World News Briefs — March 11, 2020 (Evening Edition)

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Reuters: Coronavirus forces Italy to tighten lockdown, Trump to address U.S. crisis

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – Now officially a global pandemic, the coronavirus outbreak is forcing Italy to tighten its nationwide lockdown by shutting bars, hairdressers and restaurants as other countries closed schools and canceled sports events and other big gatherings.

The virus sent the Dow .DJI into a bear market for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis as the massive financial stimulus promised by governments around the globe failed to reassure investors.

The United States has yet to enact any large-scale containment measures as cases topped 1,000 as testing became more available, including the nation’s first drive-through testing in Denver — a measure that proved key to containment in South Korea.

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MIDDLE EAST

Two U.S., one British personnel killed in Iraq rocket attack: officials.

U.S. gives details on Iran sites under scrutiny of U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Iran agrees to send black boxes of downed airliner to Ukraine: official.

News agency: Iran VP, 2 Cabinet members have new virus.

Saudi, UAE open oil taps as they wage price war.

Saudi to boost oil output capacity by 1 mn barrels per day: Aramco.

Syrian whistleblower presses US Congress for Assad accountability.

Turkey will not shy from military action in Syria’s Idlib if words not kept.

Ten rockets hit Iraq base housing US troops.

Vowing to keep border open, Turkey’s Erdogan compares Greeks to Nazis.

Palestinian teenager killed in West Bank clash.

Netanyahu rival set for official protection after threats.

UN experts demand Iran ceases harassing BBC Persian staff.

India cancels almost all visas, closes Myanmar border, as regional coronavirus cases rise.

China’s coronavirus outbreak has ‘passed its worst,’ says UBS.

India cancels all tourist visas, closes Myanmar border as regional coronavirus cases rise.

Coronavirus could delay Tokyo Olympics by up to two years, Japanese official suggests, but IOC says Games preparations continue.

Afghanistan peace talks stall over planned prisoner exchange.

North Korea ramps up missile testing.

China slams US for warship sail-by in disputed waters.

Fresh blow to India opposition as Madhya Pradesh leader joins BJP.

Sudan: Frustration grows over fuel, bread shortages. Arrests in Sudan after PM survives assassination attempt.

Suspected military supplies pour into Libya as UN flounders.

Cameroon violence: Ambazonia group claims deadly attacks.

Guinea delays referendum for a second time.

Burundi ex-president’s ‘shock’ over election ban.

Top Sierra Leone ex-rebel arrested in Finland.

Zambia: boy arrested for allegedly defaming president on Facebook.

Two rare white giraffes killed by poachers, Kenyan conservancy says, leaving only one left on Earth.

Exclusive: Russia to OPEC – deeper oil cuts won’t work.

Coronavirus panic spreads across Europe: Five developments.

Facing recession, Europe grasps for ways to limit damage.

Greece condemned over ill-treatment of refugees held on ship.

Greek civilian militias patrol border amid migrant and refugee crisis.

Only C MINUS grade: Putin rates Russia-US relations as more bad than good.

Russia’s Duma passes reforms allowing Putin to seek re-election.

Half a million seats and a spoiler virus: A guide to France’s municipal elections.

Dr. Tony Fauci warns coronavirus is 10 TIMES more lethal than seasonal flu and millions of Americans will be infected in an outbreak that will ‘only get worse’.

LA confirms first coronavirus death: Woman over 60 with underlying health issues becomes fourth infected patient to succumb to the virus in California as US death toll rises to 32 and infected cases surge past 1,000.

Pelosi to unveil virus aid as GOP signals possible support.

US budget deficit up 14.8% for first 5 months of fiscal year.

U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum policy.

Sanders vows to stay in Democratic race after Biden secures lead.

US lawmakers seek Xinjiang import ban over forced labor.

More than 100,000 have fled violence in Nicaragua, U.N. report says.

Venezuela protest: Opposition clashes with police.

Woman in Russian ‘sex spy’ scandal fights deportation from Canada.

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison on rape conviction.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Somalis allege U.S. air strike killed six civilians; Africa Command investigating.

Efforts to combat violent extremist groups in Sahel region are ‘not getting the job done,’ says AFRICOM leader.

Afghan government to release Taliban prisoners as U.N. backs push to end war.

Macron presides over ceremony to honour victims of terrorism.

Lockerbie bombing: Megrahi appeal bid allowed.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Dow plunges 1,400 points and into a bear market for the first time in 11 years as coronavirus is declared a pandemic.

G7 foreign minister meeting to be held via teleconference.

Saudi Arabia and Russia intensify ‘pretty aggressive’ oil price war with commitment to increase production.

Boeing to draw down billions in loan cash as pressure builds.

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