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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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India’s residency law in Kashmir amplifies demographic fears Monday, August 3rd, 2020

By SHEIKH SAALIQ and AIJAZ HUSSAIN, SRINAGAR, India (AP):- For almost a century, no outsider was allowed to buy land and property in Indian-controlled Kashmir. That changed Aug. 5 last year when India’s Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped the Himalayan..

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Outbreak hits Norway cruise ship, could spread along coast

By JAN M. OLSEN, COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP):- A Norwegian cruise ship line halted all trips and apologized Monday for procedural errors after an outbreak of coronavirus on one ship infected at least 5 passengers and 36 crew. Health authorities fear the ship also could have spread the virus to dozens..

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Debate begins for who’s first in line for COVID-19 vaccine Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, WASHINGTON, (AP):- Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis..

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Expect ‘lengthy’ coronavirus pandemic WHO warns Saturday, August 1st, 2020

GENEVA, (AFP):- The World Health Organization on Saturday warned the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be "lengthy" after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm. The committee "highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this..

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Mexico 3rd in global pandemic deaths, Vietnam struggles anew Friday, July 31st, 2020

By JOHN LEICESTER, ROD McGUIRK and ARNO PEDRAM, PARIS (AP):- Mexico now has the third most COVID-19 deaths in the world, behind the United States and Brazil, while former success story Vietnam is struggling to control an outbreak spreading in its most famous beach resort. China reported a more..

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US, China consulate closures deal losses to both nations Thursday, July 30th, 2020

By MATTHEW LEE, WASHINGTON (AP):- In shutting each other’s consulates, the United States and China have done more than strike symbolic blows in their escalating feud. They’ve also dimmed each other’s ability to observe — and to spy on — critical regions of their countries. For the United..

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Asia Today: 723 cases in Australia, closures in Vietnam Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):- Australia’s coronavirus hot spot Victoria will make masks compulsory statewide after reporting on Thursday a record 723 new cases. Masks have been mandatory in the state capital Melbourne and a neighboring semi-rural district for the past week. Victoria Premier Daniel..

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Guatemala burying dozens of unidentified COVID-19 dead

By SONIA PÉREZ D., GUATEMALA CITY (AP):- Guatemalan hospitals say they have had to bury dozens of COVID-19 victims who have never been identified, and one hospital is creating archives in hopes that once the pandemic passes, their relatives will come looking for them. Workers at one of the..

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