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Tempers rise in U.S. Senate as vote nears on $2 trillion coronavirus bill

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 4:13pm
U.S. senators were set to vote on Wednesday on a $2 trillion bipartisan package of legislation to alleviate the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, although critics from the right and left threatened to hold up the bill.

Taliban says prisoner release by Afghan government to start by end of March

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 4:03pm
The Afghan government said on Wednesday that it would free 100 Taliban detainees on humanitarian grounds at the end of March, raising uncertainty about the fate of a prisoner release deal with the insurgents, who have demanded that 5,000 detainees be freed.

S&P 500 rallies for second day as investors await $2 trillion aid package

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 3:56pm
The S&P 500 rallied for a second straight session on Wednesday as the U.S. Senate appeared near a vote on a $2 trillion package to support businesses and households devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

White House's Kudlow: problem with Senate bill's language 'will be worked out'

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 3:52pm
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox News in an interview on Wednesday that a problem with language on jobless benefits in a U.S. Senate coronavirus aid bill "will be worked out."

After smallpox and malaria, Brazil's tribes fear coronavirus is next lethal import

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 3:52pm
When Europeans first arrived in the Amazon rainforest, their smallpox decimated local tribes. Then rubber tappers, gold miners and settlers brought malaria, measles and influenza.

UK struggling with coronavirus tests amid global shortage

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 3:08pm
Testing as many people as possible for the coronavirus is vitally important but a global shortage of the materials needed is causing a supply bottleneck, British medical authorities said on Wednesday.

Biden calls Trump's Easter back-to-business goal 'catastrophic'

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 3:05pm
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Wednesday that potential efforts by President Donald Trump to re-open American businesses in time for the Easter holiday could be "catastrophic."