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Coronavirus deals heavy blow to hard-working Elmhurst

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As an elected official in the heart of New York City’s coronavirus outbreak, Francisco Moya has been performing the same chores as other politicians these days: pleading for desperately needed medical equipment and encouraging residents to adopt social distanc... More »

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Christians prepare to embrace a virtual Easter

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Two years ago when Father Marco Casella was assigned his first parish he decided to reinstate a tradition that had long disappeared in the small Sicilian town of Mirabella Imbaccari. The 32-year-old Catholic priest organised a Holy Week procession to celebrate... More »

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Russia’s rocket man set for return to virus-plagued planet

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When Russian astronaut Oleg Skripochka last set foot on earth in September, the first recorded case of Covid-19 was two months away and few outside of pathology circles knew what a “coronavirus” was. Next week, the 50-year old will return to a planet drastical... More »

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Inside Bill Ackman’s $2.6bn big short

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In late February, Bill Ackman began worrying about the approaching coronavirus pandemic. The silver-haired billionaire was so concerned about the economic fallout that he even contemplated selling all of the holdings at the investment group he founded almost t... More »

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Lucy Kellaway: Is it OK to be happy in lockdown?

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An uncomfortable thought occurred to me last Tuesday as I sat in my sunny garden having lunch with two of my adult children and listening to birdsong not drowned out by traffic: I am loving lockdown.  Am I allowed to say that? Thousands of people all over the ... More »

Asia struggles to find coronavirus exit strategies

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For months Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea were lauded for their deft handling of the coronavirus.  Death tolls were low and economically-crippling lockdowns avoided, in stark contrast to China, Europe and the US, which were accused of responding ... More »

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Coronavirus fight helps lift global equity funds

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Global equity funds notched their second straight week of inflows after suffering from a string of outflows, as nascent signs emerged that the spread of coronavirus was being curtailed in parts of the US and Europe.  The shift by investors has helped support a... More »

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Opec-Russia deal cuts oil production by 10m barrels a day

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Opec and Russia agreed on Thursday to make deep cuts to oil production, ending a weeks-long market-share war that put further pressure on prices already reeling from the biggest demand collapse in history. But the market reaction was punishing after details of... More »

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