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Millions of Australians back in lockdown

Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, went back into lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, forcing five million Australians to stay home for all but essential business for the next six weeks to contain a flare-up of coronavirus cases. State police were patrolling the city and setting up checkpoints on major roads to stop people heading out […]

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Floods, landslides kill 23 in Nepal, dozens missing

Heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides that killed at least 23 people and displaced thousands in western Nepal, officials said on Saturday. Nine people were killed and more than 30 were missing in Myagdi district, 200 km (125 miles) northwest of the capital Kathmandu, where several houses were destroyed on Friday, district administrator Gyan […]

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EU sees deeper recession

The eurozone economy will drop deeper into recession this year and rebound less steeply in 2021 than previously thought, the European Commission forecast on Tuesday, with France, Italy and Spain struggling the most due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The downbeat assessment of Europe’s economy comes amid concern the U.S. recovery may also be faltering as […]

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China launches satellite for space environment study

China successfully sent a satellite for space environment study and related technology experiments into the planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Xinhua news agency reported. The satellite, the second of the Shiyan-6 series, was launched by a Long March-2D carrier rocket at 7:44 a.m. (Beijing Time), according to the center. […]

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Saudi Arabia announces health protocols for Hajj season

Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus during this year’s Hajj season which includes limiting the number of pilgrims, the state news agency, SPA, said. In a statement, the Saudi Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said the new measures will require pilgrims to wear face masks and will […]

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Etihad Aviation Group oragnises Manchester City Young Leaders Summit

Etihad Aviation Group launched today the Young Leaders Summit, an annual initiative from Manchester City that brings together community leaders for a week of digital learning, delivered through interactive live sessions and webinars. The summit was opened with a virtual address from Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, who spoke about his […]

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Australia closes Victoria-New South Wales border

The border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), is to close after a spike in Covid-19 cases in Melbourne. The outbreak in Victoria’s capital has seen hundreds of cases in the past two weeks – more than 95% of new Australian infections. Until now, the two states had maintained […]