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[Homework]BBC 2020-03-12

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The World Health Organization has for the first time declared the coronavirusoutbreak a pandemic. The head of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he wasdeeply concerned by the spread and severity of the disease, and what he calledalarming levels of inaction.

U.S. share prices have tumbled again over concerns about the economic impact ofthe coronavirus. The Dow-Johns Index closed just under 6% down wiping outyesterday’s gains. President Trump twitted that he was fully prepared to usethe full power of the federal government to deal with the outbreak.  

Italy, the country in Europe that has been worst hit by the coronavirus hasreported a jump of nearly 200 death from Covid-19 in the past day to 827. Thenumber of confirmed cases has now risen to almost 12,500.

The disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, once one of the Hollywood’s most powerfulfigures, has been jailed for 23 years for rape and sexual assault. The sentenceby judge in New York was greeted with gasps and applause.  

Two fraudsters have been jailed in France for impersonating a French governmentminister in order to cheat 3 men up to 62 million dollars. The scams wereconducted by video conference with one of the fraudsters made up to look likethe current French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.  

Iran has agreed the black box, flight recorders from the airliner itaccidentally shot down in January should be sent to Ukraine for analysis. Thissends weeks of growing tension over the fate of the devices and criticallyimportant data.

Astronomers have observed a distant planet with conditions so extreme that itprobably rains molten iron. Winds also rip through wasp 76B at ferociousspeeds.   

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