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Dengue outbreak in Thailand kills 11, sickens 14,000

The Nation/Asia News Network 06/02/2020

BANGKOK — Eleven people have been killed and more than 14,000 sickened by a nationwide dengue fever outbreak in Thailand that has been super-charged by the onset of the rainy season. “From January 1 to May 25…

Pope: Pull together, avoid pessimism in this coronavirus era

AP 06/01/2020

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is cautioning against pessimism as many people emerge from coronavirus lockdowns to lament that nothing will ever be the same. During Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark Pentecost Sunday, Francis noted…

World coronavirus cases top 6 million as leaders disagree on pandemic response

Agence France Presse 05/31/2020

  BRASÍLIA, Brazil — The number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped six million Sunday, with Brazil registering another record surge in daily infections as divisions deepened on how to deal with the pandemic. Latin American countries are…

US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

AP 05/31/2020

LOS ANGELES  — The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have sent shudders through the health community and elevated fears that the huge crowds will lead to…

Trump to pull out funding from WHO; hits China over virus, Hong Kong

Associated Press 05/30/2020

  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Friday he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization (WHO), end Hong Kong’s special trade status, and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf…

CNN crew arrested while reporting on Minneapolis protests

Associated Press 05/30/2020

MINNEAPOLIS  — The Minnesota State Patrol on Friday arrested a CNN television crew as they reported on violent protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a…

Disney and other Florida theme parks to re-open in June, July

AFP 05/30/2020

MIAMI — Maintaining social distancing and wearing masks, tourists visiting Florida will be able to take photos with Mickey Mouse again when Disney World reopens on July 11, a month after SeaWorld and Universal Studios are set…

Spanish priest accused of abusing minors sought

05/29/2020

A Vatican diplomat has sought the help of Filipino bishops for information about a Spanish priest accused of abusing minors and believed to have been hiding in the Philippines. Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Pope Francis’ envoy to…

Russia’s coronavirus cases increase; 3rd highest in the world

05/28/2020

MOSCOW — Russia is continuing to see high numbers of new coronavirus cases even though its far-flung regions have increasingly moved to reopen the economy. The government’s anti-coronavirus task force reported 8,371 new infections Thursday, about the…

Swarms of desert locusts threaten India’s summer crops

05/27/2020

NEW DELHI — An invasion by swarms of desert locusts has devastated crops in India’s heartland, threatening an already vulnerable region that is struggling with the economic cost of coronavirus lockdown. The situation has been particularly grim…

In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

AP 05/27/2020

For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Donald Trump’s tweets with a fact-check warning. On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted that “mail…

WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment

05/26/2020

BRUSSELS — The World Health Organization, or WHO, said on Monday that it has temporarily suspended the trial of hydroxychloroquine as a drug to be used in treatment of COVID-19 after an article in medical journal The…

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