Pandemic a 'major threat' to Africa's development - AU

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The chairperson of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said the coronavirus pandemic is a major threat to developing countries' efforts to meet their development goals - which include targets on education, health and eradicating poverty. Addressing…

Moscow more than doubles city's Covid-19 death toll

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Moscow's authorities have more than doubled the official death toll from Covid-19 in the Russian capital for the month of April. The city's health department now says 1,561 people died from the disease - not 639 as initially announced. The…

SpaceX launch: Nasa astronauts set for second try

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Rocket company SpaceX will make a second attempt in the coming hours to get Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit. Their flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday was postponed because of poor weather at…

Trump terminates US relationship with WHO

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US President Donald Trump has announced that he is terminating the country's relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). The president has accused the WHO of failing to hold Beijing to account over the coronavirus pandemic. "China…

Nigerian Air Force researchers unveil new ventilator

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Nigeria’s Air Force Institute of Technology, based in Kaduna, has unveiled locally made ventilators that it hopes will be a game changer in the country’s fight against Covid-19. "The ventilators will go a long way to help not only coronavirus…

Coronavirus: Italy faces worst recession since WWII

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Facing its deepest recession since World War II and with business confidence collapsing, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting Italy's economy hard. Business confidence in the eurozone's third largest economy in May plummeted to its lowest…

Volkswagen to invest over $2bn in Chinese electric vehicle sector

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Volkswagen, the German car company, said Friday it will invest around €2 billion ($2.2 billion) in two Chinese companies in the electric vehicle sector, calling it "the world's biggest market". The German car giant said it will take a 50%…

US COVID-19 death toll tops 100,000

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The death toll from the novel coronavirus jumped past 100,000 on Wednesday, according to a tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University. With the European Union unveiling a massive recovery plan to step up its emergence from the crisis, the…

Brazil faces dark week as Covid-19 toll rises

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Brazil appears to be entering another dark week, as coronavirus cases grow by the thousands and controversy swells around President Jair Bolsonaro. The Ministry of Health announced 11,687 new cases of coronavirus had been confirmed over the…

Russia to hold World War II victory parade on June 24

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Russia will hold a military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the defeat over Nazi Germany in World War II on June 24, after the celebration was postponed from May because of the coronavirus pandemic. Russian President Vladimir Putin…

NY Stock Exchange reopens as US closes in on 100,000 dead

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The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll from the coronavirus closed in on 100,000, a mark President…

Businesses Set to Reopen Gradually in Dubai

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Dubai announced the gradual reopening of business activities from the fourth day of Eid Al Fitr (Wednesday, May 27). Once the announcement comes into effect, there will be no restrictions on movement between 6.00 am and 11.00 pm.

GCC faces ‘unprecedented’ challenges on 39th anniversary

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is facing “unprecedented” challenges, including the Qatar crisis and the fallout from the new coronavirus, the grouping’s Secretary-General Nayef Al Hajraf has said. Launched on May 25, 1981 in Abu…

Coronavirus protection kit pollutes French coast

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Video shot by a French NGO in the Mediterranean shows masks and gloves littering the seabed. Opération mer propre (Operation clean sea) is trying to clean up the coast near the resort of Antibes. It is alarmed by this new coronavirus…