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Japan evacuates thousands as rains lash southern Kyushu

A rescue worker helps local residents at a flooded area caused by a heavy rain along Kuma River in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 4, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS. TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan asked thousands of people to evacuate their homes on its southern island of Kyushu, media said on Saturday, following unprecedented torrential rains in which 15 people are feared dead and nine ... Full story

2,120 hate incidents against Asian Americans reported during coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus-related racism seeps into U.S. More than 2,100 anti-Asian American hate incidents related to COVID-19 were reported across the country over a three-month time span between March and June, according to advocacy groups that compile the data. The incidents include physical attacks, verbal assaults, workplace discrimination and online harassment. The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action launched a ... Full story

Coronavirus Spain: Catalonia locks down area of 210,000 people

Image caption A healthcare worker in Catalonia at the height of the coronavirus crisis in April. The government in Spain's Catalonia region has re-imposed coronavirus controls on an area of 210,000 people after a sharp rise in infections. President Quim Torra said no-one would be allowed to enter or leave Segrià, an agricultural area west of Barcelona which includes the city of Lleida. The local lockdown begins on Saturday afternoon with ... Full story

Opinion | The sordid saga of Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell arrived in New York some 30 years ago as the young and glamorous emissary of her wealthy and influential father, an international man of mystery. Robert Maxwell was born Jan Ludvik Hyman Binyamin Hoch in the meager circumstances of an Eastern European shtetl. He lost most of his family in the Holocaust, escaped the Nazis and earned combat honors while fighting as a volunteer in the British Army under his new name, Ivan du ... Full story

High tides flood California coastline

High tides inundated the Southern California coast near Newport Beach on Friday, causing significant flooding damage to cars and homes in the area. High surf advisories and beach hazard statements remain in effect along portions of the coastline until noon Monday. High surf advisories and beach hazard statements remain in effect along portions of the coastline until noon Monday. ABC News. Meanwhile, a gale watch remains in effect off of coastal ... Full story

Congo and the chocolate factory: New producer hits the sweet spot

GOMA (Reuters) - Aisha Kalinda melts the chunks of cocoa in a pan and spoons the brown gloop into a mould which will become the latest bar produced at the Lowa chocolate factory, the first locally owned producer in Democratic Republic of Congo. For decades, eastern Congo’s underground riches such as gold and coltan have sustained cycles of deadly violence in the area. But before the country fell apart in the 1990s, North Kivu province exported ... Full story

U.S. sends carriers to South China Sea during Chinese drills

(Reuters) - Two U.S. aircraft carriers were conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, the U.S. navy said, as China also carried out military drills that have been criticised by the Pentagon and neighbouring states. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is seen during its visit to Hong Kong, China November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Yuyang Wang. China and the United States have accused each other of stoking ... Full story

Russia says China would be needed in expanded G7 summit: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is not in talks with Washington about its potential role at an expanded Group of Seven summit later this year, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday, insisting that China should also be included in the event. FILE PHOTO: Russian deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov arrives for a meeting with U.S. special envoy Marshall Billingslea in Vienna, Austria June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger. His ... Full story

If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week?

In the old days, if you were a white-collar worker, the deal was that you worked as hard as you could at the start of your career to earn the right to be rewarded later on, with security of tenure and a series of increasingly senior positions. This is no longer true. Today, many senior leaders work longer and harder than ever. At the heart of it is insecurity, and indeed, elite professional organizations deliberately set out to identify and ... Full story

Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises

(Reuters) - Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday as he launched new measures to try to curb the coronavirus. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen wearing a face mask during a meeting, in Tehran, Iran, July 4 2020. Official Presidential website/Handout via REUTERS. Iran has been battling the ... Full story