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Seven killed in Nigeria oil facility blast | News

Seven people have been killed in an explosion at the Gbetiokun oilfield in southern Nigeria’s Niger Delta region during the installation of a ladder on a platform, the state oil company said on Wednesday. “Detailed investigation of the cause of the explosion has commenced, while the Department of Petroleum Resources has been duly notified,” the […]

The Past Few Months Sent Me in a New Direction

Editor’s note: In this Future View, students discuss how the events of the past few months have changed their plans for the future. Next week we’ll ask, “What is ‘cancel culture?’ What lessons should the rest of the country learn from the experience of it on campus?” Students should click here to submit opinions of […]

Coronavirus live news: Israel health chief quits in protest at lockdown easing; Bolsonaro tests positive | World news

Israel’s public health director has quit amid a spike in new coronavirus cases, saying the country had been too hasty to reopen its economy and had lost its way in dealing with the pandemic. Reuters reports that Siegal Sadetzki, an epidemiologist, announced her resignation a day after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet reimposed a series […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro tested again for coronavirus: Live updates | News

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been tested for coronavirus again, after showing symptoms of the disease including a fever. A group of more than 200 scientists are urging the World Health Organization to acknowledge that the coronavirus can […]

Joe Biden’s First Energy Casualty

Joe Biden is currently cruising to the White House, and this weekend we saw an early economic consequence when Dominion Energy and Duke Energy pulled the plug on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The companies blamed legal and regulatory uncertainty, and the winners are America’s energy competitors weakened by the U.S. shale boom that is […]

White House claims US is ‘a leader’ in coronavirus fight despite rise in many states – live | US news

6.14pm EDT18:14 California did compliance checks at 6,000+ bars and restaurants California is ramping up enforcement actions across as coronavirus case numbers, hospitalizations and admissions to ICUs continue to climb, governor Gavin Newsom said Monday. Officials from the Alcohol and Beverage Control have paid more than 6,000 in-person visits to bars and restaurants to check […]

Hong Kong: China accuses the UK of ‘gross interference’ in its affairs | World News

China has accused the UK of “trampling” on the basic norms of international relations – and said Britain’s offer of citizenship for Hong Kongers is a “gross interference in China’s internal affairs”. Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, claimed Boris Johnson’s government “keeps making irresponsible remarks” about Hong Kong. A new national security law […]

Framing the self: The rise of the bookshelf aesthetic | Media

As the coronavirus has caused TV channels to cut back on in-studio interviews, pundits and politicians – and the rest – have been left to their own devices on how best to frame themselves in their “natural environments”. Enter the bookshelf – seemingly the perfect solution. Not only does it texturise the background behind a […]

Coronavirus live news: Melbourne outbreak has ‘explosive potential’, Mexico now has fifth most deaths | World news

1.53am EDT01:53 There have been 401 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Australian state of Victoria that have been acquired through unknown transmission. There are currently 543 active cases in Victoria. Of the new cases which have already been linked to wider clusters, the Victoria department of health has provided the following breakdown: • Two […]

Emmanuel Macron’s Reform Restart – WSJ

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe resigned Friday, as President Emmanuel Macron tries to restart his reform agenda. It’s not surprising for a French leader to replace a government midway through his term, but this is one of Mr. Macron’s biggest gambles ahead of the 2022 presidential election. Mr. Philippe will be replaced with Prades Mayor […]

Abolition and the American Founding

As America celebrates Independence Day amid a bitter election campaign and political disorder in the streets, C. Bradley Thompson’s mind is on the time when the country first came together. Mr. Thompson, 61, is a political-science professor at South Carolina’s Clemson University and author, most recently, of “America’s Revolutionary Mind” (2019). The book takes its […]

Saudi Arabia passes 200,000 coronavirus cases: Live | News

Saudi Arabia passed milestone of 200,000 confirmed novel coronavirus cases, the health ministry said, weeks ahead of an annual hajj pilgrimage drastically cut back because of the pandemic. Britain will end coronavirus quarantines for people arriving in England from more than 50 countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy – but […]

‘Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times’ slogan illegal under security law: city – National

The popular protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” connotes separatism or subversion, the city’s government said, pointing to crimes that are covered under the new national security law imposed by Beijing. The rallying cry appears on placards at rallies, is printed on clothes and accessories and scribbled on post-it notes on walls across the […]

Ghislaine Maxwell accused of ‘critical role’ in Epstein abuse as prosecutors unveil charges – live | US news

1.21pm EDT13:21 Audrey Strauss’s handling of Maxwell’s arrest won praise from former U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade. Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) Great work, Audrey Strauss. https://t.co/LSLel16UrM July 2, 2020 McQuade, it’s worth noting, was one of the U.S. attorneys appointed by then-President Barack Obama and purged from the Justice Department in 2017 by Donald Trump. 12.46pm EDT12:46 […]

13 tons of hair weaves suspected to be from Chinese internment camps seized at U.S. border – National

Federal authorities in New York on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials told The Associated Press that 13 tons (11.8 metric tonnes) of hair products worth an estimated $800,000 were in the […]