Prisons should release inmates from jail to stop coronavirus spread

Calls are mounting for prisoners to get early release after three UK inmates tested positive for the coronavirus. Low-risk inmates should be released from prison to avoid them becoming "incubators" for coronavirus, a former chief inspector of prisons has said. Nick Hardwick suggested prisoners with only a short amount of…

Indian state to close shops, offices in financial capital Mumbai

BENGALURU (Reuters) – India’s westerly state of Maharashtra on Friday decided to close all shops and offices except those providing essential services in India’s financial capital Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur until March 31 in an attempt to restrict the spread of coronavirus, the chief minister of the state said. The…

UPDATE 1-Indonesia raises crisis protocol status, warns risk of no GDP growth

* GDP growth seen at above 4% but could fall to 0%-2.5% * Rupiah down nearly 2% to lowest since 1998 * Finance minister pledges measures for stabilisation (Adds direct quote, context) By Tabita Diela and Maikel Jefriando JAKARTA, March 20 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s finance minister on Friday raised the…

Four men hanged after gang raping and murdering woman on bus

Four men who gang raped and murdered a woman in India have been hanged. Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh were all executed in Tihar prison, Delhi. The mum of the victim told of how "the beasts have been hanged" before adding that "finally my daughter got…

Britain's Heathrow to shrink operations during coronavirus

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s Heathrow Airport said it would shrink its operation as part of a plan to keep open for some cargo and passenger flights during the coronavirus crisis, which has brought most air travel to a standstill. Heathrow, which is usually Europe’s busiest airport, said it…

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…