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Americans soak up sun on beaches as coronavirus death toll nears 100,000

Americans sunbathed on beaches, fished from boats and strolled on boardwalks this holiday weekend, but the occasional person wearing a mask was a constant reminder that the world is still battling the coronavirus pandemic.

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Germany tries to trace people who attended church service at which COVID-19 spread

German authorities are trying to trace everyone who attended a church service in Frankfurt this month after more than 107 people tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Defiant Netanyahu goes on trial in Israel charged with corruption

Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday became the first serving Israeli prime minister to go on trial, proclaiming his innocence in the corridor before walking into court to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

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Most publicly listed companies keep U.S. small-business aid loans

More than four-fifths of publicly listed companies that received emergency small-business loans from the U.S. government have held onto them, sticking with a certification that they need the money, according to data from market research firm FactSquared.

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China legislation on Hong Kong could lead to U.S. sanctions, White House says

China‘s proposed national security legislation for Hong Kong could lead to U.S. sanctions and threaten the city‘s status as a financial hub, White House National Security Adviser Robert O‘Brien said on Sunday.

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Thousands protest Chinese security law as unrest returns to Hong Kong

Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of people who rallied on Sunday to protest against Beijing‘s plan to impose national security laws on the city.

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China takeover of Hong Kong could lead to U.S. sanctions, White House says

China‘s proposed national security legislation for Hong Kong could lead to U.S. sanctions and threaten the city‘s status as a financial hub, White House National Security Adviser Robert O‘Brien said on Sunday.

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China takeover of Hong Kong could lead to U.S. sanctions: White House

China‘s proposed national security legislation for Hong Kong could lead to U.S. sanctions and threaten the city‘s status as a financial hub, White House National Security Adviser Robert O‘Brien said on Sunday.

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Months before election, liberal groups press Biden on picks for economic posts

Liberal groups are pushing Joe Biden to pick tough watchdogs for U.S. economic posts ahead of the Nov. 3 election to generate broader support for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

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Public returns to St. Peter‘s Square; pope calls for defense of environment

The public returned to St Peter‘s Square on Sunday to receive Pope Francis‘s blessing from his window for the first time in nearly three months as he convoked a year of reflection on the environment.

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Netanyahu says he has been framed as corruption trial starts

Benjamin Netanyahu professed his innocence at the start of his corruption trial on Sunday, saying he was being framed in the first criminal prosecution of a serving Israeli prime minister.

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Newsmaker: Britain‘s Brexit mastermind fights for job over claims of lockdown hubris

Dominic Cummings, the mastermind of Brexit who openly scorned the British elite, is fighting for his job as Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s senior adviser after claims he flouted the government‘s coronavirus lockdown rules.

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Hong Kong police fire tear gas as thousands protest security law

Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands who, in defiance of curbs imposed to contain the coronavirus, gathered on Sunday to protest against Beijing‘s plan to directly impose national security laws on the city.

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Israel‘s Netanyahu, saying he‘s ‘standing tall‘, goes on trial on corruption charges

Benjamin Netanyahu professed his innocence at the start of his corruption trial on Sunday, saying he was being framed but "standing tall" in the first criminal prosecution of a serving Israeli prime minister.

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Netanyahu arrives at court for corruption trial, says case aimed at ‘toppling me, in any way possible‘

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived on Sunday at the Jerusalem court for the start of his corruption trial and said his opponents were aiming to oust him.

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Xi says China could have set GDP growth goal around 6% had there been no coronavirus

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China‘s annual economic growth target could have been set around 6% had the new coronavirus epidemic not happened, according to state media reports on Saturday.

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Factbox: Dominic Cummings - UK PM Johnson‘s cardinal of Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s senior adviser Dominic Cummings, who faces calls to resign over a journey made during the coronavirus lockdown, was the architect of Brexit who has become one of the most powerful men in the British government.

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Adviser Cummings enters UK PM‘s Downing Street residence: Sky News reporter

Boris Johnson‘s senior adviser Dominic Cummings, facing mounting calls to resign over a journey he made during the coronavirus lockdown, was seen entering the prime minister‘s Downing Street residence on Sunday morning, a Sky News reporter said on Twitter.

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North Korea‘s Kim, in first appearance in weeks, vows to bolster nuclear ‘deterrence‘

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosted a meeting to discuss the country‘s nuclear capabilities, state media said on Sunday, marking his first appearance in three weeks after a previous absence sparked global speculation about his health.

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China tells U.S. to stop wasting time in coronavirus battle

The United States should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country, the Chinese government‘s top diplomat Wang Yi said on Sunday.

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Kim Jong Un vows to further bolster nuclear war deterrence

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosted a military meeting to discuss new policies to bolster the country‘s nuclear capabilities amid stalled denuclearisation talks with the United States, state media KCNA said on Sunday.

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Iranian fuel starts arriving in Venezuelan waters despite U.S. warning

The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela entered the South American country‘s exclusive economic zone on Saturday, despite a U.S. official‘s warning that Washington was considering a response to the shipment.

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UK aims to reopen primary schools from June 1, transport minister says

Britain‘s government intends to stick with a plan to reopen primary schools to some pupils from June 1, Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Sunday.

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Western Australia braces for worst storm in a decade

Western Australia battened down for its worst storm in 10 years on Sunday as the remnants of a tropical cyclone met a cold front with heavy rains and storm surges expected across the state‘s coast, officials said on Sunday.

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