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Over 800,000 Syrians Flee Assad Offensive: UN

AMMAN—More than 800,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled their homes during a Syrian military campaign backed by Russia to clear Syrian rebels in northwest Syria since Dec. 1, a senior U.N. spokesperson said on Thursday. The exodus is expected to continue, with thousands of people on the move as whole towns and communities flee to the safety of areas near the
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Australia PM Says to Replace Failing Indigenous Policy

Australia is on track to meet just two of its targets aimed at improving the lives of its Indigenous people, including increasing life expectancy and improving literacy, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. In 2007, Australia introduced seven targets designed to address inequalities that see the countrys 700,000 Indigenous people track near the bottom of its
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Singapore PM Says Recession Possible Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

SINGAPORE—Singapores economy could enter recession due to the blow from the coronavirus outbreak, its prime minister said on Feb. 14, adding that the city-state was bracing for a “significant” hit in the coming quarters. “The impact will be significant at least in the next couple of quarters. It is a very intense outbreak,” Lee Hsien Loong said in a video interview posted
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Ethiopia Approves Controversial Law Curbing Hate Speech

ADDIS ABABA—Ethiopian lawmakers on Feb. 13 approved a controversial law aimed to curb hate speech and disinformation, especially online, just months ahead of a major election. The laws approval, with 23 lawmakers opposing and two abstaining, came amid concerns over widespread online false information and hate speech that some observers blame for ethnic tensions in the
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Coronavirus Live Updates: US Prepared to Help North Korea

Countries around the world are taking measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, as the death toll continues to rise. Refresh for updates. US Prepared to Help North Korea The United States said its ready to assist North Korea in preventing the new coronavirus from entering the country and containing the virus if it does. A woman helps her