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July 22, 2020 | Via BBC

Portland Protests: US Federal Agents ‘will not retreat’, Chad Wolf says

US Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has said federal agents “will not retreat” in their efforts to protect government buildings in Portland. “If you are a violent rioter looking to inflict damage to federal property or law enforcement officers, you need to find another line of work,” he said. US President Donald Trump sent federal agents to Portland in Oregon to end weeks of anti-racism protests there.

July 22, 2020 | Via NPR

U.K. ‘Actively Avoided’ Investigating Russian Interference, Lawmakers Find

British lawmakers have reached a damning conclusion about the possibility of Russian electoral interference in the U.K.: The Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee said it can’t determine whether the Kremlin tried to influence the 2016 Brexit referendum, because the British government hasn’t even tried to find out. The committee released that conclusion Tuesday in a long-awaited, oft-delayed and heavily redacted report.

July 22, 2020 | Via Reuters

Hostage Standoff Ends After Ukrainian President Endorses Animal Rights Documentary

All 13 people taken hostage on a bus in western Ukraine were freed unharmed on Tuesday after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy spoke by phone with the hostage-taker and agreed to his demand to endorse a 2005 animal rights documentary. Police arrested the suspect, whom the state security service (SBU) identified as 44-year-old Maksym Kryvosh, who seized the bus in the city of Lutsk.

July 22, 2020 | Via NBC News

China Threatens Retaliation after U.S. Orders Closure of Houston Consulate

In a dramatic escalation of tensions, the State Department has ordered the closure of China’s Houston consulate — a move the Chinese on Wednesday called an “outrageous and unjustified” provocation. On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced an indictment charging two Chinese nationals— both in China — with hacking governments, dissidents, human rights activists and private companies, including those engaged in COVID-19 vaccine research.

July 22, 2020 | Via Sky News

COVID-19 Vaccine has ‘Above 50%’ Chance of Success but ‘won’t be Ready Until Mid-2021’

The boss of a drugs company that has agreed to deliver up to 100 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine to the UK has told Sky News there is a more than 50% chance of it reaching patients. Thomas Lingelbach, chief executive of France-based Valneva, also told Sky’s Ian King Live that he did not believe the drug would be widely available before the middle of next year.

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