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Hong Kong security law: Pro-democracy books pulled from libraries

Image caption There have been protests against the new law in Hong Kong, despite fears of stiff punishments. Books by pro-democracy figures have been removed from public libraries in Hong Kong in the wake of a controversial new security law. The works will be reviewed to see if they violate the new law, the authority which runs the libraries said. The legislation targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments of up to life in ... Full story

Spain imposes second local coronavirus lockdown in two days

FILE PHOTO: A Police officer checks the documents of people travelling on vehicles at the entrance of Lleida after Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions to control a new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Lleida, Spain, July 4, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo. MADRID (Reuters) - The northwestern Spanish region of Galicia imposed restrictions on about 70,000 people on Sunday following a COVID-19 outbreak, a day after ... Full story

Bali holds mass prayers for reopening from coronavirus lockdown

People attend mass prayers, expressing gratitude for the handling of the new coronavirus and seeking blessings for the start of a "new normal", at Besakih temple in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, July 5, 2020 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo/ via REUTERS. KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Bali conducted mass prayers on Sunday as the Indonesian resort island prepares to reopen to tourists shut out due to the ... Full story

Coronavirus surges on Colombia's Caribbean coast, doctors warn deaths underreported

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Coronavirus cases and deaths are surging along Colombia’s Caribbean coast as the region becomes the epicenter of the pandemic in the Andean country, with doctors warning many deaths are going undetected. FILE PHOTO: Doctors and nurses treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the El Tunal hospital, in Bogota, Colombia June 12, 2020. Picture taken June 12, 2020. ... Full story

Coronavirus updates: Trump touts ‘progress’ against virus after another day of record infections 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. President Trump said Saturday that his administration had made “a lot of progress” slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States, even as states continued to report record numbers of new infections and ... Full story

Death toll in Ethiopian protests after killing of singer jumps to 156

FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian military ride on their pick-up truck as they patrol the streets following protests in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri. ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The number of people killed in protests in Ethiopia following the slaying of a popular singer has jumped to 156 from the initial tally of 80, a senior regional security official told Reuters on Sunday. The protests were sparked by the assassination of ... Full story

Britain nears 500 million pound deal for Sanofi/GSK COVID-19 vaccine: Sunday Times

FILE PHOTO: A small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine" sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed "Coronavirus COVID-19" words in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/. LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is close to agreeing a 500 million pound ($624 million) supply deal with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline for 60 million doses of their potential COVID-19 vaccine, the Sunday Times reported. The newspaper said that ... Full story

DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds

A stretch of DNA linked to Covid-19 was passed down from Neanderthals 60,000 years ago, according to a new study. Scientists don’t yet know why this particular segment increases the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus. But the new findings , which were posted online on Friday and have not yet been published in a scientific journal, show how some clues to modern health stem from ancient history. “This interbreeding effect that happened ... Full story

'Beyond worst nightmares': Argentina's child poverty rate soars amid pandemic

Antonio Chenarce, a 49-year-old baker cooks at his home, during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Buenos Aires, Argentina July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian. BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Antonio Chenarce, a 49-year-old baker and father of three in Buenos Aires, has struggled to make ends meet since losing his job due to the coronavirus lockdown imposed in the Argentine capital since mid-March. The health crisis has hammered ... Full story

Before Air-Conditioning

Exactly what year it was I can no longer recall—probably 1927 or ’28—there was an extraordinarily hot September, which hung on even after school had started and we were back from our Rockaway Beach bungalow. Every window in New York was open, and on the streets venders manning little carts chopped ice and sprinkled colored sugar over mounds of it for a couple of pennies. We kids would jump onto the back steps of the slow-moving, horse-drawn ice ... Full story