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UK on track for one of worst Europe tolls

Britain is on track to record one of the worst coronavirus death tolls in Europe after new data showed fatalities topped 24,000 nine days ago.

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Media name Russian official in MH17 probe

A high-ranking Russian espionage chief is reportedly a person of interest in the MH17 disaster investigation.

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European countries mull opening schools

The question of when to reopen schools looms large as European countries and US states draw up plans to restart their battered economies.

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Nine inmates die in Peru virus prison riot

Prisoners in Peru have staged a riot to protest their precarious living conditions following the deaths of several fellow inmates from the coronavirus but the revolt in itself proved fatal, with nine prisoners winding up dead, authorities say.

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Trump moves to keep US meat plants open

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order meant to stave off a shortage of chicken, pork and other meat on the country's supermarket shelves because of the coronavirus.

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US dog tests positive for COVID-19: report

A pug in North Carolina has tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first known infection in a dog in the United States, according to US media.

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Spain PM reveals plan to lift restrictions

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has presented a plan to gradually lift restrictions in place to contain the coronavirus after more than six weeks of life under one of Europe's strictest curfews.

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Luxembourg to test all 600,000 citizens

Luxembourg is beginning broad-scale testing of its citizens for the coronavirus, a measure which will accompany the easing of its lockdown restrictions, Research Minister Claude Meisch says.

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France virus deaths up again, near 24,000

The number of people who have died from coronavirus infection in France has risen by 367 to 23,660 while the number of confirmed cases was up 1520 at 129,859, the health ministry says.

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Italy COVID-19 infections surpass 200,000

Italy's tally of coronavirus infections has surpassed 200,000 while the death toll from the epidemic rose by 382 to 27,359.

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Bomb blast kills 40 in Syria town: Turkey

At least 40 civilians including 11 children have been killed when a bomb detonated on an oil tanker in the northern Syrian town of Afrin, the Turkish Defence Ministry says, blaming the attack on the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

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