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  • Coronavirus live update Australia: Victoria records 410 new Covid cases and 21 deaths as NSW records 18 new cases
    by Amy Remeikis on August 12, 2020 at 2:39 am

    NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian strongly encourages mask-wearing as Victoria’s hotel quarantine system goes under the microscope. Follow live updates todayFollow our global live blogAustralian stats interactive; Vic cases map; NSW cases map; NSW hotspots listState by state Covid restrictions; Melbourne stage 4 restrictions; Vic stage 3 rulesSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 3.37am BSTClive Palmer is holding a press conference in a Gold Coast park about his $30bn legal action against Western Australia.He is using phrases like “natural justice” if you want to know how it is going. 3.35am BSTHere is one of the ads playing in Victoria at the moment – they began showing on Monday. June went from knowing she ‘didn’t feel quite right’ to 32 days in ICU. She's home now but her body continues to feel the impacts of #coronavirus (#COVID19). Hear about her experience Find out more about how you can protect your family: https://t.co/E3R4iczbHH #COVID19Vic pic.twitter.com/ebJhJ4eTYR Continue reading...

  • Coronavirus live news: Lebanon sees record cases after blast; New Zealand's biggest city heads into lockdown
    by Helen Sullivan on August 12, 2020 at 2:36 am

    WHO warns displacement of people in Beirut risks accelerating Covid-19 spread; four new cases in Auckland, New Zealand; Australia suffers deadliest day. Follow the latest updatesRussia approves vaccine despite testing concernsFrench and Dutch on alert over rise in casesLost on the frontline: the 900 US health workers who have diedSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.33am BSTOn Russia’s claims of having developed a vaccine, US health secretary Azar sounded sceptical. “It’s important we provide safe, effective vaccines and that the data be transparent,” he said, adding that US vaccines would be well researched and ethically developed, with transparent data reviewed by outside experts.This is not a race to be first. This is using every power of the US government, its economy, our biopharmaceutical industry across the globe, and harnessing that to deliver as quickly as we can for the benefit of the US citizens and also the people of the world, a safe and effective vaccine. I should note that two of the six US vaccines we invested in, entered phase 3 clinical trials weeks ago, that the Russian vaccine is now only just beginning. The data from the initial trials has not been disclosed, is not transparent. That would be our position - we will require any vaccine in the US be safe and effective and meet the FDA’s gold standard. 3.21am BSTMore from that press conference with the US health secretary Azar, who will tour a medical mask factory later today. While he declined to give details he said there had been discussions with Taiwanese officials about potential bilateral trade agreements, and in particular investment and opportunities to establish manufacturing of personal protective equipment or pharmaceuticals onshore in the US.The most senior US visit to Taiwan in four decades, the trip has been widely seen as provocative to Beijing - which counts Taiwan as a part of China - and a forthright declaration of its growing relationship with Taipei. Continue reading...

  • Belarus protesters clash with police for third night as EU threatens snactions
    by Martin Farrer and agencies on August 12, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Security forces target media and beat demonstrators amid anger at vote-rigging and apparent forced exile of opposition candidateProtesters have clashed with riot police for the third night running in cities across Belarus as the European Union threatened to reimpose sanctions over suspected vote-rigging and a violent crackdown on demonstrators.After, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main challenger to the long-time president said she had fled the country to protect her children, security forces fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse thousands of protesters in the capital, Minsk. Continue reading...

  • Hong Kong's independent press faces dark chapter in China's shadow
    by Lily Kuo in Beijing and Verna Yu in Hong Kong on August 12, 2020 at 1:44 am

    Fears Beijing would export its strict control of the media to Hong Kong have been borne out by arrest of pro-democracy media mogul and raid on his paperHong Kong rallies around Apple Daily after arrest of founder Jimmy Lai On Monday when Zoe*, a local news reporter at Apple Daily returned to her office in Hong Kong it was swarming with police officers. Her boss, the strident pro-democracy activist, media mogul and billionaire Jimmy Lai, was in handcuffs as police led him through the newsroom.Cordons were set up blocking journalists from their desks as police rifled through papers and packed 25 boxes of documents for further investigation. Zoe was ordered to tell the police her home address and phone number and the section of the paper that she worked on. For hours, staffers were followed wherever they went in the building, even to the toilet. She was told not to report on the raid. Continue reading...

  • Two dead and hundreds of thousands without power after wind storm batters US midwest
    by Associated Press on August 12, 2020 at 12:11 am

    States assess widespread damage to crops and property after ‘devastating’ storm brings gusts of more than 100mphHundreds of thousands across the midwest remained without electricity on Tuesday after a powerful storm packing 100mph winds battered the region a day earlier, causing widespread damage to millions of acres of crops and killing at least two people.The storm, known as a derecho, tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles and causing widespread damage to property and crops. The storm left downed trees and power lines that blocked roadways in Chicago and its suburbs. After leaving Chicago, the most potent part of the storm system moved over north central Indiana. Continue reading...

  • Putin claims Russia has developed a coronavirus vaccine - CBS News
    on August 12, 2020 at 12:37 am

    Putin claims Russia has developed a coronavirus vaccine  CBS NewsPutin says Russia has approved 'world first' Covid-19 vaccine. But questions over its safety remain  CNNPutin claims Russia has developed world's first coronavirus vaccine, says his daughter received it  Fox NewsPutin can have his vaccine. I’ll be waiting for the vetted one.  The Washington PostRussia Doesn’t Really Know Whether Its Covid Vaccine Works  BloombergView Full Coverage on Google News

  • U.S. ban on China's TikTok could cut it off from app stores and advertisers, White House document shows - CNBC
    on August 12, 2020 at 12:22 am

    U.S. ban on China's TikTok could cut it off from app stores and advertisers, White House document shows  CNBCOptions traders bet Twitter's TikTok takeover rumors have legs  CNBCExclusive: U.S. ban on TikTok could cut it off from app stores, advertisers - White House document  ReutersI set up a TikTok house: a Trump ban would be a huge blow to teenagers  The GuardianEditorial: The TikTok ownership dance  Los Angeles TimesView Full Coverage on Google News

  • Secretary Azar becomes highest-level US official to visit Taiwan in decades - Fox News
    on August 11, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Secretary Azar becomes highest-level US official to visit Taiwan in decades  Fox NewsUS Secretary of Health and Human Services on learnings from Taiwan  ABC NewsAzar defends Taiwan trip, says China should worry about 'getting more transparent, more open' on coronavirus  Fox NewsTrump defends democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan — while Xi awaits Biden | TheHill  The HillChina increases military drills as tensions with US heat up  CNNView Full Coverage on Google News

  • Coronavirus Live Updates: Worldwide Cases Reach 20 Million - The New York Times
    on August 11, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Coronavirus Live Updates: Worldwide Cases Reach 20 Million  The New York Times

  • North Carolina reports first dog to test positive for coronavirus and says he died - Fox News
    on August 11, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    North Carolina reports first dog to test positive for coronavirus and says he died  Fox News

  • How a Former CIA Deputy Director Avoids Cognitive Traps
    by Suzanne Kelly on August 10, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    This expert-driven national-security insight can’t be generated for free.  We invite you to support quality content by becoming a  Cipher Brief Level I Member .  Joining this experienced security-focused community is only $10/month (for an annual $120/yr membership). It’s a great and inexpensive way to stay ahead of the national and global security issues that impact … Continue reading "How a Former CIA Deputy Director Avoids Cognitive Traps" The post How a Former CIA Deputy Director Avoids Cognitive Traps appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • China’s Arctic Ambitions
    by Suzanne Kelly on August 6, 2020 at 4:01 am

    The US State Department recently named career diplomat James DeHart as the US’ first coordinator for the Arctic region.  DeHart’s job is to coordinate US efforts in the region, which includes “repelling China’s advances and capitalizing on commercial opportunities,” according to the Wall Street Journal.  What exactly are China’s ambitions in the Arctic?  Cipher Brief … Continue reading "China’s Arctic Ambitions" The post China’s Arctic Ambitions appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • Are Gas Deposits in the Mediterranean Worth a War?
    by Suzanne Kelly on August 3, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    This expert-driven national-security insight can’t be generated for free.  We invite you to support quality content by becoming a  Cipher Brief Level I Member .  Joining this experienced security-focused community is only $10/month (for an annual $120/yr membership). It’s a great and inexpensive way to stay ahead of the national and global security issues that impact … Continue reading "Are Gas Deposits in the Mediterranean Worth a War?" The post Are Gas Deposits in the Mediterranean Worth a War? appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • Getting to the Left of Boom in 21st Century Warfare
    by Suzanne Kelly on July 31, 2020 at 4:01 am

    This expert-driven national-security insight can’t be generated for free.  We invite you to support quality content by becoming a  Cipher Brief Level I Member .  Joining this experienced security-focused community is only $10/month (for an annual $120/yr membership). It’s a great and inexpensive way to stay ahead of the national and global security issues that impact … Continue reading "Getting to the Left of Boom in 21st Century Warfare" The post Getting to the Left of Boom in 21st Century Warfare appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • Disinformation and the Case for a Well-Regulated Cyber Militia
    by Suzanne Kelly on July 29, 2020 at 4:01 am

    As the community of Disinformation experts contemplates how to address the serious risk to national security that disinformation poses, experts are calling for better coordination, better communication and better educating the public as our best options for addressing the issue. Some are arguing for a centralized government office to better manage the threat.  Others, like … Continue reading "Disinformation and the Case for a Well-Regulated Cyber Militia" The post Disinformation and the Case for a Well-Regulated Cyber Militia appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • Global Confectionery Packaging Industry
    on August 12, 2020 at 2:26 am
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    on August 12, 2020 at 1:46 am
  • Russia vaccine claim faces scepticism as nations renew virus battle
    on August 12, 2020 at 1:32 am

    Russia claimed Tuesday it has developed the world's first vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against the coronavirus, despite mounting scepticism about its effectiveness as fears grow over a second wave of infections across the globe. President Vladimir Putin said the vaccine was safe and that one of his own daughters had received the inoculation, dubbed "Sputnik" after the pioneering 1950s Soviet satellite. "I know that it is quite effective, that it gives sustainable immunity," Putin said of the vaccine developed by the Gamaleya research institute in coordination with Moscow's defence ministry.

  • Global Contrast Injector Systems Industry
    on August 12, 2020 at 1:26 am
  • 1000s of Korean laborers still lost after WWII, Cold War end
    on August 12, 2020 at 1:23 am

    Shin Yun-sun describes her life as a maze of dead ends. The South Korean has spent many of her 75 years pestering government officials, digging into records and searching burial grounds on a desolate Russian island, desperately searching for traces of a father she never met. Shin wants to bring back the remains of her presumed-dead father for her ailing 92-year-old mother, Baek Bong-rye.

  • Nathan Law: “We All Know that Danger Is Everywhere”
    on August 10, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    In an interview, Nathan Law, one of the leaders of the democracy movement in Hong Kong, discusses the transformation of the special administrative region into a police state. He also talks about his new life in London and his hopes for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  • Corona: Cutting Corners in the Race for a Vaccine
    on August 7, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Russia, China and India are racing to find a coronavirus vaccine. But international standards are not always being respected. Some researchers have even tested their remedies on themselves.

  • Corona: Scientists Weigh the Benefits of Air Purifiers in Fighting COVID-19
    on August 7, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Coronavirus pathogens can float in the air for hours, which is a significant threat. Researchers are developing ideas for how to prevent infections in schools, restaurants and offices using ventilation equipment, air filters and UV radiation.

  • Corona Crisis: Can German City Centers Be Saved?
    on August 6, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    First came online retail and the financial crisis, now COVID-19: City-center shopping districts in Germany are suffering. But strategies are being developed to save them. Will they work?

  • Fighting the Yaba Pill: The Death Toll Mounts in Bangladesh's Drug War
    on August 6, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Bangladesh has a methamphetamine problem, and the government is turning to drastic measures in the search for a solution. Human rights organizations say that the authorities are resorting to extrajudicial killings.