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Australia cuts citizen returns as virus surge worsens

Sydney - Australia will slash the number of returning citizens allowed into the country by half as it struggles to contain a worsening coronavirus outbreak in its second-largest city, officials announced Friday.

Virus poses cultural threat to Brazil's Amazon people

Boa Vista - In the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, the advance of COVID-19 presents indigenous people with a cruel cultural dilemma -- remain in their villages with little medical help, or seek safety in the city and risk being deprived of their ancestral funeral r...

Bolsonaro says he feels 'very well', praises hydroxycholoroquine

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has tested positive for COVID-19, said on Facebook Thursday that he was "very well" and again advocated the use of the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine.

California to sue over Trump order revoking foreign student visas

Los Angeles - California is suing US President Donald Trump's administration over its policy threatening the visas of foreign students whose courses move online due to coronavirus, officials said Thursday.

Bolivia's interim president Anez says she has coronavirus

La Paz - Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez announced Thursday that she has tested positive for coronavirus."I've tested positive for COVID-19, I'm fine, I will work from isolation," she tweeted.

Exhausted Algeria medics sound alarm over virus response

Alger - Algerian doctors and nurses say they have paid a heavy price in the country's coronavirus response and have warned of worse to come, urging respect and enforcement of hygiene rules."We're working non-stop. We're totally exhausted.

Pandemic could push 45 million in Latin America into poverty: UN

New York - The COVID-19 pandemic could push 45 million people from the middle classes into poverty in already economically troubled Latin America and the Caribbean, the United Nations said on Thursday.

WHO launches pandemic response probe

Geneva - The World Health Organization, which faced fierce US criticism over its handling of the coronavirus crisis, launched an independent panel on Thursday to review its response to the pandemic.

Bolivia leader catches virus as US cases soar higher

La Paz - Bolivia's interim president became the latest world leader to test positive for the coronavirus Thursday, as the United States notched yet another record-breaking surge of cases while global infections and fatalities continued their relentless rise.

Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge

Apo - Tokyo unveiled plans Thursday to offer nightclubs subsidies to close as new coronavirus infections in the capital hit a single-day record, with many linked to entertainment districts.

Gardener uses Colombia lockdown to save botanical paradise

Calarc - When the coronavirus pandemic swept through Colombia in March, forcing a national lockdown, Alberto Gomez decided he would sit it out amid the lush green foliage of his botanical garden and tend to his plants.

Five million begin lockdown in Australian city

Melbourne - Five million people in Australia's second-biggest city began a new lockdown Thursday, returning to tough restrictions just weeks after they ended as Melbourne grapples with a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

Foreign students fear deportation over Trump visa threat

New York - Pakistani student Taimoor Ahmed is one of hundreds of thousands of foreigners enrolled in American universities now fearing for their future after Donald Trump's administration threatened to revoke their visas.

Coronavirus 'second wave' batters ex-Soviet Central Asia

Bichkek - At a call centre functioning as a coronavirus hotline in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, the volunteers manning the telephones are under siege.

Millions under new Australia lockdown as global virus cases soar

Melbourne - Millions in Australia's second-biggest city went into lockdown Thursday to battle another coronavirus outbreak, as spikes across the world added to the devastation already wrought by the pandemic.

Pompeo sees progress in reopening travel with EU

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he saw progress in reopening travel with the European Union shut by the coronavirus pandemic but offered no timeline.

Harvard, MIT sue Trump govt over order revoking visas for foreign students

New York - Harvard and MIT asked a court Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump's administration threatening the visas of foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Colombia's ELN rebels propose ceasefire during pandemic

Apo - Colombia's leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels have proposed a three-month ceasefire to the government of right-wing President Ivan Duque.

Harvard, MIT sue Trump govt over order revoking visas for foreign students

New York - Harvard and MIT asked a court Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump's administration threatening the visas of foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Belgrade protest over virus management turns violent

Belgrade - The Serbian capital was hit by clashes for a second night on Wednesday as police clashed with protesters outraged over the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Two men charged over brutal assault on French bus driver

Bayonne - French prosecutors on Wednesday charged two men with attempted murder after a bus driver was assaulted and left brain dead for refusing to let aboard a group of people who were not wearing face masks.

France rules out 'total lockdown' in case of COVID surge

Paris - The French government said Wednesday it was girding for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases in coming months but would not respond to any new outbreak with another nationwide lockdown.

UK royal residences reopen after virus shutdown

London - Some of Queen Elizabeth II's royal residences will reopen to the public later this month after closing during the coronavirus shutdown, the Royal Collection Trust announced Wednesday.

UN warns Yemen on brink of famine again

Dubai - War-torn Yemen is once again on the brink of famine as donor funds that averted catastrophe just 18 months ago have dried up, the country's UN humanitarian coordinator told AFP.

Dozens hurt in Serbia clashes over virus curfew

Belgrade - Dozens of people were injured and around 20 arrested after protests against a new coronavirus curfew in Belgrade deteriorated into violence before dawn Wednesday, with running battles between demonstrators and police wreaking havoc in the Serbian capit...

Lives at risk as trafficking in faulty masks, other gear surges: UN

Vienna - Lives are at risk as the new coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in the trafficking of substandard masks, sanitisers and other medical products, the UN warned Wednesday.

'Trapped' illegal workers in Saudi look to virus for escape

Apo - Jobless and broke, Sudanese electrician Hatem is stranded in limbo in Riyadh like countless other illegal workers, but he hopes the fast-spreading coronavirus will offer a chance for escape.

Panic-buying returns as Melbourne braces for lengthy lockdown

Melbourne - Shoppers in Australia's second-biggest city stripped supermarket shelves Wednesday as millions in Melbourne prepared for a return to virus lockdown, with warnings the new restrictions could prompt a mental health crisis.

With festival cancelled by virus, Japan fireflies dance alone

Tatsuno - As the sun sets in the Japanese town of Tatsuno, thousands of fireflies begin glowing, producing a spectacle that usually draws crowds of delighted visitors.

National Gallery becomes first major London museum to reopen

London - Britain's National Gallery reopens on Wednesday, with masks recommended and social distancing and advance booking mandatory, as the country continues to emerge from three months of coronavirus lockdown.
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Colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealing some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
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Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses
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Glass representation of the bacteriophage virus by Luke Jerram
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Close up on the measles virus
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Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte.
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Computer reconstruction of the Ebola virus
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H7N9 virus (computer aided illustration)
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CULPRIT: Close-up photograph of Culex mosquito, blamed for spreading the West Nile virus.
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