Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, March 26

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MOSCOW -- Russia will ban nearly all international flights from midnight Friday and recommend new restrictions, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 840 on Thursday.

Russia will stop all regular and charter flights from domestic airports to and from foreign countries, except flights associated with Russians returning home from abroad as well as flights carried out by the Russian government, according to an order by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin published Thursday. (Russia-COVID-19-Flight)

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PARIS -- French business leaders were more pessimistic about business climate in March with the monthly sentiment indicator tumbling by 10 points, the biggest decline since records began in 1980, official data released on Thursday showed.

The business climate composite indicator, compiled from the answers of business managers in the main market sectors, stood at 95, compared to 105 points registered in February, national statistics institute Insee noted. (France-Economy-Coronavirus)

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BERLIN -- German consumer climate suffered "heavily" as a result of the spread of the coronavirus, according to the monthly consumer climate study published by the German market research institute GfK on Thursday.

The GfK forecast for April dropped to 2.7 points, the lowest level since the global financial crisis in 2009, and was 5.6 points lower than the result for March. (Germany-GfK-Coronavirus)

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OTTAWA -- At least 34 percent of Canadians are worried about missing a rent or mortgage payment this month because of the impact of COVID-19, according to a survey issued by Canadian Angus Reid Institute on Wednesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread layoffs and a drastic reduction in the amount of paid work in the country. (Canada-Survey-COVID-19) Enditem

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