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Here's the latest for Wednesday June 17th: Coronavirus concerns in Beijing; Coronavirus cases rising in Texas, Florida and Arizona; Republicans to introduce police reform plans; Confederate statue knocked down in Richmond, Virginia.
 
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Covid update: Pranab Mukherjee infected; WHO on virus; Yediyurappa recovers [Video]

Covid update: Pranab Mukherjee infected; WHO on virus; Yediyurappa recovers

From former Indian President getting infected to Karnataka Chief Minister recovering from Covid-19, here are the top updates on coronavirus pandemic. Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. Mukherjee requested people who came in contact with him to self-isolate. World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there is a need to “suppress, suppress, suppress” the virus. Tedros said there is still hope of conquering Covid-19. Over 90% Covid-19 patients in Delhi have recovered, according to the latest statistics. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the people of Delhi are slowly and steadily defeating corona. Also, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was on Monday discharged from hospital after he recovered from Covid-19. Meanwhile, Paris made it mandatory for tourists to wear a mask in outdoor spaces. WHO chief praised Paris’ move and called it “strong and precise”. Watch the full video for more details.

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Independence Day 2020: Security tightened, Armed Forces band wows spectators [Video]

Independence Day 2020: Security tightened, Armed Forces band wows spectators

Delhi police stepped up security in  and around the capital ahead of the Independence day celebration on August 15. Police were seen checking vehicles in the India gate and Connaught place region. Similar checks are also underway in other regions of the capital. Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Indian Armed Forces (Tri-Service) Band gave a musical performance at the North Block. The Defence Ministry has said that the Independence Day event will be marked by musical performances by the bands from the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force. 'These performances are intended as gestures of gratitude and appreciation of the nation towards the Corona warriors who have been steadfastly fighting to stop the spread of the Coronavirus in the country even at the risk of their lives,' said the Ministry of Defence in a press statement. Military and Police Bands will also perform in Imphal, Bhopal and Jhansi on August 12. The final performance of the series will be held on August 13 in Lucknow, Faizabad, Shilong, Madurai and Champaran, it stated. Watch the full video for all the details.

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Covid update: 100 virus-free days of New Zealand; Amit Shah's next test [Video]

Covid update: 100 virus-free days of New Zealand; Amit Shah's next test

From the testing of Union Home minister Amit Shah, to New Zealand completing 100 days without domestic transmission of the virus - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. Shah is likely to be tested for Covid infection again in the next couple of days. He is currently admitted in a private hospital, Medanta, in Haryana's Gurugram. He reportedly continues to be asymptomatic and is working from his hospital bed. Maharashtra saw another big jump in cases with over 12,200 new infections being reported. This took the state's total tally past the 5.15 lakh-mark. In Madhya Pradesh, minister Vishvas Sarang tested positive for Covid infection. The news came just days after MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was discharged from hospital after recovering from the disease. India has so far reported a total of 21.53 lakh Covid cases with over 43,300 deaths. A little over 6.28 lakh cases are active, while over 14.8 lakh patients have been discharged. In international news, Paris has tightened rules regarding wearing of face masks. The French capital has reportedly made masks mandatory in certain crowded areas for people aged 11 and above. In the neighbouring United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called reopening of schools in September the government's moral responsibility. Watch the full video for other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.

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Your Hot-Weather Guide to Coronavirus, Air-Conditioning and Airflow

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Frontier CEO says CDC should update coronavirus travel advice: 'Flying is not dangerous'

The CDC says travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. It also says most viruses don't spread easily on flights.

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Beijing Beijing Capital of the People's Republic of China

Hong Kong Media Tycoon First To Be Arrested Under New China Security Law [Video]

Hong Kong Media Tycoon First To Be Arrested Under New China Security Law

CNN reports Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested early Monday. Lai is known for his support of the city's pro-democracy movement and criticism of China. The arrest comes under the new security law imposed on the city last month by Beijing, which bans "collusion with foreign forces." The Hong Kong Police Force say seven people were arrested, aged 39 to 72. Charges against them include collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, and conspiracy to commit fraud.

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Hong Kong: Anti-China media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under contentious law [Video]

Hong Kong: Anti-China media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under contentious law

In a controversial move, Jimmy Lai, a media mogul in Hong Kong was arrested reportedly under a new security law. He is the owner of Next Digital Ltd which runs the flagship newspaper, Apple Daily. Police personnel were seen carrying boxes out of Lai's organisation's office. The news organisation has backed pro-democracy protests rocking the city since last year when Beijing tried to enforce a controversial extradition law which critics said was an assault on Hong Kong's autonomy. Large-scale, and sometimes violent, protests have gripped the territory in opposition to an alleged assault on the 'one country, two systems' principle which has ensured that the former British colony enjoys greater personal freedoms than mainland China. Beijing's critics have also slammed the new security law, calling it a tool to crush dissent and protests. It contains punishment for charges like secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Lai has reportedly been accused of the last one. Many countries like the United States of America and the United Kingdom have also unequivocally criticised the security law. However, pro-China voices claim that the legislation will help end unrest and bring 'normalcy' back to the city. Watch the full video for more.

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Hong Kong tycoon and activist Jimmy Lai arrested

Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raided the publisher's headquarters Monday in the highest-profile use yet of a new national security law..
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China targeting U.S. election infrastructure -O'Brien [Video]

China targeting U.S. election infrastructure -O'Brien

[NFA] After U.S. counterintelligence said Russia was actively working to undermine Democratic candidate Joe Biden ahead of the presidential election, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said China was trying to actively interfere as well. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

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U.S. health chief visits Taiwan, defying China [Video]

U.S. health chief visits Taiwan, defying China

The visit marks the highest-level U.S. government outreach to the territory claimed by China since 1979. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

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Arizona Arizona State in the southwestern United States

Arpaio: 'This Will Be The Last Time I Run For Office' [Video]

Arpaio: 'This Will Be The Last Time I Run For Office'

Joe Arpaio is the outspoken, controversial, and former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. And according to CNN, he will remain a former sheriff, thanks to Tuesday's Republican primary for the post. Arpaio lost his shot at getting his job back to his former chief deputy Jerry Sheridan by about 6,000 votes. In 2017, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order in a racial profiling case.

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Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio loses Arizona primary race in comeback bid

Jerry Sheridan is the GOP nominee in the race for Maricopa County sheriff, beating his former boss and ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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US officials uncover 'sophisticated' border tunnel

An incomplete tunnel found stretching from Mexico to Arizona appears to be "the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history," authorities said. They said the..
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New data predicts 300,000 U.S. deaths by Dec [Video]

New data predicts 300,000 U.S. deaths by Dec

Nearly 300,000 Americans could be dead from COVID-19 by Dec. 1, University of Washington health experts forecast on Thursday, although they said 70,000 lives could be saved if people were scrupulous about wearing masks. Colette Luke has the latest.

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ICE contractor still holding migrant children in Arizona hotels, acting DHS secretary says

Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf testified before a Senate panel that ICE is still holding migrant children in hotels and has "for decades."
 

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Florida Florida State in the southeastern United States

Reward offered for info on 'Tiger King' star Carole Baskin's husband, who disappeared in 1997

The family of a Florida man who disappeared in 1997, and who appeared on the TV series "Tiger King," is offering $100,000 in exchange for information/

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More testing positive after Florida law enforcement conference [Video]

More testing positive after Florida law enforcement conference

More people are testing positive for COVID-19 after attending a statewide sheriff's conference.

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Despite The Pandemic, Americans Still Love The Open Road [Video]

Despite The Pandemic, Americans Still Love The Open Road

With a novel coronavirus case count nearing five million, the United States now holds about a quarter of all the COVID-19 cases in the world. According to CNN, more than,162,000 Americans have died in the pandemic so far. As of this week, five states account for more than 40% of US infections: California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Georgia. The pandemic shows no sign of slowing. However, that hasn't stopped the surge of school districts across the country from planning to re-open schools.

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Answering questions about early voting in Florida [Video]

Answering questions about early voting in Florida

Answering questions about early voting in Florida

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Texas Texas State in the southern United States

Democrats eye elusive presidential prize: Texas [Video]

Democrats eye elusive presidential prize: Texas

[NFA] For the first time in 25 years a Democratic presidential candidate is running TV ads specifically targeting Texas, and Democrats say even a small investment in the Lone Star state could boost down-ballot contests and force Republicans to shift resources from other battlegrounds. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

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Texas woman convicted in husband's murder: "He wasn't supposed to die"

The woman at the center of a case prosecutors say was all about "sex, lies, money, and murder" tells "48 Hours" what happened the night of the murder.
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Texas Prison Has More COVID-19 Cases Than 85% Of US Counties [Video]

Texas Prison Has More COVID-19 Cases Than 85% Of US Counties

A low-security men's prison in Texas presents a cautionary tale about the danger of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in congregate living settings. CNN reports the former holding facility for WWII Japanese and German detainees is the hardest-hit federal prison in the United States. The Bureau of Prisons says more than 1,300 of the roughly 1,750 prisoners at FCI Seagoville prison and camp have tested positive for the virus. Put another way, that's a stunning three out of every four inmates.

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Ex-Angels employee charged in player's drug death

Prosecutors in Texas say a former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose..
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Virginia Virginia State in the United States

5.1-Magnitude Earthquake Struck North Carolina [Video]

5.1-Magnitude Earthquake Struck North Carolina

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit North Carolina on Sunday. The quake shook an area about 2 miles from the town of Sparta, North Carolina, along the state's border with Virginia. According to CNN, it struck about 8:07 a.m. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but damage to homes and other structures have been reported. According to the US Geological Survey offices, earthquakes become destructive at a magnitude of 4.0 to 5.0.

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Earthquake in North Carolina Is Strongest in the Area Since 1916

The earthquake near the border with Virginia was the strongest in the region since 1916, the authorities said.
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North Carolina, Virginia rocked by most powerful earthquake in region since 1916

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake along North Carolina's border with Virginia on Sunday shook homes and rattled dishes as far away as Atlanta.

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NFL's Derrius Guice Arrested for Domestic Violence, Felony Strangulation

Washington Football Team star Derrius Guice has been arrested in Virginia on suspicion of domestic violence, TMZ Sports has learned. The 23-year-old running back..
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Richmond, Virginia Richmond, Virginia Capital of Virginia

Seattle clashes spark 45 arrests, 21 cops hurt [Video]

Seattle clashes spark 45 arrests, 21 cops hurt

[NFA] Police said a protest turned into a riot in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, and demonstrators nationwide took to the streets in solidarity with racial justice activists opposed to federal intervention in their cities. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

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Richmond Mayor Orders Emergency Removal of Confederate Statues [Video]

Richmond Mayor Orders Emergency Removal of Confederate Statues

The Democratic mayor of Richmond, Virginia, Levar Stoney, has invoked his emergency powers to remove multiple Confederate statues in the city.

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Stonewall Jackson statue removed in Richmond [Video]

Stonewall Jackson statue removed in Richmond

Crews removed a statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson with a crane and ropes on Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, the same day a state law went into effect authorizing cities to remove Confederate monuments.

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Richmond mayor says police chief has resigned [Video]

Richmond mayor says police chief has resigned

Richmond, Virginia, Mayor Levar Stoney announced on Tuesday that the city's police chief had resigned after weeks of protests in the city and across the country over the death of George Floyd.

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Republican Party (United States) Republican Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

Inside the political ad campaign Republican Voters Against Trump

The political group Republican Voters Against Trump is gathering testimonials from former Trump supporters who are now backing Joe Biden. New York Times Magazine..
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'How demeaning': Dems, GOP spar over aid [Video]

'How demeaning': Dems, GOP spar over aid

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday dug into Democrats for wanting "Uncle Sam" to pay unemployed Americans more than they'd normally make amid the coronavirus crisis, while Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer hit back, saying such a comment is "demeaning" to hard-working citizens.

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Trump narrows nomination speech sites to Gettysburg and White House

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'Unconstitutional slop:' Donald Trump spars with Ben Sasse, the GOP senator who attacked his executive order

Sasse and other lawmakers, mostly Democrats, questioned the legality and wisdom of the Trump executive orders designed to help the COVID economy.

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GOP senator subpoenas FBI director for docs on Russia probe, Bidens

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