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    • UK retailers cut jobs by most since 2009, CBI says UK retailers cut jobs by most since 2009, CBI says

      British retailers have cut the most jobs since the depths of the financial crisis and expect the pace of losses to accelerate, the Confederation of British Industry said, adding to warning signs of an expected sharp rise in unemployment. Tuesday’s data also showed an unexpected drop in sales this month, which contrasted with a recent pick-up in demand by consumers after the coronavirus lockdown was lifted. “Trading conditions for the retail sector remain tough,” CBI economist Alpesh Paleja said. “… Firms will be wary of deteriorating household incomes and the risk of further local lockdowns potentially hitting them in...

    • Dozens of survivors rescued from collapsed building in India

      Rescue workers pulled more than 60 people alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in an industrial town near India’s financial capital Mumbai, a senior official told Reuters on Tuesday, as rescue efforts continued. The five-storey building in western Maharashtra state’s Raigad district, which housed roughly 200 residents, caved in on Monday evening. “One resident was dead and at least 30 were still trapped,” said Bharatshet Maruti Gogawale, a local legislator in Mahad town situated about 165 km (100 miles) south of Mumbai. The building was comprised of 47 flats, police officials in Mahad said in a statement. Local residents...

    • 14 killed in Jolo twin bombings in southern Philippines Authorities said a motorcycle loaded with improvised explosive device went off near a military truck in Jolo [Nickee Butlangan/AFP]

      At least 14 people have been killed and several others wounded after two explosions, including one reportedly carried out by a female suicide bomber, struck the southern Philippine town of Jolo, according to the authorities. Philippine Red Cross Chief Richard Gordon said the first explosion hit at approximately noon (04:00 GMT) on Monday in the capital of Sulu, one of the country’s southernmost provinces. Gordon, who is also a senator, said a motorcycle loaded with improvised explosive device went off near a military truck. The Red Cross office in Jolo is located near the site of the blast. According to...

    • India’s COVID-19 cases surpassed 3 million according to Health Ministry corona virus outatebreak globally live upd

      India’s COVID-19 tally surpassed 3 million on Sunday, reaching 3,044,940, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry. The death toll due to the pandemic in the country also surged to 56,706. As many as 69,239 new cases and 912 deaths were reported during the last 24 hours. According to the data, there are still 707,668 active cases across India, and 2,280,566 people have been successfully cured and discharged from hospitals. Over the past few weeks, the Indian government has been focusing on ramping up the testing of COVID-19 samples. A total of 34,491,073 samples had...

    • Coronavirus-Germany puts on crowded concerts to study risks Coronavirus: Germany puts on crowded concerts to study risks

      Scientists in Germany have held three pop concerts in a single day to investigate the risks posed by mass indoor events during the pandemic. About 1,500 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 50 – only a third of the expected number – took part. But the head of the study, which was carried out in Leipzig by Halle University, said he was “very satisfied” with how the event unfolded. Singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko agreed to perform at all three successive gigs. The study came as Germany recorded its highest number of Covid-19 infections since the end of April. More than...

    • Rise in U.S. weekly jobless claims clouds labor market recovery Rise in U.S. weekly jobless claims clouds labor market recovery

      The number of Americans filing a new claim for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly back above the one million mark last week, a setback for a struggling U.S. job market crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. Still, in a sign some rehiring is underway, the rolls of those continuing to receive jobless benefits is slowly declining, the Labor Department reported on Thursday, and other data indicated a recovery from the recession triggered by COVID-19 continues, though at a more fitful pace than earlier. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 1.106 million for the week ended August...

    • U.S.-Russia Vienna disarmament talks end without breakthrough

      The second round of nuclear disarmament talks between the United States and Russia ended in Vienna, Austria on Tuesday afternoon, without any decisive progress. U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea said after the negations that “there are some areas of convergence between Russia and the United States, but we do remain far apart on a number of key issues,” reported the Austrian Press Agency (APA).

    • Lebanon minister calls for two-week coronavirus lockdown corona virus outatebreak globally live upd

      Lebanon’s caretaker health minister, Hamad Hassan, has called for a two-week lockdown following a surge of coronavirus cases since the Beirut port blast on August 4. India reported a daily jump of 57,981 infections, taking its total to nearly 2.65 million, third only behind the US and Brazil, while the death toll jumped by 941, with the total of 50,921. Worldwide coronavirus cases surpassed 21.6 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, while more than 13.6 million people have recovered. Almost 774,300 people have died. Here are the latest updates:

    • Somalia update: At least 10 killed, 28 injured after hotel attack Somalia update: At least 10 killed, 28 injured after hotel attack

      At least 10 people were killed, and more than 28 others were injured on Sunday after gunmen stormed a beachside hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, that started with a suicide car bombing believed to be targeting the establishment, a government security official said. The explosion at the Elite Hotel in Lido beach was followed by heavy gunfire inside the hotel which is usually frequented by government officials, government workers and people from the diaspora. Ahmed Omar told AFP that the authorities feared the death toll could be higher due to the devastating effect of the explosion and an...

    • US cannot trigger ‘snapback’ sanctions on Iran: EU official The US wants an extension of the arms embargo on Iran but failed to push this through in the UN Security Council earlier this week [Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP]

      The United States is not entitled to force the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran via the so-called “snapback” mechanism linked to an international nuclear deal, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said. Since the US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it cannot be considered a part of it, the official added on Sunday. “Given that the US unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and has not participated in any JCPOA structures or activities subsequently, the US cannot be considered as a JCPOA participant,” a spokesperson for EU...