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Jul 15, 2020

US bars Pakistani flights after pilot-license scandal
The United States downgraded the safety rating of Pakistan's aviation system and will block Pakistan's airlines from launching service to the U.S. The move announced Wednesday follows revelations that nearly one-third of Pakistan's pilots cheated on exams but still received licenses from the country's civil-aviation authority. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said that it put Pakistan in a so-called category 2 rating, which means airlines from Pakistan can't start new flights to the U.S. Also, U.S. airlines can't sell seats on Pakistani flights, a practice called code-sharing that is common among other international airlines.

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Jul 15, 2020

Pompeo expects 'completely whitewashed' WHO China investigation
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he expected a World Health Organization (WHO) investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus in China to be "completely whitewashed." Nearly 580,000 people globally have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and more than 13 million have been infected following an outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, last year. The Geneva-based WHO said it was sending an team to China in early July to investigate how the outbreak started.

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Jul 15, 2020

Kenyan 12-year old girl married to two men within a month
Authorities in Kenya's Narok county rescued the child and are searching for her father and the two men.

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Jul 15, 2020

Investors in Russian pipeline projects at risk of U.S. sanctions, Pompeo says
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday warned investors in two Russian natural gas pipeline projects that they could face sanctions as the Trump administration seeks to curb the Kremlin's economic leverage over Europe and Turkey. Pompeo told a news conference that European investors in the Nordstream 2 and a branch of the Turkstream pipelines could be "put at risk" of U.S. sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017. The pipelines will carry gas from Russia to Europe and Turkey.

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Jul 15, 2020

'I didn't do it': Executed federal prisoner used final words to plead innocence
The first man executed by the US federal government in 17 years protested his innocence in his final words before his sentence was carried out on Tuesday.Asked if he wanted to give a final statement before the lethal injection procedure, Lee reportedly said "I bear no responsibility for the deaths of the Mueller family."

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Jul 15, 2020

'Turned out not to be a fish': Alligator rams kayaker into water on NC river
Peter Joyce said he's seen alligators before while kayaking, but one rammed him and his kayak Sunday while on the Waccamaw River in North Carolina.

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Jul 15, 2020

China says those who see China as hostile are wrong
China's envoy to Britain said on Wednesday that those who see China as a hostile state have got it all wrong and cautioned European Union states not to interfere in China's domestic affairs over Hong Kong. "Those who see China as systematic rival or as a potentially hostile state have got it all wrong - they have chosen the wrong target and they are heading in the wrong direction," Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told the Centre for European Reform.

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Jul 15, 2020

Statue of BLM protester replaces toppled figure of 17th-century English slave trader
A statue of a Black Lives Matter protester was placed atop a pedestal in the city of Bristol, England.

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Jul 15, 2020

Tanker off UAE sought by US over Iran sanctions 'hijacked'
An oil tanker sought by the U.S. over allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran was hijacked on July 5 off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a seafarers organization said Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear what happened aboard the Dominica-flagged MT Gulf Sky, though its reported hijacking comes after months of tensions between Iran and the U.S. David Hammond, the CEO of the United Kingdom-based group Human Rights at Sea, said he took a witness statement from the captain of the MT Gulf Sky, confirming the ship had been hijacked.

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Jul 15, 2020

Timbuktu's jihadist police chief before ICC for war crimes in Mali
He is charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape and making girls marry militants in Mali.

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Jul 15, 2020

Florida GOP doctors Trump tweet to solve mail-in voting problem
Republicans privately fear the president is endangering one of the secrets to the party's success in the nation's biggest swing state.

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Jul 15, 2020

Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave trader
An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol formerly occupied by a statue of a slave trader. Marc Quinn created the life-size resin and steel likeness of Jen Reid, a protester photographed standing on the plinth after demonstrators pulled down the statue of Edward Colston and dumped it in Bristol's harbor on June 7. The statue, titled "A Surge of Power (Jen Reid)" was erected before dawn on Wednesday without approval from city officials.

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Jul 15, 2020

Philippine police deployed as virus cases forced into quarantine
Philippine police are being deployed to ensure people who test positive for the coronavirus and cannot self-isolate at home are taken to state-run quarantine centres, sparking warnings Wednesday of potential rights violations. The move comes as authorities step up efforts to slow the rapid spread of the disease by increasing testing, reimposing lockdowns, and building dozens of quarantine centres to isolate patients with mild symptoms. To clamp down on local transmission, police are accompanying health workers to the homes of people who have tested positive and taking them to government facilities if their homes are considered inadequate for self-isolation or if they live with "vulnerable" people, officials said.

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Jul 15, 2020

UK's Huawei 5G network ban 'disappointing and wrong'
China's ambassador to the UK hits out at the move to exclude Huawei from Britain's 5G networks.

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Jul 15, 2020

Man blamed for nearly half Sri Lanka virus cases speaks out
For months he's been anonymous, but now Prasad Dinesh, linked by Sri Lankan authorities to nearly half of the country's more than 2,600 coronavirus cases, is trying to clear his name, and shed some of the stigma of a heroin addiction at the root of his ordeal. Under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former army lieutenant colonel credited with helping end Sri Lanka's long civil war in 2009 with a brutal military campaign against separatists, the Indian Ocean island nation has used the armed forces to combat the virus. When Rajapaksa was elected president last year, a health unit was created in the intelligence service that sprang into action when COVID-19 first appeared, according to State Intelligence Service Assistant Director Parakrama de Silva.

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Jul 15, 2020

Mexico's president turns attention to cartel-plagued states
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is traveling to three of Mexico's most violent states this week to counter what many call a "hands-off" strategy toward drug cartels that has exacerbated tensions with state governors. A surge in cartel killings in Guanajuato, Colima and Jalisco - all states governed by opposition parties - is threatening to become a political quagmire of finger-pointing for López Obrador ahead of 2021 midterm elections.

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Jul 15, 2020

Despite physically distancing and wearing masks, 3 Arizona teachers who shared a classroom to online teach caught the coronavirus and one died
"My main thing is if we can't stay safe, how are our students going to stay safe?" Angela Skillings told WWBT.

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Jul 14, 2020

Young activists, localists top Hong Kong pro-democracy polls
Young activists and localist candidates dominated Hong Kong's unofficial pro-democracy primaries over the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of people voting despite warnings the election could violate the territory's new security law imposed by Beijing. Candidates who topped the polls were in their 40s or younger in every constituency and included prominent pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Jimmy Sham, who helped organize many of last year's anti-government protests that had alarmed the central government in Beijing. The polls were held to whittle the pro-democracy camp's candidates to field a unified slate in a legislative election in September in hopes of achieving a "35-plus" majority in the 70-seat legislature.

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Jul 14, 2020

Cuomo announces help for renters impacted by COVID-19
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new rental assistance program for New York tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jul 14, 2020

Trump twists stats on police brutality: 'more white people' are killed
In fact, studies have found that Black Americans are up to 3.5 times as likely to be killed by law enforcement Donald Trump has once again stoked racial grievances, telling an interviewer who asked a question about the police killing of George Floyd that white people also get killed by law enforcement in the US.In an echo of his comments on white nationalist marchers and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, when he said there were "fine people on both sides", the president did not take the opportunity to talk about the problem of racially-motivated police brutality on Tuesday but switched to talk about white victims.He then inaccurately argued that white Americans are dying more often at the hands of police than Black Americans.Trump was asked about the issue in an interview with CBS News' Catherine Herridge.She began: "Let's talk about George Floyd, you said George Floyd's death was a terrible thing.""Terrible," said Trump.Then Herridge followed with: "Why are African Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement?"The president immediately pivoted."And so are white people. So are white people," Trump said in response. "What a terrible question to ask. So are white people. More white people by the way. More white people." The President told @CBS_Herridge that "more White people" die at the hands of law enforcement in this country than African Americans:https://t.co/yvT0fqJk2B — Weijia Jiang (@weijia) July 14, 2020Herridge's question came in the aftermath of we

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Jul 14, 2020

Fauci warns young of Covid-19 risks and says crisis could match 1918 flu
Infectious disease expert says young people socializing are ‘inadvertently part of the problem'Top US public health expert Anthony Fauci warned on Tuesday that the global coronavirus outbreak could be as bad as the 1918 flu pandemic, calling that catastrophe "the mother of all pandemics", which killed more than 50 million people worldwide.Facing increasing attacks from Donald Trump and White House officials, Fauci spoke to Georgetown University students in Washington on Tuesday about the coronavirus pandemic and its risks to young people."We have a serious situation here in the United States," Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said at the online event.The US has so far witnessed more than 3.4m cases of Covid-19 and more than 136,000 deaths, with cases now rising in 37 states; record numbers of new cases in Florida, Arizona and Texas; and California shutting down many businesses statewide after recent reopenings.Fauci warned students at Georgetown that young people must not be "part of the problem"."There is an understandable situation where a young person could say, ‘You know, statistically the chances of my getting into trouble by getting infected are much smaller than an elderly person,'" he said.Many young people, he said, might feel they would "rather be there sipping a margarita in a crowd", but "to get it under control means you don't let yourself get infected, and you don't spread to anybody else", Fauci said.He added: "I say that with some trepid

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Jul 14, 2020

China reports six new coronavirus cases for July 14
China reported on Wednesday six new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 14, up from three cases a day earlier, the health authority said. All of the new infections were imported cases, the National Health Commission said in a statement. China also reported four new asymptomatic patients, down from five a day earlier.

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Jul 14, 2020

Trump, in full reversal, urges Americans to wear masks
The president long refused to don such protection against coronavirus, and just weeks ago mocked Joe Biden for doing so.

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Jul 14, 2020

A new Cold War between U.S., China may have already begun. Here's what it might look like.
For decades, U.S. conventional wisdom held that if the West traded and engaged with China, it would open up its system and curb its behavior. No longer.

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Jul 14, 2020

White House Orders Hospitals to Bypass CDC Even as Agency Director Prepares for ‘the Most Difficult Times'
The White House is now requiring hospitals around the country to change how they report data on COVID-19 patients in a move that effectively bypasses the nation's largest public health agency. In a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency mandated that hospitals send information on their COVID-19 patients directly to a database managed by HHS rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The order outlining the alteration claims it will help federal agencies move from manual data entry to automated, which would streamline the collection and dissemination of coronavirus data for multiple federal agencies that will have access to the database. The document reads: "As of July 15, 2020, hospitals should no longer report the Covid-19 information in this document to the National Healthcare Safety Network site," a clearinghouse of data on infectious diseases operated by the CDC since 2008.The shift in data collection, long the responsibility of the CDC, arose after Dr. Deborah Birx, the chief medical officer on the White House's coronavirus task force, said in a conference call with hospital executives several weeks ago that healthcare facilities were not adequately reporting their data. CDC employees were shocked at the change, according to The New York Times.Some public health experts, though, said that the move is the latest in a long line of the Trump administration poli

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Jul 14, 2020

Virginia police are searching for people posting flyers calling on residents to 'pray for white Americans in 2020'
Virginia police are investigating white supremacist flyers that are appearing in local resident mailboxes across the state.  

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Jul 14, 2020

Trump slams Los Angeles for ‘terrible decision' to keep schools closed
"It is a balancing act but we have to open the schools," the president said.

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Jul 14, 2020

An international student said the Trump administration rescinding its deportation threat is a relief, but the whiplash is unsettling
ICE rescinded its position that international students who were taking courses entirely online couldn't stay in the US after colleges and states sued.

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Jul 14, 2020

Fact check: DeVos never said 'only' 0.02% of children will die if schools reopen in the fall
Numerous posts on social media claim Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said "only" 0.02% of children will die of COVID-19. She never said that.

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Jul 14, 2020

St. Paul Man Pleads Guilty To Hitting Siblings
A St. Paul man pleads guilty to charges after hitting two siblings in a crosswalk in Minneapolis last year (0:30). WCCO 4 News at 5 - July 14, 2020

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Jul 14, 2020

US Postmaster General tells postal workers to leave mail behind if it slows down their route
The US Postal Service is in a financial crisis, and is now instructing workers to avoid logging overtime — even if it means leaving mail behind.

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Jul 14, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitted to hospital for possible infection
Ginsburg is "resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days and receive intravenous antibiotic treatment," the Supreme Court said.

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Jul 14, 2020

Antibody Test for the Coronavirus Could Reveal Who Is Immune
As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, governments and people around the globe are trying to stay safe while also figuring out what work, school, and socializing will look like with COVID-19 still...

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Jul 14, 2020

Moderna's COVID vaccine candidate appears to be safe and provide some immunity, new data from early trial shows
It's too early to say if the vaccine candidate can protect someone from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but early trials are encouraging.

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Jul 14, 2020

Former veteran hospital nursing assistant pleads guilty to murder charges in string of insulin deaths
Reta Mays was charged with seven counts of second-degree murder.

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Jul 14, 2020

Donald Trump Jr., Ted Cruz, and other top Republicans praise New York Times editor Bari Weiss' resignation letter slamming the paper
Donald Trump Jr. claimed Weiss' resignation exposed the "rampant attacks on anyone who breaks from the far-left narrative."

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Jul 14, 2020

Experimental Covid-19 vaccine produces antibodies in 100pc of US trial participants
An experimental Covid-19 vaccine that is being developed by US biotech firm Moderna induced antibody responses against the coronavirus in all 45 participants of a human trial, a paper published Tuesday showed. Moderna had previously published "interim results" from its Phase 1 in the form of a press release on its website in May, which revealed the vaccine had generated immune responses in eight patients. Though these were called "encouraging" by Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases official, the full study had been eagerly awaited by the scientific community. The company has since moved to the next stage of its trial, involving 600 people. The new paper was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The 45 participants were split into three groups of 15 each to test doses of 25 micrograms, 100 micrograms and 250 micrograms. They were given a second dose 28 days later.

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Jul 14, 2020

Confederate statues stored at Richmond waste water plant
At least some of the Confederate monuments that have been recently removed from places of prominence in Richmond, Virginia, are being stored on the grounds of a waste water treatment plant, photographs show. Photos taken this week by The Associated Press and Richmond Times-Dispatch show a collection of statues and other large objects under tarps at the facility just outside the city's downtown. On July 1, Mayor Levar Stoney ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues on city property in Richmond, a onetime capital of the Confederacy.

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Jul 14, 2020

$600 weekly jobless benefit will likely lapse before more aid is passed
Laid off workers would see a lapse in the additional benefits — reducing their weekly income by more than two-thirds in many states.

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Jul 14, 2020

Trump: ‘More White People' Are Killed by Cops and How Dare Anyone Suggest Blacks Have it Bad
Following weeks of nationwide protests over a spate of police killings of Black people, President Donald Trump has claimed that "more white people" actually die at the hands of law enforcement.The president made the comment after appearing to briefly lose it when asked about the hot button topic in a CBS News interview."Why are African-Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country?" host Catherine Herridge asked, prompting the president to immediately recoil."So are white people. So are white people! What a terrible question to ask," he huffed. "So are white people."Studies have shown that Black men are about 3.5 times more likely than white men to die in police custody. White men were killed by the police in the highest numbers between 2013 and 2017, but white people account for a greater percentage of the U.S. population than Black people, according to a Harvard study.Trump has made white grievance politics and the culture war a centerpiece of his re-election push in recent weeks, defending Confederate memorials and military bases named after Confederate generals even as he derides those who took part in anti-racism protests as "bad, evil people" seeking to destroy the country.  Beyond that, he's targeted the only full-time Black NASCAR driver, Bubba Wallace, falsely accusing him of perpetrating a hate-crime "hoax" after a suspected noose was discovered in his garage at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway last month. Trump took to

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Jul 14, 2020

Democrats pressed to include court reforms in 2020 platform
Liberal interest groups are intensifying pressure on Democrats to take aggressive measures to reshape the Supreme Court, arguing the party should include such measures in its policy platform at next month's convention. Twenty-two Democratic-aligned groups signed a letter sent this week to the party's platform committee, saying Democratic electoral victories by themselves won't be enough. Presidential candidates who embraced sweeping court reforms, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped their campaigns.

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Jul 14, 2020

US Navy says it is 'too early to tell' if the badly burnt warship that has been on fire for days can be saved
"We still have an active fire that we are combatting from both within and outside the ship," a Navy admiral told reporters Tuesday.

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Jul 14, 2020

8 Marines Earn Valor Awards for Daring Afghanistan Helo Raid with Hours of Close Combat
Eight Marine Raiders recognized for their actions during the April 10, 2019, mission in southern Afghanistan.

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Jul 14, 2020

Authorities in Belarus to charge anti-government protesters with rioting for clashing with police
Authorities in Belarus are threatening to charge anti-government protesters with rioting after hundreds of people took to the streets of the capital Minsk to protest a decision to block two main rivals of President Alexander Lukashenko from running in the upcoming presidential election. The Belarusian Interior Ministry said on Wednesday that about 250 were detained at the impromptu protest on Tuesday after the country's Central Election Commission rejected main opposition candidates, citing alleged violations including incorrect income declarations and a failure to gather required signatures. Hundreds of people took to the streets of Minsk on Tuesday evening, walking peacefully and clapping as passing drivers honked their horns in support. The rally grew violent after plainclothes officers started to rough people up. Remaining protesters scuffled with police and chanted "Shame!". Anti-government rallies also took place in a number of provincial cities including Brest and Gomel.

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Jul 14, 2020

Violent clashes in Belarus after President Lukashenko's rivals are blocked from standing in election
More than 100 people were arrested at protests in Belarus on Tuesday after government officials blocked President Alexander Lukashenko's main rivals from running in an election in a few weeks. Hundreds of people took to the streets of the capital Minsk, walking peacefully and clapping as passing drivers honked their horns in support. But in scenes previously unseen during a recent wave of protests, some also scuffled with police and others cried out "Shame!" and whistled. Rallies also took place in a number of provincial cities including Brest and Gomel. Human rights group Viasna said more than 100 people, including more 70 in Minsk, were detained. Those arrested included about 10 journalists. Mr Lukashenko, a former collective farm chief, has been president for 26 years and will seek his sixth term in the election on August 9. He will stand against four candidates.

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Jul 14, 2020

The St. Louis couple that aimed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters received dozens of offers to replace a firearm that was seized by police, their attorney says
Police seized Mark and Patricia McCloskey's rifle in a search warrant. Since then, the couple has received over 50 offers to replace it, their lawyer said.

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Jul 14, 2020

Trump news: White House rescinds policy banning international students from online courses amid mounting criticism and lawsuits
After cancelling a campaign rally that was scheduled for New Hampshire on 11 July, Donald Trump made up for lost time by launching a nearly one-hour attack against Joe Biden from the White House Rose Garden as the president went down a literal list of grievances and the Democratic presidential candidate's platform pitches, which the president had grossly mischaracterised.Moments earlier, the administration rescinded controversial new measures that would have effectively banned any international students from living in the United States during the fall months amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the news being announced after a court hearing that lasted just minutes.

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Jul 14, 2020

Massachusetts sues Uber, Lyft over driver status as contractors
The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court claims Uber and Lyft violate state minimum wage, hour and sick time laws. "Uber and Lyft have built their billion-dollar businesses while denying their drivers basic employee protections and benefits for years," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.

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Jul 14, 2020

Lindsey Graham Attempting to Declassify FBI Memo on Steele Source Who Undermined Dossier
Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) revealed on Tuesday that he is attempting to declassify an FBI memo describing an interview with a crucial source for the Steele dossier, whose comments undermined the dossier's assertions.The source was dossier author Christopher Steele's only direct source inside Russia for many of the allegations included in the dossier. The Justice Department Inspector General report released in December 2019 noted that the individual, referred to as the "Primary Sub-Source," has since disputed various claims in the dossier, including that Trump-campaign officials colluded with Russian operatives during the 2016 election. The Primary Sub-Source made the allegations against the Steele dossier in an interview with the FBI."There's a memo about that interview," Graham said Tuesday in a podcast with Fox News host Trey Gowdy. "[DOJ Inspector General Michael] Horowitz found it — it was 40 pages. My staff has finally gotten a look at it. It's classified. I'm going to try to get it unclassified."Horowitz's December report found that the FBI had committed numerous errors in its applications for FISA warrants to surveil former Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page. Four footnotes in the report declassified in April revealed that the FBI received evidence in January 2017 that Russian operatives fed disinformation to Steele to be used in the dossier."I believe that the dossier, which was the key component of getting the warrant against Car

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Jul 14, 2020

Photo shows Arizona's governor without a mask at party with no social distancing days before telling constituents to 'arm yourself with a mask'
Cases have skyrocketed in Arizona recently, with record high hospitalizations and deaths climbing over 2,000 as the state rolls back its reopening.

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Jul 14, 2020

A Black teen didn't do her online schoolwork during the pandemic. A judge sent her to juvenile detention.
Black youth in Michigan are incarcerated more than 4 times as often as white youth. The governor had discouraged such sentences due to the pandemic.

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Jul 14, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty in trafficking case
Maxwell, who faces up to 35 years in federal prison, was denied bail and will remain in custody Ghislaine Maxwell appeared in Manhattan federal court via video feed on Tuesday, to plead not guilty regarding her alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking of minor girls.She was denied bail and will remain in custody, following lengthy arguments in which prosecutors painted her as a flight risk. The court also heard testimony from accusers. One, in an anonymous statement read to the court, described "the sociopathic manner in which [Maxwell] nurtured our [relationships]" and said that "she would have done anything to get what she wanted, to satisfy Mr Epstein".Long out of the public eye, Maxwell, 58, appeared unsettled, a far cry from the glamorous, jet-setting image she once cultivated. She removed her glasses and mostly looked at the screen. At times, she shook her head.Maxwell was arrested on 2 July at a Bradford, New Hampshire, estate. She is charged in a 17-page indictment with conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and perjury.If convicted, Maxwell faces up to 35 years in federal prison."Ms Maxwell," Judge Alison Nathan asked, "have you had an opportunity to discuss the indictment in this case with your attorney?"Maxwell said she had and waived a public readi

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Jul 14, 2020

No bodies found yet in search for Tulsa massacre victims
Archaeologists resumed searching a Tulsa cemetery on Tuesday but found no signs of human remains from victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, state Archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck said. The search of Tulsa's Oaklawn Cemetery had thus far turned up only common household items such as broken bottles, in addition to a shell casing that is likely not related to the massacre, Stackelbeck said. "I know that anything to do with firearms is going to be of interest," but "shell casings ar going to something that is found at the scene of the crime, not the scene of the burial," Stackelbeck said.

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Jul 14, 2020

'We absolutely have to': Pelosi willing to cancel August recess for deal on another coronavirus relief package
Speaker Nancy Pelosi will delay or cancel Congress' August recess if negotiators need more time to reach a deal on a coronavirus relief package that is expected to include a renewal of beefed-up unemployment benefits and more federal assistance to state governments in order to address the Covid-19 pandemic."We absolutely have to. We also have to come to an agreement. The timetable is the timetable of the American people needing their unemployment insurance, their direct payments, their assistance for rent and mortgage foreclosure forbearance," and other federal aid programmes Democrats have proposed, Ms Pelosi said in an interview with CNN on Monday.

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Jul 14, 2020

U.S. House Republican Morgan Griffith tests positive for coronavirus
Republican U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on Tuesday, making him at least the 10th member of Congress with a COVID-19 infection either confirmed or presumed by doctors. Griffith, 62, has been in self-imposed isolation since being tested. A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Griffith has participated in hearings and news conferences on Capitol Hill, including an outdoor news conference last week to push for reopening U.S. schools.

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Jul 14, 2020

Remains of Aztec palace, house built by Hernán Cortés found near Mexico City plaza
Mexican officials said the remains of the Aztec palace and house built by Hernán Cortés were found near the Plaza del Zócalo.

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Jul 14, 2020

Americans quick to use cloth masks after govt recommendation - CDC
CDC researchers analyzed data from more than 800 adults in two internet surveys in April and May who reported going outdoors in the past week. Data published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that within days of the first national recommendation, 61.9% people reported using cloth face-coverings when they left home. The use of cloth masks rose in May across socio-demographic groups.

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Jul 14, 2020

American Federation of Teachers president on safely reopening schools
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten on options to reopen schools amid coronavirus pandemic.

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Jul 14, 2020

Removing names that hurt
New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has insisted that spikes in New York crime are not related to police budget cuts but people needing to pay rent and feed their children.In a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, reported by The Hill, AOC was questioned about the significant rise in crime in the city.

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Jul 14, 2020

US Navy warship challenges China in South China Sea as US blasts Beijing's 'unlawful' claims and 'gangster tactics'
The US "will not let China claim the South China Sea as its own," a senior US State Department official said Tuesday.

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Jul 14, 2020

Native Americans say Washington's name change 'signals the beginning' of further reckoning
Buoyed by the Black Lives Matter movement, Native Americans score victories with the Washington football team's name change and a Supreme Court ruling on Oklahoma land.

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Jul 14, 2020

Police across Virginia are searching for people who are putting up offensive flyers calling on residents to 'pray for white Americans in 2020'
The flyers, packaged in ziplock bags with bird seeds, were placed in mailboxes and called for "100% Americanism."

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Jul 14, 2020

A black bear opened the front door of a Colorado home, let itself in, and attacked a man inside
A man staying in the Aspen home said he awoke in the middle of the night to a massive black bear in his kitchen rummaging through the refrigerator.

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Jul 14, 2020

5 Years Ago, New Horizons Reached Pluto—and We Never Stopped Learning
Mayor G.T. Bynum on 1921 slaughter of Black residents: "It should not have taken 99 years for us to be doing this investigation."

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Jul 14, 2020

Thousands of protesting Israelis call on Netanyahu to resign
Thousands of Israelis on Tuesday demonstrated outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling on the embattled leader to resign as he faces a trial on corruption charges and grapples with a deepening coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu has seen his popularity drop in recent weeks as he comes under criticism from a series of directions. A loose-knit movement has held a number of demonstrations saying that Netanyahu is unfit to lead at a time when he is on trial.

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Jul 14, 2020

Fact check: A fake tweet claims AOC urged governors to shut down businesses to hurt Trump
There is no evidence that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the anti-Trump message shared by a Republican congressional candidate on social media.

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Jul 14, 2020

'MythBusters' Host Grant Imahara, Dead at 49, Embodied the Pop Mech Spirit
The speaker of the Catalan regional parliament demanded Tuesday that the Spanish government launch an official investigation into reports that his cellphone was the target of espionage, allegedly by Spanish security services. Roger Torrent, a leading supporter of Catalonia's efforts to break away from Spain and become an independent country, said the reports "prove what we already knew: that the Spanish state spies on its political opponents." Demanding an investigation, he said in a televised statement, "It's important for the truth to come out."

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Jul 14, 2020

Tulsa race massacre: Search continues for mass grave site from 1921
Archaeologists and dig crews have resumed the excavation of a suspected mass grave in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the site of one of the bloodiest episodes of racist violence in the US.A white mob terrorised hundreds of black Americans during a nearly two-day massacre on 31 May 1921. Armed white men, backed by Oklahoma officials and law enforcement, shot at black residents, bombed buildings and set them ablaze, destroying 35 blocks of homes, businesses, churches and schools in the city's prosperous Greenwood neighbourhood, known as Black Wall Street.

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At least 43 test positive for coronavirus after Michigan house party, 66 more exposed
The majority of the cases are among people between the ages of 15 and 25 years who went to or came in contact with someone who went to a house party in Saline.

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Jul 14, 2020

Writer and editor Bari Weiss leaves New York Times over 'bullying' and 'harassment' from colleagues
Opinion writer and editor Bari Weiss is leaving the New York Times claiming she has been bullied and harassed by colleagues over her often controversial opinion articles, and alleging that Twitter is the paper's 'ultimate editor'.Ms Weiss has been a polarising figure for the paper and she frequently generated backlash on social media for her opinions. She is leaving the paper amid a debate in the elite media over the role of journalists and the prevalence of "cancel culture" within the industry.

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Jul 14, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty in Epstein Sex Trafficking Ring Charges
Jeffrey Epstein's accused madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, has pleaded not guilty to recruiting and grooming underage girls in the financier's sex-trafficking scheme.On Tuesday afternoon, Maxwell appeared at the arraignment, initial scheduling conference and bail hearing remotely via video conference from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan set Maxwell's trial for July 12, 2021. Assistant U.S. prosecutor Alison Moe said the trial would take two weeks, including another week set aside for jury selection.Moe said discovery in the case would include search warrant returns, subpoena returns including business records, photographs and searches from electronic devices. It also will include prior investigative files from the FBI, relating to Epstein's 2007 criminal case in the Southern District of Florida. Maxwell was arrested July 2 at a luxurious New Hampshire hideaway she'd purchased for nearly $1 million in cash last December, while allegedly dodging the feds. She faces four counts related to child sex trafficking and two counts of perjury in a bust that came a year after Epstein's own arrest on a New Jersey tarmac. The charges relate to incidents involving three victims as young as 14, between 1994 and 1997. If convicted, the 58-year-old disgraced socialite could spend 35 years behind bars.According to the indictment, Maxwell recruited and groomed underage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse. Prosecutors say she befriended the victims first, ask

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Jul 14, 2020

These states still require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test
States are opening back up, but some still require or recommend visitors self-quarantine for two weeks. Find out where.

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Jul 14, 2020

Philadelphia protesters sue city over tear gas, use of force
The study by King's College London, the first COVID-19 study of its kind, is the latest to cast doubt over the concept of so-called herd immunity.

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Jul 14, 2020

Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower defaced; mayor says 'nice try'
The NYPD tweeted video footage Tuesday morning that shows a man wearing a baseball cap and mask pouring red paint on the street mural.

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Jul 14, 2020

Timbuktu's jihadist police chief before ICC for war crimes
He is charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape and making girls marry militants.

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Jul 14, 2020

2 states added to Chicago travel quarantine order
Two more states were added to Chicago's mandatory travel quarantine order.

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Jul 14, 2020

Trump insisted schools should be reopened when asked about an Arizona teacher who died from the coronavirus
Trump was asked about the death of an Arizona teacher in a Monday news conference. He avoided directly answering the question.

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Jul 14, 2020

Elon Musk says he still supports Kanye West's bid for the presidency, but he thinks '2024 would be better than 2020'
Musk still backs West's presidential bid despite a deleted tweet in which he appeared to waver in his support.

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Jul 14, 2020

Afghanistan faces 'catastrophe' as COVID-19 cases grow: Red Crescent
Afghanistan faces "catastrophe" as growing COVID-19 cases stretch a health infrastructure already severely weakened by decades of war, the Afghan Red Crescent Society said on Tuesday. "Afghanistan is on the edge of potential health, social and economic catastrophes caused by COVID-19 as the disease places a crippling burden on one of the 10 most fragile states in the world," the Red Crescent Society said in a statement. Red Crescent Secretary General Nilab Mobarez said acute protective equipment shortages and difficulties in accessing remote regions were hampering its COVID-19 response.

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Jul 14, 2020

COVID has made living with Parkinson's more difficult, increased symptoms, survey finds
For those with Parkinson's and COVID, "Everything worsened," a study conducted by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research found.

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Jul 14, 2020

Black Leaders Call on NYPD to Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit as Shootings Spike
Leaders in the black community are calling on the New York Police Department to bring back the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit that was eliminated last month as shootings and murders spike across the city.About 600 undercover officers from the unit were set to be transferred to other assignments including detective work and policing neighborhoods, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said a month ago. The anti-crime unit, which was responsible for getting guns off the streets, had been criticized as stoking distrust in law enforcement in minority communities.Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, one of the African-American voices calling for action on gun violence, criticized the police force's decision to completely disband the unit. He deplored the recent deadly shooting of a one-year-old, one of the victims of New York City's recent spike in gun violence."I think that a total elimination is something we need to reevaluate," Adams said, CBS New York reported. "Right now, bad guys are saying if you don't see a blue and white you can do whatever you want."Tony Herbert, an activist in New York's black community, agreed and lamented the rise in violence, criticizing New York officials for their failure to address the situation."The guns keep going off and now we have a 1-year-old and the blood is on the hands of the mayor and the state Legislature," Herbert said.The decision to disband the anti-crime unit was also panned by Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch, who warned that co

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Jul 14, 2020

Controversial opinion editor Bari Weiss resigns from The New York Times
In her resignation letter, Weiss said she was quitting after facing "unlawful discrimination" and a "hostile work environment."

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Jul 14, 2020

Ole Miss moves Confederate statue from prominent campus spot


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Jul 14, 2020

Qatar wins air blockade case at top UN court
The UN's top court on Tuesday backed Qatar in a bitter row with four Middle East nations that imposed an air blockade against Doha after accusing it of backing radical Islamists and Iran. The decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) covers a key part of the acrimonious standoff that erupted three years ago pitting Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Qatar. Qatar said after the decision that its rivals would "face justice".

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Jul 14, 2020

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia deadlocked on Nile dam in new talks
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have failed to reach agreement at a new round of talks hosted by the African Union to regulate the flow of water from the giant Blue Nile hydropower dam built by Addis Ababa, the three countries said. The AU launched its mediation effort two weeks ago, involving eleven online sessions to end the deadlock over the filling and operation of the $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, which flows into the Nile river.

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Jul 14, 2020

Nearly a century later, Tulsa is digging for evidence of mass graves in infamous race massacre
Mayor G.T. Bynum on 1921 slaughter of Black residents: "It should not have taken 99 years for us to be doing this investigation."

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Jul 14, 2020

Coronavirus: How did Florida get so badly hit by Covid-19?
Florida is becoming the new US epicentre - but what's behind the rising case counts?

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Jul 14, 2020

Trump ‘stands by his actions' over telling people to inject disinfectants, press secretary says
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has said Donald Trump "stands by the actions and steps he's taken", when challenged about whether he had made mistakes.CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta asked: "Hasn't the president made mistakes? He suggested at one point that Americans inject themselves with disinfectants - that sort of thing."

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Jul 14, 2020

Four more states added to New York quarantine order, Cuomo says
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday ordered those arriving in New York from an additional four states to quarantine for 14 days to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The newly added states - Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin - were all seeing 'significant' community spread of the virus, Cuomo said in a statement. Travelers arriving in New York from a total of 22 U.S. states are now required to quarantine for 14 days, according to Cuomo's order which was first issued in June.

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Jul 14, 2020

Coronavirus: Nearly 1,000 US immigration detention centre employees test positive for Covid-19
Nearly 1000 employees of companies contracted to run immigration detention centres in the US have tested positive for coronavirus.According to congressional testimony given by company executives, over 930 people employed by private contractors that run immigration detention centres have tested positive for the disease as of Monday.

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Jul 14, 2020

Fact check: Rep. Ilhan Omar was not photographed at an al-Qaida training camp
A photo claiming to be of Rep. Ilhan Omar was taken in 1978, four years before she was born. Social media posts claiming this are false.

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Jul 14, 2020

How might China react to the UK's Huawei decision?
China has repeatedly threatened to retaliate if the UK Government reversed its decision on Huawei, with relations already under strain after Boris Johnson offered citizenship to up to three million people from Hong Kong fleeing tough new security laws. The Chinese government has not hinted what measures are being considered, but ongoing diplomatic spats with British allies including the US, Australia and Canada reveal a wide-ranging playbook. A key factor is how quickly China might be willing to allow relations with the UK to deteriorate. In the US, Canada and Australia, political elements have been critical of China for several years, while the UK is only now starting to push back against China's ambitions, said Kitty Smyth, the founder of Jingpinou, a UK consultancy specialising in China. Therefore, China may be "more likely to want to build on those pockets of support, rather than erode all relationships with the UK entirely", she added. Still, some level of reprisal is likely to take place as Beijing's swagger has grown with its new "wolf warrior" style of diplomacy, taking a much harder line in defiance of what it views as the West trying to diminish its place on the world stage.

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Jul 14, 2020

Austin mayor says Gov. Abbott made ‘big mistake' with earlier refusal to mandate masks
But Steve Adler also praised the governor for encouraging voluntary mask use more than his fellow Republicans.

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Jul 14, 2020

1st federal execution in nearly 2 decades carried out
The first execution of a federal inmate in 17 years, which was delayed on Monday, went ahead Tuesday morning after a Supreme Court ruling.

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Jul 14, 2020

Tucker Carlson announces vacation after writer resigns over racist remarks
Fox News host also said ex-writer Blake Neff's comments were ‘wrong' but that he paid a ‘very heavy price'The Fox News host Tucker Carlson responded to the resignation of senior writer Blake Neff on Monday night, saying racist and misogynistic comments Neff made on an online forum were "wrong", but adding that the writer had paid a "very heavy price".Carlson also said he was taking a "long-planned" vacation. He did not say it was connected to Neff's resignation, which was announced last week after a CNN investigation found that he had written on the online forum under a pseudonym for years.One post, from 5 June, said: "Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down."Neff also maintained a thread for five years which contained sexist comments toward a woman and included personal details.Carlson, the most-watched cable news host in US history, often generates backlash with on-screen rants against migrants and liberals, controversy he uses as fuel for further tirades.Donald Trump is a committed viewer and there are whisperings among Republicans that the anchor could use his popularity to mount a presidential run in 2024.In a recent interview with Dartmouth University's alumni magazine, Neff, who starting writing for Carlson shortly after the host's Fox News show launched in November 2016, said: "Anything [Carlson's] reading off the teleprompter, the first draft is written by me."He had "gotten used to what [Carlson] likes and

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Jul 14, 2020

The United Arab Emirates is launching the Arab world's first mission to Mars on Thursday — here's how to watch
The Hope Probe is one of three spacecraft set to lift off for Mars this month. The UAE mission aims to map the Martian climate for the first time.

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Jul 14, 2020

Third of Bangladesh underwater as monsoon drenches region
Almost four million people have been hit by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Tuesday, with a third of Bangladesh already underwater from some of the heaviest rains in a decade. The monsoon -- which usually falls from June to September -- is crucial to the economy of the Indian sub-continent, but also causes widespread death and destruction across the region each year. "This is going to be the worst flood in a decade," Bangladesh's Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre chief Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan told AFP.

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Jul 14, 2020

Daniel Lewis Lee: US executes first federal prisoner in 17 years
Triple murderer Daniel Lewis Lee is executed following a US Supreme Court ruling.

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Jul 14, 2020

Yemen starts forced transfers of Ethiopian migrants, IOM says
The 46-year-old woman from Washington DC was held for more than a year and lost $48,000, police say.

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Jul 14, 2020

Philippines to use police in house-to-house searches for COVID-19 cases
Philippine authorities and police will carry out house-to-house searches for COVID-19 patients to prevent wider transmission, a minister said on Tuesday, amid soaring death and infection numbers and some areas returning to a stricter lockdown. Interior Minister Eduardo Año urged the public to report cases in their neighbourhoods, warning that anyone infected who refused to cooperate faced imprisonment. The tough approach comes during a week where the Philippines recorded Southeast Asia biggest daily jump in coronavirus deaths and saw hospital occupancy grow sharply, after a tripling of infections since a tough lockdown was eased on June 1 to allow more movement and commerce.

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