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US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, DC.

Oil Prices Surge After Trump Hints at Saudi-Russian Truce

President Trump says a production cut of 15 million barrels per day is possible, is it?

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 1, 2020, in Washington, DC.

Is China Underreporting Its Coronavirus Figures?

The U.S. intelligence community says China has underreported its total coronavirus infection figures. Does it matter?

A ventilator and other hospital equipment is seen in an emergency field hospital to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Park on March 30, 2020 in New York City.

White House Projects Up to 240,000 U.S. Coronavirus Deaths

U.S. President Donald Trump admits that the country is in for “a very, very painful two weeks” as death projections hit home.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (center) walks near other representatives during a vote about the government's bill on the protection against the new coronavirus COVID-19 at the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary on March 30, 2020.

Hungary’s Orban Given Power to Rule By Decree With No End Date

Citing the urgency of the coronavirus pandemic, Hungary’s prime minister has been given powers that could prove difficult to undo.

People walk by Central Park as workers set up a field hospital in front of Mount Sinai West Hospital on March 29, 2020 in New York City.

Trump Extends Coronavirus Lockdown Until April 30

After dangling the possibility of restarting the U.S. economy by Easter, Trump now says keeping deaths to 100,000 would be a ‘very good job.’

Industrial firms employees manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), like face shields, to supply New York's health care workers and hospitals at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on March 26, 2020 in New York City.

U.S. Surpasses China With Most Coronavirus Infections in World

The United States reached this milestone the same day it broke another unwelcome record, as jobless claims reached 3.3 million.

The US Capitol Building on March 25, 2020, in Washington, DC.

Senate Passes Stimulus as U.S. Death Toll Reaches 1,000

The Senate bill provides massive economic support for U.S. businesses and workers as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Fox News virtual town hall at the White House on March 24 in Washington, D.C.

Is the United States the Coronavirus Pandemic’s New Epicenter?

As the World Health Organization says the U.S. has the potential to become pandemic epicenter, Trump touts opening up the country by Easter.

White House Coronavirus Task Force Holds Daily Briefing

Will Trump End the Lockdown?

Spooked by a slowing economy, the Trump administration is growing impatient with public health experts.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a speech at his Jerusalem office on March 14, 2020.

Will Israel Form a National Unity Government?

The Israeli Prime Minister has promised to relinquish his office to Benny Gantz within 18 months if a deal can be made.

A picture taken on March 19, 2020 shows office lights of the Lombardy region headquarters in Milan, reading the Italian words 'State a Casa' (Stay home) during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic.

Italy’s Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses China’s

The number of deaths from Italy’s outbreak now exceeds those in China, as the number of new cases also jumped.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference with limited numbers of journalists due to the coronavirus outbreak, at the State Department in Washington DC, on March 17, 2020.

U.S. Adds More Iran Sanctions Despite Coronavirus Crisis

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the move addresses “funding of terror and other destabilizing activities” following Camp Taji strikes.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, joined by members of the Coronavirus Task Force, field questions at the White House on March 17, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Will the White House Send Cash to All Americans?

The measures are part of a $1.2 trillion dollar package the Trump administration is pushing Congress to adopt.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrives for a press statement in Brussels on March 10, 2020.

EU to Close Borders to Fight Coronavirus

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said move is necessary to relieve pressure on healthcare system.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing in front of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on February 12, 2020.

Fed Slashes Interest Rates to Near Zero

The move was not enough to calm futures trading or Asian and European markets, which dropped dramatically following the news.

US Federal reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gives a press briefing on March 3, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Markets Dive as Fed Offers Trillions to Stem Crisis

Fed intervention was not enough to stop one of the darkest days since 1987 as push for further U.S. government action increases.

US President Donald Trump addresses the United States from the Oval Office about the widening novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis in Washington, DC on March 11, 2020.

Trump Suspends EU Travel, WHO Declares Pandemic

In an Oval Office address, Trump said most European travelers would be banned—starting Friday—for 30 days.

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves after addressing lawmakers during a session of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow on March 10.

Russia Paves Way For President Putin Until 2036

Putin signaled his approval for a constitutional amendment that could keep him in the presidency for another 16 years.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 09, 2020 in New York City.

Saudi Oil Gambit Leads to Market Panic

Financial markets see some of the worst results since 2008 as traders react to Saudi Arabia’s oil price war.

Two tourists sit in an empty San Marco Square on March 8, 2020 in Venice, Italy.

Italy Quarantines Millions as Global Markets Plummet

Italy’s prime minister expands quarantine as coronavirus death toll jumps, oil prices drop, and global markets plummet.

A soldier with the Afghan National Army keeps watch from an outpost near Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan on March 29, 2014.

ICC Authorizes Afghanistan War Crimes Inquiry

The court ruling paves the way for prosecutors to investigate the Taliban, Afghan military, and U.S. forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a joint press conference at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8, 2019.

Erdogan and Putin Meet Over Syria

The Syrian government offensive in Idlib has raised the stakes for Turkey and Russia.

A woman wearing a protective mask crosses the Piazza Duomo in Milan on March 2.

Economic Policymakers Seek to Limit Coronavirus Damage

Investors fear a global recession, but economists have few options to stop the virus from wreaking havoc.

Refugees and migrants wait before they attempt to enter Greece from Turkey on March 2 in Edirne, Turkey.

Crisis Escalates at Turkey-Greece Border

Thousands of refugees are trying to enter the European Union after Turkey declared it would no longer stop them.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the Likud party election rally on Feb. 29 in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Israel Holds Third Election in a Year

Israeli voters are headed to the polls yet again, but it’s not likely to break months of political deadlock.

A Turkey-backed Syrian fighter stands in the town of Saraqib in Idlib province, Syria, on Feb. 27.

Airstrike Against Turkish Troops Could Reshape the Syrian War

At least 33 troops died in an attack on a Turkish military post in Idlib—a major escalation in a conflict involving Ankara, Damascus, and Moscow.

Disinfection professionals spray anti-septic solution  at a traditional market in Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 26.

U.S. Officials Tell Americans to Brace for Coronavirus Outbreak

Health experts are concerned by the rising number of virus cases in Italy and Iran.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad leaves the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur after resigning on Feb. 24.

Why Did Malaysia’s Prime Minister Just Resign?

There is no time frame for how long Mahathir Mohamad can serve as Malaysia’s interim leader.

People wearing respiratory masks wait in line at a supermarket on Feb. 23 in Casalpusterlengo, Lombardy, Italy.

Global Fears Rise as Coronavirus Spreads Beyond China

Italy and South Korea both reported a surge in virus cases over the weekend.

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