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Trump says US will purchase 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine

U.S. President Donald Trump wears a mask while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., July 11, 2020. PHOTO: Reuters President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the US government will buy 100 million doses of Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine, which is currently in late-stage human trials. “We have reached an agreement…

How Beirut blast briefly handed foreign ministry to protesters

The explosion that ripped through Beirut this week handed a resurgent protest movement an unexpected and brief victory Saturday, almost literally breaking down the doors of the foreign ministry. The famed imperial staircase at the ministry’s entrance was packed with some 200 demonstrators and retired army officers, who called the ministry the new headquarters of…

Almost 150 extrajudicial killings by Malian, Burkinabe troops ― UN

Almost 150 people were extrajudicially killed by Malian and Burkinabe security forces in Mali between April and June, the UN said Thursday. A 2012 revolt in northern Mali has since spread to the centre of the poor Sahel country, as well as to Burkina Faso and Niger despite the presence of thousands of French and…

Berlin police break up rally as 20,000 protest virus restrictions

Police officers in Berlin on Saturday broke up a large rally against restrictions imposed to contain the novel coronavirus, held despite Germany’s rising infection numbers. The organizers of the rally were unable to ensure safety regulations were being followed, a police spokesman told dpa. The police broke up the event, attended by some 20,000 people.…

Facebook bans profiles of radical Bolsonaro supporters worldwide

Facebook has banned the profiles of radical supporters of right-wing populist president Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian media reported Saturday, citing the social media giant. The ban was enacted in line with a court order. On Friday, Judge Alexandre de Moraes had increased fines against Facebook to 1.92 million reals (368,000 dollars) a day for failing to…

Britain says ‘unfortunately clear’ no Brexit deal by end of July

Boris Johnson Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator said Thursday it was clear that London will not achieve its goal of striking a preliminary July agreement on the UK’s exit from the EU. “It is, unfortunately, clear that we will not reach in July the ‘early understanding on the principles underlying any agreement’,” David Frost said after…

US coronavirus cases soar past 3 million mark

After shattering a daily record this week and recording more than 60,000 new coronavirus cases, the United States has now passed the 3 million mark in the total tally since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The US has seen 131,594 deaths related to Covid-19, according to the count, maintained by Johns Hopkins University. Florida…

Witness in Trump’s impeachment retires from military amid pressure

Donald Trump A key witness who gave testimony about President Donald Trump during the impeachment hearings on Wednesday retired from the military, citing pressure on his career advancement, his lawyer said. Lt.-Col. Alexander Vindman told Congress in 2019 that it was “inappropriate” when Trump pushed Ukraine to open an investigation into Joe Biden, his political…

China opens new Hong Kong security agency headquarters

China on Wednesday opened a new office for its intelligence agents to operate openly in Hong Kong for the first time under a tough new security law, transforming a hotel into the force’s headquarters. The new base is a hotel overlooking the city’s Victoria Park, a location that has hosted pro-democracy protests for years, including…

Russia threatens to respond to UK ‘hostile’ sanctions move

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin Russia on Monday threatened to retaliate after Britain (UK) sanctioned a number of Russian officials for their alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. “The Russian side reserves the right to take retaliatory measures in connection with Britain’s hostile decision,” the Russian embassy in London said in a statement…

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