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Gold price rises above $2,000 for first time

Gold has topped $2,000 (£1,527) an ounce for the first time as traders look for havens amid the pandemic. Investors have moved cash into the precious metal as Covid-19 cases rise in the US and more money is pumped into the global economy. The record high gold price has also been driven by concerns over tensions between Washington and Beijing. Prices of other precious metals, including silver, have also risen sharply since the start of this ... Full story

Trump teased a forthcoming health care plan more than a dozen times as president. Then nothing happened. Post

Amid the worst pandemic since 1918 , President Trump has turned his attention in recent weeks to something that has long eluded him as president: overhauling the nation’s health-care laws. It is a policy proposal Trump said he would unveil and enact no fewer than 15 times since November 2016, according to a Fix count. You can watch examples of this in the video above. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. But as The Post reports, Trump has ... Full story

Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 741 to 212,022: RKI

FILE PHOTO: A traveller receives a voluntary coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at the new corona test centre at the Hochfelln service station on the A8 motorway near the town of Bergen, Germany, 30 July 2020. REUTERS/Michael Dalder. BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 741 to 212,022, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Wednesday. The reported death toll ... Full story

Death toll from Beirut blast reaches 100 and could rise, Lebanese Red Cross head

A view shows the damaged facade of a building following Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir. BEIRUT (Reuters) - The death toll from a massive explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday has reached 100 and more victims are under the rubble, the head of the Lebanese Red Cross told local broadcasters on Wednesday. George Kettaneh told LBCI TV by telephone that the Red Cross was coordinating with the ... Full story

Investors launch climate plan to get to net zero emissions by 2050

FILE PHOTO: Sun shines through steam rising from chimneys of a power plant in Moscow, Russia November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo. LONDON (Reuters) - An investor group managing more than $16 trillion on Wednesday launched the world’s first step-by-step plan to help pension funds and others align their portfolios with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Many investors have pledged high-level support to the goals of the 2015 ... Full story

Lawrence Laurent, Washington Post’s first TV critic, dies at 95

Mr. Laurent (pronounced lo-RENT) joined The Post as a sportswriter in 1951 before being tapped by publisher Philip L. Graham to cover the emerging, experimental medium of television. Mr. Laurent took graduate courses at Harvard before embarking on his new beat as one of the country’s first full-time TV writers. At the time, television was an entertainment phenomenon, expanding quickly and in unpredictable ways. In 1950, fewer than 10 percent of ... Full story

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

(Reuters) - Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:. FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker is pictured while patients recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are being released from the "Tierra y Libertad" public hospital in Monterrey, Mexico July 24, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril. World’s highest death toll. Latin America surpassed Europe on Tuesday to become the region with the highest novel coronavirus death toll, ... Full story

Warren: SEC should investigate potential insider trading at Eastman Kodak

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate potential insider trading surrounding Eastman Kodak’s recent announcement that it would receive a $765 million government loan to start producing the chemical ingredients needed to make pharmaceuticals. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. The day before the loan was announced , more than 1 million shares of Kodak’s stock traded hands, compared with ... Full story

Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds on average

(Reuters) - The global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities. A funeral home worker waits for the funeral of a person who died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as the outbreak continues, at La Bermeja cemetery in San Salvador, El Salvador August 3, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas. Nearly 5,900 people are dying every ... Full story

Tesco urged to ditch meat company over alleged links to Amazon deforestation

Tesco has called on the UK government to order food companies to ensure all food sold in the UK is deforestation-free. The move comes in response to a new Greenpeace campaign calling on the supermarket to cut links to JBS, the world’s biggest meat company, over its alleged links to farms involved in Amazon deforestation . The supermarket says the UK should introduce due diligence across supply chains to monitor for deforestation. Germany is ... Full story