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China says supports companies' use of legal weapons to safeguard rights and interests

Thailand anti-government protests grow as more join rallies

Despite arrests and charges against protest leaders, protesters say they will continue fighting for a better future.

Thailand’s anti-government protest movement is growing, with more sectors of society taking part in the demonstrations.

Pressure is mounting on the government after weeks of student-led protests calling for elections and a new constitution.

Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand.

CANADA STOCKS-TSX opens higher on gains in energy, COVID-19 treatment hopes

Aug 24 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index opened higher on Monday as energy shares rose on firmer oil prices, with signs of progress in COVID-19 treatment efforts bolstering sentiment.

* At 9:30 a.m. ET (13:30 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 121.11 points, or 0.73%, at 16,638.96. (Reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

Walgreens Makes Influenza Vaccine Available At All Its Pharmacies

Walgreens said Monday that it is offering influenza vaccine at all of its 9,100 pharmacies, with additional safety measures. The move is in view of the upcoming flu season.

The drugstore chain said that it will take patients’ temperature and screen for the presence of symptoms or illness, before giving the influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots. It asked patients to wear face masks.

It has also asked pharmacy team members to wear plastic face shields for additional protection.

The company has guided that patients could get their flu shots by walk-in or schedule an appointment via Walgreens Find Care through the Walgreens app or online during pharmacy hours, including evenings, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays.

The company estimates that 60 percent of U.S. adults will get an influenza vaccine, in this fall, compared to 45 percent of U.S. adults got vaccinated during the 2018-19 influenza season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age get a flu shot to help protect themselves and their communities from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Walgreens said it provides flu immunizations for anyone over the age of 4 and age restrictions vary based on state regulations. The flu shot is free, no cost to the patients, who are covered under any insurance scheme.

Homebuilder Confidence Improves To Record High In August

Homebuilder confidence matched a record high in the month of August, according to a report released by the National Association of Home Builders on Monday.

The report said the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index jumped to 78 in August after soaring to 72 in July. Economists had expected the index to inch up to 73.

With the much bigger than expected increase, the housing market index matched the record high set in December of 1998.

“The demand for new single-family homes continues to be strong, as low interest rates and a focus on the importance of housing has stoked buyer traffic to all-time highs as measured on the HMI,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke.

He added, “However, the V-shaped recovery for housing has produced a staggering increase for lumber prices, which have more than doubled since mid-April. Such cost increases could dampen momentum in the housing market this fall, despite historically low interest rates.”

The HMI index gauging current sales conditions rose six points to 84, the component measuring sales expectations in the next six months increased three points to 78 and the measure charting traffic of prospective buyers posted an eight-point gain to reach its highest level ever at 65.

Twitter slaps a warning label on another Trump tweet

Twitter on Sunday slapped a warning label on one of President Donald Trump’s tweets about vote-by-mail, saying the post violated the company’s rules around elections but that it would not be removed.

“This tweet violated the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity,” the label read. “However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the tweet to remain accessible.”

The label was attached to a tweet from Sunday morning in which Trump claimed, “Mail Drop Boxes … are a voter security disaster,” sharing a wildly dubious claim that “they make it possible for a person to vote multiple times.”

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China says supports companies' use of legal weapons to safeguard rights and interests

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Monday it supports relevant companies in taking up legal weapons to safeguard their rights and interests after ByteDance said it would officially file a lawsuit against Trump administration on Aug 24.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing that U.S. politicians’ actions were organized and systematic economic bullying.

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