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Jeffrey Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell arrested on sex abuse charges
Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested on Thursday on U.S. charges of luring underage girls so that Epstein could sexually abuse them.
Exclusive: Hong Kong activists discuss ‘parliament-in-exile’ after China crackdown
LONDON (Reuters) – Hong Kong pro-democracy activists are discussing a plan to create an unofficial parliament-in-exile to keep the flame of democracy alive and send a message to China that freedom cannot be crushed, campaigner Simon Cheng told Reuters.
Coronavirus on the rise in 37 U.S. states, Florida reports 10,000 new cases
More than three dozen U.S. states were seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, according to a Reuters analysis on Thursday, the latest grim sign that the coronavirus pandemic, once thought to be waning, was again spreading rapidly.
U.S. Supreme Court takes up Trump bid to withhold parts of Russia report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. lawmakers are highly unlikely to gain access before the Nov. 3 election to material withheld from former Special Counsel Robert Muellerâ€™s report on Russian political meddling after the Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear President Donald Trumpâ€™s administrationâ€™s bid to keep it secret.
U.S. job growth roars back, but COVID-19 resurgence threatens recovery
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy created jobs at a record clip in June as more restaurants and bars reopened, but 31.5 million Americans were collecting unemployment checks in the middle of the month, and a resurgence in COVID-19 cases suggested the labor market could suffer a setback in July.
Boeing communications chief resigns over decades-old article on women in combat
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Coâ€™s communications chief Niel Golightly has resigned his position, the company said on Thursday, following an employeeâ€™s complaint over an article the former U.S. military pilot wrote 33 years ago arguing women should not serve in combat.
U.S. television broadcaster Hugh Downs dies at age 99
Hugh Downs, whose congeniality and authoritative manner allowed him to move between the world of game shows and U.S. network news, has died at the age of 99, the Arizona school named after him said on Thursday.
Uffizi masterpieces show Black culture’s role in the Renaissance
ROME (Reuters) – Italyâ€™s Uffizi gallery said on Thursday it was planning to pick out nine of its masterpieces for a project to highlight the part that Black people and culture played in the Renaissance.
NBA: Nine more players test positive for COVID-19
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nine more NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19, less than a week before teams are set to travel to Florida to resume the 2020 season.
Golf: Olesen’s European Tour ban lifted after COVID-19 delays trial
Thorbjorn Olesenâ€™s ban has been lifted by the European Tour after his trial for misconduct was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourâ€™s governing body said on Thursday.
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
PEOPLE-JK ROWLING/ (PIX)
Harry Potter fan sites step back from Rowling over transgender views
Two of the biggest Harry Potter fan sites distanced themselves from author J.K. Rowling because of her beliefs on transgender issues, calling them at odds with the message of empowerment in her best-selling children’s books.
2 Jul 18:00 ET / 22:00 GMT
Czech film festival launches alternative festival after traditional gathering cancelled
The Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) will launch a nationwide festival to bring its films to cinemas around the country after cancelling this year’s gathering in a spa town that attracts numerous Hollywood stars. KVIFF at Your Cinema will run July 3-11
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/ANGOLA-ENTERTAINMENT (PIX) (TV)
Angolan app gives performers a lifeline – streaming to paying public
When the Angolan government imposed its coronavirus lockdown in late March, local entrepreneur and innovator Claudio Kiala saw a gap in the market when it came to virtual entertainment.
3 Jul 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
GLOBAL-RACE/GHANA-ARTIST (PIX) (TV)
Artist Zohra Opoku in Dakar compelled to honour George Floyd
German-Ghanaian artist Zohra Opoku was meant to stay only a few weeks at Kehinde Wiley’s artist residence in Dakar but COVID-19 trapped her for a few extra months during which time she created an unexpected piece for Black Lives Matter. Opoku takes us on a journey about how her work on identity as a Black woman growing up in East Germany, George Floyd and battling cancer as an adult has shaped her new body of work.
3 Jul 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
Crowd control, police patrols for Spain’s cancelled bull-running fiesta
Extra police patrol the streets of Pamplona to stop crowds forming in the narrow streets and open squares that usually play host to the famed San Fermin bull-running festival, which was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus.
3 Jul 10:30 ET / 14:30 GMT
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/THAILAND-AIRPORT (PIX) (TV)
Thai airport reveals one-stop service COVID-19 lab test as it prepares to reopen
Thailand’s Suvarnnabhumi Airport holds a news conference on the airport’s readiness to start receiving approved lists of travellers, including short and long-term business travellers, diplomats, and foreigners with work permits, and showcases a COVID-19 checkpoint which allows travellers to get their test results in one hour.
3 Jul 22:30 ET / 02:30 GMT
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/VIETNAM-HOTEL (PIX) (TV)
Vietnamese luxury hotel covers itself with 24k gold to attract tourists
After the Vietnamese government eased a nationwide lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak, a local businessman has opened a luxury hotel and covered its exterior and interior with 24 karat gold aimed to attract tourists back to Hanoi.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES (PIX) (TV)
Iconic jeepneys back on the road in Philippine capital
The Philippines’ iconic and notoriously packed and polluting jeepneys are back on the move in the capital’s thoroughfares following the government’s easing of measures to revive an economy squeezed by the coronavirus pandemic.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/WHO-TEDROS (PIX) (TV)
Tedros gives briefing for UN correspondents in Geneva
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) is due to give a briefing for members of the Association of Correspondents Accredited at the U.N. (ACANU) on the coronavirus pandemic.
3 Jul 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
USA-TRUMP/ (PIX) (TV)
Trump takes in fireworks display at Mount Rushmore
U.S. President Donald Trump and Melania Trump joins Gov. Kristi Noem at fireworks display at Mount Rushmore in advance of Independence Day.
Tokyo’s Koike seen winning governor race as coronavirus cases rise again
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike looks set cruise to victory in her bid for reelection on Sunday, bouyed by voter approval of her handling of the coronavirus outbreak even as a recent rise in infections triggers fresh concerns in Japan’s capital.
Lawsuits are testing new legal arguments against oil majors and funders
With the slow pace of international climate negotiations, lawyers from Switzerland to San Francisco are increasingly filing lawsuits demanding action on climate change. And they are getting creative — using new legal arguments to challenge companies and governments before a judge.
What will happen to the largest Confederate memorial as effigies are falling across the U.S.
Stone Mountain and its park are billed as Atlanta’s favorite destination for family fun. It’s also the home of the nation’s largest monutment of the Civil War, known as the Mount Everest of Confederacy. It’s the largest relief sculpture in the world and historically, it is the recognized birthplace of the modern KKK, whose members still hold occasional events in hoods and robes, while police cordon off protestors. The question now rages of what to do with the carving of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson at a time when Confederate monuments are being removed.
Turkish court holds first hearing in trial of seven over Ghosn escape
Turkish court holds first hearing in trial of seven people charged over former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan to Lebanon via Istanbul.
3 Jul 00:00 ET / 04:00 GMT
Many Americans’ July 4 celebrations go virtual as COVID-19 cases surge
On a weekend that would typically draw Americans in crowds to watch fireworks, march in parades and wave the red, white and blue, many people across the United States kicked off Independent Day exactly where they have been for months: at home.
3 Jul 03:00 ET / 07:00 GMT
Germanyâ€™s Merkel holds speech on EU presidency
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech at the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, on the occasion of the German presidency of the European Union in the second half of the year.
3 Jul 03:30 ET / 07:30 GMT
Portugal Parliament votes on supplementary budget final reading
Portugal’s parliament is due to vote on a supplementary budget final reading,This budget consists of additional measures to support businesses, workers and local government in their response to the coronavirus outbreak. It passed the first reading on June 17.
3 Jul 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
Havana stirs to life without tourists and amid scarcity
The Cuban capital stirred to life on Friday after a more than three-month lockdown, but there were no tourists out for a ride in vintage U.S. cars and shop keepers and residents fretted over ever longer waits for scarce food and other basic goods.
3 Jul 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT
CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE
Turkish court set to hold final hearing of rights activists’ trial over terror-related charges
A Turkish court is scheduled to hold what is expected to be the final hearing in the trial of human rights activists accused of terrorism charges, in one of various cases that have caused expressions of concern over Ankara’s human rights record.
SAUDI-KHASHOGGI/TURKEY-TRIAL (PIX) (TV)
Turkey begins trial on killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi
A Turkish court will begin the trial on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul nearly two years ago. In the indictment, the prosecutor’s office accused a close aid to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a former deputy head of general intelligence of instigating Khashoggi’s murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and named 18 suspects it said actually carried out the killing, which caused a global uproar.
Verdict in the trial of a prominent French jihadist who fought with ISIS in Syria
Tyler Vilus, a French national who fought with ISIS in Syria in 2013-2015, goes on trial from June 26th to July 3rd. The 30 years old converted to Islam in his early 20s and embarked his mum, dubbed “Mamie Djihad” (“Jihadi Grandma”), on his journey to the “Caliphate”, where he branded himself as the “emir” of a French-speaking battalion in Raqqa. Prosecutors believe that he was on his way to join the jihadist commando that killed almost 130 people in Paris on Nov 13, 2015 when he was arrested in Istanbul. Vilus denies that and says he was trying to escape Syria and ISIS. He faces life in prison.
3 Jul 08:00 ET / 12:00 GMT
DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS
Search continues for victims after deadly jade mine landslide in Myanmar
The search continues for victims of a jade mine collapse in northern Kachin State in Myanmar, the centre of its secretive jade industry, which killed at least 126 people with more feared dead after mining waste collapsed into a lake and buried many workers under mud and water.
CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE
EXPLAINER: Strike capability, other military options on table after Japan’s Aegis U-Turn
Japan in June canceled plans to build two Aegis Ashore missile defense radar station, leaving military planners and policy makers looking for other ways to defend against North Korean ballistic missiles. One option is to acquire weapons to destroy missiles on the ground before an imminent attack.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
M&S annual shareholders’ meeting
With Britain still in partial coronavirus lockdown clothing and food retailer M&S will hold a virtual annual shareholders’ meeting.
3 Jul 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/SAFRICA-CHURCH (PIX) (TV)
South Africa’s boozy church struggles with COVID lockdown rules
When South Africa began easing its coronavirus lockdown in May, it allowed religious worshippers to gather in groups of up to 50, but maintained a ban on anyone assembling to drink alcohol. That’s a problem for the “Gabola” church — the name meanings ‘drinking’ in the local Tswana language — for whom a tipple is an integral part of their religious service.
3 Jul 08:00 ET / 12:00 GMT