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Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds

2 hours 4 min ago
The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday (5 August), according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.
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Suspected Russian hackers stole contents of ex-UK trade minister’s email account

5 hours 28 min ago
Suspected state-backed Russian hackers are believed to have stolen the entire contents of a personal email account used by former British trade minister Liam Fox as part of an attempt to sway the 2019 UK election, two sources told Reuters.
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Egypt calls for suspension of Nile dam talks

5 hours 45 min ago
Egypt on Tuesday (4 August) called for a suspension of meetings with Ethiopia on Addis Ababa's massive dam construction project on the Nile.
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Virus lays waste to Bulgaria’s tourist hotspot

6 hours 7 min ago
“We need at least 100 charter flights a day,” says Plamen Kopchev, head of the hotel owners’ association in Bulgaria’s mammoth Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach, laid waste by the coronavirus pandemic. But the trouble is, only a fraction...
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Polish official: Istanbul Convention could impose ‘leftist ideology’

6 hours 28 min ago
Poland's conservative nationalist government cranked up its campaign against Europe's accord on violence against women, calling it a tool for the EU to foist "leftist ideology" on unwilling member states.
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Belarus leader claims opposition ‘massacre’ plot ahead of vote

6 hours 42 min ago
Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday (4 August) accused the opposition and Russia of planning violent unrest and vowed to defend his regime as early voting began in presidential elections.
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Toll expected to rise in blast that shook Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands

6 hours 55 min ago
Lebanese rescue workers dug through the rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut on Tuesday (4 August), killing 78 people and injuring nearly 4,000 in a toll that officials expected to rise.
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ECB committed to stimulus with outlook ‘highly uncertain’, chief economist says

Tue, 2020-08-04 14:33
The European Central Bank is committed to supporting the euro zone's economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, using its massive bond purchases as its main tool, chief economist Philip Lane said on Tuesday (4 August).
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EU launches ‘in-depth’ probe of Google bid for Fitbit

Tue, 2020-08-04 14:27
The European Commission launched an "in-depth investigation" on Tuesday (4 August) into whether US tech giant Google's planned €1.7 billion purchase of smartwatch maker Fitbit would give it an unfair market advantage.
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Europe air safety regulator gives no firm date for 737 MAX to fly again

Tue, 2020-08-04 13:26
Europe's air safety watchdog has no firm date for Boeing's grounded 737 MAX to resume flights, it said on Tuesday (4 August), adding that the US planemaker had some more work to do before a 17-month-old safety ban could be lifted in Europe.
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Ukraine says no plans to resume gas purchases from Russia

Tue, 2020-08-04 13:13
Ukraine's state energy firm Naftogaz said it would not resume buying natural gas from Russia, suspended since late 2015, until Moscow offered it competitive prices and conditions.
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Russia surprises Cyprus with move to scrap tax deal

Tue, 2020-08-04 07:27
Russia’s finance ministry said on Monday (3 August) it would scrap an agreement with Cyprus aimed at avoiding double taxation after talks to modify the deal failed, a decision that surprised Cyprus, which said talks were still under way.
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US ‘cloud’ supremacy has Europe worried about data

Tue, 2020-08-04 06:53
Europe is sitting on a wealth of data that is the 21st century equivalent of a precious metal mine during the gold rush. But instead of exploiting it themselves Europeans may be allowing American tech giants to gain control of all the excavation equipment.
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Former king Juan Carlos decides to leave Spain amid corruption allegations

Tue, 2020-08-04 06:28
Spain’s former king Juan Carlos has decided to leave his country, a dramatic exit designed to protect the monarchy after a barrage of corruption allegations surfaced against him.
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5G disinformation: It’s time to tell the truth

Tue, 2020-08-04 06:00
There are many myths concerning 5G networks and electromagnetic fields. The vast majority of them stem from a lack of proper knowledge. Europe should dispel the doubts of the people who are looking for answers, writes Marek Zagórski, Polish Minister of Digital Affairs.
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EU urged to ratchet up pressure on Poland in defence of LGBT+ rights

Tue, 2020-08-04 05:13
LGBT+ campaigners have praised an EU decision to withhold funds from six Polish municipalities that declared themselves "LGBT-free zones", urging Brussels to intensify pressure on the nationalist government over its increasingly homophobic stance.
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Public anger over corruption hits support for Bulgarian government

Tue, 2020-08-04 05:04
Weeks of anti-government protests in Bulgaria have eroded public support for the centre-right GERB government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, with opinion polls showing deepening political fragmentation amid concerns over corruption.
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The EU can and must cut emissions by more than 55% by 2030

Tue, 2020-08-04 04:57
The European Commission has proposed to strengthen its 40% greenhouse gas emission reduction target to 50% or 55% on 1990 levels in the next ten years. But this step does not meet the minimum level of ambition that climate science,...
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UK urges medicine suppliers to stockpile before Brexit transition ends

Tue, 2020-08-04 04:57
The British government has urged medicine suppliers to prepare for the country's exit from the EU single market and customs union on 31 December by building up six weeks' worth of stocks in case of disruption to imports.
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Italy enjoys oversized ECB support as debt balloons

Tue, 2020-08-04 04:50
Italy enjoyed oversized purchases of its government debt by the European Central Bank in June and July, standing out as the main beneficiary of ECB efforts to support the virus-stricken euro zone economy, data showed on Monday (3 August).
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