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Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

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BEIRUT (Net) — Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open.
The elder Arnous was among thousands of Syrians who, since their country's civil war began in 2011, went missing into Syrian government prisons. Survivors and rights groups say thousands more are known to have died...
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Covid-19 global death toll now 520,634

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With the sharp rise in infections in many countries, the global coronavirus cases have soared to 10,836,500 on Friday morning, according to the Centre for System Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Besides, the virus has so far claimed the lives of 520,634 people...
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Coronavirus: Global death tally crosses 515,542

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The global death toll from coronavirus infections stood at 515,542 on Thursday morning while the confirmed cases crossed 10,664,433, according to the Centre for System Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The JHU data shows Brazil as the second most infected country after...
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Protest against Africa’s 1st COVID-19 vaccine trial shows fears

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JOHANNESBURG (Net) — A protest against Africa's first COVID-19 vaccine trial was underway Wednesday as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent.
Anti-vaccine sentiment in Africa is "the worst I've ever seen," the CEO of the GAVI vaccine...
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Security Council trying again for first COVID-19 resolution

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UNITED NATIONS (Net) — The U.N. Security Council is trying again to reach agreement on its first resolution on COVID-19 since the coronavirus started circling the global in February, after a lengthy dispute between the U.S. and China over mentioning the World Health Organization.
A revised...
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