Covid-19 | How we got here: a timeline of how the virus spread across the world

2020-04-05 12:09

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic over a new coronavirus which causes an illness known as Covid-19 that has spread to at least 180 countries and territories.

Global powers scramble as WTO braces for 'worst recession of our lifetime'

2020-04-09 14:59

World powers scrambled on Thursday to build a global response to the human and economic catastrophe caused by the coronavirus epidemic, as death tolls in the US and Europe soared higher.


AT WAR |  US President Donald Trump has used his daily coronavirus briefings to not only chastise gathered media, but to also remind them that the country is at war with a deadly virus. By 7 April the U.S. death toll had surpassed 10 000. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

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International Covid-19 update: Nigeria frees 2 600 prisoners, UK lockdown may be extended

2020-04-09 18:50

Nigeria will grant amnesty to around 2 600 prisoners to ease congestion in the country's jails as authorities battle to halt the coronavirus pandemic, plus other updates from around the world.

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Taliban protest as Kabul releases another 100 insurgents

2020-04-09 14:53

The Afghan government has said it would release another 100 Taliban inmates, even though the insurgents have walked out of talks over a comprehensive prisoner swap.

International Covid-19 update: 'Deepest global recession' on the cards, Italians get cabin fever

2020-04-08 18:50

The coronavirus pandemic is battering the world's major economies and could trigger the deepest global recession in generations, the World Trade Organisation says, and other updates from around the world.

Ecuador ex-president sentenced to eight years for corruption

2020-04-08 11:08

Former Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison for corruption during his 10-year term in office, the attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Monster Pacific cyclone Harold batters Fiji

2020-04-08 10:02

A deadly Pacific storm has slammed into Fiji, tearing off roofs and flooding towns, after leaving a trail of destruction in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Britain's Johnson spends second night in intensive care

2020-04-08 08:49

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent a second night in intensive care battling the coronavirus which has infected more than 55 000 across the country and killed nearly 6 200.

Pakistan shoots down Indian drone as Kashmir tensions rise

2020-04-09 12:18

Pakistan's army has said it had shot down a small Indian surveillance drone in Kashmir, as tensions rose over continued cross-border shelling in the disputed territory.

Covid-19 pandemic may spark 'devastating' global condom shortage

2020-04-08 19:55

A global condom shortage is looming as the coronavirus pandemic shutters factories and disrupts supply chains, the world's top maker of the contraceptives said, with the United Nations warning of "devastating" consequences.

Senator Bernie Sanders ends US presidential bid, clears way for Joe Biden

2020-04-08 17:45

US Senator Bernie Sanders has suspended his presidential campaign, his team said Wednesday, clearing the way for rival Joe Biden to become the Democratic nominee to challenge Republican incumbent Donald Trump in November.

Britain's Johnson enters third day in intensive care

2020-04-08 13:55

Prime Minister Boris Johnson began a third day in intensive care on Wednesday battling the coronavirus, which has struck at the heart of the British government, infected more than 55,000 people across the country and killed nearly 6,200.

Sex crimes case against 'last apostle of Jesus' dismissed on technicality

2020-04-08 12:42

A California appeals court ruled that a human trafficking and child rape case against a Mexican megachurch leader must be thrown out due to procedural errors.

International Covid-19 update: Ugandan officers ‘torture women’ during lockdown, Paris bans jogging

2020-04-07 21:46

A Uganda court has charged 10 police officers with "aggravated torture" for allegedly forcing dozens of women to rub mud on their genitals as punishment for breaking a coronavirus curfew, and all the other top stories from around the world.

International Covid-19 wrap: Russian lab wants to test a vaccine, Boris Johnson in 'good spirits'

2020-04-07 19:47

The head of a top Russian research centre has told President Vladimir Putin that his lab was ready to start human trials of experimental coronavirus vaccines in June, plus other updates from around the world.

WhatsApp tightens rules on sharing to curb spread of fake virus news

2020-04-07 18:46

WhatsApp on Tuesday placed new limits on message forwarding as part of an effort to curb the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

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