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Sharjah shuts down salons for flouting safety rules amid COVID-19 crisis

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Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD) has shut down a number of ladies and gentlemen Salons in Sharjah. The shutdowns were due to violation of precautionary measures put in place to curb Coronavirus spread. Authorities have laid down conditions, that is wearing medical masks and gloves by staffs and visitors, booking appointment for service, and sanitising the centre and salon continuously.

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UAE announces 30% return to work in federal authorities from 31 May 2020

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Federal Authority For Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced return to work at 30% capacity in all federal ministries, authorities, and institutions from 31 May 2020. The decision stresses that all preventive and precautionary measures to contain Coronavirus spread must be followed. Certain groups of employees are exempt and will continue remote work, such as pregnant women and people of determination, among others.

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Rapper William Adams demands justice for Geroge Floyd

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American rapper William Adams highlighted the issue of recent death of George Floyd, an African-American security worker at a restaurant in Minnesota. Adams stated that he was heartbroken and spiritually shattered after watching the video of his death. He shared a tribute song which was made by 12-year-old Keedron Bryant. His song went viral following murder of George Floyd.

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Ruler of Dubai accepts credentials of several non-resident ambassadors

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HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, accepted the credentials of several new non-resident ambassadors of friendly countries to UAE. The new ambassadors conveyed the greetings of leaders from their countries to the Ruler of Dubai. He welcomed the ambassadors stating that the doors of national officials and authorities are open to them to consult everything to help improve economic and other relations.

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President Trump announces breakthrough for American seniors

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US President Donald J. Trump announced action that will result in cost-reduction of insulin for Medicare enrollees. President Trump’s latest plan will cap cost at USD 35 a month per type of insulin. Some plans are also available free of cost. Over 3.3 million are a part of this recent development in Medicare.

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President Trump threatens Twitter ahead of election 2020

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US President Donald J. Trump attacked the biggest social media giant Twitter ahead of 2020 presidential election. He highlighted Twitter to take the power of freedom, censoring important news in line with the 2020 election. President Trump also warned Twitter authorities for fact-checking tweets. The shares also fell 4.7 percent after President Trump's lash on social media giant.

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India records hottest days in May in two decades

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India’s meteorological department recorded the hottest day in the month of may over the last two decades on 27 May 2020. India is currently suffering from severe heatwave with temperature recording at some places near 50°C. In the national capital, temperature reached 47°C. Rajasthan’s Churu district was the hottest with 50°C.

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Pompeo: All Iran sanctions waivers covering nuclear projects are ending

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that US is going to end all sanction waivers for JCPOA-related projects in Iran. These sanctions allowed Russian, European, and Chinese companies to work with Iranian nuclear sites without coming under US sanctions. However, Security Council of the United Nations has argued quoting that JCPO was essential for the stability of region by ensuring nuclear nonproliferation in Iran.

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France floats USD8.8 billion plan to produce clean energy vehicles

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Emmanuel Macron, President of France recently announced USD8.8 billion worth plan to help the country become the top producer of clean energy vehicles. He urged the french carmakers to manufacture the vehicles in their own country covering all European countries. The decision was made to revive the auto industry which nosedived amid COVID-19 crisis.

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TV celebrities fly to hometowns as domestic air services resume in India

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Many actors from Mumbai have started travelling to their hometowns as domestic air travel services resumed in the country. Famous actors are visiting their homes after staying in isolation for months while the strugglers return due to a lack of work and opportunities. India is set to resume selected train services from 1 June 2020 for smooth travel of citizens.

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NASA and SpaceX call off 'Falcon 9' launch amid bad weather conditions

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'Launch America' mission has been cancelled due to rain and tornado warning at Kennedy Space Centre. With mere 16 minutes to launch, the mission was officially called off. NASA and SpaceX confirmed, "our next launch opportunity is Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC". The propellant was offloaded and twin astronauts exited the craft post announcement.

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Gulabo Sitabo new song 'Jootam Phenk' starring Amitabh & Ayushmann out

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First song of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan's 'Gulabo Sitabo' is as hilarious as the trailer. The song was released on 27 May 2020 up ahead of the release of the movie which is set to premiere online, becoming India's first big film to not go for a theatrical release. The song 'Jootam Phenk' traces the life of Big B, as landlord 'Mirza' and Ayushmann as tenant 'Baankey'.

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India: Coronavirus cases reach 157,000 as temperature peaks at 50°C

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Churu, in Indian state of Rajasthan, recorded a temperature of 50°C on 26 May 2020. Most of North-India is facing severe heatwave conditions as people stay in homes because of Coronavirus lockdown. Officials say this is the first season in many years when hospital beds are not full of incoming patients due to heatstrokes.

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PM Scott Morrison discusses trade with global leaders

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Australia PM Scott Morrison discussed trade and other business possibilities with leaders from several countries. Morrison's video conference came as China imposed more export restrictions on products from Australia. The leaders also discussed ways of combatting effects of Coronavirus pandemic. More than 5.6 million people globally have been infected by novel Coronavirus. The outbreak has killed nearly 350,000 patients.

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Oman imposes fines on violators as cases in Sultanate continue to rise

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Police headquarters of Al Batinah North Governorate have issued administrative fines against a group of individuals for gathering in a public. Similarly, police in other areas are also fining the violators in a bid to curb the virus spread. Ministry of Health has announced 255 new cases in last 24 hours. As per Ministry of Health reports, current numbers stand at 8,373 infections and 38 deaths.

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Dubai government staff to return to offices from 14 June 2020

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HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum announced that all Dubai government employees will return to their workplaces on 14 June 2020. The Crown Prince of Dubai said 50 percent of staff shall resume work at offices from 31 May 2020. Dubai has also eased movement restrictions with the stay-home order being shortened to 11 pm to 6 am local time and businesses slowly being allowed to reopen.

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COVID-19: EU pledges USD825 billion to help economies damaged by pandemic

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The European Commission has unveiled plans for a USD825 billion recovery fund as the region faces the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Two third of the funding will be given to member states in form of grants while one third will be disbursed as loans. EU will release these funds and then disburse them via the European budget.

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Crown Prince of Dubai announces new category within award for innovation

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HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai stated that we learned from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, that crises can only be overcome with creative thought. He announced a new category within the ‘Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management’. It will honour best innovative practices in the face of the pandemic as a benefactor.

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Japan eyes fresh $1.1 trillion stimulus

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Japan will compile a new USD1.1 trillion stimulus package to stop Coronavirus pushing the world's third-largest economy deeper into recession. The package will include significant direct spending and will be funded partly by a second extra budget. The new package puts the total amount Japan spends to combat virus fallout at USD2.18 trillion, roughly equaling 40% of Japan's gross domestic product.

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UK Royal Family misses Garden Party tradition amid Coronavirus outbreak

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UK Royal Family shared old pictures of one of the Queen's favourite traditions, her summer garden parties. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Queen has been forced to cancel this year's celebrations. Buckingham Palace said that people who were invited to the Queen's Garden Parties in 2020 will be automatically invited next year.

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UAE sends medical aid to Tajikistan in fight against COVID-19

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UAE recently sent an airplane containing medical supplies to Republic of Tajikistan. The aid will assist approximately 10,000 medical professionals in the country as they work to combat novel Coronavirus. It will also support efforts made by the Republic of Tajikistan to curb the spread of COVID-19. UAE has provided medical aid to 56 countries amid Coronavirus crisis benefitting over 651,000 medical professionals.

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Dubai RTA announces new operation timings for taxis and public transport

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport authority have announced that taxis will operate daily from 6 am- 12 am and for essential trips from 12 am- 6 am, starting 27 May 2020. RTA has also stated that operation timings for metros and trams have also been changed. Dubai bus will remain fully operational from 6 am- 11 pm and intercity bus would be unavailable until further notice.

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Indian ride hailing giant Ola acquires Amsterdam startup 'Etergo'

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Indian ride hailing unicorn Ola's electric mobility wing has announced its entry into the premium two-wheeler electric vehicle segment with the acquisition of Amsterdam based Etergo BV. Ola Electric said it aims to launch its electric two-wheeler in India in 2021, and the acquisition of Etergo will further bolster OEM's engineering and design capabilities. The deal value has not been revealed.

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How many COVID-19 tests India conducted in last 24 hrs

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India conducted over 116,000 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours. Over 6,300 new cases were detected from the tests bringing India's total Coronavirus infection tally to about 151,000. More than 64,000 people in the country have recovered from novel Coronavirus infection. One-third of the total cases have been reported from Indian state of Maharashtra.

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India yogi who claimed to live without food or water for decades dies at 90

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An Indian yogi who claimed to spent decades without food or water died on 26 May 2020 in Indian state of Gujarat. Prahlad Jani aka Chunriwala Mataji was 90 years old, based on his claim that he was born in August 1929. Scientists and doctors studied him in 2003 and 2010 on his claims to live without consuming any food or water.

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Coronavirus: Second peak is coming, says WHO

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World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Director Michael J Ryan warned that the Coronavirus pandemic may move for a second peak anytime. He asked countries to continue with testing, disease surveillance, and public health measures to prevent an extreme loss of lives. Another WHO official followed Ryan's statement and said that the world is still at the beginning of COVID-19 signalling towards a long way to go.

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Indian institutes develop face shields in fight against Coronavirus

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To deal with COVID-19 pandemic Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), a government of India institution has taken up R&D in health care. CIPET is now certifying and manufacturing PPE and other relevant products as per WHO/ ISO guidelines. Researchers at the institute have developed low-cost face shields and other protective equipment to assist India's fight against COVID-19.

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Protesters mass in Hong Kong before anthem law is debated

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Protesters in Hong Kong shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police and lawmakers before the 27 May 2020 debate on a new bill. The bill is aimed at criminalizing abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city. Police outside the legislative building raised flags warning protesters to disperse, while in Central business district, they shot pepper balls at protesters and searched them.

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UK parliament extends suspension of tours till 1 September 2020

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UK parliament has announced that the suspension of all tours, Education Centre visits and other non-essential visits has been extended till 1 September 2020. No new paid-for tour bookings are being accepted, and free tours available to UK residents are also not available to book. The Education Centre and public galleries remain closed and visitors will not be admitted to debates and committees.

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US President to announce strong Hong Kong response

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US President Donald Trump has stated that US was working on a strong response to China's planned national security legislation for Hong Kong. At a White House news briefing on 26 May 2020, he stated that it would be announced before the end of the week. China responded to the comments with a warning it would retaliate against any new measures.

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Locust swarms destroy crops across India

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Huge swarms of desert locusts are destroying crops across India, in the country's worst plague in nearly three decades. Drones, tractors, and cars have been sent out to track the pests and spray pesticides. Locusts have already destroyed nearly 50,000 hectares of crops across Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states. Residential areas in Rajasthan state capital Jaipur, were overwhelmed as locals tried to ward them off.

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Indian team Kolkata Knight Riders announces cyclone Amphan relief measures

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Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders has extended its support to Kolkata and West Bengal in the wake of cyclone Amphan. The team has announced an additional contribution to the West Bengal Chief Minister Relief Fund. It will also work with authorities to plant 5000 trees in Kolkata city. The team will also arrange distribution of rations and essential hygiene items to people in four most affected areas.

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RTA announce revised timings for marine transport operations

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority announced revised timings as it sets to resume marine operations from 27 May 2020. The trips will operate from 7 am until 10 pm local time. Though marine services in Dubai Water Canal and ferry services between Al Ghubaiba and Sharjah Aquarium station will remain suspended until further notice.

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Vision of Dubai Ruler followed by Crown Prince to serve people of Dubai

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UAE fought the battle against COVID-19 with strong determination. The similar essence was reflected by the Ruler of Dubai whose vision was to keep the residents and citizens safe. Crown Prince of Dubai, supporting the vision, and worked in solidarity to combat and contain Coronavirus and support everyone while the panic was growing in other countries.

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US committed to supporting Peru against COVID-19: Sec Pompeo

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US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo expressed his nation's commitment to continue supporting Peru in the fight against COVID-19. US has supported Peru's response efforts against the virus with nearly USD6 million to date, he noted in a phone call with his Peruvian counterpart. The Peruvian diplomat thanked Pompeo for the cooperation offered in terms of medical teams to tackle the pandemic and other factors.

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Dubai Sports Council and POCARI Sweat announce PocariSweat 10K Run

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Dubai Sports Council and POCARI SWEAT have announced in cooperation, the virtual PocariSweat 10K Run. The event is set for 3 July 2020 and is open for people of all ages and abilities. Participants can choose from 5 different categories, including 5 km for men, 10 km for men and women, and 5 km for people of determination.

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Australia Treasurer discusses economic impacts of COVID-19 with IMF chief

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Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia discussed effects of COVID-19 pandemic on global economy with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva. Discussions were held on pathways of recovery post Coronavirus crisis. Georgieva thanked Frydenberg for Australia's support to International Monetary Fund. Australia has inducted a phased plan to revive its economy from the effects of pandemic.

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New conflict sparks border standoff between India and China

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India’s construction of roads and airstrips in the Himalayan border region has sparked a border standoff between India and China. Soldiers from both sides have been camped out in the Galwan Valley in the high-altitude Ladakh region. Nearly 80 to 100 tents have sprung up on the Chinese side and about 60 on the Indian side where soldiers are billeted.

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Fake Alert: Mumbai, Pune will NOT be under military lockdown

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Indian authorities clarified on 27 May 2020 that a viral message claiming Mumbai and Pune cities will be under military lockdown is fake. They urged people to break the chain by not forwarding the same. The supply of essentials commodities will continue unhindered and the movement of people will be permitted as per lockdown guidelines, a statement from authorities read.

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Montenegro woos tourists to Europe's 'corona-free' corner

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Montenegro has become Europe’s first country to declare itself 'Coronavirus-free' in less than two months after detecting its first infection. Tourism operators have taken the opportunity to brand Montenegro as 'Europe's First COVID-19 Free Country' in videos promoting its natural beauty. Tour agencies still expect a tough season, but hope that the health record will help in bringing more tourists to the small country.

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How is Dubai Municipality ensuring safety standards amid virus crisis?

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Dubai Municipality is carrying out periodic inspection campaigns to ensure that highest safety standards at worksites are maintained. The department has conducted 17,741 technical field visit to ensure that safety standards are met at construction sites in the Emirate. A total of 12,331 under construction buildings have been surveyed till date under the campaign by Dubai Municipality.

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Italians celebrate Coronavirus lockdown end with ice cream

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Italians are celebrating the end of the Coronavirus lockdown with artisanal gelatos. After spending weeks at home, many are choosing to cool down with ice-creams. The celebration has saved country's 39,000 gelato shops, which employ 150,000 people and post annual sales of USD3.1 billion. The sector has picked up again after the lockdown as people are also fighting the hot temperatures with ice-creams.

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Trump advocates regulation of social media in his latest tweet

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US President Donald Trump signalled towards a regulatory statement to be put in place for social media in the country. He bashed his opponents and said, "Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down". Trump's latest statement came days after reports emerged that he is considering creating a panel to examine bias online.

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UK PM Boris Johnson discusses COVID-19 pandemic with WHO chief

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation on 26 May 2020. PM Johnson and Dr Tedros agreed on the importance of an independent investigation into origins of Coronavirus outbreak. They also discussed COVID-19 response in UK and the development of Coronavirus vaccine.

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China President calls for long term policies to overcome economic threats

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China’s President Xi Jinping recently called for a long term perspective to overcome current economic challenges. It also laid emphasis to boost confidence in country’s development post COVID-19 outbreak. President Xi Jinping pointed out difficulties posed by Coronavirus along with other structural, systematic, and periodic problems. He also spoke in comparison to the global economic recession incurred amid such times.

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Chinese Ambassador to UK speaks to UN Special Envoy

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Chinese Ambassador to UK Liu Xiaoming had a conversation with UK Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown. They discussed China-UK relations and joint response to COVID-19. He stated that China will continue working with UK to deepen cooperation and promote steady growth of bilateral relations. He added that Brown spoke highly of China’s contribution to the global response to virus crisis.

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Gigi Hadid reveals she was few months pregnant during Fashion Month

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Model Gigi Hadid has revealed she was a "few months" pregnant during the Fashion Month, from mid-February to early March. During her appearance at Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show, she explained how rumours of her pregnancy were circulating. During an online session with Maybelline, Hadid revealed more details. She walked for various high-profile fashion brands during Fashion Month, including Chanel and Marc Jacobs.

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New Zealand Prime Minister announces new approach on jobs

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that jobs are such a big part of government’s plan to rebuild country post-COVID-19. She announced a threefold approach that includes protecting jobs, creating jobs, training people for new jobs. She also announced initiatives for other issues such as creating new public housing and expanding lunches to over 200,000 school children.

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Six killed in Saudi Arabia in shooting incident

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Six people were killed in a shooting incident in Saudi Arabia on 26 May 2020. The incident took place in Assir, a region close to the Yemeni border. Saudi Arabian police are investigating the scene. Three Saudi Arabian citizens were also injured and taken to hospital after the shooting took place in Al-Amwah.

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German choirs silenced as singing branded virus risk

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Many musical groups in Germany have gone silent due to Coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic also infected many performers. Most of them are not yet ready to come back for group performances. Artists fear they may inhale infected particles as they have to breathe very deeply during performances and practising for the show.

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