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US heads into Independence Day besieged by virus, Europe reopens

Washington - Another record number of coronavirus cases overshadowed the start of America's Independence Day weekend Friday as the surge in infections prompted Britain to blacklist travelers from the US, intensifying its isolation.

As US struggles with virus, Trump heads to Rushmore for fireworks

Washington - Under fire for his silence in the face of America's spiralling coronavirus caseload, President Donald Trump heads to Mount Rushmore on Friday for a night of fireworks that he hopes will soothe a nation he has struggled to unite.

US under siege as pandemic accelerates, Britain eases quarantine

Miami - The United States posted a record 53,000 new coronavirus cases as the deadly pandemic accelerated across the Americas, but its slowdown in Europe led Britain to announce Friday the first exemptions to its quarantine rules.

US buys up COVID drug, as some countries say well-stocked

Washington - Britain and Germany said Wednesday they had sufficient stocks of remdesivir, the first drug to be shown to be relatively effective in treating COVID-19, and of which the United States has bought almost all supply.

British and German remdesivir stocks 'sufficient' as US buys up supply

Washington - Britain and Germany said Wednesday they had sufficient stocks of remdesivir, the first drug to be shown to be relatively effective in treating COVID-19, and of which the United States has bought almost all supply.

BioNTech, Pfizer report progress in coronavirus vaccine trial

Washington - BioNTech of Germany and the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported positive preliminary results on Wednesday from a joint project to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

EU reopens to outside visitors as virus surges in US

Corfu - The European Union reopened its borders on Wednesday to visitors from 15 countries but excluded the United States, where coronavirus deaths are spiking once again, six months after the first cluster was reported in China.

Hat tip to 'Star Trek'? US Space Force names new unit 'SpOC'

Washington - The United States' new Space Force military wing revealed Tuesday that one of its units would be named "Space Operations Command" -- or "SpOC" for short, in an echo of pointy-eared "Star Trek" character Spock.

EU bars visitors from US where experts warn of potential virus surge

Washington - The European Union reopened its borders Wednesday to visitors from 15 countries -- but not the virus-stricken United States, where a top health official warned the country is headed in the "wrong direction" as cases spike in multiple states.

Fifagate: Ex-vice president Hawit allowed to return to Honduras

New York - Former FIFA vice president Alfredo Hawit was spared further jail time Monday as a US judge told him to return home to Honduras, four years after he pleaded guilty in the "Fifagate" corruption scandal.

Ex-officers charged in George Floyd killing due in court

Minneapolis - The former police officer charged with killing George Floyd and three others accused of abetting the African American's murder were to appear in court Monday, in a case that has touched off a global reckoning over racial inequality.

Mississippi votes to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

Jackson - Lawmakers in Mississippi voted Sunday to remove the Confederate battle standard from the state flag, after nationwide protests drew renewed attention to symbols of the United States' racist past.

WHO says pandemic 'not even close' to over as toll passes 500,000

Geneva - The coronavirus pandemic is "not even close to being over", the WHO warned Monday, as the global death toll passed half a million and cases surge in Latin America and the United States.

Princeton University removes Woodrow Wilson's name from school

Washington - Princeton University said Saturday it was removing the name of president Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school and a residential college, calling the former US leader a racist.

US tops 2.5mn virus cases as infections surge

Miami - The United States has surpassed 2.5 million coronavirus cases, as efforts to reopen the world's economic powerhouse were dramatically set back by a surge of new infections in states such as Florida.

Milton Glaser, designer of iconic 'I (Heart) NY' logo, is dead at 91

New York - If you like American pop culture you certainly know his work, even if you don't know his name: graphic designer Milton Glaser, known for his wildly popular "I (Heart) NY" logo, died Friday on his 91st birthday.

'The Simpsons' ends white actors voicing characters of color

Los Angeles - The Simpsons will no longer use white actors to dub ethnic minority characters, the producers of the long-running animated series announced Friday.

To boldly go: NASA launches Lunar Loo challenge

Washington - Everyone poops.

Judge rejects effort to block 'tell-all' book by Trump niece

Washington - A New York judge refused on Thursday to block a "tell-all" book by President Donald Trump's niece that brands him "the world's most dangerous man.

NASA renames Washington HQ for 'Hidden Figures' trailblazer

Washington - NASA said Wednesday that it will rename its Washington headquarters after its first black female engineer, Mary Jackson, whose story was told in the hit film "Hidden Figures.""Mary W.

Halt extradition of Huawei exec says former Canada Supreme Court Justice

Montr - Canada's government has the authority to halt the extradition of a Huawei executive and should do so as part of efforts to secure the release of two Canadian citizens detained in China, a former Supreme Court Justice has said.

Trump's brother seeks to block niece's unflattering memoir: report

Washington - One of Donald Trump's brothers requested a restraining order to block publication of a potentially explosive book written by the US president's niece, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Fifagate: appeals denied for two key former LatAm officials

New York - A US court on Monday dismissed appeals by two former leaders of Latin American football who were convicted over their roles at the heart of the "Fifagate" corruption scandal.

US, Russia arms talks start with little hope of accord

Vienna - The United States and Russia meet Monday in Vienna for talks on their last major nuclear weapons agreement against a backdrop of growing tensions and differences over whether they see any value in arms control at all.

Confederate statues fall as winds of change buffet American South

Richmond - Armed with a brush, Carolyn McCrea furiously scrubs the grey marble. Someone has written "WLM" -- "White Lives Matter" -- on the only statue of a black man on this avenue in Richmond, Virginia, and she intends to wash away the affront.

US civil rights groups call for Facebook ad boycott over hate speech

San Francisco - US civil rights groups have called for advertisers to boycott Facebook in July, saying hate speech and incitement to violence are not being moderated on the platform.

US to resume federal executions after 17 years

Washington - The United States will resume federal executions on July 13, after a 17-year stay, the Justice Department said Monday.There have been just three federal execution since the death penalty was reinstated by the US government in 1988.

Pentagon surplus handouts stoke the militarization of US police

Washington - When US police flooded the streets around the country to confront protesters two weeks ago, for many it appeared like the army had deployed, with camouflage uniforms and combat gear, heavily armored anti-mine vehicles, and high-powered assault weapons....

Moderna's coronavirus vaccine to enter final trial stage in July

Washington - A vaccine against COVID-19 developed by the US biotech firm Moderna will enter the third and final stage of its clinical trial in July with 30,000 participants, the firm said Thursday.

US dictionary Merriam-Webster to change its definition of racism

New York - The American reference dictionary Merriam-Webster will change its definition of the word racism at the suggestion of a young black woman, who wanted it to better reflect the oppression of people of color.
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