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G20 energy ministers to hold video conference on Friday: document

Energy ministers from the Group of 20 major economies will convene an extraordinary meeting by video conference on Friday “to ensure energy market stability”, according to an internal document seen by


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Masks should be prioritized for health workers, lifting of lockdowns gradual

The World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern on Monday (April 6) that the wearing of medical masks by the general public could exacerbate the shortage for health workers who are on the front lin


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Countries must tackle 'horrifying' domestic abuse surge amid lockdowns

UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on governments to take urgent measures to tackle a “horrifying global surge” in domestic violence fueled by worldwide lockdowns to curb the spread of the new coron


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As infections balloon, coronavirus squeezes Europe's armed forces

Military forces across Europe have scaled back operations and imposed stricter rules on personnel to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus among staff who often live and work in close quarters, ma


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Top EU court says eastern states broke law by refusing to host refugees

The European Union’s top court ruled on Thursday (April 2) that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic broke EU law by refusing to host their assigned share of refugees to ease the burden on southern


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COVID-19 cases, deaths rising, debt relief needed for poorest nations: WHO

The head of the World Health Organization voiced deep concern on Wednesday (April 1) about the rapid escalation and global spread of COVID-19 cases from the new coronavirus, which has now reached 205


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G20 coronavirus plan focuses on poorer countries' debt problems

A plan by the Group of 20 major economies to fight the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will address the risk of debt vulnerabilities in low-income countries and deliver financial aid to emerging m


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Heroic nurses need full protection against coronavirus, association says

More equipment is needed to protect the world’s nurses working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic to save lives, the head of the International Council of Nurses said.


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World Bank urges G20 to refrain from export restrictions for pandemic supplies

The World Bank on Monday (March 30) urged the Group of 20 major economies (G20) to refrain from imposing new export restrictions on critical medical supplies, food or other key products as the world b


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Developing nations need $2.5 trillion coronavirus package: UN

Developing countries will need a $2.5 trillion support package this year to face the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a UN report said on Monday (March 30).


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'Just one case': fears coronavirus may spread like wildfire in world's refugee camps

In the world’s largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh, filmmaker Mohammed Arafat has been making public safety videos to warn about the dangers of coronavirus.


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World Bank, IMF urge debt relief for poorer countries hit by coronavirus

The heads of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on Friday underscored the need to provide debt relief to poorer countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and said official bilateral credi


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Coronavirus cases top half a million, protective gear lacking: WHO

Coronavirus has infected more than half a million people and killed 20,000, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday (March 27) as he appealed again for protective gear for medic


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G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy to fight coronavirus

Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday (March 26) to inject $5 trillion in fiscal spending into the global economy to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus and “do whate


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Countries must not squander chance to control coronavirus: WHO

Countries that have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus need to put a premium on finding new cases and doing everything they can “to suppress and control” the virus, the


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US military restricts movement for thousands of personnel due to coronavirus

The fast-spreading coronavirus has forced the US military to restrict the movement of thousands of personnel in the regions overseas most exposed to the virus: Asia, Europe and the Middle East, US mil


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Tokyo Games delayed to 2021, easing athletes' angst

Japan and the Olympics movement decided on Tuesday (March 24) to delay this year’s Tokyo Games into 2021 as the coronavirus crisis obliterated the world’s last major imminent sporting event.


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Mideast, Central Asia countries ask IMF for coronavirus support

A dozen countries in the Middle East and Central Asia have asked the International Monetary Fund for financial support in dealing with the coronavirus, and the Kyrgyz Republic is likely to receive the


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Lockdowns not enough to defeat coronavirus: WHO's Ryan

Countries can’t simply lock down their societies to defeat coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s top emergency expert said on Sunday (March 22), adding that public health measures are needed to


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Panic buying, lockdowns may drive world food inflation: FAO, analysts

Lockdowns and panic food buying due to the coronavirus pandemic could ignite world food inflation even though there are ample supplies of staple grains and oilseeds in key exporting nations, a senior


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