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Dollar drops as U.S. stimulus bill boosts risk-taking

福利网站The dollar weakened against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as a $2 trillion stimulus bill helped boost risk appetite, and reduced demand for the safe haven currency.

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French labour ministry says 1.2 million workers on partial unemployment

Nearly 100,000 French companies have asked the government to reimburse them for putting 1.2 million workers on shorter or zero hours since the coronavirus outbreak, France's Labour Ministry said on Wednesday.

France's Macron pledges massive investment in health system after virus crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday pledged "massive investments" in the country's public hospital health system, close to a breaking point as it copes with the coronavirus outbreak which has already caused 1,331 deaths in the country.

Ireland's Fine Gael, Fianna Fail working on government programme

Ireland's Fine Gael and Fianna Fail parties began on Wednesday to develop a policy programme to form a new government aimed at helping the country recover from the coronavirus crisis, the two parties said.

WHO says it fully supports decision to postpone 2020 Olympics

福利网站The World Health Organization (WHO) fully supported the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, it said on Wednesday.

World Health Organization says countries need to use lock-down time to attack coronavirus

福利网站Countries which have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus need to use the time to find and attack the virus, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

German parliament suspends debt brake to fight coronavirus outbreak

The German lower house on Wednesday suspended the country's constitutionally enshrined debt brake, approving a massive stimulus package by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

Spain's Deputy PM Carmen Calvo tests positive for coronavirus

福利网站Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Spanish government said on Wednesday.

Italy coronavirus deaths rise by 683 in a day, lifting total death toll to 7,503

福利网站The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has grown by 683 to 7,503, the Civil Protection Agency said on Wednesday, a decline in the daily tally of fatalities following a spike the day before.

Eni cuts 2020, 2021 capex to mitigate Coronavirus hit

Italian oil and gas group Eni said on Wednesday it would reduce its capital expenditure this year by around 2 billion euros (1.8 billion pounds) to mitigate the impact from falling commodity prices following the coronavirus emergency.

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Germany

Lock 'em up or let 'em out? Coronavirus prompts wave of prisoner releases

The rapid spread of coronavirus is piling pressure on criminal justice systems globally and has led to a flood of prisoner releases, with the United States, Canada and Germany joining Iran in releasing thousands of detainees.

Club Med takes on the Frugals in EU 'corona bond' bailout battle

German cathedral dusts off relics of St Corona, patron of epidemics

France

Coronavirus lockdowns look set to batter earnings in Europe

福利网站Europe Inc's profit expectations for the first and second quarters have deteriorated sharply, Refinitiv's data showed, as countries such as Britain, Italy, France and Spain went into a lockdown to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus lockdown leaves Paris street in 1940s time warp

French coronavirus death tally much higher than official data - hospitals chief

Italy

Italy coronavirus deaths pass 7,500 amid fears of spread to south

More than 680 people have died from coronavirus in Italy in the last 24 hours, the Civil Protection Agency said on Wednesday, as concerns grew that the disease was spreading more towards the south of the country.

Coffee maker Lavazza says good 2019 results will help it fight coronavirus

Nearly three-quarters of people in G7 expect virus to make their households poorer - survey