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The French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a night-time curfew for Paris and other cities from Saturday to combat what he called the worrying spread of Covid-19. Mr. Macron said if the government failed to act, hospitals would be overwhelmed. People who break the curfew will face a fine of 160 dollars.

In Germany, the Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced an agreement with state leaders to toughen measures to counter the coronavirus. Speaking at a news conference after eight hours of talks, Mrs. Merkel said the disease was growing exponentially.

The World Health Organization says the pandemic is threatening to undo progress made in eliminating tuberculosis. TB claimed 1.4 million lives last year. The agency says the worst effected countries have diverted resources to help fight Covid-19.

Houthi rebels in Yemen have released two Americans in what's reported to be an exchange for a number of militants. The White House welcomed the release of Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada. It's thought that more than 200 Houthi supporters have been allowed to return home from Oman.

A curfew has been imposed in the Sudanese port city of Suakin following deadly violence sparked by the sacking of the governor. Doctors say at least six people were killed. The dismissal on Tuesday of Salih Amar, the governor of Kassala state, angered members of the Beni Amer community.

The 20 football clubs that make up the English Premier League have rejected proposals to reform the structure and financing of the game. The plan would grant more power to the biggest clubs, as well as providing more funding for lower divisions.

Donald Trump's wife Melania has revealed their teenage son Barron also tested positive for Covid-19. She said he'd suffered no symptoms. U.S First Lady described her own symptoms as minimal, but said she'd suffered from aches, a cough and tiredness. President Trump is due to hold his 3rd election rally in three days.

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