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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.
quartz - 44 minutes ago
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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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 - quartz

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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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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Virologists develop ‘user-friendly rapid test’ that can detect Covid-19 in 20 minutes - channel 4

Virologists develop ‘user-friendly rapid test’ that can detect Covid-19 in 20 minutes

As questions over testing continue - one virologist has been part of a team working on a test, in her spare time, in conjunction with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
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Midlands coronavirus death toll worst in England

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Five-year-old becomes youngest UK coronavirus victim as death toll soars by 708

An hour or two outside or the lives of those we love, and those on the NHS frontline - that's the stark choice set out by the Government today, urging the British public not to break the social distancing rules.
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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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Iran develops homegrown AI software to speed up coronavirus tests - rt

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ESPN2 is airing an esports marathon because Covid-19 has crimped live sports

Amid coronavirus fears, NBA players will compete in a basketball video game instead.
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How Pape Diouf helped change the fortunes of African players in European football - quartz

How Pape Diouf helped change the fortunes of African players in European football

African footballers were well-regarded as athletes in 1980s European soccer but didn't achieve superstar status like European teammates—Pape Diouf helped change that.
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Chinese communities built a donation pipeline for Covid-19 supplies to US hospitals - quartz

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

As US anti-Asian racism spikes, Chinese communities are hard at work transporting Covid-19 medical supplies from China to US hospitals in dire need.
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‘White monopoly capital’: South African radicals scorn massive donations that could help black businesses - rt

‘White monopoly capital’: South African radicals scorn massive donations that could help black businesses

White billionaires giving money to help struggling South Africans during the Covid-19 economic slump have faced a barrage of insults from anti-white radical politicians.
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Indian Police Are Being Accused of Beating a Man to Death for Violating the Coronavirus Lockdown

Indian Police Are Being Accused of Beating a Man to Death for Violating the Coronavirus Lockdown

vice - 1 week ago

Indian police have been accused of beating a man to death for violating the country’s coronavirus lockdown, as citizens report a wave of police brutality in enforcing the new restrictions.

Lal Swami, a 32-year-old resident of West Bengal’s Howrah district, was beaten with long police batons known as lathis when he left his home to buy milk Wednesday, his wife told Indian media. He was taken to hospital and declared dead on arrival.

His family say it was the injuries from the beating that killed him, while police say he died from a heart attack.

The alleged fatal beating is the most serious in a string of attacks by Indian police, many of them documented on camera, against people discovered out in public since the government imposed an unprecedented 21-day lockdown Wednesday.

Many clips circulated on social media showing officers beating people with lathis — sometimes ordering them to do humiliating tasks like push-ups in the street as they assaulted them.

Public anger was only exacerbated by a video tweeted, and then deleted, by a police superintendent in Chandigarh, which showed an officer spraying his lathis with disinfectant before going out to enforce the lockdown. The video, which was subsequently reposted by other Twitter users, was captioned: "Full tyari" (full preparedness).

Amid growing reports of police brutality, politicians and business leaders called on police to show restraint and allow for the delivery of essential goods such as food and medicine, which are permitted under the lockdown rules.

Shashi Tharoor, an MP for Thiruvananthapuram, tweeted that he had been getting reports from across the country that police were beating delivery people, and others leaving their home to buy essential goods, with lathis.

READ: Indian doctors are being thrown out of their homes over fears they’ll spread coronavirus

“I appeal to [Delhi police and] police everywhere to stop this violent harassment,” he wrote. “Controls are OK; violence is not.”

Krishnan Ganesh, the entrepreneur behind a number of major online food and medical goods retailers, told India’s NDTV that his delivery people were being beaten up by officers who were apparently unaware of the lockdown exemptions for food and medicine delivery.

“The cop there does not know that it's an essential service, he has no mechanism to allow and disallow somebody,” he said. “In many cases, they are being harsh, they are beating up people. In Kerala, one of our health workers going to service a patient was arrested.”

In response to the reports, India’s central government said it would take steps to allow for the smooth delivery of essential goods, and Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government would issue digital passes to drivers delivering necessities to prove they were allowed to be outside.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a “total lockdown” Tuesday gave India’s 1.3 billion people just four hours’ notice that they were being restricted to their homes for 21 days in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

While Modi has assured the public that they will not face shortages of essentials, the lockdown announcement triggered outbreaks of looting and panic buying, and has led to widespread confusion over how people can meet their basic needs for three weeks.

Even before the lockdown was announced, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, chief minister of the southern Indian state of Telengana, signalled a hardline approach from the authorities Tuesday when he warned he might issue a “shoot on sight” order if people continued to breach a nightly curfew.

“Please don’t let it come to this,” he said. “The administration cannot stop everyone and I will have to call in the army or issue ‘shoot at sight’ orders.”

Cover: Indians wearing masks ride on a motorcycle to a hospital during lockdown in Jammu, India, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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