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UN: COVID-19 reversing decades of progress on poverty

The COVID-19 pandemic is reversing decades of progress on poverty, healthcare and education, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said in an annual report. According to the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020, an …

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Russia and China to be linked by first car bridge

Russia’s Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities greenlighted opening the first car bridge between Russia and China, built across the border river of Amur, between the cities of Blagoveshchensk and Heihe, Ministry for the …

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Kazakhstan denies development of biological weapons

Kazakhstan does not develop the biological weapons, and the activities of the Almaty Central Reference Laboratory are aimed at ensuring biological safety, including in the framework of the fight against coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign …

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Iran locks down cities

Iran has started an intercity travel ban, an Iranian official said in a televised news conference a day after Iran's government spokesman warned the country might face a second outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials have …

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Internet disruption registered across Iran

Multiple telecommunication networks in Iran have been disconnected this morning, according to network data from the NetBlocks internet observatory. Most major providers are affected and were unreachable internationally for an hour …

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Coronavirus shutdown clears China's air pollution

Satellite images have shown a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which is "at least partly" due to an economic slowdown prompted by the coronavirus, according to Nasa. Nasa maps show falling levels of …

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Israeli citizens now allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia

Israel announced that it would permit Israeli citizens to travel to Saudi Arabia for the first time, under certain conditions that include Israeli entrepreneurs seeking investments, in a signal of warming ties. Israeli Interior …

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China rapidly building coronavirus hospital in Wuhan

China is rapidly building a new thousand-bed hospital to treat victims of a new coronavirus in Wuhan, mobilising machinery to get it ready by early next week, state media says. The new hospital is being built around a holiday …

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Wikipedia ban lifted in Turkey

Turkey's court ruled to lift a ban on Wikipedia, after a decision by the country's top court that the block breached freedom of expression. Turkish authorities had blocked the online encyclopedia on April 29, 2017, after which …

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Indian woman declared dead wakes up at her funeral

A 55-year-old woman suffering from a high fever was declared dead by a team of doctors at a private hospital after they failed to revive her in India's village Belagavi in Karnataka. The woman, identified as Malati Chougale, …

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