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Gold price rises above $2,000 for first time

Gold has topped $2,000 (£1,527) an ounce for the first time as traders look for havens amid the pandemic. Investors have moved cash into the precious metal as Covid-19 cases rise in the US and more money is pumped into the global economy. The record high gold price has also been driven by concerns over tensions between Washington and Beijing. Prices of other precious metals, including silver, have also risen sharply since the start of this ... Full story

Trump teased a forthcoming health care plan more than a dozen times as president. Then nothing happened. Post

Amid the worst pandemic since 1918 , President Trump has turned his attention in recent weeks to something that has long eluded him as president: overhauling the nation’s health-care laws. It is a policy proposal Trump said he would unveil and enact no fewer than 15 times since November 2016, according to a Fix count. You can watch examples of this in the video above. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. But as The Post reports, Trump has ... Full story

Gargling solution flies off Japan's shelves after governor touts anti-virus effect

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese drugstores were stripped bare of gargling solution by Wednesday, a day after the governor of the western prefecture of Osaka suggested it could help fight coronavirus, triggering panicked buying reminiscent of the early days of mask shortages. FILE PHOTO: Banners notifying sold-out of gargling medicine are displayed at empty shelves at a drugstore in Tokyo, Japan August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato. Hundreds of ... Full story

India's Modi to launch construction of Hindu temple on site of razed mosque

AYODHYA, India (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a plaque on Wednesday to kick off the construction of a Hindu temple in the northern city of Ayodhya on a spot where a mosque was demolished nearly three decades ago to spark deadly riots nationwide. Hindu priests and supporters of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu nationalist organisation, perform "havan" (traditional Hindu fire ritual) as part of a special ... Full story

Opinion onslaught of online misogyny unlike anything seen before Washington Post

Memo to Joe Biden’s running-mate-to-be: Congratulations for standing on the cusp of history! Now, get ready for an onslaught of online misogyny unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. The 2020 Democratic primary offered a preview of how a national candidate who happens to be a woman can expect to be hit, particularly on social media. Lucina Di Meco, who studies gender and leadership issues at the Wilson ... Full story

Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 741 to 212,022: RKI

FILE PHOTO: A traveller receives a voluntary coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at the new corona test centre at the Hochfelln service station on the A8 motorway near the town of Bergen, Germany, 30 July 2020. REUTERS/Michael Dalder. BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 741 to 212,022, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Wednesday. The reported death toll ... Full story

Australia suffers record coronavirus deaths, triggering tighter curbs

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia reported a record 15 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, all in Victoria state, which was preparing to close much of its economy to control a second wave of infection that threatens to spread across the country. FILE PHOTO: A medical personnel reacts while working alongside others wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as they administer tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a pop-up testing centre, ... Full story

Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Ohio, Louisiana, Massachussetts form pact for rapid coronavirus tests Washington Post

The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read. In the absence of a national testing strategy for the novel coronavirus pandemic , seven governors have formed a first-of-its-kind purchasing compact they hope will pressure companies that make rapid-detection tests to ... Full story

Lawrence Laurent, Washington Post’s first TV critic, dies at 95

Mr. Laurent (pronounced lo-RENT) joined The Post as a sportswriter in 1951 before being tapped by publisher Philip L. Graham to cover the emerging, experimental medium of television. Mr. Laurent took graduate courses at Harvard before embarking on his new beat as one of the country’s first full-time TV writers. At the time, television was an entertainment phenomenon, expanding quickly and in unpredictable ways. In 1950, fewer than 10 percent of ... Full story

Death toll from Beirut blast reaches 100 and could rise, Lebanese Red Cross head

A view shows the damaged facade of a building following Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir. BEIRUT (Reuters) - The death toll from a massive explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday has reached 100 and more victims are under the rubble, the head of the Lebanese Red Cross told local broadcasters on Wednesday. George Kettaneh told LBCI TV by telephone that the Red Cross was coordinating with the ... Full story