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Trump admin preparing to take over private land in Texas for border wall


Posted: Sat-Jul-2020



Kushner is hosting a meeting at the White House Friday where officials are expected to discuss the government taking over private land to build the border wall.

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Virus-free U.K. pilot, symbol of Vietnam's pandemic success, to return home
Stephen Cameron

Vietnam's most seriously ill COVID-19 patient, a British pilot who at one point seemed close to death, left hospital on Saturday on his way home after a dramatic recovery that attracted national attention.

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WHO reports record daily increase of more than 228,000 global coronavirus cases
APTOPIX Virus Outbreak India

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours. The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report.

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Turkey's ancient Hagia Sofia to serve as mosque, Erdogan decrees after court ruling
TURKEY-MUSEUM/REACTIONS

A Turkish court said on Friday it annulled a 1934 government decree turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a museum, ruling it was unlawful and paving the way for the building's conversion back into a mosque despite international warnings against such a move.

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Hundreds try to storm Serbian parliament as protests against president intensify
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/SERBIA-PROTESTS

Demonstrators — who were defying a ban on mass gatherings amid a spike in virus infections — threw bottles, rocks and flares at the police guarding the domed parliament building in central Belgrade and removed the metal fences in front of it.

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Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers request bail, arguing she 'is not Jeffrey Epstein'
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Ghislaine Maxwell, ex-girlfriend and longtime associate of the late convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, on Friday forcefully denied charges she lured underage girls so he could sexually abuse them, and said she deserves bail.

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Flood-weary Venice puts inflatable barriers to the test
ITALY-WEATHER/VENICE-MOSE

Venice has conducted a trial run of an ambitious anti-flood system of 78 inflatable barriers in the hopes of protecting the lagoon city from devastating high tides.

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Russia accuses Canada and the U.S. of violating Open Skies treaty
Russia Open Sky

Russia is claiming Canada and the United States have violated a key international accord designed to build trust and prevent wars between former Cold War adversaries — and accuses Washington's allies of kowtowing to the Trump administration on U.S. policies that go against their national interests.

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Brazil Amazon deforestation up in June, set for worst year in over a decade
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Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rose for the 14th consecutive month in June, preliminary government data on Friday showed, heaping further pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro who is under fire for worsening destruction of the rainforest on his watch.

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Russia, China veto UN resolution to maintain aid for rebel-held areas in Syria
SYRIA-SECURITY/UN

Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution backed by the 13 other Security Council members Friday that would have maintained humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria's mainly rebel-held northwest through two crossing points from Turkey — just hours before the current mandate expires.

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Chinese ambassador to India says soldiers have pulled back after deadly Himalayas clash
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China's ambassador to India said Friday that Indian and Chinese front-line troops are disengaging in accordance with an agreement reached by military commanders following a clash last month that left at least 20 soldiers dead in the Galwan Valley.

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Ethiopia's government announces arrests in killing of popular singer-activist
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Ethiopia's attorney general says two people have been arrested and a third is on the run after the shooting death of a popular singer that set off days of deadly unrest.

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Kazakhstan rejects Chinese warning over pneumonia outbreak
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan's health officials on Friday dismissed a Chinese claim that the Central Asian country is facing an outbreak of pneumonia more deadly than the new coronavirus.

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Buy American policies will live on — even if the Trump presidency doesn't
USA-ELECTION/BIDEN

Tensions over Buy American policies appear destined to live on after this year — even if the Trump presidency doesn’t. That’s one takeaway from trade policies laid out by U.S. election frontrunner Joe Biden.

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Notre-Dame cathedral to be rebuilt without modern touches
FRANCE-NOTREDAME/ANNIVERSARY

Notre-Dame cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year's devastating fire, with a plan includes recreating the 19th century spire that collapsed in the blaze.

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How the 'bureaucratic' World Health Organization ended up on the hot seat over its COVID response
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/WHO-TEDROS

The U.S. announced this week that it is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization, citing undue Chinese influence. CBC News explains how the United Nations organization really works.

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Johnny Depp says feces in bed was last straw in marriage to Amber Heard
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Johnny Depp said in a London court on Friday that ex-wife Amber Heard's claims he abused her turned him from 'Cinderella to Quasimodo' in the public eye.

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Netherlands to sue Russia over downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
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The Dutch government on Friday said it would file a suit against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights over the downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago.

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Seoul mayor's death causes sympathy, questions of his acts
South Korea Seoul Mayor

The sudden death of Seoul's mayor, reportedly implicated in a sexual harassment complaint, has caused an outpouring of public sympathy even as it has raised questions about a man who built his career as a reform-minded politician and self-described feminist.

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Philippine lawmakers deny licence to broadcaster at odds with President Duterte
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Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the licence renewal of the country's largest TV network, one of the critical news agencies the president has repeatedly threatened, in a move that shut down a major news provider amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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U.S. Supreme Court rules N.Y. prosecutors, but not yet Congress, can access Trump financial records
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The United States Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Manhattan district attorney's demand for President Donald Trump's tax returns but kept a hold on his financial records, which Congress has been seeking for more than a year.

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12 Amazing Photos You Missed This Week
New York City lightning strike, demonstrators remember Philando Castile, and a baby koala round out this week's best images. ... read more


Notre Dame Cathedral To Be Rebuilt Without Modern Touches
French President Emmanuel Macron initially pushed for a contemporary touch but came around to the traditionalists’ argument. ... read more


Coronavirus Live Updates: Read The Latest About The COVID-19 Outbreak
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Iran Rocked By Major Explosion For 3rd Time In Recent Weeks
There have been multiple explosions around military, nuclear and industrial facilities in the past week. ... read more


WHO Says Coronavirus Going Airborne Indoors 'Cannot Be Ruled Out'
“These particles could be inhaled by other people who are in the vicinity, in the room, and this could be called airborne transmission." ... read more


Missing Mayor Of Seoul Found Dead
Park Won-soon's daughter had previously reported him missing. ... read more


Meghan Markle Slams Tabloids' Attempt To Identify Friends Who Defended Her
"These five women are not on trial, and nor am I,” the Duchess of Sussex said. ... read more


Young People Will Be The Pandemic's Long-Term Economic Victims
They may have been spared the high mortality rates of older generations, but COVID-19 threatens to permanently scar the career prospects of young people. ... read more


Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon Reported Missing; Police Search Underway
Park’s daughter reportedly told police that her father left “a will-like” message before leaving their home earlier Thursday. ... read more


Melania Trump Statue Set On Fire In Slovenia
The wooden statue, unveiled last year, was commissioned by American Brad Downey and carved by Slovenian man Ales “Maxi” Zupevc. ... read more


Unemployed And Alone: US H4 Visa Restrictions Are A Blow To Women Stranded In India
Indian women who had applied for dependent H4 visas and whose husbands are in the US on H1B visas are struggling with uncertainty and the anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... read more


Visitors From The United States Will Still Have To Quarantine, Says Grant Shapps
Transport secretary confirms the US is on the "red list" of countries still seen as high risk from coronavirus. ... read more


Britain’s First Pint In 15 Weeks Ends 'Long National Hibernation'
The reopening of pubs, restaurants, and other establishments marks the U.K’s biggest step toward normality since the coronavirus lockdown began in March. ... read more


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Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Wedding Season Brings New Virus Outbreak In West Bank
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh told a Cabinet meeting that 82% of cases in the West Bank were linked to weddings and funerals. ... read more


Jair Bolsonaro's Positive Test Will Only Escalate His Coronavirus Culture War
The virus he has sloughed off has killed more than 65,000 Brazilians. And even after he tested positive, Bolsonaro treated it as no big deal. ... read more


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive For Coronavirus
The far-right leader has spent months downplaying the severity of COVID-19 even as cases surge in Brazil. ... read more


Draconian Lockdowns Target Low-Income Immigrant Communities
Coronavirus outbreaks in Australia and Europe highlight how the shift from broad national restrictions to specific local lockdowns hits poor communities hardest. ... read more


TikTok To Leave Hong Kong As Security Law Raises Worries
Social media platforms and messaging apps are balking at the possibility of providing user data to Hong Kong authorities. ... read more


American Student Released After 486 Days In Egyptian Prison
Mohamed Amashah, 24, was arrested after standing alone in Cairo’s Tahrir Square with a sign that read: “Freedom for all the political prisoners.” ... read more


Russia far east protest over Khabarovsk governor's arrest
Thousands rally on the streets of Khabarovsk as a regional leader is accused of contract killings. ... read more


Bosnia's Srebrenica massacre 25 years on - in pictures
Bosnian Serb and Serbian units systematically murdered 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica in July 1995. ... read more


Duda vs Trzaskowski: The fight for Poland's future
One is a Catholic social conservative, the other a pro-LGBT mayor. Who will win on Sunday? ... read more


Hagia Sophia: Turkey turns iconic Istanbul museum into mosque
President Erdogan reopens Istanbul's Hagia Sophia to Muslim worship, after a court ruling. ... read more


Swedish ex-ambassador Anna Lindstedt acquitted
Anna Lindstedt is found not guilty of holding unauthorised talks with China. ... read more


Venice test brings up floodgates for first time
The system of 78 mobile barriers has taken years to construct and its design goes back to the 1980s. ... read more


MH17 disaster: Dutch take Russia to European rights court
The Dutch government says it wants justice for all 298 victims aboard the plane shot down in 2014. ... read more


Coronavirus: Republic of Ireland's R number rises back to one
Health officials urge social distancing as they confirm 77% of new cases are people aged under 25. ... read more


European hamster added to 'critically endangered' list
Lemurs, North Atlantic whales and a rare fungus are also new additions to the IUCN's Red List. ... read more


Coronavirus: Quarantine rules end for dozens of destinations
Travellers to the UK from more than 70 places no longer have to self-isolate from Friday. ... read more


Notre Dame: Cathedral's spire will be restored to 19th Century design
France's president puts an end to speculation that the restored spire will be modern in style. ... read more


Coronavirus: Serbia scraps curfew plan for Belgrade after protests
The government instead unveils softer measures, in what is seen as a climbdown by the authorities. ... read more


Coronavirus: Thrifty Germany takes on debt to rescue arts
Germany pours money into the arts as cultural life takes a battering from coronavirus. ... read more


Fergal Keane: My family and the empire's complex legacy
The BBC's Fergal Keane looks at Ireland's colonial past and the allegiances his relatives had within it. ... read more


Coronavirus: Spain's holiday islands shake off party image
After experiencing life without tourism, some want to change the way the Balearic islands work. ... read more


Russian ice cream in 'gay propaganda' row
The ice cream maker was accused of promoting homosexuality after using a rainbow on its packaging. ... read more


Coronavirus: How 'three musketeers' helped Georgia fight virus
Georgia has recorded fewer than 1,000 infections and only 15 deaths among its 3.7 million people. ... read more


'Our Irish island is the last stop before America'
A couple from Dublin has set up home on Great Blasket Island off the cost of County Kerry. ... read more


Poland election: The fight for LGBT rights
President Andrzej Duda, who is accused of running on an anti-LGBT platform, is seeking re-election on Sunday. ... read more


Coronavirus: Tourists thin on the ground at the Vatican
The BBC's Quentin Sommerville gets to see the Sistine Chapel without the crowds. ... read more


Inside the detective-style hunt for missed COVID-19 cases
A small group of doctors across the U.S. are reviewing tissue and blood samples preserved from autopsies in an effort to find the earliest COVID-19 cases. ... read more


Trump commutes Roger Stone's prison sentence after he was convicted of covering up for the president
The Republican strategist and Trump's longtime friend was days away from having to surrender to a federal prison. He was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress. ... read more


Trump's shameful treatment of Lt. Col. Vindman will echo for years. Here's why.
Vindman fought valiantly overseas, but he has forced America to reckon with questions a lot closer to home. ... read more


Joe Biden used to predict a post-Trump GOP 'epiphany.' Now he doesn't.
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Concern over turnout was factor in postponing Trump rally, GOP advisers say
Fears that the coronavirus and the weather would dampen the attendance helped postpone the New Hampshire re-election event. ... read more


U.K's arts aren't just temporarily shuttered — it's 'a question of survival'
“It's not just a temporary shutdown in business, it's a question of survival to next year,” said Paul Reed of the Association of Independent Festivals. ... read more


University professors fear returning to campus as coronavirus cases surge
"I am anticipating this semester with a good bit of dread," one professor said. ... read more


'This ain't it': NBA players react to being in the Walt Disney World bubble
Some have shared photos of lovely views and elaborate in-room setups, but most don't seem to be getting the "Most Magical Place On Earth" vibes. ... read more


California could release up to 8,000 inmates early because of coronavirus
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the move will allow for more space and social distancing. Thirty-one inmates have died. ... read more


Inundated Houston hospitals issue grim advisory to ambulances: Go elsewhere
Officials in Houston warn of a potential replay of what happened in New York in the spring, when thousands of people died as hospitals struggled to keep up. ... read more


One way schools are looking to safely reopen: Pay more for tech
School districts across the country are taking a hard look at their budgets. Some are laying off teachers or other staff. But technology costs are harder to trim. ... read more


College athletes push change in Southern town clinging to Confederate relics
“We can’t just shut up and dribble,” a college basketball player said. “We can’t just stay in our lane. We have to speak out about what’s going on.” ... read more


Fatal Encounters: Tracking every officer-involved killing in the U.S.
“The number of people killed by police is microscopically small,” D. Brian Burghart said, but those deaths "symbolize systematic racism.” ... read more


Army secretary pledges "full, independent review" in Vanessa Guillen case
"He did assure me that all their findings will be available to Congress," said Rep. Sylvia García about the meeting with Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy. ... read more


Court's religious employer ruling could weaken LGBTQ protections
Critics say the ruling, which broadens the “ministerial exception” in employment nondiscrimination law, could open a Pandora’s box of workplace discrimination. ... read more


Eagles say they penalized DeSean Jackson for posting anti-Semitic quotes
The Eagles said there is a plan for the star to move forward and suggested that his staying with the team depends on it. ... read more


Netflix's 'The Old Guard' stars a badass Charlize Theron — but lacks conviction
"The Old Guard" seems tired of its own genre. That exhaustion is understandable and even perceptive, but it's also boring. ... read more


Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue features first transgender model
This isn't the first time the 23-year-old Brazilian beauty has broken barriers for trans models. ... read more


Fay weakens after making landfall in New Jersey
Fay, which set the record for the earliest "F" named storm, soaked the New York City region and caused some flooding, but weakened to a tropical depression. ... read more


Expert picks: Solar-powered gadgets
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U.K's arts aren't just temporarily shuttered — it's 'a question of survival'
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'This ain't it': NBA players react to being in the Walt Disney World bubble
Some have shared photos of lovely views and elaborate in-room setups, but most don't seem to be getting the "Most Magical Place On Earth" vibes. ... read more


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California could release up to 8,000 inmates early because of coronavirus
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Inundated Houston hospitals issue grim advisory to ambulances: Go elsewhere
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College athletes push change in Southern town clinging to Confederate relics
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Fatal Encounters: Tracking every officer-involved killing in the U.S.
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Army secretary pledges "full, independent review" in Vanessa Guillen case
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Court's religious employer ruling could weaken LGBTQ protections
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Eagles say they penalized DeSean Jackson for posting anti-Semitic quotes
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Netflix's 'The Old Guard' stars a badass Charlize Theron — but lacks conviction
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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue features first transgender model
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Fay weakens after making landfall in New Jersey
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