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Coronavirus: Sadiq Khan quizzes Boris Johnson over plans to ‘quarantine London inside M25’

Boris Johnson has been accused of “an affront to London” over reported plans to place a quarantine ring around the capital should there be a second wave of coronavirus cases. London mayor Sadiq Khan has written to the prime minister following newspaper reports of the government’s “nuclear” plans to prevent another nationwide lockdown in the […]

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‘Right’ decision not to suspend MP arrested on suspicion of rape, says government minister

A government minister has defended the Conservative Party’s decision not to suspend an MP arrested on suspicion of rape. The accused MP, a former minister, was arrested and taken to an east London police station on Saturday morning before being released on bail later that day. The Metropolitan Police said the allegations of sexual offences […]

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U.S. coronavirus 'extraordinarily widespread', say White House experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is in a new phase of the novel coronavirus outbreak with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in rural areas as well as cities, White House coronavirus experts said on Sunday. Coronavirus cases continue to surge in some parts of the country and the public health officials are trying to work with […]

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Partisan clash at start of U.S. House coronavirus hearing with Fauci

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans and Democrats clashed about whether the Trump administration had a national strategy to respond to the coronavirus pandemic at the start of a hearing featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease expert. Fauci’s testimony comes at the end of a month when U.S. coronavirus deaths rose by […]

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Explainer: Why Election Day could be just the start of a long battle over the U.S. presidency

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s suggestion on Thursday the Nov. 3 presidential election be delayed due to voter fraud was immediately rejected by lawmakers and dismissed by legal experts, but it raises the specter of a disputed election that could take weeks or even months to resolve. Here are some of the messy scenarios at […]

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Trump floats election delay, claims voter fraud risks amid virus

President Trump sends tweet suggesting US presidential election should be delayed as states plan to use mail-in ballots United States President Donald Trump on Thursday raised for the first time the possibility of delaying the US November presidential election. Trump raised the question of a delay on Twitter and without evidence claimed risks of mail-in voter fraud. Trump […]

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Joe Biden to unveil plan to fight racial inequities

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday will detail a proposal to battle racial economic inequality, including improving access to capital for minority-owned businesses, increasing investment in disadvantaged communities and making housing more affordable. The plan, which Biden will announce in a speech in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, is […]

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Parliament sets out duties and privileges of Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh

SINGAPORE – As the official Leader of the Opposition (LO), Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh will be given certain parliamentary privileges like the right of first response among MPs. He will also have the right to ask the lead question to ministers on policies, Bills and motions, subject to existing speaking conventions, the offices of […]

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Republican Senator Tom Cotton calls slavery 'necessary evil'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton described slavery as “a necessary evil” in a published attack on a New York Times initiative to make slavery the focal point of American history for U.S. schools. “As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union […]

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U.S. counterspy gives rare warning on foreign meddling in U.S. election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters should be on high alert for foreign interference in the Nov. 3 U.S. election, the U.S. counterintelligence agency chief said on Friday in a rare warning that the public should screen information, check online sources and report suspicious actions. William Evanina, chief of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), said […]