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India has recorded more than 90,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking its total above that of Brazil. The country now has the second-largest number of confirmed cases in the world, 4,204,613. It has reported 71,642 deaths, the third-highest in the world. The surge in reported infections has mostly come from […]

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is set to announce his resignation for health reasons, officials from his party say. He has suffered for many years from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, but his condition is thought to have worsened recently. Public broadcaster NHK said the 65-year-old wanted to avoid causing problems for his government. Last […]

Wisconsin’s attorney general has named the officer who shot a black man on Sunday, sparking days of demonstrations. Josh Kaul told reporters on Wednesday that Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back as he opened the door of his car. Officers found a knife in Mr Blake’s car, he added, but no […]

Joe Biden has been officially anointed the Democratic presidential candidate at the party’s convention, helped over the line with some glowing testimonials from elder statesmen. Two Democratic former presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsed Mr Biden. Mr Clinton said President Donald Trump had brought “chaos” […]

Michelle Obama has launched a stinging attack on US President Donald Trump as Democrats prepared to crown Joe Biden as their White House challenger. “Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” said the former US first lady in an emotional recorded message to the Democratic convention. Disaffected members of Mr Trump’s Republican party […]

TikTok is threatening legal action against the US after Donald Trump ordered firms to stop doing business with the Chinese app within 45 days. The company said it was “shocked” by an executive order from the US President outlining the ban. TikTok said it would “pursue all remedies available” to “ensure the rule of law […]

Lebanon is in mourning after a huge explosion in the capital Beirut killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000 others on Tuesday. The whole city was shaken by the blast, which began with a fire at the port which exploded into a mushroom cloud. President Michel Aoun said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium […]

China has ordered the closure of the US consulate in the south-western city of Chengdu, the latest in a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries. China said the move was a “necessary response” to the US, which ordered China to close its consulate in Houston earlier this week. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the […]

A group of British men living in Singapore have been banned from working there again after breaking lockdown to go on a “bar crawl”. The men were also fined around S$9,000 each ($6,500; £5,200). They were charged after a picture of people drinking during the country’s “lockdown” – which banned social gatherings – went viral […]

France’s iconic Eiffel Tower has opened again to guests after its longest closure since World War Two. But the Paris monument isn’t returning to normal operations just yet. Visitor numbers will be limited, face coverings mandatory for anyone aged over 11, and everywhere above the second floor will be closed to the public. To soak […]


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