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Asia Today: Rules return in Hong Kong, India, ease in China Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

HONG KONG (AP):- Renewed restrictions took effect in Hong Kong on Wednesday, with restaurants limited to takeout after 6 p.m., as the Asian financial center battles a resurgence of the coronavirus. Mask-wearing has been made compulsory on public transport for the first time, with fines of up to..

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UK backtracks on giving Huawei role in high-speed network Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

By DANICA KIRKA, LONDON (AP):- Britain on Tuesday backtracked on plans to give Chinese telecommunications company Huawei a role in the U.K.’s new high-speed mobile phone network amid security concerns fueled by rising tensions between Beijing and Western powers. Britain said it decided to..

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Global vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more

By MARIA CHENG, LONDON (AP):- Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for..

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US rejects nearly all Chinese claims in South China Sea Monday, July 13th, 2020

By MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR, WASHINGTON (AP):- The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South..

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Brazil’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 72,000

BRASILIA:- More than 630 new coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed in Brazil in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total COVID-19 death toll up to over 72,000 according to the latest data from the Health Ministry. In the past 24 hours, 24,831 new cases and 631 new deaths from COVID-19..

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Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll Sunday, July 12th, 2020

MEXICO CITY, (AP):- Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total. A count by Johns Hopkins University has only the United States, Brazil and Britain with more confirmed deaths from the new coronavirus...

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Indonesia’s virus cases accelerate past 75,000

JAKARTA, (AFP):- The number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia exceeded 75,000 as infections in the two largest hotspots continued to accelerate after the government eased physical-distancing curbs more than a month ago. There were 1,681 new cases in the 24 hours to midday Sunday, bringing the..

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Poland’s momentous presidential runoff too close to call

By VANESSA GERA and MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, WARSAW, Poland (AP):- An exit poll for Poland’s presidential runoff Sunday showed a race that is too close to call between the conservative, populist incumbent and the liberal, pro-Europe mayor of Warsaw — a battle that reflected the deep divisions in this..

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White House expert urges using masks in public

WASHINGTON, (AP):- A member of the White House coronavirus task force said Sunday that despite a surge in cases across the country, the situation “is not out of control.” Brett Giroir said it’s going to take “a lot of effort and everybody’s going to have to do their part” to combat the..

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UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

By SYLVIA HUI, LONDON (AP):- Only five years ago, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron was celebrating a “golden era” in U.K.-China relations, bonding with President Xi Jinping over a pint of beer at the pub and signing off on trade deals worth billions. Those friendly scenes now seem..

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Virus cases up sharply in Africa, India as inequality stings Saturday, July 11th, 2020

By CARA ANNA, JOHANNESBURG (AP):- South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in just two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw its biggest daily spike as its infections passed 800,000. The surging cases are raising sharp concerns about unequal treatment in the..

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Oxygen already runs low as COVID-19 surges in South Africa

By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME, JOHANNESBURG (AP):- The coronavirus storm has arrived in South Africa, but in the overflowing COVID-19 wards the sound is less of a roar than a rasp. Medical oxygen is already low in hospitals at the new epicenter of the outbreak, Gauteng province, home to the power centers of..

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