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The latest on the global pandemic

  • Associated Press

    Lawmakers question federal prisons' home confinement rules

    Democratic lawmakers are raising questions about the federal Bureau of Prisons’ release of high-profile inmates and are calling for widespread testing of federal inmates as the number of coronavirus cases has exploded in the federal prison system. Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries sent a letter Monday to Attorney General William Barr and Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal over the home confinement policies.

  • Reuters

    Virtual no more - real Michelangelo awes again in Vatican Museums

    If you've ever dreamed of being in the Sistine Chapel without feeling like you are craning your neck in a packed open-top tourist bus, now is your chance. The Vatican Museums re-opened to the public on Monday after being closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus lockdown.

  • Associated Press

    Black businesses hit hard by COVID-19 fight to stay afloat

    Stephanie Byrd agonized over temporarily laying off nearly the entire staff at her family’s trio of Detroit businesses when the coronavirus pandemic hit. “Most of the people I know who have businesses and are black are terrified right now,” said Byrd, whose family owns Flood’s Bar & Grille, The Block restaurant and the city’s Garden Theater. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted black Americans, infecting and killing them at higher rates across the nation.

  • Reuters

    Iraqi militiamen drop guns to dig graves for coronavirus victims

    Iraqi paramedic Sarmad Ibrahim cut his teeth treating fellow Shi'ite Muslim militiamen in the war against Islamic State. Now, he buries COVID-19 victims - an exhausting task where he must also get to grips with both Muslim and Christian burial rites. "So far, we're coping," Ibrahim said as fellow volunteers from the Imam Ali Combat Brigade prepared to handle a coffin just sent from Baghdad.

  • Reuters

    Chile surpasses 100,000 cases of coronavirus: health minister

    Chile has surpassed 100,000 cases of the coronavirus, the health minister said on Monday, as infections have spiraled in the capital Santiago, putting the South American nation´s healthcare system under "extraordinary" strain. The health ministry said total cases since the outbreak began in early March had hit 105,159 while 1,113 people had died from the disease. The Americas have emerged as the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with infections and deaths in May related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, surging in Chile, Peru and Brazil.

  • Associated Press

    Lufthansa board nods through $10 billion bailout plan

    The supervisory board of Lufthansa has given its blessing to a 9 billion-euro ($10 billion) government bailout plan thrashed out between the airline, the German government and the European Union. In a statement Monday, the German carrier quoted Lufthansa Chairman Karl-Ludwig Kley saying it had been “a very difficult decision.” “We recommend that our shareholders follow this path, even if it requires them to make substantial contributions to stabilizing their company,” said Kley.

  • Reuters

    Banks request legislative fix to Libor-linked financial contracts

    Britain faces a call from banks for legislation to force billions of pounds of financial contracts which still reference the soon-to-be defunct Libor interest rate benchmark to adopt other pricing mechanisms. Rates compiled by central banks are already replacing the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) in an effort to avoid a repeat of attempted manipulation, which led to billions of dollars in fines for some of the world's biggest banks. "While the deadline for the market to be ready for the cessation of Libor by the end of 2021 remains the same, there is less time available in practice to meet it," the paper from the working group, which is sponsored by the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).