As USMCA trade pact takes effect, region battles pandemic

US-Mexico-Canada agreement that replaces NAFTA binds nearly half a billion consumers into a single market

Harvey Weinstein settles some sexual misconduct lawsuits for $19m

Other women, who have no right to pursue claims against Weinstein in court, find it ‘deeply unfair’

Fauci warns US without changes virus cases could top 100,000 a day

The US health director's comments come as Arizona and Florida clamp down on bars and Texas expands hospital ICU capacity amid a surge of infections

Economic activity in Argentina sees record fall in April

Already in trouble before the pandemic, a lockdown since mid-March led to a 26.4% fall

Infection fears grow for isolated Amazon tribes

Warning sounded that Covid-19 could wipe out indigenous communities

Defection of white seniors is a troubling sign for Trump

Older Republican voters are concerned about Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and the Black Lives Matter protests

Fed caps bank dividends and bans share buybacks

Bank dividends in question after review of virus lockdown effects on the US economy and financial system uncovers potential risks

US sent $1.4bn in stimulus cheques to dead people

It was not clear how many were due to mistakes in the US Treasury's systems and how many were fraudulent claims

Brazil’s central bank slashes 2020 economic forecast

Bank says its dramatic downward revision due to severity of Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil

US puts spotlight on 20 firms claimed to be controlled by Chinese military

The 20 companies include Huawei Technologies and Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, as well as a number of Chinese state-run enterprises

New US jobless claims worse than expected

Job losses in the US now stand at 47.2-million, but the four-week moving average on claims has fallen

Trump ally Michael Flynn gets criminal case dismissed

The 2-1 ruling is a win for Trump, though the case was dismissed due to the earlier judge’s decision deemed to be overstepping his authority

Biden takes 14-point lead over Trump in US poll

Handling of coronavirus pandemic and race protests weigh in New York Times/Siena College poll

Argentina is shutting shop as Covid-19 takes a heavy toll

In recession since 2018, three months of a pandemic lockdown have worsened its economy, with about 35% of its people living in poverty

Brazilian judge orders Jair Bolsonaro to wear mask in public

Judge says the president has a constitutional obligation to follow the country's laws

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits southern Mexico, one dead

Tsunami warnings sent out along Pacific coastal areas

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