Wed, 21 Apr 2021

WASHINGTON -- The Democrats-held House approved a 1.9-trillion-U.S.-dollar COVID-19 relief package early Saturday morning amid unanimous Republican opposition, sending the bill to the Senate.

The measure, a major legislation for President Joe Biden, cleared the lower chamber of Congress by a vote of 219 to 212, with lawmakers largely voting along party lines. Two Democrats defected and voted against it. (US-House-Relief Package)

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BEIJING -- China's logistics sector reported steady operation last year, an industry report showed.

Social logistics rose 3.5 percent year on year in 2020 to 300.1 trillion yuan (about 46.37 trillion U.S. dollars), according to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP). (China-Logistics)

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WINDHOEK -- The Namibian economy is projected to grow by 2.7 percent, up from an earlier forecast of 2.6 percent, due to better growth prospects in diamond mining, agriculture and transport sectors, the central bank said on Friday.

However, in its latest economic outlook, the bank also warned of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the domestic economy and the travel restrictions still in place in many countries. (Namibia-GDP)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil recorded 13.5 percent unemployment in 2020, equivalent to 13.4 million people and the highest level since 2012, the state-run Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) reported on Friday.

Unemployment in the South American country grew 6.7 percent, or 840,000 people, last year compared to 2019, when the indicator was 11.9 percent, according to the IBGE. (Brazil-Unemployment)

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