Oil majors rush to raise billions in debt as crude prices sink

Although the recent collapse in prices is now forcing them to sharply scale back discretionary spending, none have so far indicated an intention to reduce dividends, although investors and analysts said they might be forced to in case of a protracted downturn.

‘Little People, Big World’ Stars Jeremy and Audrey Roloff Face Backlash From Fans Over Coronavirus ‘Privilege’

“New episode dropped today and we’re sharing our thoughts on this global pandemic, how we are handeling quarantine with two kids, and things we are grateful for in this season,” Audrey announced on Instagram. “We talk about the helpfulness of writing down your questions in the face of so much uncertainty, practical ideas for being […]

How Britain and the US decided to abandon Srebrenica to its fate

“I started to move a little. I got my nephew off me. I arose and saw a field full of bodies, everywhere, as far as I could see. And I cried; I could not stop myself.” Amazingly, “there was another man on his feet. I thought I was dreaming, seeing things. I walked towards him; […]

What’s behind Beijing’s drive to control the South China Sea?

The onset of a fever in the region around maritime issues can be traced to China’s revival of an artefact of its early-20th-century history, known as the Nine-Dash Line. This line, which made its first official appearance in 1947, under the nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, encloses virtually all of the South China Sea in […]

Japan raises nuclear alert level to seven

The aftershock came as the government said it was widening the evacuation zone around the plant due to high levels of accumulated radiation and fears about long-term effects on residents’ health. A fire that broke out at the plant’s number four reactor at 6.38am local time was extinguished, the operator, Tokyo Electric Power company (Tepco), […]

Major NHS trust tells staff to work even if a household member has the tell-tale symptoms of the killer coronavirus – contrary to national guidance

Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of the outbreak about whether the true number of people who are infected is significantly higher than the official numbers of recorded cases. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill unless they’re tested, so only the more serious […]

Ebola fears spread as Spanish nurse worsens, British man tested

The Ebola virus causes hemorrhagic fever and is spread through direct contact with body fluids from an infected person, who would suffer severe bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea. About half of people infected have died in the current outbreak, although up to 90 percent of patients have died in previous outbreaks.

Iraq has confirmed thousands more COVID-19 cases than reported, medics say

The three Iraqi doctors and the political official said national security officials had attended health ministry meetings and urged authorities not to reveal the high figures because it could create public disorder with a rush on medical supplies, and make it harder to control the disease’s spread.

Economic shock of coronavirus casts pall on NATO spending goals

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) – The economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic is likely to undermine NATO defence targets cherished by U.S. President Donald Trump, diplomats and experts say, as governments move closer to spending goals only by virtue of shrinking economies.

EU Commission apologises to Italy over coronavirus response, deaths push higher

Underscoring the scale of the epidemic in Italy, the crematorium in the country’s financial capital Milan announced on Thursday that it would not take in any more bodies for the rest of April to allow it to clear its backlog of coffins.