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Spanish flu: more deadly than World War I

Paris, France | AFP | The Spanish flu outbreak 100 years ago is the modern world’s deadliest epidemic, its toll of more than 50 million surpassing that of World War I. Here is some background. – Why ‘Spanish flu’? – Countries caught up in the 1914-1918 war censored information about …

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COMMENT: A global refugee strategy

Brazil’s policy of open doors, and open arms reminds us to offer safety to those united by hardship COMMENT | ALOYSIO NUNES FERREIRA | Recently, leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean met in Brazil to discuss solutions to the global refugee crisis. Observer countries, international organisations, and representatives of civil …

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Dollar losses mount as investors spooked by Mnuchin comments

Hong Kong, China | AFP | The dollar took another beating on Thursday after two of Donald Trump’s top cabinet members talked down the currency and hinted at a more belligerent trade policy. The sell-off in the greenback especially hit exporters on Japan’s Nikkei index, which tumbled for a second straight …

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European stocks dip, bitcoin crashes below $10,000

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Europe’s major stock markets churned lower Wednesday as investors took their cue from downbeat sentiment in Asia, while Wall Street resumed its upward trend. Virtual currency bitcoin meanwhile dived, falling below $10,000 for the first time in six weeks in what one analyst called a …

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Make reforms while sun shines on world economy: Lagarde

Paris, France | AFP |  International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has urged France and other countries to push through reforms “while the sun is shining” on the global economy. In an interview with France’s Le Journal du Dimanche published Sunday Lagarde said the strength of the global economic recovery …

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Sydney extravaganza kicks off global New Year parties

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Hong Kong saw in 2018 in spectacular style as the southern Chinese city staged a stunning fireworks display over its famous Victoria Harbour. Thousands thronged the harbourside to see the show illuminate the famous skyline as revellers danced to Auld Lang Syne. “Shooting stars” were …

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Key events in 2017 around the world

Paris, France | AFP | From the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, to record hurricanes, here are the 12 key events which marked 2017: – A year of Trump – On January 20, Republican billionaire Donald Trump, 70, is inaugurated as the 45th US president, vowing to follow a policy …

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65 journalists and media workers killed globally in 2017: RSF

Paris, France | AFP | Sixty-five journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2017, according to annual figures published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday. Among them were 50 professional reporters, the lowest toll in 14 years. However, the downward trend is due at least in part to journalists …

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Gay marriage around the world

Paris, France | AFP | Gay marriage, legalised on Thursday in Australia in a parliamentary vote, is now recognised in more than 25 countries, of which 16 are in Europe. Here is a breakdown. – European pioneers – In April 2001 the Netherlands became the first country in the world …

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Marking World AIDS day in tough times

Museveni leads new campaign amidst new infections in middle-aged men, young girls Kampala, Uganda | FLAVIA NASSAKA | Preliminary results of the 2016 Uganda Population HIV Impact Assessment (UPHIA) survey released in October confirmed something healthcare managers in the field of HIV/AIDS have feared for some time. According to the survey, …

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