Argentina says strikes $65 billion debt deal to break impasse

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Argentine one hundred peso bills sit underneath United States one hundred dollar bill in this picture illustration 2/2 By Tom Arnold and Adam Jourdan LONDON/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina said on Tuesday it had reached a deal with three creditor groups to restructure $65 billion in sovereign debt, potentially helping […]

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When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well.

JERUSALEM — As the United States and other countries anxiously consider how to reopen schools, Israel, one of the first countries to do so, illustrates the dangers of moving too precipitously. Confident it had beaten the coronavirus and desperate to reboot a devastated economy, the Israeli government invited the entire student body back in late […]

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UN says 1 billion students affected by closures, largest amount in history

The United Nations chief says the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July affecting more than 1 billion students. In addition, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that at least 40 million children worldwide have missed out on education “in their […]

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Argentina says it struck deal with creditors over $65 billion debt

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Argentine one hundred peso bills sit underneath United States one hundred dollar bill in this picture illustration 2/2 By Tom Arnold LONDON (Reuters) – Recession-hit Argentina said on Tuesday it had reached a deal with three creditor groups to restructure $65 billion in defaulted sovereign debt. The deal with the […]

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UN chief says 1 billion students affected by virus closures

The United Nations chief says the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July, affecting over 1 billion students By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press August 4, 2020, 5:42 AM 4 min read UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said […]

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Dementia on the Retreat in the U.S. and Europe

Despite the lack of effective treatments or preventive strategies, the dementia epidemic is on the wane in the United States and Europe, scientists reported on Monday. The risk for a person to develop dementia over a lifetime is now 13 percent lower than it was in 2010. Incidence rates at every age have steadily declined […]

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Scientists Worry About Political Influence Over Coronavirus Vaccine Project

In April, with hospitals overwhelmed and much of the United States in lockdown, the Department of Health and Human Services produced a presentation for the White House arguing that rapid development of a coronavirus vaccine was the best hope to control the pandemic. “DEADLINE: Enable broad access to the public by October 2020,” the first […]

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U.A.E. Becomes First Arab Nation to Open a Nuclear Power Plant

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The United Arab Emirates became the first Arab country to open a nuclear power plant on Saturday, raising concerns about the long-term consequences of introducing more nuclear programs to the Middle East. Two other countries in the region — Israel and Iran — already have nuclear capabilities. Israel has an unacknowledged nuclear […]

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UK seeking US congressional support in coordination of $14B nuclear warhead program: report

The United Kingdom asked U.S. lawmakers for cooperation in adding the controversial W93 nuclear warhead to Britain’s arsenal — a missile that disarmament critics call a $14 billion “excess.” In an unprecedented letter to Congress, Britain’s defense secretary, Ben Wallace, urged lawmakers to approve spending on a joint agreement between the Pentagon and the U.K.’s Ministry of […]

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Connie Culp, First Face Transplant Recipient in U.S., Dies at 57

Connie Culp, the first patient in the United States to receive a face transplant, died on Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic, which had performed her procedure in 2008. She was 57. She died of complications from an infection that was unrelated to her transplant, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. The clinic confirmed Ms. Culp’s […]

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Pompeo sanctions China over human rights abuses against the Uyghurs, calling it the ‘stain of the century’

The United States has increased its pressure on the Chinese government to stop the reported human rights abuses being committed against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of China by hitting them with more sanctions. “The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities rank as the stain of […]

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Fitch revises U.S. outlook to negative; affirms AAA rating

(Reuters) – Fitch Ratings revised the outlook on the United States’ triple-A rating to negative from stable on Friday, citing eroding credit strength, including a growing deficit to finance stimulus to combat fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The credit rating agency also said the future direction of U.S. fiscal policy depends in part on the […]

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Fitch revises U.S. outlook to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’; affirms AAA rating

(Reuters) – Ratings agency Fitch on Friday revised its outlook on the United States to “negative” from “stable”, citing deterioration in the country’s public finances and the absence of a credible fiscal consolidation plan. High fiscal deficits and debt that were already rising before the coronavirus crisis have started to erode the traditional credit strengths […]

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Man wanted for breaking into pro-immigrant Pilsen church, making Nazi salute to employees

The FBI says this man is wanted for making racist statements at the Lincoln United Methodist Church in Pilsen in 2019. | FBI The FBI says he kicked through the glass door of Lincoln United Methodist Church on 22nd Place. The FBI is asking for the public’s help to identify a man who broke in […]

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PM Boris Johnson announces halt to easing lockdown in England: report

The United Kingdom has announced a delay in rolling back coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was set to continue easing the measures residents have lived with for the past few months, but concerns over an increase in cases forced him to pause any such plans, the BBC reported. “On Saturday 1 August we had hoped […]

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United to drop contract with ExpressJet, dealing potentially fatal blow

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A United Airlines passenger jet takes off with New York City as a backdrop By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines said on Thursday it has decided to drop its contract with ExpressJet, and consolidate all of its outsourced flying on 50-seat planes with regional rival CommutAir. The decision could […]

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Women embrace #challengeaccepted, but some ask: To what end?

“Challenge accepted,” they wrote — female Instagram users across the United States, flooding the photo-sharing app with black-and-white images. Together they formed a grid of millions of magazine-style captures of celebrities, spur-of-the-moment selfies and filtered snaps from weddings or other special occasions. The official goal: a show of support for other women. An accompanying hashtag, […]

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Feinstein: Letting Americans sue China over coronavirus response would be ‘huge mistake’

Allowing citizens to sue China for damages caused by the novel coronavirus would backfire and open up the United States to the same level of scrutiny from other countries around the world, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Thursday. Feinstein, whose remarks came during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said, “We launch a series of unknown events that could be […]

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John Lewis mourned as ‘founding father’ of better America

Hailed as a “founding father” of a fairer, better United States, John Lewis was eulogized Thursday by three former presidents and others who urged Americans to continue the work of the civil rights icon in fighting injustice during a moment of racial reckoning. The longtime member of Congress even issued his own call to action […]

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Trump hopes to address UN in person this September as other nations stay virtual, envoy says

President Trump is hoping to attend the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in person this September, his U.N. ambassador said Thursday. The event is part of an annual meeting of the global body, but the U.N. General Assembly agreed earlier this month to have member nations submit prerecorded video statements in […]

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UK women die from ‘DIY’ home abortions, leaked NHS emails reveal

A former abortion clinic worker in the United Kingdom said a leaked “urgent” email sent to National Health Service (NHS) staff suggests women are being harmed by abortion pills, now administered at home because of the coronavirus restrictions. The Court of Appeal refused to consider the evidence Wednesday in a case brought by Christian Concern, a UK-based conservative legal nonprofit, […]

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American Accused of Blasphemy Is Killed in Pakistan Courtroom

The United States urged Pakistan on Thursday to overhaul the country’s harsh blasphemy laws a day after an American citizen accused of violating them was fatally shot in a courtroom. The brazen killing has brought into sharp focus Pakistan’s much-maligned blasphemy laws, which critics say are often used to persecute and intimidate members of religious […]

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Economy Tanks, Trump Muses About Delaying the Election

The Department of Commerce announced Thursday morning that the United States GDP fell by a record 32.9 percent rate in the second quarter of 2020. “It looks like the data are pointing to a slowing in the pace of the recovery,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference on Wednesday, referencing the […]

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International Day Of Friendship: Selena & Taylor, Kendall & Gigi & More Celeb BFFs

The United Nations proclaimed that the International Day of Friendship would be celebrated every year on July 30 – aka today! We’re commemorating the occasion by taking a look at some of the cutest celeb besties. Happy International Day of Friendship! The ceremonious day takes place today, July 30, so we thought we would celebrate […]

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United gives employees longer to decide on voluntary furloughs

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A United Airlines passenger jet takes off with New York City as a backdrop By Tracy Rucinski and David Shepardson (Reuters) – United Airlines (O:) on Wednesday extended a deadline for most employees to decide whether to take voluntary furlough deals to Aug. 10, as it waits to see if the […]

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