Rooftop movie entertains violent Venezuelan barrio during quarantine

CARACAS (Reuters) – The sprawling working-class area of Petare on the east side of Venezuela’s capital of Caracas has made headlines recently for brutal gang battles that raged for days despite a nationwide quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But on Monday night, residents itching for activity after more than two months of lockdown placed chairs on their

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Irish PM says good chance social distancing rule can be relaxed

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar raised the prospect on Friday of halving social distancing rules from two metres to one if the rate of coronavirus infections comes down further in a potential boost to still shuttered restaurants and pubs. Facing one of the longest shutdowns in Europe, Ireland’s hospitality sector has called for the guidelines to be

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Charity shop opening dates including Cancer Research and Shelter confirmed as Brits urged to hold onto donations for now

SOME of the country’s largest charities are planning to reopen their charity shops from the middle of next month, as they urged the public to hang on to their donations until then. Charities including Cancer Research UK, Shelter, Oxfam, British Red Cross and Age UK, which between them operate more than 2,000 shops on British high streets, are currently putting

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Merkel: German states taking more responsibility for coronavirus steps

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s federal government is monitoring the coronavirus closely but practical responsibility lies increasingly with the 16 states, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, warning care must be taken to avoid the virus spreading fast again. As the number of new coronavirus cases has fallen, Germany has eased strict measures introduced in mid-March to slow the spread of

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Coronavirus lawsuit takes on McDonald's like it was a rowdy bar

Government must allow coronavirus-struck restaurants to reopen: Former McDonald’s USA CEO Former McDonald’s USA CEO Ed Rensi argues government should allow restaurants to reopen amid coronavirus and prove they’re capable of doing it safely. As U.S. businesses reopen, worried workers and their advocates are borrowing a legal strategy commonly used to shut down rowdy topless bars to try and force

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WHO says the Americas are new epicenter of coronavirus pandemic

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the Americas the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, and now is not the time for countries to ease restrictions, officials said in a Tuesday briefing. Carissa Etienne, WHO director for the Americas and head of the Pan American Health Organization, said via videoconference that outbreaks were accelerating in countries such

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With suitcase and bikini emojis, Spain urges tourists back from July

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spain urged foreign holidaymakers on Monday to return from July as one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns eased, though tourism businesses were sceptical about salvaging the summer season. The world’s second-most visited nation closed its doors and beaches in March to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, later imposing a two-week quarantine on overseas visitors. But that requirement will be

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