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Leaders warn Africa short of funds to fight pandemic

Washington, United States | AFP | International financial institutions and African leaders warned on Friday the continent needs tens of billions of dollars in additional money to fight the coronavirus pandemic despite debt freezes and massive pledges of support. In a joint statement, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund said …

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Prince William admits virus fears for Charles, queen

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Britain’s Prince William on Friday revealed his concern for his father Prince Charles after he contracted coronavirus — and his worries for his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. Charles, 71, the monarch’s eldest son and heir, tested positive for COVID-19 last month but recovered after a week in isolation at …

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Behind Germany’s virus battle, the fight for Merkel’s crown

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  Sporting events may be on hold in Germany, but the race to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel is gathering pace as the country makes cautious progress in the fight against the coronavirus. North-Rhine Westphalia state premier Armin Laschet, 59, and his Bavarian counterpart Markus Soeder, 53, locked …

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US outlines phased reopening, as China faces virus ire

Washington, United States | AFP |  President Donald Trump on Thursday laid out guidelines for a gradual reopening of the United States after the battering of the coronavirus pandemic, saying normal life should resume quickly in some states. Trump’s new push came as he saw progress in his campaign to pressure …

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In Maryland, first responders face constant coronavirus risk

Glen Burnie, United States | AFP |   In Glen Burnie, Maryland, the coronavirus is never far away for emergency teams of paramedics and firefighters on call over 24-hour shifts. In the suburban community south of Baltimore, these first responders have had to adapt everything they do to the COVID-19 threat, even …

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Prince Harry and Meghan hand out meals in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan handed out meals to sick people in Los Angeles, in their first known public activity since moving to California at the start of the state’s coronavirus lockdown. The pair, who have formally stepped down as senior members …

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Pandemic worsens plight of Middle East prisoners

Cairo, Egypt | AFP |  As governments in the Middle East isolate their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus, attention is turning to the region’s jails, where detainees face a more punishing form of lockdown. “Because of the pandemic, confinement is an additional punishment for the prisoners,” said Kaddour Chouicha, …

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In Britain, virus hits ethnic minorities hardest

London, United Kingdom | AFP | When Amer Awan’s father died of coronavirus, mourners congregated with little thought of social distancing. But cultural practices alone do not explain why Britain’s ethnic minorities have been hardest hit by the outbreak. “Visitors to the house… were not wearing any masks or not wearing …

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