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Iran launches underground ballistic missiles during exercise Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL, TEHRAN, Iran (AP):- Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles Wednesday as part of an exercise involving a mock-up American aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, highlighting its network of subterranean bases. Although..

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Virus curbs tightened over fears of a second wave Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

PARIS, (AFP):- Governments across the world imposed new restrictions Tuesday in a bid to cool coronavirus hotspots as new infections shot up in some countries, sparking fears of a second wave. The World Health Organization warned that the virus does not appear to be affected by seasonality and the..

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US officials say Russia is spreading virus disinformation

By ERIC TUCKER, WASHINGTON (AP):- Russian intelligence operatives are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November, U.S. officials..

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Trade, technology and security at risk in US-China feud

BEIJING (AP):- They have the largest economies in the world. They spend more than anyone else on their militaries. From high-tech chips to control of the high seas, their interests are closely intertwined. The ongoing sharp deterioration in U.S.-China ties poses risks to both countries and the..

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China reports virus spike as global cases pass 16 million Sunday, July 26th, 2020

BEIJING, (AP):- China on Monday reported its highest number of coronavirus cases in three months, part of a worrying swell of second and third-wave infections that are hitting Asia and Europe. Australia has been rocked by its deadliest surge since the start of the pandemic, Hong Kong is..

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Sudan: Fresh killings in Darfur with troops on way

KHARTOUM, (AFP):- UN officials on Sunday reported a fresh massacre of more than 60 people in Sudan’s West Darfur, as the country’s prime minister promised fresh troops for the conflict-stricken region. Attackers targeted members of the local Masalit community, looting and burning houses and..

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Breathtaking coronavirus numbers show normal life still far away Saturday, July 25th, 2020

JOHANNESBURG, (AP):- South Africa on Saturday became one of the top five worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, as breathtaking new infection numbers around the world were a reminder that a return to normal life is still far from sight. The country's 350,879 cases make up roughly half of..

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Queen Elizabeth II joins virtual unveiling of portrait

LONDON (AP):- Queen Elizabeth II has joined in the virtual unveiling of a new portrait commissioned by Britain’s Foreign Office to honor her services to diplomacy. The portrait of the monarch by Miriam Escofet is meant to pay tribute to the queen’s work in promoting U.K. interests all over the..

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China tells US to close Chengdu consulate in growing spat

By JOE McDONALD, BEIJING (AP):- China ordered the United States on Friday to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu, ratcheting up a diplomatic conflict at a time when relations have sunk to their lowest level in decades. The move was a response to the Trump administration’s order..

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