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Sweden admits failure to protect elderly in care homes

Stockholm, Sweden | AFP |  Bjorn Branngard’s mother died in a Stockholm nursing home where five of the eight people in her section and more than a third of residents have so far succumbed to the new coronavirus. “They didn’t have time to take care of my mother,” he told AFP. …

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China admits coronavirus exposed ‘shortcomings’ in healthcare system

Beijing, China | AFP | The coronavirus outbreak exposed “shortcomings” in China’s public healthcare system, a top health official admitted Saturday, saying that reforms are underway to improve the country’s disease prevention and control mechanisms. China has faced criticism both at home and abroad for downplaying the virus and concealing information about the outbreak when …

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Spain sex workers left to fend for themselves under lockdown

Madrid, Spain | AFP |  With the coronavirus pandemic emptying the streets of Madrid, life has become even more precarious for sex workers Evelyn, Alenca and Beyonce under the lockdown. Already extremely vulnerable and with an ambiguous legal status, many of Spain’s sex workers have struggled to make ends meet during …

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US reversal prevents UN vote on pandemic truce

United Nations, United States | AFP |  The United States on Friday stunned other members of the UN Security Council by preventing a vote on a resolution for a ceasefire in various conflicts around the world to help troubled nations better fight the coronavirus pandemic, diplomats said. Washington’s reversal came a …

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Empty Las Vegas Strip counts losses as locals venture out

Las Vegas, United States | AFP |  The marble statues at Caesar’s Palace are fenced off, the Venetian hotel’s gondolas sit empty, and the New York-New York casino rollercoaster has ground to a halt. Even the Bellagio’s famous dancing fountains are “completely shut” due to the coronavirus pandemic, says a surly …

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Taylor Swift to broadcast special Paris concert

New York, United States | AFP | The coronavirus forced Taylor Swift to cancel her 2020 tour dates, but fans will still get a chance to see the pop star in concert in a special set to air this month. The megastar whose “Lover” album came out last fall announced Friday that a one-hour concert …

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