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India, Australia Agree to Bolster Strategic Ties in Partnership

India, Australia Agree to Bolster Strategic Ties in Partnership

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison have agreed to upgrade their nations’ ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership as both nations navigate fraught
Fired Watchdog Says He Told Pompeo Aides of Probe Into Spending

Fired Watchdog Says He Told Pompeo Aides of Probe Into Spending

The State Department’s fired inspector general told lawmakers that he had told senior aides to Michael Pompeo that he was investigating the secretary of state and his wife for possible misuse of
Joshua Wong Vows to Stay in Hong Kong, Calls for China Sanctions

Joshua Wong Vows to Stay in Hong Kong, Calls for China Sanctions

Hong Kong’s most prominent activist said he had no plans to leave in the wake of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s offer of citizenship to millions of residents, saying he would prefer Britain to

Germany Bans Digital Doppelganger Passport Photos

Germany will outlaw the morphing of passport photos, in which pictures of two people are digitally combined, making it possible to assign multiple identities to a single document. Reuters reports:
California Lawmakers Plan Budget That Rejects Governor’s Cuts

California Lawmakers Plan Budget That Rejects Governor’s Cuts

California’s legislative leaders said they’ve reached agreement on a budget framework that rejects much of the deep cuts Governor Gavin Newsom proposed to fill a looming $54 billion shortfall brought
Mexico Reports First Daily Rise of More Than 1,000 Virus Deaths

Mexico Reports First Daily Rise of More Than 1,000 Virus Deaths

Mexico registered a record daily rise of 1,092 Covid-19 deaths as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has resumed traveling across the country. Total deaths reached 11,729, according to data
The U.K. Is On a Collision Course With China

The U.K. Is On a Collision Course With China

The U.K. is heading for a damaging showdown with China as it takes on Beijing over Hong Kong and Huawei Technologies Co.
Senate Passes Changes to Small Business PPP Loan Program

Senate Passes Changes to Small Business PPP Loan Program

The Senate cleared changes to the popular Paycheck Protection Program on Wednesday that will allow small businesses more flexibility in using the rescue loan funds. The bill, which passed the House
Obama Tells Mayors to Review Use of Force Policies Amid Protests

Obama Tells Mayors to Review Use of Force Policies Amid Protests

Former President Barack Obama called on the nation’s mayors to review their police departments’ use of force policies and commit to reforms during a virtual town hall Wednesday after nationwide
Senate Intelligence Votes to Bolster Whistle-Blower Protections

Senate Intelligence Votes to Bolster Whistle-Blower Protections

The Senate Intelligence Committee backed new protections for intelligence community whistle-blowers and new reporting requirements for political campaigns as part of a broader intelligence
Biden Assails Trump In Commemoration of Tiananmen Square

Biden Assails Trump In Commemoration of Tiananmen Square

Joe Biden commemorated the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on Wednesday by slamming Donald Trump’s posture toward China and authoritarianism, as he called out the president for “sowing
Lenders, Businesses Say Confusing Rules Hampered Virus Rescue

Lenders, Businesses Say Confusing Rules Hampered Virus Rescue

Representatives of lenders as well as businesses that received pandemic bailout money told an oversight board Wednesday that delayed and confusing instructions from the government hampered the
Hong Kong Protesters to Commemorate Tiananmen Despite Vigil Ban

Hong Kong Protesters to Commemorate Tiananmen Despite Vigil Ban

Hong Kong protesters plan to commemorate the 1989 military assault on activists in Tiananmen Square after authorities banned a mass vigil for the first time in three decades, citing virus-related
White House Works With Seven Drugmakers in ‘Warp Speed’ Push

White House Works With Seven Drugmakers in ‘Warp Speed’ Push

The White House is working with seven pharmaceutical companies as part of its “Warp Speed” coronavirus vaccine program, including a bet on a rapid-but-unproven genetic technology.
Merkel Seals $145 Billion Stimulus to Lift Battered Economy

Merkel Seals $145 Billion Stimulus to Lift Battered Economy

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition agreed on a sweeping 130 billion-euro ($145 billion) stimulus package designed to spur short-term consumer spending and get businesses investing again.
Singapore Warns of ‘Urgent’ Job Loss Challenge in Year Ahead

Singapore Warns of ‘Urgent’ Job Loss Challenge in Year Ahead

One of Singapore’s top political leaders said the city-state faces a “major and urgent challenge” in the next six months to a year, warning of more job losses ahead amid the coronavirus outbreak.
HSBC, StanChart Defy U.K. to Endorse Hong Kong Security Law

HSBC, StanChart Defy U.K. to Endorse Hong Kong Security Law

The two British institutions that dominate Hong Kong’s banking system backed Beijing in the standoff over a proposed new security law, joining Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd. and some of the city’s
House Democrats Say They’ll Pass Bill on Policing, Race in Weeks

House Democrats Say They’ll Pass Bill on Policing, Race in Weeks

House Democrats said they’ll act in a matter of weeks to pass a legislative response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police and are counting on public outrage to pressure
Rihanna Responds to Fan Who Says Voting Won't Change Sh*t: 'Sick of Hearing This!'

Rihanna Responds to Fan Who Says Voting Won't Change Sh*t: 'Sick of Hearing This!'

After asking her followers to go out and vote in the primaries, Rihanna responded to a fan who told her that "voting ain't gon change sh*t."
Extension of Paycheck Protection Loan Program Hits Senate Snags

Extension of Paycheck Protection Loan Program Hits Senate Snags

The Senate’s attempt to fix the popular Paycheck Protection Program has hit snags, possibly delaying changes for small businesses that seek more flexibility in using the rescue loan funds.