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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's spokesperson, Katie Miller, tested positive for the coronavirus, President Donald Trump confirmed Friday.

Calling the person in question a "press person," Trump said during a meeting with congressional Republicans that "Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time and then all of a sudden today she tested positive." (US-Pence-Coronavirus)

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ROME -- A further 243 COVID-19 patients had died in the past 24 hours in Italy, bringing the country's death toll to surpass the 30,000 mark, now at 30,201, according to fresh figures on Friday. (Italy-Coronavirus-Deaths)

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ZAGREB -- Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic accepted on Friday the resignation of his deputy and Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic, who said he was stepping down on Thursday after the fatal crash of a military aircraft.

Plenkovic said that he did not consider the minister responsible for the accident, but he accepted his resignation out of respect. (Croatia-Minister-Resignation)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers cut a staggering 20.5 million jobs in April, and the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent, as COVID-19 continues to ravage the economy, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

The unemployment rate in April, up by 10.3 percentage points from that in March, is the highest rate and the largest over-the-month increase in the history of the series since January 1948, the bureau noted. (US-Economy-Unemployment)

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MOSCOW -- Russia has tallied 10,699 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 187,859, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Friday.

Single-day increases have been over 10,000 for six consecutive days, the center's data showed. (Russia-Coronavirus-Deaths) Enditem

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