Coronavirus, Spain, New York: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know. By Isabella Kwai and Mike Ives (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering rigorous new coronavirus restrictions in Spain, how the pandemic is creating an opening for autocrats, and an overnight van Gogh heist. Spain calls for mass ‘hibernation’ The authorities in […]

Opinion | What Social Distancing Looked Like in 1666

Humanity has been surviving plagues for thousands of years, and we have managed to learn a lot along the way. By Annalee Newitz Contributing Opinion Writer A lot of English people believed 1666 would be the year of the apocalypse. You can’t really blame them. In late spring 1665, bubonic plague began to eat away […]

Commentary: No, Brexit Britain doesn’t want its empire back

Britain is moving towards an exit from the European Union on March 29, possibly with no agreement, and thus courting – according to the Bank of England – an 8 percent drop in GDP and a 7.5 percent rise in unemployment. A drear prospect, attended by matching drear commentaries on the stupidity of the 52 […]

AMS falls below rights issue price in fresh challenge to Osram takeover

FRANKFURT/VIENNA (Reuters) – AMS (AMS.S) shares fell below the price at which the Austrian sensor maker is raising new equity on Monday, in the latest hurdle to its planned purchase of German lighting group Osram. Austria’s AMS began offering new shares at 9.20 Swiss francs ($9.71) on Monday, hoping for proceeds of 1.75 billion Swiss […]