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White man, son in US state of Georgia charged with murder in shooting of unarmed black jogger

Issued on: 08/05/2020 – 06:24 A white former police officer and his son were arrested on Thursday in Georgia and charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, an incident that touched off a furor in the community and among civil rights activists nationwide. Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, were taken into […]

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China, US agree to move forward with trade deal despite Covid-19 blame game

Issued on: 08/05/2020 – 05:23Modified: 08/05/2020 – 05:23 Chinese and US trade representatives agreed Friday to “create favourable conditions” for the phase one trade deal signed in January, Beijing officials said, despite recent tensions over the coronavirus pandemic. China’s Vice Premier Liu He, who had led Beijing’s negotiations, held a call on Friday morning with […]

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Brazil faces ‘economic collapse’ in 30 days due to lockdown: economy minister

Issued on: 08/05/2020 – 02:06Modified: 08/05/2020 – 02:06 Brazil could face “economic collapse” in a month’s time due to stay-at-home measures to stem the coronavirus outbreak, with food shortages and “social disorder,” Economy Minister Paulo Guedes warned Thursday. Brazil, Latin America’s biggest economy, is also the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the region.But far-right […]

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Biden should quit White House race, says sexual assault accuser Tara Reade

Issued on: 08/05/2020 – 02:39Modified: 08/05/2020 – 02:39 The woman who accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 called on him to drop out of the US presidential race, saying Thursday she’d take a polygraph about the alleged encounter if he would. Tara Reade said in March that Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, […]

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Covid-19: French chef Ripert feeds New York’s front-line medical workers

Issued on: 07/05/2020 – 10:21Modified: 07/05/2020 – 10:21 Before coronavirus struck New York, one of the world’s premier seafood restaurants Le Bernardin was offering tasting menus including striped bass truffle tartare and grilled lobster mi-cuit.   Today it serves up hundreds of plastic trays of roast chicken, rice and cabbage to feed the city’s medical workers.Eric […]

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Merkel says Germany’s re-opening will have ’emergency brake’ in case Covid-19 spikes

Issued on: 07/05/2020 – 06:21Modified: 07/05/2020 – 06:20 Chancellor Angela Merkel announced steps on Wednesday to ease the coronavirus lockdown in Germany but at the same time launched an “emergency brake” mechanism allowing for renewed restrictions in case infections pick up again. Declaring an end to the first phase of the pandemic in Germany, Merkel said there was […]

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Maduro says two captured American ‘mercenaries’ will be tried in Venezuela

Issued on: 07/05/2020 – 02:37Modified: 07/05/2020 – 02:37 Venezuela will try two Americans allegedly captured during a failed raid by mercenaries, President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday as the US vowed to “use every tool available” to bring them home. Venezuela announced on Monday that it had arrested the pair on suspicion of trying to topple Maduro in […]

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US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalised for gallbladder condition

Issued on: 06/05/2020 – 03:57 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has had a series of health scares, underwent non-surgical treatment for a gallbladder condition on Tuesday and is “resting comfortably,” a court spokeswoman said. Ginsburg, 87, had a gallstone that had caused an infection and was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in […]

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Venezuela arrests two US ‘mercenaries’ after alleged raid to capture Maduro

Issued on: 05/05/2020 – 08:04Modified: 05/05/2020 – 08:04 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said authorities arrested two U.S. citizens among a group of “mercenaries” on Monday, a day after a beach raid purportedly aimed at capturing the socialist leader that authorities say they foiled. Maduro held up a pair of blue U.S. passports, reading off the […]

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WHO says no proof from US on ‘speculative’ claims virus came from Wuhan lab

Issued on: 05/05/2020 – 08:45Modified: 05/05/2020 – 08:45 The World Health Organization said Monday that Washington had provided no evidence to support “speculative” claims by the US president that the new coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. “We have not received any data or specific evidence from the United States government relating to the purported […]

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Bolsonaro rallies the right as Brazil coronavirus cases surpass 100,000

Issued on: 04/05/2020 – 07:39Modified: 04/05/2020 – 07:39 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attacked Congress and the courts in a speech to hundreds of supporters on Sunday as the number of coronavirus cases blew past 100,000 in Brazil, underlining the former army captain’s increasing isolation as he downplays the impacts of the pandemic. The right-wing Bolsonaro […]

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Venezuela says foiled attempt to overthrow Maduro

Issued on: 04/05/2020 – 03:37 Venezuela’s government said it foiled a marine incursion on Sunday by “terrorist mercenaries” who attempted to enter the country on speedboats from neighboring Colombia, which opposition leaders dismissed as a staged incident. President Nicolas Maduro frequently accuses political adversaries of attempting to overthrow him with the backing of Washington, which […]

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Trump promises Covid-19 vaccine by end of the year

Issued on: 04/05/2020 – 03:46 President Donald Trump relaunched his election campaign Sunday with a live television event inside the iconic Lincoln Memorial, promising an early coronavirus vaccine and urging Americans to put the pandemic behind them to embrace an “incredible” future. With the two-hour long Fox News “town hall,” Trump sought to wrap himself […]

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US protests against Covid-19 lockdowns spread to liberal bastion California

Issued on: 02/05/2020 – 06:53Modified: 02/05/2020 – 06:53 Protesters marched in several cities across California on Friday demanding the easing of restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak and denouncing Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to shut down some beaches. The protests were taking place in at least 11 cities, including the capital Sacramento as well as […]

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Venezuela prison riot leaves dozens dead

Issued on: 02/05/2020 – 07:38Modified: 02/05/2020 – 07:38 A riot erupted at a prison in central Venezuela on Friday, killing at least 40 people and injuring 50 more, including a National Guard officer who was wounded by an explosion and the warden, who suffered a knife wound, authorities said. The upheaval at the Llanos Penitentiary […]

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White House blocks top virus expert Fauci from testifying to Congress on govt Covid-19 response

Issued on: 02/05/2020 – 03:44Modified: 02/05/2020 – 03:44 Top U.S. health official Anthony Fauci will not testify next week to a congressional committee examining the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said on Friday, calling it “counterproductive” to have individuals involved in the response testify. The White House issued an emailed statement after […]

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US approves remdesivir drug to treat Covid-19 patients, says Trump

Issued on: 01/05/2020 – 22:58Modified: 01/05/2020 – 22:59 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted authorisation to Gilead Sciences Inc. for emergency use of its experimental antiviral drug remdesivir to treat patients with Covid-19, President Donald Trump announced on Friday.  US medical officials have announced evidence from a trial that remdesivir helped patients with […]

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Biden denies Tara Reade sex assault allegation, saying it ‘never happened’

Issued on: 01/05/2020 – 15:26Modified: 01/05/2020 – 15:26 US presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday emphatically denied sexually assaulting a former staffer, saying the incident she claims occurred 27 years ago “never happened.” “They aren’t true. This never happened,” Biden said in a statement regarding the accusations made by Tara Reade, a former staffer in […]

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