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We’re in for the darkest chapter of US-China relations, says Eurasia Group
Politics
We’re in for the darkest chapter of US-China relations, says Eurasia Group

US-based political risk consulting firm Eurasia said recently that the relations between China and the US could worsen further as both countries are ready to fight each other on different fronts. “There’s a lot of room for escalation here. I think that it’s, by now, quite clear that we’re in for the darkest chapter yet of U.S.-China relations,” Todd Mariano, director for the U.S. at Eurasia Group said

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1 hour, 3 minutes ago - CNBC
New Zealand’s health minister resigns after lockdown breach
International
New Zealand’s health minister resigns after lockdown breach

The Health Minister of New Zealand has resigned after criticism of the government's response to coronavirus and his own breaches of lockdown rules. David Clark had already been demoted after breaking rules to take his family to the beach. He said continuing in his role was distracting from the government's overall response to the pandemic. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed on Thursday that she had accepted his resignation

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2 hours, 24 minutes ago - BBC
US reports 52,982 cases in 24 hours, biggest daily jump so far
International
US reports 52,982 cases in 24 hours, biggest daily jump so far

According to the data released by Johns Hopkins University, a record-breaking 52,982 people in the US have been tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours. It says the total US cases now reach 2,682,270. There have been 128,028 deaths, that's more than twice the number of deaths recorded in Brazil, which comes second. Infections are not slowing down in the US with analysts predicting 100,000 daily cases

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3 hours, 38 minutes ago - BBC
Prague arranged a massive public dinner to celebrate the end of coronavirus
International
Prague arranged a massive public dinner to celebrate the end of coronavirus

Thousands of residents in the Czech capital, Prague, built a 1,600-foot table and held a massive public dinner party on Tuesday, to celebrate the end of the country's coronavirus lockdown. Residents stretched through the city's streets and over its famous Charles Bridge after the government lifted restrictions on large gatherings. The Czech Republic was quick to implement a lockdown at the start of the global coronavirus outbreak

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3 hours, 48 minutes ago - CNN
International
Indian coronavirus cases crossed 600,000
4 hours, 40 minutes ago
Indian coronavirus cases crossed 600,000
International
Indian coronavirus cases crossed 600,000

COVID-19 infections in India crossed the 600,000 mark as the country added more than 19,000 cases in the last 24 hours. More than 350,000 patients have recovered so far. The country's average positivity rate stood at 8.34 percent this morning; the recovery rate stood at 59.51 percent. More than 9 million samples have been recorded since January when India reported its first coronavirus patient

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4 hours, 40 minutes ago - NDTV
Tesla beats Toyota to become the world’s most valuable automaker
Business
Tesla beats Toyota to become the world’s most valuable automaker

American electric automaker Tesla became the world’s most valuable automaker on Wednesday when the electric vehicle company’s market capitalization surpassed Toyota’s for the first time. Shares of Tesla gained 5% to hit a new all-time high of $1,135, giving the company a valuation of roughly $206.5 billion, compared with Toyota’s valuation of about $202 billion

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Wed Jul 01 - CNBC
UK offers citizenship to 3 million Hong Kong residents
International
UK offers citizenship to 3 million Hong Kong residents

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said up to three million Hong Kong residents are to be offered the chance to settle in the UK and ultimately apply for citizenship. Johnson criticized new security law and those affected would be offered a "route" out of the former UK colony. About 350,000 UK passport holders, and 2.6 million others eligible, will be able to come to the UK for five years

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Wed Jul 01 - BBC
A Pakistani woman stuck in India wants to return home to Dubai
International
A Pakistani woman stuck in India wants to return home to Dubai

According to a story posted by Khaleej Times, A Dubai-based Pakistani woman Ayesha stranded in India for nearly five months is seeking help to come back home. Ayesha and her husband Mohammed Farhan were supposed to return to Dubai in late March. Ayesha flew to Kolkata on February 21 to introduce her newborn son to his paternal grandparents. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19-triggered restrictions, the couple is stuck in Kolkata

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Wed Jul 01 - KhaleejTimes
Oil had the best quarter in the last 30 years
Business
Oil had the best quarter in the last 30 years

After crashing to the lowest level in history earlier this year, oil prices made a huge comeback. Oil prices registered their best quarterly performance in 30 years during the three months through to the end of June. Brent crude futures skyrocketed more than 80% in the second quarter. It was the international benchmark’s best quarterly performance since the third quarter of 1990 during the first Gulf War

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Wed Jul 01 - CNBC
US President Donald Trump targeted CNN over newly released TV ratings in the US
Politics
Donald Trump targets CNN, again

US President Donald Trump targeted CNN over newly released TV ratings in the US. “Can’t believe how badly @CNN has done in the newly released TV ratings. They are so far below @FoxNews (thank you President Trump!) that you can barely find them. Fredo should be given a big pay cut! MSDNC also did poorly. As I have long said, Fake News does not pay” Trump said

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Wed Jul 01 - Twitter
Italy seizes the world’s biggest shipment of amphetamines
International
Italy seizes the world’s biggest shipment of amphetamines

Italian police said in a statement on Wednesday that they had seized a world record 15-ton haul of amphetamines made by ISIS in Syria. The drug, in the form of 84 million Captagon tablets, was worth about one billion euros, describing the operation as "the biggest seizure of amphetamines in the world." The shipment was hidden in three containers found in the port of Salerno, just south of Naples

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Wed Jul 01 - cbsnews
International
India’s fake news problem
Wed Jul 01
India’s fake news problem
International
India’s fake news problem

Fake news can have a significant impact on those who find themselves the targets in India. This has been a particular problem in India during the coronavirus pandemic, where reliable sources of news are frequently drowned out by unverified information online. False information has had serious consequences for minority communities as well as some business sectors such as the meat industry

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Wed Jul 01 - BBC
Australians angry over new National Logo
International
Australians angry over new National Logo

Australia just launched a new design, inspired by the country's national flower and the logo will now be used by businesses and government, alongside the kangaroo. The new wattle logo has not been well received. NSW MP Mark Coure took to Twitter to slam the new design. "I can't believe they have changed the Australian made logo to look like this, it looks like a virus," Coure said on Twitter

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Wed Jul 01 - 9news
China starts crackdown in Hong Kong over violation of National Security Law
International
China starts crackdown in Hong Kong over violation of National Security Law

Hong Kong police department announced on Wednesday that they have made their first arrest since China’s national security law came into force. National Security Law says that a person who acts with a view to “undermining national unification” of Hong Kong with the mainland faces punishment of up to lifetime. Under the new law, many of Hong Kong’s protests that took place last year would be punishable by law

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Wed Jul 01 - CNBC
Estonian start-up Bolt rolls out rental electric bikes in Paris
Technology
Estonian start-up Bolt rolls out rental electric bikes in Paris

Ride-hailing app Bolt has launched an electric bicycle-sharing scheme in Paris, expanding its transport offerings even as Uber pares back its own bike and scooter ambitions. The Estonian start-up said the bikes would be available on its platform from Wednesday. Users will need to switch from taxi-hailing to bikes within the app, and can then unlock one by scanning a QR code

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Wed Jul 01 - CNBC
India’s TikTok content creators are stunned after the ban
Entertainment
India’s TikTok content creators are stunned after the ban

India's ban on 59 Chinese apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat platforms, has left millions of users surprised and disappointed. Indian Government said the apps were "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India". India is TikTok's biggest foreign market, with an estimated 120 million active users. Indian content creators are stunned by the decision and asked followers to follow them on other platforms

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Wed Jul 01 - BBC
Lionel Messi brings up his 700th goal
Sports
Lionel Messi brings up his 700th goal

FC Barcelona legend Lionel Messi scored the 700th goal of his career with a Panenka penalty in Barcelona's La Liga draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. The Spanish giants' all-time top scorer hit the landmark goal for club and country by gently chipping the ball into the net as Jan Oblak dived the wrong way. Barca remain second, one point behind Real Madrid, who have a game in hand

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Wed Jul 01 - BBC
The US could top 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day, says Dr. Fauci
International
The US could top 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day, says Dr. Fauci

America is “not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic and daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day at some point, White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday. The country is now reporting nearly 40,000 new coronavirus cases every day. Fauci said about 50% of all new cases are coming from four states: Florida, California, Texas, and Arizona

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Tue Jun 30 - CNBC
Hollywood legend Carl Reiner dies aged 98
Entertainment
Hollywood legend Carl Reiner dies aged 98

American comedian, actor, writer, and producer Carl Reiner died at the age of 98. He died of natural causes on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, California. His assistant Judy Nagy confirmed to Variety. Reiner, the father of filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner, was the winner of nine Emmy awards, including five for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

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Tue Jun 30 - Variety
Russian President Vladimir Putin lost support in his former stronghold city of Nizhny Tagil
Politics
Putin losing support in “Putingrad”

Russian President Vladimir Putin lost support in his former stronghold city of Nizhny Tagil. In 2011, the industrial city of Nizhny Tagil was dubbed "Putingrad" for its residents' fervent support for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Nine years later, it appears the city no longer lives up to that nickname. Workers are speaking out against the constitutional changes that would allow Putin to stay in office until 2036 amid growing frustration

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Tue Jun 30 - VOA
Coronavirus expected to cost 400 million jobs in Q2
International
Coronavirus expected to cost 400 million jobs in Q2

The UN Labor agency released data related to global working hours in the second quarter of 2020, The pandemic is expected to have resulted in a 14% drop in global working hours in the second quarter of 2020, the International Labour Organization has said. The United Nations’ labor agency said this updated fall in working hours was the equivalent of 400 million full-time job losses globally in the second quarter

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Tue Jun 30 - CNBC
Technology
India puts another ban on China
Tue Jun 30
India puts another ban on China
Technology
India puts another ban on China

According to the latest reports, Huawei could be banned from participating in India’s 5G network rollout, just months after it was given the green light to participate in the country’s trials for the technology. It comes after the Indian government said it would block 59 Chinese apps such as TikTok and WeChat, claiming they were a threat to national security.

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Tue Jun 30 - CNBC
British economy contracted 2.2%, worse than expected
Business
British economy contracted 2.2%, worse than expected

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set for a major speech on the economy soon but the overall situation looks worse than expected. The UK economy shrank more than first thought between January and March, contracting 2.2% in the joint largest fall since 1979, official figures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revised down its previous estimate of a 2% contraction, with all the main economic sectors dropping

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Tue Jun 30 - BBC
Lockdown in the Philippines could result in the highest birth rate in 20 years
International
Lockdown in the Philippines could result in the highest birth rate in 20 years

Strict coronavirus lockdown in the Philippines has severely disrupted access to family planning services and could lead to the highest number of births in the country in two decades. That means 214,000 more babies this year. Movement restrictions imposed in March prevented both patients and medical staff from reaching clinics for months, and are now causing shortages of contraceptives in some areas, according to health workers

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Tue Jun 30 - TheGuardian
China bypasses Hong Kong's Legislature to pass national security law
International
China bypasses Hong Kong's legislature to pass national security law

China's top lawmaking body, the National People's Congress, passed the law unanimously on Tuesday morning local time, bypassing Hong Kong's legislature, according to Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK, citing unnamed sources. Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency previously reported the law would criminalize offenses such as secession, subversion against the central Chinese government, terrorism, and colluding with foreign forces

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Tue Jun 30 - CNN