Coronavirus Live News and Updates
on July 14, 2020 at 4:08 pm
On Monday, California, Florida and Texas recorded at least 30,000 new cases, 18 percent of the global total. France celebrated public health workers as heroes during Bastille Day, a day after granting them pay raises.
Face Masks to Be Compulsory for Shoppers in England
by Benjamin Mueller on July 14, 2020 at 3:11 pm
The order, set to come into force on July 24, will put England in line with other European countries and with some other parts of Britain.
U.S. and China, Caught in ‘Ideological Spiral,’ Drift Toward Cold War
by Steven Lee Myers and Paul Mozur on July 14, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Relations are in free fall. Lines are being drawn. As the two superpowers clash over technology, territory and clout, a new geopolitical era is dawning.
Disabled Do-It-Yourselfers Lead Way to Technology Gains
by David M. Perry on July 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm
So long to overhyped innovations. Hello to tech that embeds accessibility into everyday devices.
A Record 5.4 Million Americans Have Lost Health Insurance, Study Finds
on July 14, 2020 at 1:40 pm
California’s governor announced a sweeping rollback of the state’s reopening and Los Angeles and San Diego school districts will be online-only in the fall. Dr. Anthony Fauci returned to the White House.
Hong Kong Outbreak, Polish President, Russia-Taliban: Your Tuesday Briefing
by Isabella Kwai on July 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm
Here’s what you need to know.
He Changed His Country’s Name. Will North Macedonia Punish Him?
by Patrick Kingsley on July 14, 2020 at 12:18 pm
Zoran Zaev led North Macedonia into NATO and toward the European Union by altering its name. That could cost him in an election on Wednesday.
Bahrain to Execute 2 Shiite Protesters After Years of Desperate Appeals
by Vivian Yee on July 14, 2020 at 11:28 am
The men were convicted of a bombing that killed a police officer in 2014. They say they were tortured into making a false confession during Bahrain’s escalating crackdown on critics.
Biden’s Big Opportunity
by David Leonhardt on July 14, 2020 at 10:34 am
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She Went to Prison for Killing Her Husband. The Pandemic Set Her Free.
by Kiana Hayeri on July 14, 2020 at 9:48 am
Foroozan was one of nearly 20 women held in an Afghan women’s prison for murdering her spouse after years of abuse. “Thanks to coronavirus, I am given a second chance to live.”
A Racial Awakening in France, Where Race Is a Taboo Topic
by Norimitsu Onishi on July 14, 2020 at 9:00 am
With an eye on the United States, children of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean are bringing race into the public discourse, in a perceived challenge to France’s universalism.
Scientists Find an Earthquake’s Toll in an Organism’s DNA
by Veronique Greenwood on July 14, 2020 at 9:00 am
Along a coastline in New Zealand, kelp seems to contain a genetic record of the planet’s geological upheaval.
Seoul Mayor’s Secretary Speaks Out About Alleged Abuse
by Choe Sang-Hun on July 14, 2020 at 8:09 am
Her lawyer, who issued a statement on the day of Mayor Park Won-soon’s funeral, is calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment.
Hong Kong Oppositions Protesters Defy Security Law Threats in Primary Election
by Austin Ramzy, Elaine Yu and Tiffany May on July 14, 2020 at 2:53 am
Voters turned out in high numbers to cast ballots in an unofficial primary for the city’s pro-democracy camp despite government warnings it might be against the new security law.
U.S. Says Most of China’s Claims in South China Sea Are Illegal
by Edward Wong and Michael Crowley on July 14, 2020 at 1:49 am
The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo portends more American military operations to push back Chinese maritime activity and sanctions on Chinese companies.
Trudeau Adopts a Now-Familiar Tone of Contrition After WE Charity Scandal
by Catherine Porter on July 14, 2020 at 1:36 am
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada apologized for failing to recuse himself in the awarding of a government contract to a charity with deep connections to his family.
Hong Kong Restrictions, Seoul Mayor, Christchurch Shooter: Your Tuesday Briefing
by Melina Delkic on July 14, 2020 at 12:32 am
Here’s what you need to know.
Zindzi Mandela, Activist in South Africa and Ambassador, Dies at 59
by Lynsey Chutel on July 13, 2020 at 11:15 pm
She was ambassador to Denmark after years as a voice against apartheid (sometimes in poetry) alongside her parents, Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today
by Jonathan Wolfe and Lara Takenaga on July 13, 2020 at 10:55 pm
California and its schools roll back reopenings.
Brexit Border Bureaucracy Looms for Truckers, Pet Owners and Travelers
by Stephen Castle on July 13, 2020 at 9:36 pm
Next year businesses and travelers face mounds of new paperwork (and higher cellphone bills) as Britain builds up frontier controls.
Rex Robles, Plotter of Philippine Coups, Is Dead at 77
by Seth Mydans on July 13, 2020 at 8:57 pm
He was seen as the chief theorist and propaganda expert of a group of ambitious military officers who worked to oust two presidents.
Poland’s Presidential Election Too Close to Call
by Monika Pronczuk and Marc Santora on July 13, 2020 at 8:21 pm
President Andrzej Duda leads a conservative government that has fought to control courts and the news media while stoking fear of gay people and foreigners. He was challenged by the liberal mayor of Warsaw.
Suriname Elects a New President, Ending Bouterse’s Long Rule
by Anatoly Kurmanaev and Harmen Boerboom on July 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Desi Bouterse has cast a long shadow over Suriname since its independence. Once a dictator, he returned as a populist, but fell in the face of the pandemic and an economic crisis.
Andrzej Duda Wins 2nd Term After Tight Race in Poland
by Monika Pronczuk and Marc Santora on July 13, 2020 at 6:26 pm
The close fight revealed deep divisions, but Mr. Duda’s victory cleared the path for Poland’s government to continue with a nationalist agenda that critics fear is undermining democratic institutions.
Taliban Stage a Major Attack, as Violence Intensifies in Northern Afghanistan
by Mujib Mashal and Najim Rahim on July 13, 2020 at 5:55 pm
Insurgents bombed the entrance of an Afghan intelligence complex in a provincial capital, then stormed the offices in a sustained gun battle, killing at least 11.
Hong Kong Security Law Helps China Tighten Grip Over Schools
by Amy Qin and Tiffany May on July 13, 2020 at 5:09 pm
China’s leaders have pushed the territory to revamp an education system they see as having bred young rebels who have helped drive pro-democracy protests.
Louisiana Orders Bars Closed and Masks for Most
on July 13, 2020 at 4:29 pm
Trump wears a mask publicly for the first time. Disney World reopened, despite a surge in Florida. Thousands of Israelis protested the government’s handling of the economy.
Driver Purposely Drove Bus Into China Reservoir, Killing 21, Police Say
by Tiffany May on July 13, 2020 at 4:29 pm
The 52-year-old driver, who was also killed, was aggrieved about the demolition of his home because of a redevelopment scheme, officials said.
How Russia Built a Channel to the Taliban, Once an Enemy
by Mujib Mashal and Michael Schwirtz on July 13, 2020 at 3:32 pm
The recent assessment that Russia paid bounties to the insurgents to attack U.S. troops stunned many, but officials said the Kremlin’s outreach began almost a decade ago.
Paik Sun-yup, South Korea’s First Four-Star General, Dies at 99
by Choe Sang-Hun on July 13, 2020 at 2:33 pm
Considered a Korean War hero by the U.S. and South Korean militaries, he was a deeply divisive figure at home. Many also saw him as a traitor who collaborated with Japanese colonizers.
by David Leonhardt on July 13, 2020 at 2:09 pm
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In Latin America, the Pandemic Threatens Equality Like Never Before
by Julie Turkewitz, Sofía Villamil and Federico Rios on July 13, 2020 at 2:08 pm
Over the past two decades, inequality in Latin America had fallen to the lowest point in its recorded history. The pandemic threatens to reverse that. We traveled 1,000 miles across Colombia to document this critical moment.
A Health Worker Raised Alarms About the Coronavirus. Then He Lost His Job.
by Emma Bubola on July 13, 2020 at 1:04 pm
A lawsuit by a nursing home employee in Italy will test whether health care professionals are paying a price for pointing out dangerous conditions at medical facilities.
Coronavirus Outbreak at U.S. Bases in Japan Roils an Uneasy Relationship
by Motoko Rich, Makiko Inoue and Hikari Hida on July 13, 2020 at 1:02 pm
The Marines reported 94 new cases on Okinawa, an island that had seen just 148 other infections. Local officials say the military is not doing enough.
Florida Tops U.S. Record With Over 15,000 New Cases
on July 13, 2020 at 12:10 pm
Florida set a single-day U.S. record with over 15,000 new cases. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes for U.S. schools to reopen.
Sudan Will Scrap Alcohol and Apostasy Laws, and End Flogging
by Abdi Latif Dahir on July 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The moves are part of efforts to broaden personal freedoms during a delicate democratic transition.
Knife-Wielding Polish Man Flees Into Woods, Hoping to Keep Pet Puma
by Daniel Victor and Monika Pronczuk on July 13, 2020 at 11:30 am
The man eventually complied with a court order to hand over the big cat, which he has kept as a pet for six years.
China Imposes Tit-for-Tat Sanctions on Three American Lawmakers
by Keith Bradsher on July 13, 2020 at 10:19 am
The sanctions, which target Republican members of Congress, were in retaliation for the Trump administration’s bans on Chinese officials accused of human rights abuses.
White Supremacist Who Admitted Christchurch Killings Plans to Represent Himself
by Isabella Kwai on July 13, 2020 at 10:12 am
There is concern that the Australian who pleaded guilty to killing 51 worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand last year would use the occasion to spout his views.
Amitabh Bachchan, Russia Protests, Poland Election: Your Monday Briefing
by Isabella Kwai on July 13, 2020 at 6:23 am
Here’s what you need to know.
India’s coronavirus cases, Himalayas, K-pop: Your Monday Briefing
by Melina Delkic on July 13, 2020 at 1:59 am
Here’s what you need to know.
Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership
by Farnaz Fassihi and Steven Lee Myers on July 12, 2020 at 6:21 pm
The investment and security pact would vastly extend China’s influence in the Middle East, throwing Iran an economic lifeline and creating new flash points with the United States.
Bollywood Star Amitabh Bachchan in Hospital for Covid-19
by Jeffrey Gettleman on July 12, 2020 at 4:04 pm
Amitabh Bachchan, whose face is everywhere in the country, checked into a hospital with mild symptoms. His son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter have also become infected.
For 20 Years, His Firm Called Him Antoine. Now Mohamed Is Suing.
by Aurelien Breeden on July 12, 2020 at 6:21 am
Mohamed Amghar, a retired software sales manager in France, has filed a discrimination complaint against his former employer, accusing the company of making him use a traditional French name at work.
Outspoken Chinese Professor Is Said to Be Released From Detention
by Chris Buckley on July 12, 2020 at 6:20 am
Xu Zhangrun, a law professor in Beijing known for criticizing the Communist Party, was allowed to go home after being detained a week ago, people familiar with him said.
Protests Rock Russian Far East With Calls for Putin to Resign
by Andrew Higgins on July 11, 2020 at 9:39 pm
Tens of thousands took to the streets in Russia’s usually somnolent hinterland after the arrest of a popular regional governor.
Valentina Sampaio Is the First Transgender Model for Sports Illustrated
by Derrick Bryson Taylor on July 11, 2020 at 5:55 pm
The Brazilian model, who is in the magazine’s swimsuit issue, was also the first transgender woman to work for Victoria’s Secret and grace the cover of Vogue magazine.
5 Killed in Hostage Crisis at Church in South Africa
by The Associated Press on July 11, 2020 at 3:42 pm
The attack may have been motivated by a feud between church members, the police said.
Ethiopia Announces Arrests in Prominent Singer’s Killing
by Abdi Latif Dahir on July 11, 2020 at 2:15 pm
The shooting last month of Hachalu Hundessa, a hero to young Ethiopians calling for reform, was followed by unrest in which hundreds of people were killed.
Hindu God in a K-Pop Video? Blackpink Runs Afoul of Fans
by Tiffany May and Su-Hyun Lee on July 11, 2020 at 1:26 pm
A tempest over the band Blackpink’s use of a Hindu god in a video was the latest example of K-pop fans holding artists to account — while staying fiercely loyal.