The official purchasing managers' index (PMI), which is a metric of activity in the manufacturing sector, was higher than expected, although global shutdowns will hurt demand.
"The Turkmen authorities have lived up to their reputation by adopting this extreme method for eradicating all information about the coronavirus," Reporters Without Borders' Jeanne Cavelier said.
Some have begun to call for a crackdown on China's wet markets, which are suspected of being the place the virus could have originated.
The global pandemic continues, as Spain becomes the third country with more confirmed cases than China, while Moscow and Lagos impose lockdown measures.
China appears to have almost stopped the spread of CVID-19 within its borders, but Western leaders have accused Beijing of hiding the true scale of the outbreak.
Italy recorded its lowest daily rise in infections since officials began tracking cases after the country's first reported death on February 21.
The head of the Saudi-led coalition said "legitimate military targets" struck included Houthi ballistic missile sites and positions where Iran's Revolutionary Guard experts operated.
The 71-year-old, who is heir to the British throne, spent seven days in quarantine at his home on the Balmoral estate in Scotland.
Bolsonaro has repeatedly dismissed the coronavirus as a "little cold" and urged residents to keep the country's economy going.
A North Korean official suggested that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is undermining floundering disarmament talks.
A driver made a 220-mile round trip across the U.K. to collect some windows he bought for $18 on eBay, despite the current coronavirus lockdown.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the leader and several close aides would be placed in temporary quarantine after his adviser on parliamentary affairs tested positive for COVID-19.
The U.S. is becoming increasingly unhappy, according to the latest edition of the annual World Happiness Report.
Western European cities dominate Mercer's annual Quality of Living survey. The top U.S. city comes in at 34th.
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MedFetUK said it was "scandalous" that it was "being sought out as last-resort supplier" for Britain's health service during the coronavirus crisis.
Rivka Paluch—Netanyahu's adviser on ultra-Orthodox affairs—tested positive after her husband was hospitalized with the virus.
Officers in Derbyshire, U.K., broke up a party of 25 adults and children that took place despite the government urging British citizens to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Nearly 90 percent of China's confirmed cases have seen recoveries, while more than half of South Korea's confirmed infected population has recovered.
The Pentagon counts 2,445 U.S. casualties as a result of the war in Afghanistan, a figure recently exceeded by those killed domestically by COVID-19.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said she is "feeling so much better," after she had tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.
Footage from China's Hubei province appears to show residents attacking police officers and vehicles on a bridge as they attempt to access neighbouring the Jiangxi region.
The organization said wet markets like the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in China, where the novel coronavirus is believe to have originated, are breeding grounds for deadly diseases.
Just over 20 countries have yet to record a single COVID-19 coronavirus case, most in the relatively lightly-afflicted continent of Africa and isolated Pacific island states, but also others much closer to major outbreaks.
Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said multinational action is required to rebalance the coronavirus-striken world economy.