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First major city in Brazil declares lockdown as virus spreads

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's São Luis became the nation's first major city to begin a coronavirus "lockdown" on Tuesday, a measure that underscores widespread fears that health services across Brazil could soon collapse under the pressure of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Why history cannot predict the post-pandemic future

IN the desperation to try and understand the pandemic, there’s been an outbreak of people making startling historical claims.

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Activists make 'scent of fear' to protest perfumery at Soviet purge site

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian activists have created a perfume with notes of gunpowder and ash to evoke the terror felt by victims of Josef Stalin's purges, and protest the planned opening of a perfume shop in the building where thousands were sentenced to death.

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Tribal attack in disputed South Sudan border region kills 29

JUBA (Reuters) - Suspected Misseriya tribesmen killed at least 29 people, at least some of whom burned to death in their homes, in an attack on a village in the disputed Abyei border region of South Sudan on Wednesday, a regional administrator said.