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  • Coronavirus crisis may get 'worse and worse and worse', warns WHO
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    Coronavirus crisis may get 'worse and worse and worse', warns WHO

    The raging coronavirus pandemic has the potential to get far worse if all nations do not adhere to basic healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. "Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one," Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva. Infections rose above 13 million across the world on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by one million in just five days in a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people.

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    Turkmenistan orders mask-wearing to combat 'dust'

    The government of reclusive Turkmenistan, which insists that the Central Asian country has never had a single coronavirus case, recommended on Monday that residents wear masks because of "dust". The announcement came after a World Health Organization delegation arrived in Turkmenistan last week for a 10-day mission examining the country's response to the pandemic. Turkmenistan -- a tightly-controlled, oil-rich, ex-Soviet state -- is one of the few countries in the world yet to declare any coronavirus cases.

  • A trio of Mars missions in the starting blocks
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    A trio of Mars missions in the starting blocks

    "We have lift-off, we have lift-off!" The summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start. Three countries -- The Hope Probe (United Arab Emirates), Tianwen-1 (China) and Mars 2020 (United States) -- have all taken their positions, hoping to take advantage of the period of time when the Earth and Mars are nearest: a mere 55 million kilometres (34 million miles) apart. Space agencies from all three nations plan to send missions to the Red Planet to look for additional signs of past life and potentially pave the way to -- someday -- step foot on its surface.

  • World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN
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    World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN

    Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published Monday. Economic slowdowns and climate-related shocks are pushing more people into hunger, while nutritious foods remain too expensive for many, contributing not only to undernourishment, but to growing rates of obesity in adults and children. "After decades of long decline, the number of people suffering from hunger has been slowly increasing since 2014," said the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World annual report.

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    Bruised by the pandemic, New Yorkers head for the suburbs

    The trauma of the coronavirus pandemic is pushing New Yorkers to move out of the city in ever greater numbers, sending real estate prices through the roof in surrounding areas while leaving behind vacant apartments and fire-sale prices for real estate. "I wasn't ready to go yet," said Nick Barnhorst, recalling how he felt in February. At 41, he had been a New York resident for 11 years, and loved the city.

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    What is Tesla's Battery Day, set for September 22?

    Tesla will hold its annual shareholder meeting and Battery Day presentation on September 22 with optional in-person attendance. During the latter of these two events, shareholders will be able to attend the Battery Day presentation at which Tesla will introduce its up and coming battery technology. Industry insiders anticipate that the company could launch a battery with longer life and provide a tour of the cell production setup.

  • Madagascar's president says two lawmakers have died from COVID-19
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    Madagascar's president says two lawmakers have died from COVID-19

    Two lawmakers in Madagascar have died of COVID-19 and at least 25 members of parliament and of the senate have been infected with the virus since the first case was confirmed on the island in March, President Andry Rajoelina said late on Sunday. Madagascar has had 5,080 confirmed novel coronavirus cases since then, and 37 deaths, according the government data. After the tests carried out on the deputies, 11 members of parliament were detected carrying the coronavirus.

  • Trump takes swipes at Fauci, CDC as coronavirus cases rise
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    Trump takes swipes at Fauci, CDC as coronavirus cases rise

    President Donald Trump on Monday took swipes at health experts in his government leading the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak, as his relationship further frayed with top infectious diseases doctor Anthony Fauci. The Republican president, seeking re-election in November, has been increasingly critical of government health officials and their guidance as a steady rise in infections threatens the easing of shutdown restrictions across the country. In the early morning, Trump retweeted to his 83 million followers the accusations of a former game show host that "everyone is lying," including the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Births in Italy hit record low in 2019, population shrinks again
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    Births in Italy hit record low in 2019, population shrinks again

    The number of babies born in Italy hit a new record low in 2019, the population shrank and more Italians moved abroad, national statistics office ISTAT said on Monday. Italy's demographic crisis, with a dwindling population and ageing workforce, is one reason for its chronically stagnant economy, economists say -- and the situation is getting worse. Births dropped by some 19,000 to 420,000 last year, the lowest level since the unification of Italy in 1861, ISTAT said, while deaths totalled 634,000.

  • Head of Somalia's military unhurt, civilian killed in suicide car bomb on convoy
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    Head of Somalia's military unhurt, civilian killed in suicide car bomb on convoy

    The head of Somalia’s military escaped unhurt and one civilian was killed on Monday when a suicide attacker drove a bomb-laden car into a convoy in the capital Mogadishu, according to a military spokesman and an ambulance service. General Yusuf Rage was driving in the convoy near the military hospital in Mogadishu's Hodan district when the blast struck, Colonel Abdiqani Ali, the military spokesman said. Mogadishu's Aamin Ambulance service said it had collected the body of one civilian.

  • Russia may start Phase III trial of COVID-19 vaccine in mid-August: RIA
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    Russia may start Phase III trial of COVID-19 vaccine in mid-August: RIA

    A Russian institute developing one of the country's potential coronavirus vaccines hopes to start its final stage testing in a small section of the general public in mid-August, the RIA news agency cited the institute's director as saying on Monday. Globally, of 19 experimental COVID-19 vaccines in human trials, only two are in final Phase III trials - one by China's Sinopharm and another by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. China's Sinovac Biotech is set to become the third later this month.

  • Indonesian president sees new COVID-19 peak in Aug-Sept: Antara
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    Indonesian president sees new COVID-19 peak in Aug-Sept: Antara

    President Joko Widodo said the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia is expected to peak in August or September, the state news agency Antara reported on Monday, two to three months later than earlier projected. "Based on data the peak is (now) estimated to be in August or September, that's the latest estimate I received, but if we don't do something the numbers could be different," Widodo said as cited by Antara. Widodo said he was pushing his ministers to work harder to control the spread of the virus, which had infected 76,981 people in the Southeast Asian country as of Monday, with 3,656 fatalities, the highest in East Asia outside China.

  • Hong Kong dissident Nathan Law says Britain new home
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    Hong Kong dissident Nathan Law says Britain new home

    Nathan Law, one of Hong Kong's most prominent young democracy activists, announced Monday he has relocated to Britain, five days after confirming he had fled his home because of Beijing's new security law. Law was a founding member of Demosisto, a pro-democracy party that disbanded the same day Beijing imposed its new security law on the semi-autonomous business hub. The party campaigned for democracy and for Hong Kongers to have a greater say in how the city is run but they did not advocate independence.

  • Ex-US envoy Richardson to see Venezuela's Maduro over prisoners
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    Ex-US envoy Richardson to see Venezuela's Maduro over prisoners

    Former US ambassador Bill Richardson will meet Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to seek the release of prisoners, his office said Monday, a sharp contrast to the administration's shunning of the leftist leader. Richardson, "at the request of several American prisoners' families, is traveling to Caracas on a private humanitarian mission," the former Democratic politician's office said.

  • South Korean captured after third HK virus lockdown escape
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    South Korean captured after third HK virus lockdown escape

    A South Korean man who twice broke coronavirus lockdown regulations jumped out of a moving minibus in a failed bid to escape being transferred to a strict government-controlled quarantine facility, Hong Kong police and media reported Monday. Local media said the man arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday and was ordered into mandatory 14-day quarantine at a hotel in Kowloon. The maximum penalty for violating coronavirus regulations is six months in jail and a fine of HK$25,000.

  • Supporters detained as Russia charges ex-reporter with treason
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    Supporters detained as Russia charges ex-reporter with treason

    Russia on Monday charged a respected former reporter with treason for allegedly passing state secrets to the Czech Republic, his lawyer said, as police detained journalists protesting against his arrest. Investigators charged Ivan Safronov, a former reporter for dailies Kommersant and Vedomosti, with treason, for which he could face up to 20 years behind bars, lawyer Ivan Pavlov told AFP. "It is an unfounded charge, he does not admit any guilt," Pavlov said.

  • Coronavirus: latest global developments
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    Coronavirus: latest global developments

    A local court suspends a home confinement order that was imposed on more than 200,000 people in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia after an upsurge in virus cases. Catalonia officials had ordered the lockdown on the city of Lerida and its surrounding areas on Sunday, a week after the zone had been placed under less strict lockdown. The one million population of the northern Moroccan city of Tangiers is locked down again from 1100 GMT, after the appearance of epidemic hotspots there.

  • Kosovo president meets war crimes prosecutors to discuss charges against him
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    Kosovo president meets war crimes prosecutors to discuss charges against him

    Kosovo President Hashim Thaci arrived in The Hague on Monday for a meeting with prosecutors who last month indicted him for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Kosovo's 1998-99 uprising against repressive Serbian rule. Before entering the Specialist Chamber set up in 2015 to handle cases of war crimes during the revolt that eventually led to independence for Kosovo, Thaci told reporters he stood for "truth, reconciliation and peace".

  • Hong Kong reimposes social distancing as virus cases spike
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    Hong Kong reimposes social distancing as virus cases spike

    Hong Kong reimposed social distancing measures on Monday to combat a sudden spike in coronavirus infections, banning more than four people from gathering in public and requiring passengers to wear face masks on public transport or risk a US$650 fine. On Monday, city leader Carrie Lam announced fresh anti-virus measures. Twelve types of businesses including gyms, beauty salons, nightclubs and karaoke venues must close.

  • Global stocks rise as US earnings season carries hope
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    Global stocks rise as US earnings season carries hope

    World stock markets advanced Monday, helped by investor confidence in upcoming US third-quarter earnings and hopes for progress towards a coronavirus vaccine, dealers said. "The mood remains upbeat as the new week kicks off and US earning season moves into focus," said City Index analyst Fiona Cincotta. Results from JP Morgan, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Netflix and Johnson & Johnson would help give further insights into corporate America's performance following the full coronovirus lockdown, she said.

  • Kazakhstan to extend coronavirus lockdown by two weeks
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    Kazakhstan to extend coronavirus lockdown by two weeks

    Kazakhstan will extend its second coronavirus lockdown by two weeks until the end of July, and will once again offer financial aid to those who have lost their source of income, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Monday. Kazakhstan, which reported explosive growth in fresh COVID-19 and pneumonia cases after lifting restrictions in May, entered a second, albeit less stringent, lockdown on July 5 in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. The oil-rich Central Asian nation has confirmed almost 60,000 cases of the disease with 375 deaths and reported shortages of hospital beds and popular medicines.

  • Taliban car bomb attack on Afghan intel office kills 11
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    Taliban car bomb attack on Afghan intel office kills 11

    At least 11 security personnel were killed Monday in an attack claimed by the Taliban on a rural office of Afghanistan's intelligence agency, officials said. The insurgents said a suicide bomber detonated a device inside a car near the National Directorate of Security (NDS) while gunmen stormed the building in Aybak city in the north of the country. Abdul Latif Ibrahimi, governor of Samangan province, told AFP 11 people were killed and 63 others, mostly civilians, were wounded in the explosion and gunfire.

  • Kosovo's Thaci quizzed by war crimes prosecutors
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    Kosovo's Thaci quizzed by war crimes prosecutors

    Kosovo President Hashim Thaci arrived on Monday for questioning by war crimes prosecutors in The Hague, saying that "nobody can rewrite history" over his role in the 1990s war. Thaci, 52, was indicted by a special tribunal in late June for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the 1998-99 conflict with Serbia that won the province its independence. Thaci and others are charged with being "criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders" in addition to other crimes against Serb, Roma and Kosovo Albanian victims while he was leader of the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

  • Russia charges ex-journalist Ivan Safronov with treason despite outcry
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    Russia charges ex-journalist Ivan Safronov with treason despite outcry

    Russia charged former military journalist Ivan Safronov with state treason on Monday, his lawyer said, accusations that have sent a chill through Russia's media community which has protested over what it says is his unfair treatment. Security forces last week detained Safronov, who left journalism and in May became an adviser at Russia's space agency, and accused him of passing military secrets to the Czech Republic. Police detained around a dozen journalists who gathered outside his detention facility on Monday to offer their support in a case they say is shrouded in unacceptable secrecy.

  • Global coronavirus cases rise above 13 million, WHO sounds alarm
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    Global coronavirus cases rise above 13 million, WHO sounds alarm

    World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there would be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future, with too many countries headed in the wrong direction. Parts of the world, especially the United States with more than 3.3 million confirmed cases, are still seeing huge increases in a first wave of COVID-19 infections, while others "flatten the curve" and ease lockdowns.