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Merkel’s party suffers historic defeats as Germans react to handling of COVID crisis

Merkel’s party suffers historic defeats as Germans react to handling of COVID crisis

World
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has suffered historic defeats in regional elections as voters reacted to her handling of the COVID-19 crisis.The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost out to the Greens in the southwest automotive hub of Baden-Wuerttemberg and to the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD) in neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate. Mrs Merkel has been in power since 2005 and will not be standing again at the federal elections in September following four consecutive national election victories. Image: Christian Baldauf, the top CDU candidate in Rhineland-Palatinate, reacted as results came in The record defeats in the regional elections, only held in the two wealthy southern states and seen as a bellwether for September, ...
Stars react to presidential inauguration: ‘Today, we make history’

Stars react to presidential inauguration: ‘Today, we make history’

Entertainment
Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Film, television and music stars like Mindy Kaling, Bebe Rexha, Eva Longoria and more have commented on Wednesday's presidential inauguration for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Biden became the 46th president of the United States after taking the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Advertisement Harris has become the first woman and first woman of color in U.S. history to be sworn in as vice president. "I was at work, but apparently she said: 'Is that mommy? It looks like mommy.' Best compliment I ever got! It matters. Happy Inauguration everyone," Kaling said on Instagram, alongside an image of her three-year-old daughter Katherine watching Harris on a television screen. "Brown girls no longer just dreaming," Shonda Rhimes said on Instagram, alongside a ...
FTSE 100 hits six-month low as investors react to surging infection rates

FTSE 100 hits six-month low as investors react to surging infection rates

Business
The FTSE 100 has fallen to its lowest level in six months as financial markets react to surging coronavirus infections around the world.There was a sea of red for stocks across Europe and the US in Wednesday trading over fears COVID-19 will deliver a deeper-than-expected hit to the global economy in the months ahead. The FTSE 100 was more than 3% down in afternoon trading at one stage with all of its constituent companies, bar Rolls-Royce, losing ground. The index closed 2.6% lower at 5,582. That left it 26% down in the year to date. The domestically focused FTSE 250 lost almost 2% in the session.The situation was worse across the Channel as the CAC in Paris and Germany's DAX also fell sharply - the latter almost 5% lower at one stage - in reaction to looming lock...
Pound at 35-year low as markets react to ‘magnitude of pandemic’

Pound at 35-year low as markets react to ‘magnitude of pandemic’

Business
Global stock markets have hit reverse again while the pound is at its lowest level against the dollar in 35 years as investors flee ever deepening gloom over the coronavirus crisis.The FTSE 100 plunged by just over 4% on Wednesday to 5,080 points - wiping out strong gains seen the day before - despite "unprecedented" measures announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak to help businesses and households weather the storm. Markets had been lifted on Tuesday by the promise of stimulus measures, with New York's Dow Jones climbing more than 5% after US President Donald Trump unveiled plans for an $ 850bn stimulus package, including help for airlines. But it took less than 24 hours for the enthusiasm to fade, with Asian markets falling again overnight and the US and European indices following, firml...
‘Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked?’: Stars react to coronavirus

‘Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked?’: Stars react to coronavirus

Entertainment
As coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, celebrities are doing their bit to share safety advice - and selfies.Gwyneth Paltrow shared a photo of herself wearing a large black face mask as she travelled to Europe. The 47-year-old Goop entrepreneur joked about her role in the 2011 film Contagion, which is about a mystery virus that spreads across the world killing tens of millions of people.Speaking about herself in the third person, Paltrow wrote: "En route to Paris. Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda?"Paltrow's just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane. ...