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Ireland's prime minister to work as doctor during coronavirus epidemic

(DUBLIN) -- Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar will be returning to medical practice to work as a doctor for one session a week to help out during the coronavirus epidemic, his office has said.Varadkar, a former doctor, has re-joined Ireland’s medical registry and offered his services to Ireland’s Health Service…... Read More

2 dead, 5 wounded in suspected terrorist knife attack in France

(PARIS) -- A knife attack which resulted in two dead and five wounded Saturday morning in the town of Romans-sur-Isere, an hour drive South of Lyon, is being treated as a terrorist attack by French authorities. Two of the victims are in critical condition. The 33-year-old assailant stabbed seven people…... Read More

South Korea's coronavirus test makers in high demand

(NEW YORK) -- South Korea has received requests from 121 countries to export or donate coronavirus testing supplies, according to one government official. To meet the sudden surge of demands from foreign countries, Seoul has set up a task force with online updates and contact information of 29 Korean manufacturers and exporters specializing in COVID-19 diagnostic…... Read More

Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi dies at 84

(CESENA, Italy) -- Famed Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi, 84, has died."Today everyone at Sergio Rossi joins me in remembering our dear Sergio, the inspiring founder of our dream," CEO Sergio Rossi Group Riccardo Sciutto said in an Instagram post."Sergio Rossi was a master, and it is my great honor…... Read More

Mexico, Central America urge action to stop coronavirus spreading from US

(NEW YORK) -- As the United States increasingly becomes the epicenter of the novel coronavirus pandemic, its neighbors in Mexico and Central America are urging new steps to prevent the virus' spread to their populations, including a halt to deportations and increased security along the southern U.S. border -- an…... Read More

Section of Berlin Wall torn down to build condos

(BERLIN) -- In the Berlin neighborhood of Pankow, a 196-foot stretch of the Berlin wall has been torn down to make way for condominiums, sparking the ire of historians."The partial demolition of the continuous piece of the hinterland wall on Dolomitenstrasse is a clear loss of original wall remains," Manfred…... Read More

Terrorist groups spin COVID-19 as God's 'smallest soldier' attacking West

(NEW YORK) -- While much of the United States and Europe has been staying home to avoid COVID-19 as it kills thousands, terrorist groups are blasting online propaganda messages toward followers and potential recruits which hail the calamity of the disease as divine retribution.In propaganda communiques this week, ISIS and…... Read More

Taiwan to donate 10 million masks to countries hit hardest by coronavirus

(TAIPEI, Taiwan) -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has announced plans to donate 10 million masks to countries that have been most severely impacted by the coronavirus.On the heels of an estimated $35 billion stimulus package intended to bolster the island nation's economy, Taiwan pledges to donate masks and medical supplies…... Read More

In coronavirus pandemic, authoritarians around the world see opportunity to crack down

(LONDON) -- Victor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary, was granted extraordinary powers by his nation’s government this week. By 137 votes to 53, lawmakers in the Hungarian parliament voted to give Orban’s government the power to rule by decree to combat the coronavirus pandemic, for as long as the…... Read More

Brazilian governors reject president's calls to end coronavirus quarantine

(BRASILIA, Brazil) -- Governors responsible for more than 200 million Brazilian citizens have refused to relax social distances measures despite the insistence of the country’s president amid the outbreak of novel coronavirus.Rejecting the recommendations of international organizations and his own health ministry, President Jair Bolsonaro urged his nation to end…... Read More

Turkmenistan bans the word 'coronavirus': report

(NEW YORK) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the news agenda across the globe since the start of this year, but in one secretive Central Asian country you won’t even hear the word ‘coronavirus’ mentioned -- and its putting its citizens in danger, according to a new report.In Turkmenistan, which…... Read More