Twitter removes image tweet by Trump over NYT copyright complaint

– Twitter Inc has taken down an image tweeted by the U.S. President Donald Trump from its platform, after receiving a copyright complaint from the New York Times. The original tweet by Trump issued on June 30, showed a meme that read “In reality they’re not after me they’re after you I’m just in the way” with Trump’s picture in the background. The background picture was taken by a New York Times photographer, to accompany…

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Mexican labor activist released from jail as trade deal takes effect

MEXICO CITY – Mexican labor attorney and independent union leader Susana Prieto was released from jail on Wednesday after her arrest nearly a month ago on charges of inciting violence at a workers protest, state prosecutors said. A judge’s order for her release came hours after the July 1 start of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal, according a statement from the attorney general’s office of the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Prieto’s release…

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Algerian president pardons protest movement activists

ALGIERS – Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Wednesday issued his first pardon for members of the protest movement that toppled veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika last year, the presidency said. Elected last December, Tebboune has already urged protesters to opt for dialogue and promised appeasement measures to ensure stability in the OPEC member and gas-exporting country. He has also drafted amendments to the constitution to boost freedoms and give Parliament a greater role. A referendum over…

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Brazil deliverymen for Uber, other apps protest amid pandemic

SAO PAULO – Over a thousand food deliverymen on motorcycles gathered in São Paulo on Wednesday to protest their work conditions, set by Uber and other apps, with their work in high demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The drivers seek higher pay and better health measures, with Brazil now a coronavirus epicenter and delivery workers facing exposure to the virus. The workers complain that their take-home pay has gone down over time while they…

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Biden says new China national security law a ‘death blow,’ weighs sanctions

– Democrat Joe Biden on Wednesday threatened new economic sanctions on China if he is elected U.S. president, calling its new security law imposed on Hong Kong a “death blow” to the territory’s freedom. Biden, who has a lead in national opinion polls ahead of his Nov. 3 election fight against President Donald Trump, said Beijing was “acting with impunity” when it unveiled new laws for Hong Kong that would punish crimes of secession, subversion,…

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Trump administration sends out teams to guard monuments on July 4th weekend

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s administration has put special law enforcement teams in place to protect monuments it believes could be vandalized by protesters over the 4th of July holiday weekend, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday. The announcement did not provide details on the teams’ sizes or makeup, how much the deployment cost, or how they would respond to any perceived threats. It also did not say exactly which memorials would be…

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‘We are not guinea pigs,’ say South African anti-vaccine protesters

JOHANNESBURG – Anti-vaccine protesters took to the streets in Johannesburg on Wednesday to voice their concern over Africa’s first human trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine. Last Wednesday, the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with Oxford University rolled out South Africa’s first clinical trial, which will consist of 2,000 volunteers. The involvement of South Africa in vaccine trials is intended to ensure the continent will have access to an affordable vaccine and not be…

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Exclusive: U.S. delays diplomats’ return to China amid concerns over coronavirus testing, quarantine

WASHINGTON – The United States has postponed flights for dozens of diplomats who had planned to return to China later this month, after failing to reach agreement with Beijing over issues including COVID-19 testing and quarantine. Five months after the coronavirus epidemic forced the evacuation of some 1,300 U.S. diplomats and family members from China, Washington and Beijing remain locked in negotiations over conditions for their return, according to more than a dozen internal State…

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France’s foreign minister says new sanctions on Turkey possible

PARIS – France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that European Union foreign ministers would meet on July 13 to discuss Turkey and said new sanctions on Ankara could be considered. “At our request there will be a meeting of EU foreign ministers on July 13 solely on the Turkish question,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told a parliamentary hearing. “Sanctions have already been taken on Turkey by the EU over Turkey’s drilling in the Cyprus economic zone.…

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Khashoggi’s fiancee hopes Turkish trial will reveal fresh evidence

ISTANBUL – A Turkish court will open the trial on Friday of 20 Saudi officials indicted over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a step his fiancee hopes will shed more light on the death and reveal where his body was hidden. The indictment by Istanbul prosecutors accuses the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s general intelligence, Ahmed al-Asiri, and former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani of instigating “premeditated murder with monstrous intent”, the…

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