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A bank employee (center) addresses customers' queries on pension account in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, in January. [Photo/For China Daily]

>Basic pension payments up 4.5%

China will raise basic pension payments for retirees in 2021, the 17th consecutive year of increase, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said Friday. The average monthly payment for pensioners from enterprises, government agencies and public institutions will be increased by 4.5 percent from the 2020 level, according to the ministry.

Last year, China raised basic pension payments for retirees by 5 percent from the previous year’s level.

Students who are graduating seek jobs at a career fair in Neijiang, Sichuan province, on Dec 6, 2020. [Photo/For China Daily]

>Hiring demand in China increases

Despite disruptions by the COVID-19 epidemic, hiring demand in China saw an uptick last year, bucking a global downward trend, data from social networking platform LinkedIn showed.

In 2020, demand for recruitment by Chinese enterprises increased 26 percent from 2019, compared with a drop of 35 percent globally, according to LinkedIn data and surveys of about 5,500 global human resources managers.

About 76 percent of Chinese companies said they have recruitment plans for the following year, while 33 percent of the surveyed firms said they boosted their post-epidemic hiring budget, the data showed.

The epidemic also has facilitated a new way of working, with 45 percent of the surveyed firms offering opportunities to work from home, the data showed.

Lila Blanks holds the casket of her husband, Gregory Blanks, 50, who died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), ahead of his funeral in San Felipe, Texas, the US, Jan 26, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>Global COVID-19 deaths top 3M

Global deaths from COVID-19 have surpassed 3 million, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

Leading in those deaths are the US, with more than 566,000, and Brazil, with more than 368,000. They are followed by Mexico, India and the UK. Mexico has recorded more than 211,000 deaths. India has had more than 175,000 deaths and deaths in the UK have topped 127,000.

The global death toll reached 1 million in September 2020 and 2 million in January.

The grim milestone comes after health officials in the US paused rollout of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six women experienced rare but severe blood clots a week or two after receiving it.

Overall, more than 129 million people in the US have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including 7.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine.

More than 82 million Americans - nearly 25 percent of the population - have been fully vaccinated.

The coffin of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, arrives at St. George's Chapel for a funeral service, in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>Farewell to Prince Philip

When future historians come to retell the story of the pandemic, the image of the Queen sitting alone, masked and in mourning, will surely rank among the most poignant.

The Duke of Edinburgh's final farewell at St George's Chapel was like no other royal funeral.

And though not a family like any other, with mourners limited to 30 and only the pallbearers not socially distanced.

Tributes were left to the two clergy present.

The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, praised his "kindness, humor and humanity" and said the nation was "inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen".

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave thanks for "his resolute faith and loyalty" and his "high sense of duty and integrity".

More than 13 million people in the UK watched live television coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

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