Global economy 'not out of the woods yet': IMF

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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…

Spain's coronavirus rate triples in three weeks

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The prevalence of the novel coronavirus in Spain has risen three-fold over the last three weeks as authorities struggle to contain a rash of fresh clusters, mainly in the Catalonia and Aragon regions, Health Ministry data showed on Monday. After…

Putin orders full recovery of Russia's labour market in 2021

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered officials to fully restore the country’s labour market, hit by the coronavirus crisis and economic shutdowns, in 2021. During a federal budget meeting, Putin said around 3 million people were registered…

Australia suffers 'disturbing' COVID-19 surge

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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,…

Britain's Princess Beatrice marries in Windsor

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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…

Queen Elizabeth knights 100-year-old fundraising captain

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The World War Two veteran raised a record 33 million pounds ($41 million) by walking 100 laps of his garden with the aid of a walking frame in April in the run-up to his landmark birthday. At an open-air investiture at Windsor Castle, the…

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

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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…

Brazil hits grim milestone as COVID-19 outbreak worsens

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Just 27 days have passed since Brazil, which has the world’s second-largest outbreak after the United States, reached a million cases. It has accelerated since then, hitting a plateau of nearly 40,000 confirmed new cases per day in recent…

Tokyo declares coronavirus red alert

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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…

New Zealand must prepare for new coronavirus outbreaks, PM

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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…

Saudi Arabia sees decrease in new COVID-19 infections

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Saudi Arabian officials said the kingdom has seen a decrease in the number of new coronavirus cases over the past seven days. The kingdom recorded 2,692 new infections on Tuesday, the fourth day in a row the numbers have stayed below 3,000.…

Egypt offers reusable face masks in state subsidy scheme

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Egypt has started offering reusable cotton face masks at around $50 cents each alongside the food items provided in its state subsidy programme, as it seeks to make protective gear more widely available to curb the coronavirus. Egypt subsidizes…

EU countries divided over plans for tougher climate goal

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European Union (EU) countries remain divided over the scale of emissions cuts they are prepared to deliver over the next decade, with some still hesitating to commit to bigger curbs. The bloc has pledged to slash greenhouse gas emissions…

Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi dies at 59

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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…