Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Grand Imam of Al Azhar urges nations to share responsibility to combat COVID-19

(Cairo) – Dr. Ahmad Al Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, has expressed Al Azhar’s solidarity with the nations and people facing the coronavirus, COVID-19, urging countries to share the responsibility of combating the pandemic. In a statement, Dr. Al Tayyeb called the creation and propagation of rumours surrounding COVID-19 as “Islamically forbidden”, […]

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Coronavirus: Millions will be left in poverty, World Bank warns

The financial impact of coronavirus will stop almost 24 million people from escaping poverty in East Asia and the Pacific, according to the World Bank. It says “significant economic pain seems unavoidable in all countries”. The World Bank warned of “substantially higher risk” among households that depend on industries particularly vulnerable to the impact of […]

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GMIS 2020 to go virtual

(Hannover) – The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, GMIS – a joint initiative by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, today announced that the third edition of its Summit, GMIS 2020, will be converted into a series of digital sessions. The summit invited thought-leaders from the […]

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G20 leaders pledge $5 trillion to tackle coronavirus pandemic

(Riyadh) – G20 nations pledged a “united front” in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, pledging they were injecting $5 trillion into the global economy to tackle the pandemic amid forecasts of a deep recession. US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the emergency video conference chaired by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, […]

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Russia sees no epidemic but starts shutdown

Russia is beginning what Vladimir Putin called a “non-working week”, to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The government is urging people to stay at home, though mixed messaging has left many Russians confused. Officials now hint the new restrictions could be extended beyond 5 April, depending on the health situation. The number […]

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UN launches virus aid plan

Poorer countries need $2bn of international humanitarian aid to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said in launching a major donation appeal on Wednesday. “COVID-19 is threatening the whole of humanity – and the whole of humanity must fight back,” Guterres said in announcing the initiative. “Global action and solidarity are crucial. […]

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Canada backs $75bn coronavirus relief bill

Canada has passed a multi-billion-dollar relief package to respond to the coronavirus slowdown. It allows the government to spend C$107bn ($75bn, £64bn) in emergency aid and economic stimulus to assist Canadians struggling financially. All parties supported the bill following amendments that removed provisions giving cabinet unprecedented powers. It received rapid Royal Assent. The government said […]

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Capital by capital, coronavirus shuts Europe down

Across the Continent, Europeans are facing a barrage of restrictions on their freedoms as the authorities struggle to stop the new coronavirus spreading further. Fear and uncertainty have encouraged residents to largely comply with a national lockdown which means they are not allowed out without a justifiable reason. Madrid is at the heart of Spain’s […]