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Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos heads for exile under corruption cloud

AFP 08/04/2020

MADRID — Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, who is facing investigation at home and abroad for corruption, announced Monday that he will go into exile. The 82-year-old revealed he would leave the country in a letter to…

Global virus cases top 18 million as Australian city imposes curfew

AFP 08/03/2020

MELBOURBE, Australia – The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide topped 18 million on Monday with the illness continuing its march, after Australia’s second-largest city imposed a curfew to halt the spread. Six months after the World…

US counts 61,262 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours — Johns Hopkins

AFP 08/02/2020

WASHINGTON, United States — The United States counted 61,262 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours leading up to 8:30 pm Saturday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. It was the fifth consecutive day with…

Facebook adds security to Messenger with Face ID unlock option

AFP 07/25/2020

Facebook has begun rolling out additional security features for its dedicated chat application, Messenger, that will make it essentially impossible for anyone to read your conversations in the app — even if you give someone your phone.…

Spotify deepens ties with podcast industry with new video podcast support

AFP 07/23/2020

On Tuesday, Spotify announced that the platform now supports a video format for select podcasts. With the release of the first version of this feature, users will not only have the option to be listeners of their…

Chilean police train dogs to sniff out COVID-19

AFP 07/23/2020

SANTIAGO, Chile–Police in Chile are training dogs to detect people that may be infected with the novel coronavirus by sniffing their sweat. The dogs — three golden retrievers and a labrador — are between the ages of…

Astrophysicists unveil biggest-ever 3D map of Universe

AFP 07/20/2020

GENEVA, Switzerland — Astrophysicists on Monday published the largest-ever 3D map of the Universe, the result of an analysis of more than four million galaxies and ultra-bright, energy-packed quasars. The efforts of hundreds of scientists from around…

US records 60,207 cases in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins

AFP 07/19/2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., United States – The United States on Saturday recorded 60,207 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University reported in its real-time tally. That put the total number of cases in the…

Indonesian rescuers hunt for dozens missing after floods kill 36

AFP 07/18/2020

Makassar, Indonesia — Rescuers pulled bodies from under mud and debris Friday as they raced to find dozens still missing after flash floods killed at least 36 people on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. More than 14,000 people left homeless by…

Baby infected with COVID-19 in the womb — study

AFP 07/15/2020

PARIS — Doctors in France have described what they said was the first confirmed case of a newborn infected in the womb with COVID-19 by the mother. The baby boy, born in March, suffered brain swelling and neurological…

World population in 2100 could be 2 billion below UN projections

AFP 07/15/2020

PARIS, France — Earth will be home to 8.8 billion souls in 2100, two billion fewer than current UN projections, according to a major study published Wednesday that foresees new global power alignments shaped by declining fertility rates…

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine enters final stage trial July 27 — statement

AFP 07/15/2020

WASHINGTON — The US biotech firm Moderna said Tuesday it would enter the final stage of its human trials for its COVID-19 vaccine on July 27, after promising early results were published in a journal. The Phase 3…

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