Thursday, Aug 05, 2021
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Masks and social distancing at downsized Hajj
BBC, 18 Jul 2021
Pilgrims have arrived in Mecca for the second Hajj to take place since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pilgrims travelling to Islam's holiest site are expected to socially distance and wear face masks.
The event is larger than in 2020, but is still far smaller than usual years.
Only 60,000 fully vaccinated residents have been allowed to take part.
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Health pass system legal? French constitutional council to decide
RT, 05 Aug 2021
Amid calls for new strikes against mandatory COVID jabs for healthcare workers, France's constitutional council is expected to decide on the legality of the new vaccination system.
Grant Shapps: France 'normalised' for holidays after move from amber-plus list | Covid-19
Telegraph, 05 Aug 2021
The transport secretary has said that France will be “normalised” after moving from the amber-plus list to amber on Sunday for UK travellers.
Africa hits record for weekly Covid deaths: WHO
AFP, 05 Aug 2021
More than 6,400 deaths were recorded in Africa from Covid-19 for the week ending August 1, according to the World Health Organization, a new weekly death toll record.
Grammys commit to more hiring diversity for 2022 show
AP, 05 Aug 2021
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Adidas hikes outlook despite hit to China sales
Reuters, 05 Aug 2021
Adidas raised its outlook for full-year sales and profitability
Inside scoop: Ice Cream Demand Surges Summer After Covid Pandemic
NBC, 05 Aug 2021
The demand of ice cream surges in the summer after the pandemic
China's Sinovac to invest $60 mln for vaccine facility in Chile
CGTN, 05 Aug 2021
For more: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-08-05/China-s-Sinovac-to-invest-60-mln-for-vaccine-facility-in-Chile-12tYpGu3JHq/index.html Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech...
Fires threaten historic sites in Greece
CNN, 05 Aug 2021
While Greece is battling blazes across the country, Turkey is fighting devastating fires caused by extreme heat.
Vaccinated Brits can travel 'without looking over their shoulder' says Shapps – video
Guardian, 05 Aug 2021
Fully vaccinated Brits will not have to quarantine on return
Eviction ban leaves North Carolina out $24,000 in unpaid rent
FOX, 05 Aug 2021
Buddy Shoup, who owns 35 properties in North Carolina, discusses the impact of the eviction moratorium extension, which is set to expire on October 3.
Novo Nordisk Raises Forecasts on New Obesity Drug
Bloomberg, 05 Aug 2021
Aug.05 -- Lars Fruergaard Jorgensen, Novo Nordisk chief executive officer, discusses first half earnings results.
The French constitutional council is set to rule on the health crisis law • FRANCE 24 English
FRANCE24, 05 Aug 2021
The #French Constitutional Council is expected to rule on special #COVID-19 virus passes for all #restaurants and domestic travel, while also mandating #vaccinations for all #he...
Can anything be done to stop our phones from spying on us? | The Bottom Line
Al Jazeera, 05 Aug 2021
Dissidents, politicians, journalists, business leaders - all have been targeted by intelligence agencies using Pegasus, Israeli spyware that can extract all data from phones wit...
Greece wildfires: Families left devastated after losing their homes
Sky, 05 Aug 2021
Wildfires continue to rage on across Greece, including in the northern suburbs of Athens, and the Greek island of Evia to the east.
Revisiting and revitalising Georgia’s abandoned Soviet Union buildings
ITV, 05 Aug 2021
Tskaltubo, in west Georgia, used to be one of the Soviet Union's
Delta variant accounts for 93% of U.S. COVID cases
CBS, 05 Aug 2021
The Delta variant now makes up more than 93% of circulating coronavirus cases in the U.S.
Indonesia’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses 100,000 as global infections rise above 200 million
SCMP, 05 Aug 2021
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Turkish power plant overtaken by wildfires
DW, 05 Aug 2021
A thermal power plant on Turkey's Aegean coast was evacuated Wednesday as it was overtaken by wildfires.
Why Chinese people no longer care only about gold medals
CD, 05 Aug 2021
Labeling Chinese athletes as mere "sports machines" is reductive
Concern mounts for Canada's left-behind helpers as Afghanistan conflict worsens
CA, 05 Aug 2021
The Taliban continues to gain ground in fighting with Afghanistan's government forces, as the last U.S.