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Global coronavirus cases top 20 million as deadly disease is still accelerating

It took almost six months to reach 10 million cases after the first infection was reported in Wuhan, China, in early January, but just 43 days to double that tally to 20 million

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Lebanon’s whole government ‘has resigned’ amid anger over Beirut explosion

Prime Minister Hassan Diab is expected to officially announce the resignation shortly, as pressure on the Lebanese government mounts in the wake of last week’s devastating explosion.

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Mauritius oil spill turns crystal clear ocean black after tanker hits coral reef

Mauritius in the Indian Ocean has declared an environmental emergency after the MV Wakashio hit a coral reef, spilling 1,000 tonnes of its cargo into the clear blue water

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Beirut now ‘city of the damned’ as 300,000 face homelessness after horror blast

Nada Farhoud spent her early years in Beirut before her family returned to the UK, where she recalls the phrase “it’s like Beirut” was bandied around – Now the phrase is sadly relevant again after a blast last week killed more than 150 people

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Greece records daily high of coronavirus cases as Brits flock there for holidays

Greece had just 5,623 confirmed cases which is low compared to some European countries but yesterday’s figure is the country’s highest daily total since the beginning of the year

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Global number of coronavirus cases reaches 20 million as deaths hit 733,103

According to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, whose tally has become the main reference point during the pandemic, the UK has 12th highest amount of cases at 313,390

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Murder probe launched after corpse found in £30m Paris mansion empty since 80s

Investigators believe alcoholic vagrant Jean-Pierre Renaud was stabbed to death, with his body having laid hidden for 30 years – before the property in Faubourg Saint-Germain was bought by investment banker Jean-Bernard Lofonta

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Calais store sells out of kayaks after migrants stock up for Channel crossings

A Decathlon superstore in Calais has seen a huge surge in demand for lifejackets, kayaks and other items – with migrant crossings said to be controlled by a ‘mafia’ turning over a major profit

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Russia’s health ministry gives approval for world’s first coronavirus vaccine

President Vladimir Putin vowed the vaccine is safe and even said he had allowed it to be tested on his own daughter as he announced Russia can expect a mass jab roll-out

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New Zealand confirms four new coronavirus cases after 102 days Covid-19 free

New Zealand is thrust back into lockdown measures as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms after four cases of community transmission in Auckland – ending a 102-day virus-free streak