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COVID-19 sparks rise in online child predators, says UNICEF chief

OTTAWA -- The COVID-19 outbreak has sparked an increase in online child sexual predators that organizations, governments and parents need to take more seriously, says the head of the United Nations children's agency.
"We've got a couple of worrying signs, which is that the online predators are really -- they're multiplying," Henrietta Fore, UNICEF's executive director, said in a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press this week.
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Trump's touting of unproven COVID-19 drug is unusual. We'll soon see if he's right

A U.S. president known for smashing norms is now breaking another one by promoting an unproven treatment during a deadly pandemic. 
We'll soon find out if Donald Trump is right. 
A global race is underway to test the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for its anti-viral properties.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. -- A decade after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, dolphins, turtles and other wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still seriously at risk, according to a report released Tuesday.
The fact that the Gulf hasn't fully recovered is “hardly surprising given the enormity of the disaster,” said David Muth, director of the Gulf of Mexico Restoration Program for the National Wildlife Federation, which authored the report.
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For Robert Turner, it wasn't much of a choice.
The Ontario man had the option of flying home last week on a government-organized flight out of Lima, Peru, or stay behind with his pregnant wife, who didn't qualify for a seat on a repatriation flight.
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Lockdown of Chinese city where pandemic began lifted after 11 weeks

The lockdown that served as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world has ended after 11 weeks, with Chinese authorities allowing residents of Wuhan to once again travel in and out of the sprawling city where the pandemic began.
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Masked crowds fill streets and trains in post-lockdown Wuhan

WUHAN, CHINA -- After more than two months indoors, Wuhan resident Tong Zhengkun was one of millions of people enjoying a renewed sense of freedom Wednesday when the Chinese city's 76-day coronavirus lockdown was lifted.
"I haven't been outside for more than 70 days," an emotional Tong said as he watched a celebratory light display from a bridge across the broad Yangtze River flowing through the city.
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Mexico urges end to harassment of health workers in pandemic

MEXICO CITY -- They are the first line of defence against the COVID-19 pandemic, but in parts of Mexico, doctors, nurses and other health workers are being harassed to the point that federal authorities have pleaded for Mexicans to show solidarity.
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As hospitals enforce strict rules, parents are using FaceTime to see their newborns

When Shelby Law gave birth to her baby seven weeks early in late March, she and her husband freely visited their newborn in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
But three days later, Northside Cherokee Hospital in Camden, Georgia, changed its policies to suspend all visitors to its special care nurseries amid growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.
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Paris bans daytime jogging as virus deaths hit new high

PARIS, FRANCE -- Paris on Tuesday banned daytime jogging to keep people from bending anti-coronavirus lockdown rules as France breached 10,000 deaths due to the outbreak.
Other cities also announced stricter restrictions, some controversial, on the day top health official Jerome Salomon told journalists 10,328 people had died of COVID-19 in France since March 1.
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Virus may spark 'devastating' global condom shortage

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA -- A global condom shortage is looming as the coronavirus pandemic shutters factories and disrupts supply chains, the world's top maker of the contraceptives said, with the United Nations warning of "devastating" consequences.
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Germany, Luxembourg to take in migrant children from Greece

BERLIN -- Germany plans to take in up to 50 unaccompanied minors staying at overcrowded refugee camps in Greece, while Luxembourg has agreed to accept 12, government officials said Tuesday.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer will propose to the Cabinet on Wednesday a plan to bring the children to Germany and recommend that "the transfer should begin in the next week, if possible," a statement from his ministry said.
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Acting U.S. navy secretary resigns amid coronavirus controversy

U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper says he has accepted the resignation of acting U.S. navy secretary Thomas Modly, which came just hours after Modly had publicly apologized for a profanity-laced upbraiding of the officer he fired as captain of a coronavirus-stricken naval ship.
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Trump removes watchdog tapped for US$2 trillion virus rescue oversight

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump has removed the inspector general tapped to chair a special oversight board of the US$2.2 trillion economic package intended to help businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday.
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