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Why COVID-19 sparked massive protests in Serbia

For many Serbs, it was the last straw: when the president announced the resumption of a weekend curfew to fight the coronavirus pandemic, thousands took to the streets in anger.
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Why COVID-19 sparked massive protests in Serbia

For many Serbs, it was the last straw: when the president announced the resumption of a weekend curfew to fight the coronavirus pandemic, thousands took to the streets in anger.

Jack Charlton: World Cup hero and adopted Irish saint

Jack Charlton who has died aged 85, enjoyed World Cup success in 1966 with England and went on to record further exploits in the unlikely role as Ireland coach earning himself the sobriquet 'Saint Jack'.
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Jack Charlton: World Cup hero and adopted Irish saint

Jack Charlton who has died aged 85, enjoyed World Cup success in 1966 with England and went on to record further exploits in the unlikely role as Ireland coach earning himself the sobriquet 'Saint Jack'.

Chinese electric vehicle maker Li Auto files for US listing

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Li Auto Inc, backed by food delivery giant Meituan Dianping , has filed for a U.S. initial public offering.
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Chinese electric vehicle maker Li Auto files for US listing

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Li Auto Inc, backed by food delivery giant Meituan Dianping , has filed for a U.S. initial public offering.

Russia continues stockpiling gold, adding $2.7 billion to forex reserves

Russian gold and foreign currency holdings hit almost $569 billion as of July 1, according to the latest data released by the country’s central bank. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia continues stockpiling gold, adding $2.7 billion to forex reserves

Russian gold and foreign currency holdings hit almost $569 billion as of July 1, according to the latest data released by the country’s central bank. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘We will not surrender’: Iran vows to make more oil despite crippling US sanctions

The American “maximum pressure” policy will not prevent Iran from boosting its fuel production capacities, a senior government official maintained, as he inaugurated a massive oil extraction project in the country’s southwest. Read Full Article at RT.co
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‘We will not surrender’: Iran vows to make more oil despite crippling US sanctions

The American “maximum pressure” policy will not prevent Iran from boosting its fuel production capacities, a senior government official maintained, as he inaugurated a massive oil extraction project in the country’s southwest. Read Full Article at RT.com

WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures

The World Health Organization has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens. With case numbers worldwide more than doubling in the p
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WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures

The World Health Organization has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens. With case numbers worldwide more than doubling in the past six weeks, Uzbekistan on Friday returned to lockdown and Hong Kong said schools would close from Monday after the city recorded «exponential growth» in locally transmitted infections. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on countries to adopt an aggressive approach, highlighting Italy, Spain, South Korea and India's biggest slum to show it was possible to stop the spread, no matter how bad the outbreak. The health agency's comments came as US President Donald Trump was forced to cancel an election rally in New Hampshire, citing an approaching storm. Trump has pushed to hold large gatherings against health advice as epidemiologists warn of the dangers posed by the virus moving through the air in crowded and confined spaces. - Lashing out at China - On a visit to Florida on Friday, Trump hit out at Beijing over the pandemic. «(The) relationship with China has been severely damaged. They could have stopped the plague.... They didn't stop it,» he told reporters. The virus has killed at least 556,140 people worldwide since it emerged in China last December. More than 12.3 million cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories, triggering massive economic damage. The United States, the country worst hit by the illness, reported almost 64,000 new cases Friday and the death toll now stands at just under 134,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. Brazil, the second-hardest hit, surpassed 70,000 deaths and reported 45,000 new infections, the health ministry said. In Uzbekistan, citizens were from Friday facing lockdown restrictions again that were originally imposed in March but lifted gradually over the past two months. The Central Asian country's return to confinement followed a decision by Australia to lock down its second-biggest city Melbourne from Thursday. A police officer manning a checkpoint on the outskirts of the former Soviet republic's capital said only drivers with «a good reason» to enter Tashkent -- such as delivering food or other vital supplies -- could pass. Restaurants, gyms, swimming pools and non-food markets have all shut their doors until at least August 1. Private transport within cities will be limited to morning and early evening journeys and essential purposes such as travelling to work and purchasing food or medicine. In Hong Kong, the spike marks a setback for the city after daily life had largely returned to normal with restaurants and bars resuming regular business and cultural attractions reopening. Despite being right next to mainland China where the virus first emerged, the city had managed to quash local transmission in recent months. But new clusters have started to emerge since Tuesday, including at an elderly care home that reported at least 32 cases and a housing estate with 11. - 'Turn this pandemic around' - «Across all walks of life, we are all being tested to the limit,» the WHO's Tedros told a virtual news conference in Geneva. «From countries where there is exponential growth, to places that are loosening restrictions and now starting to see cases rise. »Only aggressive action combined with national unity and global solidarity can turn this pandemic around,« he said. Elsewhere, French officials warned of rising cases in metropolitan France as the death toll topped 30,000. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted a decision to allow businesses, including bars and event spaces, to reopen may have been made »too soon". The Middle Eastern country recorded its highest number of infections over a 24-hour period, at nearly 1,500. In Australia, meanwhile, authorities said they would slash by half the number of people allowed to return from overseas. From Monday, only 4,000 Australian citizens or permanent residents will be permitted to enter each day. © Agence France-Presse

After vigorous monsoon rains, crop planting gathers pace in India

Indian farmers have planted 12 million hectares with summer-sown rice, preliminary farm ministry data for this year showed, up 25per cent from last year as robust monsoon rains encouraged the expansion of acreage.
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After vigorous monsoon rains, crop planting gathers pace in India

Indian farmers have planted 12 million hectares with summer-sown rice, preliminary farm ministry data for this year showed, up 25per cent from last year as robust monsoon rains encouraged the expansion of acreage.

Трамп подтвердил, что лично приказал провести хакерскую атаку на путинскую «фабрику троллей» - Агентство интернет-исследований

Президент США заявил, что в 2018 году санкционировал кибератаку, основываясь на данных разведки о вмешательстве России в выборы. По его словам,
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Трамп подтвердил, что лично приказал провести хакерскую атаку на путинскую «фабрику троллей» - Агентство интернет-исследований

Президент США заявил, что в 2018 году санкционировал кибератаку, основываясь на данных разведки о вмешательстве России в выборы. По его словам, это была лишь часть реакции США на действия РФ. "Никто не проявляет к России больше жесткости, чем я", - объявил Трамп.

США объявили о супербыстрой ракете, которая уже в 17 раз быстрее всех аналогов в мире, а не в 7, как было в феврале

"У нас есть ракета, которая в 17 раз быстрее, чем любая другая... Она настолько быстро летит, что ее крайне тяжело заметить", - сообщил президе
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США объявили о супербыстрой ракете, которая уже в 17 раз быстрее всех аналогов в мире, а не в 7, как было в феврале

"У нас есть ракета, которая в 17 раз быстрее, чем любая другая... Она настолько быстро летит, что ее крайне тяжело заметить", - сообщил президент Трамп, напомнив, что США за последнее время потратили $2,5 трлн на свои ВС. "У нас лучшая военная техника", - сказал американский лидер.

GE2020: Tan Cheng Bock's PSP needs to regroup after fruitless electoral debut

Even before a single vote was cast and before he had any notion of whether he would be returning to Parliament, Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock was already talking about succession in the party leadership. At his last press conference of
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GE2020: Tan Cheng Bock's PSP needs to regroup after fruitless electoral debut

Even before a single vote was cast and before he had any notion of whether he would be returning to Parliament, Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock was already talking about succession in the party leadership. At his last press conference of the campaign, he had made clear that his party - just a year old and on its first electoral outing - would not «run away» regardless of what happened. Dr Tan stressed that the party must have an internal succession plan, though he added that it must not be rushed. With the results this morning, which saw the PSP not winning a single seat in the next Parliament, the succession question has become more urgent. The PSP's A team barely lost the much anticipated West Coast GRC contest with 48.31 per cent of the votes, and the party put up a positive showing in the other three group representation constituencies and five single-member constituencies it contested, averaging almost 40 per cent.

GE2020: SDP fails to make inroads despite change of strategy

The Singapore Democratic Party's (SDP) strategy of focusing its firepower on single seats failed to bear fruit last night, as the party lost in all five constituencies it contested - even as a nationwide swing towards opposition parties helped raise vote shar
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GE2020: SDP fails to make inroads despite change of strategy

The Singapore Democratic Party's (SDP) strategy of focusing its firepower on single seats failed to bear fruit last night, as the party lost in all five constituencies it contested - even as a nationwide swing towards opposition parties helped raise vote shares. The party's top two leaders - secretary-general Chee Soon Juan and chairman Paul Tambyah - both improved on their party's performances in Bukit Batok and Bukit Panjang, but neither did well enough to secure a Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) seat as one of the best-performing losers. Professor Tambyah was the party's best performer with 46.26 per cent of the votes in Bukit Panjang. The party's candidates in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC and Yuhua SMC all received less than 40 per cent of the votes. The results mean the SDP has been usurped by the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) in the opposition party pecking order. While the Workers' Party will have 10 MPs, the year-old PSP, led by Dr Tan Cheng Bock, looks set to take two NCMP seats for its narrow loss in West Coast GRC.

GE2020: WP's former Hougang MP Png Eng Huat pens note for new MP-elect Dennis Tan

Png Eng Huat from the Workers' Party (WP) has successfully passed the torch to Dennis Tan, as the latter was announced MP-elect for Hougang SMC early this morning (July 11). Tan won against the People's Action Party's (PAP) Lee Hong Chuang, garnering 61.19 p
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GE2020: WP's former Hougang MP Png Eng Huat pens note for new MP-elect Dennis Tan

Png Eng Huat from the Workers' Party (WP) has successfully passed the torch to Dennis Tan, as the latter was announced MP-elect for Hougang SMC early this morning (July 11). Tan won against the People's Action Party's (PAP) Lee Hong Chuang, garnering 61.19 per cent of the votes. Shortly after learning of the win, Png took to Facebook to congratulate Tan on «fighting a good fight». The 58-year-old said he had tidied up the office he had been using for the past eight years and left a note for Tan, writing: «I wish to share with him what Mr Low Thia Khiang told me eight years ago when I first became the MP for Hougang.» Png also thanked Hougang residents for their courage and support, writing: «Your love for democracy has touched the hearts of many Singaporeans.»

Mandaeans practicing baptism in Karun River

Followers of Mandaeism are performing baptism in Karun River, southwestern Khuzestan province. According to Encyclopedia Iranica, the Mandaeans must have arrived into Iran from the west (i.e., Jordan, Palestine) as early as the 1st and 2nd centuries CE.
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Mandaeans practicing baptism in Karun River

Followers of Mandaeism are performing baptism in Karun River, southwestern Khuzestan province. According to Encyclopedia Iranica, the Mandaeans must have arrived into Iran from the west (i.e., Jordan, Palestine) as early as the 1st and 2nd centuries CE.

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Palace wants to stop Prince Charles' ex-butler from calling himself royal butler

RICHARD EDEN: When the Queen banned Prince Harry and Meghan from using the term 'royal' after they quit official duties, the couple posted on their website insisting they still had the right to the word.
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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Palace wants to stop Prince Charles' ex-butler from calling himself royal butler

RICHARD EDEN: When the Queen banned Prince Harry and Meghan from using the term 'royal' after they quit official duties, the couple posted on their website insisting they still had the right to the word.

Price of making US stay? Trump says he doesn't want to leave NATO but allies' 2% spend is 'too little'

Perhaps to the relief to his transatlantic allies, Donald Trump has said he doesn't want to lead the US out of NATO but he does want them to pay their «fair share» – a price that could be more than two percent of members' GDP. Read Full Article
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Price of making US stay? Trump says he doesn't want to leave NATO but allies' 2% spend is 'too little'

Perhaps to the relief to his transatlantic allies, Donald Trump has said he doesn't want to lead the US out of NATO but he does want them to pay their «fair share» – a price that could be more than two percent of members' GDP. Read Full Article at RT.com

Not the same thing, Nancy: Pelosi calls for law restricting presidential pardons after Trump commutes sentence of Roger Stone

Nancy Pelosi has been accused of harboring misinformed and constitutionally dubious opinions, after arguing that Donald Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone is proof that presidential pardon powers need to be reined in. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Not the same thing, Nancy: Pelosi calls for law restricting presidential pardons after Trump commutes sentence of Roger Stone

Nancy Pelosi has been accused of harboring misinformed and constitutionally dubious opinions, after arguing that Donald Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone is proof that presidential pardon powers need to be reined in. Read Full Article at RT.com

Football: Santo backs Wolves' Traore to play through the pain barrier

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo said a decision about whether Adama Traore will need surgery for a shoulder injury is unlikely to be taken until the end of the campaign as the striker can play through the pain barrier.
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Football: Santo backs Wolves' Traore to play through the pain barrier

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo said a decision about whether Adama Traore will need surgery for a shoulder injury is unlikely to be taken until the end of the campaign as the striker can play through the pain barrier.

Bangladeshi COVID-19 sufferers shun hospitals

Thousands of beds for coronavirus patients in Bangladesh are lying empty despite the country struggling with a rising caseload as people are too scared to enter hospitals, officials and sufferers say.
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Bangladeshi COVID-19 sufferers shun hospitals

Thousands of beds for coronavirus patients in Bangladesh are lying empty despite the country struggling with a rising caseload as people are too scared to enter hospitals, officials and sufferers say.

Turkish parliament passes disputed bar associations law

Turkey's parliament passed a law on Saturday on changing the structure of bar associations, a move that lawyers argue will further undermine judicial independence in a country where they say the judiciary is already in disarray.
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Turkish parliament passes disputed bar associations law

Turkey's parliament passed a law on Saturday on changing the structure of bar associations, a move that lawyers argue will further undermine judicial independence in a country where they say the judiciary is already in disarray.

Why would Taiwan need a base in Somaliland?

aiwan and Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia, will establish diplomatic missions in each other’s “capitals”. This was recently reported by the news agency Reuters, citing a statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan Joseph Wu.
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Why would Taiwan need a base in Somaliland?

aiwan and Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia, will establish diplomatic missions in each other’s “capitals”. This was recently reported by the news agency Reuters, citing a statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan Joseph Wu.

Trump commutes sentence of Roger Stone in Case he long denounced

WASHINGTON — President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony crimes on Friday, using the power of his office to spare a former campaign adviser days before Mr. Stone was to report to a federal prison to serve
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Trump commutes sentence of Roger Stone in Case he long denounced

WASHINGTON — President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony crimes on Friday, using the power of his office to spare a former campaign adviser days before Mr. Stone was to report to a federal prison to serve a 40-month term.

Two-day consultative meeting with FMS leaders set to begin in Dhusamareb

Dhusamareb (HOL) - The Presidents of Somalia's Federal Member States (FMS) will begin their consultative meeting in Dhusamareb on Saturday to discuss cooperation between the regions and the looming elections.
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Two-day consultative meeting with FMS leaders set to begin in Dhusamareb

Dhusamareb (HOL) - The Presidents of Somalia's Federal Member States (FMS) will begin their consultative meeting in Dhusamareb on Saturday to discuss cooperation between the regions and the looming elections.

Seychelles National Parks staff clear nature trails during tourism low point

Staff from two reserves of the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) are joining forces to clean nature trails on La Digue, as the authority faces financial constraints and is unable to pay private contractors. The 1-kilometre-long Nid D'aigle trail wa
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Seychelles National Parks staff clear nature trails during tourism low point

Staff from two reserves of the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) are joining forces to clean nature trails on La Digue, as the authority faces financial constraints and is unable to pay private contractors. The 1-kilometre-long Nid D'aigle trail was the first to be maintained by the team of 10 SNPA staff from the Veuve Reserve, including those on the Unemployment Relief Scheme (URS) and from Ile Cocos Marine Park. «We are all so excited about this collaborative effort, a job that is normally carried out by private contractors. In July we will plant endemic trees on the trail to improve the biodiversity,» said Josianna Rose, the officer in charge of Veuve Reserve. The officer in charge of Ile Cocos Marine Park, Cliff Emile, added that «our marine park team have worked on Curieuse before and we are used to trail work, so for us, it was not a difficult task.» «As a team, we are well aware of the impact that COVID-19 pandemic is having on our operations, therefore we are more than willing to help other sections in their activities,» he added. One of the cleared trails on La Digue done by SNPA staff. (Seychelles National Parks Authority) Photo License: CC-BY SNPA is entrusted with the protection and management of all marine and terrestrial national parks in the Seychelles. In 2018 it obtained financial autonomy. In 2019, with the financial support of the Environment Trust fund (ETF), SNPA cleared four trails - Nid D'aigle, Anse Caiman, Anse Songe and Anse Reunion Trails on La Digue, the third-most populated island. The trails were in a poor state of maintenance and signage was also erected. Six months later, vegetation has slowly grown back and trees have fallen across the paths. With budgetary constraints brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the high dependency on tourism -with the main revenue coming from park entry fee - SNPA could not afford to pay contractors to do the job again. Since activities in the parks and reserve are at its slowest, personnel from the authority have shifted their operations, preparing and maintaining its facilities, waiting for the return of international visitors. Cleaning of trails will be done on the other two main islands – Mahe and Praslin – by another group of SNPA staff. The senior research scientist at the authority, Isabelle Ravinia, told SNA that this activity might be discontinued once tourists start coming into the country as «staff will need to go back to their usual every day work and duties.»

Study links abnormally high blood sugar to higher risk of death in Covid-19 patients not diagnosed with diabetes

A new research from Wuhan, China shows that in Covid-19 patients, but without a previous diagnosis of diabetes, abnormally high blood sugar is associated with more than double the risk of death and also an increased risk of severe complications.
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Study links abnormally high blood sugar to higher risk of death in Covid-19 patients not diagnosed with diabetes

A new research from Wuhan, China shows that in Covid-19 patients, but without a previous diagnosis of diabetes, abnormally high blood sugar is associated with more than double the risk of death and also an increased risk of severe complications.

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