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Japan evacuates thousands as rains lash southern Kyushu

A rescue worker helps local residents at a flooded area caused by a heavy rain along Kuma River in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 4, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS. TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan asked thousands of people to evacuate their homes on its southern island of Kyushu, media said on Saturday, following unprecedented torrential rains in which 15 people are feared dead and nine ... Full story

U.S. sends carriers to South China Sea during Chinese drills

(Reuters) - Two U.S. aircraft carriers were conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, the U.S. navy said, as China also carried out military drills that have been criticised by the Pentagon and neighbouring states. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is seen during its visit to Hong Kong, China November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Yuyang Wang. China and the United States have accused each other of stoking ... Full story

Russia says China would be needed in expanded G7 summit: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is not in talks with Washington about its potential role at an expanded Group of Seven summit later this year, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday, insisting that China should also be included in the event. FILE PHOTO: Russian deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov arrives for a meeting with U.S. special envoy Marshall Billingslea in Vienna, Austria June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger. His ... Full story

More bodies to be buried in mass grave after Myanmar jade mine landslide

(Reuters) - Dozens more jade miners killed in a landslide in northern Myanmar will be buried on Saturday, a local official said, after 77 others were interred in a mass grave on Friday following one of the worst mining accidents in the country’s history. FILE PHOTO: Volunteers carry coffins containing bodies of victims following a landslide at a mining site in Hpakant, Kachin State City, Myanmar July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer. More than 170 ... Full story

Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises

(Reuters) - Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday as he launched new measures to try to curb the coronavirus. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen wearing a face mask during a meeting, in Tehran, Iran, July 4 2020. Official Presidential website/Handout via REUTERS. Iran has been battling the ... Full story

Letter from Italy: this pandemic is showing us who we really are

In March, the acclaimed Italian novelist Francesca Melandri wrote a letter to fellow Europeans “from your future”, describing experiences of lockdown. Now, as restrictions are eased, she has another message. I am writing to you from Italy, which means I am writing from the accelerated present of the pandemic. What started as a parallel dance among successive epidemics’ charts has become a chaos of separate choreographies. Depending on the ... Full story

With no paparazzi or parties, Paris prepares for virtual fashion week

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris is usually abuzz during its prestigious Haute Couture presentations in July, its hotels heaving with fashionistas and monuments turned into catwalk venues. A chauffeur poses next to a Mercedes-Benz luxury car of Chabe, Chauffeured Cars Services, in front of the Grand Palais in Paris, France, July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes. But in a makeover caused by the coronavirus crisis, top designers will instead be ... Full story

11 things to watch to better understand America at this moment

“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually,” James Baldwin wrote in “Notes of a Native Son.” The 1955 essay collection featured the writer’s searing critiques of the deep racial injustice etched into the DNA of a nation that had continuously rejected him because of his skin color. The sentiment behind Baldwin’s words — that American patriotism ... Full story

Ida Haendel, Polish-born musician known as ‘grande dame of the violin,’ dies at 96

In Ms. Haendel’s telling, she was just 3 when she began performing, picking up her older sister’s violin and amazing her mother by reproducing a song that she had just heard. She went on to perform professionally for some eight decades, playing morale-boosting concerts in London during World War II before touring the world and acquiring a reputation as “the grand dame of the violin.”. “When she plays the Beethoven concerto, you can imagine ... Full story

Heavy rain floods southern Japan; over a dozen presumed dead

TOKYO (AP) — Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials and news reports said. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were urged to evacuate following pounding rains overnight. The evacuation was not mandatory and it was not known how many actually ... Full story