Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Global economy ‘not out of the woods yet’: IMF

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva warned that the global economy continues to face challenges despite some signs of recovery due to the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19, and urged governments to keep their support programs in place. Activity “has started to gradually strengthen… But we are not out of […]

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Australia suffers ‘disturbing’ COVID-19 surge

Australia’s Victoria state reported a record daily increase in COVID-19 cases on Friday while neighbouring New South Wales said it was banning dancing, singing and mingling at weddings as authorities struggle to contain a new wave of infections. Victoria, which has forced nearly 5 million people in the country’s second most populous state into a […]

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Britain’s Princess Beatrice marries in Windsor

Britain’s Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, married her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in Windsor, in a small, COVID-19 secure ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth. The couple originally planned to marry in May, but the coronavirus lockdown forced them to reschedule. “The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice […]

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Mexico’s president to donate part of salary to coronavirus effort

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he will return a fourth of his salary to help the country weather the coronavirus crisis that has battered the economy, encouraging public servants also to donate from their earnings. Based on the president’s monthly salary of about 108,000 pesos ($4,806), the contribution amounts to some 27,000 […]

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Tokyo declares coronavirus red alert

Tokyo raised its coronavirus alert to the highest “red” level, alarmed by a recent spike in daily new cases to record highs, with Governor Yuriko Koike describing the situation in the Japanese capital as “rather severe”. The resurgence of the virus in Tokyo could add to the growing pressure on policymakers to shore up the […]

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New Zealand must prepare for new coronavirus outbreaks, PM

New Zealand must prepare for new coronavirus outbreaks as the pandemic spreads globally but will not drop its elimination strategy if community transmission was discovered, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. Ardern said the epidemic was now “exploding” outside New Zealand and countries that had been models in the fight against COVID-19 had now experienced further […]

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Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59

Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South Africa’s anti-apartheid icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died, public broadcaster SABC has reported. She died in Johannesburg on Monday morning aged 59. The death has been confirmed by a family source, SABC reports. She was the South African ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death. […]