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China’s Xi Jinping Arrives In Pyongyang For Summit With Kim Jong Un

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China's Xi Jinping Arrives In Pyongyang For Summit With Kim Jong Un

Chinese president Xi Jinping has arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday morning for a two-day visit in a move aimed at boosting ties between the two communist countries.  The visit may also help push forward stalled nuclear negotiations with the United States.

Xi is being accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, Foreign Minister Yang Wi and several communist party officials.

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The visit to North Korea is the first by a Chinese head of state in 14 years and comes as the two countries celebrate the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

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Negotiations between the United States and North Korea have stalled since the February summit in Vietnam between president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  That meeting ended abruptly without an agreement.

Xi’s visit is a show of support for the North Korean regime, which has seen its economy faltering under American-led international sanctions.  China will also try to seize this chance to assert its influence as a regional power.

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Trump Calls On COVID-19 Survivors To Donate Blood Plasma

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Trump Calls On COVID-19 Survivors To Donate Blood Plasma

United States President Donald Trump was joined by his Coronavirus task force when he visited the headquarters of the American Red Cross where he encouraged survivors of COVID-19 to donate plasma.

In the hope that plasma helps other Coronavirus patients recover, thousands of Coronavirus patients have donated their plasma and scientists are testing whether the donations might also prevent infection in the first place.

Medical experts say the jury is still out on how effective it is, however.

According to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, at least 50,000 donors have given plasma but hundreds of thousands of more donors are needed to come forward.

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Chile Pensioners Withdrawing Pension Savings Due To Coronavirus

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Chile Pensioners Withdrawing Pension Savings Due To Coronavirus

Just as the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Coronavirus crisis could set back some countries by a decade

Coronavirus crisis could set back Latin America and the Caribbean by a decade as countries endure faltering economies and rising poverty, according to the United Nations economic commission for the region and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Thousands of Chileans are withdrawing 10 percent of their pension funds because of the economic toll the coronavirus is having on their finances.

Many have been forced to stand in long queues to get the money because they do not have access to a computer or do not know how to use one.

Local municipalities have supplied buses to use as offices in order to help process as many requests as possible.  

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Brazil President Bolsonaro’s Wife, Minister Test Positive For Covid-19

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Just days after Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said he had overcome the Coronavirus with a negative test following weeks in quarantine, officials have on Thursday said Bolsonaro’s wife and one of his ministers have tested positive for COVID-19.

On July 7, the President who told reporters he had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, participated in his first public event on Wednesday, to recognize rural women workers, along with his wife. They were joined by Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina and the minister of women, family and human rights, Damares Alves.

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Brazil’s first lady and a fifth member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s Cabinet have tested positive for the new coronavirus, officials said Thursday.

According to the statement the president’s wife appeared to be in good health, but would follow established protocols.

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Earlier, Brazil’s Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes wrote on Twitter that he tested positive after experiencing flu-like symptoms and headache. The 57-year-old is now in isolation. The presidency’s press office said in a statement later that Michelle Bolsonaro, 38, also tested positive.

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Last week, Citizenship Minister Onyx Lorenzoni and Education Minister Milton Ribeiro announced they tested positive. In March, two other Cabinet members were infected.

In Brazil, the health ministry reported 69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths pushing the country past 2.5 million infections and 90,000 fatalities.

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