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    ‘Some days I think ‘Oh my God, what am I doing here?”

    Wellington, New Zealand – In the 25 years Lisa* has been a healthcare assistant, short-staffing has only got worse. Her typical day involves changing a patient’s dirty linen, clearing their rubbish, escorting them to and from the bathroom, helping them with their exercises, and feeding, walking, and washing them. “You can’t complete the patient care because there’s just not enough…

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    US curbs work with Guatemala after anti-corruption leader removed

    Juan Francisco Sandoval was sacked last week as the head of a prosecution unit charged with tackling corruption. The United States has said it will pause some cooperation with Guatemala’s criminal prosecutor after the head of a unit charged with fighting corruption in the Central American nation was sacked late last week. US State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters…

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    Bolsonaro turns to centre-right senator amid drop in popularity

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is facing mounting pressure to account for COVID crisis and corruption allegations. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whose popularity has plummeted amid the country’s continuing COVID-19 crisis and recent corruption allegations, has named a senator from the largest bloc in Congress as his new chief of staff. Senator Ciro Nogueira, a leader of the centre-right Progressives Party…

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    Delta variant travel restrictions: Tourists wonder where they can go — and whether they should

    (CNN) — The 2021 summer travel season started out full of hope and promise, but by the day, two words are threatening to dismantle it all. Delta variant. This more transmissible variation of the coronavirus was first detected in India in February, just when the United States and some other places around the world were starting to really gear up…

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    Premium 5G iPhones and subscriptions propel Apple sales

    Apple said on Tuesday that iPhone sales were $39.57bn in its third fiscal quarter, up nearly 50 percent from a year earlier and above analyst expectations. Apple Inc on Tuesday reported quarterly sales and profits that beat analyst expectations as consumers bought premium versions of its 5G iPhones and signed up for the company’s subscription services. Driven by better-than-expected iPhone…

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    Ivory Coast leader Ouattara meets rival, says crisis ‘behind us’

    Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara offered a hearty welcome to his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday as the rivals met for the first time since the West African country’s deadly 2010-11 conflict. Gbagbo, 76, has leapt into the spotlight since returning last month from Europe, where he won a landmark case at the International Criminal Court (ICC). “Cordial and fraternal…

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    Israeli defence minister to share findings on NSO with France

    Benny Gantz will share government assessment with France, whose president was allegedly among targets of spyware sold by Israeli company. Israel’s defence minister will share on Wednesday the initial findings from a government assessment of NSO Group exports with France, whose president was allegedly among targets of spyware sold by the private Israeli spyware company. President Emmanuel Macron’s phone was…

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    ‘We do not see a buy-the-dip opportunity’

    The Nasdaq Golden Dragon China Index, which tracks 98 of China’s biggest firms listed in the United States, has plunged about 20 percent over the last three trading days, its biggest such drop on record. The slump in U.S.-listed Chinese shares accelerated Tuesday, wrapping up another day of losses, as investors shunned the assets amid a broad-based crackdown by regulators…

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    Photos: Grim pictures from Tigray show brutality of war

    Burned-out military vehicles, boxes of ammunition and the bodies of federal troops were still scattered along the dirt road that runs through the Ethiopian village of Sheweate Hugum three weeks after the fighting subsided. Beside them lay the leftovers of lives cut short: family photographs, school diplomas, Ethiopian flags. What happened here in mid-June was just one battle in an…

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    Vaccinated should wear masks indoors in hotspots, US CDC says

    People in parts of the United States where COVID-19 infections are surging should wear masks indoors even if they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the country’s public health agency has advised. Citing new information about the ability of the Delta variant to spread among vaccinated people, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday also recommended…

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