Bolsonaro supporters rally for change to Brazil’s voting system

Under mounting pressure ahead of the 2022 election, President Jair Bolsonaro wants receipts printed after electronic votes. Supporters of Brazil’s embattled far-right President Jair Bolsonaro have rallied in Rio de Janeiro to show support for his call to change the country’s electronic voting system, which has been in use for more than 20 years. Bolsonaro, […]

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US COVID spike: ‘More pain and suffering’ ahead, says Fauci

The rise in US coronavirus cases amid the spread of the Delta variant prompts renewed call for more Americans to get vaccinated. The top infectious disease expert in the United States has warned that the country will experience more “pain and suffering in the future” as coronavirus infections are surging, especially in parts of the […]

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Endangered Sumatran tigers in Jakarta zoo infected with COVID

In Indonesia, two male Sumatran tigers are recovering from coronavirus after testing positive in mid-July, with officials trying to determine how they were infected. Jakarta city officials say two critically endangered male Sumatran tigers at a zoo in Indonesia’s capital tested positive for coronavirus but are expected to recover. Nine-year-old Tino and 12-year-old Hari were […]

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China races to curb Delta-fuelled COVID outbreak, worst in months

Provinces across China have imposed tougher restrictions in an effort to contain the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak in months, with health officials attributing the surge in COVID-19 infections to the highly contagious Delta variant. Authorities reported 328 symptomatic infections in July – almost equal to the total number of local cases from February to June. […]

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Hundreds take to Kuala Lumpur’s streets in anti-gov’t protest

Demonstraters demand embattled PM Muhyiddin Yassin resign over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds of Malaysians staged an anti-government protest on Saturday in defiance of a ban on public gatherings under coronavirus curbs, piling pressure on the embattled prime minister to resign. The protesters, wearing masks and keeping distance from one another, waved banners […]

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Could Bali’s unvaccinated visitors create a new COVID hotspot?

As the Indonesian province that has suffered the most economically as a result of the pandemic with GDP down 9.31 percent last year, Bali has been given priority under Indonesia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, so the resort island can reopen to international tourism as soon as possible. Some 71 percent of the island’s population has […]

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Australia’s third-largest city of Brisbane enters COVID lockdown

Millions of residents in the city and several other areas will be placed under stay-at-home orders from Saturday afternoon for three days. Australia’s third-largest city of Brisbane and other parts of Queensland state will enter a snap COVID lockdown from Saturday, as authorities race to contain an emerging outbreak of the Delta strain. Millions of […]

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US consumer spending rose more than expected in June

As more places reopened and people got COVID-19 jabs, consumers confidently spent money at restaurants and stores. U.S. personal spending accelerated more than expected in June, reflecting a ramp up in outlays on services, while a closely watched inflation measure continued to climb. Purchases of goods and services increased 1% from a month earlier, following […]

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Japan expands state of emergency due to COVID surge

Japan has expanded the state of emergency to three prefectures near Olympic host Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka, as COVID-19 cases spike in the capital and around the country, overshadowing the Summer Games. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called on the citizens to watch the Olympics at home at a news conference announcing […]

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