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Biden and Harris proved it doesn’t take a rally to deliver a big message

There were plenty of applause lines but without any applause, so the words had a chance to sit in the air so listeners could take their full measure. They could feel the weight of each syllable. It was politics stripped down to just the players, a man and a woman vying for the country’s highest offices standing at a lectern in a Wilmington, Del., gymnasium that was more empty than full. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. A man and a woman ... Full story

North Korea nuclear reactor site threatened by recent flooding, U.S. think-tank says

SEOUL (Reuters) - Satellite imagery suggests recent flooding in North Korea may have damaged pump houses connected to the country’s main nuclear facility, a U.S.-based think-tank said on Thursday. A view of the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center shows flooding along the bank of the Kuryong River in Yongbyon, North Korea, August 6, 2020. Picture taken August 6, 2020. Mandatory credit Airbus Defence & Space and 38 North/Pleiades © CNES ... Full story

China's Shenzhen says chicken imported from Brazil tests positive for coronavirus

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A sample of frozen chicken wings imported into the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen from Brazil has tested positive for coronavirus, the city government said in a notice on Thursday. A man looks at frozen food products in a supermarket following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter. Local disease control centres tested a surface sample taken from ... Full story

German companies see business returning to normal in 11 months: Ifo

FILE PHOTO: Steel rolls are pictured at the plant of German steel company Salzgitter AG in Salzgitter, Germany March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer. BERLIN (Reuters) - German companies expect business to return to normal in an average of 11 months, the Ifo economic institute said on Thursday. For companies in the services sector, that number is even higher, at 11.7 months, while the manufacturing sector sees a normalisation in 10.1 months, Ifo ... Full story

Thai scientists catch bats to trace virus origins

Researcher put bat into bag in cave inside Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit). 1 of 15. Researcher put bat into bag in cave inside Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, ... Full story

Opinion | Trump’s latest Social Security con

There is a lot wrong with President Trump’s announcement on Saturday that he would order the federal government to cease collecting Social Security payroll taxes for the majority of workers for the rest of the year. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. The move is quite possibly unconstitutional . It’s a logistical nightmare. Employers could get stuck owing money. Workers almost certainly will. It won’t do a thing to help the unemployed, ... Full story

Opinion supplementing unemployment benefits still has major legal problems

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. His executive actions, he declared , “will take care of, pretty much, this entire situation.”. Instead, he revealed his administration’s inability to do the bare minimum homework necessary even when it actually wants to govern. Full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s memorandum allowing federal student loan payments to continue being deferred, through the end of the year, seems fine. But his ... Full story

Opinion point of the campaign should think again Post

Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-Calif.) selection as former vice president Joe Biden’s running mate Tuesday is a historic moment for the United States. It will not, however, matter at all for this fall’s race, nor does it tell us anything we didn’t already know about how Biden will govern. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Harris’s achievement is historic for all the reasons that others have mentioned: She is the first Black woman and first ... Full story

Dollar grinds lower as traders question timing of U.S. stimulus

TOKYO (Reuters) - The dollar fell against most of its peers on Thursday amid fading hopes for a compromise between Republicans and Democrats over additional stimulus for the U.S. economy. FILE PHOTO: U.S. dollar notes are seen in this November 7, 2016 picture illustration. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic. The Australian dollar rose after better-than-expected jobs data eased concerns about a persistent coronavirus outbreak in the country’s second-largest ... Full story

Majority white counties have significantly fewer COVID-19 cases: Study

U.S. counties predominantly composed of white people have reported the fewest coronavirus cases, while diverse counties have been hit disproportionately harder by COVID-19, new research shows. Researchers analyzed publicly available U.S. Census data and found that while 22% of counties have a predominantly Black population, those counties accounted for 47% of COVID-19 cases and 54% of deaths as of June. That racial disparity held true ... Full story