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WHO suspends testing malaria drug in COVID-19 patients

26 May 2020

GENEVA – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday. Read More

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Education hard hit by virus

25 May 2020

Which sector of the economy do you think is being hardest hit by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), construction, retail, transport or catering? Read More

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Migrants get Eid feast on lockdown

25 May 2020

SINGAPORE – As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of the fasting month, thousands of migrant workers in Singapore have had to spend the holiday in quarantine because of outbreaks of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in their dormitories. Read More

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Voodoo leaders concoct COVID-19 'cure'

25 May 2020

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti’s voodoo leaders have trained priests of the Afro Caribbean religion to concoct a secret remedy for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to prepare the sacred initiation chambers of their temples to receive patients. Read More

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Valedictorian makes history at Princeton

25 May 2020

PRINCETON – Princeton University, a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, has named a Caribbean-Canadian – Nicholas Johnson, the son of a Bahamian father and a Jamaican mother, as the first Black valedictorian in the university’s 274-year... Read More

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World Bank approves millions to fight locusts

24 May 2020

WASHINGTON – The World Bank on Thursday approved a record $500 million in grants and low-interest loans to help countries in Africa and the Middle East fight swarms of desert locusts that are eating their way across vast swaths of crops and rangelands. Read More

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Johnson's adviser in hot seat

24 May 2020

LONDON – Dominic Cummings, the mastermind of Brexit who openly scorned the British elite, is fighting for his job as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser after claims he flouted the government’s coronavirus lockdown rules. Read More

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Active hurricane season expected

24 May 2020

HOUSTON – United States forecasters expect an above-normal 13-19 named storms during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Centre said last week. Read More

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Dining out – the new normal

22 May 2020

London – With lockdown measures more relaxed, social lives are slowly becoming possible. Restaurants, bars, gigs and museums beckon. But as we take our first cautious steps back into the wider world, we are finding it transformed. Read More

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America pledges up to US$1.2 billion for vaccine

22 May 2020

BENGALURU/LONDON – The United States has secured almost a third of the first one billion doses planned for AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine by pledging up to $1.2 billion, as world powers scramble for medicines to get their economies back to work. Read More

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Study: Wash hands at least ten times daily

21 May 2020

London – Washing your hands at least six to ten times a day makes catching infections such as coronavirus much less likely, a study by UK researchers suggests. Read More

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US to withdraw from Open Skies treaty

21 May 2020

Washington – The United States announced its intention on Thursday to withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty allowing unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the United States from a major global treaty.... Read More

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Johnson & Johnson to continue selling baby powder in UK

21 May 2020

London – Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson says it will continue to sell its talc-based Johnson's Baby Powder in the UK and the rest of the world, despite stopping sales in the US and Canada. Read More

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Apple, Google tool aimed at COVID-19 contact tracing

21 May 2020

Apple and Google have released a software tool that will make it possible for nations to release coronavirus contact-tracing apps that adopt the firms' privacy-centric model. Read More

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WHO concerned, COVID-19 case will soon hit 5 million

20 May 2020

Geneva – The World Health Organisation expressed concern on Wednesday about the rising number of new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in poor countries, even as many rich nations have begun emerging from lockdown. Read More

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Colonel Tom Moore to be knighted

20 May 2020

LONDON – Colonel Tom Moore, who became a national hero in Britain after raising £33 million (US$40.5 million) for the National Health Service in the run-up to his 100th birthday, is to be knighted. Read More

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US rejects WHO language on reproductive healthcare

19 May 2020

Geneva – The United States rejected language about reproductive healthcare and intellectual property rights in a World Health Organisation resolution on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump threatened to quit the body. Read More

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Britain expands coronavirus testing and tracing

19 May 2020

LONDON – Britain expanded its testing scheme on Monday to allow anyone aged over five with COVID-19 symptoms to book a test to see if they have the virus, health minister Matt Hancock announced. Read More

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COVID-19 vaccine trials on humans show promise

19 May 2020

NEW YORK – The phased reopening of United States business and social life gained traction on Monday with more Americans emerging from coronavirus lockdowns and financial markets boosted by promising early results from the first U.S. vaccine trial in humans. Read More

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Rwandan genocide suspect held after 26 years

18 May 2020

Paris – Rwandan genocide fugitive Felicien Kabuga, whose arrest on Saturday ended 26 years on the run, was a frail, elderly man who said little to neighbours and who would take a stroll most days outside of his apartment in a well-off suburb of Paris. Read More

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People flock to beaches with ease in COVID-19 restrictions

17 May 2020

New York: Summer weather is enticing much of the world to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns as centres of the outbreak from New York to Italy and Spain gradually lift restrictions that have kept millions indoors for months. Read More

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