Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

3 min read Japan on Thursday marked 75 years since the world’s first atomic bomb attack, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a scaling back of ceremonies to remember the victims. Survivors, relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended this year’s main event in Hiroshima to pray for those killed or wounded in the bombing and call for world peace. But the general…

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Dollar slips as yields dive on recovery worries

3 min read The dollar fell in Asia on Wednesday, hitting a five-month low on the yuan, as the latest coronavirus relief package stalled in Congress and U.S. yields sank on the prospect that further monetary easing might be needed to support the economy. A hardening perception that the U.S. recovery is lagging Europe has buttressed the euro, which has repelled a rebound…

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At least 25 people die and thousands more are injured in Beirut port blast

3 min read More than 25 people have lost their lives and over 2,500 more were wounded on Tuesday after massive explosions hit the Lebanese capital Beirut, the health ministry has said. Minister Hamad Hassan, quoted by the local LBC television channel, said the figures were preliminary estimates and described the tragedy as “a disaster in every sense of the word.”Hello “The capital’s…

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WHO warns there may never be a COVID-19 ‘silver bullet’

2 min read The World Health Organization warned Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines. The WHO urged governments and citizens to focus on doing the known basics, such as testing, contact tracing, maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask in order to suppress the pandemic, which has upended normal…

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SpaceX brings NASA astronauts home safe in milestone mission

3 min read America’s first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returned safely to Earth on Sunday, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico. The successful mission, carried out jointly by SpaceX and NASA, demonstrated that the United States has the capacity once more to send its astronauts to space and bring them back. The SpaceX…

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Shell reports $18bn loss as global oil and gas prices collapse

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Energy giant hit by massive change in fortunes as Covid-19 crisis forces writedown in asset values

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China is rewriting the facts about Covid-19 to suit its own narrative

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Our Panorama programme shows how Xi Jinping’s government has tried to hide the truth about the spread of coronavirus

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US to buy 100 million doses of potential virus vaccine

2 min read The US government has agreed to pay almost $2 billion for 100 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine, German firm BioNTech said on Wednesday. BioNTech, which is developing the drug with US pharma giant Pfizer, said in a statement that American people would receive the future vaccine “for free” in line with the Trump administration’s “commitment for free access…

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Shootout at Chicago funeral leaves 14 people wounded

2 min read A shootout outside a funeral parlour left 14 people wounded Tuesday in Chicago, as President Donald Trump threatens to send federal agents to a handful of US cities led by Democratic mayors. The incident started when occupants of a vehicle “began firing at attendees of a funeral. At that time the attendees of the funeral exchanged fire,” Chicago deputy police…

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Oxford coronavirus vaccine triggers immune response, trial shows

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Early results also indicate vaccine is safe, raising hopes it could help end pandemic

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