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US seizes millions of dollars of Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela

Image caption Bella was one of four vessels that fuel was confiscated from. The US says it has taken control of four Iranian fuel shipments bound for Venezuela in the largest-ever seizure of its kind. About 1.1 million barrels of fuel were confiscated "with the assistance of foreign partners", according to the Justice Department. Washington said the shipments violated US sanctions. Iran's ambassador to Venezuela claimed that neither the ships ... Full story

Thai protests: Student leader Parit Chiwarak arrested on sedition charges

Image caption After his arrest, Parit Chiwarak was seen with his mother at the police station where he was taken. Thai police have detained a prominent student leader amid a growing movement calling for political reforms. Parit Chiwarak, 22, was arrested on the outskirts of Bangkok for taking part in a demonstration last month. Students have held regular protests since then. They are calling for a new constitution including changes to tough ... Full story

Canada says new waves of coronavirus could swamp healthcare system, send death toll soaring

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is planning for a “reasonable worst case scenario” in which new waves of the coronavirus would intermittently swamp the public health system and send the death toll soaring, officials said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam attends a news conference as efforts continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada March 23, 2020. ... Full story

Coronavirus updates: Americans who know someone with COVID reaches new high

Matthew McConaughey grills Dr. Anthony Fauci in Instagram interview on COVID-19. Navajo Nation turns the corner on coronavirus. Dentists push back after new warning from WHO to delay routine dental checkups in areas where COVID is spreading. Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates. 1:53 P.M.: MCKESSON TO BE 'CENTRAL DISTRIBUTOR' FOR FUTURE VACCINES, HHS SAYS. The U.S. Department of Health ... Full story

Israel-UAE treaty a 'massive change' for the region - BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Jared Kushner: "This is a dramatic breakthrough that will make the Middle East safer". President Trump's chief adviser, Jared Kushner, has said the US-brokered Israel-UAE peace treaty represents a "massive change" for the Middle East. Speaking to CBS News, Mr Kushner said the deal, unexpectedly announced on Thursday, would make the region safer. It marks only the third Israeli-Arab ... Full story

U.S. government watchdog says top homeland security appointments were improper

FILE PHOTO: Chad Wolf, acting Secretary of Homeland Security, appears before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on August 6, 2020 in Washington D.C. to explain the use of federal agents during protests in Portland, Oregon. Toni Sandys/Pool via REUTERS. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government watchdog agency said on Friday that the appointments of two top homeland security officials in the administration of ... Full story

Costs from weeks of protests take financial toll on cash-strapped cities across US

From police injuries to financial losses from looters, the aftermath from weeks of cross-country protests is bringing some cities to their knees. All told, the unruly demonstrations following the deaths of George Floyd , Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery could make it one of the costliest displays of civil disorder in U.S. history. In many places, the financial fallout comes as cities and states have drained their coffers trying to fight ... Full story

U.S. Postal Service warns of 'significant risk' of late ballots

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ahead of a presidential election that could see up to half of U.S. voters cast their ballots by mail, the U.S. Postal Service is warning some states that they need to provide more time for those votes to be counted. An individual deposits letters into a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) collection mailbox in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski. The Postal Service has told at least three ... Full story

D.C. fundraising group takes aim at campaigns across the country

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. They were part of a grass-roots fundraising group known as 31st Street Swing Left, a chapter of the national organization Swing Left, which is focused on flipping red seats blue. The group’s members were from all over the country. But they were really anchored in Washington, D.C. — specifically on 31st Street NW, in a red-brick, solar-powered house where the group’s founder, Lisa Herrick, was now asking ... Full story

Israel-U.A.E. Deal Swaps One Nightmare for Another for Palestinians

JERUSALEM — When the unmarked United Arab Emirates plane touched down on the tarmac in Tel Aviv one night in May carrying 16 tons of unsolicited medical aid for the Palestinians, it was rejected by the leadership, which said that nobody had coordinated with them about the shipment. That was just a prelude to a greater humiliation. Palestinian officials maintain that nobody consulted with them before Thursday’s surprise announcement by President ... Full story