WHO finally advocates masks in public but warns of risks

WHO finally advocates masks in public but warns of risks

The World Health Agency (WHO) on Friday shifted its stance on face masks and caught up with the global trend when it recommended their use for crowded public settings to stem coronavirus infections.

Memorial held for George Floyd as three officers appear in court

Memorial held for George Floyd as three officers appear in court

Mourners gathered in the midwestern US city Minneapolis on Thursday for an emotional memorial service for George Floyd, the black man killed by white police officers, as three former officers involved in his killing appeared in court.

Leaders pledge 8.8 billion dollars to fund global vaccine drive

Leaders pledge 8.8 billion dollars to fund global vaccine drive

International leaders on Thursday pledged 8.8 billion dollars at a donor summit for vaccine programmes to help the world’s poorest nations, exceeding their funding target.

Washington, Los Angeles lift curfews as unrest eases

Washington, Los Angeles lift curfews as unrest eases

Authorities in Washington, Los Angeles County and elsewhere lifted curfew orders impacting millions of people as unrest over the killing of George Floyd eases.

WHO Europe head warns against cutting health budgets in virus wake

WHO Europe head warns against cutting health budgets in virus wake

European countries should avoid cutting health budgets as they head into economic recession in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) European regional office urged on Thursday.

Japan approves 31.9-trillion-yen supplement budget amid virus crisis

Japan approves 31.9-trillion-yen supplement budget amid virus crisis

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Wednesday green-lighted a second supplementary budget worth 31.9 trillion yen (296 billion dollars) to help mitigate the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Turkey’s early release law discriminates against political prisoners: HRW

Turkey’s early release law discriminates against political prisoners: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday criticized Turkey for discriminating against political prisoners in its early release law enacted to ease overcrowding in prisons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

German government plans to lift travel warning for 31 countries

German government plans to lift travel warning for 31 countries

The German government is planning to lift a travel warning for tourists for 31 European countries from June 15, ending an unprecedented directive against all international travel.

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