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U.S. says will not take part in WHO global drugs, vaccine initiative launch
The United States will not take part in the launching of a global initiative on Friday to speed the development, production and distribution of drugs and vaccines against COVID-19, a spokesman for the U.S. mission in Geneva told Reuters.
Disinfectant makers steer consumers away from Trump's coronavirus comments
Makers of household cleaners on Friday took the unusual step of urging people not to drink or inject their products, after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested researchers try using them to cure COVID-19 patients.
Lysol maker urges people not to inject disinfectants after Trump remarks
Lysol and Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser warned people against using disinfectants to treat the coronavirus, after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested researchers try putting disinfectants into patients' bodies.

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Showdown looms between Silicon Valley, U.S. states over contact tracing apps
U.S. states promoting apps that could prove essential to ending the coronavirus lockdown may be headed for a showdown with the two Silicon Valley companies that control key software on 99% of smartphones over the collection of sensitive GPS location data.
New North American trade pact to take effect July 1: USTR
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday said he has notified Congress that the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will take effect on July 1, a month later than initially proposed.
As U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 51,000, handful of states move toward reopening
With the U.S. coronavirus death toll topping 51,000 and nearly one in six workers out of a job, Georgia, Oklahoma and several other states took tentative steps at reopening businesses on Friday, despite disapproval from President Donald Trump and medical experts.
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block Trump immigration policy during pandemic
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a long-shot bid by New York and two other states to suspend during the coronavirus pandemic a Trump administration immigration policy that denies legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance in the future.
Protesters demand Wisconsin governor to reopen state as coronavirus cases rise
A rally outside Wisconsin's capitol building in Madison on Friday drew hundreds of protesters who demanded Democratic Governor Tony Evers reopen the state even as it reported its largest single day jump of new coronavirus cases.
Exclusive: China sent team including medical experts to advise on North Korea’s Kim, sources say
China has dispatched a team to North Korea including medical experts to advise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to three people familiar with the situation.
Peru indigenous warn of 'ethnocide by inaction' as coronavirus hits Amazon tribes
Indigenous tribes in Peru's Amazon say the government has left them to fend for themselves against the coronavirus, risking "ethnocide by inaction," according to a letter from natives to the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
U.S. deficit could quadruple to $3.7 trillion in coronavirus crisis: CBO
A nationwide business shutdown and surge in U.S. government spending will nearly quadruple the federal deficit to a record $3.7 trillion this fiscal year as the country combats the coronavirus pandemic, congressional forecasters said on Friday.
Twitter allows Trump COVID-19 disinfectant videos, blocks '#InjectDisinfectant'
Twitter Inc said on Friday video clips of U.S. President Donald Trump suggesting that scientists investigate inserting light or disinfectant into coronavirus patients did not violate its COVID-19 misinformation policy.
Trump says his remarks on using disinfectant inside people's bodies were sarcastic
President Donald Trump said on Friday that he was being sarcastic when he raised the possibility of using disinfectant inside people's bodies to fight the coronavirus, seeking to walk back comments that alarmed medical professionals worldwide.
CBO sees $3.7 trillion U.S. deficit from coronavirus pandemic
A nationwide business shutdown and a surge in U.S. government spending will nearly quadruple the federal deficit to a record $3.7 trillion this fiscal year, as a gyrating American economy reacts to the coronavirus pandemic, congressional forecasters said on Friday.
As U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 50,000, a handful of states edge toward reopening
With the U.S. coronavirus death toll topping 50,000, Georgia, Oklahoma and a handful of other states took the first tentative steps at reopening for business on Friday, despite the disapproval of President Donald Trump and health experts.
Stocks struggle with muddled government pandemic responses
Global equity benchmarks struggled on Friday as some U.S. states began reopening businesses despite the disapproval of health experts, and as the European Union put off addressing details of its new economic rescue plan.
Explainer: How the U.S. is handling immigration enforcement during the coronavirus crisis
U.S. President Donald Trump made a hardline immigration agenda central to his 2020 re-election campaign and his administration has pushed ahead with a wide-ranging crackdown even as the United States has become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak worldwide.
Tech titans Apple and Microsoft propel Wall Street rally
Wall Street rallied on Friday, led higher by Apple and Microsoft as investors finished a turbulent week of trading and some states prepared to relax coronavirus-related lockdowns.
Trump's COVID-19 disinfectant ideas horrify health experts
U.S. President Donald Trump's musings on whether injecting disinfectants might treat COVID-19 horrified medical professionals on Friday and raised fresh concerns that his stream-of-consciousness briefings could push frightened people to poison themselves with untested treatments.
U.S. CDC reports 865,585 coronavirus cases, 48,816 deaths
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported 865,585 cases of the novel coronavirus, an increase of 37,144 from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 2,437 to 48,816.
Trump threatens to block aid for U.S. post office if it does not raise prices for Amazon
President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to block federal aid for the U.S. Postal Service unless it raises shipping rates for online companies like Amazon.com, prompting criticism that the move would hurt consumers relying more than usual on packages during the coronavirus outbreak.
Twitter says Trump disinfectant videos do not violate its COVID-19 policy
Twitter Inc said on Friday that video clips of U.S. President Donald Trump suggesting that scientists investigate inserting light or disinfectant into coronavirus patients did not violate its COVID-19 misinformation policy.
Saudi Arabia to end flogging as form of punishment: document
Saudi Arabia is ending flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document from the kingdom's top court seen by Reuters on Friday.
Tech titans Apple and Microsoft push Wall Street higher
Wall Street rose on Friday, led higher by Apple and Microsoft as investors finished a turbulent week of trading and some states prepared to relax coronavirus-related lockdowns.
Biden, Democrats enter a joint fundraising agreement for November election
Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee have agreed to a joint fundraising accord that will allow the former vice president and likely presidential nominee to raise more money and compete on a more equal footing with Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election.
Coronavirus came to New York from Europe, not China, governor says
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday pointed to research showing that strains of the novel coronavirus entered his state from Europe, not China, and said that travel bans enacted by U.S. President Donald Trump were too late to halt its spread.
Fight over next coronavirus aid bill kicks into high gear in U.S. Congress
After passing $3 trillion of coronavirus relief in a rare run of bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress girded for a new battle over federal assistance to states and local governments grappling with the deadly outbreak.
Exclusive: Trial of Gilead's potential coronavirus treatment running ahead of schedule, researcher says
A key U.S. government trial of Gilead Sciences Inc's experimental coronavirus treatment may yield results as early as mid-May, according to the study's lead investigator, after doctors clamored to enroll their patients in the study.
U.S. FDA warns against malaria drugs Trump championed for COVID-19
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday cautioned against the use of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients even as President Donald Trump, who has touted it as a "game changer," advocated for an additional review.
U.S. warship heads to port after coronavirus outbreak
At least 18 sailors aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer have tested positive for the new coronavirus, U.S. officials said on Friday, dealing another blow to the military as it faces fallout over its handling of an outbreak on an aircraft carrier last month.
Exclusive: Trial of Gilead's potential coronavirus treatment running ahead of schedule: researcher
A key U.S. government trial of Gilead Sciences Inc's experimental coronavirus treatment may yield results as early as mid-May, according to the study's lead investigator, after doctors clamored to enroll their patients in the study.
Trump's disinfectant ideas horrify doctors and academics
U.S. President Donald Trump's musings on whether injecting disinfectants might treat COVID-19 have horrified medical professionals and raised fresh concerns that his stream-of-consciousness briefings could push frightened people to poison themselves with untested treatments.
Boeing, Intel pressure Dow as investors wary of economic recovery
The Dow Jones headed lower on Friday, led by Boeing and Intel, with investors staying cautious about an economic recovery as some states prepared to relax the coronavirus-induced lockdowns.
Saudi Arabia eliminates flogging as form of punishment: document
Saudi Arabia eliminated flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document from the kingdom's top court seen by Reuters on Friday.
Stocks struggle with muddled government pandemic response
Global equity benchmarks struggled on Friday as some U.S. states began reopening businesses despite the disapproval of health experts, and as the European Union put off addressing details of its new economic rescue plan.
FDA warns against malaria drugs Trump touted for COVID-19
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday cautioned against the use of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, touted by President Donald Trump, in COVID-19 patients outside of 

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