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Pain, solitude, fear: Survivors tell their stories of COVID-19

World Apr 7, 2020

Pain, solitude, fear: Survivors tell their stories of COVID-19

A sense of death stalking the hospital ward, fear of dying alone, tearful despair and disarray at home, solitude, anger and the desire to share, or change their life: Twelve people from different parts of the world who have survived COVID-19 share emotional and ...

Tokyo confirms 80 new cases of COVID-19

National Apr 7, 2020

Tokyo confirms 80 new cases of COVID-19

Tokyo confirmed 80 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, metropolitan government sources told public broadcaster NHK. The figure would mark the lowest number of cases in Tokyo since April 1, when it reported 66, according to metropolitan government data. Today's 80 new cases would raise the total ...

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to slow spread of fake virus news

World Apr 7, 2020

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to slow spread of fake virus news

Facebook Inc.'s WhatsApp tightened message forwarding limits Tuesday, restricting users to sharing forwarded content one chat at a time after a jump in messages touting bogus medical advice since the start of the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic, which has killed more than 70,000 people worldwide, ...

Seafarers grounded in pandemic add to strain on supply chains

Business Apr 7, 2020

Seafarers grounded in pandemic add to strain on supply chains

Port restrictions and canceled flights are straining the ability for shipping firms to replace seafarers, further weakening global supply chains already snarled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hubs like Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai have halted most crew transfers, while global lockdowns have complicated travel from ...

NRA loses court challenge on order to shut California gun shops

World Apr 7, 2020

NRA loses court challenge on order to shut California gun shops

The National Rifle Association failed to convince a federal judge that the temporary closures of California gun shops prompted by the spread of the coronavirus was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte in Los Angeles on Monday denied the NRA’s request for a temporary restraining ...

Loft lifestyle store chain to make China debut in July

Business / Corporate Apr 7, 2020

Loft lifestyle store chain to make China debut in July

Japanese lifestyle specialty store operator The Loft Co. will debut in the Chinese market by opening its first directly owned overseas outlet in Shanghai possibly in July. The Loft signed a tenancy contract last Friday with the operator of the Metro City shopping mall in ...

Poland moves to hold Europe’s only national vote in lockdown

World / Politics Apr 7, 2020

Poland moves to hold Europe’s only national vote in lockdown

Poland’s ruling party is pressing forward with conducting Europe’s only national election during the COVID-19 crisis. The Law and Justice party muscled its measure to hold the May 10 presidential election only via mail-in ballots through the lower house of parliament late Monday. Poland’s human ...

Over half of students in Japan positive about taking lectures online

National Apr 7, 2020

Over half of students in Japan positive about taking lectures online

As many institutions delay the start of classes amid the coronavirus epidemic, a majority of university and postgraduate students in Japan are willing to participate in interactive online lectures, a recent survey showed. But while 59.2 percent were positive about online classes, 21.0 percent said ...

Studies begin to lift veil on new coronavirus

World / Science & Health Apr 7, 2020

Studies begin to lift veil on new coronavirus

Just three months ago, few people were familiar with the word "coronavirus." But as the disease continues to spread across the globe, infecting and killing thousands while causing millions to live in self-isolation, it has entered daily use for billions. Here are some of the ...

Trump eases U.S. coronavirus export ban after global backlash

World Apr 7, 2020

Trump eases U.S. coronavirus export ban after global backlash

U.S President Donald Trump eased restrictions on exports of masks and other protective equipment needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic just days after their introduction as he confronted a backlash from allies around the world. Faced with domestic criticism of his administration’s handling of ...

Virus fears halt public display of Olympic flame in Fukushima

Olympics Apr 7, 2020

Virus fears halt public display of Olympic flame in Fukushima

The public exhibition of the Olympic flame in Fukushima Prefecture will be suspended after Wednesday due to escalating concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus in Japan, the Tokyo Games organizing committee said Tuesday. The flame was put on display last Thursday following the ...

Dana White claims UFC close to securing private island for fights

More Sports Apr 7, 2020

Dana White claims UFC close to securing private island for fights

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White has said the mixed martial arts promotion is close to securing a "private island" to stage bouts for international fighters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The flu-like virus has infected 1.27 million people around the world and caused over 70,000 ...