Month: August 2020

France’s Macron returns to Beirut to press for reforms – Al Jazeera English

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Lebanon for his second visit since a massive explosion at the capital’s port earlier this month shook the country and renewed persistent calls for political change. His arrival in Beirut on Monday evening for a two-day visit came hours after Lebanese leaders named diplomat Mustapha Adib as the …

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Coronavirus: US passes six million Covid-19 cases – BBC News

Image copyright ReutersImage caption The US recorded one million new coronavirus infections in less than a month The US has now surpassed six million cases of Covid-19 – almost a quarter of the world’s total, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University. It said the country added one million new infections in less than …

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Far Right Germans Try to Storm Reichstag as Coronavirus Protests Grow – The New York Times

BERLIN — It was shortly after 7 p.m. when a self-described healer got on stage outside the German Parliament and urged the jeering crowd of protesters to storm the building: “There is no more police!” she shouted. “We have won!” What followed was a scene many Germans thought had been confined to their history books: …

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What is herd immunity, and why are Trump officials pursuing an idea WHO calls ‘dangerous’? – Washington Post

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Baltic states blacklist Lukashenko, other Belarusian officials – Aljazeera.com

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have blacklisted embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other high-ranking officials for alleged election fraud and a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. The Baltic EU members announced their sanctions on Monday in a coordinated effort to support the protests in Belarus, which are entering a fourth week since the country’s disputed …

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China Detains Cheng Lei, Australian Host for Chinese State TV – New York Times Australia

SYDNEY, Australia — Investigators in China have detained an Australian journalist who has been a host on Chinese state-run television, the Australian foreign ministry said on Monday, opening up another potential point of friction in testy relations between the two countries. The journalist, Cheng Lei, who has worked on English-language business news for CGTN, the …

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Another Kremlin critic is attacked, as opposition leader Navalny recovers in German hospital – Washington Post

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Outspoken Indian lawyer Bhushan fined one rupee for tweets – Aljazeera.com

India’s top court on Monday ordered a prominent lawyer to pay a fine of 1 rupee (less than 2 cents) after his conviction in a highly watched criminal contempt case that sparked a debate on freedom of speech and the independence of the judiciary in the world’s largest democracy. Prashant Bhushan, 63, was found guilty in …

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‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero arrested on terror charges, say police – NBC News

KIGALI, Rwanda — Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda” as a hero who saved the lives of more than 1,200 people from the country’s 1994 genocide, has been arrested by the Rwandan government on terror charges, police announced on Monday. A well-known critic of President Paul Kagame, Rusesabagina had been living outside Rwanda …

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