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China’s Offer to Help With Virus Testing Spooks Hong Kong – The New York Times

The offer was presented as a favor to Hong Kong, a city struggling with a surge in coronavirus infections: a team of 60 medical officials from mainland China who would help expand testing across the city. But it is being viewed with skepticism by some residents, who worry about the growing reach of the Chinese …

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Move to LA Could Expose ‘Secret Royal Finances’, Source Claims – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

When Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry wed in May 2018, royal experts and fans assumed that we would see the stunningly glamorous couple working as members of the royal family for generations to come. Though Meghan and everyone around her had caught the attention of the tabloids, no one could have foreseen this …

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Coronavirus live news: deaths in US ‘could reach 300,000’; Africa passes 1 million confirmed cases – The Guardian

A number of countries have just reported their official daily coronavirus figures: The Philippines has reported 3,379 additional cases, bringing the country’s total to 122,754. The number of deaths also increased by 24 to 2,168. Indonesia has reported 2,473 new infections, bringing the country’s tally to 121,226. It also reported 72 further deaths on Friday, …

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Macron’s moment: Beirut walkabout shows retail politics talent – The Guardian

Emmanuel Macron’s move to boost his country’s influence in Lebanon has shown a French president with the confidence, and political instinct, to seize his moment on the world stage. Two days after the devastating explosion tore through Beirut Macron toured the site of the blast and some of the capital’s hardest-hit neighbourhoods. Making the first …

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Tanzanian miner finds third rare tanzanite gem worth millions after record haul – Fox News

A small-scale miner from Tanzania made another record discovery of one of the world’s rarest gemstone this month, hauling in a precious, 14-pound stone valued at $2 million, according to a report. Saniniu Laizer, 52, became an overnight millionaire in June after he sold two violet-blue tanzanite gemstones said to be the largest ever found in the country. Weighing a total of 33 pounds, …

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Sri Lanka Election Hands Rajapaksa Family a Bigger Slice of Control – The New York Times

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s governing party won a majority of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary seats, the Election Commission announced Friday, bringing the president a step closer in his quest to amend the Constitution and expand his executive power. The Sri Lanka People’s Front expanded its majority, winning 145 of the 150 seats needed to push through expanded …

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Trump reimposes US tariffs on raw Canadian aluminium – Aljazeera.com

United States President Donald Trump moved to reimpose 10 percent tariffs on some Canadian aluminium products to protect US industry from a “surge” in imports, angering Ottawa and some US business groups. Canada pledged retaliation as tensions between the close allies rose just weeks after a new continental trade deal between the US, Mexico and …

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Kate Middleton heartbreak: Duchess ‘extremely upset’ by Harry and Meghan Markle book – Express

The book is due to be released next week and provides insight into how the couple split off from the Royal Family. Parts of the biography claim Prince Harry was angered by a “tone of snobbishness” on Prince William’s part, after the Duke of Cambridge gave advice to his brother on his then-new relationship with …

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Coronavirus: India becomes third country to pass two million cases – BBC News

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Life in India has resumed even as cases surge More than two million Indians have now tested positive for Covid-19, according to official figures. The country confirmed the last million cases in just 20 days, faster than the US or Brazil which have higher numbers. Testing has been expanded considerably …

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Caroline Flack’s Family Reveals Details From Her “Very Sad” Final Days Prior to Suicide – E! NEWS

Friends and family of Caroline Flack are offering insight into the Love Island host’s final days prior to her death in Feb. 2020. On Wednesday, August 5, the TV personality’s mother and twin sister, Chris and Jodi Flack respectively, addressed the coroner’s court regarding the inquest into Caroline’s death. They claimed that in the days leading up to her suicide, she was “hounded by …

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