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    Singapore's daily community COVID cases rise to 4,400 in past week on average: MOH

    Hospitalised COVID-19 cases have also increased from 247 a week ago to 342 over the same period.

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  • Reuters

    Scavenging for supplies, Cuba's tobacco farmers rebuild after Hurricane Ian

    When Hurricane Ian ripped through western Cuba last week, tobacco farmer Victoriano Maqueira lost the two large barns he used for drying his crop, as well as his dogs, chickens, a pig, his television and the roof off his home. The deluge drenched his tobacco seeds, so he will not plant this year. But recovering from the disaster represents a massive challenge in a poor country already suffering a grave economic crisis, said Cuban economist Omar Everleny.

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  • Reuters

    England's heatwaves see highest ever excess deaths among elderly

    England saw the highest excess mortality figure from heatwaves this year since records began in 2004, health officials said on Friday, after a hot summer that saw temperatures rise to all-time highs. England recorded 2,803 excess deaths among those aged 65 and over during summer heatwaves this year, possibly due to complications arising from extreme heat, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said in a statement. "These estimates show clearly that high temperatures can lead to premature death

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  • Reuters

    Jobs report shows Fed tightening still a work in progress

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -After a drop in job vacancies, a dip in rental costs and signs of growing consumer caution seemed to show the Federal Reserve’s strict monetary medicine beginning to kick in, a strong September jobs report has left policymakers still waiting for clear signs their efforts to cool the economy are working. The Labor Department's report, which showed a gain of more than a quarter of a million jobs, a drop in the unemployment rate, and continued strong wage growth, points to a

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  • Reuters

    England and Wales company insolvencies hit highest since 2009

    The number of company insolvencies in England and Wales hit its highest level in the April-June period in nearly 13 years as surging energy prices took their toll on business, data showed on Friday. Insolvencies fell in 2020, when the government rushed to help businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, but they have risen since 2021, the Office for National Statistics said. Company insolvencies in the second quarter of 2022 reached 5,629, the highest since the third quarter of 2009, the ONS

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  • Reuters

    'Borgen' character drew inspiration from Danish PM

    The screenwriter of hit series "Borgen" says the main theme in the show's latest season - the darker side of holding power - drew inspiration from Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who has been criticised for centralising authority. The theme has become relevant in the upcoming election in which Danes will pass judgement on Frederiksen's leadership during three chaotic years, plagued by a pandemic, war and economic turmoil. A screenwriter and popular TV chef in Denmark, Adam Price has

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  • Associated Press

    Austria's president likely to be re-elected as 'safe' choice

    Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, who held office through a period of domestic political instability, a global pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine, has campaigned for reelection by pitching himself as the stable option in unstable times. Voters are widely expected to hand Van der Bellen a second term. The main question is whether his victory will come when the country holds the first round of its presidential election on Sunday or if the election will go to a second-round runoff

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  • Associated Press

    Marcos Jr. reaffirms US ties in first 100 days of presidency

    Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has been reaffirming ties with the United States in a key turnaround from the often-hostile demeanor his predecessor displayed toward Manila’s treaty ally. Marcos Jr., who marks his 100th day in office Saturday, inherited daunting problems at home, including a coronavirus pandemic-battered economy, soaring inflation, unemployment and mounting foreign and domestic debt, in addition to longstanding poverty and decades-old insurgencies. Given U.S. Preside

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  • Reuters

    Malaysia's palm planters eye robots, drones to combat labour crunch

    Malaysian research student Haziq Ramli wore an outfit resembling a light jetpack, with poles strapped to his biceps, to wield a long pole that clipped the sharp fronds and heavy bunches of fruit from oil palm trees nearly twice his height. Working on a three-acre (1.2-hectare) family estate, he was part of a team trying to perfect the gadget, called a wearable exoskeleton, that promises to reduce the need for labourers to manipulate the poles, which can weigh as much as 8 kg (18 lbs). Plantati

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  • Reuters

    European car market to contract 1% in 2022, ACEA forecasts

    The European Union's car market is on track to shrink this year, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said on Friday, forecasting a 1% dip to 9.6 million units in a downward revision from an initial projection for a return to growth. "Compared to the 2019 pre-pandemic figures, this represents a drop of 26% in car sales in the space of just three years," the ACEA said in a statement, with reference to the updated forecast for 9.6 million units this year. Brexit, the coronavi

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