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China launches ‘Clean Plate’ campaign against food waste

China has stepped up measures to reduce food waste, after President Xi Jinping called the amount wasted “shocking and distressing”. The “Clean Plate Campaign” comes after Mr Xi highlighted that Covid-19 had “sounded the alarm” on food waste. He added that China had to “maintain a sense of crisis about food security”. It also comes …

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Jailed Rights Lawyer on Hunger Strike to Protest Keeping Iranian Dissidents in Coronavirus-Infested Prisons

WASHINGTON – One of Iran’s most prominent jailed dissidents, human rights defenders and lawyers, Nasrin Sotoudeh, has begun a second hunger strike to protest the refusal of the country’s Islamist rulers to free political prisoners endangered by coronavirus outbreaks in notorious Iranian jails. Speaking to VOA Persian in a Tuesday interview from Tehran, Sotoudeh’s husband, …

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Arizona has most child infections; Florida is to begin Disney World cast testing

California is seeing a decline in confirmed infections of COVID-19 and hospitalizations rates. A week after reporting a technical glitch in the state’s system that counts positive cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state is “turning the corner on this pandemic” as it reported a significantly lower number of daily cases Wednesday. A new national report …

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris say Trump has left US ‘in tatters’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris have attacked “whining” President Donald Trump as an incompetent leader who has left the US “in tatters”. The pair held their first campaign event together, a day after Mr Biden unveiled Ms Harris as his number two. President Trump hit back, saying Ms Harris had …

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Trump and Kim could reveal a lot about the impossible relationship

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – For more than two years, U.S. President Donald Trump has touted his close relationship and frequent personal correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. A new book may reveal just how close the relationship really is. For his new book, entitled Rage, veteran political journalist Bob Woodward has obtained 25 personal …

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‘Explosive’ Lake Fire in Southern California burns 10,000 acres in just hours, forces evacuations in Los Angeles County

A fast-moving Southern California wildfire forced evacuation orders for about 100 homes and other buildings in northern Los Angeles County on Wednesday. The blaze, dubbed the Lake Fire, had grown to about 10,000 acres as of 8 p.m. PDT between Lake Hughes and Lake Castaic in the Angeles National Forest, about 65 miles northeast of Los Angeles. No injuries …

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Three dead after passenger train derails near Stonehaven

Three people, including the driver and a conductor, have died after a passenger train derailed in Aberdeenshire. The third victim was a passenger, ScotRail has confirmed. It is thought the train hit a landslide after heavy rain and thunderstorms which caused flooding and travel disruption across Scotland. A major incident was declared and about 30 emergency service …

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Coronavirus in Europe: Infections surge in France, Germany and Spain

Germany has recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in more than three months as European countries struggle to curb a surge in infections. More than 1,200 cases were reported in Germany in the past 24 hours. Officials said the rise was due, in part, to people returning from holidays. It came as Germany …

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High-risk students ask, why can’t all college courses be offered online?

College sophomore Cameron Lynch has lived the past five months in a single square mile, only venturing outside her home a couple times a week for early-morning or late-night walks.  “It’s already a stressful time to be immunocompromised,” said Lynch, who has Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and a form of muscular dystrophy. “Now, a good portion of able-bodied …

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Look at his Joe Biden’s Vice President

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., made history when it was confirmed that she would be former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate in his 2020 presidential bid. The announcement Tuesday makes her the first Black woman and the first Asian-American person on a major party’s presidential ticket. Here’s a look back at her career, and her historic nomination:  Harris’ early life Harris was born …

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