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Texas opens again for business
Texas relies on sales and oil taxes, and now oil has lost most of its value. Its Republican politicians, urged on by impatient donors, pushed for reopening even as Covid-19 cases were increasing.- 2020/06 / articleFrance, online by order
Pandemic lockdowns around the world forced much online: work, healthcare, banking, education, public services, and more shopping. But there was already a move to computers and especially smartphones, to the profit and glee of tech giants.- 2020/06 / article, 2020/06 SmartphonesOil production and consumption around the world
Sources: BP, ‘Statistical review of world energy', June 2019; International Monetary Fund; US Energy Information Agency- Environment / Map, 2020/07 opecOPEC's share of production in a changing oil market
Sources: www.opec.org; BP, ‘Statistical review of world energy', June 2019; US Energy Information Agency- Environment / Map, 2020/07 opecPassport power
Sources: ‘Global passport ranking 2020', CEOWORLD Magazine, February 2020- Africa / Map, 2020/07 aviationPrato's migrant workforce
‘Made in Italy' sells clothes, but in the Tuscan city of Prato many garments bearing that label are now produced by Chinese entrepreneurs and a migrant workforce. And if they become too expensive, new arrivals from Pakistan and Africa are willing to work for even less.- 2020/07 / articleNo going back to business as usual
France's biggest export industry, aeronautics, is going through its biggest ever crisis. Nobody can say how quickly flying will resume after the pandemic: already Airbus has announced up to 15,000 job cuts worldwide- 2020/07 / article, 2020/07 aviationTrade war in strategic minerals
China once had a virtual monopoly in rare earths and dominated the value chain. In the past two years it has imported more than it exported but, even so, it is threatening to stop shipments to the US.- 2020/07 / article
EXCLUSIVE: Algerian President Tebboune says opportunity exists for ‘appeased relations’ with FranceIn an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune says there is an opportunity to achieve “appeased relations” with France. He believes that French President Emmanuel Macron is “honest” and has a “clean record” with regard to the colonial past.Area C, the chunk of the West Bank the Israeli right has long covetedEncouraged by US President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been in a position to start his controversial West Bank annexation plan since July 1. The prime, fertile Jordan Valley, located in the West Bank’s Area C are in the Israeli leader’s sights and have long been coveted by his hard-right supporters.‘Our pride is political’: Thousands march in Paris for LGBT rightsBetween 2,000 and 3,000 people turned out Saturday in Paris for a politically engaged Gay Pride march, a week after the officially scheduled event was cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions.Hong Kong libraries pull books by territory’s pro-democracy activists in wake of China security lawBooks written by prominent Hong Kong democracy activists have started to disappear from the territory's libraries, online records show, days after Beijing imposed a draconian national security law on the finance hub.England's pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen as Covid-19 lockdown easesEngland takes its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life on Saturday as people are finally allowed to drink in a pub, get a haircut or have a meal in a restaurant for the first time in over three months.Catalonia places 200,000 people under new lockdown following Covid-19 surgeSpain's northeastern Catalonia region on Saturday locked down an area with around 200,000 residents near the town of Lerida following a surge in cases of the new coronavirus.As much of US marks a muted Independence Day, Trump encourages big partiesWhile public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted July 4 celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation's capital.Covid 19: Making the poor poorerEvery day thousands of people around the world continue to become direct casualties of the Covid-19. But there’s another group slowly emerging – indirect victims who have not contracted the virus but are suffering its consequences. Our reporter Julie Dungelhoff went to meet a temporary worker and cleaner who have been hard hit by the crisis.
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Coronavirus mutes US Independence Day celebrationsThe White House is marking July 4th with an official "Salute to America," after President Donald Trump promised a "tremendous victory" in the COVID-19 crisis. Texas and Florida reported record-breaking infection spikes.Ocean City, USA: 'We're done with corona'Coronavirus cases are on the rise again in the US and hospitalizations are reaching record numbers. But in the beach town of Ocean City, Maryland, you could almost forget that the country is in the middle of a pandemic.Donald Trump slams 'far-left fascism' at Mt. Rushmore speech for July 4Speaking at Mt. Rushmore, US President Donald Trump decried "cancel culture" and threatened sharp punishments for those defacing monuments. Thousands of people gathered at the site despite coronavirus concerns.Coronavirus latest: German interior minister calls for free testingGerman Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is advocating for free coronavirus testing across the country, in line with the approach adopted by the state of Bavaria. Follow DW for the latest.Germany promises to atone for discrimination of gay soldiersThe Defense Ministry says it wants to make good decades of discrimination against homosexual troops. Even after homosexual acts were made legal, LGBT+ soldiers were still long seen as a risk.Germany: Bring back conscription to fight extremism, ombudswoman saysGermany should reintroduce compulsory military service to fight the problem of far-right extremism in the army, the parliamentary armed forces commissioner says. The country suspended conscription in 2011.New French Prime Minister Jean Castex, a low-profile functionaryFrench Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had to go, now Jean Castex will step in as his replacement. President Emmanuel Macron is under pressure and has only two years to create a new political profile for himself.Germany: Romanian workers reveal dire conditions at slaughterhousesAs Germany's meat industry faces scrutiny in light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak amid poor workplace conditions, seasonal workers are daring to speak out about their experiences.
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Evidence Casts New Doubts on Russian Doping WhistleblowerFor five years, the sporting world has been gripped by Russian manipulation of the anti-doping system. Now new evidence suggests the whistleblower who went into a witness protection program during the scandal may not have been entirely truthful.Israeli Annexation Plans: The West Bank Faces a New ReckoningBeginning July 1, the Israeli government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, could begin the process of annexing parts of the West Bank, despite this being a violation of international law. For many inhabitants of the region, their future is at stake.Justice Cooperation: Lack of Deal Between EU and UK Imperils SecurityWith the growing risk of a hard Brexit, the danger is increasing that European and British collaboration on law enforcement will be discontinued. So far, the back-up plans haven’t been very convincing.Corona in the Slaughterhouse: The High Price of Cheap MeatGerman slaughterhouses have been hit recently with horrifying coronavirus outbreaks, with over 1,000 cases in one facility. The industry, and its biggest players, share the blame. Change could be coming. By DER SPIEGEL StaffCoronavirus Heaven: Why Meatpacking Plants Are SuperspreadersAs the recent outbreak in Germany shows, meat processing facilities offer perfect conditions for the transmission of coronaviruses, with cool temperatures and people cramped in close quarters. Additional changes are needed to protect workers – and theoretically even consumers.The Curse of Black Gold: Vast Oil Find Puts Guyana on the Verge of Riches - or FailureGuyana has always been one of South America's poorest countries. But now that ExxonMobil has discovered a new oil field off the coast, the tiny nation could become one of the world's richest. But will it be a blessing or a curse?China Versus the World: An Emboldened Beijing Tries to Consolidate Its PowerBeijing is ruthlessly expanding its power. But resistance is growing around the world -- and Germany will soon play a key role.What's Wrong With America?: "The Despair Is Smoldering in Society"Millions of Americans have seen their wages stagnate for decades, even as the wealthiest have grown fantastically rich. The economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton believe the health-care system is partly to blame, and the coronavirus is highlighting the broader dangers American society is facing.
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Vatican invested in Lapo Elkann and Elton John filmInvestments in Malta involving capital held by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State – in real estate, mineral water and websites – have led to investigations by Holy See prosecutors. At the heart of the operations is the Centurion investment fund, based in VallettaJudges acquit Salvini: “NGOs should go to their own country”The Court of Ministers on the migrant case: the “first-contact country” is that whose flag the ship fliesGiovanni Evangelisti and his medal for rigged long jumpThirty-two years after being unfairly awarded a medal at the Athletics World Championships, the former long-jumper recalls: “I was one of the few athletes who was clean; the use of illegal substances was covered up”. His new passions are painting and sculptureLiliana Segre “ready to head anti-hate commission”The senator said she was tired but had no intention of giving up. She talked to us about the insults, her police escort, and how her life has changed at the age of 89Ceramics company set to move to Armenia bought out by staffWorkers made redundant by company in Città di Castello due to relocation use severance pay to buy the machinery and rent the premises. After winning back their old customers, business is boomingEscort for Liliana Segre following insults and threatsCarabinieri to provide escort for senator, who receives an average of 200 hate messages a day on social media platformsTask forces, seizures and arrests to fight drugs in RogoredoBuyers down from a thousand a day to about thirty. The drug selling marketplace of the Rogoredo woods, the largest in northern Italy, with rock-bottom prices, has, at least temporarily, been emptied, thanks to constant surveillanceCouncil approves Milan’s new stadium, with 16 conditionsMilan’s city council decides that new stadium is matter of public interest. The mayor: “Now negotiations can begin.” Inter and AC Milan: “We’ll assess the council’s conditions; the Sesto alternative is still an option”
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No critical situations in Italy - COVID monitoring reportRome, May 29 - The report on the results of monitoring of phase two of the coronavirus emergency during the week between May 18 and 24 says that, at the moment, there are no critical situations regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. Heterogeneous Incidence. "The weekly incidence remains highly heterogeneoCoronavirus: 516 new cases in Italy, deaths up by 87Rome, May 29 - The Civil Protection Department said Friday that 516 new cases of the coronavirus have been registered in Italy over the last 24 hours. That was down from 593 new cases on Thursday and ended a three-day run of consecutive rises. Five regions have no new infections: Abruzzo, Umbria, Va630,000 smokers gave up during lockdownRome, May 29 - Some 630,000 smokers gave up smoking in Italy during the coronavirus lockdown according to figure released Friday by the Higher Health Institute (ISS), the Mario Negri Institute, the San Raffaele Hospital, the cancer prevention group ISPRO and other bodies. Smokers have now fallen toUber Italy put into receivership in rider gangmaster case (4)Milan, May 29 - A Milan court on Friday placed in temporary receivership Uber Italy for allegedly exploiting the delivery riders of its Uber Eats service in an alleged gangmastering case. Finance police are investigating Uber Italy. The company denies exploiting the riders. The riders are not formalTrain hits maintenance trolley in Rome (3)Rome, May 29 - Three people were hurt, one seriously, when a regional rain hit a maintenance trolley on the tracks at Rome's Tuscolana Station on Friday. The most seriously injured man was taken to hospital in code red, while the other two were treated on the spot for cuts and bruises.Coronavirus:3.9 mn have started or upped tobacco consumptionRome, May 29 - Fear of Covid-19 convinced around 630,000 people in Italy to quit smoking during the lockdown, according to a study by the Higher Health Institute (ISS), conducted in collaboration with the Mario Negri Institute, San Raffaele University, ISPRO and DOXA. Increased Consumption But, amidPope to open summer camp for Vatican mothers' kids (9)Vatican City, May 29 - Pope Francis is to open a summer camp in the Vatican for the children of the mothers who work for the city State, the Vatican said Friday. A swimming pool, tennis court, five-a-side pitch and basketball court will be set up along with a bouncy castle in the Vatican grounds. Ki'Wizard' arrested near Lodi (7)Lodi, May 29 - A self-styled 'wizard' who removed the evil eye and communicated with the dead was placed under house arrest Friday in a probe into allegedly defrauding the elderly in and around Lodi near Milan. Police seized some 3.6 million euros in assets from Renzo Martini aka 'Mago Candido' (Can
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In English Section | EL PAÍS
Catalan premier announces snap election amid dispute over role as deputyIn a surprise institutional statement, Quim Torra said the date will not be set until the regional budget is passed in parliamentDeià: The Spanish village with more tourist accommodation than residentsThe picturesque spot in Mallorca is home to just over 600 people, but the high number of visitors in the summer is putting a strain on resourcesIn photos: Easter in Spain under the coronavirus lockdownReuters photographer Jon Nazca has traveled to Ronda in the southern Spanish city of Málaga to compare this year’s empty streets to the festivities seen in 2019 and 2018Spaniard in Wuhan faces tough choice: Stay with husband or evacuateSpain is planning to repatriate citizens who are trapped in the Chinese city due to a coronavirus outbreak, but for Dácil Sánchez that means leaving her partner behindJailed Catalan leader speaks in parliament on Article 155: “It did nothing to stop us”Oriol Junqueras, who is serving a 13-year sentence for his role in the 2017 breakaway bid, appeared at an investigation commission into the suspension of the Catalan government’s regional powersSpanish dentist caught secretly filming colleague undress given three yearsThe female employee discovered a pen drive that had been used to record her when she got changed at the Madrid clinic where she worked. The victim has also won compensationIn Madrid, investors eye tenants who still pay just €7 a monthDespite soaring rent prices, there are still a few lucky residents on old Franco-era contracts. Real estate trusts are buying these properties as they wait for the occupants to pass awayThe shoestring superpowerSome nations have acquired the capacity to cheaply and stealthily intervene in the domestic politics of rivals, exacerbating their social conflicts, undermining their institutions and making the country harder to govern
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ASK GRANNY: Does It Really Make a Difference if They Read This Summer? Let Me Count the WaysSummertime has come both kids and parents need a break from online learning. The kids need to run and play and swim. They need to forget about homework. You’re right, they do. But what they don’t need is several months without reading practice. If things went well with your distance learning, you know how important […]Spain locks down 200,000 people in Catalunya after local coronavirus spikeSOME 209,000 people have been re-locked down in Catalunya following a local spike in new COVID-19 infections. A perimeter has been set up around the Segria region in the province of Lleida by the Generalitat (the Catalan Government). The affected area is a 1,400 kilometre square comarca of 38 municipalities, which includes the city of […]Giles Brown realised he wasn’t the only one heading for the beach post-lockdown as Spain’s Costa del Sol gets BUSY againHOW were things for you in the first weeks of the ‘new normal’? As I mentioned before, I was lucky enough during lockdown to have permission to travel to the radio station to broadcast – my status as an ‘essential worker’ probably being the first time that I’ve been an ‘essential’ anything. As a single […]Huge public building on Spain’s Costa Blanca disinfected with ‘fogging’ technique ahead of crunch talks over future of areaTHE International Auditorium of Torrevieja has carried out the disinfection and cleaning of all its facilities, using a new fogging technique, in order to eliminate any possible coronavirus infections. The popular multi-purpose building can now guarantee the safety and well-being of all visitors and workers. ‘Fogging’ involves the disinfectant, authorised by Spain’s Ministry of Health, […]Man confesses to murder in Spain’s Malaga – but things aren’t all that they seemTHE Policia Nacional homicide unit and forensic department of Malaga were called to a bloodbath in a Velez-Malaga apartment on Saturday morning after reports of a brutal murder. Officers were called to the property after a young woman contacted the Velez-Malaga Policia Local office. She explained that she had visited a friend and arrived to […]First coronavirus laid waste to our lifestyles, now it’s invading our language, writes Belinda BeckettHOW’S your New Normal working out? If, like me, you don a visor over your face mask like a medieval knight of old every time you step out of the front door, probably not that normally Even with these extreme precautions, the world is full of ‘covidiotas’ no matter how socially distanced you try to […]WATCH: Multinational gang of drug-smuggling kidnappers arrested in Spain’s Alicante and MalagaPOLICE have smashed an international drugs ring and arrested 18 alleged smugglers in Alicante and Malaga. The gang of Moroccan, French, Indian and Spanish nationals have been detained for the crimes of drug trafficking, illegal possession of weapons, kidnapping, vehicle theft and document forgery. Over 400 kilos of hashish was seized, as well as various […]Multi-millionaire rocks art world with removal of Mata Mua painting from Madrid gallery as talks with Spanish Government crumbleKNOWN as ‘La Misteriosa’, she has shadily presided over an art collection worth €390 million that counts Matisse, Picasso and Rodin among its 429 pieces. But now Baroness Carmen Cervera has once again stepped back into the spotlight, after the removal of a €40 million painting from the Thyssen Museum in Madrid. The 77-year-old Barcelona-born […]
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NHS chiefs in standoff with Treasury over emergency £10bn
Despite the pledge to give the service ‘whatever it needs’ to tackle the pandemic, any extra funding now comes with strings attached
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NHS bosses have accused the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, of breaking a pledge to give the health service “whatever it needs” after he refused to provide a £10bn cash injection needed to avoid it being crippled by a second wave of the coronavirus.
They have warned ministers that without the money the NHS will be left perilously unprepared for next winter and the second spike in infections which doctors believe is inevitable. Nor will they be able to restart non-Covid services or treat the growing backlog in patients needing surgery.Continue reading...Plymouth police called to incident involving man with a power tool
Emergency services workers have been threatened by the man but no injuries reported
Police have been negotiating with a man with a large power tool at a residence in Plymouth for more than 12 hours.
Police were called at 9.28am on Saturday morning to Ham Drive following reports of threats being made by a resident. Armed officers attended the address, where they currently remain in negotiations with the man. No other occupants are believed to be present and there have been no reports of injuries.Continue reading...Man in his 20s shot dead near Pentonville prison in London
Police appeal for witnesses after a man was pronounced dead in Islington on Saturday
Police in north London are investigating the fatal shooting in broad daylight of a man believed to be in his early 20s.
The Metropolitan police said officers and paramedics were called to Roman Way beside Pentonville prison in in Islington at 3.20pm on Saturday, where a man was suffering from gunshot injuries.Continue reading...Huawei could be cut out of UK's 5G network this year, say reports
GCHQ believed to be advising Boris Johnson that Chinese firm poses higher security risk
The UK is poised to end the use of Huawei technology in its 5G network as soon as this year because of security concerns, according to reports.
The prime minister, Boris Johnson, is set to make a major policy change after GCHQ is believed to have reassessed the risks posed by the Chinese technology company, newspapers have said.Continue reading...Pub opens for England's lockdown easing despite being hit by car
The vehicle hit the front of The Swan Inn near Ashford in Kent at around 2am on Saturday
A pub has managed to open despite a car crashing into its front in the early hours, the landlord said.
The Swan Inn at Little Chart, near Ashford in Kent, will still be able to serve pints to customers outside despite the landlord being woken by the devastation at about 2am on Saturday.Continue reading...English countryside 'at risk from Boris Johnson’s planning revolution'
The prime minister’s ‘build, build, build’ strategy could harm habitats and reduce wildlife protection, critics warn
The English countryside and its wildlife are at serious risk because of Boris Johnson’s pledge to revolutionise the planning system, leading green groups warn today.
In a joint letter to the Observer, the organisations, which include the National Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Wildlife Trusts, say wide-scale deregulation leading to lower environmental standards and less protection would be a betrayal of promises by Johnson and Michael Gove to deliver a “green Brexit”.Continue reading...'We feel totally safe': east London drinkers savour taste of freedom
City brewer Truman’s Social Club hosts dozens of high-spirited customers – in car park
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In an industrial estate on the outskirts of east London, dozens of people drank alcohol in a licensed premises for the first time in 105 days as a brewer opened the first part of what had been touted as the “biggest socially distanced pub and garden” in the UK.
But, to the disappointment of some of the patrons, just the car park section of the 35,000-square-ft venue in Walthamstow, Truman’s Social Club, was open on Saturday – before an expected opening of the giant beer hall in August. Whether it could have been filled remains to be seen.Continue reading...Ghislaine Maxwell will not say anything about Prince Andrew, says friend
Laura Goldman says she expects Maxwell to seek plea deal over charges relating to exploitation of young girls
Ghislaine Maxwell would never say anything about the Duke of York’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, according to one of her friends.
Maxwell appeared in court in the US on Thursday accused of helping disgraced financier Epstein “identify, befriend and groom” multiple girls, including one as young as 14.Continue reading...
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Thousands of Americans gather for Fourth of July protests across the USProtesters in New York City burned an American flag near Trump tower and thousands gathered outside the White House as protests fighting racial inequality and police brutality spark on July 4Kanye West announces that he's running for president ... and Elon Musk says the rapper has his voteAfter a visit earlier this week, fellow eccentric billionaire Elon Musk sparked rumors that he could be Ye's running mate, as he responded to the tweet: 'You have my full support!'Florida reports more than 11,000 COVID-19 cases as experts warn weekend could 'tip US over the edge'Florida on Saturday recorded over 11,000 new COVID cases - the highest number so far - as traditional July 4 celebrations were muted nationwide. Health experts are deeply concerned.Tory MPs tell Liz Truss to beef up post-Brexit plans to safeguard British farmers from US importsTory MPs insisted the new 'trade and agriculture' commission, announced last week by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss (pictured), must have real teeth and not just be a 'talking shop'.Lottery winners Steve and Lenka Thomson use some of their £105million jackpot to buy van and carSteve Thomson, 42, and his wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey, West Sussex, said they didn't want becoming overnight multi-millionaires to change them, and have refused to buy anything 'too flash'.Actress behind BLM rally in Whitehall disowns Black Lives Matter UK for being 'hijacked' by far-LeftImarn Ayton, a prominent organiser of Britain's Black Lives Matter protests who organised the rally in Parliament Square in June, says the campaign has been 'hijacked' by a group of far-Left activists.I can tell you exactly why Leicester had to go back into lockdownMANZOOR MOGHAL: My only surprise when the Government announced a local lockdown in Leicester last week was that it had taken so long.Rishi Sunak's handling of pandemic sees him trounce Boris Johnson in Covid-19 pollRishi Sunak's handling of the Covid-19 crisis has seen his personal poll ratings surge ahead of every member of the Government - including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.