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Saudi proposes framework to end standoff between allies in southern Yemen: so... - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:46am - Saudi Arabia has proposed a framework to end the latest standoff in southern Yemen between nominal allies under a Saudi-led coalition, three sources said, as violence escalates with the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in the north of the country.

UK ditches COVID-19 app model to use Google-Apple system, BBC says - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:43am - The British government will switch to Apple and Google technology for its test-and-trace app, ditching its current system in a U-turn for the troubled programme, the BBC reported on Thursday.

DC superheroes coming to your headphones as Spotify signs podcast deal - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:41am - Podcasts featuring Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman will soon stream on Spotify as the Swedish music streaming company has signed a deal with AT&T Inc's Warner Bros and DC Entertainment.

Europe threatens digital taxes without global deal, after U.S. quits talks - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:39am - The European Union said on Thursday it could impose taxes on digital giants such as Google , Amazon and Facebook even without a global agreement by the year-end, after Washington quit talks and stoked fears of a new trade war.

Germany wants to rescue talks with U.S. on digital services tax - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:39am - Germany wants to rescue talks with the United States on how to tax big digital firms such as Google , Amazon and Facebook , the finance ministry said on Thursday after Washington pulled out of the negotiations.

Wall Street opens lower on rising virus cases, elevated jobless claims - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:38am - U.S. stocks fell at the open on Thursday as an uptick in COVID-19 infections in the United States threatened to upend bets of a swift economic recovery, with data showing weekly jobless claims remained elevated amid a second wave of layoffs.

Denmark will reopen to most European nations except Portugal, much of Sweden - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:37am - Denmark said on Thursday it would allow entry to citizens from most European nations with a low number of COVID-19 infections from June 27 - two months earlier than originally planned, including some two million people from hard-hit nearby Sweden.

Lebanese film director keeps faith after COVID-19 dashes Cannes dreams - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:36am - Many directors would have been devastated when their plans to show their first feature at the Cannes Film Festival were wrecked by the spread of COVID-19.

EU leaders to support extending Russia economic sanctions, sources say - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:31am - European Union leaders are expected on Friday to back extending the bloc's main economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine until the end of January 2021, diplomatic sources and officials said.

Shunning international tax talks could trigger trade war: OECD - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:30am - Failure to work towards an international deal on taxing big digital companies could trigger a dangerous trade war, the OECD said on Thursday, urging countries to remain engaged in talks after Washington announced it was pulling out of them for now.

Polish and U.S. presidents to discuss coperation over nuclear energy - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:30am - Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday that cooperation between the United States and Poland over nuclear energy projects will be part of his talks with Donald Trump in Washington next week.

'Palestinian lives matter': Killing of autistic man by Israeli police draws G... - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:24am - The killing of an autistic Palestinian by Israeli police has sparked protests by both Palestinians and Israelis, drawing comparisons with the death of African-American George Floyd in the United States.

WHO hopes for hundreds of millions of vaccine doses this year, 2 billion next... - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:22am - The World Health Organization hopes hundreds of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine can be produced this year and 2 billion doses by the end of 2021, chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Thursday.

Bolton says Trump unfit for office as book alleges sweeping misdeeds - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:21am - Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton said the U.S. president is unfit for office, according to interview excerpts released on Thursday after portions of the top aide's upcoming book revealed a withering portrayal of his ex-boss.

Months before election, Trump finds himself at odds with most Americans' views - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:21am - The temporary fences that separated protesters from the White House have come down. But its occupant, President Donald Trump, appears to be more isolated than ever.

Malaysia could send Rohingya detainees back out to sea: sources - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:20am - Malaysia is considering a plan to send nearly 300 Rohingya Muslim refugees detained after arriving on a damaged boat back out to sea once the ship has been fixed, two security sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Iran says it successfully tests new naval cruise missile - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:20am - Iran said on Thursday its navy had successfully fired a new locally made cruise missile during war games in the northern Indian Ocean and near the entrance to the Gulf.

Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of JFK, is dead at 92: NYT - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:18am - Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of slain President John F. Kennedy, who as U.S. ambassador to Ireland in the 1990s played a pivotal role in the Northern Irish peace process, died on Wednesday at age 92, the New York Times reported.

Nepal's parliament approves map including territory controlled by India - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:17am - The upper house of Nepal?s parliament approved a new map of the country on Thursday including land controlled by India, in a row that has strained ties between the South Asian neighbours.

Medtronic ties up with Foxconn to boost ventilator production - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:12am - Medtronic said on Thursday it had partnered with Foxconn to boost production of its ventilators to 10,000 over the next year amid surging demand as the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus overwhelms hospitals.

Biden launches first major advertising campaign in battle against Trump - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:10am - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden launched his first major advertising blitz in six battleground states on Thursday as he intensified his effort to defeat President Donald Trump in November's election.

Cash flows into U.S. growth funds surge, value funds see outflows - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:08am - U.S. investors have ramped up investments in growth funds over the past few months on expectations of higher returns and safety, while they dumped value funds despite cheaper prices after this year's pandemic-linked selloff.

Russia says preparing for new wave of coronavirus in autumn - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:07am - Russia said on Thursday it was already preparing for a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the autumn, after officials reported their lowest daily rise in new infections since May 1.

Filipino SFX artist seeks to ward off virus with horror-inspired face masks - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:06am - With film and television productions halted in the Philippines due to lockdown, one special effects artist is maximizing his skills by making scary face masks to raise cash and a few smiles.

Shunning international tax talks could trigger trade war - OECD - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:06am - Failure to work towards an international deal on taxing big digital companies could trigger a dangerous trade war, the OECD said on Thursday, urging countries to remain engaged in talks after Washington announced it was pulling out of them for now.

Pfizer's hemophilia gene therapy shows sustained effect in early-stage study - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:04am - Pfizer Inc and Sangamo Therapeutics Inc said on Thursday their gene therapy helped maintain levels of a vital protein for up to 14 months in patients with a rare genetic disorder in which blood does not clot easily.

Factbox: Major incidents in Mexico's drug gang conflict - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:02am - Mexico has been blighted by rising violence during its so-called 'War on Drugs' that began in 2006 during the administration of former President Felipe Calderon, who sent in armed forces to tackle the increasingly powerful drug cartels.

As Mexico focuses on coronavirus, drug gang violence rises - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:02am - The coronavirus is threatening to hamstring Mexico's fight against some of its most vicious drug gangs, as police and officials fall sick, security forces are diverted to guard medical centers and military barracks are converted to COVID-19 clinics.

UK to use Google-Apple model for tracing app in U-turn: BBC - 18 Jun 2020 at 9:02am - The British government will abandon the centralised model of its coronavirus test-and-trace app and switch to one based on technology provided by Apple and Google, the BBC reported on Thursday.

Reliance says Saudi's PIF to invest $1.49 billion in Jio - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:58am - Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) will buy a 2.32% stake in Reliance Industries' digital unit Jio Platforms for 113.67 billion rupees ($1.49 billion), the Indian conglomerate said on Thursday.

U.S. Chamber urges China to accelerate purchases of U.S. goods - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:53am - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday underscored the importance of functional U.S.-China ties and urged Beijing to step up its purchases of U.S. goods and services as agreed under a Phase 1 trade deal despite delays caused by the coronavirus.

Grief over virus deaths sets Hungarian artist on darker course - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:51am - Hungarian artist Jozsef Szurcsik lost four of his friends in a matter of weeks to COVID-19 and the tremendous pain and grief he feels has transformed his art.

Chanel warns virus impact will linger on luxury sector - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:50am - The luxury industry will feel the fallout from the coronavirus crisis for the next two years if not longer, Chanel's chief financial officer said on Thursday, warning the French fashion label's 2020 revenues and profit would be significantly hit.

Oil prices tick up as drop in U.S. product stocks encourages bulls - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:48am - Oil prices ticked up on Thursday after U.S. oil product stocks shrank, providing bulls with ammunition ahead of a meeting between OPEC producers and their allies to discuss their future output strategy.

India says to join June 23 trilateral meeting with Russia, China - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:48am - India will take part in a trilateral meeting with Russia and China next week, India's foreign ministry said on Thursday, days after Indian and Chinese troops clashed on a remote Himalayan border, leaving at least 20 people dead.

KKR buys vacation parks firm Roompot in $1.1 billion deal - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:47am - U.S. private equity firm KKR said on Thursday it had reached an agreement to buy Dutch vacation parks firm Roompot from French private equity firm PAI Partners.

U.S. weekly jobless claims remain high as second wave of layoffs hits industries - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:38am - A second wave of layoffs amid weak demand and fractured supply chains is keeping new U.S. applications for unemployment benefits elevated, supporting views that the economy faces a long and difficult recovery from the COVID-19 recession.

Hong Kong store owner rejects call to remove protest statue - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:38am - The owner of a children's clothes shop in Hong Kong has refused a request from his landlord to remove a statue celebrating anti-government protests saying he wanted to teach children about democracy and he was not violating his lease agreement.

Indians hold funerals for soldiers killed at China border, burn portraits of Xi - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:33am - Indians burned portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday as families cremated the remains of some of the 20 soldiers killed in brutal hand-to-hand fighting with Chinese troops in a disputed mountainous border region.

Pakistani court convicts three men in politician's murder in London - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:32am - A Pakistani court on Thursday sentenced three men to life in imprison for their part in the assassination of a Pakistani political leader who was stabbed to death in London in 2010, a government prosecutor said.

Kroger expects to top 2020 outlook, beats estimates for profit, sales - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:27am - Kroger Co said it expects to exceed its 2020 outlook for same-store sales and profit after beating Wall Street expectations for quarterly results on Thursday, as the U.S. supermarket chain benefited from consumers stocking up on essentials during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Exclusive: EU in advanced talks with Johnson & Johnson on COVID-19 vaccine de... - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:25am - The European Commission is in advanced talks with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to reserve or buy up-front doses of its COVID-19 vaccine under development, two officials familiar with the talks told Reuters.

World stocks drift lower as second wave virus fears mount - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:24am - Global stocks drifted lower on Thursday as an increase in new coronavirus cases in some U.S. states and China crushed hopes of a swift world economic comeback from the pandemic.

British, Australian PMs agree investigation into origins of coronavirus outbr... - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:23am - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed the need for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak with his Australian counterpart, Downing Street said on Thursday.

German prosecutors accuse Russia of ordering murder of former Chechen rebel i... - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:20am - German federal prosecutors accused Russia on Thursday of ordering the killing of a former Chechen rebel in Berlin last summer and indicted a Russian man for the murder, which has severely strained diplomatic ties.

Belarus president's main rival detained before election, lawyers say - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:19am - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's main rival has been detained for questioning in a crackdown on opponents before an Aug. 9 presidential election, lawyers for the detained candidate said on Thursday.

Cuban dons full-body cardboard shield against coronavirus - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:19am - Ever since the novel coronavirus reached Cuba, a tall cardboard box with arms and legs can be seen tottering around a Havana suburb, popping into the bakery or butchers, or browsing the newspaper stand.

China finds heavy coronavirus traces in seafood, meat sections of Beijing foo... - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:12am - China has found the trading sections for meat and seafood in Beijing's wholesale food market to be severely contaminated with the new coronavirus and suspects the area's low temperature and high humidity may have been contributing factors, officials said on Thursday.

Kenya video-conference platform elbows its way into crowded field - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:12am - Tiny Kenyan start-up Gumzo is a minnow on the booming teleconferencing scene but its creators hope the platform will help companies spend more of their cash in Africa rather than on foreign technology companies.

Former Japanese justice minister, lawmaker wife arrested for suspected vote-b... - 18 Jun 2020 at 8:10am - A former Japanese justice minister and his lawmaker wife were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of vote-buying, prosecutors said, in a serious blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he struggles with falling public support.