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US Supreme Court allows federal executions

The United States Supreme Court has cleared the way for the first executions of federal prisoners to be held in 17 years. Several executions were delayed after a judge ruled on Monday that there were still unresolved legal challenges against the justice department. Triple murderer Daniel Lewis Lee is among those facing the death penalty. The condemned prisoners have argued that lethal injections constitute "cruel and unusual punishments ". Why ... Full story

U.S. Navy battles for second day to save burning warship in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters battled through a second day from the air, land and water on Monday to save a U.S. war vessel swept by flames while moored at a San Diego shipyard, as the number of sailors and civilians injured in the blaze rose to nearly 60. A U.S. Navy helicopter continues fighting a fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, in San Diego, California, U.S. July 13, 2020. ... Full story

Opinion Democrats should demand answers.

A young man protesting police brutality in Oregon was shot in the head and severely injured over the weekend by federal law enforcement employing “less-than-lethal” munitions — prompting a new round of calls from Democrats for more accountability into the federal use of force in response to protests. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. But these events also remind us that a broader question remains unanswered: Why does President Trump keep ... Full story

Record floods raise questions about China's Three Gorges Dam

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - As China counts the costs of its most punishing flood season in more than three decades, the role played by the massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam - designed to help tame the Yangtze river - has come under fresh scrutiny. FILE PHOTO: A view from the Three Gorges dam over the Yangtze River in Yichang, Hubei province August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo. Amid some of the heaviest rainfall on record, the ... Full story

UK economy shrinks by one-fifth under lockdown

The UK's economy shrank by 19.1% in the three months to May, as the full impact of lockdown was felt, the Office for National Statistics has said. The economy actually grew by 1.8% in May, but this was not enough to make up for the fall of 6.9% in March and the record 20.4% decline in April. Manufacturing and house building showed signs of recovery in May as some businesses saw staff return to work. Despite this, most of the economy was "in the ... Full story

Stormy sea foam attracts, drenches onlookers on Cape Town promenade

A woman takes pictures as spray is thrown up by huge swells as a cold front moves in over Cape Town, South Africa July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings. CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Gale-force winds and heavy ocean swells in South Africa’s Cape Town halted traffic on Monday with curious onlookers and cars drenched by sea spray foam, witnesses said. The cappuccino-coloured foam from the icy Atlantic was flung far onto the Sea Point promenade and main ... Full story

Too little too late: The story of how Florida shattered the country's single-day COVID record

Florida shattered the nation's record for new daily coronavirus cases this week, logging 15,000 new COVID-19 infections in a single day. The record easily surpassed New York, which on its worst day in April recorded 12,000 new COVID cases. More than 282,400 people in Florida have been infected with the coronavirus as of July 13 and at least 4,277 people have died, according to the latest figures from the state health department . MORE: ... Full story

South Korea to spend $95 billion on green projects to boost economy

FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at the national cemetery in Daejeon, South Korea, June 6, 2020. Lee Jin-man/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo. SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s government launched a plan on Tuesday to spend 114.1 trillion won ($94.6 billion) on a “Green New Deal” to create jobs and help its economy recover from the impact of the coronavirus, President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday. The ... Full story

UK economy begins tepid recovery in May after record slump

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s economy took a first step on the long road to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis in May, as activity began to pick up after lockdown restrictions began to ease, but there was less of a rebound than economists had forecast. FILE PHOTO: The sun rises behind the Canary Wharf financial district in London, Britain, February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo. Gross domestic product rose by 1.8% in May after ... Full story

China June exports unexpectedly rise as economies reopen, imports up

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s exports unexpectedly rose in June as overseas economies reopened after lockdowns, while imports grew for the first time this year, reinforcing views the recovery from the pandemic is gaining traction in the world’s second-largest economy. FILE PHOTO: Cranes and containers are seen at the Yantian port in Shenzhen, following the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Guangdong province, China May 17, 2020. ... Full story