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Saudi ceasefire takes effect in Yemen, no word from Houthis

CAIRO -- A ceasefire proposed by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen went into effect Thursday, potentially paving the way for an end to the more than 5-year-old conflict.
Saudi officials announced late on Wednesday that the ceasefire would last for two weeks and that it comes in response to UN calls to halt hostilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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U.K. braces for more virus deaths; Johnson reported stable

LONDON -- Britons braced Thursday for several more weeks in lockdown as Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in a London hospital after three nights in intensive care for treatment of his coronavirus infection.
The British government said Wednesday evening that the prime minister was making "steady progress" at St.
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A Mount Sinai study shows the first cases of coronavirus in New York City most likely originated in Europe and other parts of the United States, the health system said.
With more than 80,000 cases and 4,260 coronavirus deaths, according to the city's website, New York is one of the major epicenters for the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
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Prince William and Kate video call children at school to boost morale

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spread some Easter cheer to pupils and teachers at one primary school in the U.K. when they dialed in for a video call while the country is on lockdown.
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New White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany repeatedly downplayed the threat of the coronavirus in comments made in February and March, a CNN KFile review has found.
In radio and television appearances, McEnany, in her role as spokeswoman for U.S.
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Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and the world on Thursday

The latest:
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People needing addiction services feeling 'abandoned' during pandemic

VANCOUVER -- British Columbia's former provincial health officer says he has "grave concerns" about reduced services because of COVID-19 for people struggling with drug addiction, while the manager of a supervised consumption site in Toronto says people are feeling abandoned.
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Half billion more people face poverty due to virus: Oxfam

LONDON -- Around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic unless richer countries take “urgent action” to help developing nations, a leading aid organization warned Thursday.
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How a pandemic struck a British PM and changed the world. No, not this one

Britain's prime minister lay sequestered in a room for days, struggling to survive the deadliest pandemic of the century, while scant details trickled out to the public.
Boris Johnson in 2020? No, David Lloyd George in 1918.
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Without 'urgent action,' half a billion will be pushed into poverty, report warns

LONDON -- Around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic unless richer countries take "urgent action" to help developing nations, a leading aid organization warned Thursday.
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Why isn't Canada testing everyone for coronavirus?

When did Canada's coronavirus testing go off the rails?
The first clues were evident back on Jan. 24, the day after Wuhan, China, was locked down.
"We're ready, we're prepared."
Those were the confident words from Dr.
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Atomic bomb tests help reveal age of world's biggest fish

Scientists have figured out how to calculate the age of whale sharks — Earth's largest fish — with some guidance from the radioactive fallout spawned by Cold War-era atomic bomb testing.
By measuring levels of carbon-14, a naturally occurring radioactive element that also is a by-product of nuclear explosions, the researchers determined that distinct bands present inside the shark's cartilaginous vertebrae are formed annually, like a tree's growth rings.
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Canadian real estate markets hit hard by pandemic

Vancouver real estate agent David Hutchinson pulls out some bright blue medical gloves and tugs them onto his hands before entering a condo that's coming onto the market.
"It's uncharted territory, a completely different ballgame, and we're learning everything on the go," he said as he got his cellphone ready to do a virtual showing from the empty unit.
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