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Melbourne opens up dining, shopping as four-month virus lockdown lifted

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Melbourne's shops, restaurants and hotels opened for business on Wednesday after a four month coronavirus lockdown, with happy customers enjoying alfresco eating in the spring sunshine and shopkeepers hoping for big sales to make up for lost revenue. The state of Victoria and its capital Melbourne, Australia's second most populous… Read

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Second night of clashes in Philadelphia after police kill Black man

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Hundreds of people demonstrated in Philadelphia late Tuesday, with looting and violence breaking out in a second night of unrest after the latest police shooting of a Black man in the U.S. The police department warned on Twitter that "a large crowd" of around 1,000 people was looting businesses in… Read

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Biden says his unity can save country; Trump hits Midwest

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Joe Biden traveled to the hot springs town where Franklin Delano Roosevelt coped with polio on Tuesday to declare the U.S. is not too politically diseased to overcome its health and economic crises, pledging to be the unifying force who can "restore our soul and save this country.” The Democratic… Read

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Charlie Hebdo sparks Turkish fury with cartoon of Erdogan

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Turkey on Tuesday accused French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo of "cultural racism" over a front-page cartoon for its latest edition that mocks President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "We condemn this most disgusting effort by this publication to spread its cultural racism and hatred," Erdogan's top press aide, Fahrettin Altun, tweeted. "French… Read

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Almost half a million Americans contract COVID-19 in past week as infections surge

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Nearly half a million people in the United States have contracted the novel coronavirus in the last seven days, according to a Reuters tally, as cases and hospitalizations set fresh records in hot spots in the Midwest. More than 5,600 people died from the virus nationwide in the last week,… Read

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Judge blocks Election Day gun ban near Michigan polling sites

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A judge on Tuesday blocked a ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day, agreeing with critics who said a Democratic secretary of state failed to follow state law with her sudden order. Gun-rights groups accused Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson of exceeding her authority in… Read

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Trump concedes no coronavirus economic relief deal before Election Day

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President Donald Trump acknowledged on Tuesday that a coronavirus economic relief deal would likely come after the Nov. 3 election, with the White House unable to bridge differences with fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate as well as congressional Democrats. "After the election we'll get the best stimulus package you've… Read

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Rate of fatal U.S. police shootings of unarmed Black people '3 times higher than for whites'

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U.S. police officers shoot three times as many unarmed Black people as unarmed white people relative to their population size, according to a study published Wednesday on what researchers termed a "public health emergency". The findings come as the U.S. has seen waves of protest since the killing of George… Read

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Chicago store guard stabbed 27 times for asking women to wear masks

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Two sisters accused of stabbing a West Side Chicago store security guard 27 times with a knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer were ordered held without bond Tuesday. The alleged attack late Sunday by Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, left the… Read

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France's Macron to give televised address as coronavirus epidemic worsens

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President Emmanuel Macron will give a televised address on Wednesday evening, his office said, as French authorities explore fresh restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Elysee palace did not say what Macron's address would be about, but such televised statements have in the past been the… Read

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