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British PM fights virus in intensive care as global toll soars

Britain’s prime minister was battling the coronavirus in intensive care Tuesday, the highest-profile case in the pandemic as the United...

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Japan to declare state of emergency over coronavirus

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will on Tuesday declare a state of emergency in parts of the country, including Tokyo,...

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Cardinal Pell freed after winning appeal over child sex abuse

Cardinal George Pell was released from prison Tuesday, hours after Australia’s High Court quashed his conviction for child sex abuse,...

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Taliban to end 'fruitless' meetings over prisoner swap

The Taliban will no longer participate in “fruitless” discussions with the Afghan government over a prisoner swap that had formed...

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The veil begins to lift on coronavirus

Just three months ago, few people even knew the word “coronavirus”. But as the disease continues to spread across the...

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Three Sudanese arrested over French 'terror' stabbing

French police have arrested three Sudanese nationals in a terror probe after a stabbing spree in the southeast left two...

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Shuttered restaurants dish out for Spain's health workers

It is midday on Saturday and smoke rises off the grill even though the doors are closed at the Timesburg...

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US braced for historic blow, as virus lands British PM in hospital

The coronavirus threatened Americans with their hardest week in memory on Monday and put Britain’s prime minister in hospital, despite...

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Isolation blues? Myanmar's ex-political prisoners share survival tips

From meditation to memory games, former political prisoners in Myanmar are dishing out tips on surviving isolation in a pandemic...

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UN chief urges govts to protect women during virus lockdown

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged governments to include the protection of women in their response to the deadly...

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Virus sparks boom for local farmers in import-dependent Hong Kong

After a coronavirus-fuelled wave of panic-buying briefly left Hong Kong’s supermarket shelves bare, residents are turning to local producers for...

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Virus hope in Europe as US girds for 'Pearl Harbor' moment

Europe’s hardest-hit nations saw some tentative signs of hope in the fight against the coronavirus Monday but the United States...

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Monster storm strengthens in Pacific, lashing Vanuatu

A deadly Pacific cyclone intensified as it hit Vanuatu on Monday, threatening a natural disaster that experts fear will undermine...

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Pope urges courage as global death toll tops 65,000

Pope Francis appealed Sunday for courage in the face of the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 65,000 lives...

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