Sep 2, 2018

EU's chief Brexit negotiator "strongly opposed" to U.K. proposal

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Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, said Sunday he is "strongly opposed" to British Prime Minister Theresa May's "Chequers proposal," which would keep the U.K. in the EU's single market for goods, but not services, reports BBC News.

Why it matters: In an op-ed published earlier today, May said she would refuse to make compromises on the Chequers plan that wouldn't serve the U.K.'s national interest. The rebuttal from Barnier seems to indicate neither side is willing to budge when it comes to trade, which remains the single most pressing issue as the potential for a no-deal Brexit deepens.

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Trump administration asks Congress for $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus

President Trump with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at the White House in September. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress Monday requesting a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Details: The request for a lump sum account for the Department of Health and Human Services includes $1.25 billion in new funds to fight COVID-19 and $535 would come from untouched funds for the Ebola virus.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

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The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

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The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

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