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…

Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people

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Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly…

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 11.64 million, death toll at 536,693

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More than 11.64 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 536,693​ have died, according to a Reuters tally published on Tuesday. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and…

Putin strongly backed in reform vote

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Nearly 78% of Russian voters backed constitutional reforms that could keep President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036, election officials say. With all the ballots counted, 77.9% voted for the reform package and 21.3% against, the electoral…

Russians vote on Putin's reforms to constitution

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Russia has begun voting on constitutional reforms that could allow President Vladimir Putin to serve another two terms in office. The official vote is scheduled for 1 July, but authorities said they were opening polling stations a week early…