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WHO's Ryan: don't turn COVID-19 into 'political football'

The World Health Organization’s top emergency expert, asked on Thursday (September 17) about contradictory remarks by President Donald Trump and US health officials on COVID-19, said it was important


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Once an American foe, now a friend: OPEC turns 60

In 1973, Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries brought the US economy to its knees. Now, the cartel created 60 years ago is more likely to do Washington’s bidding.


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Afghan peace talks to open in Doha, 19 years after 9/11 triggered war

Talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents start in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday with the goal of bringing an end to nearly two decades of a conflict that has laid waste to the cou


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Moria migrants stuck on Lesbos island, locals oppose shelter plans

Thousands of migrants remained stranded on Lesbos island for a third day on streets near Greece’s largest migrant camp on Friday (September 11), after fires burned the facility the ground.


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AstraZeneca vaccine trial pause a 'wake-up call', says WHO

AstraZeneca’s pause of an experimental vaccine for the coronavirus after the illness of a participant is a “wake-up call” but should not discourage researchers, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) c


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Lesbos migrants sleep on roadsides, housing them to take days

Thousands of migrants were stranded without shelter on Lesbos on Thursday (September 10) after fires razed their camp to the ground, and the government said it would take days to find housing for all


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US COVID-19 deaths near 190,000; Iowa and South Dakota emerge as new hotspots

Coronavirus deaths in the United States were approaching 190,000 on Wednesday (September 9) along with a spike in new cases in the US Midwest with states like Iowa and South Dakota emerging as the new


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More than 1 billion people face displacement by 2050: report

Rapid population growth, lack of access to food and water and increased exposure to natural disasters mean more than 1 billion people face being displaced by 2050, according to a new analysis of globa


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World must be better prepared for next pandemic, says WHO boss

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday (September 7) the world must be better prepared for the next pandemic, as he called on countries to invest in public health.


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US coronavirus deaths projected to more than double to 410,000 by January

US deaths from the coronavirus will reach 410,000 by the end of the year, more than double the current death toll, and deaths could soar to 3,000 per day in December, the University of Washington’s he


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Water-related conflicts set to rise amid demand growth and climate impacts

From Yemen to India, and parts of Central America to the African Sahel, about a quarter of the world’s people face extreme water shortages that are fueling conflict, social unrest and migration, water


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Amid plans to quit, US will not pay what it owes WHO this year

The United States said on Wednesday that it will not pay some $80 million it currently owes to the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) and will instead redirect the money to help pay its Unit


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Greece confirms first coronavirus case in Moria camp on Lesbos

Greece confirmed its first coronavirus case in the overcrowded migrant camp of Moria on the island of Lesbos, two migration ministry officials said on Wednesday (September 2).


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COVID-19 can wipe out health care progress in short order: WHO

More than 90% of countries have seen ordinary health services disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with major gains in medical care attained over decades vulnerable to being wiped out in a short period


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Global coronavirus cases surpass 25 million: Reuters tally

Global coronavirus cases surged past 25 million on Sunday (August 30), according to a Reuters tally, as India marked a worldwide record for daily new cases in the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Trump assails rival Biden in White House speech accepting nomination

A defiant President Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for a second term on Thursday (August 27) with a scathing attack on rival Joe Biden, asserting that a Democratic victory in November


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New Zealand judge sentences mosque shooter to life without parole for 'wicked' crimes

A New Zealand judge sentenced white supremacist Brenton Tarrant to life in prison without parole on Thursday (August 27) for killing 51 Muslim worshippers in the country’s deadliest shooting, saying t


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Erdogan says Turkey to get rights in seas around

Turkey is determined to do whatever is necessary to obtain its rights in the Black Sea, Aegean and Mediterranean, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.


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Pandemic pace slows worldwide except for southeast Asia, E Med: WHO

The COVID-19 pandemic is still expanding, but the rise in cases and deaths has slowed globally, except for southeast Asia and the eastern Mediterranean regions, the World Health Organization (WHO) sai


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Greece to extend fence on land border with Turkey to deter migrants

Greece will proceed with plans to extend a cement and barbed-wire fence that it set up in 2012 along its northern border with Turkey to prevent migrants from entering the country, the government said


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