Daily Archives: August 9, 2020

Trump signs four executive orders on coronavirus aid after Congress negotiations stalled 

Trump signed four executive orders related to what he called ‘China virus relief’ during a press conference at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Saturday afternoon.

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Spare me the city-dweller’s longing for a rural idyll 

You will regret the decision to swap the metropolis for the patchy WiFi, sumac-free countryside

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PM to launch financing facility under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund at 11 am 

On Sunday, Modi will also release the sixth instalment of funds of Rs 17,000 crore to 8.5 crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme.

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Signs of recovery? Export contraction just 5% in August: Piyush Goyal 

Goyal, who also holds the railways portfolio, said, over the past 11 days, freight trains have doubled their speed and moved larger volumes of goods. The average speed of such trains is 46 km per hour, against just 23 km a year before.

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NBA Playoff Picture: Suns move to 5-0 in bubble, pull within half-game of Blazers for potential play-in spot 

Damian Lillard missed a pair of late free throws as the Blazers took a tough loss to the Clippers

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Latest News and Analysis 

President Trump signed executive measures for pandemic relief as stimulus talks stalled. Tens of thousands of motorcyclists gathered in Sturgis, S.D., despite objections from residents.

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South Africa’s central bank defends pandemic response 

SARB under pressure from politicians to take more direct role in stimulating economy

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This Day in History: August 9 

Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed 18-year-old Black man, is shot to death by police Officer Darren Wilson following an altercation in Ferguson, Mo., spawning a national “Black Lives Matter” movement.

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DJ heads packed leaderboard at PGA 

Dustin Johnson will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship as Brooks Koepka stayed in the hunt for a third straight win on an intriguing day three.

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Microsoft’s Surface Duo may launch with AT&T 

It hasn’t been clear just which carriers (if any) would offer Microsoft’s Surface Duo, but there might be a clearer idea. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has shared (via Windows Central) a batch of renders for the Surface Duo while claiming the dual-scr…

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Chain reaction: disaster hastens Lebanon’s moment of reckoning 

A corruption-riddled government has presided over rising poverty for decades. Could the anger released after the catastrophe in Beirut’s docks finally topple it?The first violent jolt seemed like a neighbourhood accident; a blown generator, or a car crash. Five seconds later, the thundering secondary blast arrived; a crushing surge of energy that instantly s […]

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US COVID-19 cases hit 5 million; Brazil deaths at 100,000: Live 

US to extend economic relief to unemployed as country’s top health official offered hints of vaccine by year-end.

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Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US A-bombing 

The August 9, 1945, bombing came three days after the United States dropped its first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the world’s first ever nuclear attack that killed 140,000. On August 15, Japan surrendered, ending World War II. Many survivors developed cancer or other illnesses due to radiation.

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The President abruptly left after being challenged on a lie he’s told more than 150 times 

President Donald Trump abruptly ended a Saturday news conference after a reporter challenged him on a lie about veterans health care he has told more than 150 times.

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Who will stop the torturers of Beijing wiping Tibet from the face of the Earth?  

NORMAN BAKER: At last the world is waking up to the horrors inflicted by the Chinese Communist party upon the people it has colonised. Recently, we have seen chained and blindfolded Uighurs.

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