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Supreme Court’s abortion ruling raises stakes for election

Supreme Court’s abortion ruling raises stakes for election

Health
NEW YORK -- Supporters of abortion rights are elated, foes of abortion dismayed and angry, but they agree on one consequence of the Supreme Court’s first major abortion ruling since President Donald Trump took office: The upcoming election is crucial to their cause. Both sides also say Monday’s ruling is not the last word on state-level abortion restrictions. One abortion rights leader evoked the image of playing whack-a-mole as new cases surface. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, struck down a Louisiana law seeking to require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. For both sides in the abortion debate, it was viewed as a momentous test of the court’s stance following Trump’s appointments of two conservative justices, Neil Gorsuch and B
Peter Thiel-backed digital bank N26 raises another $100 million, bracing for coronavirus uncertainty

Peter Thiel-backed digital bank N26 raises another $100 million, bracing for coronavirus uncertainty

Finance
N26's logo seen displayed on a smartphone.Rafael Henrique | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty ImagesGerman digital bank N26 has raised an additional $ 100 million in funding, as it braces for economic uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic.The investment, backed by existing investors such as Chinese tech giant Tencent and Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures, is an extension to the company's Series D investment round announced early last year. It brings the total raised in that round to $ 570 million, while the company has now raised $ 770 million to date.N26 already topped up its Series D round with another $ 170 million in July. The startup's valuation remains unchanged at $ 3.5 billion despite the injection of new capital, but co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf still believes it w...
Star-studded concert raises money – and spirits – during lockdown

Star-studded concert raises money – and spirits – during lockdown

Entertainment
Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and The Rolling Stones are among a host of famous faces who have taken part in a virtual concert to celebrate healthcare workers. More than 100 artists performed songs in the benefit concert organised by singer Lady Gaga, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the non-profit group Global Citizen. The One World: Together At Home event, which was live-streamed online and broadcast on TV, is the biggest celebrity effort to entertain millions of people in lockdown because of COVID-19. Image: Lady Gaga helped organise the star-studded concert The event brought famous faces in music, sport and other areas together - including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and former first ladies ...
Sport Relief appeal raises more than £40m for charities

Sport Relief appeal raises more than £40m for charities

Entertainment
The BBC's Sport Relief event had raised more than £40m for charitable causes by the end of its live TV show.Gary Lineker, one of the hosts, said "a chunk" of the money would go to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The fundraising marathon - which helps vulnerable people in the UK and around the world - went ahead in front of a live studio audience in Salford despite the health crisis.The BBC said it would do "everything possible to keep people safe".Match Of The Day presenter Lineker said the UK is living through "unprecedented times", stressing that "never have the vulnerable" been more at risk.He hosted the fundraiser alongside Paddy McGuinness, Alex Scott, Emma Willis, Rylan Clark-Neal, Oti Mabuse, Maya Jama and Tom A
Coronavirus: Italy deaths jump to 52 as EU raises risk level

Coronavirus: Italy deaths jump to 52 as EU raises risk level

World
The number of people who have died from coronavirus in Italy has risen to 52, as the risk of the virus in the European Union was raised to its second highest level.More than 2,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, have now been confirmed in Italy, which is facing Europe's biggest outbreak. The number of deaths in the country from the virus rose by 18 over the last 24 hours. The EU commission said the risk level of COVID-19 to the European Union is now considered moderate to high. The top level is high.The illness has now spread to most of western Europe, with Portugal reporting its first two cases. ...