Equities drop as evidence mounts of deep global recession
World equity markets began the new quarter with steep losses on Wednesday as evidence mounted that the coronavirus pandemic was sending the global economy into a deep recession.

Wall Street's major stock indexes plunge as coronavirus anxiety grows
The U.S. benchmark S&P 500 stock index fell more than 4% on Wednesday after a dire warning on the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus sent investors running from even the most defensive equities.

Spain's coronavirus cases top 100,000 as masks, sanitiser flown in
Two planes packed with protective equipment arrived to restock Spain's overloaded public health system on Wednesday as its confirmed coronavirus cases rose beyond 100,000 and it recorded its biggest one-day death toll from the outbreak.

T-Mobile completes merger with Sprint
T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday it officially completed the $23 billion merger with Sprint Corp, solidifying its position as the No.3 wireless providers in the United States.

Story on FDA authorizing new test kit for coronavirus withdrawn
The March 31 story on BodySphere receiving FDA authorization for a rapid antibody test for coronavirus has been withdrawn. In a statement to Reuters, BodySphere said it has not received this authorization. There will be no replacement story.

Trump warns Iran against possible 'sneak attack' on U.S. in Iraq
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Iran or its proxies planned a sneak attack on U.S. targets in Iraq, and warned they would pay a "very heavy price" but gave no details.

Beyond Trump's Wall: the Americans riding out coronavirus in Latin America
Some Americans, from young backpackers to retirees, are hunkering down for the coronavirus pandemic far from home in Latin America, saying they feel safer and see no point in scrambling to return.

Tommy the robot nurse helps keep Italy doctors safe from coronavirus
He doesn't wear a mask but he is helping save lives from coronavirus just the same. Meet Tommy, the robot nurse.

UK to speed up coronavirus testing as criticism grows
The British government said on Wednesday it would ramp up coronavirus testing amid widespread criticism that it was carrying out far too few, as ministers suggested that shortages of chemicals were partly to blame.

Testing of frontline staff to reach 100,000s in coming weeks- English medical boss
Testing of frontline staff will go from the thousands to hundreds of thousands within the coming weeks, Public Health England's Medical Director Yvonne Doyle said on Wednesday.

Cuomo closes playgrounds, warns New Yorkers to heed social distancing
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ordered the closure of all New York City playgrounds to stop young people from gathering in violation of rules aimed at stanching the coronavirus outbreak at its U.S. epicenter.

Turkey could tighten coronavirus controls as strains, criticism grow
Turkey will step up measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak if it keeps spreading and people ignore "voluntary" quarantine rules, President Tayyip Erdogan said, as the death toll rose and doctors demanded action to ease the strain on hospitals.

Turkey's coronavirus death toll rises to 277, with 15,679 total cases: minister
Turkey's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak increased by 63 to 277 on Tuesday, its highest rise yet, while the number of confirmed cases from the disease rose by 2,148 to 15,679, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

Russian plane with coronavirus medical gear flies to U.S. after Trump-Putin call
Russia is sending the United States medical equipment to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, a public relations coup for Russian President Vladimir Putin after he discussed the crisis with U.S. President Donald Trump.

U.S. senators join calls for Americans to don masks to slow coronavirus spread
Two U.S. senators joined a growing call on Wednesday for Americans to cover their mouths and noses when they venture outside, as health officials consider recommending that everyone in the country don face masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

U.S. shale company Whiting becomes first major bankruptcy of oil-price crash
Whiting Petroleum Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the U.S. shale producer said on Wednesday, the first publicly traded casualty of crashing crude oil prices that are expected to bite into record U.S. output.

Exclusive: U.S. prosecutors probe former Wells Fargo executive over scandal - sources
U.S. prosecutors are investigating the former head of Wells Fargo & Co’s community banking division for her role in the lender’s product mis-selling scandal, two sources said.

New York Governor closes city playgrounds to combat virus
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the closure of all playgrounds in New York City on Wednesday in an effort to bolster social distancing and limit the number of coronavirus-related deaths, which are approaching 2,000 in the state.

Wimbledon canceled for the first time since World War Two
The Wimbledon championships were canceled for the first time since World War Two on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic struck another blue-riband sports event off the calendar and wiped out the entire tennis grasscourt season.

Factbox: Reaction to cancellation of Wimbledon due to coronavirus
The Wimbledon championships were canceled for the first time since the Second World War on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic struck another major sports event off the calendar to wipe out the entire tennis grasscourt season.