German state minister kills himself as coronavirus hits economy

Thomas Schaefer, finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state which includes Frankfurt, found dead near a railway track. Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said on Sunday. Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway […]

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Three taken to hospital from Penticton house fire

Firefighters in Penticton rescued a resident from a house fire on Duncan Avenue East on Saturday evening. In total, the Penticton Fire Departments said, three residents of the home were taken to hospital by ambulance as a result of the blaze. The fire department didn’t have an update on their conditions on Sunday morning. Other bystanders trying to help with […]

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Spain toughens restrictions as coronavirus death toll surges

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain prepared to enter its third week under near-total lockdown on Sunday, as the government approved a strengthening of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus and the death toll rose by 838 cases overnight to 6,528. Second only to Italy in fatalities, Spain also saw infections rise to 78,797 from 72,248 the day before. Prime […]

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London snow forecast: Hail showers fall but will it snow in London?

Those venturing outside their London homes today (Sunday, March 29) for their daily dose of exercise under the coronavirus lockdown will notice the weather has become more chilly. Hail showers are forecast to fall from 2pm onwards, though parts of London saw hail shortly after 12pm. BBC Weather predicted “hail showers and a fresh breeze” in its Sunday forecast. The […]

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Pope backs U.N. chief's call for global ceasefire to focus on coronavirus

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday backed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at his weekly blessing, delivered from the official papal library instead of St. Peter’s Square because of the lockdown in Italy, Francis specifically mentioned the appeal Guterres made […]

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More than 750,000 heroic Brits volunteer to fight coronavirus for NHS

On Tuesday, the NHS appealed for volunteers to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. They wanted people to help with delivering medicines from pharmacies, driving patients to and from hospital appointments or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home. They hoped for around 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to […]

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China guards against second wave of coronavirus coming from abroad

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – The growing number of imported coronavirus cases in China risked fanning a second wave of infections at a time when “domestic transmission has basically been stopped”, a spokesman for the National Health Commission said on Sunday. “China already has an accumulated total of 693 cases entering from overseas, which means the possibility of a new round […]

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Kirsten Hillman to be officially named Canada’s ambassador to U.S.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promoting a veteran of the international-trade trenches to be Canada’s first permanent female envoy to the United States — just as a raging international pandemic tests the continent’s cross-border resolve. Kirsten Hillman, who is currently the acting ambassador in Washington, is taking over the corner office of Canada’s embassy on Pennsylvania Ave. on a full-time […]

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Coronavirus-hit workers now legally allowed to carry over annual leave

British workers will legally be able to carry their annual leave over after coronavirus decimated holiday plans. Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual holidays because of the coronavirus crisis will be able to carry it over into the next two years, the Government has announced. Most workers are entitled to 28 days' holiday including bank holidays […]

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