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Venezuela rejects US offer to ease sanctions in exchange for transitional government

Venezuela rejects US offer to ease sanctions in exchange for transitional government

TEHRAN (defapress) – Venezuela’s foreign minister rejected a proposal announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday that envisages the removal of sanctions on the country if the elected government in Caracas steps down.
Putin to Hold Meeting by Video-Conference after Contact with Coronavirus Doctor
Kremlin:

Putin to Hold Meeting by Video-Conference after Contact with Coronavirus Doctor

TEHRAN (defapress) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a government meeting on Wednesday by video conference, the Kremlin said, a day after a doctor who met Putin last week said he had been diagnosed with the virus.
Russian Plane Takes Off for US with Coronavirus Help Onboard

Russian Plane Takes Off for US with Coronavirus Help Onboard

TEHRAN (defapress) - A Russian military transport plane took off from an airfield outside Moscow early on Wednesday and headed for the United States with a load of medical equipment and masks to help Washington fight coronavirus, Russian state TV reported.
US Virus Deaths Pass 4,000
Johns Hopkins:

US Virus Deaths Pass 4,000

TEHRAN (defapress) - The total US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 4,000 early Wednesday, more than double the number from three days earlier, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
With 2020 Race All but Halted over Coronavirus, Biden Quietly Widens Lead over Trump

With 2020 Race All but Halted over Coronavirus, Biden Quietly Widens Lead over Trump

TEHRAN (defapress) - Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden has quietly expanded his lead over President Donald Trump among registered voters, even as the rapidly spreading coronavirus has all but sidelined the former vice president’s campaign, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
Pompeo says US may consider easing Iran sanctions

Pompeo says US may consider easing Iran sanctions

TEHRAN (defapress) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced the possibility on Tuesday that the United States could rethink sanctions on Iran to ease the country's fight against the coronavirus epidemic.
Argentina Extends Coronavirus Quarantine until Mid-April

Argentina Extends Coronavirus Quarantine until Mid-April

TEHRAN (defapress) - Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez said on Sunday that the country would extend a mandatory nationwide quarantine period until the middle of April in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus that has killed over 30,000 people worldwide.
Peak US Death Rate Likely in Two Weeks
Trump:

Peak US Death Rate Likely in Two Weeks

TEHRAN (defapress) - US President Donald Trump said Sunday that the peak death rate in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic was likely to hit in two weeks and extended "social distancing" guidelines until April 30.
US Becomes World Epicenter for Coronavirus after Cases Surpass 100,000

US Becomes World Epicenter for Coronavirus after Cases Surpass 100,000

TEHRAN (defapress) – The US has hit a landmark of over 100,000 coronavirus infections, as it solidifies its place as the world’s top hot spot for the disease widening the gap over other afflicted nations.
Russia Suggests UNGA Adopt Declaration on Fight against Coronavirus

Russia Suggests UNGA Adopt Declaration on Fight against Coronavirus

TEHRAN (defapress) – Russia has submitted an initiative to the United Nations General Assembly that a declaration on global cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus be adopted, the Russian mission to the UN said in a statement on its website.