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Thunderstorms bring widespread flooding to Egypt, killing 5

World
Officials say thunderstorms packing heavy rains and lightning have caused widespread flooding across Egypt, killing at least five people and injuring five othersBy NOHA ELHENNAWY Associated PressMarch 12, 2020, 10:07 PM3 min readCAIRO -- Thunderstorms packing heavy rains and lightning caused widespread flooding across Egypt on Thursday, killing at least five people and injuring five others, officials said as authorities shuttered schools, government offices and an airport. A child died and five people were injured when floods demolished their houses in a rural area in the southern province of Qena, where lightning ignited several fires. Also in Qena, a motorist was killed when winds blew his car into a canal. Photos and video footage circulated on social media showed flooded roads, dama...

Widespread glitches occur on 1st day of ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups

Health
Trump administration officials say they're working to resolve problems with HealthCare.gov following reports of widespread technical glitches on the first day of "Obamacare" sign-ups. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a statement Friday that it's aware that some consumers trying to sign up for health insurance have received error messages from the online system. The agency said its "highest priority" is to fix the issues quickly to provide a "seamless consumer experience." Get America Covered, a group that monitors HealthCare.gov and includes former Obama officials, said it received reports of problems from people in multiple states. Some consumers were unable to complete their applications. About 10 million people get subsidized private health insurance through the A...

Report reveals widespread abuse of women during childbirth

Health
A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in The Lancet medical journal says women in Nigeria, Myanmar, Ghana and Guinea also experienced high rates of cesarean sections and surgical cuts to the vagina, or episiotomies, without their consent — and often without a painkiller. "Mistreatment during childbirth can amount to a violation of human rights, and could be a powerful disincentive from seeking facility-based maternity care," the study said in a discussion of similar research. The new study led by the World Health Organization followed more than 2,000 women
Carney sees ‘widespread slowdown’ as trade tensions deepen

Carney sees ‘widespread slowdown’ as trade tensions deepen

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned that the global economy is in a "widespread slowdown", with "worrying" signs ahead amid sustained trade tensions.Mr Carney said Donald Trump's latest skirmishes with China, Mexico and Europe raised the prospect of these tensions being "far more pervasive, persistent and damaging" than previously expected. They risked dragging on growth globally and in the UK - where Brexit uncertainty was also increasingly weighing on the economy, he told an audience in Bournemouth.Mr Carney's comments helped pull the pound lower against the dollar and the euro as traders bet on a gloomy outlook from the Bank potentially making lower interest rates more likely. ...