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Austrian Airlines to Resume Long-Haul Flights

Austrian Airlines’ resumption of regular flight operations is off to a good start. Due to the satisfactory demand, the flight schedule will be extended in the coming month. Austrian Airlines’ resumption of regular flight operations is off to a good start. Due to the satisfactory demand, the flight schedule will be extended in the coming month. From July onwards, Austrian Airlines ...

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Two Tales of a City: History and Horticulture in Austria’s Capital

In recent months travel has come to a juddering halt as a result of the coronavirus, with lockdowns keeping citizens home and planes grounded. We can’t say with any certainty what travel will look like in the future, but it’s worth looking back at trips to some of the world’s sights, taken before the pandemic hit. Vienna, it’s clear to ...

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Spain army predicts two more outbreaks; World Health Organisation says it has $2 billion funding shortfall; Italy coronavirus death toll tops 30,000

The World Health Organisation says it has US$1.3 (A$1.99) billion funding shortfall for COVID-19 efforts, while Italy’s coronavirus death count has topped 30,000. The head of the World Health Organization says the agency needs US$1.7 (A$2.6) billion to fund its response efforts for COVID-19 for the rest of the year – and that it’s about US$1.3 billion short. Last month, US President Donald ...

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Pandemic could act as catalyst for reworking world order, giving India leading role

The world might soon realise the immense need to include India in the UNSC club, and COVID-19 will likely act as the catalyst for a UNSC permanent seat. Let’s consider the context. While China kept briefing the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other countries that the situation was under control, and that no human-to-human transmission was traced, the situation in Wuhan — where the ...

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Coronavirus leaves world of Brazilian samba in mourning

Like so many of his neighbours in Madureira – a working-class neighbourhood considered Rio’s “cradle of samba” – Álvaro Silva was a diehard supporter of the local samba school, Portela. Just a few weeks ago the 76-year-old percussionist watched in delight as the group to which he had dedicated more than half of his life took to the streets for its ...

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Architecture’s Vernacular In A Post-COVID-19 World

The COVID-19 Plague will deeply impact the world of aesthetics. For the first time since League of Nations was founded, a future of universal aesthetics may cease to be the academically sanctioned Architectural Canon. As Markus Breitschmid defines it, in his article “In Defense of the Validity of the ‘Canon’ in Architecture,” the Canon in Architecture is a way to divorce architecture from the ...

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U.S. Leads the World’s Virus Fight? That’s News to the World

WASHINGTON — A new Democratic plan for confronting the coronavirus echoes what much of the rest of the West has been saying for months: that the United States has stepped back from the global response just as it is needed most. Whether that means halting funding to the World Health Organization, skipping a vaccine donor conference in Europe or barring foreign health workers in poor nations from buying ...

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The Big Interview: Dr Maria Neira, World Health Organization

Air Quality News editor Thomas Barrett spoke to Dr Maria Neira, director in public health and the environment at the World Health Organization (WHO), about why she believes air pollution is one of the biggest public health tragedies of our times. The WHO has been at the forefront of tackling the coronavirus pandemic, but if there is to be a silver ...

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World cannot return to ‘business as usual’ after Covid-19, say mayors

Mayors from many of the world’s leading cities have warned there can be no return to “business as usual” in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis if humanity is to escape catastrophic climate breakdown. City leaders representing more than 750 million people have published a “statement of principles”, which commits them to putting greater equality and climate resilience at the ...

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Hundreds in hospital after deadly gas leak at Indian chemical factory

A gas leak at a chemical factory in south-east India has killed at least nine people, including two children, and led to hundreds being taken to hospital, with fears the death toll could grow. Styrene from the plastics plant owned by Korea’s LG Corp started leaking into the surrounding residential area from about 3am on Thursday morning, incapacitating some people in their homes and ...

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