The Independent
Coronavirus: All that you need to know
Paris, France | AFP | Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis: – More than one million cases – At least 1,082,470 cases of infection, including 57,474 deaths have been reported in 188 countries and territories around the world since the epidemic started in Dece...
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The Independent
Untouchable: the baby born to a mum with coronavirus
Madrid, Spain | AFP |  For 10 days after giving birth to her first child, the mother was not allowed near him after she tested positive for coronavirus, for fear of infecting her newborn. And even though she has since been reunited with her son, neither she nor her husband have …
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The Independent
As prices fall, what are the threats to oil giant Iraq?
Baghdad, Iraq | AFP | As crude prices plunge, Iraq’s oil sector is facing a triple threat that has slashed revenues, risks denting production and may spell trouble for future exports. So what are the challenges facing the only significant industry in Iraq, as global oil prices fa...
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The Independent
Panic, confusion in DRC amid fears of virus explosion in Kinshasa
Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Lack of resources, a muddle over confinement and incipient panic are hobbling the response to coronavirus in DR Congo, fuelling fears especially for Kinshasa, one of Africa’s largest and most chaotic cities. Almost all of the infections in the vast cent...
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The Independent
Libya marks year of fighting, fears worse to come
Tripoli, Libya | AFP |  While the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, war-shattered Libya marks one year Saturday of its latest bloody conflict that is plunging it ever deeper into chaos. Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and others have fuelled the fighting in t...
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The Independent
As world battles virus, governments under fire
Paris, France | AFP |  As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, the main question for most is simply: “When will it end?”. But other, troubling questions are starting to be asked of governments. Why did Western governments not predict the risk of an epidemic in their territ...
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UK man jailed for six months for ‘virus’ police cough
London, United Kingdom | AFP | A man who coughed on a police officer and threatened to infect him with coronavirus was on Wednesday sentenced to six months in jail in Britain, a police statement said. Adam Lewis, 55, was sentenced under a specific law governing assaults against e...
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