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Democrat Joe Biden chooses US Senator Kamala Harris for White House running mate

12 August, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has picked Senator Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president, making her the first Black woman on a major-party US presidential ticket and giving

12 August, 2020

Brazil’s Bolsonaro calls surging Amazon fires a ‘lie’

BRASILIA – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has angrily denied the existence of fires in the Amazon rainforest, calling it a “lie,” despite data produced by his own government showing that

11 August, 2020

Pompeo deeply troubled by Hong Kong tycoon arrest

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he’s “deeply troubled” by reports of the arrest of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai “under Hong Kong‘s draconian National Security Law.”

11 August, 2020

Lebanese government quits amid fury over Beirut blast

BEIRUT– Lebanon’s prime minister has announced his government’s resignation, saying a huge explosion that devastated Beirut and triggered public outrage was the result of endemic corruption. The August 4 detonation

07 August, 2020

HK activist Joshua Wong files court challenge to 2019 poll disqualification

HONG KONG – Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has filed a court challenge against his disqualification from district polls, in a move which may have implications for this year’s

07 August, 2020 | World News

Mekong nations pressed to share data as water level falls to new low

BANGKOK – The inter-governmental Mekong River Commission on Friday urged China and Southeast Asian countries to share more data on hydropower dam operations, as water flow in the Mekong hit

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07 August, 2020 | World News

Trump imposes US ban on WeChat, TikTok in 45 days

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping bans on US transactions with China’s ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, operator of the WeChat app, starting in

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07 August, 2020 | World News

Mexico’s coronavirus death toll tops 50,000

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s health ministry has reported 6,590 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 819 fatalities, bringing the country’s totals to 462,690 cases and 50,517 deaths. The virus is spreading

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07 August, 2020 | World News

Macron says aid to blast-stricken Lebanon will not go to ‘corrupt hands’

BEIRUT – French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday promised aid to Lebanon but reassured angry citizens reeling from a blast that killed 145 people that no blank cheques will be

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06 August, 2020 | World News

Beirut reels from huge blast as death toll climbs to at least 135

BEIRUT – Lebanese rescue teams pulled out bodies and hunted for missing people on Wednesday from the wreckage caused by a massive warehouse explosion that sent a devastating blast wave across

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