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Trump says US topping world virus cases is ‘badge of honour’

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has argued it is "a badge of honour" that the US has the world's highest number of confirmed Covid-19 infections. "I look at that as, in a certain r

Coronavirus: Trump gives WHO ultimatum over Covid-19 handling

US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) threatening to pull US funding permanently over Covid-19. The letter outlines a 30-day deadlin

Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil’s São Paulo ‘near collapse’

The mayor of Brazil's largest city, São Paulo, has said its health system could collapse as demand grows for emergency beds to deal with coronavirus cases.Bruno Covas said the city's publi

Coronavirus: Obama criticises Trump administration’s virus response

Former US President Barack Obama has criticised his successor Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis.In an online address to graduating college students, he said the pandemic had

Félicien Kabuga: Rwanda genocide suspect arrested in France

Félicien Kabuga, one of the most wanted suspects in the Rwandan genocide, has been arrested near Paris, the French justice ministry has announced.Mr Kabuga was detained by gendarmes in Asn

Coronavirus pushes German economy into recession

Germany's economy shrank by 2.2% in the first three months of this year as the coronavirus pandemic pushed it into recession, official figures indicate.It was the biggest quarterly fall since 2009, when the country

Coronavirus may never go away, World Health Organization warns

The coronavirus "may never go away", the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned against trying to predi

We will have summer tourist season, promises EU

The European Union's executive Commission is to propose a gradual lifting of borders in an attempt to kick-start a tourist industry hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic."Our message is we w

Coronavirus: Wuhan draws up plans to test all 11 million residents

The Chinese city of Wuhan is drawing up plans to test its entire population of 11 million people for Covid-19, state media report.The plan appears to be in its early stages, with all distri

Coronavirus: Wuhan in first virus cluster since end of lockdown

New coronavirus clusters have been reported in Wuhan city - where the virus first emerged - and the north-eastern province of Jilin in China.Wuhan reported five new cases on Monday, after c

Coronavirus: White House task force members self-isolate

Three members of the White House coronavirus task force are self-isolating for two weeks after possible exposure to the illness. Dr Anthony Fauci, who has become the public face of the figh

Coronavirus: China offers to help North Korea fight pandemic

China's president has expressed concern about the threat of the coronavirus to North Korea and offered help. Xi Jinping was responding to a message that he received from the North Korean le

VE Day: Europe marks 75th anniversary amid coronavirus lockdown

Leaders across Europe are marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day with low-key ceremonies, as much of the continent remains under coronavirus lockdown.A two-minute silence to honour the war

India gas leak: At least 13 dead after Visakhapatnam accident

At least 13 people have been killed by a massive gas leak at a chemical plant in southern India, with hundreds of others taken to hospital.The leak from the LG Polymers plant in the city of

Coronavirus: White House plans to disband virus task force

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has confirmed the White House coronavirus task force will be winding down, with Vice-President Mike Pence suggesting it could be dis

Coronavirus: France’s first known case ‘was in December’

A patient diagnosed with pneumonia near Paris on 27 December actually had the coronavirus, his doctor has said.This means the virus may have arrived in Europe almost a month earlier than pr

President warns of 100,000 coronavirus deaths in US

US President Donald Trump has warned that as many as 100,000 people could die of coronavirus in the US.Speaking at a two-hour virtual "town hall", Mr Trump also denied that his administrati

North and South Korea in gunfire exchange after Kim Jong-un reappears

North and South Korea have exchanged gunfire in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which divides the two countries.Seoul's military said shots from the North hit a South Korean guard post in the

Kim Jong-un appears in public, North Korean state media report

Kim Jong-un has appeared in public for the first time in 20 days, North Korean state media says.KCNA news agency reports that the North Korean leader cut the ribbon at the opening of a fert

Coronavirus: Trump seems to undercut US spies on virus origins

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has appeared to undercut his own intelligence agencies by suggesting he has seen evidence coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory.Earlier

Coronavirus: Trump says China wants him to lose re-election

US President Donald Trump has said China "will do anything they can" to make him lose his re-election bid, stepping up his criticism of Beijing amid the coronavirus pandemic.In a White House interview with Reuters n

Trump orders US meatpacking plants to stay open

US President Donald Trump has ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect the nation's food supply amid the coronavirus pandemic.He invoked a Korean War-era law to mandate that t

Coronavirus: How New Zealand got its coffees and fries back

Coffee and fast food seemed to be the first thing on the mind of New Zealanders as the country emerged from almost five weeks of strict lockdown.The alert level has shifted to level three,

Coronavirus: Italy’s PM outlines lockdown easing measures

Italy has outlined plans to ease the strict restrictions it imposed seven weeks ago to curb the spread of the coronavirus.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the measures would be relaxed fr

Coronavirus: Spain’s children run free from lockdown – but not all

When Spain's government announced a national lockdown in mid-March, in reaction to coronavirus, not everyone was dismayed at the prospect of spending several weeks at home. Miguel Sánchez,