William and Kate visit lockdown-hit businesses

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited two independent businesses in Norfolk to hear how they have been affected by the coronavirus lockdown. Earlier, Prince William went to Smiths the Bakers, which reopened its 50-year-old shop in…

Australia targeted by 'state-based' cyber attacks

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Australia's government and institutions are being targeted by ongoing sophisticated state-based cyber hacks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says. Mr Morrison said the cyber attacks were widespread, covering "all levels of government" as well…

UK set to relax quarantine rule for some countries

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The government is planning to relax its travel quarantine rules in early July for some countries. UK officials are talking to their counterparts in Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and Spain. However, the UK hopes to make an announcement…

Hard-hit Brazil passes one million virus cases

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Brazil has become the second country in the world to confirm more than one million cases of Covid-19, as the disease continues to spread. The health ministry also posted a record number of new cases in the past 24 hours - more than 54,000. In…

EU leaders debate post-coronavirus recovery plan

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EU leaders debated a giant post-coronavirus recovery plan as China raced to prevent a second wave that it said may have originally come from Europe. The disease was meanwhile already present in Italy as far back as December, experts said,…

WHO aims for two billion coronaviurs vaccines by 2021

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The World Health Organisation said that a few hundred million COVID-19 vaccine doses could be produced by the end of the year — and be targeted at those most vulnerable to the virus. The UN health agency said it was working on that assumption,…

China to launch new airline despite travel downturn

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China's second-biggest airline is to launch a new carrier despite a severe global downturn in passengers caused by the coronavirus pandemic. China Eastern has joined forces with a range of partners including China's biggest online travel…

Facebook launches WhatsApp digital payment service

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WhatsApp has launched its digital payments service in Brazil as the messaging app capitalises on its popularity in emerging markets. The move comes as parent company Facebook pushes ahead with plans to bring more e-commerce to its platforms. WhatsApp…

Global gas demand expected to fall by 4% in 2020

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New report findings have revealed that global gas demand in 2020 is set to fall by twice the amount lost after the 2008 financial crisis. The combination of the COVID-19 crisis and an exceptionally mild winter in the northern hemisphere have…

Russia rolls out first approved COVID-19 drug

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, and the ChemRar Group announced the delivery of the first batch of Avifavir to Russian hospitals. Avifavir is one of the two registered COVID-19 drugs in the world. RDIF…

German airline Lufthansa plans to cut 22,000 jobs

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German airline Lufthansa has said it will cut 22,000 jobs as it struggles to deal with the slump in air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier predicted a slow recovery in demand and expected to have about 100 fewer aircraft…

South Africa marks 10-year World Cup anniversary

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South Africa marked 10 years since the 2010 World Cup kicked off on Thursday with a flood of memories and an insistence that the tournament legacy remains strong - even if Africa's teams have underperformed since. It was on June 11, 2010…

East Africa aims to cushion economic impact of Covid-19

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Finance ministers in East Africa have been highlighting measures designed to cushion the blow from the economic impacts of coronavirus. The governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania all outlined their spending and taxation plans in budget…

France presents US$17 billion aid package to aerospace industry

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France launched what it said was a 15 billion euro (US$17 billion) rescue plan for its aerospace industry, warning 100,000 jobs were directly at stake due to the coronavirus crisis travel slump, Reuters reported. The package, which includes…