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Thousands demonstrate against Israeli coalition deal

Thousands demonstrate against Israeli coalition deal

World
Several thousand Israelis have demonstrated against a unity government deal reached last week that leaves Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power as he prepares to go on trial for corruption chargesBy SHLOMO MOR Associated PressApril 25, 2020, 9:30 PM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTEL AVIV, Israel -- Several thousand Israelis on Saturday demonstrated against a unity government deal reached last week that leaves Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power as he prepares to go on trial for corruption charges. The protesters oppose having Netanyahu as prime minister as long as he is a criminal suspect. The protesters say the unity government agreement, which gives Netanyahu influence over the appointment of judges and legal officials, “crushes democr
CBI warns of ‘race against time’ to save firms from collapse

CBI warns of ‘race against time’ to save firms from collapse

Business
The CBI has demanded that ministers beef up help for businesses in a "race against time" to save jobs and livelihoods.Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI's director-general, said government intervention had already saved millions of jobs but that a "new wave of support" was needed. It came hours after figures showing £2.8bn has been advanced to struggling small and medium-sized businesses under a Treasury-backed scheme - which has been criticised for being too slow.More than 16,000 loans have been approved under the scheme but that compares to an estimated 300,000 companies that have expressed an interest.The CBI said the figures highlighted the need to "accelerate the delivery" of existing support at a time when many firms were facing "unrelenting" pressure - with the latest data painting a d
Coronavirus: AI steps up in battle against Covid-19

Coronavirus: AI steps up in battle against Covid-19

Technology
It feels as if a superhuman effort is needed to help ease the global pandemic killing so many.Artificial intelligence may have been hyped - but when it comes to medicine, it already has a proven track record.So can machine learning rise to this challenge of finding a cure for this terrible disease?There is no shortage of companies trying to solve the dilemma.Oxford-based Exscientia, the first to put an AI-discovered drug into human trial, is trawling through 15,000 drugs held by the Scripps research institute, in California.And Healx, a Cambridge company set up by Viagra co-inventor Dr David Brown, has repurposed its AI system developed to find drugs for rare diseases. T...
Coronavirus: ‘Liberate’ states protesting against lockdown, says Trump

Coronavirus: ‘Liberate’ states protesting against lockdown, says Trump

World
President Donald Trump has appeared to endorse protests against stringent lockdown measures in several states. In a series of tweets, he said: "LIBERATE MINNESOTA", "LIBERATE MICHIGAN" and then "LIBERATE VIRGINIA".Protesters say the severe economic restrictions are hurting citizens, but health officials warn lifting them could spread infection.The US saw its highest daily death toll on Thursday, recording 4,591 deaths in 24 hours. That spike could be because Johns Hopkins University, which records the data, began to include deaths with a Covid-19 probable cause.The US has the highest number of cases and deaths worldwide, more than 672,200 confirmed infections and 33,000 deaths.Demonstrations calling on authorities to end the shu...
Russia ends war games as precaution against COVID-19

Russia ends war games as precaution against COVID-19

Business
March 23 (UPI) -- The Russian army ended war exercises on its western border, it announced on Monday, as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 virus. The war games were to be a response to a massive exercise by NATO troops in March, Europe-Defender 20, that was to involve over 20,000 U.S. troops and personnel from 10 other countries but was severely reduced in scope after the outbreak. The NATO exercise was criticized by the Kremlin, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in February that Russia would respond with a reciprocal show of force. "It's obvious that all of this is connected with preventive measures," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday of the cancellation of the Russian war games. "It's linked to the situation around the general fight against coronavi...