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Brazil GDP shrinks 1.5% in first-quarter due to Covid-19

Brazil GDP shrinks 1.5% in first-quarter due to Covid-19

Brazil’s economy - Latin America’s largest- contracted by 1.5 % in the first quarter due to the shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the government reported yesterday.

Budapest marks anniversary of Danube boat disaster

Budapest marks anniversary of Danube boat disaster

The Hungarian capital Budapest marked yesterday the anniversary of one its worst-ever shipping disasters, the sinking of a sightseeing vessel on the Danube which killed at least 27 people, mostly South Korean tourists.

Romanian cobbler helping to keep people apart with size 75 shoes

Romanian cobbler helping to keep people apart with size 75 shoes

Soon after a two-month lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus eased in Romania in mid-May, Grigore Lup, a Romanian shoemaker from the Transylvanian city of Cluj, noticed that people were not respecting the rules of social distancing.

Nigeria’s nightlife dwindles amid coronavirus restrictions

Nigeria’s nightlife dwindles amid coronavirus restrictions

Sensei Uche has earned a living for the last three years as a “hype man” in Nigeria’s entertainment capital Lagos, standing alongside the DJ in bars and clubs and whipping up dancers’ enthusiasm.

SA unions tell teachers to defy govt, stay away from school

SA unions tell teachers to defy govt, stay away from school

South African teachers’ unions and governing associations urged their staff yesterday to defy a government order to return to school next week, saying schools did not yet have protective equipment (PPE) to keep educators and pupils safe.

Unrest spreads in the US

Unrest spreads in the US

US President Donald Trump threatened yesterday to stop looters in Minneapolis with deadly military force, after that city weathered a third night of arson and rioting over the police killing of an unarmed black man.

White House dares Twitter in war over Trump tweets

White House dares Twitter in war over Trump tweets

The White House thumbed its nose at Twitter yesterday by reposting a President Donald Trump tweet that the social media giant had just taken the unprecedented step of hiding, because it violated the platform’s rules against “glorifying violence”.

Indonesia rolls out public shaming for virus violators

Indonesia rolls out public shaming for virus violators

Indonesian officials are forcing social distancing violators to recite Qur’an verses, stay in “haunted” houses and submit to public shaming on social media as the country battles to contain surging coronavirus infections.

Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO

Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO

President Donald Trump said Friday he was severing US ties with the World Health Organization, which he says failed to do enough to combat the initial spread of the novel coronavirus.

Thailand to further ease lockdown restrictions

Thailand to further ease lockdown restrictions

Thailand will next week shorten curfew hours and ease restrictions on more businesses, the government said yesterday, in response to its low numbers of locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus.

South Korea limits school numbers over virus spike

South Korea limits school numbers over virus spike

South Korea yesterday imposed limits on the number of pupils going to schools in and around Seoul as officials scramble to tackle fresh coronavirus cases that threaten the country’s success in containing the epidemic.

Relief, disappointment as some transport services set for restart

Relief, disappointment as some transport services set for restart

Philippine taxi dispatcher Meliza Venal heaved a sigh of relief when she learned that hundreds of her company’s drivers can finally go back to work after being stuck in their homes for 11 weeks.

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