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Stocks struggle ahead of US Federal Reserve decision – business live | Business

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, and business. Stock markets continue to struggle amid worries about an increase in Covid-19 infections and the global economic recovery, ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s monthly decision later today. Asian markets were mostly down, with Japan’s Nikkei losing 1.1% …

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Coronavirus live news: Spain to allocate time slots for outdoor activities; South Korea reports no new cases | World news

Interpol said it had received reports from police in Ireland, Malaysia, Spain and Britain identifying delivery drivers transporting drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, ketamine and ecstasy. Earlier this month, the Spanish National Police identified and arrested seven people dressed as food delivery drivers in Alicante and Valencia, said Interpol. It added that those involved in …

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Coronavirus live news: cases worldwide near 2 million as Trump repeats WHO funding threat | World news

Positive news from leading public health body in Germany, the Robert Koch Institute, whose head, Lothar Wieler has said the country’s attempts to control the virus’ spread are showing “positive tendencies”. “We cannot yet talk of a containment, but of a slowing down,” Wieler said in his first briefing since the Easter break. According to …

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Coronavirus live news: global trade forecast to fall by up to a third as US sees highest one-day death toll | World news

8.16pm BST20:16 A single care home in the English county of Bedfordshire has lost 15 residents; five of whom had tested positive for Covid-19, officials say. Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed the deaths and said it does not recommend testing new cases in care homes when some patients have already tested positive “as it …

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Coronavirus live news: Spain records new highest daily death toll, as Syria reports first Covid-19 death | World news

7.25pm BST19:25 More than £250,000 has been raised to help provide free hot meals for NHS staff, less than a week after the initiative was started by a small group of friends. 4,000 meals have been provided to hospitals, and tens of thousands more are expected soon. “We were talking about how a group of …

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Coronavirus latest updates: Australia initiates emergency plan as Trump says risk to US is ‘very low’ | World news

7.23am GMT07:23 Matthew Weaver AP has the latest breakdown of confirmed cases and deaths from the virus: Mainland China: 2,744 deaths among 78,497 cases, mostly in the central province of HubeiHong Kong: 81 cases, 2 deathsMacao: 10 casesSouth Korea: 1,595 cases, 13 deathsJapan: 894 cases, including 705 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, 7 deathsItaly: …

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Coronavirus live updates: two senior Hubei officials sacked as deaths pass 1,000 – latest news

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam tells people to stay at home and global investors turn to safe havens, such as gold. Follow our live updates Virus ‘could infect 60% of public if unchecked’ Academic blames Xi for ‘catastrophe’ Could the coronavirus mutate? Share your stories 2.05pm GMT Responding to Hancock, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said …

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New Zealand floods: essentials run out for tourists stranded in Franz Josef | World news

Nearly a thousand tourists stranded by flooding in a tiny New Zealand alpine town woke on Monday to clear, sunny weather, but little other good news: there was still no way in or out by road. “It’s the first time we’ve seen the sky in about six or seven days, so that’s nice,” said Khira …

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‘Bless this referendum’: Bougainville votes and prays for independence | World news

In the coastal town of Buka a solemn procession of people makes its way from the Catholic church to Bel Isi park, where worshippers kneel before a makeshift cross. There is one subject that dominates the prayers in Bougainville today. “We are gathered here this morning in Bel Isi Park to ask you to bless …

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