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Coronavirus: Florida sheriff bans deputies from wearing masks

Image caption A Miami police officer wears a mask to enforce the city's mask mandate. A Florida sheriff has banned staff from wearing face masks at work. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods's order also includes visitors to the office. It is thought to be the first such mask ban for US law enforcement. Sheriff Woods said it was vital that officers' orders were clearly understood and that anyone coming to the station be identifiable. Florida is ... Full story

Australia encouraged by drop in new Covid-19 cases

Image caption Melbourne's strict lockdown has left public spaces looking quite empty. Australia has recorded its lowest one-day rise in coronavirus infections in more than three weeks, as Melbourne remains under strict lockdown. Official data on Thursday showed there were 292 new infections in the past 24 hours, down from 428 on Wednesday. It is the lowest daily total since 20 July. Victoria had by far the most infections - 278. Its capital ... Full story

NSA, FBI expose Russian intelligence hacking tool: report

FILE PHOTO: A projection of cyber code on a hooded man is pictured in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration. (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have exposed a sophisticated Russian hacking tool, they said on Thursday in a rare public report offering new insight on Russia’s arsenal of digital weapons. The NSA and FBI said that Russia’s Main Intelligence ... Full story

France's Macron pushes for a government of technocrats to rescue Lebanon

PARIS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing Lebanon’s political leaders to install an interim technocratic government able to enact reforms, win back public confidence and persuade donors to release billions of dollars in aid. FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron visits the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS. A French diplomatic source ... Full story

"Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks after historical peace deal between Israel and the UAE"

Reuters Top News: "Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks after historical peace deal between Israel and the UAE" - -. - Sorry, this site requires JavaScript for full functionality. Please enable JavaScript in your browser and reload the page. Full story

Douglas Emhoff: Kamala Harris's husband and potential 'second gentleman'

Image caption Kamala Harris said she "cannot wait for America to get to know my husband Doug". Kamala Harris made her first appearance as a vice presidential candidate on Wednesday, alongside presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Speaking at the event in Wilmington, Delaware, Ms Harris told the crowd that family means a lot to her. "Family is everything to me too and I cannot wait for America to get to know my husband Doug and our amazing ... Full story

Volkswagen to make electric car cells, battery packs in U.S.

FILE PHOTO: A Volkswagen logo is seen at a construction completion event of SAIC Volkswagen MEB electric vehicle plant in Shanghai, China, Nov. 8, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo. (Reuters) - German automaker Volkswagen AG ( VOWG_p.DE ) said it was expanding its Chattanooga factory in Tennessee to make electric vehicle cells and battery packs in the United States, alongside assembling electric vehicles. The company said it plans to break ... Full story

Harris' Indian heritage could boost Biden with Asian-American voters

(Reuters) - Joe Biden’s presidential campaign plans to step up engagement with Asian-American voters this fall and is betting running mate Kamala Harris’ experience as the daughter of an Indian immigrant will resonate with the fastest-growing U.S. minority population. FILE PHOTO: Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event, on her first joint appearance with presidential candidate and former Vice ... Full story

The White House: "LIVE: @PressSec holds a briefing"

The White House: "LIVE: @PressSec holds a briefing" - -. - Sorry, this site requires JavaScript for full functionality. Please enable JavaScript in your browser and reload the page. Full story

U.S. federal contract ban takes effect for companies using products from Huawei, others

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New regulations took effect on Thursday barring the U.S. government from buying goods or services from any company that uses products from five Chinese companies including Huawei Technologies, Hikvision and Dahua, a U.S. official said. FILE PHOTO: People are seen inside a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing, China July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo. The rule, which was prompted by a 2019 law, could have ... Full story

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