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…

NY Stock Exchange reopens as US closes in on 100,000 dead

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The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll from the coronavirus closed in on 100,000, a mark President…

Businesses Set to Reopen Gradually in Dubai

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Dubai announced the gradual reopening of business activities from the fourth day of Eid Al Fitr (Wednesday, May 27). Once the announcement comes into effect, there will be no restrictions on movement between 6.00 am and 11.00 pm.

GCC faces ‘unprecedented’ challenges on 39th anniversary

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is facing “unprecedented” challenges, including the Qatar crisis and the fallout from the new coronavirus, the grouping’s Secretary-General Nayef Al Hajraf has said. Launched on May 25, 1981 in Abu…

Coronavirus protection kit pollutes French coast

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Video shot by a French NGO in the Mediterranean shows masks and gloves littering the seabed. Opération mer propre (Operation clean sea) is trying to clean up the coast near the resort of Antibes. It is alarmed by this new coronavirus…

Saudi Arabia to end virus curfew on June 21

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Saudi Arabia has announced that it is planning to end its coronavirus curfew from June 21, except in Makkah, after more than two months of restrictions. Prayers will also be allowed to resume in all mosques outside Makkah from May 31, the…

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…

Lufthansa agrees €9bn rescue deal with Germany

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Lufthansa has agreed a rescue deal worth €9bn (£8bn) with the German government that saves it from collapse. The German airline has been severely affected by a decline in travel due to the coronavirus and closed its budget airline Germanwings…

Banknotes and Coins to be Quarantined in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia will quarantine banknotes and coins it receives from local and foreign sources for a period of 14 to 20 days as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of, according to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority. In a promotion…

Naomi Osaka becomes highest-paid female athlete

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Tennis sensation Naomi Osaka has become the highest paid female athlete in history after earning $37.4 million over the last year, according to Forbes. The 22-year-old amassed her staggering pre-tax total through a combination of prize money…

World Bank warns 60m at risk of 'extreme poverty'

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Up to 60m people will be pushed into "extreme poverty" by the coronavirus warns the president of the World Bank. David Malpass said the bank expects global economic growth to shrink by 5% this year as nations deal with the pandemic. This…

Millions brace as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall

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Ferocious wind and rain is lashing parts of eastern India and Bangladesh as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall. Millions of people were evacuated in anticipation of the storm, which originated in the Bay of Bengal. The storm, the first super…

Spain tightens mask rules for all older than five

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Wearing masks is being made compulsory in Spain both indoors and out in public if social distancing is not possible. Only children under six and people with health issues are exempt from the law, which comes into force on Thursday. Many…