11 May 2020

Iran friendly fire missile strike in drill kills 19 sailors

On Sunday, an Iranian missile fired during a training exercise struck a vessel near its target, causing the death of 19 Iranian sailors and wounding 15 more. Iran’s state media reported the incident on Monday amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US. The statement also revealed that the death

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11 May 2020

Renewed outbreaks in South Korea, Germany and China show continued risk as more countries seek to reopen

A new cluster of COVID-19 cases has emerged in Seoul, South Korea, which has renewed fear of the second wave of infections in re-opening countries. South Korea was among the first countries to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak, however, after weeks of low infection rates, it had begun to loosen

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08 May 2020

Why China Is Withholding Stimulus Amid Coronavirus-Sparked Downturn

China’s economy has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that caused Chinese cities to go into lockdown for over two months in some cases. The country suffered its first quarter of economic contraction since the 1970s, with millions of jobs lost and businesses closing. However, China has not yet

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08 May 2020

Virus could kill 190,000 Africans and ‘smolder’ in continent

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Africa faces a huge potential COVID-19 risk, stating that they estimate 190,000 people could die on the continent in the first year of the pandemic. The WHO is also concerned that the virus could threaten the region for years. The UN Health

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08 May 2020

Coronavirus: Pandemic sends US jobless rate to 14.7%

In April, the US unemployment rate has reached 14.7%, higher than that experienced during the Great Depression of the 1930s, with 20.5 million jobs lost due to the coronavirus pandemic. Two months ago, the unemployment rate hit a 50-year low, experiencing a 3.5% jobless rate. On Thursday, released data showed

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07 May 2020

Iraq Gets New Government After Months of Political Deadlock

Early this morning, Iraq swore in a new government after months of political deadlock that hindered the country’s ability to adequately respond to crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers in protective gear voted in 15 ministerial candidates appointed by intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who will now become prime

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07 May 2020

Fractures in many nations widen as virus lockdowns ease

As several countries prepare to lift COVID-19 lockdowns, people fear economic devastation paired and the second wave of deaths. French mayors have opposed the government’s order to reopen schools due to WHO warnings over lifting lockdown measures prematurely. In Italy, however, governors want Rome to ease lockdown measures sooner. The

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06 May 2020

US infection rate rising outside New York as states open up

The COVID-19 infection rate in several different US states is rising, indicating that the rest of the US is moving in the wrong direction in comparison to New York, which has made significant progress against the virus. Despite these statistics, states are beginning to lift their lockdowns. On average, new

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06 May 2020

Coronavirus: UK death toll passes Italy to be highest in Europe

According to recent UK government data, the country has surpassed Italy for the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Europe. The latest figures state that there have been 29,427 deaths across the UK, compared to 29,315 in Italy. However, experts have expressed that it may be months before accurate global

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06 May 2020

US veteran behind failed Venezuela plot says two American mercenaries detained

On Monday, a US military veteran who has claimed responsibility for a failed armed coup attempt in Venezuela stated that two US citizens formally working with him have been detained by Venezuelan authorities. The military veteran, Jordan Goudreau, and two accomplices previously attempted to oust President Nicolas Maduro. According to

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