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Markets and some schools reopened in UK as lockdown eases

LONDON (UK) – English schools reopen on Monday for the first time since they were shut 10 weeks ago because of the coronavirus pandemic, but many parents planned to keep children at home amid fears ministers were moving too fast. The easing of strict measures will mean classes will restart for some younger children, up […]

Spanish mortgages dropped 14.6% in March as lockdown bit

MADRID (Europe) – The number of mortgages taken out by Spaniards fell in March by 14.6% year-on-year, the government’s statistics body said on Wednesday, reflecting the hit from the coronavirus outbreak. March’s 26,382 mortgages also represented a 26.8% decrease from February, the National Statistics Institute said. One of the worst-hit nations in the

UK junior minister resigns over Cummings’ lockdown drive

LONDON (UK) – Douglas Ross, a junior minister in the Scotland Office, resigned from the British government on Tuesday over the handling of accusations that the prime minister’s senior adviser had broken the coronavirus lockdown by travelling for help with childcare. Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s closest adviser, refused to resign on Monday, saying he

In slums in Philippines, heat, hunger take a toll

MANILA (Asia) – One by one, Michelle Asinto’s six children take the plate of rice doused in soy sauce and eat their share before passing it on. This is what a meal can look like in the slums around the Philippine capital Manila. Under lockdown since March 16, many families have lost regular incomes and […]