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UN suspends two male employees involved in viral sex video

International The United Nations (UN) has suspended two of its male staff allegedly having sex in its official vehicle in Tel Aviv, Israel. Last week, the world body launched an investigation after a video of the incident went viral on the internet. Spokesman of the UN secretary-general, Stephane Dujarric, while speaking with journalists in New York, US, Read more

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EU backs WHO after Trump pull-out threat

By AFP The European Union backed the World Health Organisation and multilateral efforts to fight the coronavirus on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump threatened to quit the global agency. “This is the time for solidarity, not the time for finger pointing or for undermining multilateral cooperation,” European foreign affairs spokeswoman Virginie Battu-Henriksson told reporters. Read more

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COVID-19: UK death toll becomes highest in Europe

By AFP Britain’s death toll from the coronavirus has topped 32,000, according to an updated official count released Tuesday, pushing the country past Italy to become the second-most impacted after the United States. The new toll, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and regional health bodies, has not yet been incorporated into the government’s Read more

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US says ‘evidence’ virus came from China lab as Europe eases lockdown

“I think the whole world can see now, remember, China has a history of infecting the world and running substandard laboratories,” By AFP US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said “enormous evidence” showed the new coronavirus originated in a lab in China, further fueling tensions with Beijing over its handling of the outbreak. Read more

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US states loosen lockdowns as coronavirus drug approved

By AFP More US states eased pandemic lockdown measures on Friday even as coronavirus deaths rose, while American authorities greenlighted an experimental drug for emergency use on patients. Washington also renewed its warnings to Beijing a day after President Donald Trump threatened to slap tariffs on China, with the White House accusing Chinese authorities of Read more

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COVID-19 Trial Drug: REMDESIVIR proves effective for treatment of coronavirus

…study led by the US National Institute of Health showed that the drug shortens the time it takes for patients to recover by four days on average, and it is the first drug to pass such a strict test against the virus. The US National Institute of Health on Wednesday said that an experimental drug, Read more

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COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by September – Pfizer

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said there are about 20 different potential COVID-19 vaccines currently in development. An American biopharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has said its vaccine for COVID-19 could be ready for emergency use by September. The company, on Tuesday, said it will begin testing of the experimental vaccine in the US next week. This Read more
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COVID-19 death toll nears 200,000 as UN pushes for global vaccine effort

By AFP “A world free of COVID-19 requires the most massive public health effort in history.” The global coronavirus death toll approached 200,000 on Saturday as the United Nations launched an international push for a vaccine to defeat the pandemic. Governments around the world are struggling to limit the economic devastation unleashed by the virus, Read more