Trump administration weighs emergency funds to combat coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is considering asking lawmakers for emergency funding to ramp up its response to the fast-spreading coronavirus, a White House spokesman and an administration source said on Monday, though they did not say how much money was needed. “We need some funding here to make sure that we … protect all Americans, that we keep

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With mask and hashtags, Ukraine minister fights coronavirus rumors from quarantine

KIEV (Reuters) – When Ukraine Health Minister Zoriana Skaletska felt her messages about the coronavirus epidemic were not cutting through, she decided to join nearly 100 people in a quarantine facility to stop panic from spreading among the general public. Ukraine has not recorded a single coronavirus case but the arrival last week of a planeload of evacuees from China,

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British spies deny withholding intelligence from interior minister

LONDON (Reuters) – British intelligence took the unusual step on Monday of denying a newspaper report that the main domestic spy agency, MI5, had withheld information from the interior minister because some spies did not trust her. The Sunday Times reported that the Security Service, known as MI5, did not trust Home Secretary Priti Patel and so had reduced the

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Turkey shuts Iran border, halts flights due to coronavirus

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey has closed its border with Iran and halted incoming flights as a precaution to stop the potential spread of coronavirus after the neighboring country reported 43 cases of the disease, the health minister said on Sunday. All highways and railways were closed as of 5 p.m. (14:00 GMT) and flights from Iran suspended, Health Minister Fahrettin

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Saudi-led coalition says it foiled Red Sea attack by Yemen's Houthis

DUBAI (Reuters) – Naval forces from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen on Sunday foiled an “imminent terrorist” attack by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in the southern Red Sea, a major commercial shipping channel, the coalition said. The forces destroyed an unmanned boat laden with explosives that was launched from Hodeidah province in western Yemen, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki

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Russian, Turkish defense ministers discuss stabilization in Idlib

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has discussed the situation in Syria’s Idlib with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar, Russian news agencies reported on Saturday. “During the telephone conversation they discussed issues of stabilization of the situation in Idlib de-escalation zone,” Interfax agency reported, citing a statement from the Defence Ministry. Source: Read Full Article

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