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UK employment falls by biggest amount in over a decade News

Employment in the UK fell by the largest amount in over a decade between May and July, official figures show. Employment decreased by 220,000 on the quarter, said the Office for National Statistics. This was the largest quarterly decrease since May to July 2009, it added. Unemployment has not surged as much as feared, because large numbers of firms have put employees on the government-backed furlough scheme. But economists say the full effect ... Full story

Opinion influence is part of his moral incapacity Post

President Trump’s ongoing attempt to dismiss or minimize Russian interference in U.S. elections is self-serving to the point of subversion. It is difficult to determine where vanity ends and betrayal begins. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. In July 2019, it was made clear to some in the U.S. intelligence community that the Trump administration wanted the modification of an assessment that Russia was actively favoring Trump’s reelection. ... Full story

Seattle reduces police funding, signals deeper cuts ahead

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle’s council on Monday approved a reduction of the budget of the city’s police department of less than 1% after months of protests demanding that it defund the force, but it signaled deeper cuts might be on the way. FILE PHOTO: Seattle Police officers carry gear as they walk towards the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 10, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson. By a vote of 7-1 the ... Full story

Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanouskaya 'safe' in Lithuania after clashes

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya has joined her children in neighbouring Lithuania, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, after two nights of clashes following the contested re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. The 37-year-old Tikhanouskaya emerged from obscurity a few weeks ago to mount the biggest challenge in years to Lukashenko’s rule, standing for election after her blogger husband was jailed. ... Full story

Philippines' Duterte has 'huge trust' in Russia vaccine, volunteers for trial

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded Russia’s efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine and is willing to participate in trials, as he welcomed a supply offer from Moscow that he expects will be free of charge. FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival, from a visit in Israel and Jordan at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines, September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Lean Daval ... Full story

Coronavirus: Australia's Northern Territory extends border restrictions for virus hotspots

Image caption The Northern Territory - which re-opened in May - has flagged a long-term ban on hotspot state visitors. Australia's remote Northern Territory (NT) will keep its borders closed to coronavirus-affected states for at least another 18 months, officials say. Australia is battling a second wave in its south-east, with about 8,000 active cases in Melbourne and smaller clusters in Sydney. But elsewhere around the country, the virus has ... Full story

Hawa Abdi, trailblazing physician who built a haven for Somali families, dies at 73

The gunmen arrived soon after sunrise, surrounding Hawa Abdi’s hospital one day in 2010. Marching through the hallways of one of southern Somalia’s few medical centers, they shot anesthesia machines, tore up records, smashed windows and destroyed the country’s only glass incubators. In panic, mothers ripped IV tubes from their babies and rushed into the bush. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. The 750 militants, many of them teenagers, ... Full story

Elvis has left the building - ABC News

JACKSON, Miss. -- The new Mississippi state flag will not include beer cans, crawfish, a caramel cake, Elvis or Kermit the Frog. Mississippi recently retired the last state banner with the Confederate battle emblem that’s widely condemned as racist. A nine-member commission will recommend a replacement that cannot include the Confederate symbol and must have the phrase, “In God We Trust.”. The public submitted nearly 3,000 designs, and the ... Full story

Sinovac launches late-stage trial for potential COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia

JAKARTA/BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd launched on Tuesday a late-stage human trial involving as many as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that it is developing with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma. FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo. The ... Full story

Opinion | The youngest victims of the Beirut blasts face incalculable suffering ahead

Alex Rowell is a writer in Lebanon and the author of “Vintage Humour: The Islamic Wine Poetry of Abu Nuwas.”. “That sounded like a bomb,” said my wife just after 6 p.m. last Tuesday, as we lathered soap on our 2-year-old daughter in our shower. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. A lot of things sound like bombs in Lebanon, and turn out to be no more than fireworks or backfiring motorcycles. From time to time, though, they really are ... Full story