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Global Markets Mixed on Thursday

Global markets were mixed Thursday, with Asian indexes struggling despite good economic news from China. Japan’s Nikkei index closed 0.2 percent higher, while the TSEC 50 in Taipei finished 0.6 percent higher. The indexes in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney were all in negative territory, with investors apparently unmoved by Beijing’s announcement that exports rose

El Salvador Begins More Restrictive Lockdown Thursday

El Salvador begins a more restrictive lockdown Thursday to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, with an emphasis on the densely populated capital region of San Salvador. In a national address late Tuesday, President Nayib Bukele said residents will only be permitted to shop for groceries twice a week. He said citizens will not be

Mozambique: 1100 Deaths in Cabo Delgado Civil War

The death toll of the Cabo Delgado civil war to 25 April is 1100, according to ACLED (Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project). Of the 1100 deaths, more than 700 were civilians. This year, up to 25 April, there were 101 incidents and 285 deaths (of whom more than 200 were civilians). The US-based

UN Appeals for Billions in Coronavirus Aid for Poorest Nations

The United Nations is boosting its appeal for billions of dollars in coronavirus aid, saying the money is necessary to “protect millions of lives” and help stop the spread of the infection in “fragile countries.” The U.N.’s humanitarian office said Thursday the world’s poorest countries are not expected to experience the peak of COVID-19 until

Whistleblower Says US Officials Ignored Coronavirus Drug, Equipment Warnings

A senior U.S. government scientist is set to testify in a congressional hearing next week after filing a whistleblower complaint alleging officials retaliated against him for insisting on “scientifically vetted proposals” and “a more aggressive agency response to COVID-19.” Congresswoman Anna Eshoo said Rick Bright’s complaint raises serious concerns about the Trump administration’s response to

WHO Chief Warns Countries to Lift COVID Restrictions With Extreme Caution

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Wednesday that countries lifting restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus risk having to reimpose them if they do not ease them with extreme caution. “The risk of returning to lockdown remains very real if countries do not manage the transition extremely carefully and in a