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An improvement in daily new Covid-19 cases and falling deaths for two consecutive weeks are expected to allow the government to ease lockdown restrictions to “Level 2.” President Cyril Ramaphosa could make an announcement to this effect as early as Thursday, 13 August, as the government scrambles to boost the economy. On the back of a decrease in daily national new Covid-19 cases – with 2,511 new cases reported on 11 August, down from a peak of nearly 14,000 cases on 24 July – cabinet is looking to ease lockdown restrictions to “Level 2.” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said today, 1
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Shinzo Abe’s political comeback in 2012 ushered in an astonishing period of stability and prosperity. Abe’s successor inherits a country whose economic and geopolitical future is far less secure, @observingjapan argues.
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Imperdible discurso de Luciano Laspina

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http://www.cavallo.com.ar/imperdible-discurso-de-luciano-laspina/

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