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Florida, Texas post daily COVID-19 records as 'positivity' rates climb

(Reuters) - Florida and Texas, two states that have emerged as the latest hot spots of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, both reported record daily increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday - with nearly 20,000 additional infections combined. Read More


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One of two Seattle protesters hit by car dies, other in ICU

(Reuters) - Two female protesters in Seattle were hit on Saturday by a speeding car that drove into a crowd demonstrating on an interstate highway, causing injuries that led to the death of one, while leaving the other in serious condition. More »


Trump repeats vow to defeat 'radical left' in July Fourth speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday vowed to defeat the "radical left," in an Independence Day speech at the White House that condemned recent protests against monuments to historical figures as attempts to destroy the United States. More »


Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia

(Reuters) - A predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site that civil rights activists consider a monument to racism. More »


Death toll in Ethiopian protests after killing of singer jumps to 156

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The number of people killed in protests in Ethiopia following the slaying of a popular singer has jumped to 156 from the initial tally of 80, a senior regional security official told Reuters on Sunday. More »


Rapper Kanye West announces U.S. presidential bid on Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. More »


Health minister hails responsible behaviour after English pubs reopen

LONDON (Reuters) - People in England appear to have broadly behaved themselves as pubs reopened this weekend, Britain's health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday after the latest step towards a return to normality from the coronavirus lockdown. More »


'Beyond worst nightmares': Argentina's child poverty rate soars amid pandemic

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Antonio Chenarce, a 49-year-old baker and father of three in Buenos Aires, has struggled to make ends meet since losing his job due to the coronavirus lockdown imposed in the Argentine capital since mid-March. More »


Democracy activists' books unavailable in Hong Kong libraries after new law

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Books by prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures have become unavailable in the Chinese-ruled city's public libraries as they are being reviewed to see whether they violate a new national security law, a government department said on Sunday. More »


In virus-marked vote, Dominican ruling party could lose power

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - The Dominican Republic heads to the presidential polls on Sunday in a pandemic-driven drama, with delays caused by one of Latin America's worst outbreaks and the leading candidate briefly suspending appearances after testing positive for coronavirus. More »


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