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July 27, 2020 | Via BBC

Spain Races to Save Tourism as Cases Surge

Spain is fighting to save its embattled tourism industry after the UK government imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from the country. Government officials insist the virus is under control and want certain areas to be exempt from the UK self-isolation order, including the Balearic Islands. About 18 million Britons traveled to Spain in 2019 – almost a quarter of all arrivals in the country.

July 27, 2020 | Via Reuters

China Seizes U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, Retaliating for Houston

China took over the premises of the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Monday. The seizure capped a dramatic escalation in tensions between the world’s two biggest economies that began when employees at China’s Houston consulate were seen burning documents in a courtyard last Tuesday, hours before Beijing announced that it had been ordered to leave the facility.

July 27, 2020 | Via Sky News

Iran Moves Mock Aircraft Carrier to Strait of Hormuz

Iran has moved a mock US-style aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz during heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington, satellite photographs show. The replica, which was photographed on Sunday, resembles the Nimitz-class carriers that the US navy routinely sails into the Persian Gulf from the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the waterway, through which 20% of the world’s oil passes.

July 27, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Vietnam Detects First Locally Transmitted Covid-19 Cases since April

Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people from the central city of Danang and reimposing disease-prevention measures after four local coronavirus cases were detected, the first to be recorded in the country for more than three months. Life had returned to normal for many in the country, which had been praised widely for taking quick action to contain Covid-19 and was on the brink of reaching 100 days without any new local infections.

July 27, 2020 | Via CNN

Olivia de Havilland, Star of ‘Gone With the Wind,’ Dies at 104

Olivia de Havilland, a two-time Oscar winner and for decades the last surviving star of “Gone With the Wind,” considered the top moneymaking film of all time when adjusted for inflation, has died at the age of 104, her publicist Lisa Goldberg told CNN. The actress died Sunday of natural causes at her residence in Paris, Goldberg said. She lived in Paris for more than six decades.

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