Schools reopen across Thailand with temperature checks, masks

SAM KHOK, Thailand – Thai schools reopened on Wednesday for the first time since mid-March, with precautions in place to guard against the coronavirus, ranging from temperature checks to installing makeshift cubicles for social distancing in classrooms. At Sam Khok school, about 50 km (31 miles) north of Bangkok, nearly 5,000 students were told to self-quarantine at home for 15-days prior to the re-start as an extra precaution, Principal Chuchart Thiengtham said. “Once students arrive…

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Mexican prosecutors seek arrests of 46 officials in student disappearance probe

MEXICO CITY – Mexican prosecutors have requested 46 arrest orders for public officials over charges of forced disappearance and organized crime as part of a renewed probe into the disappearance of 43 student teachers, the attorney general said on Tuesday. The warrants are for officials from Guerrero state, where the students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College disappeared in a 2014 case that became a crisis for the administration of then-President Enrique Pena Nieto and…

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U.S. Senate Republicans to push next coronavirus aid bill in late July

WASHINGTON – Another potentially large coronavirus aid bill will move through the U.S. Senate in late July, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans predicted on Tuesday. Without providing details of a bill still being crafted, McConnell said “basic protections” provided by federal unemployment insurance should be included but indicated they would not be as generous as those in pandemic-related legislation enacted earlier this year.

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U.S. Supreme Court allows public money for religious schools in major ruling

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the separation of church and state in a major ruling on Tuesday by endorsing Montana tax credits that helped pay for students to attend religious schools, a decision paving the way for more public funding of faith-based institutions. In a 5-4 decision with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberal justices dissenting, the court backed a Montana program that gave tax incentives for people to donate…

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Factbox: Trump and Biden divided on race, criminal justice policies

WASHINGTON – Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, have contrasting views and records on criminal justice and the U.S. racial divide, issues that have risen in prominence in the 2020 election. Here is a look at their stances and backgrounds: RACE AND RHETORIC Biden has said he was motivated to run for president by Trump’s comments that “both sides” were to blame for violence between white supremacists and left-wing counterprotesters at…

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Punching through the pandemic: Kenyan boxing club gives kids a break

NAIROBI – Vanessa Wanjera packs a punch. The 14-year-old Kenyan took up boxing two years ago but she already has big dreams. “I want to be a champion, instead of staying in the slums,” Wanjera told . Wanjera is one of a group of children who train at the Mathare North Boxing Club in Nairobi, where head coach Bernard Muiruri hopes the programme will help keep kids out of trouble. While government restrictions are in…

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Bavaria’s free COVID-19 test for all splits Germany

BERLIN – The state of Bavaria approved plans on Tuesday for universal testing for COVID-19, prompting debate elsewhere in Germany about whether to follow suit or stick with the current targeted approach to prevent a possible second wave of infections. Germany has successfully managed to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control with far fewer deaths than most other large European nations despite relatively softer lockdown measures that allowed some social and economic life to continue.…

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Harvard drops single-sex club ban after lawsuit by fraternities, sororities

BOSTON – Harvard University on Monday said it would discontinue its policy of sanctioning students who joined single-sex clubs, citing a lawsuit by a group of U.S. fraternities and sororities who said the crackdown amounted to sexual discrimination. Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said it appeared clear the Ivy League school would lose the lawsuit following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling holding that a federal law barring workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees. Bacow…

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Britons are fatter than most in the rest of Europe, says PM Johnson

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday Britons were significantly fatter than people in most of the rest of Europe, admitting he had lost weight after contracting the novel coronavirus. Speaking to Times Radio, Johnson said: “I have taken a very libertarian stance on obesity but actually when you look at the numbers, when you look at the pressure on the NHS (National Health Service), compare, I’m afraid this wonderful country of…

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Princeton to drop Woodrow Wilson’s name from school

– Princeton University is renaming its public policy school and Wilson College after concluding that U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s racist thinking and policies “make him an inappropriate namesake.” Announcing the move on Saturday, Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber said it related to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks, Black Americans who died at the hands of police in recent months. The board’s Friday vote to rename the School of…

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