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France rules out ‘total lockdown’ in case of COVID-19 surge

PARIS (AFP) - The French government said yesterday it was girding for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases in coming months but would not...

Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

AP - Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket-sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone. The creature, which predated dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs, was just...

Brazil’s World Cup humiliation that became an expression

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Six years after Brazil suffered their most humiliating experience on a football pitch, the 7-1 World Cup thrashing on...

Australian PM defends Melbourne lockdown

CANBERRA (AP) — Australia’s Prime Minister said a shutdown of the nation’s second-largest city is necessary and promised continuing financial support for businesses that...

Zimbabwe’s Health Minister fired over COVID-19 graft scandal

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s Health Minister has been fired for inappropriate conduct after he was accused of illegally awarding a multi-million-dollar contract for...

Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases now above a half-million

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa now has more than a half-million confirmed coronavirus cases. The continent-wide total is over 508,000, according to figures released yesterday by...

Outspoken Iraqis fear rogue groups after analyst killed

BAGHDAD (AP) — The killing of a prominent security analyst who had received threats from Iran-backed militias has struck fear in the hearts of...

New at Saudi Haj: Bottled holy water, sterilised pebbles

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has issued guidelines for about 1,000 pilgrims who will be allowed to perform the Haj pilgrimage...

Serbs storm Parliament after lockdown measures reintroduced

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Thousands of protesters fought running battles with police and tried to storm the parliament building in Belgrade on Tuesday after...

Brazil’s President contracts virus as US starts WHO withdrawal

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus after months of downplaying the dangers of the disease,...

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