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IMF says coronavirus may shrink global imbalances further in 2020

The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday (August 4) that global current account imbalances narrowed in 2019 as trade slowed, and the coronavirus could narrow them further in 2020, but some comm


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WHO says China team interviewed Wuhan scientists over virus origins

A World Health Organization team in China to probe the origins of COVID-19 had “extensive discussions” and exchanges with scientists in Wuhan where the outbreak was first detected, a spokesman said on


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Greece sees fewer migrant arrivals from Turkey, minister says

Greece has seen fewer migrants and refugees arriving from Turkey, numbering in the hundreds in the last four months, mainly due to increased border checks and partly due to the coronavirus pandemic,


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WHO says there may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19

The World Health Organization warned on Monday (August 3) that while there were strong hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine, there might never be a “silver bullet” for the coronavirus that has infected millio


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US records over 25,000 coronavirus deaths in July

US coronavirus deaths rose by over 25,000 in July and cases doubled in 19 states during the month, according to a Reuters tally, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy.


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Muslims perform Eid prayers, socially distanced and masked

Masked and socially distanced to fight the coronavirus, Muslims around the world held prayers on Friday (July 31) to mark the festival of Eid al-Adha, with mosques at reduced capacity and some praying


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US records a coronavirus death every minute as total surpasses 150,000

One person in the United States died about every minute from COVID-19 on Wednesday (July 29) as the national death toll surpassed 150,000, the highest in the world


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WHO says COVID-19 pandemic is 'one big wave', not seasonal

A World Health Organization official on Tuesday (July 28) described the COVID-19 pandemic as “one big wave” and warned against complacency in the northern hemisphere summer since the infection does no


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Health workers should be top priority for vaccines - nurses' group

Nurses and other health workers must be top priority for the first COVID-19 vaccines, especially as they are often left without enough protection against the virus in their frontline jobs, the Interna


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WHO says travel bans cannot be indefinite; countries must fight virus

Bans on international travel cannot stay in place indefinitely, and countries are going to have to do more to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within their borders, the World Health Organiza


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Germany rejects Trump's proposal to let Russia back into G7: foreign minister

Germany has rejected a proposal by US President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas sa


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Staff leaving US Chengdu consulate under high security as deadline looms

Staff of the US consulate in Chengdu made final efforts to clear the premises on Sunday as security remained tight outside, ahead of a Monday closure ordered by Beijing as China-US relations continue


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US records 2,600 new coronavirus cases every hour as total surpasses 4 million

US coronavirus cases topped 4 million on Thursday (July 23), with over 2,600 new cases every hour on average, the highest rate in the world, according to a Reuters tally.


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Don't expect first COVID-19 vaccinations until early 2021: WHO's Ryan

Researchers are making “good progress” in developing vaccines against COVID-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organizatio


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US gives China 72 hours to shut Houston consulate as spying charges mount

The United States gave China 72 hours to close its consulate in Houston amid accusations of spying, marking a dramatic deterioration in relations between the world’s two biggest economies.


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Pandemic hit to haj saddens would-be pilgrims

This year’s haj will be a time of sadness for many Muslims around the world prevented from travelling to Saudi Arabia, but a decision to honour local health and security staff in the front line of the


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Global coronavirus cases exceed 15 million: Reuters tally

Global coronavirus infections surged past 15 million on Wednesday (July 22), according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic gathering pace even as countries remain divided in their response to the cr


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US adds 11 companies to economic blacklist over China's treatment of Uighur

The US Commerce Department on Monday added 11 Chinese companies implicated in what it called human rights violations in connection with China’s treatment of its Uighurs in Xinjiang in western China to


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Indigenous people especially at risk from COVID-19, warns WHO

Indigenous communities comprising half a million people around the world are especially vulnerable to the new coronavirus pandemic due to often poor living conditions, the World Health Organization (W


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US imposes sanctions on Chechen leader over human rights violations

The US Department of State on Monday imposed sanctions on the leader of Russia’s southern region of Chechnya, barring him from travelling to the United States over accusations of gross violations of h


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