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From Iran’s hot zone, Afghans flee home, spreading virus

Mahdi Noori, a young Afghan refugee in Iran, was left jobless when the factory where he’d worked cutting stone was shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. He had no money, was afraid of contracting the virus and had no options. So he headed home.

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Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-US oil pipeline

A Canadian company said Monday that it’s started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Cuban docs fighting coronavirus around world, defying U.S.

For two years the Trump administration has been trying to stamp out one of Cuba’s signature programs – state-employed medical workers treating patients around the globe in a show of soft power that also earns billions in badly needed hard currency.
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After ignoring warnings, Israeli ultra-Orthodox hit by virus

Early this week, the streets of the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak were bustling with shoppers as ultra-Orthodox residents, obeying their religious leaders, ignored pleas to stay home in the face of the coronavirus threat. By Friday, Bnei Brak had become the country’s worst hot spot and now resembles a ghost town.
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UN chief: Cease-fire appeal backed by parties in 11 nations

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that warring parties in 11 countries have responded positively to his appeal for a global cease-fire to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, but turning words into peace is enormously difficult and fighting has escalated in major conflicts including Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan.
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Africa faces an ‘existential threat’ as virus cases spread

Some African countries will have more than 10,000 coronavirus cases by the end of April, health officials projected Thursday, as the continent least equipped to treat serious infections has an “enormous gap” in the number of ventilators and other critical items.
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Iran parliament speaker, Israeli health minister have virus

Iran’s parliament speaker has contracted the coronavirus, the country’s highest-ranking government figure yet to catch the disease, while in Israel, several top officials entered quarantine when the health minister tested positive on Thursday.

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