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Famine death toll outpaces COVID-19 fatalities, says Oxfam

The coronavirus pandemic, climate crisis and conflicts have pushed more than half a million people to the brink of starvation, Oxfam reported. Cutting new military spending by less than 20% would end global hunger.

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