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US Supreme Court refuses to bend to Trump’s will

With its decisions on Donald Trump’s financial records on Thursday, the Supreme Court sounded a note it has played more than once this term: it would not simply dance to the president’s tune. The US high court’s rulings in two cases concerning records held by Mr Trump’s accountant and bankers dismissed arguments that he was...

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Students and teachers hit at International Baccalaureate grading

Students and teachers around the world have attacked the International Baccalaureate after receiving grades awarded using a system introduced because of disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. Schools this week demanded explanations from the foundation that administers the IB, with thousands of the 170,000 students who entered saying they had received marks below their expected grades...

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Worldwide bike shortage slams brakes on cycling revolution

It has become the preferred mode of transport and the pastime of choice for millions of people in the coronavirus era. But the cycling revolution has been stopped in its tracks — by a worldwide shortage of bikes. Many stores around the world have been selling out as soon as new bikes are delivered, leaving shop...

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Gilead says remdesivir data show reduced risk of death

Gilead Sciences revealed more trial data on Friday showing its experimental Covid-19 drug significantly reduced the risk of death, an early sign that the antiviral treatment may go beyond just speeding up recovery.  The California-based biotech group said its remdesivir treatment showed a 62 per cent reduction in the risk of death compared with standard...

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Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s ‘Captain Corona’, bets on virus denial

Disease has often stricken Brazilian leaders. In 1919, the Spanish flu killed president-elect Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves. Fernando Collor de Mello was impeached in 1992 after the country was struck by cholera. Dilma Rousseff met the same fate in 2016 in the midst of the Zika epidemic. Now Covid-19 has infected President Jair Bolsonaro....

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California squanders early lead in fight against coronavirus

When California governor Gavin Newsom issued the first US statewide stay-at-home order, on March 19, it was hailed as a bold but necessary step to contain coronavirus. Mr Newsom, a Democrat, told citizens to “recognise reality” and warned that more than half of California’s 40m residents could be infected within eight weeks unless serious measures...

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Anthony Fauci: ‘We are living in the perfect storm’

I hear Anthony Fauci before I see him. Out of view of our video call, he asks his tech assistant: “Have you wiped down the table?” The assistant, who has already sprayed down the 79-year-old’s chair, hurries to disinfect the desk. The top adviser on the White House’s coronavirus task force cannot afford to fall...

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Hong Kong shuts schools as new coronavirus cases hit city

Hong Kong has closed schools and tightened social-distancing requirements after a resurgence in locally infected coronavirus cases in the Asian financial hub. Secondary and primary schools as well as kindergartens would be suspended starting on Monday, said Kevin Yeung, education secretary. The decision was taken “in view of the exponential growth of confirmed Covid-19 local...

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Rising tension with China rings corporate Australia’s alarm bells

Australia has been hit by a phenomenon not seen there for nearly thirty years: recession. The pandemic is to blame but fraying relations with China threaten to make the downturn considerably worse. This week, Australia warned against travel to Hong Kong and suspended its extradition treaty with the territory, sparking a swift rebuke from China. Bumper sales...

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Ford faces parts shortages as virus impacts Mexico factories

Ford is facing potential parts shortages from suppliers in northern Mexico as the pandemic throttles production, threatening the ability of US factories to keep manufacturing vehicles. The governor of the state of Chihuahua, an important region supplying the US automotive industry, has barred employers from operating with more than half their workforce in an attempt...

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Investors move in on China’s housing lottery scheme

Dave Zhang did not expect to hit the jackpot when he entered a housing lottery to purchase a new two-bedroom flat in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. But he won a draw that attracted 10,000 buyers for 150 units in a city centre development for Rmb31,000 ($4,400) per square metre, about three-quarters of what...

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France to rebuild Notre-Dame as it was before fire

France has decided that the restoration of Notre-Dame after a devastating fire last year will stick closely to the cathedral’s original design, rejecting proposals to add a modern architectural flourish to the destroyed spire. Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, made the final decision on Thursday after a meeting with the country’s chief architect for historic monuments,...