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Australia’s Economy Takes Sharpest Dive Since The 1930s Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

CANBERRA, (AP): Australia’s economy has suffered its sharpest quarterly drop since the Great Depression because of the pandemic, with data released on Wednesday confirming the country is in its first recession in 28 years. The latest national accounts showed the economy shrank 7% in the June,..

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Egypt Develops Jasmine Oil Trade To Earn Hard Currency

GHARBIYA, Xinhua: A couple of hours before dawn, a lot of farmers and laborers in Shubra Beloula village of Gharbiya Province in northern Egypt start picking fragrant jasmine flowers from widespread bushes until sunrise, collecting them in baskets to be sent to nearby jasmine oil extraction..

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Beijing receiving 1st int’l flights since March

BEIJING (AP):- Beijing’s main international airport on Thursday began receiving international flights again from a limited number of countries considered at low risk of coronavirus infection. Passengers flying in from Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, Canada and Sweden,..

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Typhoon pummels South Korea with flooding, damaging winds Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, SEOUL, South Korea (AP):- A powerful typhoon ripped through South Korea’s southern and eastern coasts with tree-snapping winds and flooding rains Thursday, knocking out power to more than 270,000 homes and leaving at least one person dead. With winds blowing up to 126..

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Head of Khmer Rouge torture prison dies aged 77 Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

PHNOM PENH, (AFP):- The former chief interrogator and top torturer for Cambodia's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime died early Wednesday in hospital in Phnom Penh. He was 77. Kaing Guek Eav, better known by his alias Duch, had served as the head of the infamous Tuol Sleng prison and was later convicted..

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WHO urges ‘dialogue’ with virus protesters Monday, August 31st, 2020

GENEVA, (AFP):- The World Health Organization urged governments Monday to engage with people demonstrating against Covid-19 restrictions and listen to their concerns, but stressed protesters needed to understand the virus was dangerous. Asked about recent demonstrations in a number of countries..

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US floats idea of early approval for eventual vaccine Sunday, August 30th, 2020

WASHINGTON, (AFP):- The head of the US Food and Drug Administration raised the possibility in an interview published Sunday that a future vaccine against the coronavirus might be given emergency approval before the end of trials designed to ensure its safety and effectiveness. A request for such..

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India’s tally surges as restrictions are eased Saturday, August 29th, 2020

NEW DELHI (AP):- India has registered a record new 78,761 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the worst single-day spike in the world, as the government continues to further ease pandemic restrictions nationwide. The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 948 deaths in the past 24 hours,..

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SKorea prepares for more restrictions in capital Friday, August 28th, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea, (AP):- South Korea has reported 323 new cases of the coronavirus, marking its 16th consecutive day of triple-digit daily jumps, as health officials prepare to tighten social distancing restrictions in the greater capital area. The numbers released by the Korea Centers for..

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Laura, now a Category 2 hurricane, still extremely dangerous Thursday, August 27th, 2020

By GERALD HERBERT, MELINDA DESLATTE, and STACEY PLAISANCE, LAKE ARTHUR, La. (AP):- Hurricane Laura pounded the Gulf Coast for hours with ferocious wind, torrential rains and rising seawater as it roared ashore over southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border early Thursday, threatening the lives..

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UN: Worldwide, 463m children can’t access virtual schooling Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

UNITED NATIONS, (AFP):- Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and widespread school closures, at least one-third of students affected around the world lack access to virtual education, according to a UN study released Wednesday. In all, an estimated 463 million children lack the equipment or electronic..

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Turkey says ready for talks with Greece despite war games Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

ISTANBUL, (AFP):- Turkey said on Tuesday it is ready for talks with Greece without preconditions about an escalating row over eastern Mediterranean gas that saw the two uneasy NATO allies stage rival military exercises. The olive branch came ahead of an informal EU foreign ministers' meeting in..

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