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Stocks mixed on US riots, virus lockdown easing

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Global stock markets were mixed Monday, with US investors keeping a wary eye on violent anti-racism protests across the country and simmering tensions with China over Hong Kong. In Asia and then Europe, the focus was on the progressive easing of coronavirus lockdowns, offering hope …

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Emirates could take four years to return to normal: chief

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | It could take up to four years for Emirates airline’s operations to return “to some degree of normality”,  its president said Monday, a day after it announced job cuts over the coronavirus crisis. The Middle East’s largest carrier, which has a 100,000-strong staff and a fleet of 270 …

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DR Congo reports fresh Ebola outbreak

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | DR Congo on Monday reported a fresh Ebola outbreak in the country’s northwest, just weeks before it hoped to declare the end of another epidemic in the east. The appearance of the deadly disease on the other side of the vast central African country comes as an added blow …

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Hydroxychloroquine: a drug dividing the world

Paris, France | AFP | Banned in some countries, promoted in others — the drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the new coronavirus is dividing opinion worldwide. Scientists looking to find licenced medicines that could be repurposed as a treatment for COVID-19 had started tests of hydroxychloroquine, normally used to …

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Latin America’s stricken airlines facing long haul to recovery

Mexico City, Mexico | AFP |  Latin America’s beleaguered airlines will take up to three years to recover losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in the meantime desperately need government help, according to experts surveying the damage to the industry. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates it will take …

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Makerere to start study on COVID-19 impact on mental health

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  With concerns of virus anxiety, Makerere University is embarking on study to establish how far patients who tested positive for the Coronavirus disease were affected. Prof. Noelene Nakasujja who heads the department of psychiatry revealed yesterday evening during a Citizen’s Webinar discussion on COVID-19.  She …

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US workers face an unequal future when virus recedes

Washington, United States | AFP |  As the coronavirus worked its way across the United States, it cleaved the country’s workforce in two: those who have the ability to work from home, and those who do not. From baristas to hotel workers to tourism operators, people whose job requires them to …

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South Africa leader faces thorny test over virus lockdown

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Admired by some but berated by others for imposing a tight lockdown, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a fresh leadership test over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Africa’s most industrialised nation is preparing to reopen its economy on Monday as it moves into …

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