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As COVID cases spike in Florida, Trump now says he's 'flexible' on convention format in Jacksonville Click Here to Open in a New Window

As COVID cases spike in Florida, Trump now says he's 'flexible' on convention format in JacksonvilleWith coronavirus cases exploding in Florida, the president now says he is “flexible” on plans to hold a large-scale, indoor Republican National Convention next month.



As COVID-19 makes a comeback, so will lockdowns Click Here to Open in a New Window

As COVID-19 makes a comeback, so will lockdownsWith more tests coming back positive now than ever before — and with infections currently rising in 39 states — lockdowns in some form may be the only way to regain control over the coronavirus.



Texas Governor Is ‘Putting Lives at Risk,’ Local Officials Say Click Here to Open in a New Window

Texas Governor Is ‘Putting Lives at Risk,’ Local Officials SayHarris County Judge Lina Hidalgo believes she knows what her county needs to fight back against COVID-19. But because of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, she says she isn’t able to follow through. “I'm at the mercy of what powers he positively gives us,” Hidalgo told The Daily Beast. “As opposed to being able to use my own tools.” As Texas faces a resurgent coronavirus and some officials have emphasized concerns about hospitals in the state becoming potentially overrun or overwhelmed, Hidalgo can find plenty of reasons to worry. Hospitalizations started to increase in late May, she says, and haven't come down since. And recommending that people should stay home just isn’t enough. “We need a stay at home order in Harris County,” she said of her area that includes Houston. “And we need to be able to do that until the curve comes down on the other side.” Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, is resisting calls to give local authorities more control to fight the coronavirus themselves after COVID-19 cases spiked in the state recently. Texas reported more than 10,000 new cases Tuesday, marking a new one day record for the state according to state health department data. Both Hidalgo and Steve Adler, the Democratic mayor of Austin, Texas made their case on national political shows Sunday that they wanted more local control. But at the moment, they’re limited in what they can do locally and say they would need the governor’s help to make aggressive moves, like a stay at home order.  In interviews with The Daily Beast this week, the leaders of both areas feared for what harm could come to their communities without being given the ability to have more local control by the state’s Republican governor. “He's putting at risk the ability for economies to stay open and he's putting lives at risk,” said Adler.  “I feel like we're responding with one hand tied behind our back,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, also a Democrat. “We know what works. We ought to do that, and that's what the community deserves. I think anything short of a stay home order is a gamble, and we don't have time for that.” Texas has become a major hotspot for the coronavirus in recent weeks, with the governor himself halting the state’s reopening push over the mounting cases. Total current hospitalizations have risen sharply in the state, according to The Texas Tribune, with new cases also spiking according to the news site. But in an interview Monday night with local television station KFDM News at 6, Abbott responded to the push by instead chiding local officials, saying that the county judges or mayors that are looking to take more action have “absolutely refused to enforce the current executive orders that are already in place. What they need to show is action, not absenteeism.”  “They need to show up, enforce the law as it is, before they are given any further authority,” Abbott said in the interview. “They ask for more and more, but they do absolutely nothing." Texas Gov. Moves to Stop COVID-19 but It’s Already Out of ControlAbbott’s approach was quickly mocked by Beto O’Rourke, a former presidential candidate and Texas congressman, on Twitter. He tweeted late Monday night: “Abbott opens Texas too soon, issues mask order too late, denies local leaders authority to contain the virus — causing uncontrolled covid spread, many hospitalized & soon dead because of his negligence — and then blames local officials? Pathetic. Resign.” Locally, the mayor of Austin said Abbott was wrong to not give him and other cities local control and is still pushing to have that ability. “It's the best way for the state to be able to ultimately tamp down this virus and to figure out what is the right balance in each community between keeping the economy open in a sustainable way and saving lives,” Adler said. “...The governor's suggestion that he's not going to do it for those reasons because he thinks that cities and counties are not enforcing the existing rules is just not right.” And while Adler said Tuesday he would not automatically make a stay at home order if he was given the power to do so today, he still wants to the right be able to use that tool. Elsewhere in the state, Harris County, which includes Houston, is now at a severe COVID-19 threat level according to the county’s coronavirus website. And on Sunday, the mayor of Houston appeared on Face the Nation warning that  “if we don't get our hands around this virus quickly in about two weeks our hospital system could be in serious, serious trouble.”Abbott’s resistance comes as the public health situation in Texas has taken a terrifying turn in recent weeks. Late last month, Abbott paused the state’s reopening push, citing rises in hospitalizations from COVID-19 and new cases. Soon after, he rolled back even further by imposing an executive order for bars to close down. And before the fourth of July weekend, the governor signed an executive order that put in place a statewide mask requirement for public locations that applies to “counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases,” according to a statement from the governor’s office. Battles between local officials wanting to be more aggressive and statewide officials emphasizing a more lax approach have become common during the pandemic. In late March, the governor of Mississippi quickly drew the ire of local officials over a confusing executive order that they said hampered their local power. A similar complaint later came from the Democratic mayor of Savannah, Georgia who said in May that the state’s Republican governor had superseded his ability at the local level, creating a situation that meant his city essentially “could do absolutely nothing.” That same month, as states moved into reopening, the attorney general of Texas sent letters to the mayors of Austin, San Antonio and a trio of counties chiding them over specific measures and the raising the potential of a legal battle. The issues targeted included local mask requirements, which went farther than what the state would allow, and shelter-in-place orders. In Dallas County, another area of the state hit hard by the virus, Judge Clay Jenkins is not calling for a local stay at home order this week. But in a letter to Abbott Sunday, he urged for the governor to close locations like gyms and inside restaurant dining after warning the GOP leader that “multiple hospital systems are reporting the largest volumes of COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic.” After calling for Abbott to implement a variety of requirements across the state, or at least regionally,  Jenkins implored the governor to roll back an earlier order “restricting local control” so that his county could make the moves to try and  “slow the spread of the rampant and devastating COVID-19 virus.” “Governor Abbott has stripped local officials of their authority that's worked well in past emergencies and made Texas a leader until he took over in this emergency,” Jenkins, a Democrat, told The Daily Beast. “So it hasn't worked out well at all.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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Former Marine who played wide receiver in college catches a three-year-old boy thrown from burning building Click Here to Open in a New Window

Former Marine who played wide receiver in college catches a three-year-old boy thrown from burning buildingA former Marine and wide receiver in college American football caught a three-year-old boy who was thrown from a burning building by his mother.Phillip Blanks was filmed catching Jameson Long on 3 July in Phoenix, Arizona, after he heard the child’s mother, Rachel Long, call for help from inside the building.



Australian man fights off deadly snake that attacked him in his car while he drove down the highway Click Here to Open in a New Window

Australian man fights off deadly snake that attacked him in his car while he drove down the highwayA man Queensland police identified as Jimmy was driving down the highway in Calliope, Australia, on June 15 when he saw a snake at his feet.



César Duarte: Fugitive Mexican ex-governor arrested in Miami Click Here to Open in a New Window

César Duarte: Fugitive Mexican ex-governor arrested in MiamiCésar Duarte fled Mexico in 2018 after being accused of embezzling millions to fund a lavish lifestyle.



US urges China to free professor who criticized Xi Click Here to Open in a New Window

US urges China to free professor who criticized XiThe United States called Tuesday on China to free an outspoken professor who was detained after criticizing President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic. Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Tsinghua University, one of China's top institutions, was taken from his home in suburban Beijing on Monday along with more than 20 other people, his friends said. "We are deeply concerned by the PRC's detention of Professor Xu Zhangrun for criticizing Chinese leaders amid tightening ideological controls on university campuses in China," State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said, referring to the People's Republic of China.



Militants kill BJP politician Wasim Bari and his family in Kashmir Click Here to Open in a New Window

Militants kill BJP politician Wasim Bari and his family in KashmirA Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party politician was killed along with his brother and father in Indian administered Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. Wasim Bari, 38, and his family were attacked by militants at his residence in north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday night. All three were shot at point-blank range and died on the way to hospital. Authorities have arrested all 11 police personnel who were guarding him for dereliction of duties. Mr Bari's residence is a few meters away from the police station. This is the first attack on BJP workers in Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, when India stripped off the disputed region's autonomy. The killing of Mr Bari, who is survived by his wife and sister, has sent shock waves across political circles in Kashmir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the attack.



CEO apologizes after racist rant targeting Asian American family Click Here to Open in a New Window

CEO apologizes after racist rant targeting Asian American familyThe executive from San Francisco is seen on video yelling racial slurs and expletives before a waiter tells him to leave.



House defense spending bill would give the MQ-9 Reaper drone a second life Click Here to Open in a New Window

House defense spending bill would give the MQ-9 Reaper drone a second lifeAppropriators are also backing the purchase of a bunch of other aircraft across the services.



China comes to defense of WHO, slams U.S. decision to withdraw Click Here to Open in a New Window

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - China on Wednesday defended the World Health Organization and lashed out at the US decision to withdraw from the UN body.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the


Economic Watch: China's consumer inflation stable, factory prices rebound Click Here to Open in a New Window

Consumers select vegetables at a supermarket in Handan City, north China's Hebei Province, June 10, 2020. (Photo by Hu Gaolei/Xinhua)

BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- China's consumer inflation


How India avenged 1962's defeat in 1967: A first person account Click Here to Open in a New Window
By Prem PrakashNew Delhi [India], Jul 9 (ANI): The year 1962 would go down in Indian history as a year of shame and heart break for India. The genesis of the tragedy began when India conceded to the C
Global coronavirus cases surpass 12 million Click Here to Open in a New Window

PanARMENIAN.Net - There are now more than 12 million cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide, including more than 6.5 million recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins University, wh


African workers upset over exploitation by Chinese mining firms Click Here to Open in a New Window
Harare [Zimbabwe], July 9 (ANI): China is supposedly stomping new grounds in Africa, particularly, with significant interests in the mining industry. But the anger over the treatment of African worker
Xinhua Photos of the Day (July 9) Click Here to Open in a New Window

BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The world in the past 24hrs. A selection of the best daily press photos from Xinhua.

Examinees leave the exam site in Changsha, central China's Hunan Province,


Another round of India-China border talks to be held tomorrow Click Here to Open in a New Window
New Delhi [India], July 9 (ANI): Another round of virtual meet of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on border affairs between India and China will take place on Friday, so
Trump's withdrawal of U.S. from WHO provokes criticism at home Click Here to Open in a New Window

Photo taken on July 7, 2020 shows the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

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Update: China's PPI falls 3 pct in June Click Here to Open in a New Window

People work at a factory of Baoding Technology Co., Ltd. at Tangqi Town in Yuhang District of Hangzhou City, east China's Zhejiang Province, Feb. 16, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

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CSL games to feature artificial sounds and visual effects Click Here to Open in a New Window

BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- 2020 Chinese Super League games will feature artificial crowd noise and extra visual effects to counter the lack of fans in the stadium, the Chinese Football Associat


Kings Guard Gaming rolls to sweep over Pistons GT Click Here to Open in a New Window
Kings Guard Gaming had an easy time against Pistons GT on Wednesday, earning a Week 9 sweep in NBA 2K League play to keep pace just behind the top teams in the standings. Kings Guard Gaming improved
Equity indices in positive zone, metal stocks shine Click Here to Open in a New Window
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July 9 (ANI): Equity benchmark indices ticked up by over half per cent during early hours on Thursday following global cues and gains in metal scrips. At 10:15 am, the BS





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