Google ends direct cooperation with Hong Kong on data requests

The move comes in the wake of Beijing’s imposition of a broad national security law that targets vaguely defined crimes including subversion of state power, collusion with foreign powers, secession and terrorism.
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Kamala Harris and the rise of Indian-origin politicians in the West

“It’s a real affirmation that the Indian American community and politicians of Indian origin have arrived,” said Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.).
Women walk during torrential rains on Aug. 5 in Pyongyang. Weeks of unusually heavy monsoon rains have caused dangerous flooding. (AP)
Women walk during torrential rains on Aug. 5 in Pyongyang. Weeks of unusually heavy monsoon rains have caused dangerous flooding. (AP)

North Korea floods kill 22, approach nuclear reactor — but Kim doesn’t want help

Kim Jong Un says borders must remain closed because of the risks of coronavirus.
Though cruising has been ordered to a halt in the United States, several major cruise liners are now trying to restart their business in Europe.
Trump appointee Michael Pack ousts seven more top executives at the U.S. Agency for Global Media and pressures Internet freedom group as China cracks down on Hong Kong dissent.
The U.S. move suggests a bumpy path ahead for the Asian financial hub as countries begin to treat it as just another Chinese city.
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Arab critics say normalizing relations between former foes is premature without a Palestinian state.
They’ve shared their son’s picture on social media, desperate for any word. But no takers.
Authorities are investigating the blasts, which reduced a section of the city to rubble.
As the novel coronavirus advanced on Europe in March, authorities in England accomplished in 48 hours what advocates for the homeless had urged for years.
In England, a person who tested positive for the virus in March but died in a car crash in July could be called a covid-19 death.
The country has kept factories open during the outbreak. But some U.S. companies are wary of López Obrador.
Australia’s experience shows campus life will be very different as students face restrictions because of the pandemic.
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For decades, Italian students have mostly sat two to a desk. The rush to make single-seat desks in time has proved an unexpected headache.
The World Health Organization said Wednesday that three of the Lebanese capital’s hospitals were largely out of service and that more were still flooded with the wounded.
Initial reports suggested that a landslide after heavy rains may have damaged the rail line.
Many Lebanese are demanding that money and aid in the form of food, medical care and housing be channeled only through trusted local organizations
Fears of new spikes in infections have loomed over Europe’s debate over how and when to reopen schools.
Joe Biden’s selection for running mate has an unusually international background.
Door handles blistering to the touch. Leaves yellowed and brittle. And a yawning divide between AC haves and have-nots.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Austria, where he’ll see the head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog as members of the U.N. Security Council vote on an American bid to indefinitely extend an arms embargo on Iran
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Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter will be celebrating her 70th birthday in a no-nonsense manner that befits her reputation in Britain
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The government says Afghanistan has released the first 80 of a final 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for negotiations between the warring sides in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict
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On the 400th anniversary, of the Mayflower voyage, commemorations are focusing on both the Pilgrim settlers and the Native people whose lives were transformed by their arrival,  An exhibition in England focuses on one casualty of colonization: a wampum belt taken from the Wampanoag people, brought to England in the 17th century, and then lost
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Across South Asia, more than 17 million people are suffering as a result of this year’s monsoon floods
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