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July 20, 2020 | Via Sky News

EU Leaders Extend Talks on Unprecedented Virus Recovery Fund

Marathon talks among EU leaders to agree an unprecedented £1.68tn budget and coronavirus recovery fund have been extended into a third day. The bitter negotiations have underscored the deep divides within the 27-nation bloc, with the traditional Franco-German alliance struggling to get its way. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the discussions could still end without a deal.

July 20, 2020 | Via BBC

UK Accuses China of ‘Gross’ Human Rights Abuses Against Uighurs

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has accused China of “gross and egregious” human rights abuses against its Uighur population and said sanctions against those responsible cannot be ruled out. Reports of forced sterilisation and wider persecution of the Muslim group were “reminiscent of something not seen for a long time”, he told the BBC. China’s UK ambassador said talk of concentration camps was “fake”.

July 20, 2020 | Via CNN

Queen Knights 100-Year-Old Veteran Captain Tom Moore

Queen Elizabeth II knighted 100-year-old World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, who became a national celebrity by raising millions for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), in an outdoor ceremony in Windsor Castle on Friday. Moore raised almost £33 million ($40 million) by walking laps of his backyard, and received a knighthood after a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

July 20, 2020 | Via DW

Monsoon Floods in India, Nepal Displace 4 Million

About 4 million people have been displaced in South Asia due to flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains. At least 189 people have died and dozens are missing in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said. In the northeastern Indian state of Assam, over 2.75 million people have been displaced by three waves of floods since May, according to a state government official.

July 20, 2020 | Via Reuters

French Police Free Man Questioned over Nantes Cathedral Fire

French police cleared a 39-year-old Rwandan refugee of all suspicion on Sunday and released him after questioning the man about a fire at the 15th-century cathedral in the French city of Nantes. “He is not implicated. The inconsistencies that came up have been clarified,” Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennes told Reuters. The fire engulfed the inside of the Gothic structure in flames on Saturday, destroying a grand organ, stained-glass windows and a painting.

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