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More COVID-19 milestones worldwide

International | Meanwhile, Brazil stops counting the number of cases and deaths
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/08/20, 01:14 pm

ITALY: The global toll of recorded deaths due to COVID-19 topped 400,000 and total confirmed cases passed 7 million over the weekend. The United States has nearly 111,000 confirmed virus-related deaths. Pope Francis warned, “Don’t cry victory too soon,” as Italy and other European nations reopened and the pontiff again recited prayers from his balcony at the Vatican.

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Violence seeps into Burkina Faso

International | Recent large-scale attacks renew terror concerns
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/05/20, 04:10 pm

Traders, shopkeepers, security guards, shoppers, and aid workers endured a weekend of violence in Burkina Faso, a once peaceful West African nation. Three suspected insurgent attacks—two on supply and food convoys and one on a cattle market—left at least 50 people dead on May 29 and 30. Militants targeted one aid team that had just delivered supplies to the Foubé refugee camp in a region that has witnessed several attacks, according to the government.

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Hong Kong vigil defies government ban

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/04/20, 06:06 pm

Thousands of people lit candles and observed a minute’s silence at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Thursday in memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. Demonstrators throughout the city chanted “Democracy now” and “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” Other vigils in Taiwan and online marked the 31st anniversary of the Chinese government crackdown on pro-democracy activists.

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