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    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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  • 2/81   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.


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  • 3/81   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.


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  • 4/81   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison


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  • 5/81   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...


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  • 6/81   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home. During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.


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  • 7/81   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.


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  • 8/81   Do star athletes make too much money?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?


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  • 9/81   Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?


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  • 10/81   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.


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  • 11/81   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.


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  • 12/81   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.


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  • 13/81   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.


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  • 14/81   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.


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  • 15/81   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.


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  • 16/81   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.


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  • 17/81   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


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  • 18/81   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 19/81   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 20/81   What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.


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  • 21/81   Google Patents Sticky Car Hood to Trap Pedestrians in a Collision

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle.  The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle. The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.


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  • 22/81   Relax, Your Instagram Feed Likely Won't Change Tomorrow

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...


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  • 23/81   'Hack the Pentagon' and get paid legally in new program

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.


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  • 24/81   Elon Musk's Hyperloop Vision Could Be Ready for Passengers by 2018

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California.  One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track.  'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California. One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track. 'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.


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  • 25/81   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 26/81   Man Proposes by Text Message While Stranded at Chicago's O’Hare Airport

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned.  “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned. “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.


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  • 27/81   Twitter Warns Some Users Over Possible Government Hacking

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter.  In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter. In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.


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  • 28/81   Facebook Notifications Get Even More Personal

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day.  The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States.  The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day. The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States. The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.


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  • 29/81   How to Tell Which Apps Are Draining Your iPhone Battery

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled.  It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain.  Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled. It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain. Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.


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  • 30/81   Armed Robbery Suspect Tries Using Uber as Getaway Car, Police Say

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said.  The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said.  Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said. The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said. Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.


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  • 31/81   Drone Popularity Draws Concern From Pilots, Federal Officials

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.  The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation.  The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation. The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.


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  • 32/81   Carly Fiorina: Why She Wants Everyone to Throw Out Their Flip Phones

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina.  “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina.  It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina. “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina. It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.


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  • 33/81   How a 'Programming Error' Led to an Oregon Couple's $2 Million Cell Phone Bill

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams.  Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November.  'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams. Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November. 'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.


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  • 34/81   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 35/81   American Red Cross Elects Brett Biggs as New Member to National Board of Governors
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    The Red Cross is led by a Board of Governors with all of the powers of governing and directing, as well as overseeing the management of the business and affairs of the organization. At the Annual Meeting of the Red Cross held on July 29, 2020, delegates from local Red Cross units elected Biggs to a three-year term.

    The Red Cross is led by a Board of Governors with all of the powers of governing and directing, as well as overseeing the management of the business and affairs of the organization. At the Annual Meeting of the Red Cross held on July 29, 2020, delegates from local Red Cross units elected Biggs to a three-year term.


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  • 36/81   Oil Ends July With a Gain Before OPEC+ Starts Opening the Taps
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    (Bloomberg) -- Oil is ending a sedate July with a gain ahead of OPEC+ plans to start returning supply to the market, while the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across many major economies.Futures rose 0.8% in New York, following Thursday’s 3.3% decline. Deep production curbs by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies have helped oil rebound from its plunge below zero in April, but it’s a precarious time to be adding more supply as virus cases continue to expand rapidly in some regions. Equity markets edged higher, adding some support to crude on Friday.Oil’s rebound has stalled near $40 a barrel with rising infections raising doubts about a swift and sustained recovery in consumption. Saudi Arabia and other top producers from the Middle East are coming under heavy pressure to cut the price of their crude, while Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden predicted demand may not see a full recovery until next year.“I see today mostly as a price correction of yesterday’s panic,” said Bjornar Tonhaugen, head of oil markets at Rystad Energy AS.OPEC+ plans to return about 1.5 million barrels a day to the market next month after cutting global supply by roughly 10% when demand plunged. U.S. shale companies are also returning production, with ConocoPhillips the latest to announce plans to bring back oil. Continental Resources Inc., Parsley Energy Inc. and EOG Resources Inc. have said they would restore some output in July.“If oil-producing countries do not continue the co-ordinated cuts, oil prices could again fall below $40,” said Jun Inoue, an economist at Mizuho Research Institute in Tokyo. “Although demand is expected to continue to recover and inventories are expected to decline, the pace of recovery in oil prices is expected to be moderate.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Oil is ending a sedate July with a gain ahead of OPEC+ plans to start returning supply to the market, while the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across many major economies.Futures rose 0.8% in New York, following Thursday’s 3.3% decline. Deep production curbs by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies have helped oil rebound from its plunge below zero in April, but it’s a precarious time to be adding more supply as virus cases continue to expand rapidly in some regions. Equity markets edged higher, adding some support to crude on Friday.Oil’s rebound has stalled near $40 a barrel with rising infections raising doubts about a swift and sustained recovery in consumption. Saudi Arabia and other top producers from the Middle East are coming under heavy pressure to cut the price of their crude, while Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden predicted demand may not see a full recovery until next year.“I see today mostly as a price correction of yesterday’s panic,” said Bjornar Tonhaugen, head of oil markets at Rystad Energy AS.OPEC+ plans to return about 1.5 million barrels a day to the market next month after cutting global supply by roughly 10% when demand plunged. U.S. shale companies are also returning production, with ConocoPhillips the latest to announce plans to bring back oil. Continental Resources Inc., Parsley Energy Inc. and EOG Resources Inc. have said they would restore some output in July.“If oil-producing countries do not continue the co-ordinated cuts, oil prices could again fall below $40,” said Jun Inoue, an economist at Mizuho Research Institute in Tokyo. “Although demand is expected to continue to recover and inventories are expected to decline, the pace of recovery in oil prices is expected to be moderate.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 37/81   Ohio pharmacy board reverses ban on hydroxychloroquine after GOP Gov. DeWine’s request
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    The Ohio pharmacy board changed course on its ban of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment following the governor’s urging to do so.

    The Ohio pharmacy board changed course on its ban of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment following the governor’s urging to do so.


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  • 38/81   itSpray Partners with Appelman Schauben and J.Grob to Expand Sales and Distribution Across the Northeast and Southeast Regions
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    itSpray announced their recent partnerships with rep groups Appelman Schauben (A&S;) and j.Grob. These partnerships come on the heels of the organization's strategic initiative to expand Brick and Mortar presence among independent retail locations across the Eastern region of the United States.

    itSpray announced their recent partnerships with rep groups Appelman Schauben (A&S;) and j.Grob. These partnerships come on the heels of the organization's strategic initiative to expand Brick and Mortar presence among independent retail locations across the Eastern region of the United States.


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  • 39/81   Here's What We Think About W. P. Carey's (NYSE:WPC) CEO Pay
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    Jason Fox became the CEO of W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC) in 2018, and we think it's a good time to look at the...

    Jason Fox became the CEO of W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC) in 2018, and we think it's a good time to look at the...


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  • 40/81   Pandemic boost for Big Tech set to drive Wall Street higher
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    Apple Inc  surged 7% premarket, setting the stock on course to open at a record high, as it delivered year-on-year revenue gains across every category and in every geography.  Amazon.com Inc  jumped 6.2% after posting the biggest profit in its 26-year history, while Facebook Inc  gained 6.7% as it reported better-than-expected revenue.  Trading in Alphabet Inc  was more subdued as quarterly sales fell for the first time in its 16 years as a public company.

    Apple Inc surged 7% premarket, setting the stock on course to open at a record high, as it delivered year-on-year revenue gains across every category and in every geography. Amazon.com Inc jumped 6.2% after posting the biggest profit in its 26-year history, while Facebook Inc gained 6.7% as it reported better-than-expected revenue. Trading in Alphabet Inc was more subdued as quarterly sales fell for the first time in its 16 years as a public company.


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  • 41/81   Apple loyalists prove physical stores not needed to drive iPhone sales: J.P. Morgan
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    The United States' most valuable company was forced to shut down more than 70 stores again in the third quarter in response to surging COVID-19 cases, but consumers were unfazed with the company topping analysts' estimates for iPhone sales by $4 billion.  JPM analyst Samik Chatterjee said the performance spoke volumes about the importance of Apple products to consumers, and showed them willing to circumvent the traditional practice of  buying from the physical channel when required.  The company posted its biggest profit ever on the back of a 48% rise in online store sales.

    The United States' most valuable company was forced to shut down more than 70 stores again in the third quarter in response to surging COVID-19 cases, but consumers were unfazed with the company topping analysts' estimates for iPhone sales by $4 billion. JPM analyst Samik Chatterjee said the performance spoke volumes about the importance of Apple products to consumers, and showed them willing to circumvent the traditional practice of buying from the physical channel when required. The company posted its biggest profit ever on the back of a 48% rise in online store sales.


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  • 42/81   When Black Lives Matter protests turn violent, Donald Trump gets just what he wants
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    Civil rights and Democratic leaders must do what they can to end the chaos in the streets. This is not the time to give ammunition to Trump and the GOP.

    Civil rights and Democratic leaders must do what they can to end the chaos in the streets. This is not the time to give ammunition to Trump and the GOP.


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  • 43/81   Fact check: Joe Biden didn't take a knee upon seeing a flag; he was talking to a child
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    While visiting his childhood home this month, the presidential candidate kneeled to talk to a child. It's false to say he "took a knee" for the flag.

    While visiting his childhood home this month, the presidential candidate kneeled to talk to a child. It's false to say he "took a knee" for the flag.


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  • 44/81   Archaeologists have solved a longstanding mystery about Stonehenge: the origin of the monument's iconic sandstone boulders
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    The origin of the 25-ton boulders that make up most of Stonehenge once baffled experts. A new study shows they came from a woodland 15 miles away.

    The origin of the 25-ton boulders that make up most of Stonehenge once baffled experts. A new study shows they came from a woodland 15 miles away.


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  • 45/81   What Pullout? Feds Gas Moms in Fresh Portland Crackdown
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    PORTLAND—With roughly two-dozen federal officers in riot gear marching towards her, Demetria Hester linked arms with two other mothers in yellow shirts. “Hands up!” she chanted. “Don’t shoot!” responded the crowd, warily watching a line of federal agents coming towards them from behind a cloud of tear gas and smoke from munition fire. Though the number of protesters in downtown Portland had dwindled to about 100 shortly after midnight Thursday, the number of federal agents out on the streets was larger than ever. Hours after Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the gradual removal of federal law enforcement officers from Portland, more than 200 of those officers were clashing with protesters outside the federal courthouse, using tear gas to clear the surrounding streets.Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and President Donald Trump had disputed the governor’s announcement, the former tweeting that federal officers would “remain in Portland until the violent activity toward our federal facilities ends.” And if the scene in Portland early Thursday morning was any indication, the unrest there isn’t close to finished.The line of federal agents, holding shields and riot shotguns, shoved a wall of protesters back from the front of the courthouse. Then came the tear gas, lobbed into the crowd by U.S. Marshals and officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. ‘It’s Spooky Right Now’: Inside the Creepy Federal Crackdown on Portland ProtestersProtesters frantically dodged the flying thick metal canisters and backed away from the rising smoke. With her hands still in the air, Hester pulled down a respirator mask over her mouth. “Hands up!” she kept chanting through her mask, and then slid on a pair of goggles. “Don’t shoot!” came the crowd’s reply, muffled by the sting of tear gas and the sound of jostled bodies.  After tackling and arresting a protester, federal officers continued throwing tear gas into the crowd to clear the area. Her bloodshot eyes tearing up, Hester backed away from the heavy volley of teargas and munitions, coughing into her respirator.  “We weren’t doing anything wrong,” she told The Daily Beast between coughs. “We were just peacefully protesting.” Indeed, before officers closed in, Hester and the other demonstrators standing in front of the courthouse had been peacefully chanting. “George Floyd.” “Breonna Taylor.” “Black Lives Matter.” Earlier in the night, however, a small number of protesters had become violent: shining lasers at officer’s faces and chucking fireworks at the federal courthouse. Now it appeared police officers were targeting specific people for arrest, and tear gassing anyone else in the way. Another demonstrator dressed in yellow—the designated color of the so-called “Wall of Moms,” a group of mothers focused on defending Black lives from police brutality—offered Hester a moist towelette to rub across her stinging eyes. Though Hester came out Wednesday night to protest police brutality alongside other yellow-shirted moms, the 45-year-old mother of two and grandmother of three has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement since May 2017. It was then Hester was assaulted by convicted killer Jeremy Christian the day before he killed two men on a Portland commuter train following a racist tirade. In her testimony, Hester said she interrupted Christian as he was screaming about minorities, after which he hit her in the face with a bottle, badly bruising her right eye. The next day, Christian directed another racist tirade at a small group of young girls, and fatally stabbed two men who interfered. The trial ended late last month with a sentence of life in prison without parole. “It was really after that trial that I started coming down here,” Hester said of the protest site, where a final burst of intense clashes were coming to an end. Hester and a few other mothers asked me where my car was and insisted on walking me there, because “that’s what moms do.” Hester, alongside several other Black activist mothers, has helped take charge of the Wall of Moms alongside a group called Moms United for Black Lives after the former’s original founder was accused of “anti-blackness.”Amid the chaos on the street, Hester recounted the day she was attacked by Christian, when she approached an officer with the Portland Police Bureau and pointed her attacker out. Christian was not arrested.“That white supremacist got special treatment from the police. That’s not acceptable,” she said, pausing to spit out the taste of tear gas. “And that’s what we’re here fighting for today.” So even if the feds did pull out of her city, it was hard to imagine activists like Hester would be satisfied.“It won’t make a difference if they leave or stay,” Hester said, referring to the federal officers. “It all comes down to white privilege in this country.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    PORTLAND—With roughly two-dozen federal officers in riot gear marching towards her, Demetria Hester linked arms with two other mothers in yellow shirts. “Hands up!” she chanted. “Don’t shoot!” responded the crowd, warily watching a line of federal agents coming towards them from behind a cloud of tear gas and smoke from munition fire. Though the number of protesters in downtown Portland had dwindled to about 100 shortly after midnight Thursday, the number of federal agents out on the streets was larger than ever. Hours after Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the gradual removal of federal law enforcement officers from Portland, more than 200 of those officers were clashing with protesters outside the federal courthouse, using tear gas to clear the surrounding streets.Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and President Donald Trump had disputed the governor’s announcement, the former tweeting that federal officers would “remain in Portland until the violent activity toward our federal facilities ends.” And if the scene in Portland early Thursday morning was any indication, the unrest there isn’t close to finished.The line of federal agents, holding shields and riot shotguns, shoved a wall of protesters back from the front of the courthouse. Then came the tear gas, lobbed into the crowd by U.S. Marshals and officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. ‘It’s Spooky Right Now’: Inside the Creepy Federal Crackdown on Portland ProtestersProtesters frantically dodged the flying thick metal canisters and backed away from the rising smoke. With her hands still in the air, Hester pulled down a respirator mask over her mouth. “Hands up!” she kept chanting through her mask, and then slid on a pair of goggles. “Don’t shoot!” came the crowd’s reply, muffled by the sting of tear gas and the sound of jostled bodies.  After tackling and arresting a protester, federal officers continued throwing tear gas into the crowd to clear the area. Her bloodshot eyes tearing up, Hester backed away from the heavy volley of teargas and munitions, coughing into her respirator.  “We weren’t doing anything wrong,” she told The Daily Beast between coughs. “We were just peacefully protesting.” Indeed, before officers closed in, Hester and the other demonstrators standing in front of the courthouse had been peacefully chanting. “George Floyd.” “Breonna Taylor.” “Black Lives Matter.” Earlier in the night, however, a small number of protesters had become violent: shining lasers at officer’s faces and chucking fireworks at the federal courthouse. Now it appeared police officers were targeting specific people for arrest, and tear gassing anyone else in the way. Another demonstrator dressed in yellow—the designated color of the so-called “Wall of Moms,” a group of mothers focused on defending Black lives from police brutality—offered Hester a moist towelette to rub across her stinging eyes. Though Hester came out Wednesday night to protest police brutality alongside other yellow-shirted moms, the 45-year-old mother of two and grandmother of three has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement since May 2017. It was then Hester was assaulted by convicted killer Jeremy Christian the day before he killed two men on a Portland commuter train following a racist tirade. In her testimony, Hester said she interrupted Christian as he was screaming about minorities, after which he hit her in the face with a bottle, badly bruising her right eye. The next day, Christian directed another racist tirade at a small group of young girls, and fatally stabbed two men who interfered. The trial ended late last month with a sentence of life in prison without parole. “It was really after that trial that I started coming down here,” Hester said of the protest site, where a final burst of intense clashes were coming to an end. Hester and a few other mothers asked me where my car was and insisted on walking me there, because “that’s what moms do.” Hester, alongside several other Black activist mothers, has helped take charge of the Wall of Moms alongside a group called Moms United for Black Lives after the former’s original founder was accused of “anti-blackness.”Amid the chaos on the street, Hester recounted the day she was attacked by Christian, when she approached an officer with the Portland Police Bureau and pointed her attacker out. Christian was not arrested.“That white supremacist got special treatment from the police. That’s not acceptable,” she said, pausing to spit out the taste of tear gas. “And that’s what we’re here fighting for today.” So even if the feds did pull out of her city, it was hard to imagine activists like Hester would be satisfied.“It won’t make a difference if they leave or stay,” Hester said, referring to the federal officers. “It all comes down to white privilege in this country.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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  • 46/81   South Korean general sacked over defector's return
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    The man's departure only came to light when Pyongyang -- which insists it has not had any coronavirus cases -- announced at the weekend that a 'runaway' who had returned across the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone was suspected of having the disease.  Inter-Korean relations have been in a deep freeze following the collapse of a summit in Hanoi between Kim and US President Donald Trump early last year over what the nuclear-armed North would be willing to give up in exchange for a loosening of sanctions.

    The man's departure only came to light when Pyongyang -- which insists it has not had any coronavirus cases -- announced at the weekend that a 'runaway' who had returned across the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone was suspected of having the disease. Inter-Korean relations have been in a deep freeze following the collapse of a summit in Hanoi between Kim and US President Donald Trump early last year over what the nuclear-armed North would be willing to give up in exchange for a loosening of sanctions.


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  • 47/81   A Louisiana woman who planted seeds from a mysterious package says she's not worried. But the USDA is, and it's asking people not to plant these unknown seeds.
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    "Then we saw the post saying don't plant them. I mean, I'm not scared about it, I'm not worried about it, but I guess people are," Aucoin told WAFB.

    "Then we saw the post saying don't plant them. I mean, I'm not scared about it, I'm not worried about it, but I guess people are," Aucoin told WAFB.


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  • 48/81   Father, son with COVID-19 forced to quarantine in Hawaii
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    Hawaii's public health director said a rarely used special health order was used to force them into isolation.

    Hawaii's public health director said a rarely used special health order was used to force them into isolation.


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  • 49/81   Tammy Duckworth Says She Won't Let President Trump 'Politicize Our Government'
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    U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth told TIME she views Trump sending federal agents to confront protesters in U.S. cities as an “abuse of power."

    U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth told TIME she views Trump sending federal agents to confront protesters in U.S. cities as an “abuse of power."


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  • 50/81   Two pilots dead after firefighting planes collide while battling Nevada Fire; NTSB investigating
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    Two airplanes have collided while battling a 500-acre wildfire in southeastern Nevada, according to authorities.

    Two airplanes have collided while battling a 500-acre wildfire in southeastern Nevada, according to authorities.


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  • 51/81   Democrats reject $600 benefit extension from White House, push for more
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    Democrats rejected a short-term extension of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit proposed by the White House on Thursday.

    Democrats rejected a short-term extension of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit proposed by the White House on Thursday.


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  • 52/81   Covid-19: Infectious coronaviruses 'circulating in bats for decades'
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    Research suggests a close ancestor of the coronavirus emerged in bats more than 40 years ago.

    Research suggests a close ancestor of the coronavirus emerged in bats more than 40 years ago.


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  • 53/81   What is the SpaceX Crew Dragon?
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    A guide to SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle, which carries astronauts to the space station.

    A guide to SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle, which carries astronauts to the space station.


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  • 54/81   Extinction: Quarter of UK mammals 'under threat'
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    Review of UK mammals finds that a quarter of native species are at "imminent threat of extinction".

    Review of UK mammals finds that a quarter of native species are at "imminent threat of extinction".


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  • 55/81   Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance robot launches to detect life on Red Planet
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    The Perseverance robot launches from Florida on a seven-month flight to the Red Planet.

    The Perseverance robot launches from Florida on a seven-month flight to the Red Planet.


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  • 56/81   Liftoff! NASA’s Perseverance rover begins odyssey to seek out traces of life on Mars
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    With the fiery flash of a rocket launch, NASA's Perseverance rover headed out today for what's expected to be a decade-long campaign to store up and bring back Martian samples that may hold evidence of alien life. United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 7:50 a.m. ET (4:50 a.m. PT), sending the rover into space for a seven-month cruise to Mars. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the area surrounding the launch pad was restricted, but hundreds of thousands of people watched the liftoff via streaming video. And as… Read More

    With the fiery flash of a rocket launch, NASA's Perseverance rover headed out today for what's expected to be a decade-long campaign to store up and bring back Martian samples that may hold evidence of alien life. United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 7:50 a.m. ET (4:50 a.m. PT), sending the rover into space for a seven-month cruise to Mars. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the area surrounding the launch pad was restricted, but hundreds of thousands of people watched the liftoff via streaming video. And as… Read More


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  • 57/81   How many Mars missions have been successful?
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    Getting to the Red Planet is challenging, and so it working out how many have failed.

    Getting to the Red Planet is challenging, and so it working out how many have failed.


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  • 58/81   What the heroin industry can teach us about solar power
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    Afghan poppy farmers have embraced solar power to irrigate their crops, leading to a heroin boom.

    Afghan poppy farmers have embraced solar power to irrigate their crops, leading to a heroin boom.


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  • 59/81   NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover mission serves as ultimate test for working from home (planet)
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    The launch of NASA's Mars Perseverance rover marks the start of a seven-month-long journey involving tens of millions of miles of travel — but it also marks the end of an eight-year-long journey involving millions of miles of travel on the part of scientists and engineers across the country. And perhaps the biggest marvel is that, in the end, most of them got the rover and its scientific instruments ready for launch while working from home. Working from home has been a tough thing to manage for many of the businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic and social-distancing restrictions. It's… Read More

    The launch of NASA's Mars Perseverance rover marks the start of a seven-month-long journey involving tens of millions of miles of travel — but it also marks the end of an eight-year-long journey involving millions of miles of travel on the part of scientists and engineers across the country. And perhaps the biggest marvel is that, in the end, most of them got the rover and its scientific instruments ready for launch while working from home. Working from home has been a tough thing to manage for many of the businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic and social-distancing restrictions. It's… Read More


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  • 60/81   Virgin Galactic set for last key rocket test flights
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    Sir Richard Branson's tourist spaceplane company updates on progress, unveiling a cabin design.

    Sir Richard Branson's tourist spaceplane company updates on progress, unveiling a cabin design.


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  • 61/81   Airbus to build 'first interplanetary cargo ship'
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    The European aerospace company will make a huge satellite to bring Mars rocks back to Earth.

    The European aerospace company will make a huge satellite to bring Mars rocks back to Earth.


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  • 62/81   US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine
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    Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur have announced they will supply 100 million doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine to the United States as governments buy up supplies in hopes something will work.  Sanofi will get the bulk of the funds.  The U.S. government has a further option for the supply of an additional 500 million doses longer term as part of its Operation Warp Speed program.

    Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur have announced they will supply 100 million doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine to the United States as governments buy up supplies in hopes something will work. Sanofi will get the bulk of the funds. The U.S. government has a further option for the supply of an additional 500 million doses longer term as part of its Operation Warp Speed program.


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  • 63/81   Africa's week in pictures: 24-30 July 2020
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    A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.

    A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.


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  • 64/81   Supreme leader says Iran won't negotiate with US
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    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday his country will not negotiate with the United States because America would only use talks for propaganda purposes.  The Trump administration has said it is willing to talk with Iran “with no preconditions,” but that the U.S. will continue its campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic.  In a televise speech marking the Eid al-Adha holiday, Khamenei said President Donald Trump would benefit from talks, saying Trump wants to “use negotiations with us for propaganda like negotiations with North Korea.”

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday his country will not negotiate with the United States because America would only use talks for propaganda purposes. The Trump administration has said it is willing to talk with Iran “with no preconditions,” but that the U.S. will continue its campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic. In a televise speech marking the Eid al-Adha holiday, Khamenei said President Donald Trump would benefit from talks, saying Trump wants to “use negotiations with us for propaganda like negotiations with North Korea.”


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  • 65/81   Hong Kong elections: candidate disqualification faces international criticism
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    The Hong Kong government's decision to disqualify 12 opposition pro-democracy figures from running in elections has been internationally condemned.The strongest remark came from British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who said: "I condemn the decision to disqualify opposition candidates from standing in Hong Kong's Legislative Council elections."He said it was "clear they have been disqualified because of their political views", adding that "the Hong Kong authorities must uphold their commitments to the people of Hong Kong".The government decision, Raab said, undermined the integrity of "one country, two systems" principle - which stipulates China's relationship with Hong Kong - and the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong's Basic Law.In addition, lawmakers from more than a dozen countries issued a statement on what they called "the obstruction of the democratic process"."We urge the international community to meet this further diminution of Hong Kong's rights and freedoms with a proportionate response," said the group led by US Senator Marco Rubio and former British Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith.Reinhard Butikofer, the European Parliament member in charge of China, called on European Union leaders to impose sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.Chris Patten, former British governor of Hong Kong, called it "an outrageous political purge of Hong Kong's democrats"."The national security law is being used to disenfranchise the majority of Hong Kong's citizens," Patten said. "It is obviously now illegal to believe in democracy, although this was what Beijing promised in and after the Joint Declaration. This is the sort of behaviour that you would expect in a police state."Citing the city's national security law and the pan-democrats' previous calls for foreign governments to sanction Beijing and Hong Kong as key reasons, election officials on Thursday invalidated the candidacies of four incumbent lawmakers - the Civic Party's Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Dennis Kwok and Kwok Ka-ki, along with that of accountancy sector lawmaker Kenneth Leung.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor attends a press conference at Central Government Offices (CGO) in Tamar to announce tightened measures in curbing COVID-19 from further spreading in the community. 19JUL20 SCMP / Edmond So alt=Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor attends a press conference at Central Government Offices (CGO) in Tamar to announce tightened measures in curbing COVID-19 from further spreading in the community. 19JUL20 SCMP / Edmond SoThe returning officers cited similar reasons, as well as the opposition hopefuls' pledge to vote down the government's budget and other proposals should it win its first-ever legislative majority, in barring four activists including Joshua Wong and four district councillors.Speaking on Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Hong Kong government to proceed with the election as planned on September 6."The next big marker will be a set of elections scheduled for - goodness - a month and half from now on September 6th ... They must proceed on time. They must be held," Pompeo said on The Joe Pags Show, a radio programme."The people of Hong Kong deserve to have their voice represented by the elected officials that they choose in those elections."If they destroy that, if they take that down, it will be another marker that will simply prove that the Chinese Communist Party has now made Hong Kong just another communist-run city," Pompeo added.Several Hong Kong media outlets on Wednesday reported the government may delay the election for a year. There was no announcement on Thursday.While pro-Beijing lawmakers said the election should be delayed because of coronavirus, pan-democrats accuse them of usurping an election highly likely to result in the first ever majority for the opposition camp.Meanwhile, China's ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, accused the UK of having "poisoned the atmosphere" of its relations with China and said that it is putting the post-Brexit vision of "Global Britain" at risk by "decoupling" from Beijing.In a belligerent online press conference, Liu said the relationship between the two states was at "a historic political juncture" following recent disputes over Hong Kong and the role of tech firm Huawei in the UK's 5G network. He warned that London would "pay the price" if it treated China as a hostile state."Does it see China as an opportunity and partner or a threat ... as a friendly country or a hostile or potentially hostile state?" Liu said.Additional reporting by POLITICOThis article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2020 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2020. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.

    The Hong Kong government's decision to disqualify 12 opposition pro-democracy figures from running in elections has been internationally condemned.The strongest remark came from British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who said: "I condemn the decision to disqualify opposition candidates from standing in Hong Kong's Legislative Council elections."He said it was "clear they have been disqualified because of their political views", adding that "the Hong Kong authorities must uphold their commitments to the people of Hong Kong".The government decision, Raab said, undermined the integrity of "one country, two systems" principle - which stipulates China's relationship with Hong Kong - and the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong's Basic Law.In addition, lawmakers from more than a dozen countries issued a statement on what they called "the obstruction of the democratic process"."We urge the international community to meet this further diminution of Hong Kong's rights and freedoms with a proportionate response," said the group led by US Senator Marco Rubio and former British Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith.Reinhard Butikofer, the European Parliament member in charge of China, called on European Union leaders to impose sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.Chris Patten, former British governor of Hong Kong, called it "an outrageous political purge of Hong Kong's democrats"."The national security law is being used to disenfranchise the majority of Hong Kong's citizens," Patten said. "It is obviously now illegal to believe in democracy, although this was what Beijing promised in and after the Joint Declaration. This is the sort of behaviour that you would expect in a police state."Citing the city's national security law and the pan-democrats' previous calls for foreign governments to sanction Beijing and Hong Kong as key reasons, election officials on Thursday invalidated the candidacies of four incumbent lawmakers - the Civic Party's Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Dennis Kwok and Kwok Ka-ki, along with that of accountancy sector lawmaker Kenneth Leung.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor attends a press conference at Central Government Offices (CGO) in Tamar to announce tightened measures in curbing COVID-19 from further spreading in the community. 19JUL20 SCMP / Edmond So alt=Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor attends a press conference at Central Government Offices (CGO) in Tamar to announce tightened measures in curbing COVID-19 from further spreading in the community. 19JUL20 SCMP / Edmond SoThe returning officers cited similar reasons, as well as the opposition hopefuls' pledge to vote down the government's budget and other proposals should it win its first-ever legislative majority, in barring four activists including Joshua Wong and four district councillors.Speaking on Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Hong Kong government to proceed with the election as planned on September 6."The next big marker will be a set of elections scheduled for - goodness - a month and half from now on September 6th ... They must proceed on time. They must be held," Pompeo said on The Joe Pags Show, a radio programme."The people of Hong Kong deserve to have their voice represented by the elected officials that they choose in those elections."If they destroy that, if they take that down, it will be another marker that will simply prove that the Chinese Communist Party has now made Hong Kong just another communist-run city," Pompeo added.Several Hong Kong media outlets on Wednesday reported the government may delay the election for a year. There was no announcement on Thursday.While pro-Beijing lawmakers said the election should be delayed because of coronavirus, pan-democrats accuse them of usurping an election highly likely to result in the first ever majority for the opposition camp.Meanwhile, China's ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, accused the UK of having "poisoned the atmosphere" of its relations with China and said that it is putting the post-Brexit vision of "Global Britain" at risk by "decoupling" from Beijing.In a belligerent online press conference, Liu said the relationship between the two states was at "a historic political juncture" following recent disputes over Hong Kong and the role of tech firm Huawei in the UK's 5G network. He warned that London would "pay the price" if it treated China as a hostile state."Does it see China as an opportunity and partner or a threat ... as a friendly country or a hostile or potentially hostile state?" Liu said.Additional reporting by POLITICOThis article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2020 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2020. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.


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  • 66/81   With new export controls, US takes another step to clamp down on China
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    New US rules restricting exports to China to prevent sensitive technologies from being used by the Chinese military are the latest development in the deteriorating relationship between the two countries. And the worst is yet to come, legal experts say.The new rules, which went into effect on June 29, expanded requirements for US exporters to obtain licenses for goods intended for military purposes, including for weapon development, military aircraft or surveillance operations.The expansion, first introduced by the US Commerce Department in April, also banned exports to any entities in any relationship with China's People's Liberation Army, labelling them as potential military end users.While the rules, also applicable to Russia and Venezuela, have existed for more than a decade, the expansion shows the Trump administration's commitment to find every angle in its "whole of government" approach to confronting China and containing China's technological ambitions.People's Liberation Army soldiers wearing protective face masks as they march past the Forbidden City in Beijing. The US has tightened export restrictions for products that could wind up used by the PLA. Photo: EPA-EFE alt=People's Liberation Army soldiers wearing protective face masks as they march past the Forbidden City in Beijing. The US has tightened export restrictions for products that could wind up used by the PLA. Photo: EPA-EFEThe administration has ratcheted up fights against China, first in trade, then on multiple fronts with a focus on tech. US export policy has toughened extensively. In recent years, the Commerce, Defence and State departments have instituted a slew of regulations to rein in tech transfers to China.Among other measures, Chinese tech acquisitions have faced more stringent reviews, and scores of Chinese individuals and companies have been placed on an "entity list" to block them, for national security concerns, from doing business with American counterparts.After China imposed a national security law on Hong Kong a month ago - alarming US officials who now regard the city as merely another part of the mainland - Washington swiftly removed Hong Kong's export licensing privileges to restrict its access to "sensitive US technology" and cut off Beijing's access to hi-tech goods that can be used to bolster the PLA."This is just one rule out of a number of actions we've seen that are impacting China. And there is more to come," George Grammas, a Washington-based international trade lawyer at law firm Squire Patton Boggs, said on Wednesday.Grammas said he anticipated more regulations that would be "taking technologies, goods and products that are not subject to a license requirement for China today and transition into a license requirement."And I don't think it will be limited to this administration."The Hogan Lovells law firm assembled a "toolbox" of export controls, sanctions and other measures the US can use against China. Chart: Hogan Lovells alt=The Hogan Lovells law firm assembled a "toolbox" of export controls, sanctions and other measures the US can use against China. Chart: Hogan LovellsThe US government has been concerned with technology leadership by China at least since the Obama administration. China's ambitions were publicised in 2015 through its "Made in China 2025" initiative, shifting the government's focus to developing higher-tech products and emphasising critical industries including robotics, aerospace and artificial intelligence.Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing's industrial policies are seen to leverage China's private sector for state-directed objectives through "military-civil fusion", a national strategy to develop the PLA into a world-class military by 2049."The Chinese government's military-civil fusion policy aims to spur innovation and economic growth through an array of policies and other government-supported mechanisms, including venture capital funds, while leveraging the fruits of civilian innovation for China's defence sector," the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a Congressional advisory body, wrote in its annual report last year."Business partnerships between the United States and China could aid China's military development," the report warned.As one example, the report noted that China is already the global leader in producing commercial drones. If through involvement with US companies, it learns how to make cheaper, lighter and longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries, it can make unmanned aerial vehicles that strengthen its military capability.Military end-use and end-user restrictions aren't new. In 2007, the Commerce Department introduced a rule that significantly expanded the types of commercial products requiring a license for export to China. That new rule was colloquially referred to as the China "Military Catch-All".But export controls have previously focused narrowly on so-called dual-use technologies and sanctions violations.Now the regulations seem to be coming from a range of angles, lawyers said. The US has put more than 80 Chinese companies - including Huawei Technologies - and their affiliates on the Commerce Department's entity list, effectively blocking them from doing business with American suppliers.With the latest expansion of the export rules, the administration is "really clamping down on Chinese companies that are supporting Huawei as [it] seeks to outsource its production or development efforts", Grammas said.Separately, last month the Defence Department issued a list of 20 companies that it said were operating directly or indirectly in the US and were owned or controlled by "Communist Chinese military".Along with Huawei, the list included leading Chinese tech firms Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, China Mobile Communications and China Telecommunications.Huawei Technologies and its affiliates have been a particular focus of US export restrictions. Photo: Reuters alt=Huawei Technologies and its affiliates have been a particular focus of US export restrictions. Photo: Reuters"I wouldn't be surprised to see the DOD list being transitioned to the entity list," said Grammas. "We'll certainly see more use of the entity list."If there is a silver lining to the wave of regulations, Ajay Kuntamukkala, who specialises in national security issues at the Hogan Lovells law firm, noted that the US has so far stayed clear of invoking "the nuclear option": the Treasury Department's Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list.The assets of those persons or entities on that list are blocked and US persons and businesses are generally prohibited from dealing with them.The entity list "has a more limited impact", Kuntamukkala said.Yet nobody can rule out the possibility of harsher regulations to come, legal experts said, as the US-China relationship - already in its worst state in decades - continues to degrade.This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. 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    New US rules restricting exports to China to prevent sensitive technologies from being used by the Chinese military are the latest development in the deteriorating relationship between the two countries. And the worst is yet to come, legal experts say.The new rules, which went into effect on June 29, expanded requirements for US exporters to obtain licenses for goods intended for military purposes, including for weapon development, military aircraft or surveillance operations.The expansion, first introduced by the US Commerce Department in April, also banned exports to any entities in any relationship with China's People's Liberation Army, labelling them as potential military end users.While the rules, also applicable to Russia and Venezuela, have existed for more than a decade, the expansion shows the Trump administration's commitment to find every angle in its "whole of government" approach to confronting China and containing China's technological ambitions.People's Liberation Army soldiers wearing protective face masks as they march past the Forbidden City in Beijing. The US has tightened export restrictions for products that could wind up used by the PLA. Photo: EPA-EFE alt=People's Liberation Army soldiers wearing protective face masks as they march past the Forbidden City in Beijing. The US has tightened export restrictions for products that could wind up used by the PLA. Photo: EPA-EFEThe administration has ratcheted up fights against China, first in trade, then on multiple fronts with a focus on tech. US export policy has toughened extensively. In recent years, the Commerce, Defence and State departments have instituted a slew of regulations to rein in tech transfers to China.Among other measures, Chinese tech acquisitions have faced more stringent reviews, and scores of Chinese individuals and companies have been placed on an "entity list" to block them, for national security concerns, from doing business with American counterparts.After China imposed a national security law on Hong Kong a month ago - alarming US officials who now regard the city as merely another part of the mainland - Washington swiftly removed Hong Kong's export licensing privileges to restrict its access to "sensitive US technology" and cut off Beijing's access to hi-tech goods that can be used to bolster the PLA."This is just one rule out of a number of actions we've seen that are impacting China. And there is more to come," George Grammas, a Washington-based international trade lawyer at law firm Squire Patton Boggs, said on Wednesday.Grammas said he anticipated more regulations that would be "taking technologies, goods and products that are not subject to a license requirement for China today and transition into a license requirement."And I don't think it will be limited to this administration."The Hogan Lovells law firm assembled a "toolbox" of export controls, sanctions and other measures the US can use against China. Chart: Hogan Lovells alt=The Hogan Lovells law firm assembled a "toolbox" of export controls, sanctions and other measures the US can use against China. Chart: Hogan LovellsThe US government has been concerned with technology leadership by China at least since the Obama administration. China's ambitions were publicised in 2015 through its "Made in China 2025" initiative, shifting the government's focus to developing higher-tech products and emphasising critical industries including robotics, aerospace and artificial intelligence.Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing's industrial policies are seen to leverage China's private sector for state-directed objectives through "military-civil fusion", a national strategy to develop the PLA into a world-class military by 2049."The Chinese government's military-civil fusion policy aims to spur innovation and economic growth through an array of policies and other government-supported mechanisms, including venture capital funds, while leveraging the fruits of civilian innovation for China's defence sector," the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a Congressional advisory body, wrote in its annual report last year."Business partnerships between the United States and China could aid China's military development," the report warned.As one example, the report noted that China is already the global leader in producing commercial drones. If through involvement with US companies, it learns how to make cheaper, lighter and longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries, it can make unmanned aerial vehicles that strengthen its military capability.Military end-use and end-user restrictions aren't new. In 2007, the Commerce Department introduced a rule that significantly expanded the types of commercial products requiring a license for export to China. That new rule was colloquially referred to as the China "Military Catch-All".But export controls have previously focused narrowly on so-called dual-use technologies and sanctions violations.Now the regulations seem to be coming from a range of angles, lawyers said. The US has put more than 80 Chinese companies - including Huawei Technologies - and their affiliates on the Commerce Department's entity list, effectively blocking them from doing business with American suppliers.With the latest expansion of the export rules, the administration is "really clamping down on Chinese companies that are supporting Huawei as [it] seeks to outsource its production or development efforts", Grammas said.Separately, last month the Defence Department issued a list of 20 companies that it said were operating directly or indirectly in the US and were owned or controlled by "Communist Chinese military".Along with Huawei, the list included leading Chinese tech firms Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, China Mobile Communications and China Telecommunications.Huawei Technologies and its affiliates have been a particular focus of US export restrictions. Photo: Reuters alt=Huawei Technologies and its affiliates have been a particular focus of US export restrictions. Photo: Reuters"I wouldn't be surprised to see the DOD list being transitioned to the entity list," said Grammas. "We'll certainly see more use of the entity list."If there is a silver lining to the wave of regulations, Ajay Kuntamukkala, who specialises in national security issues at the Hogan Lovells law firm, noted that the US has so far stayed clear of invoking "the nuclear option": the Treasury Department's Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list.The assets of those persons or entities on that list are blocked and US persons and businesses are generally prohibited from dealing with them.The entity list "has a more limited impact", Kuntamukkala said.Yet nobody can rule out the possibility of harsher regulations to come, legal experts said, as the US-China relationship - already in its worst state in decades - continues to degrade.This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. 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  • 67/81   US 'considering' measures to let Hongkongers settle in the country in wake of national security law, Mike Pompeo says
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    The United States is "considering" measures to allow Hongkongers to settle in the US following Beijing's imposition of its sweeping national security law over the city, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers on Thursday."We're reviewing that, we're considering it," Pompeo said when asked whether the US should extend asylum or visa opportunities to people in Hong Kong, adding that he thought Britain had made a "good decision" by offering a path to UK citizenship.US President Donald Trump was "actively considering how we ought to treat those who seek asylum coming to us from Hong Kong, or to grant a visa programme that surrounds that," said Pompeo, appearing before senators at a State Department budget hearing.But in a sign that the issue is not cut-and-dry for an administration that has sought to curtail immigration and has slashed refugee quotas, Pompeo said that the government also wanted to "encourage people to try to work from within to the extent that they can".But the ability of those still in Hong Kong to effect political reform was cast into further doubt just hours before Pompeo's appearance, when the Hong Kong government disqualified 12 pro-democracy hopefuls from running in the legislative council elections, citing the candidates' past appeals to foreign governments for sanctions against China.Officials previously stressed that the national security law, which criminalises a broad range of acts under the categories of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with a foreign power, would not be applied retroactively following its enactment in June.The Trump administration's weighing of measures to welcome Hongkongers to settle in the US comes on the heels of similar moves by other countries, including the UK, which will provide a path to citizenship for holders of the British National (Overseas) passport and their immediate family members.A broad executive order signed by Trump this month did not commit to providing unconditional support to Hongkongers fleeing the city, but did order that "admissions within the refugee ceiling set by the annual Presidential Determination [be reallocated] to residents of Hong Kong based on humanitarian concerns".Yet the Trump administration has repeatedly lowered the annual refugee ceiling, which stands at 18,000 for the 2020 financial year. Trump, meanwhile, has made an iron-fisted approach to immigration a cornerstone of his past and present presidential campaigns."The disturbing reality is that the Trump administration has crippled and decimated this country's ability to provide life-saving asylum or refugee resettlement to people fleeing persecution, whether they are fleeing Hong Kong or other places," said Eleanor Acer, senior director of refugee protection at advocacy organisation Human Rights First.Given its slashing of the refugee quota, the administration's move to reallocate refugee allotment slots to Hongkongers was "disingenuous lip service", Acer added.Pompeo's appearance on Capitol Hill came after Democrat staffers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee released a scathing report on Tuesday criticising the State Department's failure to fill key vacancies, alleging mistreatment and retaliation against career officials, and describing a "crisis of morale" in the department."I'm disappointed that instead of making America first among the nations of the world, we have relinquished our leadership to the applause and approval of China and Russia," said Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, at the start of Thursday's proceedings. "That makes America last."During the hearing - a tense affair though notably less combative than Attorney General William Barr's Capitol Hill appearance earlier this week - Pompeo contended that the US had in fact been successful in forging alliances with other countries, particularly on matters relating to China.He had been "surprised and dismayed", however, that 53 countries had voiced their support at the United Nations Human Rights Council for Beijing's national security law over Hong Kong, almost double the number of states that formally opposed the law.Pressed on remarks he made last week calling for a global, anti-China "alliance of democracies", Pompeo charged that some nations understood the "threat" that China posed but did not yet feel "empowered" to take a stand against Beijing.Mike Pompeo is seen in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday. Photo: The Hill via Bloomberg alt=Mike Pompeo is seen in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday. Photo: The Hill via Bloomberg"So we are working our diplomats, trying to build out a set of relationships," he continued. "Whether that's part of a formal organisation or not, I'm not sure I know the answer to [that] yet."Pompeo also faced a critical line of questioning about accusations made by former national security adviser John Bolton that Trump had expressed his support of mass internment camps in Xinjiang in a private conversation with Xi.Pompeo did not address those reported remarks when asked by Senator Jeff Merkley whether the US government should be "more robust at every level in condemning the Chinese enslavement of the Uygurs," but said he was "proud" of the way the US had responded to the alleged human rights abuses.Without elaboration, he also said that his department was working with the Treasury to roll out new punitive measures against Chinese entities over the treatment of ethnic minority groups.This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. 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    The United States is "considering" measures to allow Hongkongers to settle in the US following Beijing's imposition of its sweeping national security law over the city, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers on Thursday."We're reviewing that, we're considering it," Pompeo said when asked whether the US should extend asylum or visa opportunities to people in Hong Kong, adding that he thought Britain had made a "good decision" by offering a path to UK citizenship.US President Donald Trump was "actively considering how we ought to treat those who seek asylum coming to us from Hong Kong, or to grant a visa programme that surrounds that," said Pompeo, appearing before senators at a State Department budget hearing.But in a sign that the issue is not cut-and-dry for an administration that has sought to curtail immigration and has slashed refugee quotas, Pompeo said that the government also wanted to "encourage people to try to work from within to the extent that they can".But the ability of those still in Hong Kong to effect political reform was cast into further doubt just hours before Pompeo's appearance, when the Hong Kong government disqualified 12 pro-democracy hopefuls from running in the legislative council elections, citing the candidates' past appeals to foreign governments for sanctions against China.Officials previously stressed that the national security law, which criminalises a broad range of acts under the categories of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with a foreign power, would not be applied retroactively following its enactment in June.The Trump administration's weighing of measures to welcome Hongkongers to settle in the US comes on the heels of similar moves by other countries, including the UK, which will provide a path to citizenship for holders of the British National (Overseas) passport and their immediate family members.A broad executive order signed by Trump this month did not commit to providing unconditional support to Hongkongers fleeing the city, but did order that "admissions within the refugee ceiling set by the annual Presidential Determination [be reallocated] to residents of Hong Kong based on humanitarian concerns".Yet the Trump administration has repeatedly lowered the annual refugee ceiling, which stands at 18,000 for the 2020 financial year. Trump, meanwhile, has made an iron-fisted approach to immigration a cornerstone of his past and present presidential campaigns."The disturbing reality is that the Trump administration has crippled and decimated this country's ability to provide life-saving asylum or refugee resettlement to people fleeing persecution, whether they are fleeing Hong Kong or other places," said Eleanor Acer, senior director of refugee protection at advocacy organisation Human Rights First.Given its slashing of the refugee quota, the administration's move to reallocate refugee allotment slots to Hongkongers was "disingenuous lip service", Acer added.Pompeo's appearance on Capitol Hill came after Democrat staffers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee released a scathing report on Tuesday criticising the State Department's failure to fill key vacancies, alleging mistreatment and retaliation against career officials, and describing a "crisis of morale" in the department."I'm disappointed that instead of making America first among the nations of the world, we have relinquished our leadership to the applause and approval of China and Russia," said Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, at the start of Thursday's proceedings. "That makes America last."During the hearing - a tense affair though notably less combative than Attorney General William Barr's Capitol Hill appearance earlier this week - Pompeo contended that the US had in fact been successful in forging alliances with other countries, particularly on matters relating to China.He had been "surprised and dismayed", however, that 53 countries had voiced their support at the United Nations Human Rights Council for Beijing's national security law over Hong Kong, almost double the number of states that formally opposed the law.Pressed on remarks he made last week calling for a global, anti-China "alliance of democracies", Pompeo charged that some nations understood the "threat" that China posed but did not yet feel "empowered" to take a stand against Beijing.Mike Pompeo is seen in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday. Photo: The Hill via Bloomberg alt=Mike Pompeo is seen in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday. Photo: The Hill via Bloomberg"So we are working our diplomats, trying to build out a set of relationships," he continued. "Whether that's part of a formal organisation or not, I'm not sure I know the answer to [that] yet."Pompeo also faced a critical line of questioning about accusations made by former national security adviser John Bolton that Trump had expressed his support of mass internment camps in Xinjiang in a private conversation with Xi.Pompeo did not address those reported remarks when asked by Senator Jeff Merkley whether the US government should be "more robust at every level in condemning the Chinese enslavement of the Uygurs," but said he was "proud" of the way the US had responded to the alleged human rights abuses.Without elaboration, he also said that his department was working with the Treasury to roll out new punitive measures against Chinese entities over the treatment of ethnic minority groups.This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2020 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2020. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.


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  • 68/81   UK puts lockdown-easing on hold as virus spread accelerates
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    Prime Minister Boris Johnson put some planned measures to ease the U.K.'s lockdown on hold Friday, just hours before they were due to take effect, saying the number of new coronavirus cases in the country is on the rise for the first time since May.  Under the new restrictions, people from different households in Greater Manchester, England’s second largest metropolitan area, have been asked to not meet indoors.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson put some planned measures to ease the U.K.'s lockdown on hold Friday, just hours before they were due to take effect, saying the number of new coronavirus cases in the country is on the rise for the first time since May. Under the new restrictions, people from different households in Greater Manchester, England’s second largest metropolitan area, have been asked to not meet indoors.


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  • 69/81   Vietnam reports 1st ever virus death after renewed outbreak
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    Vietnam on Friday reported its first-ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases.  The Health Ministry said a 70-year-old man died after contracting the disease while being treated for a kidney illness at a hospital in Da Nang.  Da Nang is Vietnam’s most popular beach destination, and thousands of visitors were in the city for summer vacation.

    Vietnam on Friday reported its first-ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases. The Health Ministry said a 70-year-old man died after contracting the disease while being treated for a kidney illness at a hospital in Da Nang. Da Nang is Vietnam’s most popular beach destination, and thousands of visitors were in the city for summer vacation.


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  • 70/81   Final days of hajj and Eid festival impacted by coronavirus
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    Small groups of pilgrims performed one of the final rites of the Islamic hajj on Friday as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations.  The last days of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia coincide with the four-day Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” in which Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.

    Small groups of pilgrims performed one of the final rites of the Islamic hajj on Friday as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations. The last days of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia coincide with the four-day Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” in which Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.


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  • 71/81   John Cleese Sounds Off on ‘Complete Asshole’ Trump and His ‘Very Stupid’ Voters
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    When John Cleese tells people that he has a new show called Why There Is No Hope, they assume the title is a joke. “A lot of people think that I mean it humorously,” he tells me on an upcoming episode of The Last Laugh podcast, “but of course I don’t.” The Monty Python co-founder is talking via Zoom just a few days before he’s set to present the comedy performance-slash-philosophical lecture in his first-ever international live stream event on Sunday, Aug. 2 from an empty Cadogan Hall in London. While the darkly comic title feels especially fitting for this historical moment, Cleese has actually been developing the show for years. He first came up with the idea during one of his many trips to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. “It’s one of the most staggering parts of the world,” he says. “Only trouble is the roads keep disappearing.” Cleese first suggested the title to a group of friends there more than 15 years ago.  “I thought to myself, are audiences going to like this?” he remembers thinking. A couple of years ago, he performed an early version of the show in Ottawa and Toronto, cities “where you get rather bright audiences,” as he puts it. “And they liked it much better than I expected. So I thought, well, I must be onto something.”Patton Oswalt Sounds Off on Trump Jokes, ‘Evil’ Fox News, and ‘Star Wars’ Haters“I don’t mean there's no hope for us as individuals,” he clarifies when I ask him to elaborate on the ominous title. What he means is, “There is no hope for us that we could ever live in an intelligent, kind, well-run society. Mainly because most people have no idea what they’re talking about.” Whenever he meets someone who is at the top of their respective field, Cleese asks them how many people in their profession “really know what they’re doing.” He says most people answer in the 10-15 percent range, which may say more about individual arrogance than widespread ineptitude, but he takes them at their word. “So that means that six out of seven people really don’t know what they’re doing,” he says. “They can just follow routines. But if the routines don’t work, then they don’t understand it at that deeper level.” As is often the case with Cleese, the serious point is followed by a joke: “They’re like I am when my computer crashes.” From there, Cleese says he moves on the question of why people seek power, which of course brings him to Donald Trump. The comedian has been prolifically anti-Trump on his Twitter account for the past several years and does not need much prompting to start ranting against the American president.   “If you look around at the moment, most of the people who seek great power are complete assholes, who are really only out for themselves,” he says. “Well, if someone’s out for themselves primarily, like our dear President Donald Trump, with no interest in other people at all, it’s not very likely that they’re going to be very good at building a society. And you see that the characteristics of people who are powerful is that they have a deep, deep fear of losing their power.” “So with all these things going on there’s very little chance we will ever have a sensible society and this is a particularly bad moment,” Cleese adds.Referring to the rise of strongman leaders around the world like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and others, Cleese says, “We have madness and power-seeking and complete unscrupulousness and pathological lying. And it’s very interesting why. Is it because people are very stupid? That’s a possible explanation.” Subscribe to The Last Laugh podcast to hear our full conversation with Monty Python co-founder John Cleese next week. Tig Notaro Tried to Warn Us About Louis C.K. Now, She’s ‘Happy to Move On’ From Him.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    When John Cleese tells people that he has a new show called Why There Is No Hope, they assume the title is a joke. “A lot of people think that I mean it humorously,” he tells me on an upcoming episode of The Last Laugh podcast, “but of course I don’t.” The Monty Python co-founder is talking via Zoom just a few days before he’s set to present the comedy performance-slash-philosophical lecture in his first-ever international live stream event on Sunday, Aug. 2 from an empty Cadogan Hall in London. While the darkly comic title feels especially fitting for this historical moment, Cleese has actually been developing the show for years. He first came up with the idea during one of his many trips to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. “It’s one of the most staggering parts of the world,” he says. “Only trouble is the roads keep disappearing.” Cleese first suggested the title to a group of friends there more than 15 years ago.  “I thought to myself, are audiences going to like this?” he remembers thinking. A couple of years ago, he performed an early version of the show in Ottawa and Toronto, cities “where you get rather bright audiences,” as he puts it. “And they liked it much better than I expected. So I thought, well, I must be onto something.”Patton Oswalt Sounds Off on Trump Jokes, ‘Evil’ Fox News, and ‘Star Wars’ Haters“I don’t mean there's no hope for us as individuals,” he clarifies when I ask him to elaborate on the ominous title. What he means is, “There is no hope for us that we could ever live in an intelligent, kind, well-run society. Mainly because most people have no idea what they’re talking about.” Whenever he meets someone who is at the top of their respective field, Cleese asks them how many people in their profession “really know what they’re doing.” He says most people answer in the 10-15 percent range, which may say more about individual arrogance than widespread ineptitude, but he takes them at their word. “So that means that six out of seven people really don’t know what they’re doing,” he says. “They can just follow routines. But if the routines don’t work, then they don’t understand it at that deeper level.” As is often the case with Cleese, the serious point is followed by a joke: “They’re like I am when my computer crashes.” From there, Cleese says he moves on the question of why people seek power, which of course brings him to Donald Trump. The comedian has been prolifically anti-Trump on his Twitter account for the past several years and does not need much prompting to start ranting against the American president.   “If you look around at the moment, most of the people who seek great power are complete assholes, who are really only out for themselves,” he says. “Well, if someone’s out for themselves primarily, like our dear President Donald Trump, with no interest in other people at all, it’s not very likely that they’re going to be very good at building a society. And you see that the characteristics of people who are powerful is that they have a deep, deep fear of losing their power.” “So with all these things going on there’s very little chance we will ever have a sensible society and this is a particularly bad moment,” Cleese adds.Referring to the rise of strongman leaders around the world like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and others, Cleese says, “We have madness and power-seeking and complete unscrupulousness and pathological lying. And it’s very interesting why. Is it because people are very stupid? That’s a possible explanation.” Subscribe to The Last Laugh podcast to hear our full conversation with Monty Python co-founder John Cleese next week. Tig Notaro Tried to Warn Us About Louis C.K. Now, She’s ‘Happy to Move On’ From Him.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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  • 72/81   Trump refuses to say he won't seek to delay 2020 election
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    President Trump used a White House briefing on Thursday afternoon to reiterate unfounded concerns about mail-in voting in the forthcoming presidential election.

    President Trump used a White House briefing on Thursday afternoon to reiterate unfounded concerns about mail-in voting in the forthcoming presidential election.


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  • 73/81   These 13 states need to lock down now, according to Harvard coronavirus experts
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    A report released by the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force warns that 21 states are now in the “red zone” and need to take aggressive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. But new guidelines from Harvard University show the task force's recommendations may be too weak to suppress the virus.


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  • 74/81   Miami-Dade ICUs at 146% capacity with coronavirus patients, according to federal document
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    Hospitals in the Miami area have been so overwhelmed by coronavirus patients that intensive care units are now operating well beyond full capacity, according to a federal pandemic update obtained by Yahoo News.


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  • 75/81   How can the U.S. solve its coronavirus testing troubles?
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    Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has struggled to meet the demand for testing. What solutions are there that can bring testing up to the level needed to properly track the virus?


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  • 76/81   Doctors behind viral COVID-19 misinformation video met with Vice President Pence
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  • 77/81   Why some Americans say they'll never wear a mask — and what that says about the U.S.
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  • 78/81   Nine of the top 10 U.S. coronavirus hot spots are in Florida and Texas
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  • 79/81   U.S. still leads the world in coronavirus cases, ahead of developing countries
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  • 80/81   Trump complains that Americans like Fauci more than him
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  • 81/81   President Trump shared video later taken down for providing 'false information' about COVID-19
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    The president retweeted a video that stated hydroxychloroquine was a cure for COVID-19 and masks were unnecessary, as well as a message saying Dr. Anthony Fauci had misled the public.

    The president retweeted a video that stated hydroxychloroquine was a cure for COVID-19 and masks were unnecessary, as well as a message saying Dr. Anthony Fauci had misled the public.


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