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Coronavirus in South Africa: Smokers fume at cigarette ban
Coronavirus in South Africa: Smokers fume at cigarette ban
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  • 2020-05-25 23:28:04Z

The government is to ease lockdown restrictions and allow the sale of alcohol - but not cigarettes.

Arbery family lawyer: Feds looking into how case handled
Arbery family lawyer: Feds looking into how case handled
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  • 2020-05-25 22:01:24Z

A lawyer for the family of Ahmaud Arbery said Monday that a federal prosecutor told the slain man's mother federal officials are investigating potential misconduct by local officials who handled the case. Lawyer Lee Merritt said U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine, whose jurisdiction includes southern Georgia, met with him and Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, on Thursday. Barry Paschal, a spokesman for Christine, declined to confirm or deny whether the meeting happened.

California issues guidelines for church reopenings
California issues guidelines for church reopenings
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  • 2020-05-25 21:47:11Z

Religious services in California will look much different under rules unveiled Monday that limit attendance to 100 people and recommend worshippers wear masks, limit singing and refrain from shaking hands or hugging. The state released guidance under which county health departments can approve the reopening of churches, mosques, synagogues and other houses of worship. Others with outbreaks - such as Los Angeles County, which has about 60% of California's roughly 3,800 deaths - may choose to delay.

First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela
First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela
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  • 2020-05-25 20:18:18Z

The first of five Iranian tankers carrying much-needed gasoline and oil derivatives docked in Venezuela on Monday, Caracas announced amid concern in Washington over the burgeoning relationship between countries it sees as international pariahs. In a statement delivered on state television, Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami said the convoy was an expression of the Venezuelan people's "self-determination" and praised Tehran's friendship at a time of need. "What great fortune to have Iran in these times," said the minister, surrounded by members of the military leadership.

In Bolsonaro
In Bolsonaro's Brazil, everyone else is to blame for virus
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  • 2020-05-25 19:28:59Z

With Brazil emerging as one of the world's most infected countries, President Jair Bolsonaro is deflecting all responsibility for the coronavirus crisis, casting blame on mayors, governors, an outgoing health minister and the media. Havoc and heartache are unfolding beneath a void of leadership, according to Miguel Lago, executive director of Brazil's Institute for Health Policy Studies, which advises public health officials.

The only thing Dominic Cummings was going to be saying sorry for was his tardiness
The only thing Dominic Cummings was going to be saying sorry for was his tardiness
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  • 2020-05-25 18:34:20Z

There was no apology and no regrets yet, in his hour-long grilling, Dominic Cummings managed to present the human being behind the headlines. Like pulling back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz, public perceptions of the "evil genius" responsible for the EU referendum result and Boris Johnson's ascendancy were temporarily put on hold as the second most powerful man in Government presented his defence. Smartened up for once in a white shirt, the Durham-born "assistant to the Prime Minister" kept the cameras, and indeed the country, waiting for a good 30 minutes before he made his appearance in the Downing Street rose garden. It soon became apparent that the only thing he was going to be...

Cyprus to deport 17 migrants suspected of terror links
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  • 2020-05-25 17:33:44Z

Cyprus will deport 17 migrants who are being held on suspicion of having links to extremist groups or involved in acts of terror, the country's interior ministry said Monday. The men are currently being held in a migrants' detention facility and their deportation will proceed once commercial air traffic to and from the country is restored after the full lifting of all coronavirus restrictions, the ministry told The Associated Press in a statement. It said intelligence provided by security agencies and law enforcement authorities including Europol and Interpol suggested that the men may have either been implicated in terror activities or belong to extremist groups.

Merkel's conservatives want stimulus package to include tax relief - document
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  • 2020-05-25 17:30:52Z

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are in favour of bringing forward tax relief measures worth at least 5 billion euros to help companies and consumers recover more quickly from the coronavirus pandemic, a document showed on Monday. Merkel's coalition government, which in March approved an unprecedented 750 billion-euro rescue package to shield Europe's largest economy from the impact of the coronavirus, is due next week to present additional stimulus to sustain the recovery. In a position paper seen by Reuters, lawmakers from Merkel's conservative bloc called on several measures to reduce the tax burden for the private sector, including making it simpler to offset losses against...

Israeli leader vows to push ahead with annexing West Bank
Israeli leader vows to push ahead with annexing West Bank
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  • 2020-05-25 17:27:17Z

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in the coming months, vowing to move ahead with the explosive plan despite a growing chorus of condemnations by key allies. The Palestinians, with wide international backing, seek the entire West Bank as the heartland of a future independent state. In an apparent reference to the friendly administration of President Donald Trump, Netanyahu said Israel had a "historic opportunity" to redraw the Mideast map that could not be missed.

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Egypt's doctors criticize government over virus 'negligence'
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  • 2020-05-25 17:16:14Z

Egypt's medical union on Monday blamed the government for increasing levels of coronavirus infections and deaths among healthcare professionals, its sharpest criticism yet of the country's handling of the pandemic. Citing growing frustration over a lack of protective equipment, testing and hospital beds for front-line doctors, the union described the Egyptian health ministry's negligence as "a crime of killing by irresponsibility." The union reported that 19 doctors have died and 350 have contracted the virus, according to official figures, although testing of medical staff remains limited.

Venezuela celebrates docking of tanker with Iran gasoline
Venezuela celebrates docking of tanker with Iran gasoline
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  • 2020-05-25 15:44:49Z

Venezuelan authorities celebrated Monday as the first of five Iranian tankers loaded with gasoline docked in the South American country, delivering badly needed fuel to the crisis-stricken nation that sits atop the world's largest oil reserves. The gasoline shipments are arriving in defiance of stiff sanctions by the Trump administration against both nations, and they mark a new era in the burgeoning relationship between Venezuela and Iran, which is expanding its footprint in the Western Hemisphere. "We keep moving forward and winning," Venezuela's Minister of Energy Tareck El Aissami tweeted.

Putin makes Kremlin appearance as virus restrictions ease
Putin makes Kremlin appearance as virus restrictions ease
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  • 2020-05-25 15:43:07Z

President Vladimir Putin made a rare recent appearance in the Kremlin on Monday as Russia prepares to ease lockdown restrictions imposed over the coronavirus pandemic. The 67-year-old has worked remotely over the past few weeks from his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, chairing meetings with officials by video conference.

Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months
Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months
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  • 2020-05-25 15:42:31Z

Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home. Since abruptly canceling a March 10 rally in Cleveland at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has waged much of his campaign from his home in Wilmington. When Biden emerged on Monday, he wore a face mask, in contrast to President Donald Trump, who has refused to cover his face in public as health officials suggest.

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Boris Johnson the 'people's politician' risks squandering his common touch in standing by Dominic Cummings
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  • 2020-05-25 15:27:29Z

Say what you like about Boris Johnson, he is not what you would call a "misfit" or a "weirdo". Unlike his non-conformist chief adviser Dominic Cummings, who once touted for such 'oddballs' to join No 10, the Prime Minister is as conventional as any of the 20 Old Etonians who have ended up in Downing Street. A little eccentric, perhaps, with his love of the Iliad and aversion to Mason Pearson products, but as his old Balliol philosophy don Jonathan Barnes put it: "Definitely a good egg." Indeed chief among the reasons the Oxford graduate turned Telegraph journalist proved so successful in his predictable pivot to politics was his inherent likeability. While you might not agree with Mr...

First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela
First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela
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  • 2020-05-25 14:29:22Z

The first of five Iranian tankers carrying much-needed gasoline and oil derivatives has docked in Venezuela and a second one entered its waters, the government said on Monday amid concern in Washington over the burgeoning relationship. The United States has closely monitored the shipments, concerned that Iran and Venezuela -- both under US sanctions -- were taking their longstanding ties to another strategic level. Venezuela boasts the largest proven oil reserves in the world, but production has plummeted under the current regime and its oil exports have been hampered by US sanctions.

Merkel in tug-of-war with states over virus safety rules
Merkel in tug-of-war with states over virus safety rules
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  • 2020-05-25 13:43:00Z

A power struggle between Chancellor Angela Merkel and two German states over coronavirus rules erupted Monday as Berlin sought to extend social distancing restrictions by another month against a regional revolt. A draft policy document from Merkel's office seen by AFP showed that the German government aims to impose existing safety rules until at least July 5 to keep the coronavirus outbreak under control. The working paper would prolong by a month existing contact restrictions "to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres (five feet)" between people, prevent large gatherings and "require masks in certain public areas" such as shops and buses.

Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from governor
Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from governor
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  • 2020-05-25 13:28:15Z

President Donald Trump threatened Monday to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if the state's Democratic governor doesn't immediately sign off on allowing a full-capacity gathering in August despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Trump's tweets about the RNC, planned for Charlotte, come just two days after North Carolina recorded its largest daily increase in positive cases yet. On Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper moved the state into a second phase of gradual reopening by loosening restrictions on hair salons, barbers and restaurants.

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic
Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2020-05-25 13:06:22Z

The coronavirus hasn't been kind to car owners. Despite silent streets and nearly non-existent traffic, vehicle larcenies shot up 63% in New York and nearly 17% in Los Angeles from Jan. 1 through mid-May, compared with the same period last year. "You might as well put a sticker on the window that says 'come take my stuff,' " said an exasperated Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff.

EU must present united front to shield pandemic-hit banks -regulator
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  • 2020-05-25 13:00:00Z

European countries need to join forces to shield their banks from the coronavirus outbreak, one of the bloc's top regulators said on Monday, potentially using a 500 billion euro ($545 billion) EU recovery fund to do so. The remarks from Jose Manuel Campa, who leads the European Banking Authority (EBA), will rekindle a divisive debate about whether rich countries such as Germany should support banks of poorer neighbours such as Italy. Campa made his comments days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron proposed an EU recovery fund to help the bloc's worst-hit members to rebuild their economies after the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump blocks travel from Brazil after coronavirus cases surge
Trump blocks travel from Brazil after coronavirus cases surge
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  • 2020-05-25 12:31:38Z

President Trump on Sunday said the United States would suspend travel from Brazil, after a surge in coronavirus cases made the South American nation one of the world's hotspots.Brazil now has more than 22,000 deaths and 347,000 confirmed cases, the second most after the U.S., which has recorded nearly 100,000 COVID-19 deaths. Trump had already banned some travelers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Iran, but not from Russia, which has the third highest number of coronavirus cases.White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the Brazil restrictions another "decisive action to protect our country." Filipe Martins, who advises Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on...

Reports: Russian mediation reopens major highway in NE Syria
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  • 2020-05-25 12:22:09Z

Traffic returned to a major highway in northeastern Syria for the first time in seven months on Monday, following Russian mediation to reopen parts of the road captured last year by Turkey-backed opposition fighters. Syrian Kurdish media and a Syrian Kurdish official said several vehicles accompanied by Russian troops began driving in the morning between the northern towns of Ein Issa and Tal Tamr. The two towns are controlled by government forces and Syrian Kurdish fighters while the area between them is mostly held by Turkey-backed opposition fighters.

Bust-up over climate weighs on EU-UK talks, risks trade rifts
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  • 2020-05-25 12:16:39Z

Britain's refusal to seal climate commitments in a new deal with the European Union to govern their relations after Brexit has become a stumbling block in their deadlocked talks and raises the risk of future trade disputes. While Britain has joined the global Paris agreement to fight climate change and has its own ambitious emissions-cutting goals, London has refused to make binding commitments in the area in the new deal it is seeking with the EU from 2021.

UK PM defiant as political scandal rages over aide
UK PM defiant as political scandal rages over aide
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  • 2020-05-25 11:55:15Z

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday failed to draw a line under a scandal over his top aide Dominic Cummings allegedly breaching coronavirus rules as pressure mounted on the Brexit mastermind to go. Johnson faces the threat of his government's authority being undermined in the heat of a health crisis that has claimed nearly 37,000 lives in Britain and thrown one of the world's top 10 economies into its biggest downturn of modern times. Cummings was already a lightning rod for many Britons over his role in orchestrating the 2016 Brexit campaign that eventually saw Britain pull out of the European Union after nearly 50 years on January 31.

UN: Libya coast guard intercepts, detains about 400 migrants
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  • 2020-05-25 11:08:20Z

Libya's coast guard intercepted about 400 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast over the past two days, and brought them to the capital of Tripoli from where they were taken to a detention center, the U.N. migration agency said Monday. Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration said the migrants were taken to the al-Nasser detention center in the town of Zawya, west of Tripoli, she said. Mselhi said departures from Libya have increased, which is "especially worrying amid a sharp decrease in ... search and rescue capacity."

Iran reopens key shrines after two-month virus closure
Iran reopens key shrines after two-month virus closure
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  • 2020-05-25 09:36:59Z

Iran on Monday reopened major Shiite shrines across the Islamic republic, more than two months after they were closed because of the Middle East's deadliest novel coronavirus outbreak. At Tehran's Shah Abdol-Azim shrine, worshippers had to wear a mask, walk through a disinfection tunnel and have their temperature checked as they began returning from the early morning, according to an AFP reporter. The Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad in northeast Iran and the Fatima Masumeh shrine and Jamkaran mosque in the holy city of Qom also reopened while observing health protocols, state news agency IRNA reported.

Tory revolt grows to 20 MPs, amid concerns Dominic Cummings
Tory revolt grows to 20 MPs, amid concerns Dominic Cummings' actions could lead to more deaths
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  • 2020-05-25 08:45:44Z

A growing number of Conservative MPs are calling for Dominic Cummings to step down, amid concerns his actions may cost lives. Over a dozen backbenchers have defied the party whip to call for Boris Johnson's most senior aide's departure from Number 10. On Sunday night the Prime Minister launched a defence of his adviser, but MPs and Cabinet colleagues have expressed fears that the move risked "seriously undermining" the Government's lockdown strategy. Former Brexit minister Steve Baker was the first to break ranks on Sunday when he warned that the aide was "burning through Boris's political capital at a rate that we just can ill afford in the midst of this crisis". Here are all the MPs who...

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Russia's Pushing a Quack COVID Cure All Over Africa
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  • 2020-05-25 08:40:10Z

ABUJA, Nigeria-U.S. President Donald Trump is not the only figure threatening the World Health Organization while endorsing dubious coronavirus treatments. In Africa, news outlets and social media posts notorious for spreading Russian-created disinformation and conspiracy theories are leveling all sorts of allegations against the WHO, ranging from incompetence to fraud.At the center of the attacks is what appears to be a coordinated campaign promoting an herbal concoction the Moscow-backed government of Madagascar claims will cure COVID-19. The attacks on the WHO intensified when the agency released a statement on May 4 warning Africans against using untested remedies for treatment of the...

Trump doubles up with Maryland, Virginia Memorial Day events
Trump doubles up with Maryland, Virginia Memorial Day events
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  • 2020-05-25 04:39:07Z

President Donald Trump booked back-to-back Memorial Day appearances despite the coronavirus pandemic, at Arlington National Cemetery and at a historic fort in Baltimore. Trump recently called Baltimore a "rat and rodent infested mess" and its mayor has suggested Trump stay home. Trump will only lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Biden aims to move left without abandoning centrist roots
Biden aims to move left without abandoning centrist roots
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  • 2020-05-25 04:15:49Z

Joe Biden worked out deals with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. When he launched his presidential campaign, such overtures to Republicans were central to Biden's promise to "unify the country" and "restore the soul of the nation" after defeating President Donald Trump. Now that he's the presumptive Democratic nominee, Biden is sharpening his tone, still pitching consensus but touting a "bold agenda" aimed at mollifying progressives who remain skeptical he'll deliver enough on health care, student loan debts and the climate crisis.

Coronavirus world round-up: US suspends travel from Brazil as cases surge
Coronavirus world round-up: US suspends travel from Brazil as cases surge
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  • 2020-05-25 01:34:26Z

Follow the latest coronavirus news in our daily live blog Read all our coronavirus coverage here President Donald Trump on Sunday further limited travel from the world's coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the US in the number of confirmed cases. Mr Trump had already banned certain travellers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland and, to a lesser extent, Iran. He has not moved to ban travel from Russia, which has the world's third-highest caseload. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany cast the step announced on Sunday as another "decisive action to protect our country" by Mr Trump, whose management of the crisis...

Coronavirus in Sudan exposes new leaders
Coronavirus in Sudan exposes new leaders
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  • 2020-05-25 00:29:53Z

Some medics have refused to work and elderly people have been dying, writes Zeinab Mohammed Salih.

Donald Trump bans entry to foreigners coming from coronavirus hotspot Brazil
Donald Trump bans entry to foreigners coming from coronavirus hotspot Brazil
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  • 2020-05-25 00:20:11Z

President Donald Trump on Sunday further limited travel from the world's coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the US in the number of confirmed cases. Mr Trump had already banned certain travellers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland and, to a lesser extent, Iran. He has not moved to ban travel from Russia, which has the world's third-highest caseload. Mr Trump had said last week that he was considering limiting travel from Brazil. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany cast the step announced on Sunday as another "decisive action to protect our country" by Mr Trump, whose management of the crisis has come under...

Judge rules against Florida on felons paying fines to vote
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  • 2020-05-24 23:36:08Z

A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday. The 125-page ruling was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee. It involves a state law to implement a 2016 ballot measure approved by voters to automatically restore the right to vote for many felons who have completed their sentence.

New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake
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  • 2020-05-24 22:47:04Z

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning. New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is sometimes called the Shaky Isles for its frequent quakes. Ardern continued on with her interview, telling the host the shaking had stopped.

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil
White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil
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  • 2020-05-24 21:57:01Z

President Donald Trump on Sunday further limited travel from the world's coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the U.S. in the number of confirmed cases. Trump had already banned certain travelers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland and, to a lesser extent, Iran. Trump had said last week that he was considering limiting travel from Brazil.

South African President Ramaphosa says outbreak will get worse
South African President Ramaphosa says outbreak will get worse
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  • 2020-05-24 21:16:42Z

Cyril Ramaphosa said the worst is still ahead while announcing an ease in lockdown measures.

'Jesus Is Essential': These Churches Answered Trump's Call and Defied Lockdown
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  • 2020-05-24 20:40:06Z

On Sunday, just days after Donald Trump encouraged houses of worship to reopen even in states under coronavirus lockdowns, churches from Maine to California defied the law and welcomed worshippers at live services.In Washington State-the early ground zero of COVID-19 in America-Covenant Christian Church in Spokane welcomed a sizeable, mask-less crowd for morning prayers, according to the local Spokesman-Review. The Reverend Ken Peters, who claims he'd been holding in-person services since May 3, blasted the "satanic" agenda of Governor Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order and vowed to start offering a second in-person service each Sunday evening. And in California, where in-person services...

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A 'Domnishambles': Dominic Cummings holds on in Boris Johnson's office despite Cabinet losing faith and face
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  • 2020-05-24 19:06:53Z

Shortly after 6pm on Sunday night, Dominic Cummings left Downing Street with the beginnings of a smile on his face. Along with the nation, the 48-year-old advisor had just listened to his boss, Boris Johnson, defend him as a man of integrity who had merely followed the "instincts of every father". Just a few short hours earlier, Mr Cummings had emerged from his own front door besieged by media who demanded to know why he had apparently breached lockdown rules not once, but three times. It marked the start of an extraordinary day in which he faced calls to resign from Tory MPs and was accused of dragging the Government into a "Domnishambles". At one point the police turned up outside his...

UK PM Johnson backs key aide over lockdown breach claims
UK PM Johnson backs key aide over lockdown breach claims
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  • 2020-05-24 17:37:25Z

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday defied pressure from within his own party and backed top aide Dominic Cummings over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown rules. Cummings has been a highly divisive figure in British politics since masterminding the successful 2016 Brexit campaign alongside Johnson. Johnson said during Sunday's news briefing he believed Cummings "acted responsibly and legally and with integrity" after the pair held crisis talks.

Yemeni gravediggers overwhelmed amid spike in virus deaths
Yemeni gravediggers overwhelmed amid spike in virus deaths
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  • 2020-05-24 17:04:17Z

At a cemetery in Yemen's largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves were a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mohammed Ebeid, a gravedigger in Aden, said there's been five times the normal traffic, with 51 burials in the last week at the cemetery where he works. The international aid group Doctors Without Borders has reported a spike in deaths and infections from coronavirus, including health workers at a facility it runs in the city.

Coronavirus in South Africa: Outbreak closes Mponeng gold mine
Coronavirus in South Africa: Outbreak closes Mponeng gold mine
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  • 2020-05-24 16:27:53Z

South Africa's Mponeng gold mine only resumed operations in April following a national lockdown.

Seniors get diplomas on racetracks, chairlifts amid virus
Seniors get diplomas on racetracks, chairlifts amid virus
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  • 2020-05-24 15:37:37Z

Immediately after giving his valedictorian speech, high school senior Philip Root, still clad in his cap and gown, climbed into a borrowed race car and drove up to the finish line at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the yellow tassel of his graduation cap flapping in the wind, Root leaned out the window and posed for a photo as he accepted his diploma - and then took off on a celebratory lap around the track. Root gave his speech over the radio from the broadcasting booth, which the graduating class of Faith Lutheran High School listened to as they sat with family in individual cars decked out with signs, banners and balloons.

Wuhan lab director says facility was studying bat coronaviruses but none that match the one behind COVID-19
Wuhan lab director says facility was studying bat coronaviruses but none that match the one behind COVID-19
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  • 2020-05-24 15:07:15Z

Wang Yanyi, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, told Chinese state media Sunday the lab was working on three live strains of bat coronavirus, but the closest genetic match to the virus that causes COVID-19 and sparked a global health crisis was only 79.8 percent. Therefore, Wang said, claims by the likes of President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the virus may have escaped from the facility are "pure fabrication."As tensions between the U.S. and China have heightened since the outbreak, Trump and Pompeo have leaned into the lab-origin theory. But the scientific consensus remains that the pathogen was passed from bats to humans through an intermediary species...

16 people injured following 5.1-magnitude earthquake in Iran
16 people injured following 5.1-magnitude earthquake in Iran
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  • 2020-05-24 15:04:50Z

At least 16 injuries were reported following a 5.1-magnitude earthquake that struck north-northwest of Do Gonbadan, Iran, on Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.Emergency personnel was dispatched to impacted areas as soon as the earthquake hit. Gachsaran, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, Iran, are said to have been affected by the quake.State TV did not release any immediate information about possible casualties or damage, according to Reuters. The earthquake was not far below the surface at a depth of 10.0 km, which caused damage to buildings."Not only will the strength and distance away from the epicenter of an earthquake determine how much a city or town will feel...

Where seniors would have walked to graduate, names in chalk
Where seniors would have walked to graduate, names in chalk
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  • 2020-05-24 15:02:56Z

As the pandemic upended commencement rituals across campuses, Kim Gaddie wanted to give the University of Oklahoma's class of 2020 a taste of tradition -- well, kinda. Armed with boxes of chalk, Gaddie, her husband and a few colleagues spent hours writing the names of graduating seniors on the concrete sidewalk where class members would have lined up to march into the ceremony. "I was thinking to myself, 'Wow, they're not going to get a chance to do that, another tradition that won't get to be fulfilled after four years of hard work,'" said Gaddie, associate senior fellow at the university's Headington College.

Smaller classes, online reservations new norm as gyms reopen
Smaller classes, online reservations new norm as gyms reopen
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  • 2020-05-24 14:32:06Z

Mike Weeks and his wife are fitness junkies. At Urban Body Fitness in Atlanta, gymgoers get a touchless thermometer check and their own disinfectant bottle along with a stern warning to clean equipment before and after use.

Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus
Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus
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  • 2020-05-24 14:03:20Z

One was a 94-year-old veteran of World War II who was the first of his 11 brothers to enlist in the military. One was a Vietnam veteran who lost his leg overseas and was always touched when people thanked him for his service. This year's Memorial Day will pay tribute not only to those who died on the battlefield but more recent fallen soldiers.

Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Africa - amid coronavirus
Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Africa - amid coronavirus
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  • 2020-05-24 14:00:46Z

With mosques closed in some countries because of Covid-19, Eid feels a bit different this year.

NEWSMAKER-Britain's Brexit mastermind fights for job over claims of lockdown hubris
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  • 2020-05-24 12:40:58Z

Dominic Cummings, the mastermind of Brexit who openly scorned the British elite, is fighting for his job as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior adviser after claims he flouted the government's coronavirus lockdown rules. Cummings, who has repeatedly refused to resign, entered Downing Street

US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns
US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns
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  • 2020-05-24 12:28:30Z

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year's Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. The Eid prayer normally attracts particularly large crowds.


Sydney school evacuated after positive coronavirus case day after students returned full-time
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  • 2020-05-25 23:52:13

Waverley College, in Sydney's east, has recorded a positive case of coronavirus, just one day after students across the state returned to classrooms full-time.

Testing of Donald Trump's preferred drug hydroxychloroquine suspended by WHO
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  • 2020-05-25 22:54:24

The World Health Organization stops trials of the malaria drug after a paper in a top medical journal warns that those taking it are at higher risk of heart problems and death.

Live: Tourism Minister hits out at Queensland over border closures
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  • 2020-05-25 22:34:44

Simon Birmingham accuses Queensland of "pretending" Australia hasn't had success in tackling coronavirus, and says border closures are "crippling" small businesses.

Coronavirus update: Australia's first human trials of potential COVID-19 vaccine begin in Melbourne
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  • 2020-05-25 22:08:30

Australia is conducting the southern hemisphere's first human trials of a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus, with about 130 healthy people between the ages of 18 and 59 taking part.

Virgin Orbit's first jumbo-jet rocket launch fails due to 'anomaly' - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 21:27:00

Virgin Orbit's first rocket launch failed due to an unexplained problem after it had a "clean release" from the Cosmic Girl jumbo jet.

These common slang words have racist, sexist origins. Here's why you should think twice about using them
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  • 2020-05-25 20:47:22

Miriam Margolyes is not the only one in the dark about the offensive origins of popular slang words. Here are some common culprits you should think twice about using, writes Gary Nunn.

Man to face court charged with murder of young girl at Brisbane house
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  • 2020-05-25 20:39:21

A 43-year-old man spends the night in police custody and is due to face a Brisbane court charged with the murder of a four-year-old girl, following the discovery of her body at a house in the suburb of Cannon Hill yesterday morning.

Saini and her family have no money and no income. How will they pay the rent?
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  • 2020-05-25 19:59:08

This mum lives in a one-bedroom unit in outer Melbourne. She's just lost her job but she still needs to pay the rent. What's her next move?

A second immigrant has died from COVID-19 while in ICE custody - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 19:55:13

Santiago Baten-Oxlag, an immigrant in custody of the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, died from COVID-19 on Sunday.

Coronavirus 'dossier' provided no direct evidence Wuhan lab was connected to the pandemic
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  • 2020-05-25 19:38:19

The "Western governments dossier" quoted by Australian newspapers as proving the link between a Wuhan Laboratory and the coronavirus pandemic was a dot-pointed background document produced by the US State Department with no new evidence.

Danny's mother 'cried and cried' when the truth came out, but now more families want the past uncovered
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  • 2020-05-25 18:58:13

A growing number of Australians are trying to discover their own family's history, and many want to know the truth about their Indigenous ancestry.

A 'fire age' to rival the ice ages is be upon us, warns global fire historian
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  • 2020-05-25 18:55:55

Stephen J. Pyne wrote the definitive history of fires in Australia and says we are at the forefront of a new age of fire that he calls the Pyrocene.

Joe Biden makes first appearance outside in months for Memorial Day - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 18:31:53

Joe Biden made an appearance outside of his home for the first time in over two months on Monday to observe Memorial Day in Delaware.

Grimes and Elon Musk have reportedly changed their baby's name to comply with a California law - Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 17:45:42

When he was born earlier this month, the couple told followers that their baby boy's name was X Æ A-12.

WHO announces it will temporarily suspend hydroxychloroquine trials for COVID-19 treatment - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 17:21:30

The study's steering committee met over the weekend, agreeing to suspend enrollment while gathering data about the safety and efficacy of the drug.

Coronavirus update: Italy asks for 60,000 citizens to police social distancing, Dominic Cummings speaks
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  • 2020-05-25 17:11:56

During Italy's coronavirus lockdown Italians were found to have washed their hands 12 times a day while hand sanitiser was used five times a day, now they are also being asked to volunteer to enforce social distancing rules.

'I don't regret what I did': Boris Johnson's top adviser defends breaking lockdown
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  • 2020-05-25 16:49:53

Dominic Cummings says he did not broken the lockdown rules and acted "reasonably" by driving 400km with his child and wife, who had developed COVID-19 symptoms.

Trump defends golfing while US on brink of 100,000 coronavirus deaths - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 16:12:17

Trump frequently criticized Obama for golfing while he was in the White House, but has not held himself to the same standard as president.

See how Brex is keeping up with customer requests during the downturn - Business Insider
  • World
  • 2020-05-25 15:30:00

Customer revenue is more important than ever for startups that need to reduce costs and extend their runway.

Scott Morrison warns of long, hard economic recovery ahead
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  • 2020-05-25 14:52:13

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will tell the National Press Club businesses need to be prepared to "get off the medication" of handouts like JobKeeper and also warn the economic recovery could take up to five years.

Here's what you can expect the next time you stay at a hotel - Business Insider
  • World
  • 2020-05-25 14:48:00

Breakfast buffets could become a thing of the past, and room service could come in the form of a bag dropped outside your door.

Beijing imposes new national security laws on Hong Kong after protests - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 14:41:33

Critics worry that the new laws could hurt Hong Kong's independence and the city's position as a financial center.

Why cruisers can't wait to cast off during coronavirus - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 14:16:08

Business Insider spoke to 19 frequent cruise passengers about the coronavirus pandemic, ship sanitation, and why they love cruising.

Robot baristas aid social distancing in South Korea - Business Insider
  • World
  • 2020-05-25 14:08:00

South Korea is slowly transitioning from intensive social distancing rules towards what the government calls "distancing in daily life."

'Terrorist forces': China doubles down in defence of Hong Kong security law
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  • 2020-05-25 13:36:06

China's top foreign official in Hong Kong says the introduction of controversial security legislation will alleviate concerns about 'violent and terrorist forces' sparked by the city's pro-democracy protests.

Scientist: Johnson's backing for Cummings 'means more people will die' - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 11:46:00

Professor Stephen Reicher said Boris Johnson had "trashed" his own government's advice on the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

JobKeeper bill has been slashed, but what can we do with the extra cash?
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  • 2020-05-25 11:20:16

Despite a $60 billion miscalculation, government bonds are still flying out the door at $5 billion a week. And there's little sign this is going to stop, writes David Taylor.

Pharma companies blocked 2017 EU fast-track vaccine proposal: report - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 10:21:00

Representatives of a group including GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson are on the body that rejected the proposal, The Guardian reported.

'Very white' Australian commercial TV broadcast to Pacific in soft-power push
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  • 2020-05-25 09:37:29

Australian television shows like The Voice, Border Security and Neighbours will be broadcast in the Pacific under a $17.1 million soft-power push against Chinese media influence in the region, but critics say local voices should be the priority.

NASA astronauts complete dress rehearsal for groundbreaking SpaceX launch
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  • 2020-05-25 08:48:17

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will be part of the first attempt by a private company to send astronauts into orbit, and it is going to be "quite a show", according Elon Musk's SpaceX.

The last time Australia had this many active COVID-19 cases, the Ruby Princess hadn't yet docked
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  • 2020-05-25 08:04:04

As Australians continue to recover from COVID-19 at a faster rate than new cases are diagnosed, the number of active cases falls below 500.

The NT's borders may be closed, but most new arrivals can skip hotel quarantine
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  • 2020-05-25 07:50:09

New figures show most arrivals in the NT have avoided coronavirus hotel quarantine. Reed Davies is not one of them and his family says the exemption system is a "shambles".

Victoria's China policy all about growing jobs, says Andrews
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  • 2020-05-25 07:26:42

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews looks set to stare down criticism over his policy on China from the American Secretary of State and members of the Morrison Government, saying he won't apologise for a trade policy that is all about growing Victorian jobs, writes Richard Willingham.

Hong Kong national security laws could lead to sanctions: White House - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 06:11:01

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said that China's actions indicate that they are "going to basically take over Hong Kong."

Prison guard accused of 'five sexual acts' with inmate in Sydney jail
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  • 2020-05-25 05:37:00

Melissa Goodwin, 25, is charged with misconduct in public office and other offences after allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate at Silverwater Prison in Sydney's west.

A new streaming service in Australia is aiming to 'kill the scroll'
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  • 2020-05-25 05:35:48

Foxtel launches its new TV and movie subscription platform Binge, hoping a focus on strong brands and less reliance on algorithms will help it succeed in an increasingly crowded market.

SA accelerates relaxation of coronavirus restrictions ahead of schedule
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  • 2020-05-25 05:22:25

Pubs and restaurants will be able to serve up to 80 patrons in South Australia from next week as the state relaxes restrictions ahead of schedule.

Almost all WA regional border restrictions to be lifted in time for long weekend
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  • 2020-05-25 05:17:32

All West Australian regional travel bans, except the Kimberley and some remote areas, will be lifted from Friday in time for the WA Day long weekend, the Premier announces.

Celeste Barber's $51 million bushfire money can't be split between charities
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  • 2020-05-25 04:59:29

Millions of dollars raised by comedian Celeste Barber's bushfire campaign cannot be distributed to other charities or states but can be given to injured firefighters, a judge rules.

Beaches packed on Memorial Day weekend, crowds flout social distancing - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 04:52:58

Authorities have warned against disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules as US beaches begin to reopen.

Two buildings become one in an Australian architectural feat
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  • 2020-05-25 04:42:01

An environmentally sustainable project will link two buildings in the heart of Brisbane to avoid knocking them down, in what is considered an Australian first.

Coronavirus financial concerns have young people accessing their superannuation
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  • 2020-05-25 04:26:11

More than a third of Australians that have accessed their superannuation early due to COVID-19 are under the age of 30.

Republicans sue California Gov. Newsom over mail-in voting - Business Insider
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  • 2020-05-25 04:16:41

In a lawsuit filed on Sunday, Republican groups called Newsom's executive order to allow mail-in voting a "brazen power grab."

Who is Dominic Cummings and why won't Boris Johnson let him go?
  • World
  • 2020-05-25 04:04:29

He orchestrated the successful Brexit campaign and helped the British Prime Minister into office. Here's what we know about Dominic Cummings.

Russia records its highest daily death toll from the coronavirus - Business Insider
  • World
  • 2020-05-25 02:31:22

Russia denies that it has manipulated coronavirus data and maintains that its mortality rate from the virus is among the lowest in the world.

Child, 4, found dead at Brisbane home
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  • 2020-05-25 01:38:29

A crime scene has been set up and forensic officers and detectives are on scene after a child was found deceased as a Cannon Hill property this morning.

Jacinda Ardern rides out 'quite a decent shake' as earthquake hits during live TV interview
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  • 2020-05-24 22:55:08

The New Zealand Prime Minister assures an interviewer "I'm not under any hanging lights" as a magnitude 5.9 earthquake interrupts her live interview from the nation's capital Wellington.

Trump senior economic adviser: unemployment could pass 20% by June - Business Insider
  • World
  • 2020-05-24 22:39:16

"Unemployment will be something that moves back slower," Kevin Hassett said on CNN about the US economy rebounding from the novel coronavirus.

Live: Schools reopen as coronavirus restrictions gradually ease
  • World
  • 2020-05-24 22:33:31

Students return to schools in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT today as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease across the country. Follow live.

Massive storm hits Perth as ex-Tropical Cyclone Mangga delivers wild weather across WA
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  • 2020-05-24 22:01:58

A massive storm continues to wreak havoc on southern coastal parts of Western Australia, including Perth, with thousands of homes without power, trees down and reports of widespread property damage.

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