BOGOTA -- Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez said on Friday that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and would be isolated in her home for 15 days.
"Yesterday I took the COVID-19 test, since I had planned to travel to the Governors Summit in (the city of) Manizales. I am informing Colombians that the result was positive. Thank God I am in good health and I am complying with the corresponding isolation," the vice president wrote on Twitter. (Colombia-Coronavirus)
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DUBLIN -- In the first eight months of this year, Ireland's goods trade surplus with China increased by 44.35 percent year-on-year to 3.33 billion euros (about 3.95 billion U.S. dollars), according to statistics released by the country's Central Statistics Office on Friday.
In the January-August period, Ireland exported a total of 7.15 billion euros worth of goods to China while its goods imports from China were valued at 3.82 billion euros, up 26.14 percent and 13.64 percent respectively compared with a year ago. (Ireland-China-Trade)
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PARIS -- Following Spain, France on Friday became the second country in Europe to pass the grim one-million mark, after new COVID-19 infections surged by over 40,000 for the second day in a row, health authorities reported.
In the past 24 hours, 42,032 new cases were confirmed, beating Thursday's record of 41,661. The total cases reached 1,041,075. (France-Coronavirus)
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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday welcomed the signing of a cease-fire agreement by the Libyan parties in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations.
"This is a fundamental step toward peace and stability in Libya. I congratulate the parties for putting the interest of their nation ahead of their differences," Guterres told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. (UN-Libya-Truce)