Pelosi says U.S. House to approve coronavirus bill on Friday

Several airlines not expected to survive after coronavirus crisis

Pandemic causes unprecedented crisis in the airline industry, with thousands of passengers going nowhere because of grounded fleets.

The pandemic is causing an unprecedented crisis in the airline industry.

Thousands of passengers are going nowhere because some of the world’s best-known airlines have grounded their entire fleets.

And when the crisis is eventually over, industry experts expect major changes – and perhaps cheaper fares.

Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports from Chicago.

France's Macron says he and Trump preparing an initiative on coronavirus crisis – Twitter

PARIS, March 27 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that he had a “very good discussion” with U.S. President Donald Trump over the coronavirus crisis and that the two were preparing a new initiative to combat the pandemic.

“In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are preparing with other countries a new strong initiative in the coming days,” the French president said on Twitter. (Reporting by Jean Terzian and Mathieu Rosemain Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

UK to pay 2 million self-employed workers through coronavirus: Times

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will on Thursday announce plans to help around 2 million of the country’s 5 million self-employed workers through the coronavirus outbreak by paying money directly into their bank accounts, the Times newspaper reported.

The monthly payouts are expected to be capped and means-tested to benefit those on lower incomes, the report said.

U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Iranian individuals, companies -Treasury

WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – The United States has imposed sanctions on 15 Iranian individuals and five companies in Iran under a counter-terrorism program, according to a post on the Treasury web site on Thursday.

The sanctions were tied to shipping, trading and construction companies, as well as a chemical firm, according to the post. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert, Editing by Franklin Paul)

CANADA STOCKS-TSX opens lower for first time in 4 days as coronavirus crisis deepens

March 27 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index opened lower for the first time in four sessions on Friday, as concerns over the rapidly spreading coronavirus outweighed optimism around a stimulus package.

Also hurting the main index was a 5% decline in oil prices that weighed on energy stocks.

At 9:31 a.m. ET (1331 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite index was down 512.55 points, or 3.83%, at 12,858.62. (Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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6.0-magnitude earthquake hits southern Philippines

An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck 196 kilometres southeast of Budta, Philippines, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said on Thursday.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

Coronavirus In L.A. County: Six More Deaths Reported Overnight

Los Angeles County officials announced Saturday that six more people died from coronavirus overnight, bringing the county’s virus-related death toll to 32.

“We are sad to announce six additional deaths from COVID-19 today,”said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Public Health director. “More than ever, it is crucial that we practice social distancing, and if we are sick, even with mild illness, we make every effort to self-isolate from others for at least seven days. Those who have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days.”

A total of 1804 cases have now been reported, according to the county’s Department of Public Health.

Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news conference this afternoon that the state is rushing to get more ventilators to hospitals, amid a nationwide shortage.

“It’s one thing to procure new equipment. It’s another to refurbish old equipment, and the challenge for all of us across this nation is to do so with a sense of urgency,” Newsom said.

The governor made his comments in Sunnyvale, while touring a Bloom Energy warehouse. In the last few days, the company agreed to shift its operations and start refurbishing old ventilators from the state’s emergency stockpile.

Newsom said state workers recently dusted off 514 ventilators that hadn’t been “looked at or un-boxed since 2011.”

Russian warships being tracked in Channel and North Sea by Royal Navy

The Royal Navy has confirmed it is ‘shadowing’ seven Russian warships.

It follows ‘unusually high levels of activity’ by Russian vessels off the British coastline.

‘The Navy has completed a concentrated operation to shadow the Russian warships after unusually high levels of activity in the English Channel and North Sea,’ the Royal Navy said.

This is a breaking news story, more to follow.

Pelosi says U.S. House to approve coronavirus bill on Friday

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the House of Representatives will approve the coronavirus economic relief bill on Friday, likely after a three hour debate.

Pelosi, asked if it will be a voice vote, said, “We’ll see.”