Chrystia Freeland named new Canada finance minister

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Canada's deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland has been named finance minister following a Cabinet shuffle. Her appointment comes after Bill Morneau suddenly quit the job amid pressure from opposition parties. One of Prime Minister Justin…

Biden, Harris vow to 'rebuild' America

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, marked their first public appearance for their joint White House bid, with the vice presidential nominee saying Americans are "crying out for leadership" to overcome the triple crisis of a pandemic, racial injustice…

World needs to spend at least $100 bln to fight virus: WHO

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The world needs to spend at least $100 billion on new tools to address the coronavirus pandemic, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. More than 20.69 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel…

Russia's Covid-19 vaccine approved for use

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said a locally developed vaccine for Covid-19 has been given regulatory approval after less than two months of testing on humans. Mr Putin said the vaccine had passed all the required checks, adding that…

Trump acts to cut prescription drug prices in US

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President Donald Trump has signed four executive orders aimed at cutting prescription drug prices in the US. "The four orders I'm signing today will completely restructure the prescription drug market," said Mr Trump, who has long criticised…

U.S., Russia to hold first space security talks since 2013

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The United States and Russia next week will conduct their first formal, bilateral talks on space security since 2013, following a U.S. allegation that Russia tested a space-based anti-satellite weapon this month, a U.S. official said on Friday. Washington…

Erdogan joins thousands to pray at Hagia Sophia

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Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan joined huge crowds for the first prayers at Hagia Sophia in nine decades, sealing his ambition to restore Muslim worship at an ancient site long revered in both Christianity and Islam. After the call to…

Pompeo says talked 5G, trade with British PM Johnson

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he discussed 5G telecommunications and a potential U.S.-UK trade deal with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a trip to London. “Constructive visit with @BorisJohnson today,” Pompeo tweeted. “Our…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Millions of Australians back in lockdown

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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…