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North Korean leader: Food situation ‘tense’ due to pandemic, typhoons
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the country's economy improved this year but called for measures to tackle the "tense" food situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and last year's typhoons, state media said on Wednesday.
Peru revises pandemic death toll, now worst in the world per capita
Peru on Monday almost tripled its official COVID-19 death toll to 180,764, following a government review, making it the country with the worst death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Gun buying spiked during pandemic in US: NYT
As gun sales in the United States continued climbing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and protests, about a fifth of all Americans who bought guns last year were first-time gun owners, and they were less likely than usual to be male and white, US media said Sunday.
UN chief calls for application of wartime logic to fight pandemic
The world is “at war” against COVID-19, the UN chief said Monday, calling for the application of wartime logic to the inequitable access to the weapons needed to fight the pandemic.
Coup, pandemic driving half of Myanmar into poverty: UN
Half of Myanmar's population could be living in poverty next year, driven by the combination of the pandemic and the political crisis sparked by the military coup, the UN said Friday.
Leader expresses regret for not attending meeting of Iranian poets due to pandemic
Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a letter, expressed regret that he missed attending an annual meeting of Iranian poets and literati due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Foreign aid arrives in COVID-stricken India
The first emergency medical supplies trickled into COVID-stricken India on Tuesday as part of a global campaign to staunch a catastrophic wave in the latest pandemic hotspot.
In London, rail-side gardening blossoms during pandemic
A busy commuter train station is an unlikely place to find a haven for flowers, bees and hedgehogs.
World military spending grows despite pandemic
Military expenditure worldwide rose to nearly $2 trillion in 2020, defying the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers said Monday.
Japan rolls out vaccine slowly, despite looming Olympics
Three months before it hosts the Olympics – the biggest international event since the pandemic began – Japan has fully vaccinated less than one percent of its population in a cautious, slow-moving program.
With 100 days to go, Tokyo scrambles to stage pandemic Olympics
When Japan won the bid to host the Olympic Games eight years ago, it billed Tokyo as a reliable and secure location, contrasting it with rivals struggling with finances and political instability.
Pandemic drives Germany to highest deficit in 30 years: Statistics
Germany’s public sector deficit reached €189.2 billion ($225 billion) in 2020 thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the first deficit since 2013 and the highest budget shortfall since German reunification three decades ago, the Statistics Office said.
Pope, in Easter message, slams arms spending in time of pandemic
Pope Francis urged countries in his Easter message on Sunday to quicken distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly to the world’s poor, and called armed conflict and military spending during a pandemic “scandalous”.

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