Trump tuning in, markets turning on, Buttigieg (and Flavor Flav) dropping out

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What to watch for today

US markets are expected to open higher after a major rout. Last week, stocks around the world suffered drops not seen since 2008 as Covid-19 outbreaks expanded outside China. Asian and European markets fared better today.

Donald Trump meets with pharmaceutical executives. They are discussing the prospects of a Covid-19 vaccine at the White House. The president previously said that a vaccine is being “rapidly” developed, but experts have cautioned that a final product is at least a year away.

The OECD weighs in on Covid-19’s impact. The organization is updating its economic outlook for the first time since November, which was before the outbreak. Up for debate is whether Covid-19 will tip some European countries into recession.

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Over the weekend

The US registered its first Covid-19 deaths. Two men, one in his 50s and another in his 70s, died at a hospital near Seattle. Authorities increased testing for Covid-19 as new cases appeared in six states, including New York. The infection continues to spread around the world, causing 3,000 deaths.

China’s factory activity plunged to an all-time low. Last month, a key index that measures the health of the manufacturing sector slipped to 35.7—much worse than analysts’ expectations.

Pete Buttigieg ended his US presidential bid just before Super Tuesday. Buttigieg rose from mayor of a small Indiana city to a serious contender in the primary race, winning in Iowa. But he failed to gain support from non-white voters, and came fourth in South Carolina.

Public Enemy fired Flavor Flav. It happened after the hip hop collective’s founder Chuck D performed at a Bernie Sanders rally on Sunday without Flav, who had earlier sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Sanders campaign. He departs after 35 years with the legendary group.

Turkey launched a military offensive against Syria. It is a response to Syrian and Russian airstrikes that killed 36 Turkish soldiers last week. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened Turkey’s borders with Europe, letting migrants cross into Greece, to try and force the EU to support his military campaign.

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Surprising discoveries

German has a word to describe the act of panic hoarding—because of course it does. Hamsterkauf is a noun made up of “hoarding” (hamstern) and “buy” (kaufen).

Wealthy motorists really are ruder. Every $1,000 increase in the value of a car brings the likelihood of a driver yielding to pedestrians down by 3%.

South Koreans are using apps to avoid coronavirus. One alerts a user if they come within 100 m (330 ft) of a location visited by someone who’s had Covid-19.

Dogs can smell heat. Canines join just a handful of animals able to sense the weak thermal radiation of mammalian prey.

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