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EPA maintains 2015 air quality standards Post

The Trump administration on Monday said it will maintain national air quality standards put in place in 2015, despite calls for more stringent regulations that advocates say are necessary to protect Americans in communities that are particularly vulnerable to a range of respiratory ailments. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. In a call with reporters, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler argued that the existing ... Full story

Japan traces new coronavirus outbreak linked to Tokyo theatre

FILE PHOTO: People enjoy drinks and dinner following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the partially reopened Japanese drinking bars alley, on the first day after the Japanese government lifted the state of emergency at Shinjuku district in Tokyo, Japan May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo. TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo health officials appealed on Tuesday for more than 800 theatregoers to get tested for the novel coronavirus ... Full story

Brazil: Outrage over São Paulo policeman stepping on woman's neck

Image caption A military police officer in São Paulo, Brazil. File photo. Two military police officers in Brazil's São Paulo city are to face criminal charges after pictures were broadcast on TV showing one of them stepping on the neck of a black woman. The victim, a middle-aged owner of a small bar, was then dragged in handcuffs across the pavement. The recording was made by a person who witnessed the incident in May. State Governor João Doria ... Full story

Covid-19 Makes the Case for More Meatpacking Robots

On Memorial Day weekends past, you might have joined in the All-American ritual of firing up the grill , cracking a cold one, and feuding with your family over which hot dog condiment is correct. (Mayonnaise, clearly.) But this holiday, you might not have as many wieners to argue about. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS. Here's all the WIRED coverage in one place, from how to keep your children entertained to how this outbreak ... Full story

'Worst-case' UK winter could see 120,000 COVID deaths in second wave

FILE PHOTO: The hand of a patient grips the rail of a hospital bed in the X-ray department at The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in East Lancashire, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Blackburn, Britain, May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool. LONDON (Reuters) - Britain faces a potentially more deadly second wave of COVID-19 in the coming winter that could kill up to 120,000 people over nine months in a ... Full story

Hong Kong to impose most severe social distancing restrictions

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong will impose strict new social distancing measures from midnight Tuesday, the most stringent in the Asian financial hub since the coronavirus broke out, as authorities warn the risk of a large-scale outbreak is extremely high. Passengers wear surgical masks in an MTR train, following the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hong Kong, China July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu. The measures dictate that face ... Full story

China's first-half exports to U.S. down 8.1% year-on-year, imports fall 1.5%

FILE PHOTO: Cranes and containers are seen at the Yantian port in Shenzhen, following the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Guangdong province, China May 17, 2020. Picture taken May 17, 2020. REUTERS/Martin Pollard. BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s exports to the United States fell by 8.1% in the first half from the same period a year earlier while imports from the U.S. declined 1.5%, customs spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters on ... Full story

All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU - BBC News

The UK stopped being a member of the European Union (EU) at 23:00 GMT on 31 January 2020, but that's the not end of the Brexit story. Over the summer, UK and EU officials will try to agree what the future relationship will eventually look like. For those not following every twist and turn, this is what you need to know. WHAT IS BREXIT? Brexit - British exit - refers to the UK leaving the EU. A public vote (known as a referendum) was held in ... Full story

Norway's KLP drops investment ban on Brazil's Petrobras as governance improves

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Brazil's state-run Petrobras oil company is seen at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes. BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s Petrobras said on Monday it is again eligible to receive investments from Norway’s largest pension fund, KLP, which had blocked investments in the state-owned oil firm following revelations of a sprawling corruption scheme. Petroleo Brasileiro SA ( PETR4.SA ), ... Full story

Trump administration to recommend National Guard as an option to help hospitals report covid-19 data

The Trump administration is poised to ask governors to consider sending in the National Guard to hospitals to help improve data collection about coronavirus patients, supplies and capacity, according to draft letters, internal emails and hospital industry officials familiar with the plans. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. A letter, to be sent to governors imminently, backs away from earlier drafts as recently as Friday that had directed ... Full story