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  • Distancing and masks cut COVID-19 risk, says largest review of evidence
    LONDON, June 2 (Reuters): Keeping at least one metre apart and wearing face masks and eye protection are the best ways to cut the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to the largest review to date of studies on coronavirus disease transmission. In a review that pooled evidence from 172 studies in 16 countries, researchers found frequent handwashing and good hygiene are also critical - though even all those measures combined can not give full protection. The findings, publish
  • In Brazil, the elderly and loved ones reunite, with a little ingenuity
    SAO PAULO, June 6 (Reuters): Dirce Villas Boas, a 93-year-old resident of a nursing home in western Sao Paulo, had gone 70 days without seeing her daughter until this weekend, when the pair hugged and danced together in an emotional reunion. The new coronavirus pandemic has yet to reach its peak in Sao Paulo, the site of the worst outbreak in Brazil, where nearly 30,000 people have lost their lives to the virus. But thanks to the ingenuity of local businessman Bruno Zani, Vil
  • Tensions rise in U.S. cities after police shot; Trump pushes crackdown
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters): President Donald Trump on Tuesday taunted state governors for not embracing his proposal to send in the U.S. military to quell unrest, hours after five officers were shot and wounded in an escalation of tensions between law enforcement and crowds protesting the killing of a black man in police custody.   Demonstrators smashed windows and looted stores in New York City late on Monday, including luxury retailers on Fifth Avenue, and
  • Distancing and masks cut COVID-19 risk, says largest review of evidence
    LONDON, June 2 (Reuters): Keeping at least one metre apart and wearing face masks and eye protection are the best ways to cut the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to the largest review to date of studies on coronavirus disease transmission.   In a review that pooled evidence from 172 studies in 16 countries, researchers found frequent handwashing and good hygiene are also critical - though even all those measures combined can not give full protection.  
  • Media firms, celebrities join BlackOut Tuesday protests
    Reuters   Major broadcasters, celebrities and music streaming companies including Apple Music and Spotify turned off or made changes to their services on Tuesday to mark their solidarity with protests against the killing of George Floyd.   ViacomCBS Inc said it will be on "on pause" for #BlackOutTuesday to reflect on recent events and to shift focus from "building business to building community".   The company on Monday had its chann
  • Canadians watching U.S. in 'horror and consternation', says PM Trudeau
    OTTAWA, June 2 (Reuters): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, when asked about U.S. President Donald Trump's possibly calling in the military to quell protests, paused for more than 20 seconds before answering that Canadians were watching in horror what was happening in the United States.   During his daily news conference on Tuesday, a reporter pressed Trudeau on Trump's idea to use soldiers against protesters and to comment on the people who were "
  • Biden vows to heal U.S. racial wounds, slams Trump as divisive
    PHILADELPHIA, June 2 (Reuters): Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday vowed in a speech to try to heal the racial divide in America and blasted President Donald Trump's response to protests over racism and police misconduct.   Speaking in Philadelphia – a city rocked by sometimes violent demonstrations in recent days – the former vice president sought to draw a vivid contrast between himself and Trump, whom he will face in the Nov. 3 gen
  • Iranian professor acquitted of sanctions busting leaves U.S., Zarif says
    DUBAI, June 2 (Reuters): An Iranian professor imprisoned in the United States after being acquitted of stealing trade secrets has left the country and is on his way back to Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an Instagram post on Tuesday.   "Hello friends. Good news. Dr. Sirous Asgari is in the air on a flight back to Iran. Congratulations to his wife and family," wrote Zarif, who urged Washington in March to release Asgari, who he said was one
  • Duterte's 'draconian' anti-terror bill alarms activists in Philippines
    MANILA, June 2 (Reuters): Lawyers and human rights activists in the Philippines have raised the alarm over a new anti-terrorism bill pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte, warning of draconian and arbitrary provisions that could be abused to target his detractors.   Duterte, who has drawn international criticism for his war on drugs and his human rights record, is trying to expedite the passage of a law that expands the definition of terrorism and bolsters police pow
  • U.S. protests point to long-standing racial inequalities - UN rights boss
    GENEVA, June 2 (Reuters): Protests in U.S. cities triggered by the killing of George Floyd underscore "police violence" against people of colour, and historic inequalities in access to health, education and jobs, the top United Nations human rights official said on Tuesday.   The COVID-19 pandemic was having a "devastating impact" on people of African descent and ethnic minorities in Brazil, Britain, France and the United States, Michelle Bachelet ad
  • Russian strategic document names strike weapons deployed in space as key military threat - RIA
    MOSCOW, June 2 (Reuters): President Vladimir Putin approved a strategic document on Tuesday naming the creation and deployment of anti-missile and strike weapons in space as one of the main military threats to Russia, the RIA news agency reported.   The document outlining Russia's policy on its nuclear deterrent was published online amid arms control tensions between Russia and the United States over the future of New START, the last major pact regulating their nucl
  • Philippines' Duterte U-turns on scrapping of U.S. troop deal
    MANILA, June 2 (Reuters): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended his decision to scrap a two-decade-old troop deployment agreement with the United States due to political and other developments in the region, his foreign minister said on Tuesday,   The termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which is central to one of Washington's most important alliances in Asia, was due to take effect in August and was Duterte's biggest move yet towards
  • Eight U.S. states cast ballots on biggest voting day since coronavirus pandemic
    WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters): Eight states and the District of Columbia hold primary elections on Tuesday, the biggest test yet of officials' readiness to manage a surge of mail ballots and the safety risks of in-person voting during the coronavirus outbreak.   The largest day of balloting since the pandemic began will serve as a dry run for the Nov. 3 general election, offering a glimpse of the challenges ahead on a national scale if that vote is conducted under a
  • UK tells China: step back from the brink on Hong Kong
    LONDON, June 2 (Reuters): The United Kingdom on Tuesday called on China to step back from the brink over a national security law in Hong Kong that it said was a breach of Beijing's international commitments to the "one country, two systems" principle agreement on the former colony.   "To be very clear and specific about this, the imposition of national security legislation on Hong Kong by the government in Beijing rather than through Hong Kong's o
  • COVID cases rising in Russia, Eastern Europe, waning in Western Europe - WHO
    GENEVA, June 2 (Reuters): New cases of COVID-19 reported daily are steadily declining in Western Europe, but not in hotspots in Russia and Eastern Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.   Spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a briefing: "At the moment in Europe, in Western Europe, we are seeing a steady decline. It's not speedy but there's a steady decline in new cases being reported daily, so that means that the number of new cases are st
  • China's Wuhan finds no new COVID cases, 300 asymptomatics in tests
    BEIJING, June 2 (Reuters): The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus outbreak first emerged, found no new cases of COVID-19 and 300 asymptomatic carriers after testing most of its 11 million residents, city officials said on Tuesday.   Authorities launched the ambitious, city-wide testing campaign on May 14, and reached 9.9 million people, after a cluster of new cases raised fears of a second wave of infections.   But they found no new cases of C
  • EU 'appalled' by Floyd's death, warns against excess force
    BRUSSELS, June 2 (Reuters): The European Union is "shocked and appalled" by the death of black American George Floyd in police custody, the bloc's top diplomat said on Tuesday, calling it "an abuse of power" and warning against further excessive use of force.   "Like the people of the United States, we are shocked and appalled by the death of George Floyd ... all societies must remain vigilant against the excessive use of force," Josep
  • In nod to #MeToo, China codifies sexual harassment by law
    BEIJING, June 2 (Reuters): Two years ago, Zhou Xiaoxuan publicly accused one of China's most recognizable people of groping and forcibly kissing her, setting off a firestorm in a country that did not specify sexual harassment as a legal offence.   Last week Zhou and dozens of other women who started China's #MeToo movement won a small victory when the nation's parliament enacted legislation that for the first time defines actions that can constitute sexual h
  • Hong Kong sees rush to renew UK passports as fears for future grow
    HONG KONG, June 2 (Reuters): When Ming Wong saw that Britain was prepared to offer extended visa rights and a "path to citizenship" for British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders in Hong Kong, she seized the moment and re-applied for her lost passport.   Beijing's push to impose national security laws in the former British colony has stoked worry about its future and prompted Britain to offer refuge to almost 3 million Hong Kong residents eligible fo
  • U.N. says Libya sides agree to truce talks
    TUNIS, June 2 (Reuters): Libya's warring parties have agreed to restart ceasefire talks, the United Nations mission to the country said late on Monday after weeks of intense fighting near the capital Tripoli fuelled by foreign arms.   In a statement posted online, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it welcomed their plan to resume talks based on earlier so-called 5+5 meetings, involving five senior officers appointed by each side.