Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Group of Seven leaders had agreed to support a "complete" Olympics, but dodged questions about whether any of the leaders had brought up the possibility of postponement.

His comments come as concerns mount about whether the

London, UK
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Aid groups have warned the coronavirus pandemic is causing a squeeze on lifesaving supplies and hampering their ability to help some of the world's most vulnerable people.

An internally displaced Syrian child sits in front of a tent in an

Bangkok, Thailand
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Disinfecting drones. Talking robots. Artificial intelligence that can scan thousands of medical images in a flash.

These are just some of the technologies rolled out by Asian countries including Singapore and China to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 7,000

Bogota, Colombia
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If governments follow through on plans to build thousands of kilometres of roads through the Amazon, the world's largest tropical rainforest, it will not only fuel deforestation but bring economic losses too, researchers said on Monday.

They examined the potential social, environmental

Athens, Greece

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics flame handover ceremony in Athens this week will be a scaled-down event with only a few Tokyo Games officials and torch bearers inside the stadium to protect everyone from the coronavirus, the Hellenic Olympic Committee said on Monday.

The handover


Coronavirus fears led to a historic drop in US stocks, shut borders and disrupted daily life around the world, as governments took increasingly drastic measures to try to reduce the severity of the global outbreak.

Financial markets had their worst day in 30 years despite emergency action

London, UK
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Two nurses denied midwife jobs for refusing to carry out abortions lost their their legal bid on Thursday to take Sweden to a top European court for violating their religious beliefs.

Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen had told the European Court of Human

Seattle, US
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Shortly after Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a ban this week on large gatherings in the Seattle area to stem the largest coronavirus outbreak in the United States, security guard Omar Kadmiri received the message he had been dreading.

His employer, which provides

Sydney, Australia

Australia's capital and the country's second most populous state declared states of emergency on Monday while large, non-essential gatherings were banned in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus after the national death toll rose to five.

Australia has recorded nearly 300 cases of

London, UK
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Food banks across Britain are struggling to cope with demand from vulnerable people as consumers worried by the coronavirus outbreak empty supermarket shelves, charities said last week.

Many said they were already struggling to feed regular users and were preparing for a rise


Retired Bishop Barbara Harris, the first woman to be ordained and consecrated as a bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion, died on Friday.

She was 89.

Harris died at a hospice house after a recent hospitalisation.

“Our hearts are truly heavy at the loss of one who


France and Spain joined Italy in imposing lockdowns on tens of millions of people, Australia ordered self-isolation of arriving foreigners and other countries extended entry bans as the world sought to contain the spreading coronavirus.

Panic buying in Australia, the United States and Britain saw leaders appeal

Sydney, Australia

Australia will impose 14 day self-isolation on international travellers arriving from midnight Sunday and ban cruise ships from foreign ports for 30 days, mirroring restrictions in nearby New Zealand aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the new

Washington DC/New York, US

Donald Trump tested negative for the coronavirus, his doctor said on Saturday, as the US President extended a travel ban to Britain and Ireland to try to slow the spread of a pandemic that has shut down much of the daily routine of

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Millions of children in Asia risk falling behind because of school closures amid the coronavirus outbreak, with unequal access to the internet hurting poorer kids as classes go online, technology and human rights experts warned on Friday.

Worldwide, an unprecedented 363 million




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