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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden may have averted a flood of evictions and solved a growing political problem when his administration reinstated a temporary ban on evictions because of the COVID-19 crisis. B ut he left his lawyers with legal arguments that even he acknowledges might not stand up in court. The new eviction moratorium announced Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could run into opposition at the Supreme Court, where one justice in late June warned the ad
China should stop giving tax breaks to online video gaming firms because the industry has grown and some of its companies have now become globally influential players, the state-backed Securities Times newspaper said on Thursday. The report https://stock.stcn.com/djjd/202108/t20210805_3510376.html comes as the Chinese video gaming industry has in recent days become a topic of multiple state media reports, triggering investor concerns that the industry could be next in line to be targeted by Beijing regulators. On Tuesday, the state-backed Economic Information Daily called online video games "spiritual opium" in an article that went viral and wiped $60 billion off the share price of gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd at one point.
Over the course of 2020, more than 8,000 area women and men were given a hand by Abuse Hurts with planting down new roots after fleeing troubling situations. It might seem like a lot – and it is certainly nothing to sneeze at – but 2020 was anything but a normal year. If it were, the number of people receiving help from the local non-profit Abuse Hurts would have been significantly higher, and they’re back on track to delivering assistance where it is needed most. Reaching these higher figures i
Can I get ‘long COVID’ if I’m infected after vaccination? It's unclear, but researchers are studying the chances of long-term symptoms developing in anyone who might get infected after vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccines in use around the world are effective at preventing severe illness and death from the coronavirus, but some people do get infected after the shots. With such “breakthrough” cases, health experts say the vaccines should help lessen the severity of any illness people experience. Bu
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has yet to talk to any Belarussian team officials involved in the case of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who took refuge in Poland https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/belarus-sprinter-tsimanouskaya-leaves-polish-embassy-tokyo-police-2021-08-03 this week after refusing to return to her homeland from Tokyo. The committee also said it was waiting for a report from the Chinese team https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/ioc-asks-chinese-team-report-cyclists-mao-zedong-badges-2021-08-03 on why two of its medallists appeared on the podium wearing badges featuring the head of the country's former leader Mao Zedong, in a potential breach of Olympic rules on the display of political paraphernalia. Belarus sprinter Tsimanouskaya caused a furore on Sunday when she said coaches had ordered her to pack and go to the airport before she had even competed.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday escalated its response to rocket attacks this week by launching rare airstrikes on Lebanon, the army said. The army said in a statement that jets struck the launch sites from which rockets had been fired over the previous day, as well as an additional target used to attack Israel in the past. The IDF blamed the state of Lebanon for the shelling and warned “against further attempts to harm Israeli civilians and Israel's sovereignty.” The overnight airstr
From an office in Shenzhen's sprawling electronics district, an engineering team is prototyping a bioreactor that will one day produce "cultivated meat", discussing component sizes in a video call with scientists sitting in kitchens and bedrooms in the UK. It's a complicated conversation about precision parts that would ordinarily need a hands-on meeting in Shenzhen, the hardware centre of the world where product makers can buy and tinker with any gear they need. Hax, the firm backing the bioreactor, invests in more than 30 such hardware startups from overseas each year and would typically fly them to Shenzhen to build their products.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking the first steps toward requiring nearly all foreign visitors to the U.S. to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, a White House official said. The requirement would come as part of the administration’s phased approach to easing travel restrictions for foreign citizens to the country. No timeline has yet been determined, as interagency working groups study how and when to safely move toward resuming normal travel. Eventually all foreign citizens e
A man shown in a bodycam video being pistol-whipped by a police officer in a Denver suburb describes how he thought he was going to die. (Aug. 4)
Tencent Holdings' WeChat has resumed registrations of new users in mainland China, after suspending them last month to upgrade its security technology. The resumption of new user registrations on China's dominant instant messaging platform was first spotted by social media users on Thursday morning. Tencent confirmed the resumption but declined to provide further comment.
The pandemic has entered its fourth wave in British Columbia as the province reported 342 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, half of them in the Interior Health region. It’s the highest daily count of new cases in more than three months. The seven-day rolling average for new cases has nearly tripled in the last week. Hospitalizations, which lag new cases by one or two weeks, remain low, but rose to 55 on Wednesday, with 23 people in critical care. No new deaths were reported. Driven by the high
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four Republicans hoping to claim Gov. Gavin Newsom's job in a September recall election skirmished in their first debate Wednesday, labeling the incumbent Democrat a failure whose pandemic policies sent the state into a tailspin while hewing closely to familiar conservative themes. There were a few sharp exchanges as candidates sought to distinguish themselves from their rivals, but much of the evening event amounted to a litany of complaints about Newsom and the Democratic-co
Competing hours after his golden 200-metre race, Canada's Andre De Grasse anchored the men's 4x100-metre relay team Thursday into the event's final at the Tokyo Olympics. The Canadian squad, also featuring Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Jerome Blake, finished second in its heat, just two-thousandths of a second behind China, in a time of 37.918 seconds. Brown led off, followed by Blake and Rodney. Canada was about fifth when De Grasse took the baton, but the five-time Olympic medallist nearly p
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government on Thursday pledged 1.1 billion Australian dollars ($813 million) to address Indigenous disadvantage, including compensation to thousands of mixed-race children who were taken from their families over decades. The AU$378.6 million ($279.7 million) to be used to compensate the so-called Stolen Generations by 2026 is the most expensive component of the package aimed at boosting Indigenous living standards in Australia. The compensation of up to AU$
NEW YORK (AP) — He said his actions had been misconstrued, his words misunderstood. He said it was cultural: He hugs, he kisses, he says “Ciao, bella.” He said it was generational: Sometimes he lapses into “honey” or “sweetheart” or tells bad jokes. But of all New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s responses to investigative findings that he sexually harassed 11 women, one that most disturbed many women — particularly sexual assault survivors and their advocates — was his use of a family member’s sexual a
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Germany's Lufthansa said on Thursday recovering air travel and progress on cost savings helped the airline further narrow its losses in the second quarter and record cash inflow for the first time since the start of the coronavirus crisis. The group, which also owns Eurowings, Swiss, Brussels and Austrian Airlines, reported its adjusted operating loss narrowed to 952 million euros ($1.13 billion) from 1.7 billion euros a year earlier, slightly below the 971 million euros forecast in a company-provided poll. Lufthansa said the easing of travel curbs and pent-up demand drove significant recovery during the quarter and together with cost savings, which included job cuts, helped stem the cash bleed and deliver a 340 million euro cash inflow.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The rare clash this week between the Biden administration and congressional Democrats over a lapsed eviction moratorium could become a blueprint for even larger fights that lie ahead. Finding allies in congressional leadership, a new generation of progressive lawmakers insisted the White House pay attention to them. Their tactics, including a well-publicized, multiday protest on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, ultimately forced the administration to find a new way to keep most t
ENCINO, Texas — An overloaded van carrying 29 migrants crashed Wednesday on a remote South Texas highway, killing at least 10 people, including the driver, and injuring 20 others, authorities said. The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 281 in Encino, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of McAllen. Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the van, designed to hold 15 passengers, was speeding as the driver tried to veer off the highway onto Bus
VANCOUVER — The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates the damage caused by the wildfire that wiped out most of village of Lytton, B.C., is $78 million. The bureau says in a statement there has been about 300 claims so far, most of which are related to residential properties. Aaron Sutherland, vice-president western and Pacific at the bureau, says Canada's insurers are committed to help rebuild from the loss and to help the residents of Lytton recover. Fire raced through the community on June 30,
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan police arrested and then released a former beauty queen Wednesday, two days after she registered as an antigovernment candidate in the Nov. 7 elections. The conservative Citizens for Liberty coalition said its vice presidential candidate, Berenice Quezada, had been placed under house arrest. Authorities later said she had been charged with inciting terrorism, but would be released pending trial. Quezada would still apparently be unable to resume her candidacy