The US Senate has finally agreed a massive bipartisan $2trn (£1.7trn) stimulus package with the White House

The US Senate has finally agreed a massive bipartisan $2trn (£1.7trn) stimulus package with the White House to boost the country’s economy in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the bill providing tax rebates, four months expanded unemployment benefits and a slew of business tax-relief provisions. Donald Trump is meanwhile under fire for suggesting on Tuesday that he hopes to have America open for business again by Easter, a deadline denounced by everyone from Democratic 2020 front-runner Joe Biden to state governors. Congresswoman Donna Shalala called his aim “dangerous and immoral”. The freelance event producer was shocked when he had … Continue reading The US Senate has finally agreed a massive bipartisan $2trn (£1.7trn) stimulus package with the White House

Coronavirus patients have been filmed laid out on hospital beds along the corridors

Coronavirus patients have been filmed laid out on hospital beds along the corridors of an Italian hospital in a chilling clip, while military trucks have been deployed to transport scores of victims’ coffins to be cremated.    Footage from one overcrowded Bergamo hospital showed patients lying on hospital beds which were lining the corridor of an intensive care unit. But as Moscow and other Russian cities introduce stricter preventative measures against the coronavirus, election officials have discussed the possibility of home voting or other ways to pull off a nationwide plebiscite in a country of 140 million when health officials desperately … Continue reading Coronavirus patients have been filmed laid out on hospital beds along the corridors

As China and America trade accusations of blame for the coronavirus pandemic, there is increasing talk in US government circles of “decoupling” from China

As China and America trade accusations of blame for the coronavirus pandemic, there is increasing talk in US government circles of “decoupling” from China — the disentangling of economies and supply chains, reduction of co-operation and erecting of new trade barriers. Beijing’s state media and diplomats have not only disputed whether the global pandemic originated on Chinese soil but have pushed unfounded speculation that the US was the source. It came as Italy recorded a record 4,207 infections and 475 new deaths from the virus yesterday, squashing hopes that the unprecedented national lockdown was beginning to slow the spread of … Continue reading As China and America trade accusations of blame for the coronavirus pandemic, there is increasing talk in US government circles of “decoupling” from China

Despite blustering in public that the coronavirus is “Fake News!” and being weaponised against him, Donald Trump is reportedly fretting about the growing crisis behind the scenes

Despite blustering in public that the coronavirus is “Fake News!” and being weaponised against him, Donald Trump is reportedly fretting about the growing crisis behind the scenes, with one ex-West Wing official telling Vanity Fair: “He’s just now waking up to the fact that this is bad, and he doesn’t know how to respond.” The White House has said that the president himself has so far not been tested for the disease, despite coming into contact with several Republican allies who have since gone into self-isolation, including new chief of staff Mark Meadows and congressmen Doug Collins and Matt Gaetz. … Continue reading Despite blustering in public that the coronavirus is “Fake News!” and being weaponised against him, Donald Trump is reportedly fretting about the growing crisis behind the scenes

Venezuela’s leader has called on women in the country to have up to six children in order to counter the mass exodus

Venezuela’s leader has called on women in the country to have up to six children in order to counter the mass exodus that has seen millions flee poverty, hunger and political chaos. In a televised speech in which he introduced a government programme to promote fertility, Nicolas Maduro he said people should have as many children as possible. South Korea is battling the biggest epidemic outside China – and has reported 37 deaths, the fourth most behind China, Italy and Iran. North Korea, meanwhile, has insisted it is coronavirus-free, sealed itself off from the outside world and put all foreigners … Continue reading Venezuela’s leader has called on women in the country to have up to six children in order to counter the mass exodus

Donald Trump has arrived in India where he received a bear hug from Narendra Modi and a lavish welcome from the locals

Donald Trump has arrived in India where he received a bear hug from Narendra Modi and a lavish welcome from the locals – only to then mangle the pronounciation of several key names in his address to a 100,000-strong crowd at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, including that of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Modi in turn mispoke and called him “Doland Trump”. The president dished out lavish praise for the country, hailing its economic progress and thriving Bollywood film industry and celebrating the authoritarian prime minister as “very tough”, winning a huge cheer from the crowd in pledging to snuff … Continue reading Donald Trump has arrived in India where he received a bear hug from Narendra Modi and a lavish welcome from the locals