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Politics • European
2020-07-08T06:37:50+00:00
Serbia: Protests break out as government reimposes Covid-19 lockdown
Serbia: Protests break out as government reimposes Covid-19 lockdown
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The Serbian government has reimposed the Covid-19 lockdown that had been lifted at the beginning of May as 13 people had died and 299 new cases had been confirmed in the last 24 hours. People protested the government's handling of the pandemic and tried to storm the parliament building a few hours after the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that the hospitals of the capital city Belgrad were nearing maximum capacity. He also added that "We probably relaxed too much" and that "Everyone thought it was all over".

Law
2020-07-08T05:30:02+00:00
Berlin: Domestic violence and child abuse cases rise during Covid-19 pandemic
Berlin: Domestic violence and child abuse cases rise during Covid-19 pandemic
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The violence protection outpatient clinic of the Berlin Charité and the Berlin family courts raised concerns. In the first quarter of 2020, cases of domestic violence and child abuse in court rose 7.5% year over year.

In June 2020, the number of injuries to be treated in the Charité after domestic violence even increased by 30%. Child abuse increased by 23% in the first half of the year.

The Berlin Senator for Justice also makes the lockdown measures responsible.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-07T22:16:02+00:00
SBA announces that Kanye West and Scientology have gotten loans under Covid-19 small-business loan program

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that the Yeezy brand, by rapper Kanye West has gotten a loan of $5 million under the small-business loan program that is part of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The company had made around $1.3 billion in revenue in 2019 and claimed that the loan would save 160 jobs.

In addition to the Yeezy brand, the SBA has announced that the Church of Scientology has also received loans between $150,000 and $350,000 for three different locations.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-07-07T20:46:01+00:00
Uber launches grocery delivery in Latin America and Canada
Uber Eats
Uber Eats Credit: Uber

Uber announced on Tuesday the launch of an app-based grocery service in 19 cities in Latin American and Canadian cities. The initiative is a partnership with Cornershop, a Chilean online grocery provider that Uber has held a majority stake in since October 2019.

Customers in eleven Brazilian cities, including Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, four Chilean cities, Colombia’s Bogota, Peru’s Lima and Canada’s Montreal and Toronto will be able to order groceries through the Uber Eats app. And starting later this month, grocery delivery will be available in Miami, FL and Dallas, TX.

Science • Medicine
2020-07-07T19:16:02+00:00
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG): Private security forces will check if people wear masks
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG): Private security forces will check if people wear masks
Credit: BVG

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe will be one of the first transport operators to relieve the police and monitor compliance with the mask requirement. Two hundred security forces will also punish a refusal ith a € 50 contractual penalty. The decision is intended primarily to relieve the state police, which, in addition to the subways and buses, must also check compliance in other public places.

There will be no controls at Deutsche Bahn AG and thus within the area of responsibility of the Federal Police.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-07T18:06:58+00:00
Senator announces that United States have officially withdrawn from World Health Organization

The United States Senator Bob Menendez has announced via his Twitter account that the United States Congress has been informed that the President of the United States Donald Trump has officially withdrawn the United States from the World Health Organization.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-07T17:30:01+00:00
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states that the United States are considering to ban TikTok
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states that the United States are considering to ban TikTok
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During an interview at Fox News, Laura Ingraham asked the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if the Trump Administration is considering to ban Chinese social media apps such as TikTok. Pompeo stated that "With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura" and that he doesn't "want to get out in front of the President, but it's something we're looking at". He also stated security concerns with TikTok and suggested that people should only install the app on their phones if they want their "private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party".

Technology • Games
2020-07-07T16:30:01+00:00
Microsoft is reportedly interested in buying WB Interactive
Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat 11 Credit: Microsoft (Reproduction)

Following the news that AT&T is considering parting ways with Warner Bros., Microsoft is considering acquiring the game division.

The Information reported that Microsoft is not the only one interested in the company; EA, Take-Two and Activision Blizzard are also considering buying WB Interactive and its several development studios (Avalanche Software, Monolith Productions, NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, TT Games, and many others).

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-07-07T15:38:15+00:00
Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19
Jair Bolsonaro (centre) pictured at the United States Independence celebration on July 4.
Jair Bolsonaro (centre) pictured at the United States Independence celebration on July 4. Credit: Isac Nóbrega/PR

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, after being tested on Monday with developing symptoms, including a high temperature.

In an interview earlier today, Bolsonaro said: "It started on Sunday, with a certain indisposition, it got worse on Monday, with tiredness, indisposition and a fever of 38 degrees. The president's doctor, pointing out the Covid-19 contamination, went to do a CT scan at the hospital. The medical team decided to give hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. As I wake up a lot during the night, after midnight I felt an improvement, at 5 am I took the second dose, and I'm feeling good "

On July 4yh, Bolsonaro attended a celebration at the United States Embassy in Brasilia with some of his close allies and was photographed not using a mask.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-07T15:30:02+00:00
Anthony Fauci warns U.S. is "still knee-deep in the first wave of this"
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 2020
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 2020 Credit: The White House (Public Domain)

In an interview on Facebook Live with National Institutes of Health Director Dr Francis Collins, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the United States was facing a "serious situation" and were "still knee-deep in the first wave" of the Covid-19 outbreak.

"And I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge, or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline," Fauci added.

Fauci attributes the current rise of Covid-19 cases to several states reopening too soon, saying: "A series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up in the sense of getting back to some form of normality has led to a situation where we now have record-breaking cases."

Politics • Middle Eastern
2020-07-07T14:30:02+00:00
Iran mandates face masks in public amid surge in Covid-19 cases
Iran mandates face masks in public amid surge in Covid-19 cases
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has instituted mandatory wearing of face masks in public as the country experiences a rise in Covid-19 cases. The new measure took effect on Sunday. Employees are only allowed to work "if they wear masks and obey different health protocols" and people need to "observe protective and health protocols and wear masks" in order to get service from the state or any other organisation.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
2020-07-07T13:30:01+00:00
Mary Trump's memoir to be released two weeks earlier due to high demand
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster Credit: Simon & Schuster, via Amazon

Mary Trump's memoir "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" will be released two weeks earlier than planned. The book was scheduled to be released on July 28 but due to "high demand and extraordinary interest in this book", it will now be available on July 14, so publisher Simon & Schuster in a statement on Monday.

Health
2020-07-07T12:30:02+00:00
Spanish Covid-19 antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity
Spanish Covid-19 antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity
Credit: Adam Nieścioruk

A Spanish large-scale study on the coronavirus indicates just 5% of the country's population has developed antibodies and cast doubt on the feasibility of herd immunity as a strategy to tackle Covid-19. The study was published Monday on the medical journal The Lancet.

Herd immunity is achieved when 70% to 90% of a population was either infected with a virus or bacteria or vaccinated, to stop its circulation.

In the report, the authors say: "Despite the high impact of COVID-19 in Spain, prevalence estimates remain low and are clearly insufficient to provide herd immunity. This cannot be achieved without accepting the collateral damage of many deaths in the susceptible population and overburdening of health systems. In this situation, social distance measures and efforts to identify and isolate new cases and their contacts are imperative for future epidemic control."

Politics • American • Mexico
2020-07-07T11:30:02+00:00
Mexican President to attend White House USMCA meeting, will fly commercially
The President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the Palacio del Ayuntamiento in Mexico City, 	24 June 2020
The President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the Palacio del Ayuntamiento in Mexico City, 24 June 2020 Credit: EneasMx / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador is set to attend the USMCA celebrations with Donald Trump in the White House. López Obrador, who previously stated that private presidential planes were for the "neoliberal elite", will fly commercially to Washington.

Politics • American • Canada
2020-07-07T11:00:01+00:00
Trudeau turns down White House invitation to celebrate USMCA deal
Justin Trudeau in May 2020
Justin Trudeau in May 2020 Credit: Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has turned down an invitation of the White House to celebrate the USMCA deal signed by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) is replacing NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).

"We wish the United States and Mexico well at Wednesday’s meeting. While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the prime minister will be in Ottawa this week for scheduled cabinet meetings and the long-planned sitting of parliament," so Trudeau's office.

Politics • Asian • China
2020-07-07T10:10:01+00:00
Tik Tok will exit Hong Kong following new security law
Tik Tok will exit Hong Kong following new security law
Credit: Kon Karampelas

TikTok plans to pull out of the Hong Kong market after China imposed a new security law on the city that gives authorities sweeping new powers, raising concerns about data privacy.

A spokesman for the company told BBC: "In light of recent events, we've decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,".

Other companies including Google, Facebook, Telegram and Twitter have suspended processing government access requests for user data in Hong Kong.

Technology • Games
2020-07-07T09:30:01+00:00
Microsoft set to showcase Xbox first-party exclusives at event held on July 23
Microsoft set to showcase Xbox first-party exclusives at event held on July 23
Credit: Microsoft

Xbox Game Studios, a subsidiary of Microsoft, will be showcasing first-party exclusive games developed for the upcoming Xbox Series X. Francises like Halo, Gears of War and Forza are certain to be present, but it's noteworthy that Xbox Game Studios is comprised of 15 game development studios- all just as likely to make appearances.

Politics • Oceanian
2020-07-07T09:00:02+00:00
Melbourne orders new 6-week-lockdown
Dan Andrews
Dan Andrews Credit: Video Reproduction

Melbourne is re-entering a 6-week-lockdown. The lockdown has been imposed on the Victorian capital and other Victorian towns as the Australian state sees a rising number of Covid-19 infections. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews ordered people to stay at home except for work, medical treatment or school purposes. Essential businesses will remain open but are subjected to a density limit. Bars, cafés and restaurants have to return to delivery and takeaway. Private home visits are forbidden and public outings are limited to two people.

Education • University Education
2020-07-07T08:30:01+00:00
Harvard announces reopening plans, only allowing up to 40% of students on campus
Harvard Law Building, Cambridge, United States
Harvard Law Building, Cambridge, United States Credit: unsplash.com/Emily Karakis

On Monday, Harvard University announced its reopening plans for the next academic year. All first-year students are set to attend courses on campus during the fall semester but will be studying remotely in spring so seniors can return before their graduation. Furthermore, the university will only allow up to 40 percent of its undergraduate students on campus, asking the rest of its student body to study remotely while fees and tuition will remain the same.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-07-07T07:30:02+00:00
Brazil reports 65,000 Covid-19 related deaths
Sunset over Rio de Janeiro
Sunset over Rio de Janeiro Credit: unsplash.com/Agustín Diaz

According to a release by the country's health ministry, over 65,000 people have died from the novel Coronavirus in Brazil. After reporting another 20,229 new Covid-19 cases, the total number of cases surpasses 1,6 million. Despite rising numbers, bars and restaurants in Rio de Janeiro have reopened over the weekend.