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Stronger global poverty reduction efforts needed amid pandemic

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As the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty arrives on Saturday, the global community needs to take this special day as an opportunity...
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EU leaders reaffirm support for Africa amid COVID-19 pandemic

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European Union (EU) leaders reiterated their support for Africa as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to test the health care systems and economies on...
Photo taken on Jan. 22, 2020 shows an exterior view of the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO on Wednesday night extended to Thursday its emergency talks on whether the novel coronavirus outbreak in China constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). (Xinhua/Liu Qu)

Nigeria resumes yellow fever vaccination campaign amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Nigeria has resumed yellow fever vaccination with safety measures against COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). While combating multiple...
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Universities in Cameroon reopen after months of suspension amid COVID-19

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Universities and other higher education institutions in Cameroon started to welcome returning students on Thursday after a suspension of nearly seven months due to...
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Kenya to develop tourism products amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Kenya plans to develop tourism products at the local community level in order to boost sector revenues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a government official...
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South Africa to procure energy from independent producers amid prevailing power crisis

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The South African government on Friday unveiled a plan to buy energy from independent power producers (IPPs) in a rare move to cope with...
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Gambian president calls for international support for poor countries amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Gambian President Adama Barrow on Thursday called for international community to aid the least developed countries undergoing economic stagnation caused by COVID-19. ...
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U.S. jobless claims increase slightly to 870,000 amid bumpy recovery

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The number of initial jobless claims in the United States increased slightly to 870,000 last week, indicating a bumpy road to the recovery...
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Kenya to have higher temperatures, less rainfall amid climate change

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Annual maximum temperatures in many parts of Kenya are expected to average 32 degrees Celsius by 2050 as rains decrease in regions that currently...
Medical workers treat a COVID-19 patient at the coronavirus unit in Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, Bnei Brak, April 13, 2020. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Australian birth rate set to fall amid coronavirus recession: report

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Australia is facing a newborn deficit that could exacerbate the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, a study has found. The report,...

Mozambican inmates repatriated from South Africa amid pandemic

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Some 367 Mozambican individuals serving their sentences in the neighboring South Africa were repatriated on Thursday, following the actions by South Africa to...
Photo provided by Orlando Police Department shows police cars and fire trucks gather outside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the United States, June 12, 2016. About 20 people were killed and 42 others wounded early Sunday morning in a shooting incident at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida said local police. (Xinhua/Orlando Police Department) (djj)

Bar, nightclub owners in Zambia relieved amid eased COVID-19 restrictions

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"The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic indeed affected our operations as bars and night club owners. I had six workers who depended on me...
Medical workers are seen in a COVID-19 quarantine hospital in Cairo, Egypt, on June 15, 2020. Egypt reported on Monday its highest single-day COVID-19 deaths with 97 fatalities, taking the death toll in the North African country to 1,672, said the Egyptian Health Ministry. According to the ministry's spokesman Khaled Megahed, 1,691 new COVID-19 infections have also been registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed cases to 46,289. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

Kenya announces partial resumption of sporting activities amid COVID-19

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Kenya's sports ministry on Friday released guidelines for the resumption of sporting events in the country after several months of COVID-19 disruptions. ...
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U.S. jobless claims continue to fall amid reeling labor market

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The number of initial jobless claims in the United States declined to 860,000 last week, indicating a continued recovery in the labor market ravaged...
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Turkey’s youth struggle for jobs amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Selim Altun has been looking for a job for over a year as the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has made things worse...
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Time to reflect on goals of UN creation amid growing populism – Kuhn

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The 75th anniversary of the United Nations is a time to reflect on the reasons and goals of its creation, and on the recent...
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Maracana pitch to be relaid amid criticism

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The turf at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium will be relaid after weeks of criticism from players, coaches and officials. A new...
Forces of the UN Peacekeeping mission in Mali receive their blue berets in Bamako. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic

Cambodia sends 218 troops to peacekeeping mission in Mali amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Cambodia has dispatched 218 Blue Helmets to join the United Nation's peacekeeping mission in the conflict-torn West African nation of Mali, the Khmer...
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Australian cancer tests, operations dropped up to 50 percent amid pandemic

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Australia's peak cancer body Cancer Australia reported a significant drop in tests and treatments for the diseases amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
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Over 6,500 runners compete at international marathon in Lithuanian capital amid COVID-19

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The two-day Vilnius Marathon 2020 ended on Sunday, gathering over 6,500 runners around the world. Starting at 8:30 a.m. local time, the...
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Kenya’s tourist arrivals hit 14,000 in August amid COVID-19 disruptions

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Kenya's tourist arrivals reached 14,049 since the reopening of the international borders on Aug. 1, tourism and wildlife ministry said on Friday. ...
Chinese President Xi Jinping and other high-level officials attended the the G20 Extraordinary Virtual Leaders' Summit on March 26. Photo: Pang Xinglei/Xinhua

G20 ministers call for strong social protection systems amid crisis

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Group of 20 (G20) labour and employment ministers called on Thursday for strong social protection systems to support all workers and their families during...
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Kenyans adjust social events amid COVID-19 social distancing rules

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Gladwell Jeruto exchanged ornamental gifts with her fiance while in the presence of her parents and other close relatives all of whom were donning...
HARARE, March 19, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses the launching ceremony for the country's preparedness and response plan against COVID-19, in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 19, 2020. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday thanked China and other countries for the support they have rendered to Zimbabwe as it steps up its preparedness to combat coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Shaun Jusa/Xinhua)

Pushcarts offer lifeline to unemployed Zimbabweans amid sluggish economy

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By Tafara Mugwara Despite early summer scorching temperatures, 23-year-old Given Mandinyenya pushes a cart full of pipes and metal...
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Organic farming mushrooms in Cuba amid COVID-19 pandemic

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by Yosley Carrero Located some 350 km east of Havana in the central province of Sancti Spiritus, Fernando...
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UN humanitarian chief regrets lack of solidarity with poor countries amid COVID-19 crisis

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UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock on Wednesday regretted the lack of solidarity with low-income and fragile countries in the global response...
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U.S. dollar dips amid momentum in euro

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The U.S. dollar weakened in late trading on Wednesday as the euro maintained momentum. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against...
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Kenya warns of spike in COVID-19 cases amid disregard of containment measures

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Kenya's Ministry of Health on Wednesday warned that low use of face masks and poor social distancing is likely to trigger a spike in...
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UK publishes controversial Brexit bill amid growing anger from Brussels

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The British government on Wednesday published a controversial bill which overrides elements of the Brexit deal with Brussels, despite a senior minister explicitly...
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during the opening of the 33rd African Union (AU) summit of heads of state and government at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb. 9, 2020. (Photo by Michael Tewelde/Xinhua)

South African president promises not to let women down amid rising gender-based violence

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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday promised not to let women down as gender-based violence claimed more lives of women in the country. ...