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GLOBAL

GERMANY-PROTESTS/

Thousands march in Berlin against coronavirus curbs

BERLIN - Thousands marched in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus pandemic, saying they violated people’s rights and freedoms.

FACEBOOK-BRAZIL/

Facebook puts global block on Brazil's Bolsonaro supporters

BRASILIA - Facebook (FB.O) said on Saturday it has put a global block on certain accounts controlled by supporters of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro implicated in a fake news inquiry, a day after it was fined for not complying with a Supreme Court judge’s order to do so.

U.S.

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Congressional Democrats, White House still at impasse over coronavirus bill

WASHINGTON - The top Democrats in Congress are not close to a deal with the White House to pump more money into the U.S. economy to ease the coronavirus’ heavy toll, both sides said on Saturday, after an essential lifeline for millions of unemployed Americans expired.

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Isaias weakens to tropical storm, likely to strengthen as it aims for Florida's east coast

MIAMI - Isaias weakened slightly to a tropical storm on Saturday after lashing the Bahamas, but forecasters warned it would likely grow into a hurricane again overnight as it approaches coronavirus-stricken eastern Florida.

BUSINESS

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Exclusive: TikTok's Chinese owner offers to forego stake to clinch U.S. deal - sources

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

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Exclusive: Eastman Kodak top executive got Trump deal windfall on an 'understanding'

NEW YORK/LONDON - Eastman Kodak Co (KODK.N) on Monday granted its executive chairman options for 1.75 million shares as the result of what a person familiar with the arrangement described as an “understanding” with its board that had previously neither been listed in his employment contract nor made public.

ENTERTAINMENT

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Alan Parker, director of 'Bugsy Malone' and 'Mississippi Burning', dies at 76

LONDON - British filmmaker Alan Parker, director of movies ranging from “Bugsy Malone”, a gangster comedy featuring children armed with machineguns that fired cream, to the tense prison drama “Midnight Express”, died on Friday aged 76.

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Hamster hero? How a Japanese cartoon became Thai youth protesters' symbol

BANGKOK - Thailand’s emerging student pro-democracy movement has adopted a Japanese cartoon hamster, Hamtaro, as a creative way to get support from young people around the country.

SPORTS

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Todd hangs on to lead headed into final round in Memphis

Brendon Todd held on to the lead at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Saturday, despite an uneven third round that saw him hit four bogeys and five birdies to finish the day at a one-under par 69.

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Coronavirus rattling league as possible cases force more delays

Major League Baseball (MLB) postponed Saturday’s game and Sunday’s double-header between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers after initial rapid tests showed another player and “multiple” staff on the Cardinals may have COVID-19.

08/02/2020 6:00

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