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E.P.A. to Lift Obama-Era Controls on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected in the coming days to lift Obama-era controls on the release of methane, a powerful climate-warming gas that is emitted from leaks and flares in oil and gas wells. The new rule on methane pollution, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, has been expected for months, and will be made public before Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke anonymously to avoid ... Full story

How Iceland Beat the Coronavirus

On the morning of Friday, February 28th, Ævar Pálmi Pálmason, a detective with the Reykjavík police department, was summoned by his boss. Iceland did not yet have a confirmed case of COVID -19 , but the country’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management wanted to be prepared. Suppose somebody tested positive? A team would be needed to track down everyone with whom that person had been in contact. Pálmason’s supervisor told him he ... Full story

Nearly 100,000 U.S. children tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July Post

It is unclear whether the Trump administration has the legal authority to block citizens and permanent residents from returning to their own country, but one official said the administration is weighing a public health emergency declaration that would let the White House keep out potentially infected Americans. Medical experts have warned the administration that such restrictions would make little difference in controlling the pandemic, because ... Full story

Japan's current account surplus shrinks to five-year low as exports plunge

FILE PHOTO: A man works among imported cars covered with a white cloth in a port in Yokohama, Japan May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai. TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan posted its smallest current account surplus in more than five years in June, Ministry of Finance data showed on Tuesday, mainly due to a slump in exports, highlighting the heavy hit to external demand from the coronavirus pandemic. The current account surplus was 167.5 billion yen ($1.58 ... Full story

Oil firms on U.S. stimulus hopes, Asian demand recovery

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Crude oil gained more ground on Tuesday, with prices underpinned by expectations of U.S. stimulus and a rebound in Asian demand as economies reopen. FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind a crude oil pump jack on a drill pad in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S. November 24, 2019. REUTERS/Angus Mordant. Brent crude LCOc1 added 7 cents, or 0.2%, to $45.06 a barrel, as of 0027 GMT. West Texas Intermediate U.S. crude ... Full story

Opinion | History shows why vice presidential picks matter

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. But helping to win a pivotal state is by no means the only measure of a successful vice presidential pick. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is doubtless well aware that there are other important ways the candidate for No. 2 can “bring real strength to the ticket,” as Franklin D. Roosevelt put it in a letter endorsing Missouri Sen. Harry S. Truman or Justice William O. Douglas as his running mate ... Full story

Biden has spoken to his top choices for vice president — and a decision is imminent

Latest on Biden and Trump campaigns Latest on Biden and Trump campaigns. The former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has interviewed top finalists to fill a role he once held and an announcement of his choice is still expected this week, according to multiple people familiar with the search. Joe Biden has interviewed his top choices either in person or remotely. Last week, for example, Michigan Governor Gretchen ... Full story

A cheaper saliva test seeks FDA approval; stroke risks in younger patients

(Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. FILE PHOTO: A saliva sample is registered at Germany's first walk-through the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test center which is opened by diagnostics provider Centogene in cooperation with air carrier Lufthansa and Fraport at the airport in ... Full story

Singapore second-quarter recession deeper than initial estimates

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore’s recession was deeper than first thought in the second quarter due to coronavirus lockdown measures, and the government said the trade-reliant economy’s path to recovery remained uncertain due to the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A view of Singapore skyline, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 13.2% year-on-year in the second ... Full story

Australia business conditions improve, but new lockdown slugs sentiment - survey

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A measure of Australian business conditions rose in July as the service sector rebounded from a national lockdown, but confidence was badly hit by a renewed outbreak of coronavirus in the second most populous state of Victoria. FILE PHOTO: A shopper carries a bag displaying the word 'Sale' as he walks along a footpath outside a retail store in central Sydney, Australia, September 11, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray. National ... Full story