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08 May 2021, 02:49 GMT+10

BOGOTA -- Colombian President Ivan Duque rejected on Thursday the "acts of violence" that have taken place in the past week during a national strike, including looting of and damage to state and private property.

"We have to categorically reject violence and all manifestations and expressions that threaten the life, honor and property, rights and liberties of citizens," Duque said after meeting with high court representatives.

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BERLIN -- The third COVID-19 wave in Germany "appears to be broken" as high infection figures were falling again, said Minister of Health Jens Spahn during a regular weekly press conference on Friday.

The number of COVID-19 infections in Germany increased by 18,485 within one day, around 5,800 less than one week ago, according to figures released Friday by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal government agency for disease control and prevention.

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LUSAKA -- Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Friday called on the business community to embrace digital platforms in order to reach wider markets amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Zambian leader said the pandemic has presented new opportunities for doing business resulting in a rise in the number of niche businesses poised to respond to renewed demands resulting from the pandemic.

"We have seen a rise in the provision of digital solutions making it easier for people to access goods and services online without ever having to leave the comfort of their homes. Therefore, the importance for the business community and the citizenry at large to embrace the digital space cannot be overemphasized," he said when he officially opened the Lusaka Business Expo 2021 being held under the theme "Awaken the Future."

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COLOMBO -- Maldives former president and parliament speaker Mohamed Nasheed was injured Thursday in an explosion in capital Male, authorities said.

Deputy Speaker Eva Abdulla said in a tweet that Nasheed was receiving treatment at the ADK Hospital in capital Male. "We will keep the public informed on (former) President Nasheed's condition as we receive updates," she said.

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