Japan upgrades Q2 GDP on strong business spending

Japan upgrades Q2 GDP on strong business spending

Japan | Wed, September 8, 2021 Japan’s economy grew faster than the initially estimated in the April-June quarter, helped by solid capital expenditure, although a resurgence in COVID-19 is undermining service sector consumption and clouding the outlook. The economy increased an annualized 1.9 percent in April-June, according to revised GDP statistics issued by the Cabinet …

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Melbourne drops COVID-zero plans, shifts focus to rapid vaccinations

Melbourne drops COVID-zero plans, shifts focus to rapid vaccinations

Melbourne | Wed, September 1, 2021 The COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne was extended for another three weeks on Wednesday, as officials shifted their focus to quick vaccination drives and away from a suppression plan to bring cases to zero. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has indicated that the tight limits will be eased in stages once …

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England's COVID-19 prevalence plateaus at 1 in 75, estimate shows

England’s COVID-19 prevalence plateaus at 1 in 75, estimate shows.

London, United Kingdom | Sat, August 14, 2021 Last week, the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England remained steady at roughly 1 in 75 adults, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in the United Kingdom. Based on home samples, the ONS said the percentage of people testing positive for the virus in England …

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Japan sets new record of over 14,000 daily COVID infections

Japan sets new record of over 14,000 daily COVID infections

Tokyo, Japan | Thu, August 5, 2021 As concerns mounted over the burden on the medical system in Tokyo, where the Olympics are being held, Japan’s daily total of COVID-19 cases topped 14,000 on Wednesday, marking a new high just days after the previous high. Despite being in its fourth pandemic state of emergency since …

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Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

Washington, United States | Mon, July 26, 2021 Australia’s most populous state reported a rise in new cases despite a weeks-long stay-at-home order, while police vowed to crack down on any repeat of a wild anti-lockdown protest at the weekend. Europe Britain is expected to remove France from its “amber” category of coronavirus risk countries …

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macron push for Putin summit

EU leaders rebuff German-French push for Putin summit

Brussels, Belgium ● Fri, June 25, 2021 After significant opposition from member states concerned about Moscow’s aggressions, EU leaders stated Friday that the group had rejected a request by Germany and France to renew discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Following US President Joe Biden’s meeting with Putin in Geneva last week, Berlin and Paris …

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Biden, Putin hail positive talks, but US warns on cyberwar

Biden, Putin hail positive talks, but US warns on cyberwar

Geneva, Switzerland | Thu, June 17, 2021 | 8.09 pm At their first conference in Geneva on Wednesday, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin attempted to defuse tensions in the tense US-Russian relationship, with the US president declaring that his Kremlin counterpart did not seek a new Cold War. After more than three hours of negotiations, …

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Bill Cosby's petition for parole denied after he refuses therapy

Bill Cosby’s petition for parole denied after he refuses therapy

Harrisburg, United States  |  Fri, May 28, 2021  |  07:45 pm Bill Cosby’s plea to be released from a 10-year prison sentence for aggravated indecent assault was denied by the Pennsylvania Parole Board, citing his refusal to engage in a rehabilitation program for sexually aggressive predators. The decision, which was made on May 11 and …

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First flight lands in Australia as India travel ban ends

First flight lands in Australia as India travel ban ends

Darwin, Australia | Sat, May 15, 2021 A plane carrying more than 70 Australians escaping a virus outbreak in India landed in the country’s north on Saturday, the first since a contentious ban on arrivals was lifted. After 48 passengers tested positive for Covid-19 and others were considered similar contacts, the plane landed in Darwin …

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