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    Global toll rises to 20,09,991

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:04am on January 17, 2021

    The novel coronavirus has killed at least 20,09,991 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources...

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    Merkel ally wins race to lead her party

    Agence France-Presse . Berlin | Updated at 10:22pm on January 16, 2021

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party on Saturday picked her ally Armin Laschet as its next leader, in a vote that kicks off the race...

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    Global death toll nears 2 million

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:21am on January 16, 2021

    The worldwide death toll from coronavirus approached two million on Friday, with Europe topping 30 million infections and World Health Organisation experts working on advice...

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    Italy PM struggles to keep govt afloat

    Agence France-Presse . Rome | Updated at 10:21pm on January 15, 2021

    Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte was battling Thursday to keep his government afloat after a junior coalition partner pulled out, sparking a political crisis in...

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    Dutch government collapses over benefits scandal

    Agence France-Presse. The Hague | Updated at 07:09pm on January 15, 2021

    Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte's government resigned on Friday over a child benefits scandal, media reported, threatening political turmoil as the country battles the coronavirus...

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    World facing ‘catastrophic’ warming: UN

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 12:04pm on January 15, 2021

    The world is on course for a ‘catastrophic’ temperature rise this century, the United Nations said on Thursday as it confirmed that 2020 rivalled 2016...

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    WHO says 28m vaccine doses injected so far

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 12:24am on January 15, 2021

    The World Health Organisation said Wednesday that about 28 million vaccine doses have been administered so far in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic —...

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    Italy plunged into political crisis, government risks collapse

    Agence France-Presse . Rome | Updated at 10:18am on January 14, 2021

    Italy was plunged into political crisis on Wednesday after former prime minister Matteo Renzi withdrew his party from the ruling coalition, risking the collapse of...

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    Russia to start mass vaccinations next week

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 11:09pm on January 13, 2021

    Russian president Vladimir Putin on Wednesday tasked officials with launching mass coronavirus vaccinations from next week, touting Russia’s homemade jab as the world’s best. ‘I...

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    New virus mutation raises vaccine questions

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 11:02pm on January 13, 2021

    As the British coronavirus variant occupies countries’ pandemic plans due to its increased transmissibility, other mutations to the Sars-CoV-2 are provoking concern among scientists who...