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Virus pushes science and its controversies centre stage

Paris, France | AFP |  Hydroxychloroquine, double-blind studies, convalescent plasma, herd immunity — the coronavirus pandemic has thrust the language of science into public view as never before. Having escaped the confines of the laboratory, these and other once-obscure terms are fast becoming part of household parlance. But familiarity with the …

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WHO to review virus response as Trump renews attack

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP |  The World Health Organization said it would launch an independent review of its response to the coronavirus pandemic as US President Donald Trump renewed his attack on the global body, branding it a “puppet of China”. Washington is locked in an increasingly bitter spat with Beijing …

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Pandemic throws up additional challenges for US firefighters

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  The wildfire season in the western United States is shaping up to be even more challenging this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced firefighters to rethink how they respond to disaster while also protecting themselves. “We’re focused on COVID-19, we’re focused …

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US economy showing ‘encouraging signs’: White House

Washington, United States | AFP | The US economy is showing “encouraging signs” and there’s no need for another spending package to combat the downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a White House advisor said on Monday. “If the economy recovers slower than we expect, then it’s possible we’ll have to put some more cash …

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Premier League clubs agree group training return from Tuesday

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League clubs will return to training in small groups from Tuesday after the latest stage of “Project Restart” was approved on Monday. Clubs unanimously voted to allow players to start socially distanced training in a bid to meet the Premier League’s mid-June date to …

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China supports inquiry ‘after pandemic brought under control’: Xi

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | China supports an “comprehensive evaluation” of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic after it “has been brought under control”, President Xi Jinping told the World Health Assembly on Monday. Xi told the virtual meeting via video that China has “always had an open, transparent and responsible attitude”, and had …

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Russia says growth of new coronavirus cases stopped

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Monday the growth in new coronavirus cases had been stopped as Russia reported under 9,000 infections for the first time since the beginning of the month. With more than 290,000 cases as of Monday, Russia has recorded the world’s largest number …

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