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Futures choppy as U.S. shutdown extension weighs

   NYSE-AMEX Options floor traders from TradeMas Inc. work in an off-site trading office built when the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) closed, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid 

   U.S. stock index futures see-sawed on Monday after a strong recovery last week, as President Donald Trump extended his stay-at-home guidelines until the end of April, raising fears of a larger economic hit from the slump in business activity.
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   Business News6 minutes ago

Malaysia widens fiscal deficit target after coronavirus stimulus measures

   FILE PHOTO: A health worker rests at a drive-thru coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing center at KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng 

   Malaysia expects its fiscal deficit to widen to 4% of gross domestic product this year because of the $58 billion stimulus measures announced to counter the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, the country's finance minister said.
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   Business News15 minutes ago

EasyJet grounds fleet as pandemic pushes airlines to the brink

   FILE PHOTO: EasyJet airplanes are pictured at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo 

   British budget airline easyJet  has grounded its fleet of 344 planes and has no clear idea when it might resume flights, it said on Monday, highlighting the strain on airlines trying to survive the coronavirus pandemic.
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   Business News17 minutes ago

Japan ruling party to propose stimulus package worth 16-17% of GDP, policy chief says

   Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party will propose a stimulus package totaling 16% to 17% of gross domestic product amid the coronavirus outbreak, its policy chief said on Monday.
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   World News17 minutes ago

Iran's coronavirus death toll reaches 2,757: health official

   FILE PHOTO: Firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as they disinfect the streets ahead of the Iranian New Year holiday, March 20, in Tehran, Iran March 18, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Ali Khara via REUTERS 

   Iran's death toll from the new coronavirus has increased to 2,757 with 117 new deaths in the past 24 hours, a health ministry spokesman told state TV on Monday, adding that the total number of cases has climbed to 41,495.
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   World News18 minutes ago

In Jerusalem, a Palestinian family under coronavirus lockdown

   The Palestinian Sara family pray together while observing a partial lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at their home in Jerusalem March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 

   A Palestinian English teacher, Jizelle Sara, faces a double challenge while observing a partial lockdown in her Jerusalem home during the coronavirus crisis.
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   World News19 minutes ago

Spain's coronavirus cases rise to 85,195, surpass China's

   A healthcare worker is seen near the emergency unit at 12 de Octubre hospital during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez 

   Spain's total number of coronavirus cases rose to 85,195 on Monday from 78,797 on Sunday, the country's health ministry said, as the infections surpassed those reported in China, at 81,470 according to the latest data.
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   Business News20 minutes ago

U.S. crude dips below $20 as lockdowns hit demand

   FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind a crude oil pump jack on a drill pad in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S. November 24, 2019. REUTERS/Angus Mordant/File Photo 

   Oil prices fell sharply on Monday, with U.S. crude briefly dropping below $20 and Brent hitting its lowest level in 18 years, on heightened fears that the global coronavirus shutdown could last months and demand for fuel could decline further.
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   World News21 minutes ago

Coronavirus fails to dampen South Korea's fever for exam success

   Choi Young-eun is so concerned about her teenagers' education as South Korea's schools stay shut that she has been sending them to a private tuition center to make sure they don't miss out.
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   World News22 minutes ago

With PM Johnson ill, coronavirus strikes at heart of British politics

   FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty (L) and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance look on as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news conference inside 10 Downing Street, London, Britain March 19, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo 

   Hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed on Friday he had the coronavirus, his health minister said he did too, and England's chief medical officer announced he also had symptoms.
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   World News22 minutes ago

Britons warned some coronavirus lockdown measures could last months

   FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. London, Britain, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo 

   Some lockdown measures to combat coronavirus in Britain could last months and only be gradually lifted, a senior medical official said on Sunday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the situation will get worse before it gets better.
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   World News23 minutes ago

UK PM Johnson's adviser Cummings isolating with coronavirus symptoms

   Dominic Cummings, special advisor for Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, leaves his home, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay 

   The coronavirus outbreak at the heart of the British government spread on Monday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, self-isolating with symptoms just days after the British leader himself tested positive.
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   World News28 minutes ago

North Korea says U.S. will not drop hostile policy despite leaders' good relationship: KCNA

   FILE PHOTO - A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Picture 

   North Korea said the United States will not drop its hostile policy, even though their two leaders have a good relationship, state media KCNA said on Monday.
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   Business News31 minutes ago

Exclusive: American Airlines in talks to hire Millstein for aid advice - sources

   FILE PHOTO: An American Airlines airplane sits on the tarmac at LAX in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 4, 2019. Picture taken March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson 

   American Airlines Group Inc  is in advanced talks to hire Guggenheim Securities co-chairman James Millstein for advice on tapping a $50 billion industry relief package available from the U.S. Treasury Department to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, people familiar with the matter said.
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   Business News32 minutes ago

European shares retreat as coronavirus fears intensify

   FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, February March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Staff 

   European stock markets headed lower on Monday, as fears about the economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic intensified with several nations extending near-total lockdowns.
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   World News32 minutes ago

Austria to make basic face masks compulsory in supermarkets

   FILE PHOTO: Face masks are on display in a closed shop during the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Vienna, Austria March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger 

   Austria will require the public to wear basic face masks in supermarkets, where they will be handed out probably from Wednesday in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday.
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   Business News33 minutes ago

Ukraine government plans to almost double borrowings in 2020

   Ukraine plans to increase state borrowings to 642.7 bln hryvnias ($22.8 bln) in 2020 from an earlier projected 365.2 bln hryvnias to cover the larger-than-expected budget deficit and debt payments, the government said on Monday.
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   Business News37 minutes ago

Over half of Britons see recession coming, some fear depression: YouGov

   FILE PHOTO: People walk through autumnal leaves in front of the financial district in London, Britain, November 21, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay 

   More than half of people in Britain expect the country's economy to be in recession within a year and one in five fear a depression, a poll by YouGov showed on Monday.
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   World News37 minutes ago

Japan is 'not planning' a coronavirus emergency but entry bans loom

   A woman wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen inside the closed Japan Olympics Museum, in Tokyo, Japan March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato 

   Japan has no plan to declare a state of emergency from April, its top government spokesman said on Monday, seeking to dispel mounting fears a recent spike in coronavirus cases could lead to a first-ever lockdown of the capital, Tokyo.
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   Business News41 minutes ago

Recession in Germany unavoidable due to coronavirus outbreak: economic advisors

   The empty shopping district "Hohe Strasse" is seen as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Cologne, Germany, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay 

   The coronavirus outbreak has made a recession in Europe's largest economy inevitable in the first half of this year, Germany's council of economic advisers said on Monday, predicting that output could shrink by up to 5.4% this year.
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   Business News4 minutes ago

Futures choppy as U.S. shutdown extension weighs

   NYSE-AMEX Options floor traders from TradeMas Inc. work in an off-site trading office built when the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) closed, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid 

   U.S. stock index futures see-sawed on Monday after a strong recovery last week, as President Donald Trump extended his stay-at-home guidelines until the end of April, raising fears of a larger economic hit from the slump in business activity.
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   Business News6 minutes ago

Malaysia widens fiscal deficit target after coronavirus stimulus measures

   FILE PHOTO: A health worker rests at a drive-thru coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing center at KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng 

   Malaysia expects its fiscal deficit to widen to 4% of gross domestic product this year because of the $58 billion stimulus measures announced to counter the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, the country's finance minister said.
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   Business News15 minutes ago

EasyJet grounds fleet as pandemic pushes airlines to the brink

   FILE PHOTO: EasyJet airplanes are pictured at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo 

   British budget airline easyJet  has grounded its fleet of 344 planes and has no clear idea when it might resume flights, it said on Monday, highlighting the strain on airlines trying to survive the coronavirus pandemic.
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   Business News17 minutes ago

Japan ruling party to propose stimulus package worth 16-17% of GDP, policy chief says

   Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party will propose a stimulus package totaling 16% to 17% of gross domestic product amid the coronavirus outbreak, its policy chief said on Monday.
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   World News17 minutes ago

Iran's coronavirus death toll reaches 2,757: health official

   FILE PHOTO: Firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as they disinfect the streets ahead of the Iranian New Year holiday, March 20, in Tehran, Iran March 18, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Ali Khara via REUTERS 

   Iran's death toll from the new coronavirus has increased to 2,757 with 117 new deaths in the past 24 hours, a health ministry spokesman told state TV on Monday, adding that the total number of cases has climbed to 41,495.
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   World News18 minutes ago

In Jerusalem, a Palestinian family under coronavirus lockdown

   The Palestinian Sara family pray together while observing a partial lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at their home in Jerusalem March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 

   A Palestinian English teacher, Jizelle Sara, faces a double challenge while observing a partial lockdown in her Jerusalem home during the coronavirus crisis.
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   World News19 minutes ago

Spain's coronavirus cases rise to 85,195, surpass China's

   A healthcare worker is seen near the emergency unit at 12 de Octubre hospital during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez 

   Spain's total number of coronavirus cases rose to 85,195 on Monday from 78,797 on Sunday, the country's health ministry said, as the infections surpassed those reported in China, at 81,470 according to the latest data.
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   Business News20 minutes ago

U.S. crude dips below $20 as lockdowns hit demand

   FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind a crude oil pump jack on a drill pad in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S. November 24, 2019. REUTERS/Angus Mordant/File Photo 

   Oil prices fell sharply on Monday, with U.S. crude briefly dropping below $20 and Brent hitting its lowest level in 18 years, on heightened fears that the global coronavirus shutdown could last months and demand for fuel could decline further.
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   World News21 minutes ago

Coronavirus fails to dampen South Korea's fever for exam success

   Choi Young-eun is so concerned about her teenagers' education as South Korea's schools stay shut that she has been sending them to a private tuition center to make sure they don't miss out.
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   World News22 minutes ago

With PM Johnson ill, coronavirus strikes at heart of British politics

   FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty (L) and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance look on as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news conference inside 10 Downing Street, London, Britain March 19, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo 

   Hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed on Friday he had the coronavirus, his health minister said he did too, and England's chief medical officer announced he also had symptoms.
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   World News22 minutes ago

Britons warned some coronavirus lockdown measures could last months

   FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. London, Britain, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo 

   Some lockdown measures to combat coronavirus in Britain could last months and only be gradually lifted, a senior medical official said on Sunday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the situation will get worse before it gets better.
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   World News23 minutes ago

UK PM Johnson's adviser Cummings isolating with coronavirus symptoms

   Dominic Cummings, special advisor for Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, leaves his home, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay 

   The coronavirus outbreak at the heart of the British government spread on Monday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, self-isolating with symptoms just days after the British leader himself tested positive.
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   World News28 minutes ago

North Korea says U.S. will not drop hostile policy despite leaders' good relationship: KCNA

   FILE PHOTO - A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Picture 

   North Korea said the United States will not drop its hostile policy, even though their two leaders have a good relationship, state media KCNA said on Monday.
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Exclusive: American Airlines in talks to hire Millstein for aid advice - sources

   FILE PHOTO: An American Airlines airplane sits on the tarmac at LAX in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 4, 2019. Picture taken March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson 

   American Airlines Group Inc  is in advanced talks to hire Guggenheim Securities co-chairman James Millstein for advice on tapping a $50 billion industry relief package available from the U.S. Treasury Department to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, people familiar with the matter said.
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   Business News32 minutes ago

European shares retreat as coronavirus fears intensify

   FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, February March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Staff 

   European stock markets headed lower on Monday, as fears about the economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic intensified with several nations extending near-total lockdowns.
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   World News32 minutes ago

Austria to make basic face masks compulsory in supermarkets

   FILE PHOTO: Face masks are on display in a closed shop during the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Vienna, Austria March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger 

   Austria will require the public to wear basic face masks in supermarkets, where they will be handed out probably from Wednesday in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday.
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   Business News33 minutes ago

Ukraine government plans to almost double borrowings in 2020

   Ukraine plans to increase state borrowings to 642.7 bln hryvnias ($22.8 bln) in 2020 from an earlier projected 365.2 bln hryvnias to cover the larger-than-expected budget deficit and debt payments, the government said on Monday.
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   Business News37 minutes ago

Over half of Britons see recession coming, some fear depression: YouGov

   FILE PHOTO: People walk through autumnal leaves in front of the financial district in London, Britain, November 21, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay 

   More than half of people in Britain expect the country's economy to be in recession within a year and one in five fear a depression, a poll by YouGov showed on Monday.
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   World News37 minutes ago

Japan is 'not planning' a coronavirus emergency but entry bans loom

   A woman wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen inside the closed Japan Olympics Museum, in Tokyo, Japan March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato 

   Japan has no plan to declare a state of emergency from April, its top government spokesman said on Monday, seeking to dispel mounting fears a recent spike in coronavirus cases could lead to a first-ever lockdown of the capital, Tokyo.
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   Business News41 minutes ago

Recession in Germany unavoidable due to coronavirus outbreak: economic advisors

   The empty shopping district "Hohe Strasse" is seen as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Cologne, Germany, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay 

   The coronavirus outbreak has made a recession in Europe's largest economy inevitable in the first half of this year, Germany's council of economic advisers said on Monday, predicting that output could shrink by up to 5.4% this year.
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