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Trump says Putin to ‘probably ask’ for sanctions lifting

Washington, United States | AFP | President Donald Trump said Monday he expects his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to request the lifting of US sanctions during an upcoming phone call. “Yeah, he’ll probably ask for that,” Trump told Fox News. Trump did not say what his response would be, noting that …

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Oil prices at 17-year lows as virus ravages world

Singapore, Singapore | AFP | Oil prices extended losses in Asian trade Monday and languished at 17-year lows, with the coronavirus crisis escalating around the world and no end in sight to a vicious price war. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate fell 5.3 percent to trade at $20 a barrel, while …

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Trump ditches hopes of quick virus bounce-back for US

Washington, United States | AFP | President Donald Trump has extended emergency coronavirus restrictions for the United States, where his top scientist warned up to 200,000 people could die, as the Russian capital and Africa’s biggest city readied to go into lockdown on Monday. The reassessment by Trump, who had previously said he wanted the country …

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TRUMP: US won’t pay Harry and Meghan security

Washington, United States | AFP | President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States would not pay security costs for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, appearing to confirm that the royal couple have moved to live in California. They reportedly flew by private jet from Canada to Los …

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Coronavirus: Trump decides against quarantine of New York region

Washington, United States | AFP | US President Donald Trump decided late Saturday against imposing a broad two-week lockdown on New York and its neighbors after a strong pushback from local political leaders and warnings of the panic it could spark. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, late …

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US lab unveils portable 5-minute COVID-19 test

Washington, United States | AFP | A US-based lab has unveiled a portable test that can tell if someone has COVID-19 in as little as five minutes, it said in a statement Friday. Abbott Laboratories said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given it emergency authorization to begin …

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Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violence. From Berlin to Paris, Madrid, Rome and Bratislava, associations that help victims of domestic violence have sounded the alarm after Europe …

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