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Rapper Kanye West announces U.S. presidential bid on Twitter

Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and others to discuss criminal justice reform at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former ... Full story

China reports eight new coronavirus cases in mainland

FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks are seen at the Sanlitun shopping area, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang. BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported eight new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 4, compared with three cases a day earlier, the health authority said on Sunday. Six of the new infections were imported cases, according to a statement by the ... Full story

The motorcycle bandits terrorising northern Nigeria

Motorcycle-riding armed bandits operating out of abandoned forest reserves are ransacking communities in Nigeria's north-west. The groups are the latest to join Nigeria's lucrative kidnap for ransom industry, and are quite brazen in their operations. In the last decade more than 8,000 people have been killed in the states of Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger and Zamfara, according to the International Crisis Group. But recent attacks in the president's home ... Full story

Incumbent Koike seen ahead as Tokyo votes for governor amid pandemic

TOKYO (Reuters) - Voters in Tokyo went to the polls on Sunday to elect their governor, with incumbent Yuriko Koike forecast to clinch a victory, as Japan’s capital struggles with rebounding coronavirus infections and prepares for next year’s Olympics. FILE PHOTO: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike speaks at a news conference on Tokyo?s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato. Cases ... Full story

Amazon homeless shelter boosts unique program for sick kids

SEATTLE -- After becoming homeless, Connie Wade realized she'd be missing something critical to care for her daughter. She and 12-year-old Emilyanne couldn't camp in a car or on the streets because they need to plug in a machine that helps the girl breathe easier. Emilyanne has Down syndrome and her breathing is interrupted every six minutes without a CPAP device. A typical open-space homeless shelter promised them a spot by an electrical ... Full story

UK to double work coaches as lockdown hammers jobs market

FILE PHOTO: A shop worker sticks a 'we are open' sign on the door of a shop, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Watford, Britain, June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Photo. LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government will double the number of its job coaches as part of a plan to tackle a rise in unemployment triggered by the coronavirus lockdown, the finance ministry said on Saturday. The number of work coaches at British ... Full story

BoE Governor warns lenders of challenges of negative interest rates - Sunday Times

FILE PHOTO: Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey poses for a photograph on the first day of his new role at the Central Bank in London, Britain March 16, 2020. Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERS. (Reuters) - Bank of England (BoE) Governor Andrew Bailey has written a letter to lenders warning them of the challenges of negative interest rates, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. The letter said that negative rates were "one of the potential tools ... Full story

Trump campaign and RNC raise $131 million in June

Polls give Biden an edge over Trump. President Trump's reelection campaign announced it raised a record-breaking combined total of $131 million in the month of June, along with the Republican National Committee and joint fundraising committees and maintains a massive cash war chest heading into the summer with over $295 million in the bank. According to the campaign, the entities brought in an average of $4.3 million a day. Last month, Mr. ... Full story

Ukraine's Zelensky accused by ex-leader of hosting Russian 'fifth column'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Ex-president Petro Poroshenko spoke to BBC's Jonah Fisher. Ukraine's ex-president Petro Poroshenko has accused his successor, Volodymyr Zelensky, of pursuing him in the courts out of a desire for "revenge". Mr Poroshenko marched with several thousand of his supporters to a pre-trial hearing in Kyiv last week. He is facing more than 20 different investigations on what he says are ... Full story

A Dangerous and Evil Piano Piece

On September 9, 1963, a small classroom-size crowd of abstract artists, Off Broadway actors, and miscellaneous beatniks gathered at the Pocket Theatre—a former vaudeville house on Third Avenue and Thirteenth Street—to witness the début of a seventy-year-old piece of mysterious piano music. Though Erik Satie’s “Vexations” (1893) consisted of only a half sheet of notation, its recital had previously been deemed impossible, as the French composer ... Full story

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