Monday, 21 Sep 2020

Pandemic 'is not even close to being over', WHO chief says

GENEVA (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic is not even close to being over, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing on Monday. Tedros noted that, six months after China first alerted the WHO to a novel respiratory infection, the grim milestones of 10 million confirmed infections and 500,000 deaths had been reached. […]

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Wildfire burning southeast of Chatfield State Park; mandatory evacuations underway

Firefighters are battling a 267-acre wildfire southeast of Chatfield State Park where high winds and dry vegetation are creating “dangerous firefighting conditions.” The BackCountry subdivision and the nearby Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Foundation are being evacuated, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The evacuation is mandatory. South Metro Fire Rescue responded to what’s […]

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Pakistan says working with India in fight against locust menace

Officials from the two nations are sharing data and attending meetings amid worst invasion in decades, says spokesman. Pakistani and Indian authorities are working together to combat the worst invasion of desert locusts in decades in the region, which is threatening crops in both countries, Pakistan’s foreign office has said. The two countries – also […]

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The president who ‘argued with God’

In the unmistakable cadence of a preacher, Malawi’s new President, Lazarus Chakwera, appealed for unity in his country shortly after he was sworn in on Sunday. The day of the week seemed fitting as the former head of the Malawi Assemblies of God, one of the largest Christian denominations in the country, treated the stage […]

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U.S. appeals court stays order requiring GM, FCA meet to resolve GM lawsuit

DETROIT (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Monday stayed a lower court’s order requiring officials from General Motors Co (GM.N) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI)(FCAU.N) to resolve GM’s racketeering lawsuit. “In order to provide sufficient time to consider the matters raised in GM’s petition, and having considered the relevant factors, we conclude that a […]

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U.S. envoy in Lebanon says 'page turned' after interview ban

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador in Lebanon said on Monday the page had been turned on an incident sparked by a court ruling banning media in the country from interviewing her after she heaped criticism on the Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah. A Shi’ite judge in the southern city of Tyre ruled on Saturday that […]

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Cirque du Soleil files for bankruptcy protection as COVID-19 cancels shows

(Reuters) – Canada’s Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the famed circus operator to cancel shows and lay off its artistes. The Montreal-based entertainment company, which runs six shows in Las Vegas, has struggled to keep its business running amid coronavirus restrictions that started in […]

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