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Thai scientists catch bats to trace virus origins Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

KANCHANABURI, Thailand (AP):-  Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus. Initial research has already pointed to bats as the source of the virus that has afflicted more than 20.5..

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Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

By MARK STEVENSON, NICKY FORSTER and MICHELLE R. SMITH, NEW YORK, (AP):- It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double. The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 20 million on..

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Police, protesters clash after Belarus presidential vote Sunday, August 9th, 2020

By YURAS KARMANAU, MINSK, Belarus (AP):- Belarus police and protesters clashed in the capital and the city of Brest Sunday night after a presidential election in which the country’s longtime leader sought a sixth term despite rising discontent with his authoritarian rule and his cavalier..

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New Zealand marks 100 days of virus elimination

WELLINGTON, New Zealand:-  New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease. Life has returned to normal for many people in the South Pacific nation of 5 million, as they attend..

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Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US A-bombing Saturday, August 8th, 2020

TOKYO: The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday marked its 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing, with the mayor and dwindling survivors urging world leaders including their own to do more for a nuclear weapons ban. At 11:02 a.m., the moment the B-29 bomber Bockscar dropped a 4.5-ton..

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Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt Friday, August 7th, 2020

ASHOK SHARMA and EMILY SCHMALL, NEW DELHI (AP):- At least 16 people were killed and 123 injured when a special return flight for Indians stranded abroad because of the coronavirus skidded off a hilltop runway and cracked in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala,..

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Toyota Forecasts 64 percent Drop In FY 2020 Net Profit Thursday, August 6th, 2020

TOKYO, (Xinhua): Toyota Motor Corp. said on Thursday, it expects its net profit to drop 64.1 percent to 730 billion yen (6.92 billion U.S. dollars) in the current business year starting in April, as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to stifle demand. Toyota said its net profit fell 74.3..

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Analysis: Will Beirut’s blast be a catalyst for change?

By ZEINA KARAM, BEIRUT (AP):- The massive explosion and devastation triggered by thousands of tons of chemicals improperly stored in Beirut’s port is the culmination of decades of corruption that has driven one of the Middle East’s most spirited countries to ruin. The staggering destruction,..

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Virus-Hit Philippine Economy Plunges Into Recession

MANILA (AFP): The Philippines plunged into recession after its biggest quarterly contraction on record, data showed Thursday, as the economy reels from coronavirus lockdown that have wrecked businesses and thrown millions out of work. Gross domestic product shrank 16.5 percent on-year in the..

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Massive Beirut blast kills more than 60, injures thousands Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

BEIRUT (AP):- A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. At least 50 people were killed and 2,700 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. Hours later,..

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Nigerian airline sacks pilots, cuts pay over virus hit

LAGOS, (AFP):- Nigeria's largest airline Air Peace said Tuesday it had laid off a number of pilots and cut salaries in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on its operations. The private carrier did not disclose the number of pilots affected, but industry sources put the figure at..

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Trump gives TikTok 6 weeks to sell itself to US company

WASHINGTON, (AFP):- US President Donald Trump gave popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok six weeks to sell its US operations to an American company, saying Monday it would be "out of business" otherwise, and that the government wanted a financial benefit from the deal. "It's got to be an American..

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