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US to ease water rules after Trump's shower moan

Washington - The US government is looking at easing regulations on shower fittings following complaints from President Donald Trump who has regularly railed against water conservation rules in his quest for "perfect hair.

Japan fans hail Hong Kong 'Goddess of Democracy' Chow

Apo - She has been dubbed the "Goddess of Democracy" and found fans among politicians and actors. There is little doubt that Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow is big in Japan.

3.1 million patients' data exposed via insecure database Special

The ethical security researcher Bob Diachenko has published a write-up on his discovery of medical software company Adit's insecure database containing more than 3.1 million patients’ information.

US holds off on extra tariffs in EU Airbus dispute

Washington - Washington said Wednesday it would hold off on its threat to impose higher tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of EU goods in its long-running dispute over subsidies to European aircraft maker Airbus.

Cartier's 'father-son' Valentine draws derision in China

Bejing - French luxury brand Cartier is facing online mockery in China over a Valentine-themed advert which appears to show a gay couple who are described in a caption as depicting "father-son" love.

US says Iran forces board ship in international waters

Dubai - Iranian forces boarded a tanker in international waters in the Gulf of Oman, using a helicopter and two ships to take over the vessel for several hours, US officials said.

Malaysian coroner visits Franco-Irish teen's death site

Seremban - A coroner in Malaysia inspected a resort and nearby jungle Thursday ahead of an inquest into the death of a Franco-Irish teenager during a family holiday there last year.

'Fantasy film': New Trump book to reveal letters with Kim Jong Un

Seoul - Kim Jong Un said his relationship with Donald Trump was like a "fantasy film", according to the publishers of a new book on the US president set to unveil 25 private letters exchanged between the two leaders.

Australia records significant fall in new virus cases

Melbourne - Australia's virus-hit Victoria state reported a major drop in new coronavirus cases Thursday, but officials warned against complacency amid a "worrying" spread of the disease in regional areas outside Melbourne.

Sexual abuse, assault: Grim prospects for China's blind women

Bejing - When Xiao Jia lost her sight as a teenager she was told the "respectable" career choice was to become a massage therapist. Instead she found an industry rife with abuse and aggression, where women are afforded little protection.

Saudi king lands in Red Sea megacity to 'rest' after surgery

Apo - Saudi Arabia's King Salman arrived at a planned Red Sea megacity to "rest and recuperate", state media said Thursday, after the 84-year-old ruler underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder.

Huge fire north of Los Angeles prompts evacuations

Los Angeles - A fast-moving brush fire north of Los Angeles prompted mandatory evacuation orders for some 500 homes on Wednesday as firefighters battled the flames that had burned 10,000 acres by early evening, authorities said.

On the Record with Derek Allan of the country duo October Rose Special

Derek Allan of the country duo October Rose chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos while quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rowers dredge waste in days-long Hungary race

Z - The 150-odd competitors meeting on the banks of Hungary's second largest river carried somewhat unusual equipment for a boat race -- protective gloves, rubber boots and large bags.

'Love is not tourism': hope for couples kept apart by virus

Paris - Are the long months of lonesome waiting finally over?

Israel halts Gaza fuel supply over fire bombs

Gaza - Israel announced Thursday it was halting the "import of fuel into the Gaza Strip", the latest punitive measure over a wave of airborne fire bombs from the Palestinian territory.

Netherlands' Belgian enclave juggles tricky virus rules

There is a small Belgian enclave in the southern Netherlands where respecting two sets of rules to fight coronavirus has become a daily challenge, with international borders criss-crossing streets and even running through shops and homes.

Yemen's heritage battered first by bombs, then floods

Sanaa - Muddy waters lap overfoot in Sanaa's Old City, inhabited without interruption for more than 2,500 years but now facing disaster after floods that threaten the collapse of irreplaceable houses.

US revises resolution that would extend Iran arms embargo

The Trump administration has been working on a resolution to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran. His administration has substantially changed the original draft. The length of the new version has been reduced from 35 paragraphs to just four.

Florida sheriff bans face masks among officers

Miami - A Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks -- and banned the safety gear from his office -- even as the southern US state has hit record daily coronavirus death tolls.
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