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Spanish prime minister moderately optimistic about economic recovery

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday he was moderately optimistic about the country’s economic recovery from its worst downturn on record caused by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Sanchez reiterated that gross domesti... More »

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Former No. 1 Kerber eyeing improvement after rehiring coach Beltz

(Reuters) – Angelique Kerber has not won a title since 2018 but the former world number one is hoping better days lie ahead after rehiring compatriot Torben Beltz as her coach and restoring a partnership that helped the German win two of her three Grand Slam t... More »

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Osaka keen to spread awareness about racial injustice

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka says she wants to spread awareness about racial injustice after the former U.S. Open champion walked onto court with a mask bearing the name of Breonna Taylor on Monday. Osaka, who moved to the United States as a three-... More »

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Mainland China reports 10 new COVID-19 cases vs 17 a day earlier

BEIJING (Reuters) – Mainland China reported 10 new COVID-19 cases on Aug. 31, down from 17 reported a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Tuesday. The National Health Commission said in a statement that all new cases were imported infections in... More »

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Mexico records 3,719 new coronavirus cases, 256 more deaths

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Monday reported 3,719 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 256 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 599,560 cases and 64,414 deaths. The government has said the real number... More »

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Spain reports more than 23,000 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain has registered more than 23,000 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, health emergency chief Fernando Simon told a news conference on Monday, suggesting the infection rate had declined slightly from an Aug. 21 peak. Health ministry data sho... More »

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Singapore battles record dengue outbreak with more mosquitoes

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – From the high balcony of a Singapore public housing block, an environment official steadies his mosquito launcher, the latest contraption authorities have devised to combat a record outbreak of the tropical disease dengue. With the click ... More »

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Indians seek out fortune tellers to fight COVID-19 blues

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In his golden-hued office, decked out with peacock feathers and crystal balls, Indian mystic healer and astrologer Sanjay Sharma is busy offering his clients a peek into their future as the COVID-19 pandemic has muddied their present. “Ri... More »

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Russia reports nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia reported 4,892 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, pushing its tally so far to 927,745, the fourth largest in the world. Authorities said 55 people had died across the country in the last 24 hours, increasing Russia’s offici... More »

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Czech reported coronavirus cases exceed 20,000

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Republic’s overall number of coronavirus cases rose above 20,000, as the country tries to contain regional hotspots of the virus. As of Aug. 16, there were 20,012 cases in the country of 10.7 million, with 121 new cases found on Su... More »

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New Zealand new wage subsidy scheme expected to cost $333 million

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Finance Minister Grant Robertson said on Monday that the new wage subsidy scheme is forecast to cost about NZ$510 million ($333.80 million) and cover 470,000 jobs. The scheme was announced last week after New Zealand locked... More »

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Virus spike pushes Sarajevo Film Festival online

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The Sarajevo Film Festival will be launched entirely online on Friday after a spike in coronavirus cases forced organisers to cancel plans to stage Europe’s first in-person movie fair since the outbreak of the pandemic. Just ten days ago a... More »

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20,000 paper birds help fund COVID-19 units at Belgium hospital

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A flock of 20,000 multicoloured origami birds has been installed in a cathedral in Brussels, Belgium, as part of a fundraising artwork that has paid for two COVID-19 units at a local hospital. Suspended from the ceiling of the medieval Cat... More »

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China sends fighter jets as U.S. health chief visits Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Chinese air force jets briefly crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait on Monday and were tracked by Taiwanese missiles, Taiwan’s government said, as U.S. health chief Alex Azar visited the island to offer President Donald Trump’s support.... More »

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Indonesia reports 1,687 new coronavirus cases, 42 more deaths

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia reported 1,687 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing its total to 127,083, data from government’s COVID-19 task force showed. The Southeast Asian country also added 42 new deaths, taking that total to 5,765, data showed. Sourc... More »

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Russia reports more than 5,100 new coronavirus cases

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities confirmed 5,118 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, pushing the national case tally to 892,654, the fourth largest in the world. The official death toll rose to 15,001 after authorities said in their daily coron... More »

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Australia says COVID-19 outbreak shows signs of peaking

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia recorded its biggest one-day rise in COVID-19 deaths on Monday although a slowdown in new cases gave hope that a second wave of new infections in the state of Victoria may have peaked. Nineteen people had died from the virus, all i... More »

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Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 436 to 216,327: RKI

BERLIN (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 436 to 216,327, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday. The reported death toll rose by one to 9,197, the tally showed. Source: htt... More »

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China reports 49 new coronavirus cases in mainland on August 9

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China reported on Monday 49 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for August 9, compared with 23 cases a day earlier, the health authority said. The National Health Commission said in a statement 35 of the new infections were imported case... More »

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UK COVID-19 daily death count could be scrapped: Telegraph

(Reuters) – The UK’s official COVID-19 daily death count could be scrapped following an investigation into Public Health England’s method of counting the toll, The Telegraph newspaper reported. The conclusions of the investigation, which was ordered by Health ... More »

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Makeover: UK fashion bible Vogue turns serious for September

LONDON (Reuters) – Misan Harriman hopes to encourage employers to cast the recruitment net more widely with his Vogue cover portrait of influential Black activists in place of the usual pouting stars. Footballer Marcus Rashford, who helped force a UK governmen... More »

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Special Report: COVID opens new doors for China’s gene giant

SYDNEY (Reuters) – As countries scramble to test for the novel coronavirus, a Chinese company has become a go-to name around the world. BGI Group, described in one 2015 study as “Goliath” in the fast-growing field of genomics research, is using an opening crea... More »

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Ferrari trims full-year outlook after second-quarter earnings skid

MILAN (Reuters) – Luxury carmaker Ferrari (RACE.MI) trimmed its full-year earnings forecast on Monday after second-quarter income plunged due to supply chain and production disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company known as the ‘Prancing Horse’ ... More »

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Sanofi formally investigated over epilepsy drug Depakine

PARIS (Reuters) – Healthcare company Sanofi Aventis France said it had been placed under formal investigation on charges of manslaughter over Depakine, which is an epilepsy drug that caused birth malfunctions and slow neurological development when taken during... More »

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Vietnam says early August ‘decisive’ in containing coronavirus

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam is in the midst of a “decisive” fight against the novel coronavirus, its premier said on Monday, focusing on the city of Danang where infections have appeared in four factories with a combined workforce of 3,700. Vietnam, widely prais... More »

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There may never be a ‘silver bullet’ for COVID-19, WHO warns

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19, and the road to normality would be long. More than 18.14 million people around the world are report... More »

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Vietnam says it has no plans for widespread lockdown

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has no plans for a widespread lockdown and will only put areas considered epicentres under strict quarantine, the government’s spokesperson said on Monday. “We will only implement social distancing in areas considered virus epicentres... More »

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Murray wants assurance on quarantine issues before U.S. Open

(Reuters) – Players need assurance that they would not face mandatory quarantine upon returning to Europe from the U.S. Open before travelling to New York amid the COVID-19 pandemic, former world number one Andy Murray has said. Organisers United States Tennis... More »

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Vietnam reports 21 new coronavirus infections

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam reported 21 more novel coronavirus infections late on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 642. All of the new cases are linked to Danang, the new coronavirus epicentre where Vietnam more than a week ago detect... More »

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Arizona congressman tests positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, has tested positive for coronavirus but feels fine and has gone into isolation, he said in a statement on Saturday. Grijalva, 72, was told of the positive test by the attending physician... More »

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Snazzy face mask fashion reaches Nairobi neighbourhood

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Most of us have accepted COVID-19 face masks as an inconvenient, albeit necessary, safety measure. For the style conscious like James Maina Mwangi, however, they are an unmissable fashion opportunity. Mwangi’s brightly coloured suits and ha... More »

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Japan’s renowned artists find inspiration from pandemic

TOKYO (Reuters) – Some of Japan’s best-known artists are finding new avenues of expression in areas such as online communication and the environment, as the novel coronavirus outbreak sparks ideas as radical as renaming the country’s “Reiwa” imperial era. Five... More »

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Walgreens CEO to step down

(Reuters) – Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) said on Monday Chief Executive Officer Stefano Pessina has decided to step down from the position and will assume the role of executive chairman once a replacement is appointed. Pessina, 79, was appointed as the... More »

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Australia posts daily virus record, more deaths expected

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria state on Monday reported the country’s highest daily increase in coronavirus infections, prompting the authorities to warn a six-week lockdown may last longer if people continue to go to work while feeling unwell. The se... More »

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Google to keep employees home until summer 2021 amid pandemic: WSJ

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google will keep its employees home until at least next July, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai made the decision himself last week after debate ... More »

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Hundreds jam airport as evacuations from Vietnam’s Danang begin

HANOI (Reuters) – The airport in the central Vietnamese tourism hotspot of Danang was packed on Monday after three residents tested positive for the coronavirus and the evacuation of 80,000 people began. The Southeast Asian country is back on high alert after ... More »

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Iran government spokesman tests positive for coronavirus

(Reuters) – Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei has been hospitalized with COVID-19, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday, the latest among several officials to have been infected with the new coronavirus. Iran has the Middle East’s highest number of re... More »

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‘Hopeless addict’ Depp was a violent misogynist, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) – Johnny Depp was a drug addict prone to violent rages and a misogynist who assaulted his wife and used abusive language about women, a London court was told on Monday as the actor’s libel trial against a British tabloid neared its ending. The... More »

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Record number of Black women set to run for U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON(Reuters) – Joyce Elliott, an Arkansas state senator who is seeking a U.S. congressional seat in November, was the second Black student to attend her local public high school- the first was her older sister. If elected in November, she will be the fi... More »

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Kenya’s Cheruiyot ready to hunt for glory on the track again

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot, the 1,500 metres world champion, is hoping to return to competitive running next month after a hiatus caused by the coronavirus crisis. Cheruiyot, a three-time Diamond League winner, has targeted the Aug. 14 Monac... More »

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Norway quarantine is no obstacle for secret agent Ethan Hunt

OSLO (Reuters) – The Norwegian government will make an exception for Tom Cruise and his crew to shoot parts of a new “Mission: Impossible” movie in Norway this autumn without imposing quarantine requirements, a minister said on Friday. Production of the sevent... More »

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Man parades down Oxford Street wearing nothing but mask

LONDON (Reuters) – A man strolled down central London’s most popular shopping street on Friday with only a mask to cover his nudity, leaving passerbys astounded, amused and shocked. As the man walked nonchalantly along Oxford Street, naked except for the light... More »

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German abattoir scandal puts cooling systems under COVID spotlight

(This July 17 story corrects to show company name in 15th paragraph is Howatherm not Howarth) By Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) – A COVID-19 outbreak in Germany is forcing meatpacking plants to review infection risks posed by their cooling systems, placing t... More »

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Malaysia considers making face masks compulsory in public

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia is considering making face masks compulsory in public following the emergence of 13 new coronavirus clusters since the government relaxed broad curbs on movement and businesses last month, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said ... More »

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Actress Heard to be quizzed over her Depp ‘wife beater’ claims

LONDON (Reuters) – Actress Amber Heard will be questioned about her allegations that she suffered domestic abuse at the hands of ex-husband Johnny Depp when she begins giving evidence on Monday as part of the Hollywood star’s libel case against a British tablo... More »

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Steroid’s COVID-19 benefits confirmed- spotlight on immune cells

(Reuters) – The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Full dexamethasone trial results released The full results... More »