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Top US infectious diseases expert Fauci calls White House smear campaign ‘bizarre’

Issued on: 16/07/2020 – 04:26 U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Wednesday called the White House effort to discredit him "bizarre" and urged an end to the divisiveness over the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "let's stop this nonsense." Advertising Read more Fauci, who has become a popular and trusted figure during the coronavirus outbreak, came under criticism from President Donald Trump and some of his Republican allies as Fauci cautioned against reopening the U.S. economy too soon. The recent spike in coronavirus infections, primarily in states that were among the earliest to lift coronavirus restrictions, put Fauci on a collision course with the White House. "One of the things that's part of the problem is the dynamics of the divisiveness that is going on now that it becomes difficult to engage in a dialogue of honest evaluation of what's gone right and what's gone wrong," Fauci told The Atlantic in an intervie..

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Concern over Covid-19 risk for Mexican farm workers in Canada

Issued on: 15/07/2020 – 13:20Modified: 15/07/2020 – 13:24 FOCUS © FRANCE 24 By: François RIHOUAY | Gloria Henriquez According to official figures, at least three Mexican workers who came for the traditional harvesting season in Canada have died of Covid-19, while hundreds of others have contracted the coronavirus in receRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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World population in 2100 could be 2 billion below UN projections, new study says

Earth will be home to 8.8 billion souls in 2100, two billion fewer than current UN projections, according to a major study published Wednesday that foresees new global power alignments shaped by declining fertility rates and greying populations. Advertising Read more By century's end, 183 of 195 countries – barring an influx of immigrants -– will have fallen below the replacement threshold needed to maintain population levels, an international team of researchers reported in The Lancet. More than 20 countries – including Japan, Spain, Italy, Thailand, Portugal, South Korea and Poland – will see their numbers diminish by at least half. China's will fall nearly that much, from 1.4 billion people today to 730 million in 80 years. Sub-Saharan Africa, meanwhile, will triple in size to some three billion people, with Nigeria alone expanding to almost 800 million in 2100, second only to India's 1.1 billion. "These forecasts suggest good news for the environment, wit..

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US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalised for possible infection

Issued on: 15/07/2020 – 00:40 US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 87-year-old anchor of its liberal faction, has been hospitalised for a suspected infection, the court said Tuesday. Advertising Read more Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore early Tuesday after first going to her regular Washington hospital late Monday with fever and chills. She underwent an endoscopic procedure Tuesday afternoon "to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August," the court said in a statement. Ginsburg "is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment." One of four liberals among the nine justices, Ginsburg's health is closely watched as Donald Trump's administration seeks an opportunity to appoint a new justice who would tilt the court solidly in a conservative direction, potentially shifting US law and social policy for decades. Supreme Court justices serve until they d..

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US executes first federal prisoner since 2003, relatives of mans victims disavow execution

The federal government on Tuesday carried out its first execution in almost two decades, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. Advertising Read more The execution of Daniel Lewis Lee came over the objection of the victims relatives and following days of legal wrangling and delays. Lee, 47, of Yukon, Oklahoma, professed his innocence just before he was executed at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. “I didnt do it," Lee said. “Ive made a lot of mistakes in my life, but Im not a murderer.” His final words were: "Youre killing an innocent man.” The decision to move forward with the execution — the first by the Bureau of Prisons since 2003 — drew scrutiny from civil rights groups and the relatives of Lees victims, who had sued to try to halt it, citing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has killed more than 135,000 people in the United States an..

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US Supreme Court clears way for first execution of federal prisoner in 17 years

The Trump administration was moving ahead early Tuesday with the execution of the first federal prison inmate in 17 years after a divided Supreme Court reversed lower courts and ruled federal executions could proceed. Advertising Read more Daniel Lewis Lee had been scheduled to receive a lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital at 4 p.m. EDT Monday. But a court order preventing Lees execution, issued Monday morning by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, remained in place. A federal appeals court in Washington refused the administrations plea to step in, before the Supreme Court acted by a 5-4 vote. Still, Lees lawyers said the execution could not go forward after midnight under federal regulations. With conservatives in the majority, the court said in an unsigned opinion that the prisoners “executions may proceed as planned.” The four liberal justices dissented. Two more executions are scheduled this week, Wesley Ira Purkey on Wednesday and Dustin Lee Honken on Friday..

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US prosecutors say Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell should not be granted bail

Issued on: 14/07/2020 – 05:13 Ghislaine Maxwell cannot be trusted to be freed on bail while facing charges she helped advance Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse, and deserves no "special treatment" because she might contract Covid-19 in jail, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday. Advertising Read more Prosecutors urged Maxwell's continued detention one day before her scheduled arraignment on charges she helped the late financier recruit and eventually abuse girls from 1994 to 1997, and lied about her role in depositions in 2016. Maxwell is in federal custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. She was arrested on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire, where authorities said she had been hiding out at a 156-acre (63-hectare) property she bought last December. Lawyers for Maxwell urged on Friday she be freed on $5 million bond, subject to home confinement with electronic monitoring. But prosecutors said her wealth, multiple citizenships and being "skilled at living ..

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Redskins no longer: Washington NFL team changing name in response to sponsor pressure

Issued on: 13/07/2020 – 16:31Modified: 13/07/2020 – 16:33 The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday it is dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. Advertising Read more A new name must still be selected for one of the oldest and most storied teams in the National Football League, and it was unclear how soon that will happen. But for now, arguably the most polarizing name in North American professional sports is gone at a time of reckoning over racial injustice, iconography and racism in the U.S. The move came less than two weeks after owner Dan Snyder, a boyhood fan of the team who once declared he would never get rid of the name, launched a “thorough review” amid pressure from sponsors. FedEx, Nike, Pepsi and Bank of America all lined up against the name, which was given to the franchise in 1933 when the team was still based in Boston. The team said it ..

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Frances new PM vows help for Covid 19-hit French Guiana

Issued on: 13/07/2020 – 07:41Modified: 13/07/2020 – 07:42 As virus numbers soar in French Guiana, Frances new prime minister traveled Sunday to the South American territory and promised not to ignore its suffering. Advertising Read more French Guiana, which borders Brazil, now accounts for about a quarter of new daily cases reported in all of France, though has less than 0.5% of the French population. More than a quarter of tests in French Guiana have been positive in recent weeks, according to public health agency statistics. In an unusually long-distance trip just a week after he joined the French government, Prime Minister Jean Castex and other top officials visited a field hospital set up to help handle virus patients, a food distribution center and a virus crisis center. Surplus patients flown to Martinique “Our presence testifies to the support of the entire government: in this ordeal, we will not leave anyone on the side of the road,” Castex tweeted from the trip. Th..

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Crew members injured in fire on US Navy ship in California

Issued on: 13/07/2020 – 02:14 An explosion on a United States Navy ship moored at a base in California set off a major fire on Sunday injuring 21 people, officials and local media said. Advertising Read more The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault vessel, was in port in San Diego for maintenance when the explosion erupted. Thick smoke could be seen billowing from large sections of the ship, as scenes broadcast by CNN showed fireboats using water cannon to try to control the blaze. The official Twitter account of Naval Surface Forces, US Pacific Fleet, said 17 sailors and four civilians were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Several firefighters reportedly also suffered burns and smoke inhalation. Colin Stowell, head of the San Diego fire depaRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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