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Business • Economy
2020-04-09T22:26:41+00:00
Saudi Arabia and Russia agree record oil cut under U.S. pressure as demand crashes

OPEC and its allies led by Russia agreed on Thursday to cut their oil output by more than a fifth and said they expected the United States and other producers to join in their effort to prop up prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis. "We are expecting other producers outside the OPEC+ club to join the measures, which might happen tomorrow during G20," the head of Russia's wealth fund and one of Moscow's top oil negotiators, Kirill Dmitriev, told Reuters.

Science • Space
2020-04-09T21:02:43+00:00
Astronauts arrive at ISS for a six-month mission

Cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, along with American astronaut Christopher Cassidy arrived today at the International Space Station (ISS) for a six-month mission in space. Before the takeoff, that took place in the Russian-controlled Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan; the three men spent a month in quarantine to keep them safe from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Business • Economy
2020-04-09T13:19:51+00:00
U.S. weekly jobless claims top 6 million for second straight week

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits in the last three weeks has topped 15 million, as weekly new claims topped 6 million for the second straight time last week. The Labor Department said first-time claims for unemployment benefits in the week ended April 4 totaled about 6.6 million, down modestly from an upwardly revised 6.87 million the week before.

Lifestyle • Pets
2020-04-09T04:23:00+00:00
Chicago Animal Care and Control announces that all animals have been adopted for first time in history

For the first time in history, the Chicago Animal Care and Control has announced that all animals have been adopted, following the spread of the coronavirus and the announcement of the stay at home order. Other shelters in Chicago have reported a similar increase in adoption rates, with some shelters adding waiting lists for people who want to adopt an animal. Julia Poukatch, a spokeswoman for PAWS Chicago said that "it’s times like these that we see the best in our community. From the beginning of this COVID-19 crisis, the outpouring of care and concern for our animals has been extraordinary".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
2020-04-09T04:14:10+00:00
Stephen King apologizes that the pandemic feels like living in one of his stories

The author has said that fans told him that the coronavirus pandemic feels "like we're living in a Stephen King story" and said his "only response to that is, 'I'm sorry'". Having covered the topic of a global pandemic in his book "The Stand" from 1978 the author added, "that sooner or later, there was going to be a virus that was going to communicate to the public at large".

Politics • American • US
2020-04-09T04:03:07+00:00
U.S. to seize exports of masks and gloves amid coronavirus crisis

The United States will seize exports of key protective medical gear until it determines whether the equipment should be kept in the country to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, two federal agencies announced on Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will hold exports of respirators, surgical masks and surgical gloves, according to a joint announcement made with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA will then determine if the equipment should be returned for use in the United States, purchased by the U.S. government or exported.

Health
2020-04-09T03:51:19+00:00
WHO head defends handling of coronavirus pandemic against Trump criticism

The head of the World Health Organization gave a strident defence of his agency's handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism and suggestions that Washington could review its funding for the agency. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for unity and a halt to "politicization" of the global health crisis, specifically urging China and the United States to show "honest leadership". Tedros said the WHO had "kept the world informed about the latest data, information and evidence" and noted that Thursday would mark 100 days since China first notified the organization of cases of "pneumonia with unknown cause" on Dec. 31.

Health
2020-04-07T23:40:32+00:00
Amazon testing disinfectant fog at New York warehouse after coronavirus protests

Amazon.com Inc is testing the use of disinfectant fog at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York starting on Tuesday, the company told Reuters, following worker protests over the risk of coronavirus infection at the site. Amazon said it is trying out disinfectant fog as used by airlines and hospitals to further sanitize its facilities. The pilot program follows an announcement last week that the company would check workers' temperature and make masks available at all U.S. and European sites in its operations network.

Health
2020-04-07T08:56:37+00:00
Second potential Covid-19 vaccine has been cleared for human trials in the US

The United States Food and Drug Administration has cleared the INO-4800 DNA vaccine candidate by the company Inovio Pharmaceuticals for human testing. The company has gotten funding from different nonprofits and organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently, the company is preparing to inject the first test subject with the potential vaccine.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-04-04T21:55:03+00:00
Berlin regional government accused U.S. government of "modern piracy"

German officials said a shipment of 200.000 N95 face masks destined for Berlin was seized at Bangkok airport and diverted to the U.S.
Berlin Interior Minister Andreas Geisel called the incident an act of “modern piracy.” Berlin Mayor Michael Müller, a Social Democrat, said: “the actions of the U.S. president are…inhumane and unacceptable.”

Science • Animals
2020-04-03T09:47:41+00:00
Colorado Wild Animal Sanctuary has rescued 39 tigers from zoo shown in "Tiger King" on Netflix

The staff of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado has rescued 39 tigers and three black bears from the roadside zoo shown in the Netflix documentary "Tiger King". The Chief Science and Welfare Officer at the sanctuary, Becca Miceli, has said how difficult it was seeing the exploitation of the animals with them being held in "small enclosures, the indiscriminate breeding" and other forms of abuse. After rescuing the animals the sanctuary now provides them with large open spaces for the animals to run and decide what they want to do for themselves.

Politics • American • US
2020-04-03T09:30:37+00:00
NIAID director Dr. Fauci calls for federal stay-at-home order

The director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Faucy has said that he doesn't understand why a federal stay-at-home order hasn't been implemented yet and advocated to mandate such order saying "We really should be".

Business • Economy
2020-04-02T13:53:37+00:00
Rising unemployment numbers in the US: 6.65 million new filings in past week

The federal labor department has announced that the unemployment numbers in the United States have continued rising. With more than 6.65 million people filing for unemployment benefits in the United States in the last week, adding to the around 3.3 million in the week before, the United States have an unprecedented rise in people filing for unemployment benefits.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
2020-04-01T11:21:54+00:00
Texas Cinema turns parking lot into drive-in cinema

After being forced to close the cinema following the spread of the coronavirus, the EVO Entertainment Group decided to repurpose the parking lot into a drive-in cinema. Every evening people can drive up and park in the theater parking lot to enjoy a movie screening for free. The cinema itself sells food from the kitchen and sofar all screenings have been booked out. The CEO of the company, Mitchell Roberts stated that it "is a difficult time for everyone, so we’ve made it our goal to find a way to spread positivity within our community while sharing in the responsibility of social distancing during the crisis".

Politics • American • US
2020-03-31T17:50:27+00:00
City of Las Vegas turns parking lot into homeless shelter

The authorities in Las Vegas repurposed an empty parking lot into a makeshift shelter for homeless people after a normal shelter was forced to close following the coronavirus pandemic. The parking lot has been divided into different spaces with paint to mark social distancing boxes for the people. In addition to this, volunteers from Touro University have started laying out blue mats that can be power washed to clean them after usage.

Business • Economy
2020-03-31T06:43:21+00:00
Amazon, Instacart workers strike amid working conditions under coronavirus pandemic

Amazon warehouse workers on New York’s Staten Island, and Instacart works across the United States, went on strike Monday to call attention to what they called a lack of protections for employees who continue to come to work amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Workers for both companies want more access to paid sick time off. At this time, it's available only to those who have tested positive for the coronavirus or get placed on mandatory self-quarantine.
Amazon workers want their warehouse to be closed for a longer cleaning, with guaranteed pay.
Instacart's grocery delivery workers ask for disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer and better pay.

Politics • American • US
2020-03-28T07:28:46+00:00
Joe Biden hit by sexual assault allegation

Former Vice President Joe Biden faces new allegations of sexual assault. In an interview with podcast host Katie Halper, which aired on Wednesday, Tara Reade says Biden sexually assaulted her, pushing her against a wall and penetrating her with his fingers when she was working in his staff in 1993. When she pulled away, she says, he said he thought she "liked" him. Reade's allegation line up with allegations by several women who came forward in 2019 to say Biden had kissed or touched them in ways that made them uncomfortable. Biden’s campaign on Friday denied Reade’s allegation. “Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims,” deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. “We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.”

Politics • American • US
2020-03-28T07:26:19+00:00
Trump invokes Defense Production Act, seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators

After a series of delays and tweets earlier this Friday, Donald Trump issued an order that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for coronavirus patients under the Defence Production Act. The Defense Production Act gives the president powers to direct domestic industrial production to provide essential materials and goods needed in a national security crisis. Previously Trump has been reluctant to use the act to force businesses to contribute to the coronavirus fight. "But our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course", the President said. General Motors said it could build 10,000 ventilators per month starting in April.

Health
2020-03-27T05:23:07+00:00
United States report over 82,000 Covid-19 cases - most in the world

With China reporting around 81,000 cases and the United States reporting 82,000 confirmed cases, the United States is the country with the most infections worldwide for the first time. In addition, the US has reported 246 new deaths making it a total of 1,195 fatalities due to the coronavirus.

Business • Economy
2020-03-27T04:59:30+00:00
CEO of Texas Roadhouse forgoes salary in order to pay restaurant workers

The Chief Executive Officer and founder of the steak restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse, W. Kent Taylor has announced to forgo his regular salary payments as well as additional bonus payments in order to make the salary payments of frontline restaurant workers possible. The company also announced that it would not pay dividends in order to have more money on hand because of the coronavirus pandemic.