International Labour Organisation cancels March meeting

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(Geneva) - The International Labour Organisation, ILO, announced that its Governing Body meeting set to take place in March will no longer take place. In a statement, the ILO said that the upcoming session, originally scheduled for 12th-26th…

World Bank ramps up coronavirus fight with $12 bn aid package

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(Washington) - The World Bank unveiled a $12 billion aid package that will provide fast-track funds to help countries combat the coronavirus outbreak. "The goal is to provide fast, effective action that responds to country needs," World Bank…

Death toll from coronavirus reaches nine in US

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The US death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to nine, all in the state of Washington and many of them residents of the same nursing home, officials said. Eight of the deaths have been in King County, which encompasses Seattle, and one…

Netanyahu claims victory in Israel vote

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(Jerusalem) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel´s election after exit polls put his right-wing Likud party several seats ahead of its main challenger, the centrist Blue and White party. The premier, who…

Hosni Mubarak dies at 91

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(Cairo) - Hosni Mubarak's family confirmed that the former long-time president of Egypt had died aged 91 in Cairo's Galaa military hospital. His son, Alaa Mubarak, confirmed on Twitter that "this morning my father, president Mubarak, passed…

UN health agency developing coronavirus treatment master plan

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(Geneva) - The World Health Organisation, WHO, is developing a master plan for coordinating clinical trials that could lead to potential therapies for patients infected with the COVID-19 virus, the agency’s chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, announced. Tedros…

World´s oldest man crowned in Japan aged 112

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(Tokyo) - A 112-year-old Japanese man has been crowned the world´s oldest male, claiming that smiling is the key to longevity. Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, was officially given the title at…

Thunberg joins hands with BBC for new documentary series

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(London) - The BBC said it will make a new documentary series with the teenage Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, charting her life and exploring the science behind climate change. "The series will follow Greta's international…

China president in rare visit to coronavirus patients, medics

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(Beijing) - Chinese President Xi Jinping donned a face mask and had his temperature checked Monday while visiting medical workers and patients affected by the deadly coronavirus that has killed more than 900 people. The Chinese president,…

China offers $43bn boost to firms fighting coronavirus

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(Beijing) - China's central bank said it will offer a 300 billion yuan ($43 billion) boost next week to help businesses involved in fighting the virus epidemic which has swept China and infected thousands. The outbreak, which started in the…

Qatari ruler appoints new Prime Minister

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Qatar’s ruler accepted the resignation Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani and named Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani as his successor, the state news agency reported. No reason was given for the change and it…

Powerful earthquake jolts hits Turkey, 14 dead

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(Istanbul) - A powerful earthquake measuring 6.8 hit eastern Turkey, leaving at least 14 people dead and causing buildings to collapse. Eight people died in Elazig province and six others were killed in the neighbouring province of Malatya,…

Berlin International Conference on Libya concludes

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(Berlin) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has underlined the UAE's determination to continue to pursue security and stability in Libya. The diplomat made the statement…

Harry and Meghan begin a new life as ordinary people

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(London) - Britain´s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan began a new life as ordinary people with financial worries and security concerns after being stripped of their royal titles and public funding by the Queen.