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#LockdownOrDie: populous Indonesia under pressure

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s government faced increasing calls to tighten restrictions on movement as deaths from the coronavirus rose by 12 to 114 on Sunday in the world’s fourth most populous nation which has so far resisted blanket lockdowns. With 1,285 infections also confirmed in the nation of 260 million people, a …

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Italy small town priest deals with death on industrial scale

SERIATE, Italy (Reuters) – When he became a priest 40 years ago, Father Mario Carminati knew he would be dealing with death – but not on an industrial scale. Coffins bearing deceased parishioners no longer leave one at a time in a shiny hearse after a funeral every week or so. …

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Iran’s coronavirus death toll reaches 2,640

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 2,640, a health ministry official said on Sunday, as the Middle East’s worst-hit country grapples with the fast-spreading outbreak. A couple wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as they walk at Enghelab square, in Tehran, …

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Thomas Allen Coburn

Politics is a lifetime career for most in American government, and then there are exceptions like Thomas Coburn. The Oklahoma obstetrician who became a Senator and then returned to a productive private life died Saturday of prostate cancer at age 72. He was what America’s Founders imagined in self-governing citizen …

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Stunning photos show Pope Francis praying to an empty St. Peter’s Square amid the coronavirus

As Easter approaches, images from an empty St. Peter’s Square during a prayer Friday paint a stark portrait of the Vatican, which, along with surrounding Italy, has been afflicted by coronavirus.During the Urbi and Orbi prayer, Pope Francis stood underneath a canopy as he spoke to an empty St. …

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April Bills Loom. The Economy Hangs on How Many Are Left Unpaid.

On Wednesday, as on the first day of any month, many companies and households will have bills to pay. This time, a lot will simply pile up.Angela Rogan is unlikely to make the rent on her apartment in the San Francisco Bay Area. Katherine Anderson, who owns a cafe-bakery …

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Poland’s PiS change electoral rules ahead of presidential vote

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s ruling nationalists fast-tracked changes to the electoral code through parliament in the early hours of Saturday in a bid to press ahead with presidential elections in May which have been criticized by opposition parties who want the vote to be postponed due to the coronavirus …

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Turkey limits transport, opposition calls for ‘stay-at-home’ order over virus

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey halted inter-city trains and limited domestic flights on Saturday, as the main opposition called for a stay-at-home order after coronavirus cases jumped by a third in a day. FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask waits for a train as the spread of the …

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China’s Wuhan, where the coronavirus emerged, begins to lift its lockdown

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, began lifting a two-month lockdown on Saturday by restarting some metro services and reopening borders, allowing some semblance of normality to return and families to reunite. People wearing face masks wait for a subway train …

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