UN launches push for net-zero emissions by 2050

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Business leaders, cities and investors are being urged to back a UN campaign aiming for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Race to Zero is part of the diplomatic push to increase ambition in the lead up to the COP26 international…

Mexico deaths pass 10,000 as restrictions eased

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More than 10,000 people have died with coronavirus in Mexico, the country's health minister has announced. The announcement came on the same day that many restrictions brought in to curb the spread of the virus were lifted. The number…

Pandemic a 'major threat' to Africa's development - AU

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The chairperson of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said the coronavirus pandemic is a major threat to developing countries' efforts to meet their development goals - which include targets on education, health and eradicating poverty. Addressing…

Moscow more than doubles city's Covid-19 death toll

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Moscow's authorities have more than doubled the official death toll from Covid-19 in the Russian capital for the month of April. The city's health department now says 1,561 people died from the disease - not 639 as initially announced. The…

SpaceX launch: Nasa astronauts set for second try

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Rocket company SpaceX will make a second attempt in the coming hours to get Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit. Their flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday was postponed because of poor weather at…

Trump terminates US relationship with WHO

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US President Donald Trump has announced that he is terminating the country's relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). The president has accused the WHO of failing to hold Beijing to account over the coronavirus pandemic. "China…

US COVID-19 death toll tops 100,000

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The death toll from the novel coronavirus jumped past 100,000 on Wednesday, according to a tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University. With the European Union unveiling a massive recovery plan to step up its emergence from the crisis, the…

Brazil faces dark week as Covid-19 toll rises

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Brazil appears to be entering another dark week, as coronavirus cases grow by the thousands and controversy swells around President Jair Bolsonaro. The Ministry of Health announced 11,687 new cases of coronavirus had been confirmed over the…

Russia to hold World War II victory parade on June 24

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Russia will hold a military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the defeat over Nazi Germany in World War II on June 24, after the celebration was postponed from May because of the coronavirus pandemic. Russian President Vladimir Putin…

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

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The World Health Organization said Monday that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malarial drug U.S. President Trump says he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts…

WHO assures of reviewing its coronavirus response

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that it it would launch an independent review of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Washington is locked in an increasingly bitter spat with Beijing over the new coronavirus pandemic…

Spraying Disinfectants Can Be ‘Harmful’, Says WHO

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Spraying disinfectant on the streets, as practised in some countries, does not eliminate the new coronavirus and even poses a health risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Saturday. In a document on cleaning and disinfecting…

Russia now has second highest virus cases

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Russia has confirmed 232,000 cases of coronavirus - the second highest toll in the world after the US. In the last 24 hours the country has reported 10,899 infections, the tenth consecutive day that number has been above 10,000. Among…

Putin eases Russian lockdown as cases rise

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says that from Tuesday the nationwide coronavirus lockdown will be eased and businesses will go back to work. He said the country's "non-working period" imposed to curb the virus had lasted six weeks. The…