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Oil prices jump on hopes for OPEC, Russia meeting on output cuts
SEOUL (Reuters) - Oil bounced back on Wednesday, with U.S. crude jumping over $1, lifted by hopes that a meeting between OPEC members and allied producers on Thursday will trigger output cuts to shore up prices that have crumbled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Esports-Soccer gaming tournament to be televised by beIN Sports
April 8 (Reuters) - A month-long online soccer gaming tournament organized by French champions Paris St Germain will be televised around the world to entertain fans stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, broadcaster beIN Media Group said.
U.S. oil state senators to talk crude markets with Saudi officials Saturday: source
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. senators who have introduced a bill that would remove U.S. defense systems and troops in Saudi Arabia unless it cuts oil output will hold a call with the kingdom's officials on Saturday, a source familiar with the planning said on Tuesday.
UPDATE 3-Social groups urge mass debt relief for poor countries hit by virus crisis
LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) - Nearly 140 campaign groups and charities urged the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, G20 governments and private creditors on Tuesday to help the world's poorest countries through the coronavirus crisis by canceling debt payments.
North Korea testing, quarantining for COVID-19, still says no cases: WHO representative
GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea, one of only a handful of countries not to have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, has said that it continues testing and has more than 500 people in quarantine, the World Health Organization (WHO) told Reuters on Tuesday.
UPDATE 3-U.S. pushes back on call by OPEC+ to join big oil output cuts
LONDON/MOSCOW, April 7 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, Russia and allied oil producers will agree to deep cuts to their crude output at talks this week only if the United States and several others join in with curbs to help prop up prices that have been hammered by the coronavirus crisis.
Pandemic forces postponement of Canadian F1 Grand Prix
(Reuters) - The June 14 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal joined a growing list of Formula One races postponed due to the new coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, with the 2020 season yet to get on the starting grid.
North Korea testing, quarantining for COVID-19, still says no cases - WHO representative
GENEVA, April 7 (Reuters) - North Korea, one of only a handful of countries not to have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, has said that it continues testing and has more than 500 people in quarantine, the World Health Organization (WHO) told Reuters on Tuesday.
Factbox: Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world
(Reuters) - The number of confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus exceeded 1.34 million globally and the death toll crossed 76,000, according to a Reuters tally as of 1400 GMT.
Occidental Petroleum opposes possible Texas oil curtailments - letter
April 7 (Reuters) - Occidental Petroleum Corp said on Thursday that it opposes Texas oil and gas regulators imposing production limits.
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