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Global coronavirus cases hit 20 million: Reuters tally

(Reuters) - Global coronavirus cases pushed past 20 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil and India accounting for more than half of all known infections. Learn More

 

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Special Report: Lebanon’s power struggle – why a failing state can’t get the lights on

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Surveying Beirut's shattered streets last week, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port that killed at least 158 people, French President Emmanuel Macron offered support to the people of Lebanon and delivered a stern message to the country's ruling class. More »

 

New clashes in Belarus as West condemns crackdown after election

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus police fired stun grenades and used batons against protesters in fresh clashes on Monday after the opposition accused President Alexander Lukashenko of rigging his re-election victory to a chorus of criticism from Western leaders. More »

 

Lebanese government quits amid fury over Beirut blast

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's prime minister announced his government's resignation on Monday, saying a huge explosion that tore through Beirut and caused public outrage was the result of endemic corruption. More »

 

Pompeo says he is not optimistic China will rethink its position on Hong Kong

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said he is not optimistic that China will rethink its position on Hong Kong, particularly after the arrest of media tycoon Jimmy Lai under Hong Kong's new national security law. More »

 

Exclusive: Merkel to visit Macron at summer residence around August 20 - source

PARIS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to visit French President Emmanuel Macron at his summer residence on the Mediterranean around Aug. 20, a European diplomat told Reuters on Monday. More »

 

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under security law, bearing out 'worst fears'

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai became the highest-profile person arrested under a new national security law on Monday, detained over suspected collusion with foreign forces as around 200 police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper. More »

 

Spain defends pandemic response as case numbers overtake Britain

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's government defended its response to the coronavirus pandemic on Monday after official data showed the country had overtaken Britain to register the highest total number of cases in Western Europe. More »

 

Pakistan rolls back social distancing restrictions as virus counts drop

KARACHI/QUETTA/PESHAWAR/LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistanis flocked to gyms, salons and restaurants that opened on Monday for the first time in five months after being shut to stop the spread of the coronavirus. More »

 

Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats, cites abuse of visas

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia said on Monday it has expelled three staff at the Russian embassy in Bratislava whilst citing an abuse of Slovak visas, which local media said was linked with a murder of a Georgian man in Berlin last year. More »

 

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