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In Mount Rushmore speech, Trump says protesters seek to 'defame' heroes

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At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day, accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.” The president dug… Read

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Tokyo reports 124 COVID-19 cases Friday; 70% in their 20s and 30s

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Japan will not reintroduce a state of emergency to tackle the novel coronavirus, a government spokesman said on Friday, as cases in Tokyo rose to a two-month high driven by the spread of the virus in the capital's night spots. Tokyo reported 124 new cases on Friday, up from 107… Read

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Soaring U.S. coronavirus cases, hospitalizations overshadow July 4 celebrations

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Rising coronavirus cases in 39 U.S. states cast a shadow over the nation's Fourth of July celebrations as health experts worried that holiday parties will cause a further spike in infections that could overwhelm hospitals. After towns and cities across the country canceled annual fireworks displays to avoid large crowds… Read

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Tokyo confirms 131 new coronavirus infections on Saturday

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike on Saturday urged residents of the Japanese capital not to travel beyond its borders as new coronavirus infections topped 100 for a third day, public broadcaster NHK reported. Tokyo confirmed 131 new cases of infections of the coronavirus on Saturday, NHK said. Cases in Tokyo have… Read

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Rapper Kanye West announces 2020 U.S. presidential bid

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Kanye West, the entertainment mogul who urges listeners in one song to "reach for the stars, so if you fall, you land on a cloud," announced Saturday he is challenging Donald Trump for the U.S. presidency in 2020. "We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying… Read

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In Fourth of July speech, Trump slams his enemies within

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On a day meant for unity and celebration, President Donald Trump vowed to “safeguard our values” from enemies within — leftists, looters, agitators, he said — in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies. Trump watched paratroopers float to the ground… Read

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Koike wins 2nd term as Tokyo governor

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Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike has won a second term to head the Japanese capital, propelled to an election victory Sunday by public support for her handling of the coronavirus crisis despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease. In her victory speech,… Read

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U.S. reports 55,000 COVID-19 cases in single day; hits new global record

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The United States reported more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new daily global record for the coronavirus pandemic, as infections rose in a majority of states. A surge in coronavirus cases over the past week has put President Donald Trump's handling of the crisis under the microscope… Read

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Tokyo reports 107 new coronavirus cases on Thursday

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Tokyo confirmed 107 more novel coronavirus infections on Thursday, a Tokyo government official said, the highest daily tally in two months in the city at the center of Japan's outbreak. The jump comes after the city of 14 million had initially sought to hold new daily cases at fewer than… Read

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