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Google Meet and other Google services go down (Updated) – TechCrunch

Google’s engineers aren’t having a good day today. This afternoon, a number of Google services went offline or are barely reachable. These services include Google Meet, Drive, Docs, Analytics, Classroom and Calendar, for example. While Google’s own status dashboards don’t show any issues, we’re seeing reports from around the world from people who aren’t able to reach any of these services. Best we can tell, these issues started around 6pm PT. ... Full story

U.S. coronavirus cases surpass 7 million as Midwest outbreak flares up

(Reuters) - The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States topped 7 million on Thursday - more than 20% of the world’s total - as Midwest states reported spikes in COVID-19 infections in September, according to a Reuters tally. Slideshow ( 2 images ). The latest milestone comes just days after the nation surpassed over 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world’s highest death toll from the virus. Each day, over 700 people die in the United ... Full story

'Our first dictatorship is school': Thai kids revolt

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Wearing white ribbons, publicly hacking off their hair and making “Hunger Games” salutes - Thailand’s high school students are doing their best to shake up the country’s rigid education system. Slideshow ( 5 images ). As university students stage weeks of high-profile campus protests for democracy, their younger brethren are advancing their own rebellion to Thailand’s establishment. “There’s a viral saying that ‘our first ... Full story

FBI probes police killing of boy on family's drive

The FBI is to investigate the fatal police shooting of a teenage boy as he reversed a vehicle out his family's garage in the US state of Kansas. A police officer fired 13 shots, killing John Albers, 17, on 20 January 2018 in a Kansas City suburb. Police had been called to check on the boy, who had ADHD, after his online posts prompted fears for his safety. A month after the shooting the county prosecutor announced the officer, Clayton Jenison, ... Full story

Brazil reports 32,817 new coronavirus cases, 831 deaths

FILE PHOTO: People walk at a popular shopping street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes. BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil recorded 32,817 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 831 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. South America’s largest country has registered more than 4.6 million cases of the ... Full story

UK expresses deep concern over arrest of HK activist Joshua Wong

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville. LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday he was deeply concerned about the arrest of Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, describing it in a tweet as another example of Hong Kong authorities targeting activists. “Chinese and HK authorities must respect ... Full story

Australian public debt blows out on virus-driven welfare payment boost

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian government debt has jumped to nearly 25% of gross domestic product (GDP), Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Friday, after Canberra drastically increased welfare payments as unemployment surged due to COVID-19 business closures. FILE PHOTO: The new Treasurer Josh Frydenberg attends the swearing-in ceremony in Canberra, Australia August 24, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray. Government debt for the year-ended June 30 totalled ... Full story

Breakingviews - Buffett’s TV deal atones for his Oxy sins

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, pauses while playing bridge as part of the company annual meeting weekend in Omaha, Nebraska U.S. May 6, 2018. REUTERS/Rick Wilking. NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The Buffett effect is mounting a comeback. The Sage of Omaha’s Berkshire Hathaway is helping local U.S. TV network operator E.W. Scripps finance its $2.7 billion takeover of a rival. As soon as the deal was unveiled on Thursday, ... Full story

U.N. aviation agency ICAO advises Pakistan to suspend issuance of new pilot licenses

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has advised Pakistan to undertake “immediate corrective actions” and suspend the issuance of any new pilot licenses in the wake of a scandal over falsified licenses, according to an official and a document seen by Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane arrives at the Benazir International airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, December 2, ... Full story

Dollar off two-month peak, yuan gains on bond benchmark inclusion

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar dipped from a two-month peak early on Friday as renewed hopes of U.S. stimulus eased investors’ concerns about economic recovery, while the Chinese yuan gained after the country was added to a global bond benchmark. FILE PHOTO: Saudi riyal, yuan, Turkish lira, pound, U.S. dollar, euro and Jordanian dinar banknotes are seen in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration. The dollar ... Full story

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