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Policymakers ramp up support as coronavirus fears shred markets

Policymakers ramp up support as coronavirus fears shred markets

SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Governments and central banks readied more emergency measures to tackle the economic impact of the coronavirus on Friday, helping financial markets pare some of their steep losses, while more major events were canceled or postponed. FILE PHOTO: A person wearing a face mask walks along Wall Street …

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Policymakers ramp up support as coronavirus shreds markets

Policymakers ramp up support as coronavirus shreds markets

SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Governments and central banks readied more emergency measures to tackle the economic impacts of the coronavirus on Friday as Asian markets suffered their worst weekly crashes since the 2008 financial crisis. FILE PHOTO: A person wearing a face mask walks along Wall Street after further cases of …

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Ban on European travel to U.S. will batter airlines, already roiled by coronavirus

Ban on European travel to U.S. will batter airlines, already roiled by coronavirus

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The new U.S. ban on foreign citizens entering the country if they have traveled to Europe in recent weeks will heap more pressure on airlines already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, hitting European carriers the hardest, analysts said. FILE PHOTO: Airplanes of German airline Lufthansa and …

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Russian parliament backs changes allowing Putin to run again for president

Russian parliament backs changes allowing Putin to run again for president

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Constitutional changes allowing Vladimir Putin to run for president again in 2024 sailed through Russia’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday, opening the way for him to potentially stay in power until 2036. Screens display the vote results during a session of Russia’s lower house of parliament, …

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Judge says downing of MH17 ‘almost incomprehensible’ as murder trial begins

Judge says downing of MH17 'almost incomprehensible' as murder trial begins

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A Dutch judge described as “almost incomprehensible” the 2014 shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine that killed all 298 passengers and crew on board, as the trial of three fugitive Russians and a Ukrainian began on Monday near Amsterdam. Prosecutors Thijs Berger, Dedy Woei-a-Tsoi and …

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Empty chairs for MH17 victims outside Russia’s Hague Embassy

Empty chairs for MH17 victims outside Russia's Hague Embassy

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Rows of white chairs were placed in front of Russia’s embassy in The Hague on Sunday in a quiet protest by families of those who were shot down with Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, on the eve of the trial – in absentia – of four men …

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EU, Turkey in stand-off over funds to tackle new migrant crisis

EU, Turkey in stand-off over funds to tackle new migrant crisis

BRUSSELS/ANKARA (Reuters) – The European Union is scrambling for a new agreement with Turkey to prevent migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond flooding into the EU. But there is little sign so far that Ankara is ready to accept the terms Brussels is offering. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses …

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‘Provocative’ China pressures Taiwan with fighters, fake news amid virus outbreak

'Provocative' China pressures Taiwan with fighters, fake news amid virus outbreak

TAIPEI (Reuters) – China is pressuring Taiwan with “provocative” air force maneuvers near the island and spreading fake news to sow discord during the coronavirus outbreak, security sources and government officials in Taiwan say. FILE PHOTO: A F-16 fighter jet takes off during a military drill at Zhi-Hang Air Base …

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Turkey says will not stop Syrian refugees reaching Europe after troops killed

Turkey says will not stop Syrian refugees reaching Europe after troops killed

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, a senior Turkish official said, as Ankara responded on Friday to the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in an air strike by Syrian government forces in Syria’s northwestern Idlib region. FILE PHOTO: Internally displaced Syrian is pushed …

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More than a dozen killed, hundreds injured as New Delhi riots overshadow Trump visit

More than a dozen killed, hundreds injured as New Delhi riots overshadow Trump visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – More than a dozen people have been killed and hundreds injured in clashes between opposing groups of protesters in New Delhi, hospital officials said on Tuesday, as riots overshadowed U.S. President Donald Trump’s first visit to India.     The clashes, the worst in the capital since …

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