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    August 05

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Alarms raised about fires in Amazon

02 August 2020

BRASILIA – The number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest jumped 28 per cent in July from a year ago, official data showed on Saturday, as some environmentalists warned a jump this week could signal a repeat of last year’s surging destruction of the world’s largest... Read More


Ecuador monitoring Chinese fishing fleet off Galapagos

02 August 2020

Ecuador is on alert due to the appearance of a huge fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged fishing vessels off its Galapagos Islands. Read More


Over 25K COVID deaths in USA in July, says Reuters

02 August 2020

U.S. coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths rose by over 25 000 in July and cases doubled in 19 states during the month, according to a Reuters tally, dealing a crushing blow to hopes of quickly reopening the economy. Read More


Three charged over Twitter hack

01 August 2020

Washington – A man living in Bognor Regis, on the UK south coast, is one of three individuals charged over a major Twitter hack, according to the US Department of Justice. Read More


Florida's Governor declares emergency as hurricane nears

31 July 2020

Miami – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for counties on the Atlantic coast with Hurricane Isaias expected to hit the state as early as Friday night, a development that prompted the widespread closure of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing sites.... Read More


Finance committee questions Canada's PM

31 July 2020

Ottawa – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied playing any role in picking a charity with ties to his family to manage a major government programme. Read More


Republicans reject Trump's suggestion to delay election

30 July 2020

Washington – Top Republicans have rejected Donald Trump's suggestion that November's presidential election should be delayed over alleged fraud concerns. Read More


Biggest blow to US economy in 73 years

30 July 2020

Washington – The United States economy suffered its biggest blow since the Great Depression in the second quarter as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shattered consumer and business spending, and a nascent recovery is under threat from a resurgence in new cases... Read More


Herman Cain dies after contracting COVID-19

30 July 2020

WASHINGTON – Herman Cain, a television host and former Republican presidential candidate, died after contracting COVID-19, according to a statement on his website and Facebook page. Read More


Oil prices steady

30 July 2020

MELBOURNE/SINGAPORE – Oil prices were little changed on Thursday, restrained by concerns that surging coronavirus infections could jeopardise a recovery in fuel demand just as major oil producers are set to raise output. Read More


Four arrested in Hong Kong under new law

30 July 2020

HONG KONG – Hong Kong police have arrested four people aged 16-21 for suspected offences under the city’s new national security law, the first such detentions outside of street protests since the legislation took effect a month ago. Read More


Biden will name running mate in August

29 July 2020

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told reporters on Tuesday he would name his running mate in the first week of August, days before he formally accepts his party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention. Read More


New COVID wave puts brakes on travel

28 July 2020

SYDNEY/LONDON – Nations in Asia imposed new restrictions on Monday, while an abrupt British quarantine on travellers from Spain threw Europe’s summer reopening into disarray, as the world confronted the prospect of a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Read More


Actress Olivia de Havilland passes away at 104

27 July 2020

Paris - Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, has died at the age of 104. Read More


Body of civil rights icon John Lewis makes 'final crossing' on bridge

26 July 2020

Selma – The body of civil rights icon John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, decades after his “Bloody Sunday” beating there drew a national spotlight to the struggle for racial equality. Read More


Somalian PM ousted in power struggle

26 July 2020

MOGADISHU – Somalia’s parliament ousted Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a no-confidence vote on Saturday, as a simmering power struggle between him and the president came to the fore. Read More


Group demands justice for Breonna Taylor

26 July 2020

LOUISVILLE – A group of heavily armed Black protesters marched through Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed in March by police officers who burst into her apartment. Read More


China orders closure of US embassy

25 July 2020

Chengdu - Security was tight outside the United States consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu on Saturday as staff inside prepared to leave, a day after China ordered it to close in response to a US order for China to shut its consulate in Houston. Read More


Scientists tuned into the earth’s sounds during lockdown

24 July 2020

LONDON – COVID-19 lockdowns worldwide led to the longest and most pronounced reduction in human-linked seismic vibrations ever recorded, sharpening scientists’ ability to hear earth’s natural signals and detect earthquakes, a study found on Thursday. Read More


US sets average price for virus vaccine

23 July 2020

Washington – The United States government has set a benchmark for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine pricing in a $2 billion deal announced on Wednesday with Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and German biotech BioNTech SE (22UAy.F) that will likely pressure other manufacturers to set... Read More


COVID-19 cases in US pass 4 million

23 July 2020

Washington – The total number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported in the United States passed four million on Thursday, reflecting a rapid acceleration of infections detected in the country since the first case was recorded on January 21, a Reuters tally... Read More


Is enough done to mark Emancipation Day in Barbados?