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Scotland set to make all period products free

Scotland set to be first country in the world to make period products free

Feb 26 (DW) - Scotland on Tuesday was poised to become the first country in the world to make menstrual products free, after members of the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to support a new bill. The country's devolved parliament passed the first vote on legislation that would make products including tampons and sanitary pads freely available in Scotland. 112 members present voted for the bill, and one abstained....

An Iranian woman wears protective mask to prevent contracting a coronavirus, as she walks at Grand Bazaar in Tehran, Iran February 20, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS

Iran confirms two more dead of new coronavirus

Dubai, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Two more Iranians infected with the new coronavirus have died in Iran, local media website Eghtesaonline reported on Tuesday, citing the head of the Medical Science University of Saveh, raising the death toll in the Islamic Republic to 14. “Tests showed they had the new coronavirus,” the official said, according to Eghtesaonline. Iran’s Health Ministry...

False personas are being used on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to advance Russian talking points and conspiracies, US officials said.PHOTO: AFP

US says Russia behind huge coronavirus fake news campaign

Washington, Feb 22 (AFP) - Thousands of Russian-linked social media accounts have launched a coordinated effort to spread alarm about the new coronavirus, disrupting global efforts to combat the epidemic, US officials told AFP. The disinformation campaign promotes unfounded conspiracy theories that the United States is behind the Covid-19 outbreak, in an apparent bid to damage the US image by seizing...

Worker Wang Fu wearing a face mask sprays disinfectant at an apartment of a residential compound, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Beijing, China February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Coronavirus patient re-hospitalized in China’s Chengdu after testing positive again

Beijing, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A coronavirus patient initially discharged following recovery in southwestern Sichuan province’s Chengdu city has been readmitted after testing positive again during a quarantine period at home, the city’s public health clinical center said on Friday. Similar cases have been reported in other regions, the center said in a statement. China’s National Health Commission recommends recovered...

A cruise ship that's been quarantined in Yokohama harbor in Japan.(AP Photo)

Too early to say whether Coronavirus threatens Olympics: WHO

Geneva, Feb 19 (AP) - Despite a virus outbreak spreading from China, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday it's much too soon to say whether the Tokyo Olympics are at risk of being cancelled or moved. Tokyo organizers and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said they have no contingency plans for the July 24-Aug. 9 Summer Games...

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