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UK halts trial of hydroxychloroquine as 'useless' for COVID-19 patients

LONDON (Reuters) – British scientists halted a major drug trial on Friday after it found that the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential “game changer” in the pandemic, was “useless” at treating COVID-19 patients. “This is not a treatment for COVID-19. It doesn’t work,” Martin Landray, an Oxford University professor […]

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Special Report: Meet the masters of social distancing – Couple live alone in wilderness for decades

SOMEWHERE NEAR RESERVE, New Mexico (Reuters) – To leave society behind was a wedding vow Wendell and Mariann spoke only to each other. It was a solemn one, though, and to save for it Mariann spent only $66 on her bridal gown. Once they were married on that winter day 35 years ago, they just […]

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Wall Street jumps on surprise fall in unemployment rate

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks jumped at the open on Friday after a closely watched report showed a surprise drop in the U.S. unemployment rate, lending weight to hopes of a faster economic rebound from a coronavirus-driven slump. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 554.98 points, or 2.11%, at the open to 26,836.80. The S&P 500 […]

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Surprise May U.S. payrolls rise fans hopes for economic recovery

(Reuters) – The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in May and layoffs abated, the Labor Department said on Friday in a report that showed the latest signs the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was bottoming. The Labor Department’s closely watched monthly employment report showed the jobless rate dropped to 13.3% last month from […]

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Fear stops Rohingya getting tested as virus hits refugee camps

BANGKOK/DHAKA (Reuters) – Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with symptoms of the novel coronavirus are not coming forward to get tested because they fear being separated from their families and held in isolation, community leaders and aid workers say. Only one death from the coronavirus has been recorded in the crowded camps in southeast Bangladesh, where […]

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COVID-19 crisis shakes Brazil, but Bolsonaro keeps impeachment at bay

BRASILIA (Reuters) – One of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, a paralyzed economy sending investors fleeing for the exit, and accusations that he has undermined Brazil’s young democracy have not loosened President Jair Bolsonaro’s grip on power. As of Thursday, Brazil had nearly 615,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, second only to the United States. With 34,021 […]

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Philippines' Duterte renews threat to kill drug dealers after big bust

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte renewed on Friday a threat to kill drug dealers after police seized 756 kg (1,667 lb) of methamphetamines, a haul he said proved the Southeast Asian country had become a transhipment point for narcotics. The crystal methamphetamine, with a Philippine market value that police put at 5.1 billion […]

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U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait on Tiananmen anniversary

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A U.S. warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the U.S. and Taiwanese militaries said, on the same day as the 31st anniversary of China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square. China, which considers Taiwan its territory, has been angered by the Trump administration’s stepped-up support […]

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Iran frees American, U.S. allows dual citizen to visit Iran in deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy veteran who said he contracted the coronavirus while detained in Iran since 2018 was freed on Thursday as part of a deal in which the United States allowed an Iranian-American physician to visit Iran, his lawyer and a U.S. official said. Iran’s decision to release American Michael White and […]

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Calls to suicide helpline show Thais' stress in downturn

BANGKOK (Reuters) – In the weeks before she took her own life, Thai waitress Nitiwadee Sae-Tia felt growing financial pressure after she lost her job, a member of the family said. She was one of millions of Thais who lost their jobs after lockdown restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus forced malls and […]

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