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Monkeys steal coronavirus blood samples in India

FILE PHOTO: A monkey crosses the road near India's Presidential Palace during a 14-hour long curfew to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Delhi, India, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo. LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A troop of monkeys in India attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday. The attack ... Full story

Greece to open to tourists from 29 countries from June 15

FILE PHOTO: A view of Oia, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the island of Santorini, Greece, May 7, 2020. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File Photo. ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece said on Friday it will open to visitors from 29 countries from June 15, days before its peak tourism season begins. The countries are: Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Israel, Switzerland, Japan, Malta, Bulgaria, ... Full story

Black voters don't trust mail ballots. That's a problem for Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sharon Fason used to accompany her mother to their south Chicago polling place every Election Day as a little girl, watching as she joined their African-American neighbors in the hard-won right of casting a ballot. FILE PHOTO: A resident drops off a mail-in ballot at the Edmondson Westside High School Polling site, during the special election for Maryland's 7th congressional district seat, previously held by Rep. Elijah ... Full story

The coronavirus conundrum when your mouth is your ‘hand’

Many disabled people face difficulties adapting their routines to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Thalidomide Society chairman Geoff Adams-Spink reveals some thalidomide survivors have been left perplexed after realising how often use their mouths and feet for tasks, instead of their hands. It was a friend and fellow thalidomide survivor, Berrisford, who first alerted me and other members of our community to the added dangers posed ... Full story

China to restrict expansion of solar equipment producers

BEIJING (Reuters) - China intends to impose restrictions on expansion of solar equipment production to tackle overcapacity in the industry in the face of falling domestic installations, a draft plan issued by the country’s industrial ministry showed on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Employees row a boat as they examine solar panel boards at a pond in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China, in this March 16, 2016 file photo.REUTERS/Stringer. Surging ... Full story

'Cannabis burned during worship' by ancient Israelites - study

Image caption Cannabis residue was found on an altar at the temple in Arad. Ancient Israelites burned cannabis as part of their religious rituals, an archaeological study has found. A well-preserved substance found in a 2,700-year-old temple in Tel Arad has been identified as cannabis, including its psychoactive compound THC. Researchers concluded that cannabis may have been burned in order to induce a high among worshippers. This is the first ... Full story

Hong Kong media tycoon vows to stay and 'fight' China, backs U.S. pressure

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Embattled Hong Kong publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai - one of the financial hub’s most prominent democracy activists - said on Friday he would fight till the last against Beijing’s imposition of national security laws and keep publishing. FILE PHOTO: Media mogul and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying leaves from a police station after being arrested for illegal assembly during the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, ... Full story

Futures hit by Sino-U.S. tensions at the end of strong month

Traders wearing masks work, on the first day of in person trading since the closure during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid. (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures dropped on Friday as investors braced for President Donald Trump’s response to China’s national security legislation for Hong Kong, threatening to take the shine off ... Full story

U.S. Asians, harassed over coronavirus, push back on streets, social media

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A spike in harassment of Asian-Americans since the coronavirus pandemic began has led community activists in the United States to fight back - forming street patrols, rallying on social media, and supporting each other online. Volunteers from the Chinatown Block Watch neighborhood patrol group pose for pictures before patrolling in Chinatown during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New ... Full story

Portugal's once-booming tourism collapses due to coronavirus

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s once-booming tourism sector collapsed in April as lockdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus grounded flights and kept visitors from the country’s largest market Britain away. A waiter waits for customers at a restaurant, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in downtown Lisbon, Portugal May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante. The National Statistics Institute (INE) said in its flash estimate on ... Full story