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US sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday (Aug 8), with more than 5 million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end. With one out of […]

Colleges backtrack on reopening for in-person classes

American schools are faced with an unprecedented catch-22 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: Either reopen safely and undertake the risk of a coronavirus outbreak or play it safe and provide unappealing remote classes for their students. Furthermore, with the lack of clear guidance from the federal level, schools and colleges are implementing varied approaches of […]

Writer E. Jean Carroll, who accuses Trump of rape, can go forward with lawsuit

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – A New York judge has rejected US President Donald Trump’s bid to temporarily halt proceedings in a lawsuit filed against him by writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of rape, a ruling that allows the case to move forward in the months before the presidential election. The decision was […]

Oprah Winfrey calls justice for Breonna Taylor with billboards

Twenty-six billboards, one for every year of her life, will go up across Louisville demanding officers’ arrest. First, Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Now the media mogul is spreading her message with billboards demanding justice for the Kentucky woman shot dead during a police raid. Twenty-six billboards […]

Pompeo defends US official's planned visit to Taiwan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has shrugged off China’s objections to the planned visit by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to Taiwan, saying it was not inconsistent with previous policy. “Cabinet members have travelled to Taiwan previously,” Mr Pompeo said on Wednesday. Mr Azar is “going there with a deep and important […]

Donald Trump accuses Roman Catholic Joe Biden of being ‘against God’

Donald Trump has accused practising Roman Catholic Joe Biden of being “against God” as he scrambles to win voters in the swing state of Ohio. The US president told a small crowd at a Cleveland airport on Thursday his Democratic opponent, who is leading in four Ohio presidential election polls, wants to “hurt God”. “He’s […]

Facebook pulls Trump's posts on coronavirus

WASHINGTON • Facebook has taken down a post by US President Donald Trump, which it said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus. The post had a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier on Wednesday, in which Mr Trump claimed that children are “almost immune” to Covid-19. “This video […]

Ohio governor tests positive for Covid-19, cancels plans to greet Trump in Cleveland

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said on Thursday (Aug 6) he has tested positive for Covid-19 as part of a safety protocol to greet US President Donald Trump as he arrives in Cleveland to visit a Whirlpool washing machine factory. A statement issued on DeWine’s twitter feed said the governor, a Republican, has […]

New York sues to dissolve NRA, claiming massive financial fraud

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) – New York is seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA) as the state Attorney-General accused the gun rights group and four senior officials of engaging in a massive fraud against donors. A sprawling lawsuit filed Thursday (Aug 6) in state court in Manhattan alleges the NRA diverted charitable donations for […]

Microsoft expands TikTok takeover ambitions to entire global business, reports FT

LONDON (REUTERS) – Microsoft is chasing a deal to buy all of TikTok’s global business, the Financial Times reported on Thursday (Aug 6), citing five people with knowledge of the talks. However, a source familiar with the discussions told Reuters that Microsoft had not raised the prospect of buying all of TikTok in its negotiations […]