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US agrees with Canada, Mexico to extend border restrictions into September amid coronavirus

The U.S. has agreed with Canada and Mexico to extend land border restrictions on non-essential travel into September amid continued fears about the coronavirus pandemic. “We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of ... Full story

Australia surfer saves wife by punching shark

Image caption Earlier this year a teenage surfer was killed by a shark off New South Wales. A man leapt from his surfboard on to a shark that was attacking his wife, repeatedly punching the animal until it let go, Australian media report. Chantelle Doyle, 35, was surfing off Shelly Beach at Port Macquarie, New South Wales, when the attack took place. Her husband punched the shark until it released its grip and then helped Ms Doyle to the shore. ... Full story

Lukashenko: I need to contact Putin, protests not just threat to Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko chairs a meeting on construction industry in Minsk, Belarus August 14, 2020. Andrei Stasevich/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT. MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Saturday he wanted to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin, warning street protests were not just a ... Full story

Iran says U.S. humiliated by rejection of bid to extend arms embargo on Tehran

FILE PHOTO: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani waits to address the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine/File Photo. (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Washington had suffered a humiliating defeat in its bid to get a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran extended. In a U.N. Security Council vote on the U.S. effort on Friday, Russia and China voted ... Full story

Lukashenko and Putin discuss Belarus situation Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko chairs a meeting on construction industry in Minsk, Belarus August 14, 2020. Andrei Stasevich/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation inside and around Belarus during a phone call, Interfax news agency reported on Saturday, citing Belarusian local media. Lukashenko had said earlier on ... Full story

Debenhams appoints advisers to draw up plans for possible liquidation

FILE PHOTO: Debenhams is pictured in Oxford Circus, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay. LONDON (Reuters) - Struggling British department store chain has appointed Hilco Capital to draw up contingency plans for a possible liquidation of the chain in the unlikely event that an attempt to sell the business ends in failure. Debenhams on Tuesday said it would cut a ... Full story

U.S. monitoring Belarus closely, says Pompeo

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint news conference with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg in Vienna, Austria, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/Pool. WARSAW (Reuters) - The United States is tracking the situation in Belarus after last weekend’s disputed election then a crackdown on protests, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday. “We follow the situation closely,” he told a press ... Full story

U.S. calls for credible probe into 'overwhelming' Beirut blast

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States called on Saturday for a transparent and credible investigation into the massive port blast in Beirut that killed 172 people and said Lebanon could never go back to the days “in which anything goes” at its ports and borders. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale speaks to the media after visiting the site of a massive explosion at Beirut's port, Lebanon, August 15, 2020. ... Full story

Israel and the UAE: Peace deal culminates years of secret courtship

JERUSALEM — In November 2015, Dore Gold was doing something no Israeli diplomat had ever done: opening an official government mission in the United Arab Emirates. It was a small office at an obscure United Nations outpost — a renewable-energy agency hosted by an oil power — but its debut marked a milestone in the secret-not-secret ties between Israel and one of its Arab foes. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. And it didn’t go very well. ... Full story

Iconic observatory seen in James Bond film "GoldenEye" goes dark after massive telescope found mysteriously broken News

A massive radio telescope made famous as the backdrop for a pivotal scene in James Bond film "GoldenEye" and other Hollywood hits was found suddenly out of commission after cables mysteriously snapped and smashed into the facility's main dish. The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is home to one of the world's largest radio telescopes, acting as a giant ear to the universe . Located in the middle of a forest, the telescope listens for radio ... Full story