Coronavirus uptick and the hunt for "patient 31"

Coronavirus uptick and the hunt for "patient 31"

The coronavirus has infected 234 people in two prisons outside the province at the center of the epidemic in China and South Korea reported 52 new confirmed cases of the virus on Friday. Libby Hogan has more.
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Botswana investigating deaths of hundreds of elephants

Botswana investigating deaths of hundreds of elephants

Hundreds of elephants have been found dead in Botswana but their deaths remain unexplained.
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Florida hits record 10,000 COVID-19 cases in a day

Florida hits record 10,000 COVID-19 cases in a day

[NFA] Florida shattered records on Thursday when it reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally. Jillian Kitchener has more.
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Putin thanks Russians for support in vote

Putin thanks Russians for support in vote

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked the Russian people for their support in adopting changes to the Russian Constitution that will let him run for two more terms in office.
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British musicians demand help for live music industry

British musicians demand help for live music industry

Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran and The Rolling Stones were among some 1,500 musicians who called on Thursday (July 2) for the British government to help the live music business survive the novel coronavirus outbreak.
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Court weighs bid to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque

Court weighs bid to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque

A Turkish court on Thursday heard a case aimed at converting the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul back into a mosque and will announce its verdict within 15 days, a lawyer said, on an issue which has drawn international expressions of concern.
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More than 100 killed in Myanmar mine collapse

More than 100 killed in Myanmar mine collapse

A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed at least 113 people, with more feared dead, authorities said on Thursday, after a heap of mining waste collapsed into a lake, triggering a wave of mud and water that buried many workers.
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Meghan felt 'unprotected' by UK royal family while pregnant

Meghan felt 'unprotected' by UK royal family while pregnant

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, felt "unprotected" by the British royal family while she was pregnant with her son Archie, according to London High Court documents filed as part of her legal action against a newspaper.
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U.S. House passes China sanctions bill

U.S. House passes China sanctions bill

[NFA] The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday (July 1) passed a bill with unanimous consent taking aim at China's new national security law for Hong Kong.
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Kissing off menu for Dutch sex workers

Kissing off menu for Dutch sex workers

Dutch sex workers welcomed customers back on Wednesday as the Netherlands further eased coronavirus measures, but they were advised to avoid heavy breathing and kissing to help reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
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Australia considering safe haven offer for Hong Kongers

Australia considering safe haven offer for Hong Kongers

Australia is considering safe haven proposals for Hong Kong residents, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, after China imposed a new national security law on the financial hub.
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Fires in Brazil's Amazon jump 20% in June

Fires in Brazil's Amazon jump 20% in June

The number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose 20% in June to a 13-year-high for the month, government data showed on Wednesday, as researchers worry that it could signal a repeat of last year's surge in forest fires.
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Hard-hit U.S. states re-impose lockdown measures

Hard-hit U.S. states re-impose lockdown measures

[NFA] Ahead of the 4th of July holiday weekend, the governors of hard-hit states California, Arizona, and Florida urged residents to avoid large gatherings, as they re-imposed some lockdown measures on Wednesday. Gavino Garay has the story.
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Trump not verbally briefed on Russia bounty matter: WH

Trump not verbally briefed on Russia bounty matter: WH

[NFA] White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump was not verbally briefed on a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because the intelligence was not co
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Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong protests

Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong protests

More than 300 people were arrested on Wednesday after thousands took to the streets protesting a day after a new national security law was passed in Hong Kong.
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Putin granted right to extend rule until 2036

Putin granted right to extend rule until 2036

Russians have paved the way for Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for a package of constitutional changes which will also boost pensions, initial results show.
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Explainer: inside Hong Kong's divisive new law

Explainer: inside Hong Kong's divisive new law

China's new Hong Kong security law has come into effect that heralds a more authoritarian path for China’s freest city. Megan Revell explains what you need to know.
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A tale of two cities in Melbourne and Sydney

A tale of two cities in Melbourne and Sydney

It was a tale of two cities in Australia on Wednesday, with Sydney lifting restrictions on cinemas and theatres while Melbourne locked down around 300,000 people in suburbs for a month to contain the risk of coronavirus infection.
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S.Korea talks COVID-19 drug, U.S. buys most stocks

S.Korea talks COVID-19 drug, U.S. buys most stocks

South Korea has started distributing stocks of the COVID-19 treatment remdesivir that have been donated by Gilead Sciences Inc, after the company agreed to allocate nearly all of its supply of the drug to the United States over the next three months.
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Johnson tells Israel: Don't annex West Bank

Johnson tells Israel: Don't annex West Bank

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cautioned Israel against annexation in the occupied West Bank, saying it would violate international law and harm its drive to improve relations with the Arab world.
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Fresh protests erupt over Hong Kong's security law

Fresh protests erupt over Hong Kong's security law

Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of sweeping security legislation introduced by China that critics say is aimed at snuffing out dissent.
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As Japan re-opens, a hospital grapples with COVID

As Japan re-opens, a hospital grapples with COVID

At the entrance of Yokohama City Seibu Hospital, elderly patients wait in line to have their temperatures checked. Staff in face shields, masks and plastic gloves guard the hospital's automatic doors, asking each patient to answer a dozen questions b
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Hong Kong wakes up to new national security law

Hong Kong wakes up to new national security law

Hong Kong authorities threw a security blanket across the city early on Wednesday, the 23rd anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, hours after new national security legislation took effect in the financial hub.
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Authorities urge Americans to wear masks

Authorities urge Americans to wear masks

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Tuesday (June 30) urged Americans to wear a face mask in public to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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Mississippi will remove Confederate emblem flag

Mississippi will remove Confederate emblem flag

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed a bill into law replacing the current state flag that includes a Confederate emblem, a gesture triggered by support across the United States to dismantle symbols of slavery and racism.
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