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UN Chief Urges Govts to Protect Women during Virus Lockdown

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged governments to include the protection of women in their response to the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic.

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U.S. Virus Deaths Top 1,200 in Last 24 Hours, Johns Hopkins Tracker Says

More than 1,200 people have died of coronavirus complications in the United States in the past day, John Hopkins University said Sunday evening at 8:30pm EST (Monday 0030 GMT).

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Oil Prices Fall as Doubts Grow over Output Cut Deal

Oil prices fell sharply Monday after a meeting to discuss output cuts between OPEC and its allies was delayed, dimming hopes of swift action to support coronavirus-ravaged energy markets.

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UK PM in Hospital as Queen Says United Effort Will Defeat Virus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to hospital after failing to shake off coronavirus symptoms, as Queen Elizabeth II said a united effort would defeat the outbreak.

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Monster Storm Strengthens in Pacific, Lashing Vanuatu

A deadly Pacific cyclone intensified as it hit Vanuatu on Monday, threatening a natural disaster that experts fear will undermine the impoverished Pacific nation's battle to remain coronavirus-free.

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Boeing Extends Factory Shutdown in Washington State

Boeing has said it will indefinitely extend a shutdown at its factories in Washington state because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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UK Govt. Warns of Tougher Measures on Social Distancing

Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Sunday warned the government could ban outside exercise if people flout stringent guidelines to cut the spread of coronavirus infections.

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China Says It Has Sold Nearly Four Billion Masks Abroad

China has sold nearly four billion masks to foreign countries since March, officials said Sunday, as they tried to stem widespread fears over the quality of medical exports.

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Pope Urges Courage as Global Death Toll Tops 65,000

Pope Francis appealed Sunday for courage in the face of the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 65,000 lives across the globe in just three months.

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What Impact is COVID-19 Having on Middle East Conflicts?

The novel coronavirus has put global trade on hold, placed half of the world population in confinement and has the potential to topple governments and reshape diplomatic relations.

The United Nations has appealed for ceasefires in all the major conflicts rocking the planet, with its chief Antonio Guterres on Friday warning "the worst is yet to come". But it remains unclear what the pandemic's impact will be on the multiple wars roiling the Middle East.

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