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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

Brazil registers 22,048 new coronavirus cases and 703 new deaths

Rio de Janeiro's Archbishop Orani Tempesta celebrates a mass in tribute to the victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on Father's Day, at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 9, 2020. REUTERS/Ian Cheibub. RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil on Monday registered 22,048 new cases of coronavirus and 703 deaths, the health ministry said. Overall, Brazil now has 3,057,470 confirmed cases, while the death toll has ... 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

Mainland China reports 44 new coronavirus cases on August 10

FILE PHOTO: People mingle at the Solana shopping complex following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China August 8, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter. BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported on Tuesday 44 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for August 10, compared with 49 cases a day earlier, the health authority said. The National Health Commission said in a statement 31 of the new infections were imported cases, and the ... Full story

Biden preparing to announce running mate by mid-week: NYT

(Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has interviewed the finalists in his running mate search and his campaign plans to announce a decision as soon as mid-week, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing people briefed on the process. FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about his plans to combat racial inequality at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., July ... Full story

Mexico's coronavirus death toll passes 53,000 mark

FILE PHOTO: Healthcare workers speak with a woman before transporting her in an ambulance during a house by house walk to test people for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Monterrey, Mexico August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril. MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s coronavirus death toll passed the 53,000 mark on Monday as the health ministry reported 705 additional fatalities and 5,558 new cases of infection, pushing the country closer to ... 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

Japan top government spokesman says important to maintain G7 framework

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks at a news conference after the reshuffling of the Japanese cabinet at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato. TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said on Tuesday it was extremely important to maintain the framework of Group of Seven (G7) meetings. The comment comes after U.S. President ... Full story