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Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 248 to 198,804 - RKI

FILE PHOTO: People, some wearing face masks, are seen at a public transport bus stop, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Berlin, Germany, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch. BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 248 to 198,804, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. The reported COVID-19 death toll rose by three to 9,063, the ... Full story

Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan, son in stable condition - health officials

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s most famous film star Amitabh Bachchan, and his son Abhishek, are in stable condition after testing positive for the coronavirus, a hospital official and government health authorities said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan (L) and his son Abhishek Bachchan pose for a picture during a party of a new Bollywood production company in Mumbai February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Manav Manglani/. The 77-year-old ... Full story

COVID-19 tests are supposed to be free, but these people got bills for thousands of dollars

While Congress passed a law to ensure no one would avoid getting tested for the coronavirus because of the cost, experts say loopholes and mix-ups have left some people with big bills to pay. People returning to their jobs also could wind up having to pay for COVID-19 tests, they warned. Miki Kikuta made a trip to Japan in late January, as she does once a year. But this time, she said, she came back seriously ill. "I just got off the plane. I ... Full story

Washington Ballet director Julie Kent says she is recovering from covid-19

Former ballerina Julie Kent , one of American Ballet Theatre’s most esteemed stars and the artistic director of the Washington Ballet, recently contracted covid-19. Kent announced her diagnosis in an Instagram post Saturday, which is also her 51st birthday. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. “A couple weeks ago, I tested positive for covid-19,” wrote Kent, who retired from American Ballet Theatre in 2015 after a 29-year career. She joined ... Full story

How a miracle drug changed the fight against infection during World War II

In March 1942, 33-year-old Anne Miller lay delirious in New Haven Hospital, deathly ill from septicemia that she developed following a miscarriage a month before. During her stay at the Connecticut hospital, doctors tried every cure imaginable — from sulfa drugs to blood transfusions — as her temperature at times spiked past 106 degrees. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. “She was just incurable,” Eric Lax, author of “The Mold in Dr. ... Full story

Fox News: Tucker Carlson writer Blake Neff resigns over racist messages

Image caption Fox said Tucker Carlson would address the topic in his show on Monday. A top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has resigned after posting racist and sexist comments online. Blake Neff, who joined Tucker Carlson Tonight in 2017, resigned on Friday after a CNN investigation . It found that Mr Neff regularly used highly offensive language on an online forum called AutoAdmit under the name CharlesXII. Fox News described the ... Full story

Fixing U.S. Politics

Although people tend to think of the American political system as a public institution based on high-minded principles, it’s not. Politics behaves according to the same kinds of incentives and forces that shape competition in any private industry. Our elections and our legislative systems are drowning in unhealthy competition: The political-industrial complex wins, and the public interest loses. Business, in pursuing its short-term interests, ... Full story

For presidents, playing white backlash politics like Donald Trump is a choice

In two furious speeches over the Fourth of July weekend, President Trump answered the question he had previously fumbled about his reason for seeking reelection. Six months after his first briefing about the coronavirus pandemic, six weeks after the killing of George Floyd, the president has found his platform: white backlash. In his words, he is running to defend “our values” against “anarchists,” “agitators” and “looters.”. Support our ... Full story

Thailand plans November human testing for potential coronavirus vaccine

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai researchers plan to begin human trials of a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus in November and are preparing 10,000 doses, a senior official said on Sunday, aiming for a vaccine that could be ready for use by late next year. 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/. Following ... Full story

Micheál Martin: SDLP relationship 'will not affect Irish government role in NI'

Taoiseach Micheál Martin believes the relationship between the SDLP and his own party, Fianna Fáil, will continue to "grow and strengthen". In February 2019, the SDLP voted overwhelmingly in favour of a partnership with Fianna Fáil . However, the Fianna Fáil leader said this will not affect his role as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement. Mr Martin also dismissed claims he was ignoring unionism by not electing a unionist to the Seanad ... Full story