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UK government debt hits £2 trillion for first time

The UK government debt has increased above 2 trillion pounds ($2.6 trillion) for the first time amid heavy spending to support the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed on Friday. Aug 21, 2020
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Russia's Sputnik V COVID vaccine to be tested on 40,000 people: Report

The vaccine, called "Sputnik V" in homage to the world's first satellite launched by the Soviet Union, has been hailed as safe and effective by Russian authorities and scientists following two months of small-scale human trials, the results of which have not been made public yet. Aug 20, 2020