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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Sao Paulo will suspend water supply, electricity and gas cuts until July 31 for the Brazilian state's poorest residents who are unable to pay bills during the coronavirus pandemic, state governor Joao Doria said on Wednesday.
KOCHI, India (Reuters) - A pregnant elephant died in India apparently after eating some fruit containing a firecracker that exploded in her mouth, prompting a criminal investigation into suspected cruelty toward animals, forestry officials said on Wednesday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a state of emergency in the Arctic city of Norilsk on Wednesday after a huge leak of fuel into a river and upbraided a senior official on television over what he said was a bungled state response.
BOGOTA (Reuters) - In the bustling kitchen of one of Bogota's trendiest restaurants, a team of chefs that usually caters to the Colombian capital's well-heeled citizens is preparing meals for a community of people cut off from work and housing during the Andean country's coronavirus quarantine.
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium has installed a special tunnel to spray soccer players arriving for matches with a fine disinfectant mist to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
CASTRIES, St Lucia/KINGSTON (Reuters) - A cluster of Caribbean islands are reopening this month for international tourism, hoping to burnish their reputations as oases of tranquility after containing their coronavirus outbreaks and implementing strict new public health protocols.
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): The new National Jobs Council will work in the coming months to grow jobs and training opportunities on a much greater scale than anything attempted before, said its chairman, Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, on Wednesday (June 3).
SEOUL (AFP): North Korean children returned to their classrooms in face masks on Wednesday (June 3) as schools reopened after the new term was delayed for months by coronavirus precautions.
BEIJING (Xinhua): China's non-financial outbound direct investment (ODI) climbed by 0.7 per cent year on year in the first four months of this year, official data showed Wednesday (June 3).
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Learning Australian bush survival skills is becoming popular as city folk turn to nature with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, organisers of a course outside Sydney said.