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Assam: Fifty dead and millions affected in India monsoon floods

Image caption At least 50 people have died in the seasonal floods. More than two million people in India's north eastern state of Assam have been affected by heavy flooding, which has also killed at least 50, officials told local media. A video of a minister wading into muddy waters to rescue people has garnered attention, highlighting the situation. Excessive rain in the past few weeks has engulfed thousands of villages. A heavy monsoon in the ... Full story

Nissan takes on Tesla in China's electric car market News

Nissan has unveiled the first of its new electric vehicles as part of a turnaround strategy for the loss-making company. The Japanese carmaker is hoping its new all-electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) Ariya will sell well in China. But it faces tough competition from Tesla which has a strong presence in the world's largest car market. Electric cars are a cornerstone of Nissan's four-year plan to get it back to profitability. The Ariya was ... Full story

Toppled slave trader's statue replaced by Black protester in England

FILE PHOTO: People observe the base of the statue of Edward Colston, after protesters pulled it down and pushed into the docks, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Bristol, Britain, June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Childs/. LONDON (Reuters) - A sculpture of a Black protester with her fist raised in the air has been erected in place of a 17th Century English slave trader whose statue was toppled by ... Full story

'I did this myself' - Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst. LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said that he was responsible for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network from the end of 2027. On Tuesday, Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by the end of 2027, ... Full story

Black Lives Matter protester statue appears on Edward Colston plinth

Image caption A sculpture of protester Jen Reid appeared early on Wednesday where the statue of Edward Colston had been. A figure of a Black Lives Matter protester has appeared on the empty plinth previously occupied by the statue of slave trader Edward Colston. A sculpture of protester Jen Reid was erected early on Wednesday in Bristol city centre where the Colston statue was pulled down last month. Ms Reid had been photographed standing on ... Full story

Stunning video from the International Space Station shows comet Neowise soaring past Earth

Rare Comet Neowise soars across Earth Rare Comet Neowise soars across Earth. The once-in-a-lifetime comet Neowise has already been captured by astrophotographers around the world. But Earth isn't the only place the comet is visible — astronauts aboard the International Space Station are being treated to their own cosmic fireworks displays as the comet streaks across the sky throughout July. Since Neowise survived its trip around the sun on July ... Full story

China's BGI forecasts 700% jump in first-half profit due to COVID-19 test kit demand

FILE PHOTO: A technician works at a genetic testing laboratory of BGI, formerly known as Beijing Genomics Institute, in Kunming, Yunnan province, China December 26, 2018. Picture taken December 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer. SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s BGI Genomics Co ( 300676.SZ ) said on Tuesday it expects first-half net profit to be about eight times the amount reported in the same period last year after the global pandemic created a surge in ... Full story

Gold steadies above $1,800 on rising virus fears, U.S.-China tensions

(Reuters) - Gold prices steadied on Wednesday to hold firm above the psychological level of $1,800, as worries over surging coronavirus cases and simmering U.S.-China tensions cemented demand for the safe-haven metal. FILE PHOTO: An employee weighs a 1kg gold bar at AGR (African Gold Refinery) in Entebbe, Uganda, October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File photo. Spot gold was little changed at $1,808.85 per ounce by 0658 GMT. U.S. gold futures ... Full story

Handelsbanken, SEB top forecasts as Nordic banks weather pandemic

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Quarterly profits at Handelsbanken ( SHBa.ST ) and SEB ( SEBa.ST ) fell less than expected as the Swedish banks coped with the economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, although SEB saw a spike in provisions for bad loans. FILE PHOTO: A branch of Handelsbanken is seen in Wilmslow, Britain January 12, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo. Nordic banks are the first in Europe to report second quarter earnings and so far have ... Full story

Andrew Cuomo is touting a new pandemic poster. Artists call it an ‘incoherent’ mess.

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. At the center of the “New York Tough” poster, which Cuomo’s office is offering for order online , is a mountain with the uphill face labeled, “Pulling Down the Curve Together,” and the downhill face, peopled with essential workers, labeled, “The Power of ‘We.’ ” At the top is a rainbow with a “Love Wins” banner and a quote from Cuomo: “Wake Up America! Forget the Politics, Get Smart!”. Within this ... Full story