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Coronavirus: Trump extends US guidelines beyond Easter

Coronavirus: Trump extends US guidelines beyond Easter

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Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has said federal coronavirus guidelines such as social distancing will be extended across the US until at least 30 April.He had previously suggested that they could be relaxed as early as Easter, which falls in mid-April."The highest point of the death rate is likely to hit in two weeks," Mr Trump said. He appeared to be referring to peak infection rates that experts fear could overwhelm hospitals.White House medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci had earlier warned that the virus could kill up to 200,000 Americans.Dr Fauci said that it was "entirely conceivable" that millions of Americans could eventually be infected. The US now has more than 140,000 confirmed cases.As of Sunday ev...

Sri Lanka presidential hopeful vows probe into Easter blasts

World
A former Sri Lankan defense chief who is a front-runner in next month's presidential election said he'll order a fresh probe into the Easter Sunday blasts that killed 263 people by appointing a presidential commission if he wins. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said the commission would be set up on a request made by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, a top leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. Ranjith has previously called for an independent and transparent commission to investigate the attack, which was blamed on Islamic extremists. Rajapaksa, a powerful defense official in the government of his brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is a favorite to win the Nov. 16 election, in which national security has become the focal point. While addressing an election rally on Saturday, Raja...
Britain breaks coal-free power record over Easter weekend

Britain breaks coal-free power record over Easter weekend

Science
Britain has broken its record for the longest continuous period without generating electricity from coal.National Grid said that the coal-free period lasted more than 90 hours before coming to an end on Monday afternoon.It is the longest period since the industrial revolution and breaks the previous record set in April 2018 of 76 hours and 10 minutes.The government plans to phase out Britain's last coal power plants by 2025 to cut greenhouse gases.Duncan Burt, director of operations at National Grid, told BBC Radio 5 Live it was "a really big deal". Record Easter temperatures in three nations Britain lasts three days without coal "It's all about the sunny weather we've been seeing, so energy demand is low. There has been lots o...
Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

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More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in nine bombings that rocked churches, luxury hotels and other sites in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the blasts as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, and police said 13 suspects were arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Wijewardena said most of the bombings were believed to have been suicide attacks. The explosions — most of them in or around Colombo, the capital — collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing worshippers and hotel guests in one scene after another of smoke, soot, blood, broken glass, screams and wailing alarms. Victims wer