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Beirut explosion: World leaders to hold aid summit

Beirut explosion: World leaders to hold aid summit

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Media playback is unsupported on your device International leaders will hold talks on Sunday to raise aid for Beirut, five days after the massive explosion which devastated the Lebanese capital.The virtual conference - set up by France and the United Nations - starts at 14:00 Lebanon time (11:00 GMT).US President Donald Trump has said he plans to join the call.Officials estimate the blast at the warehouse, which stored 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, caused up to $ 15 billion (£11.5bn) in damage. The explosion left at least 158 people dead, 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. On Saturday several thousand people took to the streets, with police firing tear gas at stone-throwing protesters and some demonstrators storming government ministries.
How COVID-19 changed countries and continents – and what the future is likely to hold

How COVID-19 changed countries and continents – and what the future is likely to hold

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COVID-19 has infected millions around the world since emerging in China late last year, claiming the lives of more than 660,000 people and changing our way of life for some time to come.Now, fears of a second wave of coronavirus are growing in many nations. Here, Sky News' foreign correspondents across Asia, the US, Europe, Russia and India reveal how the virus has changed these continents and countries - and what is likely to happen there in the coming months.Tom Cheshire, Asia correspondentChina was ground zero for COVID-19 back in late 2019. Back then it was a mystery virus. ...
NFL clubs to hold training camp at team facilities due to coronavirus

NFL clubs to hold training camp at team facilities due to coronavirus

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June 2 (UPI) -- In a memo from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the league informed teams Tuesday that they must conduct training camps at their main practice facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, teams won't be allowed to hold joint training camp practices with other teams this summer. The NFL and the NFL Players Association opted to keep teams close to home to limit travel and the risks associated with running two facilities. Advertisement "The NFLPA was strongly in favor of these two decisions, which were made to limit exposure risks by avoiding the need for clubs to clean and maintain two facilities, by limiting the need for players and club staffs to travel to another location (sometimes located at a considerable distance from the home facility) and by limiting trav...
Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion

Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion

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Puerto Rico will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether the island should become a U.S. stateBy DÁNICA COTO Associated PressMay 16, 2020, 9:30 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced on Saturday that she will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state, a move that comes amid growing disillusion with the island’s U.S. territorial status. For the first time in the island’s history, the referendum will ask a single, simple question: Should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted as a U.S. state? It’s an answer that requires approval from U.S. Congress and a question that outraged the island’s small group of independence supporters and m