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  • Israel passes on Chinese bid for major desalination plant

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    Tue, 26 May 2020 15:09:36 -0400
  • Turkey nears end of latest lockdown, death toll up to 4,397

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    Turkey’s COVID-19 death toll reached 4,397 as of Tuesday after 28 new deaths were reported in 24 hours, according to the country's health minister. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that Turkey also recorded 948 more confirmed cases, bringing the total to 158,762. More than 121,500 people with the virus have recovered in Turkey, and the number of COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care continues to decline, according to Health Ministry statistics.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 14:48:30 -0400
  • Zambian jailed gay couple pardoned in presidential amnesty

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    Their 15-year sentence triggered a diplomatic row resulting in the recalling of the US ambassador.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 13:46:14 -0400
  • US nears 100,000 pandemic deaths: Does Trump feel your pain?

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    As diverse as they were in eloquence and empathy, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama each had his own way of piercing the noise of catastrophe and reaching people. Impeachment placed one indelible mark on Trump's time in office. At every turn Trump has asserted the numbers would be worse without his leadership.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 13:23:51 -0400
  • US says Russia sent jets to Libya 'mercenaries'

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    Russia urges peace talks as the US accuses it of meddling in the Libya conflict.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 13:16:41 -0400
  • Parties target control of state legislatures, redistricting

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    Drowned out by the coronavirus and national politics, Republican and Democratic operatives are quietly preparing for a battle of state legislative supremacy later this year that could have a profound effect on political power for the next decade. The November ballot will feature more than 5,000 elections for state House and Senate members in 35 states who will play a significant role in crafting or passing new voting districts for Congress and state legislative chambers based on census results. Republicans, who currently control a majority of state legislative chambers, generally will be on defense against a well-funded Democratic effort.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 12:57:28 -0400
  • Wife of victim says UConn student was looking for neighbor

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    A college student suspected in two slayings in Connecticut had gone to the neighborhood of the first victim because he was looking for a young woman he knew, the victim's wife said Tuesday. Cindy DeMers said that her husband, Ted DeMers, went to speak with Peter Manfredonia on Friday when they saw the 23-year-old walking down the rural road in front of their Willington home wearing a motorcycle helmet. Manfredonia said that his motorcycle had broken down.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 12:22:39 -0400
  • Russia virus peak 'passed', Putin orders WWII parade in June

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    Russia has passed its peak of coronavirus infections, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, ordering a World War II victory parade postponed by the pandemic to be held next month. The postponement of the May 9 Victory Day parade had been a blow to Putin, who had hoped to gather world leaders to watch troops march on Red Square to celebrate 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany. "According to experts, the peak can be considered passed," Putin told Shoigu in a video link-up.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 12:14:37 -0400
  • Dispute over dog in Central Park sparks racism accusations

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    Tue, 26 May 2020 12:03:55 -0400
  • GOP govs offer states as alternative RNC convention host

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    Two GOP governors are offering up their states to host the Republican National Convention — a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor doesn't assure him that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sent an open plea to Trump on Tuesday to consider his state as an alternate site for the quadrennial convention, which is set to gather more than 2,500 delegates and thousands more guests, press and security officials. Plans have been underway for more than a year to hold the convention in Charlotte, but Trump and national Republican officials have expressed concerns that local officials may not allow gatherings of that size during the pandemic.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 10:56:59 -0400
  • Third Iranian fuel cargo approaches Venezuela's economic zone -data

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    Tue, 26 May 2020 10:51:01 -0400
  • US military says Russia deployed fighter jets to Libya

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    The U.S. military Tuesday accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. Russia called the claim “disinformation." In a strongly worded statement, the U.S. Africa Command said the Russian military aircraft arrived in Libya recently from an airbase in Russia via Syria, where they were repainted to hide their Russian origin.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 10:45:12 -0400
  • Cummings and his 'Brexit friends' leave when they should stay, quips EU's Tusk

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    Tue, 26 May 2020 10:08:45 -0400
  • Millions of U.K. Viewers Tune in As Boris Johnson Aide Dominic Cummings Defends Lockdown Travel

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    Tue, 26 May 2020 10:08:24 -0400
  • UN condemns use of IEDs against civilians in Libya

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    The United Nations has deplored the "grotesque" use of improvised explosive devices against civilians in Libya's capital Tripoli, the scene of more than a year of deadly fighting. The UN mission in Libya said it "strongly condemns these acts, which serve no military objective, provoke extreme fear among the population, and violate the rights of innocent civilians who must be protected under international humanitarian law." In a statement released late on Monday, it voiced alarm about reports that residents of the Ain Zara and Salaheddin districts in southern Tripoli had been killed or wounded by IEDs placed in or near their homes.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 09:58:57 -0400
  • U.N. calls meeting to boost pandemic support for developing countries

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    Tue, 26 May 2020 09:41:52 -0400
  • Russia to hold World War II victory parade on June 24

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    Russia will hold a military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the defeat over Nazi Germany in World War II on June 24, after the celebration was postponed from May because of the coronavirus pandemic. Russian President Vladimir Putin made the announcement Tuesday during a video conference with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and ordered the ministry to start preparing for the event. “We will do this ... on the day of the legendary, historical victory parade in 1945,” Putin said.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 09:32:06 -0400
  • What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

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    As Brazil and India struggle with surging coronavirus cases, a top health expert is warning that the world is still smack in the middle of the pandemic, dampening hopes for a speedy global economic rebound and renewed international travel. “We’re still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up,” Ryan said, pointing to South America, South Asia and other parts of the world. A U.S. travel ban takes effect Tuesday for foreigners coming from Brazil.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 09:25:26 -0400
  • VIRUS DIARY: Finding a surprising source of support in an ex

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    Embarrassing to admit but oddly comforting: My ex-husband’s husband and I share a slight crush on our state epidemiologist. Frankly, I never thought I’d have an ex-husband, let alone one who has a new husband.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 09:25:07 -0400
  • Video shows officer kneeling on neck of black man who died

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    A black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis was seen on a bystander's video pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck during the arrest and kept his knee there for several minutes after the man stopped moving. The death Monday night after a struggle with officers was under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities. It drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after he was placed in a chokehold by police and pleaded for his life, saying he could not breathe.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 08:30:27 -0400
  • Americans From All 50 States Submit Feedback to Help the UN Set Priorities Ahead of UN General Assembly Week

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    Tue, 26 May 2020 08:00:00 -0400
  • Rights group: Satellite images show Myanmar village burning

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    Satellite imagery that shows a village burning in a conflict zone in western Myanmar lends credence to reports that houses were set ablaze there by government soldiers, a major human rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said in a statement that an investigation is necessary to determine who was responsible for setting at least 200 buildings on fire on May 16 in the village of Let Kar in Rakhine state’s Mrauk-U township. The burning of villages was a tactic used on a large scale by the military in Rakhine in 2017, according to investigations carried out separately by the United Nations and human rights groups.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 07:33:11 -0400
  • Israeli court: Alleged child sex abuser fit to stand trial

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    An Israeli court Tuesday ruled that a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia is fit to stand trial for extradition, capping a years-long battle that has strained relations between the two allies and angered Australia's pro-Israel Jewish community. The ruling was hailed by Malka Leifer's alleged victims, who have accused their one-time school principal and Israeli authorities of dragging out the case for far too long. A July 20 extradition hearing was set by the court.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 07:22:57 -0400
  • Trump coronavirus travel ban on Brazil to take effect Tuesday

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    Trump had already banned certain travelers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland and, to a lesser extent, Iran

    Tue, 26 May 2020 07:12:44 -0400
  • Afghan government releases hundreds of Taliban prisoners

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    The Afghan government released hundreds of Taliban prisoners Tuesday, its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides. The government announced it would release 900 Taliban prisoners as a three-day cease-fire with the insurgents draws to an end. The Taliban had called for the truce during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 06:50:08 -0400
  • Trafficked Nigerian women rescued from Lebanon

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    The 50 return home a month after a woman working as a maid in Beirut was put up for sale on Facebook.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 06:28:30 -0400
  • UN says both Koreas broke armistice in DMZ shooting

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    An exchange of gunfire between North and South Korean forces in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the peninsula was a violation of the armistice agreement, the United Nations Command (UNC) said Tuesday. The two sides remain technically at war, since fighting in the Korean War ended with an armistice in 1953 that was never replaced with a peace treaty. The UNC -- which monitors compliance with the ceasefire -- opened an investigation into the shooting and concluded that "both sides committed Armistice Agreement violations", it said in a statement.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 05:24:38 -0400
  • UN probe: Both Koreas violate armistice in gunfire exchange

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    A U.N. investigation into a recent exchange of gunfire between the two Koreas has determined that both countries violated the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, the American-led U.N. Command said Tuesday. The May 3 gunfire exchange was the first shooting inside the Korean Demilitarized Zone in about 2½ years. The DMZ, which was established as a buffer at the end of the Korean War, is a de facto border separating North and South Korea.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 05:21:19 -0400
  • U.N. Command finds both Koreas violated armistice agreement in DMZ shooting

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    Tue, 26 May 2020 04:24:46 -0400
  • Bethlehem Nativity Church reopens after coronavirus closure

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    Tue, 26 May 2020 04:07:21 -0400
  • Coronavirus in Sudan exposes new leaders

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

    Tue, 26 May 2020 03:47:30 -0400
  • AP PHOTOS: Confined Moroccans find new ways to celebrate Eid

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    Instead of mass prayers and large family gatherings filled with colorful clothes, gifts and traditional foods, millions of Moroccan Muslims celebrated Eid Al-Fitr at home, subdued and isolated amid their country’s newly extended coronavirus lockdown. The mood was somber for the normally joyous holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, but also mixed with gratitude that Morocco's brush with the virus has been so far milder than those in the U.S. or Europe. In Casablanca, Morocco’s most populous city, where police tasked with enforcing the lockdown guarded deserted streets, 21-year-old Yousra Sandabad’s family greeted loved ones over video calls.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 03:12:19 -0400
  • Hong Kong leader says security law not a threat to freedoms

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    Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that national security legislation proposed by China's legislature will not threaten the semi-autonomous territory's civil rights, despite widespread criticism of the move as an encroachment on freedom of speech and assembly. The city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, told reporters that there was “no need for us to worry" over the move being considered by China's ceremonial National People's Congress. “Hong Kong has proven that we uphold and preserve those values," Lam said.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 03:12:17 -0400
  • Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

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    Now, some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction workers — are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions. Lebanon’s unprecedented foreign currency crisis means that many migrants have not been paid for months or that the value of salaries is down by more than half. Others have lost their jobs after employers dumped them on the streets or outside their embassies.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 02:08:46 -0400
  • Boris Johnson Leaves the Dirty Work to Everyone Else

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    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- An awkward question hangs over the Covid-shuttered world of Downing Street. At his daily morning meeting, Boris Johnson, back to full duties after suffering a serious bout of the virus, recently asked who was in charge of relaxing Britain’s lockdown plan, with all of the risks and uncertainties that entails for a government. “There was just silence,” an insider told the Sunday Times newspaper. “He looked over at Mark Sedwill (his top civil servant) and asked, ‘Is it you?’ The official replied, ‘No, I think it’s you, prime minister.’” Sedwill was right. The U.K.’s leader enjoys some of the strongest centralized powers in Europe — and yet, paradoxically, the man who fought so hard to gain control of his party and Britain’s destiny is reluctant to take responsibility.Before the crisis, Johnson ruled as a near-absolute monarch, often through his eccentric but effective adviser (and key Brexit strategist) Dominic Cummings. In a tale familiar to English court politics down the centuries, the arrogant outsider resented by lesser talents has himself become a hindrance to the man he serves. Cummings, one of the architects of Britain’s lockdown, bent the rules by driving his sick wife and child 250 miles to his family’s northern home, where he may or may not have breached self-isolation to walk in local beauty spots.Hitherto, an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons and the trouncing of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the December election had boosted the prime minister’s natural self-confidence, and a cabinet largely composed of inexperienced unequals reinforced his dominance.The Coronavirus has changed everything. It has seen Johnson dither over using his executive power to lay down the law. True, most democratic leaders find life-and-death decisions unnerving, but the prime minister has made too many missteps for Britain’s emergence as the “the sick man of Europe” to be seen as mere bad luck.The U.K. has an unwelcome lead in the continent’s league table of fatalities, in part due to its role as a transport and business hub. But Johnson’s administration bears the blame for failing to lock down as quickly as Germany, for prematurely terminating track and tracing of the infected in March, and for allowing hospital patients to be discharged untested into care homes for the elderly.Voters have given Johnson the benefit of the doubt so far out of sympathy for his own near-death encounter with Covid-19. But the prime minister, while a convincing advocate for social distancing, still sounds uncertain on many big calls. No. 10 staffers and his chief ministers lack confidence. His acolytes are already looking over their shoulders at a likely public inquiry into their handling of the emergency.An unfamiliar crisis that demands fast, big-state solutions plays more easily to the strengths of social democrats or even paternalist Conservatives. Johnson, a carefree libertarian by instinct, at first ignored the peril, expecting others to take responsibility for a threat that seemed more tangential than finalizing a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union.Personal foibles matter too. Johnson’s absence from five key meetings in the initial stages of the pandemic is a matter of record. There are crude metrics (still evolving) that suggest Scotland’s devolved government has performed even worse during the outbreak, but perceptions are otherwise and they matter. The left-leaning Scottish nationalist leader, Nicola Sturgeon, cuts a more commanding figure, happy to tell her fellow citizens what to do (or in the case of following Johnson’s lead in easing the lockdown, what not to do).Britain’s muddled approach to immigration, a central policy area for the Conservatives, is equally perplexing. While the contagion was still spreading, the U.K. permitted free entry from China, Italy, Iran and other countries with high infection rates. Johnson’s Brexit vision is of an outward-looking Global Britain, not the protectionist Little England imagined by his enemies, and that rendered him reluctant to pull up the drawbridge. Now his government has lurched in the opposite direction, devising a draconian regime that will force all U.K. arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days. The policy looks unworkable.Similarly, Johnson suggests that Brits wear masks while going about their business, but his inner libertarian makes him reluctant to give this guidance the force of law. Another area of confusion is his marriage of convenience with his frazzled health secretary, Matt Hancock, whose unhappy lot is to run a department that prepared for the wrong pandemic: influenza. The prime minister sometimes gives the appearance of “neither backing him nor sacking him” — as one senior Whitehall figure puts it. More cynical souls think the health secretary’s political life is being held in reserve to offer up for sacrifice after a punishing public inquiry.What of the charge, leveled since the Brexit referendum campaign, that Johnson is averse to expertise? This is a cheap shot, since the prime minister is clearly deferential to SAGE, the committee of scientists advising government. If anything, he has listened lately to more cautious advisers on reopening the economy in an attempt to stave off a second spike of the virus. But fallible scientific opinion has to be balanced against economics and politics, and that’s a prime minister’s call. Jeremy Hunt, a former long-serving Conservative health secretary, claims that SAGE’s advice to end contact tracing back in March was “one of the biggest failures of scientific advice to ministers in our lifetimes.”In the end, people will judge a leader’s competence by their impact on them and their families. It should be a priority to get children back to school by June 1, not least to allow their parents to return to work. But the teaching unions are obstructive, the devolved governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are going their own way and many parents are fearful. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, needs louder support from his prime minister, a first-class salesman when he puts his mind to it.And here is the Boris anomaly: The prime minister is a brilliant election campaigner but, as London’s mayor, he left it to his team — notably Edward Lister, now No. 10’s chief of staff — to do the heavy lifting while he took the credit, gave the speeches and swung gaily on a zip wire over the Thames. A mayor can wield personal power fitfully, but national government requires a consistent driving will to get things done. Overreliance on Cummings — personal and political — has damaged Johnson at a time of jeopardy. The lesson surely is to better develop and deploy his cabinet talent rather than gamble so much on a single consigliere.Today, the machinery of state needs a clarifying moment and clearer division of roles than the present buck passing. The modus operandi of the current government is that civil servants must be kept in check, lest a “blob” of resistance hobbles Johnson’s and Cummings’s plans on Europe or anything else. That is no recipe for cohesion.The prime minister’s character won’t change. While an aversion to nannying and a low boredom threshold are foibles, they also explain his personal appeal. But the Covid-19 crisis means the “PM” can be neither the one-man show of the Brexit wars, nor a figurehead, leaving the hard work to others. The job is prime minister and the clue to success is in that title.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Martin Ivens was editor of the Sunday Times from 2013 to 2020 and was formerly its chief political commentator. He is a director of the Times Newspapers board. For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 02:00:25 -0400
  • In Lockdown Scandal, Johnson Reaps What He Sowed

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    Tue, 26 May 2020 02:00:03 -0400
  • California lays out pandemic rules for church reopenings

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    Rabbi Shalom Rubanowitz looks forward to reopening his synagogue doors — if his congregation can balance the laws of God and California during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the state released a framework that will permit counties to allow in-person worship services. The Orthodox congregation of Shul on the Beach in Los Angeles County's Venice Beach will follow the guidelines, consulting with rabbinical authorities who place a high importance on preservation of life, Rubanowitz said.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 01:01:10 -0400
  • Atlanta is home to 2 potential contenders for Biden's VP

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    Neither public rivals nor personal friends, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Stacey Abrams spent years climbing parallel ladders at Atlanta City Hall and the Georgia Capitol. Bottoms, the 50-year-old Atlanta mayor, is a top surrogate for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Abrams is the 46-year-old voting rights activist who nearly became the first black female governor in American history.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 00:10:24 -0400
  • Shunned by his party, Iowa's Steve King fights for his seat

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    Rep. Steve King is fighting for his political life — but not because he's compared immigrants crossing the border illegally to cattle. Instead, the nine-term congressman known for his nativist politics is fighting to prove he can still deliver for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. Since Republican leaders stripped him of his committee assignments, in a rare punishment, King has been dogged by questions over whether he's lost all effectiveness.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 00:04:55 -0400
  • Death and denial in Brazil’s Amazon capital

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    As the white van approached Perfect Love Street, one by one chatting neighbors fell silent, covered their mouths and noses and scattered. Men in full body suits carried an empty coffin into the small, blue house where Edgar Silva had spent two feverish days gasping for air before drawing his last breath on May 12. “It wasn’t COVID,” Silva’s daughter, Eliete das Graças insisted to the funerary workers.

    Tue, 26 May 2020 00:01:53 -0400
  • Senior adviser to British PM won't apologize for traveling during coronavirus lockdown

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    Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is rebuffing calls for his resignation and refusing to apologize for traveling with his family in March and April amid the country's mandatory coronavirus lockdown.During a press conference on Monday, Cummings admitted that he drove 264 miles from London to his parents' house in Durham in March. He was accompanied by his wife and son, and at the time, both he and his wife suspected they had coronavirus. Cummings said they drove to Durham in case they became sick and needed his niece to watch their son, and claimed he stayed in a separate building with his family and only communicated with his parents by yelling at them from far away. "I don't regret what I did," he said.Cummings also revealed that after a 14-day self-quarantine, his family drove 30 miles away to Barnard Castle, saying he needed to "check his eyesight was good enough for the longer drive back to London," The Guardian reports. Cummings and his family returned to London on April 14, and he claimed people who saw him in Durham on April 19 were mistaken.At least 20 members of the Conservative Party have said Cummings should resign, the Labour Party has called for an investigation, and scientists have said Cummings' actions likely undermined public health advice. Cummings directed the Vote Leave campaign during Brexit, which helped usher Johnson into power, and the prime minister is supporting him. On Sunday, Johnson said Cummings "followed the instincts of every father and every parent" and as such, would not be dismissed. Johnson was hospitalized with coronavirus in April, spending time in the intensive care unit.More stories from theweek.com Trump shares disturbing meme of Biden's campaign in a coffin J.K. Rowling's new children's book is being released for free online Trump keeps falsely accusing Joe Scarborough of murder, and it's long past weird

    Mon, 25 May 2020 21:28:00 -0400
  • Iran eases restaurant curbs as virus claims 57 more lives

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    Iran further eased restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus Tuesday by allowing restaurants to accept customers, as it announced another 57 deaths from the virus. A deputy health minister signalled the easing of restrictions on eateries. "Restaurants which before this decree were only allowed to distribute food will be allowed to accept customers from today," Mohsen Farhadi told state television.

    Mon, 25 May 2020 20:24:24 -0400
  • Coronavirus in South Africa: Smokers fume at cigarette ban

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

    Mon, 25 May 2020 19:28:04 -0400
  • Arbery family lawyer: Feds looking into how case handled

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    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.

    Mon, 25 May 2020 18:01:24 -0400
  • IVI Standardizes on Veeva Vault QualityDocs to Improve Operational Efficiency

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    Veeva Systems (NYSE: VEEV) today announced that the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), a not-for-profit International Organization established in 1997 as an initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has implemented Veeva Vault QualityDocs to improve control and real time visibility of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for audits and inspections. The move from paper-based processes to Vault QualityDocs will better enable IVI to meet compliance and GxP requirements of major drug administrations.

    Mon, 25 May 2020 18:00:00 -0400
  • IVI Standardizes on Veeva Vault QualityDocs to Improve Operational Efficiency

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    Veeva Systems (NYSE: VEEV) today announced that the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), a not-for-profit International Organization established in 1997 as an initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has implemented Veeva Vault QualityDocs to improve control and real time visibility of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for audits and inspections. The move from paper-based processes to Vault QualityDocs will better enable IVI to meet compliance and GxP requirements of major drug administrations.

    Mon, 25 May 2020 18:00:00 -0400
  • California issues guidelines for church reopenings

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    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.

    Mon, 25 May 2020 17:47:11 -0400
  • Federal coronavirus testing plan puts burden on states

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    The Trump administration’s new strategy for coronavirus testing puts much of the burden on states while promising to provide supplies such as swabs and material to transport specimens. In a joint letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. and Washington Sen. Patty Murray said the administration “still does not have a serious plan for increasing testing to stop the spread of the virus.” President Donald Trump, who has been eager to revive the economy by loosening coronavirus-related restrictions, vowed Monday, “Together we will vanquish the virus and America will rise from this crisis to new and even greater heights.”

    Mon, 25 May 2020 17:34:52 -0400
  • First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela

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    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.

    Mon, 25 May 2020 16:18:18 -0400
  • The dried tart cherry market was valued at US$ 88.9 million in 2018 and is projected to reach US$ 130.5 million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2019 to 2027

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    Dried Tart Cherry Market to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and European Analysis - by Product Type (Freeze Dried, Sun Dried, Infused Dried, Others); Nature (Conventional, Organic); End Use (Bakery Products, Confectionaries, Dairy Products, Beverages, Cereal and Snack Bars, Others); Distribution Channel (Hypermarkets and Supermarkets, Convenience Stores, Online, Others); and Country Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05894538/?utm_source=PRN The dried tart cherry market was valued at US$ 88.9 million in 2018 and is projected to reach US$ 130.5 million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2019 to 2027. Dried tart cherry is rich in nutrients and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.It is rich in potassium, fiber, and beta carotene. Dried tart cherry has a unique sweet and tangy taste, and is used in the preparation of various food and beverage products.Dried tart cherry offers several health advantages such as supports heart health, promotes better sleep, and offer relief from pain. It is a natural source of melatonin, which helps to regulate skin cycle.Dried tart cherry is an excellent source of boron, which further supports bone health. It contains high amounts of anthocyanin, which provide anti-inflammatory properties to help in repair and maintenance of muscle tissue. Based on nature, the European dried tart cherry market has been segmented into conventional and organic.The conventional segment held the largest share of the market in 2019; however, the organic segment is estimated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The increasing awareness among the consumers is one of the key drivers for the growth of organic dried tart cherry market during the forecast period.The consumers are becoming conscious about the food products they consume. The inclination towards the consumption of natural and healthy food products among population is increasing across the globe.The companies are trying to develop innovative products using organic ingredients to attract the health-conscious consumers. Organic dried tart cherry offers various health-benefits and has applications in several end-use industries. Therefore, the demand for organic dried tart cherry is estimated to increase in various end-use industries as it fulfills the consumer's requirements. Geographically, the European dried tart cherry market has been segmented into Russia, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, and rest of Europe.Russia held the largest share of the European dried tart cherry market, followed by Turkey and rest of European countries. The growing focus toward health-promoting food products is one of the key factors that is boosting the dried tart cherry market. The presence of several manufacturers such as Graceland Fruit, Inc. and Cherry Central has bolstered the growth of the dried tart cherry market. Also, the consumer demand for healthy and tasty products without any compromise on taste is expected to propel the dried tart cherry market in the region. Further, the growth of bakery and confectionery, beverages, dairy and other industries is further propelling the demand for dried tart cherry in the European region. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Dried Tart Cherry Market COVID-19 outbreak first began in Wuhan (China) in December 2019, and since then it has spread across the globe at a fast pace.China, Italy, Iran, Spain, the Republic of Korea, France, Germany, and the US are among the worst affected countries in terms of positive cases and reported deaths as of March 2020. The COVID-19 outbreak has affected economies and industries in various countries due to lockdowns, travel bans, and business shutdowns. The overall market breakdown due to COVID-19 is also affecting the growth of the dried tart cherry market due to shutting down of factories, obstacle in supply chain, and downturn in world economy. Cherry Central, Fruit d'Or, Graceland Fruit, Inc., and Smeltzer Orchard Company, LLC, are among the major players in the European dried tart cherry market. Overall size of the European dried tart cherry market has been derived in accordance to primary and secondary sources.To begin the research process, exhaustive secondary research has been conducted using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. Additionally, multiple primary interviews have been conducted with industry participants and commentators to validate the data, as well as to gain more analytical insights into the topic. The participants who take part in such a process include industry expert such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers along with external consultants such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders specializing in the European dried tart cherry market.Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05894538/?utm_source=PRN About Reportlinker ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place. __________________________ Contact Clare: clare@reportlinker.com US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001

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