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Coronavirus live news: US deaths could reach 240,000 as UN says world faces worst crisis since WW2 | World news

Fact check: “Nobody knew” “Nobody knew how contagious this was,” Trump said. “I don’t think any doctor new it at the time. People have not seen anything like this.” In fact, as the disease spread through China, public health experts were warning for weeks that the coronavirus threat could grow into a pandemic. Moreover, epidemiologists […]

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Changing Weather Patterns Spell Doom for Unprepared Pakistan Farmers — Global Issues

Inconsistent rainfall can be disastrous for winter and summer crops in Pakistan, where many farmers are still unaware of how to adapt to climate change. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS by Xari Jalil Friday, March 13, 2020 Inter Press Service Mar 13 (IPS) – Unpredictable weather patterns in the form of excessive or prolonged rainfall are wreaking […]

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Indian Wells tennis tournament canceled over coronavirus concerns

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Indian Wells tennis tournament, the most prestigious event outside the Grand Slams and tour finals, was canceled on Sunday, over concerns about the spread of a coronavirus in Southern California. “There is too great a risk, at this time, to the public health of the Riverside County area in holding […]

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Coronavirus: Italy death toll rises to 21 as UK confirms 20th case – live updates | World news

Whilst the first person-to-person transmission within the UK may come as a shock to many, it was really only a matter of time. It is increasingly clear that SARS-COV2 is capable of being spread by people showing very mild, or perhaps completely unnoticeable symptoms, which has allowed it to escape the lockdown in China, albeit […]

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Millions of Chinese ordered back to work but infection risk remains high | World news

The Chinese authorities are trying to usher the country back to work, a month after announcing the unprecedented quarantine of millions of people. But they face a difficult balancing act between containing the virus and supporting a faltering economy. Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak, have been the focus of disease […]

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Coronavirus: China death toll climbs to 106 with first fatality in Beijing – live updates | Science

5.39am GMT05:39 One of the curious thing to come out of the Australian news conference about school advice with regards to coronavirus, is that speakers reiterated that there hasn’t been person-to-person transmission of the virus in Australia. “There is no evidence,” said the NSW chief health officer, Kerry Chant. Yesterday the federal health minister also […]

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A Tribute to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (1936 – 2019) — Global Issues

Opinion by Nayema Nusrat (new york) Monday, December 23, 2019 Inter Press Service NEW YORK, Dec 23 (IPS) – “When I think about Bangladesh, I think about everybody. Not everybody is enjoying Rabindranath and the great literature and culture that Bangladesh has. But I think everybody has got the right to have this experience”, deeply […]

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‘I hate Isis’: uprooted survivors of Marawi siege long to return home | Global development

Thousands of survivors of an Islamic State siege in the Philippines are stuck in makeshift dwellings more than two years after their city was liberated, with many forced to drink contaminated water despite the presence of EU-funded aid agencies. They were among an estimated 350,000 people driven from their homes when Islamist fighters seized control […]

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Mainstreaming Leprosy-affected People a Big Challenge in Bangladesh — Global Issues

Dr David Pahan, Country Director of Lepra Bangladesh. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPS by Rafiqul Islam (dhaka, bangladesh) Thursday, December 12, 2019 Inter Press Service DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 (IPS) – When Feroza Begum was first diagnosed with leprosy in 2006, it felt as though she had been struck by a thunderbolt due to the […]

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Why Is Growth Slowing in China? — Global Issues

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Vladimir Popov (berlin and kuala lumpur) Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Inter Press Service BERLIN and KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (IPS) – China’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 14%. Since then, its growth rate has declined by more than half to 6.6% in 2018. The five-year moving average growth rate […]

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