to get elsewhere.

“Simple Fix: Cap unemployment benefits at full salary before the crisis,” Graham tweeted.

But things aren’t so simple. The change would make it difficult if not impossible for state unemployment agencies to quickly get money out to the millions of people who are suddenly out of work.

State insurance offices are already struggling — and sometimes failing — to keep up with the deluge of newly unemployed people trying to get help, and individually means-testing every person’s payout would add a huge logistical hurdle that would make it almost impossible to get that money out to people. It also would have been time consuming and politically fraught for Congress to design a specific program for every state.

As a spokesman for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) explained in a statement, the across-the-board boost was aimed at “deliver needed aid in a timely manner rather than burning time to create a different administrative regime for each state.”

Democrats were furious about the move.

“Republicans right now are holding up COVID relief package because the unemployment insurance is TOO GENEROUS. I’ve heard zero business leaders or workers ask me to not make too much money available,” Sen. Brain Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted.

The delay risks opening up a pandora’s box, as once the carefully negotiated compromise legislation is opened up to changes many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will fight to push it in their direction.

“Unless Republican Senators drop their objections to the coronavirus legislation, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund,” he said in a statement.

Even if the bill gets past these Senate objections, there’s no guarantee that it’ll sail through the House, which is currently out of session. House Democratic leaders still haven’t signaled they’re on board with the legislation, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been involved in recent negotiations. And New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), is furious about what he sees as a lack of money to help his state patch a huge hole in its budget — and pushing House members from his state to improve the bill.

Senate leaders had said they hoped to pass this massive legislation on Wednesday. Right now, that looks more than a little optimistic.

Cover: Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, speaks to reporters as he arrives for the Republican policy luncheon at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC on March 19, 2020. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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