Melbourne streets nearly empty as city of 5 million begins curfew and lockdown | AFP

Australia’s second-largest city starts a six-week curfew and sinks into a tighter lockdown, as the number of global coronavirus cases on Monday topped 18 million. Streets in the city of almost five million residents are nearly empty, as shops and non-essential business close and people stay home.

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Man takes hostage, threatens to detonate bomb in Kiev | AFP

Ukrainian police surround a business centre where a man has been arrested after he took one hostage and threatened to detonate an explosive device in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

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WHO says it has completed groundwork in China for virus origin probe | AFP

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the WHO’s mission in China laying the groundwork for an investigation into the animal origins of the coronavirus pandemic has concluded. SOUNDBITE

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Ibiza’s iconic nightclubs remain closed this summer | AFP

On the Balearic island of Ibiza, both the tourists who are here and the locals are enjoying a period of unprecedented calm in Ibiza, which is normally overrun by clubbers and DJs from across the globe. This summer, as a precautionnary measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Ibiza’s iconic nightclubs remain shut.

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WHO: There may never be a COVID-19 ‘silver bullet’ | AFP

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that there might never be a “silver bullet” answer to the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines. SOUNDBITE

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French PM Castex visits mask-producing workshop | AFP

French PM Jean Castex visits a workshop in Roubaix manufacturing “Resilience” masks. He previously gave an update on the Covid-19 epidemic in the Lille metropolis, where the wearing of masks is now compulsory in certain “open public places”.

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Plague to protein: Israeli firm seeks to put locusts on the menu | AFP

From biblical plague to modern day protein, one Israeli firm wants to make locusts a sustainable food choice in the Holy Land and beyond. As for whether or not the insects are kosher, the answer is not so simple. At Hargol Foodtech’s farm in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a rectangular enclosure that once served as a chicken coop is filled with thousands of locusts, grasshopper species that have a highly destructive swarming phase.

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Covid-19: French PM visits Lille regional health agency | AFP

At the Lille Regional Health Agency, French Prime Minister Jean Castex listens to an update on the resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic in the Lille metropolis, where the wearing of masks is now compulsory in certain open public places.

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French PM visits Lille amid fears of virus resurgence | AFP

French Prime Minister Jean Castex arrives in Lille as the northern city experiences a resurgence of the Covid pandemic, and where masks are now mandatory in certain public sites.

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French PM visits Lille amid fears of virus resurgence | AFP

French Prime Minister Jean Castex arrives in Lille as the northern city experiences a resurgence of the Covid pandemic, and where masks are now mandatory in certain public sites.

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India’s home minister tests positive for COVID-19 | AFP

Indian Home Minister Amit Shah reveals that he has tested positive for coronavirus, which is infecting tens of thousands of people a day — and killing hundreds — in the world’s second most populous country. TWEET by Amit Shah and FILE of Amit ShahNΒ°1W84HS

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Afghan security forces on patrol near prison attack claimed by IS | AFP

At least 20 people, including civilians and prisoners, have been killed in fighting between security forces and gunmen who raided an Afghan jail in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, officials said Monday. Outside the prison compound, heavily armed Afghan security forces stand by in armoured vehicles mounted with machine guns. .

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Melbourne: Tough new coronavirus restrictions in place | AFP

Australia’s Victoria state has state imposed fresh, sweeping virus restrictions, including an overnight curfew in Melbourne for the next six weeks.

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SpaceX brings NASA astronauts home safe in milestone mission | AFP

America’s first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returns safely to Earth. “This has been quite an odyssey,” says US astronaut Doug Hurley.

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Malaysia: British woman accused of murdering husband arrives at court | AFP

British woman Samantha Jones, who was charged with killing her husband in 2018, arrives at a courthouse in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah on Monday. Jones was arrested two years ago after her husband John William Jones was found with a stab wound to his chest in his house on the holiday island of Langkawi.

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US astronauts exit space capsule after first splashdown in 45 years | AFP

US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley exit their SpaceX Dragon capsule after splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico. The hatch opening was delayed for some time as a team worked to stop a leak of rocket fuel vapor. [COMPLETES VIDI1W88F0 EN // VIDI1W88RA EN]

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SpaceX Crew Dragon splashes down in Gulf of Mexico | AFP

SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico on time after re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere and deploying its parachutes without any glitches. “It’s truly our honor and privilege,” says Doug Hurley, one of the two astronauts on board.

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America’s first crewed spaceship in a decade journeys back to Earth | AFP

America’s first crewed spaceship since the Space Shuttle era is journeying aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule “Endeavour” back to Earth, where it is set to splash down in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48 pm (1848 GMT).

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Thousands protest coronavirus curbs in Berlin streets | AFP

About 20,000 people demonstrate in Berlin for “a day of freedom”, protesting against the German government’s measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when health authorities fear a second wave of the disease.

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Amid pandemic, mopeds have a moment in car-loving US | AFP

No traffic jams, easy parking and social distancing: more and more New Yorkers are turning to scooters to get around the city. “You avoid people, contact, you don’t have to sit in a Uber with somebody,” says Alan Taledia, who started riding a scooter during the pandemic. Retailers such as Chris Benson have noticed an uptick in sales. “There was a big boom from the end of April up to now, even on a daily basis,” Benson tells AFP. But many inexperienced riders using rental scooters have been involved in accidents, sometimes fatal. This week, the company Revel had to pause its services in New York City following the deaths of two riders.

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Israeli police clash with protesters as thousands rally against Netanyahu | AFP

Israeli police clash with demonstrators as thousands protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding he resign over alleged corruption and a resurgence of coronavirus cases. The protests took place at scores of intersections and bridges, where people held banners accusing Netanyahu of “failure” and calling for his resignation, as well as outside his private residence in the northern town Caesarea. TO COMPLETE VIDI1W646O_ENNΒ°1W77FG

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Amitabh Bachchan fans perform prayer rituals for his recovery from coronavirus | AFP

Hours before the son of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted the news of his father’s recovery from coronavirus, fans of the Bollywood superstar perform prayer rituals for the recovery and well-being of the actor at a purpose-built “temple”. Bachan had been hospitalised for over 3 weeks after testing positive for the virus.

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Arsenal fans jubilant after FA Cup win over Chelsea | AFP

Arsenal fans celebrate outside their home Emirates Stadium following their team’s record 14th FA cup win, beating Chelsea 2-1 in final at an empty Wembley.

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