U.S. Senate will seek deal on $1 trillion coronavirus economic aid package

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced emergency legislation on Thursday to stem the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and Republicans and Democrats agreed to meet on Friday to seek an agreement. The $1 trillion-plus package will include direct financial help for Americans, relief for small…

Man in 20s shot in head and killed in broad daylight on main road

A man has been brutally blasted in the head in broad daylight on the streets of lawless London. The man, aged just in his twenties, was shot in the head in Enfield around 4.30pm yesterday. Her was rushed to hospital but cops have revealed he died despite desperate attempts to…

Grandaughter of Quebec’s first COVID-19 victim issues heartfelt plea on social media

The granddaughter of Quebec’s first COVID-19 victim took to social media Thursday with a heartfelt plea to Quebecers, urging them to follow the recommendations made by government authorities. “Show good citizenship, social responsibility and stay at home,” Bibianne LavallĂ©e wrote on Facebook. Quebec Premier Francois Legault confirmed the province’s first…

China reports record new coronavirus cases from abroad

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s coronavirus infections from abroad hit a new daily record while infected travelers reached an unprecedented number of Chinese provinces, pressuring authorities to hold the bar high on already tough custom rules and public-health protocols. China has intensified measures to guard against infections arriving from abroad as…

Governments offer financial lifelines to airlines, at a price

SYDNEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Shattered airlines were left counting the cost of government support as politicians in the United States and New Zealand set out conditions for bailouts needed to absorb the shock of coronavirus. Conditions include provisions that loans may convert to government equity stakes, with Air New Zealand Ltd’s…

Surrey to close two daycares in case of influx of coronavirus patients

The City of Surrey is making plans in the event its hospital can’t deal with an influx of coronavirus patients, including shutting down two city-run daycares. Mayor Doug McCallum told a news conference on Thursday that city staff are taking stock of large-format industrial space that could be used to…

Wall Street ends higher to stem coronavirus sell-off

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks managed to post gains on Thursday after recent steep losses as policymakers around the world took further emergency actions to try to help financial markets cope with deep coronavirus-driven economic damage. Nasdaq outperformed other major indexes, ending 2.3% higher, fueled by gains in Amazon.com…