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World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises – U.N.

Jul 13, 2020 - 11:16 PM

Nearly 690 million people or 8.9% of people around the globe are hungry

IMF predicts worst Middle East downturn in half century

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:50 PM

The International Monetary Fund sees the Middle East and North Africa regional economy shrinking by 5.7% in 2020

Cars drive down King Fahad boulevard after the authorities eased some of the lockdown measures that had been imposed in a bid to slow down the spead of the novel coronavirus, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on June 21, 2020. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Coronavirus immunity may disappear within months – study

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:32 PM

Researchers find that 90 days after infection, several confirmed COVID-19 patients who were part of their test subjects had no detectable antibodies in their bloodstream

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 8, 2020 a woman walks in front of a mural depicting a man in protective suit spraying disinfectant on coronavirus with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's face, at the Tijuca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. - Brazil surpassed 70,000 coronavirus deaths on July 10, 2020, the health ministry said, although the number of daily fatalities appears to be stabilizing. The ministry said there had been 45,000 new infections and 1,200 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the totals to 1.8 million cases and 70,400 deaths. Brazil is the second worst affected country in the world after the United States. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP)

Latin America virus deaths pass U.S. as Spain lockdown blocked

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Since the start of July, nearly 2.5 million new infections have been detected across the globe, with the number of cases doubling over the past 6 weeks

COVID-19 IN BRAZIL. In this file photo, members of the Pataxo Hahahae ethnic group wear face masks at the Vila Vitoria favela on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on July 8, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Global super-rich call for wealthy to face coronavirus tax

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:45 PM

In an open letter, over 80 millionaires say they 'have a critical role to play in healing our world'

Inside the Industry: Dance and entertainment with UPeepz

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Advancing to the semifinals on NBC's World of Dance, UPeepz coaches Chips Beltran and Phim Villanueva tell us what it takes to impress J. Lo on the big stage

MLS tournament game postponed one day after new virus case

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:30 PM

It is the latest setback to hit the MLS is Back Tournament, which marks the return of top-flight soccer in the United States following a four-month shutdown

U.S. man, 30, dies from virus after attending 'COVID party'

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Jane Appleby, chief medical officer at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, says the man thought the virus was a hoax, despite it killing more than 135,000 people in the United States so far

COVID-19. This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Photo by NIAID-RML

Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The Kenyan tourism ministry says the sector has lost $750 million in 2020 – roughly half of the total revenue in 2019

Cultural performers from the Maasai tribe wear cloth masks as they gather outside their manyatta (village) in Talek in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where their work of performing for visiting tourists has dwindled, in Talek in Maasai Mara, in the Narok county in Kenya, on June 24, 2020. - At the heart of the majestic plains of the Maasai Mara, the coronavirus pandemic has led to economic disaster for locals who earn a living from tourists coming to see Kenya's abundant wildlife. Even before the virus arrived in Kenya mid-March, tourism revenues plummeted, with cancellations coming in from crucial markets such as China, Europe and the United States. (Photo by Tony Karumba / AFP)

U.S. presses again for full school reopening, despite risks

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:27 AM

The pressure to reopen schools comes from the top, with Trump threatening to withhold federal funding from schools that refuse to reopen

BUSES. In this file photo taken on March 31, 2020 about 100 school buses are parked at the Arlington County Bus Depot, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Full coronavirus vaccine unlikely by next year – expert

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:57 AM

'We have to live with this virus,' says epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet

10 million kids 'may never return to school' after coronavirus

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Save the Children says the economic fallout of the crisis could force an extra 90 to 117 million children into poverty, with a knock-on effect on school admissions

PRE-PANDEMIC SCHOOL. File photo of Corazon Aquino Elementary School students. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Coronavirus leaves Spain's interior a tourist desert

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:25 PM

The plunge in tourism, a sector that accounts for 12% of Spain's economy, will be felt like a body blow

A lone tourist walks around The Mezquita in Cordoba on July 8, 2020 after restrictions were lifted following a national lockdown put in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic. - In Spain, the world's number two tourist destination behind France, spending by foreign tourists has plunged by 62 percent in the first five months of the year compared with the same period in 2019. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

U.S. town grows money from trees during pandemic downturn

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:25 PM

A town in the United States makes $10,000 worth of bills on wooden rectangles, which are given as a grant to locals and good for use inside the town limits

Mayor Wayne Fournier holds $25 in wooden money, in Tenino, Washington on July 10, 2020. - Tenino had become a ghost town, and small businesses were struggling to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic, so local officials revived an unconventional idea from the last century: print its own currency on planks of wood. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

Sri Lanka cancels election rallies over new coronavirus wave

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:41 PM

Authorities say a repatriation program that has brought home some 12,000 Sri Lankans from overseas so far would also be suspended

Indonesia military academy hit by virus outbreak

Jul 12, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Of the 1,280 confirmed infections, 991 are cadets and the rest are staff and their family members

OUTBREAK. This picture taken on July 9, 2020 shows the closed main gate of the Indonesian army's Officer Candidate School in Bandung, after more than 1,200 personnel including instructors of the institution were tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Timur Matahari/AFP

Poland votes in tight presidential election

Jul 12, 2020 - 1:51 PM

The result will be decisive for the future of Poland's Law and Justice party government, which critics accuse of rolling back hard-won democratic freedoms three decades after the fall of communism

BEFORE THE POLLS. A man holds a Polish and an European flag during a demonstration outside the parliament, on May 7, 2020 in Warsaw, before a legislation allowing a presidential election delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic is passed to go ahead via a postal ballot. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Disney World reopens as U.S. virus death toll surges

Jul 12, 2020 - 1:07 PM

The state of Florida is one of the hardest-hit by a new wave of cases and deaths in the US

Guests wearing protective masks wait to pick up their tickets at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World on the first day of reopening, in Orlando, Florida, on July 11, 2020. - Disney's flagship theme park reopened its doors to the general public on Saturday, along with Animal Kingdom, as part of their phased reopening in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. New safety measures have been implemented including mandatory face masks for everyone and temperature checks for guests before they enter. (Photo by Gregg Newton / Gregg Newton / AFP)

Trump finally dons mask as global infections gather pace

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:58 AM

(UPDATED) News reports this week say aides practically begged President Donald Trump to relent to public pressure and expert advice for him to wear a mask in public

FIRST TIME. US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland' on July 11, 2020. Photo by Alex Edelman/AFP

Israeli police brace for rally against virus cash crisis

Jul 12, 2020 - 12:02 AM

Thousands of Israel's self-employed are expected to protest against what they say is the government's abandonment of them after forcing their businesses to close under coronavirus regulations

PROTEST. A woman protester holds her hand before her face mask while marching during a rally. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Austria Greens minister gears up for new virus test after initial praise

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:54 PM

'Now comes the difficult... stabilization phase after the reopening,' says Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober

A woman with face protection mask walks past Saint Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) in Vienna on April 6, 2020 during the exit restrictions amid the new coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic. - Austria could start easing its coronavirus lockdown measures from next week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on April 6, 2020, but warned that this depended on citizens abiding by social distancing rules. (Photo by HELMUT FOHRINGER / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT

Emirates airline to cut up to 9,000 jobs – report

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Emirates president Tim Clark says the airline had already cut a tenth of its staff and it 'will probably have to let go of a few more, probably up to 15%'

EMIRATES. The Emirates fleet. Photo from airline's website

Iran says cannot shut down economy despite worsening virus outbreak

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:04 PM

(UPDATED) The Islamic republic has been struggling to contain the virus, which has killed 12,635 people and infected 255,117

Shoppers clad in protective gear, including face masks and shields and latex gloves, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, walk through the Tajrish Bazaar in Iran's capital Tehran on April 25, 2020 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Bangladeshi coronavirus sufferers shun hospitals

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Bangladesh health experts and virus sufferers say people are worried about the level of care they would receive in a public hospital, leaving beds empty

EMPTY BEDS. This photograph taken on July 9, 2020 shows empty beds at a COVID-19 coronavirus ward in a hospital set up by Al Manahil Welfare Foundation Bangladesh in Chittagong. Photo by AFP

Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:35 PM

The sharp increase forces authorities to adapt existing hospitals and look for new spaces, like convention centers, to boost a health system with a range of problems including long waiting lists

VIRUS SURGE IN PANAMA. A patient infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 remains in the Intensive Care Unit at the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex, in Panama City on July 04, 2020. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

U.S. records 63,643 new virus cases in 24 hours

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:12 PM

The worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic, the United States records a total of 133,969 deaths out of 3.18 million cases

COVID-19 TESTING. Vehicles arrive and depart a mobile COVID-19 test site in Los Angeles, California on July 10, 2020 as the state continues to set record-highs in coronavirus cases. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Parents face dilemma as U.S. schools seek to reopen

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:24 PM

The fear of classroom contagion is shared by many parents, who suspect younger pupils will particularly struggle to socially distance or wear uncomfortable masks for hours to avoid getting COVID-19

RESTARTING CLASSES. In this file photo taken on July 09, 2020 instructor Chablis Torres (C) reads to children in a pre-school class, wearing masks and at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Brazil surpasses 70,000 coronavirus deaths

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Brazil's health ministry says there have been 45,000 new infections and 1,200 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the totals to 1.8 million cases and 70,400 deaths

FIGHTING THE VIRUS. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2020 a woman walks in front of a mural depicting a man in protective suit spraying disinfectant on coronavirus with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's face, at the Tijuca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Absence of U.S. tourists hammers Italy's Amalfi coast

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic means tourists from the United States – where cases continue to rise – are not currently allowed into Europe

A view taken on July 2, 2020 shows tourist and residents sunbathing and swimming at a beach in Amalfi on the Amalfi coast in southern Italy. - With its white and multicoloured houses perched on the mountainside about the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean, Italy's Amalfi coast is suffering from this year's lack of US tourists. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The World Health Organization urges countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some countries clamped fresh restrictions on citizens

AGGRESSIVE MEASURES. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference organised by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak on July 3, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Canada unemployment drops in June 2020, nearly 1 million jobs created

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Canada's unemployment rate is down to 12.3% in June 2020, but this remains much higher than the 5.6% in February 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 4, 2018 General view of Downtown Montreal, Quebec, taken from the Mount Royal mountain overseeing the city. - The Canadian city of Montreal, one of the country's virus hotspots, will make wearing face masks in indoor public places mandatory in the coming weeks, Mayor Valerie Plante said on June 6. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP)

EU chief makes bid to break recovery fund deadlock

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Finland, Sweden, Hungary, and the Netherlands all voice concerns over the European Union's proposed 750-billion-euro fund to recover from the coronavirus pandemic's economic impact

European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a press conference to present his new proposal for the MFF (Multiannual financial framework) and the recovery package at the European Council building in Brussels on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / POOL / AFP)

IMF warns cutting spending too soon could derail recovery

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) The 'massive fiscal response' to the coronavirus pandemic leads to 'global public debt reaching its highest level in recorded history.' But the International Monetary Fund says the spending shouldn't be stopped too soon.

REFUGEES. Two boys play with a kite near the refugee camp of Moria in the island of Lesbos, Greece, on June 21, 2020. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Virus-hit Afghanistan gets $200-million World Bank grant

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:25 PM

World Bank funds will be used to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Afghanistan's war-ravaged economy

A street vendor selling facemasks wait for customers in Kabul June 18, 2020. - Early optimism that South Asia might have dodged the worst ravages of the coronavirus pandemic has disappeared as soaring infection rates turn the densely populated region into a global hot spot. After several months trailing the US and western Europe, cases of COVID-19 are surging across South Asia -- home to almost a quarter of the world's population -- where the virus is wreaking havoc on fragile medical systems and underfunded health agencies are pushed to breaking point. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

Bottom of the barrel: IEA sees oil output recovery

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:55 PM

While the International Energy Agency warns that the resurgence of the coronavirus in some regions is 'casting a shadow over the outlook,' it sees the oil market turning a corner

OIL. A worker takes a break beneath the natural gas storage tanks at an exploration site in the Longgang gas field in Lishan, in southwest China's Sichuan province, May 17, 2007. File photo by Liu Jin/AFP

Australia approves remdesivir as virus treatment

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:36 PM

It is the first drug approved by Australian authorities to treat the virus and promised to reduce hospitalization time for coronavirus patients

REMDESIVIR. One vial of the drug Remdesivir at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020. File photo by Ulrich Perrey/AFP

Hong Kong to shut all schools after virus cases spike

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Schools will close from Monday, July 13, bringing forward the start of the summer holidays after the city recorded an 'exponential growth' of locally transmitted cases in the past few days

COVID-19 IN HONG KONG. A man wearing a face mask walks in the Central district of Hong Kong on July 9, 2020, as the city experiences new local outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Dubai counts on pent-up demand for tourism comeback

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:15 PM

With its advanced medical facilities and infrastructure, Dubai is betting it will be an attractive option for tourists

This picture taken on July 8, 2020 shows an aerial view of the Burj al-Arab hotel in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, with the man-made Palm Jumeirah archipelago seen in the background behind, during a government-organised helicopter tour. - After a painful four-month tourism shutdown that ended this week, Dubai is betting pent-up demand will see the industry quickly bounce back, billing itself as a safe destination with the resources to ward off coronavirus. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

IMF and World Bank to hold fall meetings virtually

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:45 PM

The 2020 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings set for October 12 to 18 will be held 'in a primarily virtual format'

IMF. In this file photo taken on October 10, 2017, a logo for the 2017 Annual Meetings is seen inside the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, DC. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Latest coronavirus spike crushing travel demand, says Delta CEO

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Delta CEO Ed Bastian urges workers to consider the airline's voluntary exit program to 'minimize involuntary furloughs'

South African manufacturing drops by half as lockdown bites

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Manufacturing production in South Africa decreases by 49.4% in April 2020 compared with April 2019

LABOR. A worker makes bricks on the side of the road at the Mamelodi township in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 1, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

China offers glimpse inside lab near Wuhan virus origin

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Conspiracy rumors that the biosafety lab was involved in the outbreak swirled online for months before Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the theory into the mainstream

An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. - The P4 epidemiological laboratory was built in co-operation with French bio-industrial firm Institut Merieux and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) - dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

'Strong evidence' mothers can transmit virus to newborns

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Researchers in Italy find the virus in an at-term placenta, umbilical cord, the vagina of one woman, and in breast milk

Bolivia's interim president Anez says she has coronavirus

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Anez becomes the second South American president in a matter of days to contract the coronavirus, after Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro announced his positive result on Tuesday

Bolivian interim president Jeanine Anez speaks during a press conference in La Paz on November 15, 2019. - Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez on Thursday ruled out exiled leader Evo Morales from standing in new elections as thousands of demonstrators marched through La Paz in support of the socialist icon and against the new, acting leader. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP)

U.S. posts new record daily virus caseload of more than 65,000

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:36 AM

The country, the hardest-hit in the world by the pandemic, has a total caseload of more than 3.1 million, with 133,195 deaths

People walk on a street near Herald Square on June 25, 2020 in New York City. - New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers June 22 as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Pandemic could push 45 million in Latin America into poverty – U.N.

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:55 AM

The United Nations foresees a 7% rise in Latin America's poverty rate in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic hits the region's most vulnerable populations

Venezuelan migrants attempting to return to their country due to the COVID-19 pandemic  remain in makeshift camps at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on July 7 , 2020. - Colombia has exceeded 4,000 deaths from the new coronavirus since it detected the first case on March 6, the Ministry of Health reported this Sunday. (Photo by Schneyder MENDOZA / AFP)

Global stocks mostly lower as infection numbers rattle investors

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The Dow and S&P 500 finish firmly lower on Thursday, July 9. Bourses in London, Paris, and Frankfurt also retreat.

U.S. ECONOMY. An American flag hangs from a building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City on September 3, 2019. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Another 1.3 million workers file for U.S. jobless benefits

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:15 AM

The pace of layoffs in the United States continues to slow down, but the level remains far higher than any pre-pandemic week

FRANKFORT, KY - JUNE 19: Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims on June 19, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky. John Sommers II/Getty Images/AFP

UK construction looks to cement recovery from virus woes

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:10 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants Britain to 'build, build, build' its way out of the virus-induced downturn with infrastructure investment

A student accomodation project is under construction in Guildford, southern England on July 8, 2020. - Cranes whir above the affluent market town of Guildford, southwest of London, as Britain's construction sector cranks back into gear after a damaging coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by GLYN KIRK / AFP)

UK sheds thousands of retail jobs despite state aid

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Pharmacy giant Boots is cutting more than 4,000 jobs, while the John Lewis department store chain is slashing 1,300 positions

A picture shows the Boots signage outside a branch of the retailer and pharmacy in London on July 9, 2020. - UK pharmacy giant Boots on July 9, 2020 said it will cut more than 4,000 jobs after the coronavirus pandemic slashed sales. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)