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    China arrests netizen for spreading “rumours” of death of Chinese troops in Galwan Valley clash

    Online posts about the secretive People's Liberation Army's (PLA) activities are usually immediately spotted and blocked by China's internet firewalls.

    Thousands of British Airways employees face job losses

    Some 4,000 British Airways workers are learning Friday whether they will be fired as the airline slashes jobs amid the drop in demand and travel restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Resident cat at UK Foreign Office retires from diplomatic service

    The resident cat at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, dubbed “Lord Palmerston the Chief Mouser” in reference to its mouse-catching duties, is to retire from diplomatic service, the FCO said.

    United States adds 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains in May and June

    With confirmed viral cases still elevated in much of the nation and businesses under continued pressure, many employers appear reluctant or unable to hire. Even counting the hiring of the past three months, the economy has now recovered only about 42% of the 22 million jobs it lost to the pandemic-induced recession.

    Trump signs executive orders banning Chinese apps TikTok & WeChat; cites India's action

    Trump said the spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the country. Trump noted that these risks have led other countries, including Australia and India, to begin restricting or banning the use of TikTok and WeChat.

    Beirut's accidental cargo: How an unscheduled port visit led to disaster

    According to a report by Reuters, the chemicals that went up in flames in Beirut's deadliest peace-time explosion arrived in the Lebanese capital seven years ago on a leaky Russian-leased cargo ship that, according to its captain, should never have stopped there.

    China opposes U.S. orders against TikTok, WeChat, to defend interests

    China will defend the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese businesses and the United States would have to bear the consequences of its actions, ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters

    Lanka's Rajapaksa clan registers landslide win in parliamentary polls; gets two-thirds majority

    Sri Lanka People's Party (SLPP), led by prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has won in 145 constituencies, bagging a total of 150 seats with its allies, a two-thirds majority in the 225-member Parliament, according to the results announced by the election commission.

    Donald Trump wants to deliver acceptance speech at White House. Critics say it's illegal

    Trump says the idea is well within the law. "It is legal. There is no Hatch Act because it doesn't pertain to the president," Trump said Wednesday. While the president is exempt from the act, ethics experts said, presidential staffers working to pull off the event would be in jeopardy.

    Lockdown sees increase in pool sales as people try to improve quarantine

    With global coronavirus restrictions continuously extending, people in Europe and the USA are making heavy investments, splurging on pools for their backyards.

    Twitter begins labelling government officials involved in foreign affairs, state-backed media

    The new policy will start with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the U.S., U.K., Russia, China and France - whose Twitter feeds will be labeled as “government accounts.” State-backed media organizations and their top editors will also get “state-affiliated media” labels.

    US Senate votes to ban TikTok on government devices, cites national security concerns

    US Senate votes to ban TikTok on government devices, cites national security concerns

    The app has come under fire from US lawmakers and the Trump administration over national security concerns because China's ByteDance owns the technology. The company currently faces a deadline of Sept 15 to either sell its US operations to Microsoft Corp or face an outright ban.

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tests positive for virus before Trump visit

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tests positive for virus before Trump visit

    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, an early advocate among Republicans of wearing masks and other pandemic precautions, tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

    Trump advisers urge delisting of US-listed Chinese cos that fail to meet audit standards

    Trump advisers urge delisting of US-listed Chinese cos that fail to meet audit standards

    "We are simply leveling the playing field, holding Chinese firms listed in the U.S. to the same standards as everyone else," a Treasury official told reporters in a briefing.

    Sino-Pakistan's UNSC attempt on Kashmir issue fails once again: India's representative at UN

    Sino-Pakistan's UNSC attempt on Kashmir issue fails once again: India's representative at UN

    The Sino-Pak attempt to internationalise the Kashmir issue through the United Nations has once again met with a failure, after a UN Security Council meeting, convened by China to discuss the matter under 'Any Other Business', ended without any outcome.

    Donald Trump says United States coronavirus vaccine 'possible' by election

    Donald Trump says United States coronavirus vaccine 'possible' by election

    Asked by radio talk show host Geraldo Rivera whether a vaccine could come by the election, Trump said: "I think in some cases, yes, possible before. But right around that time." Trump said the vaccine would be ready "sooner than the end of the year. Could be much sooner."

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