Study: Little asbestos found after Detroit house demolitions

Researchers at the University of Michigan say cost-savings and public safety benefits of swiftly demolishing dangerous vacant houses in Detroit could outweigh the risk of asbestos exposure to people in neighborhoods

Pizzeria borrows to keep workers on job, spurs donations

 With restaurants closed for all but takeout orders during the coronavirus outbreak, the owners of a pizzeria at the Jersey Shore could have shut down and laid off their 20 employees

A missing boy and a freezing swamp test tracker’s instincts

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Warden Austin Schumacher is being hailed for using old-school backwoods skills to rescue a boy lost in a freezing swamp

New York residents urged to avoid travel as virus spreads

The travel advisory came after the number of confirmed U.S. deaths passed 2,000.

Stimulus billions can’t buy hospitals out of shortage crisis

The billions of tax dollars headed for hospitals and states as part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus response bill won’t solve the critical shortage of protective gowns, gloves and masks

Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable

Asia Breaking News

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

TOKYO: The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan’s hotels and tourism industry, already reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many operators have seen bookings decimated by the virus and had been clinging to the hope that the Games would help …

China’s COVID-19 epicentre Wuhan pivots to stem imported cases

The ground-zero city of Wuhan is cautiously reopening after a two-month quarantine, but the birthplace of the global coronavirus pandemic is now on guard against a potential new threat: imported cases.

Malaysia reports 7 more deaths from COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported seven more deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday (Mar 29), bringing the national death toll to 34.  There were also 150 new COVID-19 cases, said the health ministry, taking the total to 2,470 – the highest in Southeast Asia.  The seven fatalities were all Malaysians. Six …

Europe Breaking News

Coronavirus: Things to do this weekend

How Ayesha, Tom and Nerea are cooking, singing and sewing their way into the weekend.

Pope gives prayer to empty St Peter’s Square

The service usually only happens twice a year but was given as Italy’s coronavirus death toll passes 9,000.

Coronavirus: Spanish doctor ‘scared and exhausted’ by pandemic

The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain has reached well over 5,000 as the country struggles to cope with the crisis.

Africa Breaking News

Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missiles Over Two Cities

The Saudi military blamed the attack on Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels

Pope Backs UN Chief’s Call for Global Ceasefire to Focus on Coronavirus

Pope Francis also appeales to authorities to be sensitive to the particular problem coronavirus poses in prisons around the world, many of them overcrowded

Mali Votes in Long-Delayed Parliamentary Election 

One coronavirus death reported, opposition leader abducted 

Tech News

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Scientists say the largest whales face increased risk of death from ship strikes

Hawaii telescope protesters leave camp due to virus concerns

Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope project on Hawaii’s Big Island have left their camp because of concerns over the spread of the coronavirus

Water shutoffs in sharp focus amid coronavirus outbreak

The global coronavirus pandemic has brought water shutoffs in Detroit and communities across the nation into sharp focus at a crucial time when officials are urging Americans to practice basic hand-washing techniques to stop the spread

Canada Breaking News

65% of reported COVID-19 cases in Canada related to community transmission: latest data

Community spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, first appeared in British Columbia.

‘All clear’: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau thanks well-wishers after recovering from COVID-19

“And to everyone who is suffering right now, I send you all my love,” she wrote.

When home isn’t safe: How coronavirus puts neighbours on front lines of abuse

Community closures are important to stop the spread of the new coronavirus but can make untenable situations worse for victims of domestic abuse.

UK Breaking News

Coronavirus: Birmingham and Manchester temporary hospitals announced

The facilities in Manchester and Birmingham are in addition to one being built in London’s Docklands.

Clap for Carers: The nation celebrates the work of the NHS and care workers

Pictures show people across the UK stepping outside to pay tribute to the work of the NHS in the coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus: Meet the ‘shielded’ enduring 12 weeks of isolation

Some people face months of coronavirus isolation because of medical conditions. How will they cope?

Australia Breaking News

Brisbane mayor claims election victory in Queensland

Adrian Schrinner will remain as Brisbane’s lord mayor after Queenslanders voted in 77 local government polls and by-elections.

Australians stuck in India’s coronavirus lockdown fear for their safety

SBS News looks at how Australians are coping with India’s coronavirus shutdown.

Six-month moratorium on eviction of renters in Australia amid coronavirus fallout

A six-month moratorium has been announced on the eviction of renters.

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