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Europe to allow travel from 14 countries, excluding the US and China
International
Europe to allow travel from 14 countries, excluding the US and China

The European Union has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from 1 July, despite the pandemic, but the US, Brazil, and China are excluded. On the current "safe" list, still likely to be amended, are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay

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Tue Jun 30 - BBC
Twitch suspends Donald Trump’s account
Technology
Twitch suspends Donald Trump’s account

Video streaming service Twitch suspended US President Donald Trump’s account for hateful conduct. Twitch says the offending content has now been removed. One of the streams in question was a rebroadcast of Trump’s infamous kickoff rally, where he said that Mexico was sending rapists to the United States. Twitch also flagged racist comments at Trump’s recent rally in Tulsa

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Tue Jun 30 - TheVerge
Coronavirus testing across Nepal and Bhutan is completely free
International
Coronavirus testing across Nepal and Bhutan is completely free

At the time where different countries are charging differently for the coronavirus testing, COVID-19 test is completely free in Nepal and Bhutan (Public as well as Private hospitals). In Bhutan Covid-19 tests and treatment are free of cost. Nepal, in addition to free testing in Government facilities, the country also announced that it would pay Nepal Rupees 5,500 for the test in private hospitals

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Tue Jun 30 - Dhakatribune
A newly discovered virus in Chinese pigs can infect human
International
A newly discovered virus in Chinese pigs can infect human

A newly discovered flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists. It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say. The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak. The scientists write in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Tue Jun 30 - BBC
Cash crunch in the UK because of Wirecard’s collapse
Business
Cash crunch in the UK because of Wirecard’s collapse

Millions of people and businesses in the UK have been locked out of accounts linked to Wirecard after Britain's financial watchdog ordered the collapsed digital payments company to suspend UK operations. The Financial Conduct Authority on Friday suspended the operations of Wirecard Card Solutions after its parent company filed for insolvency in Germany following the discovery of a $2 billion hole in its accounts

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Mon Jun 29 - CNN
India bans TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps
Technology
India bans TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps

In an important announcement on Monday, the Indian Government said it was banning 59 apps developed by Chinese firms over concerns that these apps were “engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India". ByteDance’s TikTok, which counts India as its biggest market, apps from Xiaomi, UC Browser, UC News are among the 59 apps that India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT have ordered to ban

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Mon Jun 29 - Techcrunch
US Supreme court strikes down controversial Louisiana abortion law
International
US Supreme court strikes down controversial Louisiana abortion law

In its first significant abortion ruling of the Trump era, the United States Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics by 5-4 voting. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that a Lousiana law that imposes restrictions on doctors who perform abortions violates a right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973

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Mon Jun 29 - AlJazeera
Former French PM jailed along with wife over Fake Jobs
Politics
Former French PM jailed along with wife over Fake Jobs

French ex-Prime Minister François Fillon and his Welsh wife have received jail sentences in a "fake jobs" case. Each was also fined €375,000. They appealed to block immediate detention. Fillon was found to have paid his wife €831,400. The scandal torpedoed Fillon's 2017 bid to become president. "The payment was disproportionate to the work done," the chief judge said. "Mrs. Fillon was hired for a position that was without use."

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Mon Jun 29 - BBC
Barcelona prepared to sack Quique Setien as manager
Sports
Barcelona prepared to sack Quique Setien as manager

FC Barcelona planning to sack manager Quique Setien unless results drastically improve and they win the Liga title or Champions League this season, Goal has learned. The veteran coach, who only took the Camp Nou job in January as a replacement for Ernesto Valverde, has lost the confidence of the Barca dressing room, while the club's board are also unhappy with recent performances.

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Mon Jun 29 - Goal
Beyonce accepts Humanitarian Award at BET 2020
Entertainment
Beyonce accepts Humanitarian Award at BET 2020

Sunday, at the 2020 BET Awards, Beyonce was recognized with the show's Humanitarian Award, honoring the star for her many initiatives that help those in need. The well-deserved award was also perfectly presented by former First Lady Michelle Obama. "Thank you so much for this beautiful honor," Beyoncé stared. "I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me

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Mon Jun 29 - eonline
Apple’s iPhone 12 packing may not include charger
Technology
Apple’s iPhone 12 packing may not include charger

According to some technology analysts, Apple may exclude the charger in the packing of the upcoming iPhone 12. When the iPhone 12 comes out later this year, the packaging may be considerably different when compared to previous models. Why is that, you ask? Well, Apple purportedly will not include a charger with the iPhone 12, and will instead sell it separately

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Mon Jun 29 - Gizmodo
Africa’s controversial dam project
International
Africa’s controversial dam project

Ethiopian Government plans to go ahead with the $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project on the Blue Nile that will provide power to its more than 100 million citizens and create huge opportunities for its economy. But Sudan and Egypt downstream first want a legally-binding agreement on how long it will take to fill the dam and the way it will be operated.

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Mon Jun 29 - AlJazeera
Malaysia’s exports fall to the lowest level in 11 years
Business
Malaysia’s exports fall to the lowest level in 11 years

Malaysian exports in May fell more than 25%, the lowest level in 11 years amid a global slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, government data showed on Monday (Jun 29). The contraction was sharper than the 19.9 % drop forecast by analysts surveyed by Reuters and the lowest since May 2009

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Mon Jun 29 - CNA
Dr Disrespect tweets about his ban on twitch
Gaming
Dr Disrespect tweets about his ban on twitch

Twitch has permanently banned Guy Beahm aka Dr Disrespect from its platform without providing any specific reason. Now, Dr Disrespect came up with a statement over his ban, “Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision... Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time” he said on twitter

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Mon Jun 29 - TheVerge
“India planning to topple my Government”, says Nepal PM
Politics
“India planning to topple my Government”, says Nepal PM

Prime Minister of Nepal K.P Sharma Oli said that meetings are being held in neighboring country India to topple his government after the controversial Nepali map that includes Indian territories. The lower house of Nepal’s parliament unanimously passed the Second Constitution Amendment on June 13, which gave constitutional status to the new map of the country

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Mon Jun 29 - TheHindu
China locks down 400,000 people in Hebei province
International
China locks down 400,000 people in Hebei province

After a small surge in Anxin county of Hebei province near Beijing, China puts 400,000 people under lockdown to avoid the second wave of coronavirus. Officials announced on Sunday that Anxin would be "fully enclosed and controlled". Anxin is around 150km (90 miles) south of Beijing. Chinese media say there have been 18 cases in the county since the beginning of the recent surge in Beijing two weeks ago

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Mon Jun 29 - BBC
India opens Sardar Patel COVID care center, one of the world’s largest hospitals
International
India opens Sardar Patel COVID care center, one of the world’s largest hospitals

With a total capacity of 10,000 beds, India opened one of the largest hospitals in the world to help fight coronavirus, as health authorities announced the country's biggest one-day increase of nearly 20,000 new coronavirus cases. The Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre in Delhi became partly operational on Sunday, with 2,000 of its 10,000 beds available. The remaining 8,000 beds at the facility, will be in use from Wednesday

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Sun Jun 28 - CNN
Starbucks to stop advertising across social media platforms
Business
Starbucks to stop advertising across social media platforms

Starbucks joined Coca-Cola, Unilever and Verizon to stop advertising campaigns on social media platforms and promises to have discussions internally and with media partners and civil rights organizations to stop the spread of hate speech. “We believe in bringing communities together, both in-person and online, and we stand against hate speech,” the company said in a statement Sunday

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Sun Jun 28 - CNBC
Donald Trump retweets video of a supporter shouting “White Power”
Politics
Donald Trump retweets video of a supporter shouting “White Power”

US President Donald Trump recently retweeted a video of one of his supporters loudly shouting "white power". The supporter was among a group of senior citizens taking part in a pro-Trump rally at a retirement complex in Florida. The footage showed supporters and opponents of the president hurling abuse and swearing at one another

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Sun Jun 28 - BBC
US states to curb reopening plans after record cases
International
US states to curb reopening plans after record cases

COVID-19 cases across the US surpassed 2.5 million on Saturday after a record daily increase of more than 40,000 cases. Florida alone reported more than 9,500 cases in less than 24 hours. Last week, Texas, Florida and Arizona put re-opening plans on pause to tackle the outbreak. But on Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis imposed new restrictions, ordering bars in the state to stop serving alcohol on their premises

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Sun Jun 28 - BBC
Entertainment
Elon Musk turns 49 today
Sun Jun 28
Elon Musk turns 49 today
Entertainment
Elon Musk turns 49 today

Social Media users around the world are wishing a very Happy Birthday to Tesla CEO Elon Musk who turned 49 on Sunday. A lot of young entrepreneurs and followers of the Tesla and SpaceX CEO called him an inspiration in their messages. Others called him a “real superhero” and most seem to agree that Musk is someone who “never gives up”.

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Sun Jun 28 - Telanganatoday
Malawi’s opposition leader wins the Presidential race
Politics
Malawi’s opposition leader wins the Presidential race

According to the officially declared results, Malawi's opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has won the country's rerun presidential vote. He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday's poll, the electoral commission announced late on Saturday. In February, Malawi's constitutional court annulled Mr. Mutharika's victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering

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Sun Jun 28 - BBC
Bill Gates: Coronavirus situation in the US is embarrassing
International
Bill Gates: Coronavirus situation in the US is embarrassing

Bill Gates joined the Coronavirus Town Hall on Thursday arranged by CNN that the state of the Covid-19 pandemic on both a global and national scale, is more bleak than I would have expected. “Because our behavior and our contact-tracing is not working well [in the U.S.], we continue to have a very large case spread. And it is embarrassing,” Gates said.

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Sun Jun 28 - CNBC
British expats leaving UAE amid economic crisis
Business
British expats leaving UAE amid economic crisis

British expatriates in the UAE are trying to sell their properties as they try to gather some money before returning to the UK, according to a report by British daily The Telegraph. Thousands of expats have been made redundant due to the pandemic’s devastating impact on the UAE economy. UAE expected to lose up to 900,000 jobs, and British expats seem to be among the most affected group

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Sun Jun 28 - AA
Facebook ad boycotts gaining momentum
Technology
Facebook ad boycotts gaining momentum

Unilever and Verizon joined Coca-Cola in cutting advertising ties with social networking giant Facebook. In the last week, a steady stream of companies came out in support of the ”#StopHateForProfit” campaign, promising to pause advertising spend on Facebook to encourage the company to ramp up efforts against hate speech and disinformation. Facebook’s stock closed down more than 8% Friday

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Sun Jun 28 - CNBC