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India, Brazil hit grim pandemic milestones

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/17/20, 03:52 am

India has recorded more than 1 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, ranking it third in the world behind the United States and Brazil. More than 25,000 people have died in the second-most populous country in the world, although the Indian health ministry said on Friday that the nation’s recovery rate continued to improve at 63 percent. Late Thursday, Brazilian health officials said the South American nation topped 2 million confirmed cases and more than 76,000 deaths after recording an average of 1,000 deaths a day since late May.

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Not all conditions met in Afghanistan agreement

International | Base closures and prisoner releases occur while Taliban attacks escalate
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/16/20, 05:07 pm

AFGHANISTAN: The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that it has closed five military bases and reduced the size of its troops stationed in the region to 8,600 as part of an agreement reached with the Taliban in February. The Afghan government, which was not a part of the talks leading to the agreement, has begun phased release of Taliban prisoners under pressure from the Trump administration.

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Britain and France tighten mask requirements

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/14/20, 03:43 pm

The two European countries had both hesitated to require face coverings because of the coronavirus pandemic. But British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Tuesday announced that customers in shops and supermarkets must begin wearing masks on July 24. And French President Emmanuel Macron said his country will require masks in all indoor public spaces starting on Aug. 1 in anticipation of a possible resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

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