New Zealand sees 100 days without local virus case

New Zealand has gone 100 days without recording a locally transmitted Covid-19 case, a milestone that has both been welcomed and brought warnings against complacency. The last case of community transmission was detected on 1 May, days after the country started easing its lockdown. Sunday was the fourth day in a row that no new cases of Covid-19 were reported. […]

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UK PM says schools must open in September

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said reopening schools in September was a social, economic and moral imperative and insisted they would be able to operate safely despite the ongoing threat from the pandemic. His comments follow a study earlier this month which warned that Britain risks a second wave of COVID-19 this winter twice as large as […]

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Credit Suisse eyes cooperation with insurers: Rohner

ZURICH (Reuters) – Credit Suisse (CSGN.S) is looking to expand cooperation with insurers, Chairman Urs Rohner told a Sunday newspaper, adding the search for his successor at Switzerland’s second-biggest bank was well under way. “In the retail business in particular, there will be more partnerships with us. There are good examples abroad of how insurance and banking services can be […]

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Belarus police detain opposition group campaign manager before election

Police in Belarus have detained the campaign manager for the leading opposition candidate in today’s election. Former English teacher Svetlana Tikhanouskaya poses the biggest political challenge President Alexander Lukashenko has faced in decades when the polls open at 8am (6am UK time). Ms Tikhanouskaya’s campaign manager Maria Moroz was detained on Saturday and is expected to be held until Monday, […]

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Mexico's coronavirus death tally exceeds 52,000, cases above 475,900

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday reported 6,495 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 695 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 475,902 cases and 52,006 deaths. Officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Mexico has the third highest coronavirus death tally globally, behind the United […]

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While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 9

Lebanese protesters storm ministry buildings, as Beirut blast protests grow Lebanese protesters stormed government ministries in Beirut and trashed the offices of the Association of Lebanese Banks on Saturday, TV footage showed, as shots were fired in growing protests over this week’s devastating explosion. A policeman was killed during the clashes, a spokesman said. A policeman at the scene said […]

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Mauritius declares emergency over oil spill from grounded ship

Indian Ocean island nation declares environmental emergency as satellite images show a dark slick spreading in waters. Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tonnes of fuel leaking from a grounded ship put endangered wildlife in further peril. The government on Saturday […]

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France sends aid after Mauritius declares oil spill emergency

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) – France is sending specialist teams and equipment to help Mauritius deal with a fuel spill from a bulk carrier that ran aground on a pristine reef two weeks ago and threatens to become an ecological disaster. The MV Wakashio struck the reef on the southeast coast of the Indian Ocean island on July 25. On Thursday, […]

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Children walk back to school in Gaza after five-month shutdown

JABALIA, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of children walked through the streets of the Gaza Strip on Saturday to return to classes after five months of shutdown – though authorities said they were ready to close schools again if coronavirus cases spike. Pupils mingled freely before heading into playgrounds for roll call and filing into classrooms. At one […]

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