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  • BLM launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait

    NEW YORK - The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is formally expanding a $3 million financial relief fund that it quietly launched earlier this month, to help people struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Latest: Taiwan to ease some restrictions on visitors

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan will begin slightly easing restrictions on foreign visitors coming to the island beginning Monday.
  • New US envoy to UN gets red carpet welcome from Russia

    CAMEROON, Cameroon - Linda Thomas-Greenfield takes up her post as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday and a senior Russian diplomat said the red carpet will be rolled out and Moscow is ready to work with the Biden administration -- but “it takes two to tango.”
  • Helicopters, firefighters battle 2 forest fires in Japan

    TOKYO - A forest fire broke out in a rural area north of Tokyo on Thursday, near another blaze burning for a fourth day.
  • Secretive Israeli nuclear facility undergoes major project

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A secretive Israeli nuclear facility at the centre of the nation's undeclared atomic weapons program is undergoing what appears to be its biggest construction project in decades, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show.
  • Illegal gold mine in Indonesia collapses, killing 3 workers

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - An illegal gold mine in Indonesia's Sulawesi island collapsed on nearly two dozen people working inside, killing three and leaving another five missing, officials said Thursday.
  • Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after Fed pledge

    BEIJING - Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday after the Federal Reserve chairman said the U.S. central bank is in no hurry to withdraw support for the economy.
  • Qantas expects to start international flights in October

    CANBERRA, Australia - Qantas Airways does not expect to resume international travel apart from New Zealand until late October after the Australian population was vaccinated for COVID-19, the airline’s chief executive said on Thursday.
  • GOP rallies solidly against Democrats' virus relief package

    WASHINGTON - Republicans rallied solidly against Democrats' proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate's parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill a pivotal provision hiking the federal minimum wage.
  • Backlogged cases push California COVID-19 deaths past 50,000

    Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported another 806 deaths from coronavirus during the winter surge, pushing California’s toll above 50,000, or about one-tenth of the U.S. total from the pandemic.

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