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  1. Immediately before departing to London on Wednesday for talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, Japanese foreign affairs minister Toshimitsu Motegi assured reporters that the task ahead of him was critically important – and negotiations would be “difficult”.Analysts say the first half of that assessment is accurate, as reaching an agreement that will smoothly take over from the Japan-European Union...
  2. Singapore is seeking to open the door to a wider range of business and leisure visitors to boost its hard-hit tourism sector, with the return of mass travel still a long way off amid the pandemic, according to the head of the country’s tourism agency.The industry expects more job losses in the coming months once existing government support for rent, taxes and salaries starts tapering off, Keith...
  3. Hong Kong could expect another 85 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, a medical source said, although growing clusters at two wet markets mean fears of a wider outbreak remain.Despite the continued downward trend, with the city now recording three consecutive days of fewer than 100-plus infections, the clusters in Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan markets have sparked concerns over the threat of an outbreak...
  4. This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Christopher Cadelago on politico.com on August 4, 2020.A Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman said Tuesday the president has agreed to participate in three scheduled debates against Joe Biden organised by an independent commission.Trump spokeswoman Erin Perrine appeared on Fox News and said the campaign...
  5. The global death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from Covid-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15...
  6. Fear over possible Covid-19 infection gripped some vendors and shoppers in Hong Kong on Wednesday, a day after a cluster of cases plagued busy wet markets at the heart of the city.Doctors have called for testing for all market workers as a precaution, after groups of patients were linked to fish stalls at Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan markets.Microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung, speaking on a radio show,...
  7. Australia’s worst-hit state of Victoria reported 15 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, including a man in his 30s, making it the country’s deadliest day of the pandemic to date.An outbreak in Melbourne, Australia’s second-biggest city and the capital of Victoria, has seen hundreds of new cases recorded daily in recent weeks, including 725 on Wednesday.The epidemic surge continued even though...
  8. This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Aitor Hernandez-Morales on politico.com on August 4, 2020.Spanish republicans are hoping that their moment has come – but the monarchy’s constitutional shield will be hard to crack.Former Spanish king Juan Carlos I shocked the world on Monday by announcing that he was leaving the country that he ruled...
  9. An entire port engulfed in fire, ships ablaze at sea and crumbling buildings: the site of twin massive blasts in Beirut’s harbour area resembled a post-nuclear landscape.The death toll early Wednesday climbed to 100, with more than 4,000 people injured in the blasts, the Lebanese Red Cross said. A much higher death toll seemed inevitable.Soldiers cordoned off the area, littered with glass and...
  10. The Pakistan government on Tuesday unveiled the country’s new political map underlining the disputed status of the Kashmir region also claimed by India.Prime Minister Imran Khan introduced the new map after its approval by the Cabinet and endorsement by opposition parties.The map was launched a day before Pakistan observes the first anniversary of the annexation by India of the portion of...