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    Chinese biotech firm says coronavirus vaccine protects monkeys

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 12:49am on April 26, 2020

    A novel coronavirus vaccine has for the first time ‘largely protected’ monkeys from infection during an animal trial, data from a Chinese pharmaceutical giant showed....

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    Muslims start Ramadan under lockdown

    Agence France-Presse . Jakarta | Updated at 01:18am on April 25, 2020

    Muslims across the world began marking the holy month of Ramadan under unprecedented coronavirus lockdowns on Friday as the US added another half a trillion...

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    Doctors fight to save sight of raped 7-year-old girl

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 03:13pm on April 24, 2020

    Doctors in India battled Friday to save the sight of a seven-year-old girl who was raped and then had her eyes damaged so she could...

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    China to give WHO $30m more after US freezes funds

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 11:18pm on April 23, 2020

    China announced Thursday it will give another $30 million to the World Health Organisation to help in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, days...

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    Dalai Lama calls for ‘universal responsibility’ on Earth Day

    Agence France-Presse . Dharamsala | Updated at 11:14pm on April 23, 2020

    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama called for people around the world on Wednesday to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic through a ‘genuine sense of...

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    Seoul plays down report on Kim’s health

    Agence France-Presse . Seoul | Updated at 10:20pm on April 21, 2020

    South Korea played down a report Tuesday that the North’s leader Kim Jong Un was being treated after surgery, as speculation mounted over his absence...

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    Indonesia locks virus violators in ‘haunted house’

    Agence France-Presse . Sragen, Indonesia | Updated at 10:06pm on April 21, 2020

    Fed up with people breaking virus quarantine rules, one Indonesian politician has decided to scare rulebreakers straight by locking them in a ‘haunted house’. Sragen...

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    Myanmar ships 800 freed Rohingya prisoners back to Rakhine

    Agence France-Presse . Sittwe, Myanmar | Updated at 01:22am on April 21, 2020

    Myanmar shipped hundreds of recently released Rohingya inmates back to the country’s restive western borderlands on Monday, after fears that its overcrowded prisons could become...

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    Singapore reports record jump in coronavirus cases

    Agence France-Presse . Singapore | Updated at 01:18am on April 21, 2020

    Singapore reported a record daily jump of more than 1,400 coronavirus cases Monday, taking its total to over 8,000, with almost all new infections linked...

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    Tunisia arrests 2 for trying to infect police with coronavirus

    Agence France-Presse . Tunis | Updated at 01:20am on April 18, 2020

    Tunisia said Thursday that two men, including a suspected member of a jihadist network, had been arrested over an alleged ‘terrorist’ plot to infect security...

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