Day: March 22, 2020

Iran frees French researcher in apparent prisoner swap

French researcher Roland Marchal returned to Paris on Saturday after being imprisoned in Iran for over nine months, after France released an Iranian threatened with extradition to the US. “Roland has returned,” his support group announced in a short message. He was taken to a military hospital near […]


China’s virus strategy: a model for the world?

The head of the World Health Organization believes China’s battle with the coronavirus offers a beacon of hope, but others question whether Beijing’s strategy can be followed by other countries — particularly Western democracies. China has reported only one new local infection over the past four days, a […]

Crude reality: price crash means oil firms must slash spending

Confronted with a dizzying drop in prices, oil firms face a real challenge as they try to cut investment spending in order to survive a coronavirus-induced collapse in demand coupled with a Russia-Saudi Arabia price war. Investment in oil exploration and production was set to hit just over […]

Virus deaths surge past 13,000 as one billion confined to homes

Nearly one billion people around the world were confined to their homes on Sunday, as the coronavirus death toll crossed 13,000 and factories were shut in worst-hit Italy after another single-day fatalities record. The raging pandemic has forced lockdowns in 35 countries, disrupting lives, travel and businesses as […]

The Latest: Japan urges against nonessential travel to US

TOKYO — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 307,200 people and killed more than 13,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 92,300 people […]

Nursing home outbreaks lay bare chronic industry problems

NEW YORK — Burgeoning coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes in Washington, Illinois, New Jersey and elsewhere are laying bare the industry’s long-running problems, including a struggle to control infections and a staffing crisis that relies on poorly paid aides who can’t afford to stay home sick. That came […]

N Korea says Trump’s letter offers anti-virus cooperation

SEOUL, South Korea — President Donald Trump sent a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seeking to maintain good relations and offering cooperation in fighting the viral pandemic, Kim’s sister said Sunday. The latest correspondence came as Kim observed the firing of tactical guided weapons […]

Virus advances around the world as medical supplies dwindle

The virus pandemic advanced Sunday after the U.S. and Europe reported soaring new cases, prompting a scramble in some regions to set up additional hospital beds and replenish much-needed medical supplies. Italy announced its biggest day-to-day increase of infections, which rose by 6,600 with nearly 800 new fatalities […]

PM appreciates Government of Maldives for contributing to COVID-19 Emergency fund

open view news desk The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed deep appreciation for Government of Maldives for contributing USD 200,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency fund. He said the contribution strengthens our resolve in this collective fight against pandemic COVID-19. Narendra Modi✔@narendramodi Deeply appreciate contribution of USD […]

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