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Malka Leifer: Rape-accused ex-principal fit for extradition to Australia

Image caption Malka Leifer arrives for a hearing at the District Court in Jerusalem on Tuesday. An Israeli woman facing 74 child sex charges in Australia is mentally fit to face extradition, a court has ruled. Malka Leifer, the former principal of a Jewish girls' school in Melbourne, fled to Israel in 2008 after accusations were raised against her. Extradition hearings were delayed for two years as Ms Leifer, 54, said panic attacks prevented ... Full story

Fears of coronavirus second wave prompt flu push at U.S. pharmacies, drugmakers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy chains are preparing a big push for flu vaccinations when the season kicks off in October, hoping to curb tens of thousands of serious cases that could coincide with a second wave of coronavirus infections. FILE PHOTO: A nurse displays a flu vaccine at a free medical and dental health clinic in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson. CVS Health Corp ( CVS.N ), one of the largest ... Full story

U.S. new home sales unexpectedly rise in April

FILE PHOTO: Newly constructed single family homes are shown for sale in Encinitas, California, U.S., July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes unexpectedly rose in April, but the gains are likely temporary as the coronavirus crisis ravages the economy, unleashing record unemployment. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new home sales increased 0.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ... Full story

EU urges China to respect Hong Kong autonomy

European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a news conference following an EU-Japan videoconference summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 26, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - China must respect Hong Kong’s autonomy, the European Union said on Tuesday, amid controversy over Chinese plans to adopt a national security law for the city. “We attach great importance to the ... Full story

Brazil registers steepest monthly deflation in over quarter of a century

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil experienced its most aggressive deflation for at least 26 years in May, according to a mid-month measure of consumer prices released on Tuesday, as the coronavirus crisis triggered a collapse in transport and related prices. A costumer looks for drinks at a supermarket in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares. The monthly rate of Brazil’s IPCA-15 consumer price inflation in the month to mid-May ... Full story

U.S. military says Russia deployed fighter jets to Libya

TUNIS (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Tuesday that Russia has deployed fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian mercenaries fighting for eastern forces, adding to concerns of a new escalation in the conflict. FILE PHOTO: A boy wearing a Libyan flag takes part in a celebration marking the sixth anniversary of the Libyan revolution, in Benghazi, Libya February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori/File Photo. “Russian military aircraft ... Full story

Brazil police raid Rio governor's residences amid COVID-19 probe

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian federal police on Tuesday raided the residences of Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel as part of a COVID-19 corruption probe, targeting one of President Jair Bolsonaro’s political foes as the pandemic sweeps the nation. FILE PHOTO: Rio de Janeiro's Governor Wilson Witzel is seen after a meeting with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro at the Senate President's home in Brasilia, Brazil May 8, 2019. ... Full story

Israeli court finds sex crime suspect wanted by Australia faked mental illness

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli court ruled on Tuesday that a former principal of an Australian school accused of sexually assaulting students is mentally fit to face trial in Australia and her extradition case can resume. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, family members of Malka Leifer, a former Australian school principal accused of sexually assaulting students, walk outside the courtroom as a ruling is underway in Leifer's case, at Jerusalem ... Full story

Hedge funds build large bullish position in WTI - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge funds and other money managers continued to accumulate bullish positions in crude oil and its products last week but almost all buying remains concentrated in WTI, with little evidence of optimism in other futures contracts. Crude oil storage tanks are seen from above at the Cushing oil hub, in Cushing, Oklahoma, March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Nick Oxford. Portfolio managers purchased the equivalent of 30 million barrels in ... Full story

Facebook launches CatchUp, an audio-only group calling app that shows who’s ready to chat now – TechCrunch

Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, has today launched a new app called CatchUp that makes it easier for friends and family in the U.S. to coordinate phone calls or set up group calls with up to 8 people. While there are a number of group chat apps available to users today, what makes CatchUp unique is that the calls it enables are audio-only, not video, and it flags when users are available. In addition, CatchUp won’t need a Facebook ... Full story