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WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir treatment arms for COVID-19

WHO today accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to discontinue the trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms. The Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients.

Texas counts the cost of lifting coronavirus lockdown early

Texas could become one of the states worst affected by coronavirus after it was among the first to lift lockdown measures.

Controversial security law takes effect in Hong Kong

A controversial new security law has taken effect in Hong Kong. It was implemented by the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, and many argue the law curtails freedom of speech and diminishes Hong Kong's political and economic autonomy.

Trump to visit Mount Rushmore amid controversy

President Trump will begin his July Fourth celebrations with a trip to Mount Rushmore, despite concerns from Native Americans, health officials and environmentalists.

Small plane lands amid Louisiana traffic

A Louisiana pilot experiencing engine trouble makes a safe emergency landing on a highway.

Why we’re seeing the worst locust invasion in decades

While Asia and Africa are battling their worst locust invasion in decades, the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could push tens of millions of people even into deeper poverty and hunger. Over 50 million people were already facing crisis-level food insecurity before the coronavirus pandemic began to spread.

COVID-19: Coronavirus cases in India pass 600,000

In India the number of confirmed coronavirus infections has now topped 600,000. The coronavirus has hit Delhi harder than any other city in the country. The government has introduced a revamped strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19, with pinpointed testing as a priority.

Labor market struggles despite June job growth

A business owner and a labor economist are hesitant to praise the large jobs recovery in June and are pinpointing weaknesses in the US economy as it continues the uphill battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Ghislaine Maxwell charged with grooming girls for Jeffrey Epstein

The British socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell, has appeared in court in America, just hours after she was arrested by the FBI.

700 arrests in UK as police infiltrate top-secret criminal communications

More than 700 people have been arrested in Britain and tens of millions of pounds have been seized after the police infiltrated a top secret communications system used by criminal gangs.

Vote that could extend Putin’s power in Russia was a ‘fraud’: critics

President Vladimir Putin won more than 75% of the vote that could allow him to stay in power until 2036 – but critics say it was “a total fraud”.

‘Face Mask Exempt Cards’ are fakes

Cards and flyers saying the holder is exempt from wearing a face mask, many marked with the United States Department of Justice’s seal, are being shared widely across social media. The cards and flyers are “fraudulent,” according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).