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WHO reports record virus cases as Trump mulls in-person G7

Washington (AFP) - The World Health Organization has reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases, as US President Donald Trump proposed hosting world leaders for the annual G7 summit as a sign of "normalization."The WHO said Wednesday that more than 106,000 virus cases had been reported -- the most in a single day since the outbreak erupted in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.The UN body's chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was "very concerned" about the situation in low- and middle-income nations.Latin America has seen infections surge in recent days and, in some...

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Close, yet apart: Diary of a family under lockdown

Paris (AFP) - AFP has followed one extended family through the ups and downs of France's eight-week coronavirus lockdown.As families across the world faced unprecedented upheaval, this family shared its shock, fears, questions, difficulties and discoveries.From their different locations across France, the family spoke to an AFP journalist between March 17 and May 10.Week 1 - 'We are at war'"Keeping your spirits up? Got food in?" It takes up hours, all the checking in with each other, but sets the rhythm of the days. The family rallies around "ma", great-grandmother Jacqueline Sebban, 83, a psy...

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Income key factor in coronavirus cases: study

Paris (AFP) - People living in the most deprived areas of Britain are more than four times likelier to test positive for COVID-19 than those living in the richest neighbourhoods, new research showed Saturday. A University of Oxford study looked at more than 3,600 COVID-19 test results from national programmes and found that deprivation, age and chronic liver disease all increased the likelihood of testing positive.Of that sample, the more than 660 people living in the most deprived areas, 29.5 percent tested positive, compared with just 7.7 percent of those in richer areas, the study showed. T...

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France arrests fugitive Rwandan genocide 'financier'

Paris (AFP) - French police on Saturday arrested one of the last key suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, describing him as its "financier" and one of the world's most wanted fugitives.Felicien Kabuga, once one of Rwanda's richest men, was living under a false identity in the Paris suburbs, the public prosecutor's office and police said in a joint statement. The operation, carried out at dawn, resulted in the arrest of a fugitive "who has been sought by the judicial authorities for 25 years", the statement said.Around 800,000 people -- Tutsis but also moderate Hutus -- were slaughtered over ...

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Iran sentences French academic to 5 years: lawyer

Tehran (AFP) - Iran sentenced a French-Iranian academic to five years in prison on national security charges on Saturday, her lawyer told AFP.Fariba Adelkhah was "sentenced to five years for gathering and conspiring against national security, and one year for propaganda against the Islamic republic," Said Dehghan said.He said his client would only be expected to serve the longer, five-year jail term and added that she intended to appeal.Adelkhah, a specialist in Shiite Islam and a research director at Sciences Po university in Paris, was arrested in June last year.She is a citizen of Iran and ...

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Biden clean sweep in 3 states puts him on track for Dem nomination

Miami (AFP) - Joe Biden scored decisive victories in all three major Democratic primaries Tuesday, earning him a nearly insurmountable lead over rival Bernie Sanders in their race for the party's presidential nomination.As the United States grappled with combating the spreading coronavirus pandemic, voters handed the former vice president victory in delegate-rich Florida, as well as Illinois and Arizona.The command performance speaks to the eagerness of many Democrats to coalesce around a moderate flag bearer, to challenge Republican President Donald Trump, after several other candidates dropp...

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What's next in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump

Washington (AFP) - The US Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to set the rules for President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.By a 53 to 47 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate approv...

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Putin Claims ‘Jews’ Could be Behind U.S. Election Meddling

President Vladimir Putin suggested in a US television interview that Ukrainians, Tatars or "Jews," could have meddled in the 2016 US presidential election -- but not the Kremlin. "Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?" Putin asked in the often-combative interview with NBC television. The leading US intelligence…

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Republican-Led U.S. House Votes to Ban 20-Week Abortions

The Republican-controlled US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to ban nearly all late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, advancing a priority held by President Donald Trump's party. Trump is a backer of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and the White House has said he would sign the measure should it pass Congress and reach…

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Why Did Melania Trump Disappear?

At this stage in the US presidential race, the candidates’ spouses should be everywhere, smiling themselves to exhaustion as they do their bit for the campaign.

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