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Bus driver dies after being attacked by passengers ‘who refused to wear face masks’

A French bus driver has died after being attacked by passengers during an alleged row over masks. Philippe Monguillot, 59, died in hospital on Friday, five days after he was left brain dead by the assault in Bayonne, in southwest France . His daughter, Marie, said his family and doctors had made the decision to “let him go”, Agence France-Presse reported. DOWNLOAD THE NEW INDEPENDENT PREMIUM APP. Sharing the full story, not just the headlines ... Full story

Venezuela oil minister El Aissami tests positive for COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan vice president Tareck El Aissami attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov. CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan oil minister Tareck El Aissami has tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Twitter on Friday, a day after the leader of the socialist party, Diosdado Cabello, tested positive for the virus as well. El Aissami, named to the position this ... Full story

Opinion | Trump confirms, in an interview, a U.S. cyberattack on Russia

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Asked whether he had launched the attack, Trump replied: “Correct.”. Trump said that, in 2016, President Barack Obama “knew before the election that Russia was playing around. Or, he was told. Whether or not it was so or not, who knows? And he said nothing. And the reason he said nothing was that he didn’t want to touch it because he thought [Hillary Clinton] was winning because he read phony polls. So, ... Full story

Texas governor warns of possible lockdown if Texans don't start wearing face masks

CA, AZ, TX struggle to contain coronavirus CA, AZ, TX struggle to contain coronavirus. As coronavirus cases in Texas continue to skyrocket, Governor Greg Abbott warned Friday that he may have to implement a lockdown if the numbers don't come down. The governor has reiterated several times this week that his statewide mask order must be followed. "The worst is yet to come as we work our way through that massive increase in people testing ... Full story

Australia's Victoria state records another day of high coronavirus infections

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s second most-populous state on Saturday reported one of its highest daily increases in new coronavirus infections and warned the numbers would get worse before they got better as it began its first weekend under a six-week lockdown. A solitary man runs along a waterway after lockdown restrictions were implemented in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Melbourne, Australia, July 10, ... Full story

U.S. oil & gas rig count falls to record low for 10th week: Baker Hughes

FILE PHOTO: An oil worker walks towards a drill rig after placing ground monitoring equipment in the vicinity of the underground horizontal drill in Loving County, Texas, U.S., November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Angus Mordant. (Reuters) - U.S. energy firms cut the number of oil and natural gas rigs operating to a record low for a 10th week in a row but the rate of decline has slowed as higher oil prices prompt some producers to start drilling again. ... Full story

A Flawed Facial-Recognition System Sent This Man to Jail

In January, Detroit police arrested and charged 42-year-old Robert Williams with stealing $4,000 in watches from a retail store 15 months earlier. Taken away in handcuffs in front of his two children, Williams was sent to an interrogation room where police presented him with their evidence: Facial-recognition software matched his driver’s license photo with surveillance footage from the night of the crime. Williams had an alibi , The New York ... Full story

Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence

Washington — President Trump is commuting the prison sentence of Republican political operative Roger Stone via an executive grant of clemency, the White House said in a statement. Mr. Trump extended reprieve to his longtime informal adviser and ally days before he was expected to report to prison. The statement from the White House called Stone a "victim of the Russia Hoax" and said there was "never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or ... Full story

University of Houston researches create heated air filter that can kill coronavirus 'instantly'

Researchers at the University of Houston claimed to have designed a special air filter that can trap the novel coronavirus and blast it with heat to kill the disease on contact. Dr. Zhifeng Ren, director of the Texas Center of Superconductivity at UH, is the brains behind the project, the Houston Chronicle reported . Ren worked with Medistar CEO Monzer Hourani to bring about a "unique design" made from heated nickel foam, which was detailed in ... Full story

Brazil's Petrobras begins binding phase of Gaspetro sale

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Brazil's state-run Petrobras oil company is seen at their headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes. RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA has begun the binding phase of the sale of its majority stake in the firm’s Gaspetro gas pipeline unit, it said in a securities filing on Friday. Reporting by Gram Slattery; Editing by Chris Reese. Our ... Full story