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March 31, 2020 | Via CNBC

American Airlines Plans to Apply for Coronavirus Aid

American Airlines on Monday said it will apply for government aid to soften the blow from a record drop in travel demand. The carrier is also offering partial pay to entice workers off its payroll. The Fort Worth-based airline said it expects about $12 billion of the $50 billion set aside for airlines in a sweeping coronavirus relief bill Congress passed last week.

March 31, 2020 | Via BBC

Hungary Government gets Sweeping Powers

The Hungarian Parliament has voted by 137 to 53 to accept the government’s request for the power to rule by decree during the coronavirus emergency. The law contains no time limit. Prime Minister Viktor Orban promised to use the extraordinary powers he has been granted “proportionately and rationally”. Monday’s vote was controversial – more than 100,000 people had signed a petition against the move.

March 31, 2020 | Via Sky News

Moscow Aims to ‘Fully Control’ Citizens’ Movements Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Moscow is intending to “practically fully control the movement of citizens” to enforce quarantine measures as the Russian capital begins a full lockdown. It comes as the city is hit with more than 1,220 cases, with 17 cases known to be children. Moscow already has one of the most sophisticated and invasive facial recognition surveillance systems in the world which has been used to monitor individual quarantines.

March 31, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Van Gogh Painting Stolen from Dutch Museum

A painting by Vincent van Gogh with an estimated value of up to £5m has been stolen from a Dutch museum currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The thieves took Van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring after smashing through the front glass door of the Singer Laren museum, in Laren, at around 3.15 am on Sunday morning.

March 31, 2020 | Via NBC News

Trump Administration in Talks with India to Avoid U.S. Drug Supply Shortage

Trump administration officials are asking India to lift restrictions to give the U.S. access to pharmaceutical ingredients to produce a range of drugs amid fears of a U.S. drug supply shortage prompted by the coronavirus outbreak. The two governments are holding discussions aimed at easing new restrictions on pharmaceutical exports from India, which New Delhi introduced to ensure that the country would have medicine needed to handle the pandemic inside its borders.

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