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Beaches eyed as US takes steps toward reopening

Many Americans flocked to beaches on Saturday as one Florida county expanded access and California experienced a heat wave, even as new coronavirus cases hit a record high in the United States the day before and deaths topped 200,000 worldwide. Hair salons and other shops in Georgia, Oklahoma and some other states opened for a second day as pockets of ...

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Coronavirus updates

* Over 2 million people worldwide have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 138,000 people have died. * The United States has had over 639,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 30,000 deaths, leading the world in both numbers. * President Trump’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization over its ...

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Trump defends administration’s coronavirus response

WASHINGTON, Feb 26, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – US President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his administration’s response to the novel coronavirus, lashing the media for spreading panic as he announced an evening news conference on the epidemic. It comes a day after a senior health official warned that, despite containment efforts, it was only a matter of time before the COVID-19 ...

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US businesswoman admitted affair with Boris Johnson, UK report says

A US businesswoman who received thousands of pounds from a government agency that Boris Johnson controlled when he was mayor of London told friends that she and Johnson were having a sexual affair, according to a British news report this weekend. The revelation in The Sunday Times of London intensifies the scandal hanging over Johnson as he tries to navigate ...

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House Democrats subpoena Pompeo for Ukraine documents

Democrats in the US House of Representatives who are pursuing an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump forged ahead with their probe on Friday, issuing a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents concerning contact with the Ukrainian government. Following a whistleblower complaint that Trump, a Republican, solicited a political favor from Ukraine’s president that could help him ...

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Pakistan’s Khan warns of ‘bloodbath’ when Kashmir curfew lifted

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan warned on Friday there would be a bloodbath when India lifts its curfew in disputed Kashmir and that any all-out conflict between the two nuclear-armed nations would reverberate far beyond their borders. Khan made the remarks in an impassioned speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly after India last month removed the decades-old autonomy ...

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European powers back US in blaming Iran for Saudi oil attack, urge broader talks

Britain, Germany and France backed the United States and blamed Iran on Monday for an attack on Saudi oil facilities, urging Tehran to agree to new talks with world powers on its nuclear and missile programs and regional security issues. The Europeans issued a joint statement after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel ...

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After ‘Howdy Modi,’ Trump and India’s PM could sign trade deal

The United States and India are racing to negotiate a limited trade deal that US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can sign at the United Nations General Assembly in New York at the end of September, people familiar with the talks said A deal between the world’s most populous democracies would be a welcome victory for ...

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Trump says he cancelled peace talks with Taliban over attack

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he cancelled peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders after the insurgent group said it was behind an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people. Trump said he had planned a secret meeting with the Taliban’s “major leaders” on Sunday at a presidential compound in Camp David, Maryland. Trump ...

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