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Oil rises as Int'l Energy Agency boosts demand forecast
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Oil rises as Int'l Energy Agency boosts demand forecast

By Devika Krishna Kumar NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices climbed more than 2% on Friday after the International Energy Agency (IEA) bumped up its 2020 demand forecast but record-breaking new coronavirus cases in the United States tempered expectations for a fast recovery in fuel consumption. Prices also found support after data showed U.S. energy firms cut the number of oil and natural gas rigs operating to a record low for a 10th week in a row

Skin whitening creams remain online despite mercury findings
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Skin whitening creams remain online despite mercury findings

By Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - Skin-whitening creams identified as containing potentially dangerous levels of mercury continue to be sold online more than seven months after a watchdog group raised the alarm, including on platforms run by eBay , Amazon.com and Alibaba , a Reuters review of the sites shows. The findings come at a time when skin lightening, a multi-billion dollar industry especially popular in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, is under renewed criticism for promoting light skin as a beauty ideal

Pediatricians, unions push back against pressure to reopen U.S. schools
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Pediatricians, unions push back against pressure to reopen U.S. schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Academy of Pediatrics, two national teachers' unions and a group representing school superintendents pushed back on Friday against pressure from the Trump administration to fully reopen the nation's schools, saying science must guide decisions where COVID-19 is spreading. "Public health agencies must make recommendations based on evidence, not politics," the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and AASA, The School Superintendents Association said in a joint statement. "We should leave it to health experts to tell us when the time is best to open up school buildings, and listen to educators and administrators to shape how we do it." (Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Brazil Amazon deforestation up in June, set for worst year in over a decade
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Brazil Amazon deforestation up in June, set for worst year in over a decade

By Jake Spring BRASILIA (Reuters) - Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rose for the 14th consecutive month in June, preliminary government data on Friday showed, heaping further pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro who is under fire for worsening destruction of the rainforest on his watch. Destruction rose 10.7% percent for the month, compared to June 2019, according to national space research agency Inpe. In the first six months of the year, deforestation is now up 25% to 3,066 square kilometers (1,184 square miles), agency data showed.

Czech coronavirus cases top 13,000 after recent uptick
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Czech coronavirus cases top 13,000 after recent uptick

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic reported 82 new cases of the novel coronavirus by late afternoon on Friday, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic above 13,000, after a recent uptick in infections caused by local outbreaks.

Colombian capital to renew lockdowns by neighborhood as cases rise
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Colombian capital to renew lockdowns by neighborhood as cases rise

By Oliver Griffin BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian capital Bogota will initiate strict, rolling two-week quarantines in certain neighborhoods starting Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases rise and intensive care units fill, the mayor said on Friday. The Andean country has reported just under 134,000 cases of COVID-19 and 4,714 deaths. More than 32% of cases have occurred in the capital, along with a fifth of deaths

Ghislaine Maxwell says she deserves bail
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Ghislaine Maxwell says she deserves bail

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, said on Friday she should be granted bail, after having been charged with luring underage girls so he could sexually abuse them. Maxwell's request was filed in the U.S

Google to update its policy, restrict advertising of unauthorized tracking technology
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Google to update its policy, restrict advertising of unauthorized tracking technology

Google's updated policy is expected to come into effect globally on 11 August.

WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up over 228,000
World

WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up over 228,000

(Reuters) - The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours. The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports. The previous WHO record for new cases was 212,326 on July 4

Apple supplier Foxconn to invest one billion dollars to expand factory in south India: sources
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Apple supplier Foxconn to invest one billion dollars to expand factory in south India: sources

Foxconn's investment in the Sriperumbur plant, where Apple's iPhone XR is made some 50 km west of Chennai, will take place over the course of three years.

Singapore's ruling party seen retaining power, but opponents make gains
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Singapore's ruling party seen retaining power, but opponents make gains

By Jessica Jaganathan, Fathin Ungku and Anshuman Daga SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's ruling People's Action Party is on track to retain power comfortably, early counting of votes from Friday's general election showed, but it appears to have suffered a swing against it in a poll held under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic. In power since independence in 1965, the PAP had been widely expected to win and carry Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to what is likely his last victory before retirement as national leader.

Reaction to Turkish ruling and Erdogan statement on Hagia Sophia
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Reaction to Turkish ruling and Erdogan statement on Hagia Sophia

(Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared Istanbul's Hagia Sophia open to Muslim worship on Friday after a court ruled that the building's conversion to a museum by modern Turkey's founding statesman was illegal. Below are some reactions to the court's ruling and Erdogan's announcement

Protesters rally in Mali after rejecting president's concessions
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Protesters rally in Mali after rejecting president's concessions

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Protesters staged another large demonstration in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday after a coalition opposed to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita rejected concessions aimed at resolving a months-long political stand-off. Thousands of protesters filled the city's Independence Square, chanting and waving banners that said: "Enough is Enough" and "IBK, clear off", referring to the president

Russian Orthodox Church says regrets decision over Hagia Sophia - TASS
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Russian Orthodox Church says regrets decision over Hagia Sophia - TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday said it regretted that a Turkish court did not take its concerns into account when ruling that Istanbul's Hagia Sophia being a museum was unlawful, the TASS news agency reported. It said the decision could lead to even greater divisions.

Ex-wife or friend defecated in their bed in 'fitting end' to marriage, Johnny Depp tells court
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Ex-wife or friend defecated in their bed in 'fitting end' to marriage, Johnny Depp tells court

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Movie star Johnny Depp told London's High Court on Friday that his ex-wife Amber Heard or her friend had defecated in their bed in what he described as a "fitting end to the relationship". Giving evidence over four days in his libel action against Britain's Sun newspaper, which labelled him a wife-beater, Depp has faced allegations that he physically attacked Heard on at least 14 occasions during a three-year period from 2013

UNESCO says World Heritage Committee to review Hagia Sophia
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UNESCO says World Heritage Committee to review Hagia Sophia

PARIS (Reuters) - UNESCO said on Friday its World Heritage Committee would review Hagia Sophia's status after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared the Istanbul monument a mosque.

Russia seeds clouds in Siberia to douse raging wildfires
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Russia seeds clouds in Siberia to douse raging wildfires

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian firefighters have been seeding clouds to bring down rain over wildfires raging in Siberia, the authorities said on Friday. The Russian forestry agency said active work was underway to battle 158 forest fires covering 46,261 hectares as of Friday. Just a few days ago, that area was more than three times larger.

Tedros says COVID-19 review will not impede WHO work
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Tedros says COVID-19 review will not impede WHO work

GENEVA (Reuters) - World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday he was confident a review announced a day earlier of the WHO's handling of the coronavirus pandemic would not interfere with its response to the disease. Tedros said the decision to start the inquiry "gives the responsibility actually to me, which is very important, so that we can have a balancing act, so the evaluation doesn't affect the response"

World Population Day 2020: How COVID-19 pandemic disrupted sexual and reproductive health services for women
Health

World Population Day 2020: How COVID-19 pandemic disrupted sexual and reproductive health services for women

According to a UNFPA report, around 7 million unintended pregnancies are expected to occur if the COVID-19 lockdown carries on for six months and there are major disruptions to health services

Russia sets date to resume international flights, defends anti-viral drug
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Russia sets date to resume international flights, defends anti-viral drug

By Katya Golubkova and Gleb Stolyarov MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government on Friday proposed international flights should resume from July 15 after it re-opened sports facilities and restaurants, despite recording thousands of new cases, and as it continued trials of drugs to treat COVID-19. To enter Russia, foreigners would need to have tested negative for the novel coronavirus in the last three days before their arrival, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Friday. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is leading the trial race with its anti-viral drug Avifavir, known in Japan, where it was first developed, as Avigan.