Sun, 20 Jun 2021

WASHINGTON -- China's third-quarter (Q3) economic growth has cheered up overseas professionals and observers, who believe that the country's growth is picking up steam and will inspire more confidence in the global economic recovery.

The country's gross domestic product (GDP) growth registered a decent rate of 4.9 percent year on year in Q3, a further expansion following the second quarter's 3.2 percent, as COVID-19 has been tamed and activities normalized amid growing domestic demand and consumption thanks to the government's strong stimulus measures. (World-China-Economy)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday made progress on the next round of COVID-19 relief package, said Drew Hammill, Pelosi's spokesman and deputy chief of staff.

"The Speaker and Secretary Mnuchin spoke at 3:00 p.m. (1900 GMT) today for approximately 53 minutes. In this call, they continued to narrow their differences," Hammill said in a tweet Monday afternoon. (US-Democrats-Relief Talks)

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TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan is planning to allocate 1.9 billion U.S. dollars to the healthcare system in 2021 amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic, president's press service said Tuesday.

During a government meeting to discuss the parameters of the state budget for 2021, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev stressed the need to take into account the ongoing pandemic and the decline of global economic activity, said the press service. (Uzbekistan-Budget-COVID-19)

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CARACAS -- The Venezuelan government Monday unveiled new regulations for social distancing and sanitary measures as the tourism sector resumes activity following a nearly eight-month lockdown.

Officials have been "in permanent contact with service providers at inns and hotels" to stipulate new rules to ensure the safety of tourists, Minister of Tourism Felix Plasencia said at a press conference in Caracas. (Venezuela-Economy-Tourism)

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