Giant rainbow flag unfurled in front of Taiwan autocrat's memorial hall

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Hundreds of people thronged a central square in Taiwan’s capital Taipei for a Pride event on Sunday, unfurling a giant rainbow flag in front of the main memorial hall for late autocratic leader Chiang Kai-shek before being ushered away by police. Proudly democratic Taiwan is a bastion of liberal values in a part of the world where […]

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Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as Malawi president

Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as president of Malawi after winning an election rerun. He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll, the electoral commission announced late on Saturday. In February, Malawi’s constitutional court annulled Mr Mutharika’s victory in the May 2019 election, citing vote tampering. The country was bitterly divided in the run-up […]

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Paris chaos: Explosions heard as armed riot police get hit with projectiles

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. The chaotic scenes unfolded on the streets of Paris near the Invalides on Saturday evening after a Project X party had been launched on social media networks. The police had been deployed and when they arrived at […]

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Global coronavirus cases exceed 10 million

BEIJING (Reuters) – Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months. The figure is roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organisation. The […]

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UK weather forecast: Flooding fears as torrential rain to savage Britain

The rain will be heavier in the north. The south will mainly encounter showers. A Met Office meteorologist said: “Chilly start to Sunday morning, outbreaks of heavy rain across north and the west of the UK. “A rainfall warning in force right through Sunday and into Monday, risk of flooding throughout the day as we go through the day in places.” There […]

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Global Covid-19 fundraising meeting raises $9.6 bln, leaders want vaccine for all

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) – A global fundraising meeting on Saturday (June 27) raised 6.15 billion euros (S$9.6 billion) from the United States, the European Commission and numerous countries to fight Covid-19, with many participants stressing that an eventual vaccine should be available to anyone who needs it. The pledging summit, part of a joint initiative by the EU executive and advocacy […]

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Rolling Stones warn Trump not to use their songs

The Rolling Stones have warned US President Donald Trump that he could face legal action if he continues using their songs at his campaign rallies. A statement from the band’s legal team said it was working with the performing rights organisation, the BMI, to stop the unauthorised use of their music. The Trump campaign used the song You Can’t Always […]

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Global coronavirus death toll nears 500,000: Live updates

Brazil to produce 30.4 million doses of vaccine by January while Italy reports lowest day-to-day deaths since March 1. Italy has registered the lowest day-to-day tally of COVID-19 deaths on since March 1, a week before the country went into nationwide lockdown. There were eight additional deaths reported, raising the nationwide fatalities to 34,716. There were 175 new cases, bringing the […]

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