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New coronavirus infections may drop to zero by end-March in Wuhan: Chinese government expert
Wuhan, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus epidemic, will likely see new infections drop to zero by the end of this month, an expert with the country’s top panel on battling the illness said on Thursday, even as the city reported a quicker rise in new confirmed cases.
Dubai’s ruler abducted daughters and threatened former wife, UK judge rules
Dubai’s ruler ordered the abduction of two daughters and orchestrated a campaign of intimidation against his former wife, a British judge has ruled, in what is likely to be a major blow to his reputation as a Middle East reformer.
Warren ends White House bid, leaving Biden, Sanders to fight for Democratic nod
Elizabeth Warren ended her presidential campaign on Thursday, making the race for the Democratic nomination a two-man battle between former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S Senator Bernie Sanders.
New York state coronavirus cases double, Senate passes $8.3 bln spending bill
The number of people who have the novel coronavirus in New York state doubled to 22 on Thursday following an increase in testing, as Tennessee and the city of San Francisco reported cases of the fast-spreading illness for the first time.
Airlines face $100 billion-plus virus hit, discounts ‘wouldn’t do any good’
The coronavirus epidemic could rob passenger airlines of up to $113 billion in revenue this year, an industry body warned on Thursday, while the head of a large U.S. airline said the drop-off in travel demand seemed driven more by fear than economics, similar to what happened after the disasters of Sept. 11, 2001.
HP rejects Xerox’s raised takeover offer of $35 billion
HP Inc on Thursday rejected Xerox Holdings Corp’s raised takeover bid of about $35 billion, saying it undervalued the personal computer maker.
Kiss me? Are you mad? Coronavirus turns Italian life upside down
A day after their government ordered a limit on public gatherings and recommended that people avoid shaking hands to limit the spread of the coronavirus, normally sociable Italians have been grappling with new habits.
Weinstein moved to Rikers Island jail after 10-day hospital stay
Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted of rape and sexual assault last week, was transferred to New York’s Rikers Island jail complex from Bellevue Hospital on Thursday after undergoing a procedure to clear a heart blockage.
FIA could not prove Ferrari’s 2019 engine broke F1 rules
Formula One’s governing body suspected Ferrari’s engine was not always operating within the rules last year but lacked conclusive evidence, the FIA said on Thursday.
Cycling hit hard by coronavirus as races canceled and teams pull out
The coronavirus outbreak continued to take its toll on cycling as teams withdrew from racing and organizers started to cancel events on Thursday.
DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS
‘Do we really want to close schools?’ U.S. authorities resist coronavirus closures
Over 19,000 Seattle parents like Andrew Davidoff are demanding schools close to slow the spread of the United States’ deadliest coronavirus outbreak but, as in other U.S. cities, they are meeting resistance from officials who say closures may make things worse.
5 Mar 18:00 ET / 23:00 GMT
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
China releases daily data on new coronavirus cases, deaths
China’s National Health Commission releases daily data on new coronavirus cases and deaths, including numbers from Hubei, the epicenter of the country’s outbreak.
6 Mar 18:30 ET / 23:30 GMT
The latest on the coronavirus outbreak in China
The latest on the ground in China where the coronavirus is posing the biggest challenge to the nation in decades.
Japanese Olympics Minister Hashimoto holds regular news conference
Japanese Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto holds a regular news conference, which comes after she signaled on Thursday the Summer Games would go ahead as planned even as the coronavirus outbreak spread to new parts of the country.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
USA-FED/KAPLANFed’s Kaplan speaks before Chicago global affairs group
As Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan and his colleagues head into a quiet period ahead of the U.S. central bank’s next policy-setting meeting, investors will be focused on any indication of whether or by how much they could cut interest rates to cushion any economic blow from the spread of COVID-19, the flu-like illness caused by the novel coronavirus that originated in China and has rapidly infected people worldwide.
5 Mar 18:30 ET / 23:30 GMT
Fed’s Kashkari speaks at University of Minnesota
Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari was a strident supporter of Fed interest rate cuts well before the U.S. central bank delivered them in the face of trade policy uncertainty last year. With worries about the spread of coronavirus boosting expectations for a new round of Fed rate cuts, he will likely be quizzed about his support for doing so.
5 Mar 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT
GOLD-PERU/SWISS-WOMEN (PIX) (TV)
WIDER IMAGE – Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Eva Chura is one of the magpies of the mountain. Living with their families in shacks in a gold shantytown in the Andes, these women make a living gleaning gold from rubble.See also: GOLD-PERU/SWISS (SPECIAL REPORT)
6 Mar 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT
GOLD-PERU/SWISS (PIX) (TV)
SPECIAL REPORT and WIDER IMAGE- How suspect gold reached firms like Apple and Tiffany
On a Peruvian glacier, a refinery said it had found a sustainable source of artisanal gold. Prosecutors suspect the main supplier was a front for dirty money. What went wrong?
6 Mar 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT
European Trade Commissioner Hogan speaks at conference
European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan speaks at conference on EU Trade amidst global uncertainty
6 Mar 04:30 ET / 09:30 GMT
Canada’s Finance Minister Morneau speaks amid budget preparations
Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau will speak about the country’s economic plan amid preparations for the 2020-2012 budget, which is due to be presented by the end of the month.
6 Mar 07:30 ET / 12:30 GMT
Federal Reserve’s Evans, Mester are panelists in New York
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans and Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester participate in “Panel 1: Transparency and Communications” before a Shadow Open Market Committee meeting, in New York.
6 Mar 09:20 ET / 14:20 GMT
Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Kashkari speaks to Senate group on education proposal
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari speaks on an education amendment proposal before the Minnesota Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee, in St. Paul, Minn.
6 Mar 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
AUSTRALIA-INDONESIA/VOYAGE (PIX) (TV)
For Australia’s Muslims, Indonesian seafaring history gives a sense of belonging
Centuries before Captain James Cook claimed Australia for Britain in 1770, Muslim Makassan sailors from Indonesia regularly traveled thousands of kilometers across open sea to trade with Aboriginal people in Australia’s far north. Now, a voyage in a specially constructed replica boat has rekindled ties between the Makassans from Sulawesi island and the Yolngu clan in northeast Arnhem Land, providing a powerful message about belonging for young Australian Muslims.
6 Mar 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT
OLYMPICS-2020/FUKUSHIMA 50 (PIX) (TV)
Fukushima 50 film on men who fought Japan’s nuclear meltdown released in theaters
Fukushima 50 film on men who fought Japan’s nuclear meltdown released in Japan theaters ahead of the ninth anniversary of the disaster.
ZIMBABWE-SCULPTOR/ (PIX) (TV)
Zimbabwean artist’s dynamic stone sculptures find global acclaim
When Dominic Benhura started creating traditional Zimbabwean stone sculptures as a teenager four decades ago, he never imagined that art would bring him fame or fortune. Born to a peasant family in 1968 in Murewa, 90 kilometers northeast of Harare, Benhura is now a globally acclaimed artist and a leading proponent of the style.
6 Mar 03:30 ET / 08:30 GMT
FILM-MICK JAGGER/ (PIX) (TV)
Mick Jagger on acting: ‘I wish I’d done a bit more’
Performing is second nature for Mick Jagger but it’s been a while since he dropped his Rolling Stones persona to become just another movie actor. Jagger’s latest acting gig, in thriller “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” finds the 76 year-old musician playing wealthy art collector Joseph Cassidy, who asks an art critic to steal a painting from a reclusive artist.
6 Mar 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT
CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE
Australian court to hear ex-Vatican treasurer’s final appeal against child sex offenses on March 11
Australia’s High Court will hear a final bid on March 11 by former Vatican treasurer George Pell to be acquitted for sexually assaulting two teenaged choir boys. The court could decide on the day to refuse to hear the jailed Catholic cardinal’s full appeal or go ahead and hear all the arguments and reserve its judgment for a later date. 6 Mar
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Senior US diplomat visits Taiwan
James Moriarty, the US-based head of the American Institute in Taiwan, the top US diplomat in charge of Washington’s unofficial ties with Taipei, visits the island and meets senior officials.
IMF mission visits Argentina to continue debt talks
A technical team from the International Monetary Fund will visit Buenos Aires this week to discuss “next steps” and continue talks on Argentina’s economic program and debt strategy.
Dutch MH17 trial to start without Russian, Ukrainian suspects
Four fugitive suspects go on trial in the Netherlands on Monday charged with the murder of 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which was shot down with a Russian-made missile over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.
6 Mar 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
WOMENS-DAY/KENYA-FEMALE PERCUSSIONIST (PIX) (TV)
Marching to the beat of her own drum: Kenyan breaks centuries-old taboo
Standing outside a cow pen in an east Kenyan village, six-year-old Kasiva Mutua started to notice rhythms. The wind blowing, a goat bleating, distant laughter. Mutua, now 31, felt she had a special relationship with sound and tempo – one that propelled her to become Kenya’s leading female percussionist in a country where drumming was long considered taboo for women.
6 Mar 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
Baseball-Los Angeles Dodgers ace Kershaw discusses Astros cheating scandal
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw discusses the 2017 Houston Astros cheating scandal that rocked Major League Baseball this offseason and his charitable foundation with Reuters.
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