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WHO warns there may never be a ‘silver bullet’ for COVID-19

A larger, WHO-led team of Chinese and international experts is planned next, to study the origins of the virus in the city of Wuhan, although the timing and composition of that is not yet clear.

The WHO officials said an advance investigation team was not yet back from China, where the virus originated.

Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

Xiao-i argued that Apple's voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009.

The lawsuit marks the continuation of a row that has been ongoing for nearly a decade.

Zoom to shift to ‘partner-only’ model in China, suspend direct sales

Zoom has been distancing itself from its China operations, which had come under the scrutiny of human rights activists and privacy advocates.

The company announced in May that it would suspend new free user registrations in China.

RBI likely to cut rates despite inflation risk

Weakness in growth versus above-target inflation, improving indicators and concerns over inflation expectations will put the RBI in a tough spot, said DBS economist Radhika Rao.

The RBI's recent policies have focused on financial stability.

TikTok owners will relocate to London from Beijing, says media report

Microsoft Corp said on Sunday that it would continue discussions to acquire popular short-video app TikTok from Chinese internet giant ByteDance.

The move was likely to upset U.S. President Donald Trump.

Asia’s factory pain eases as China’s activity jumps

A gauge of expectations for South Korea's manufacturing output over the next 12 months jumped, though exports - which account for nearly 40% of the economy - remained a concern.

Manufacturing activity in China expanded at the fastest pace in nearly a decade.

Kosovo PM Avdullah Hoti says he has COVID-19

Around 9,000 people have been infected with the new coronavirus and 249 have died since mid-March, when the first cases with the virus were reported in the small Balkan country.

He will self-isolate at home for two weeks.

Samsung crafts India comeback as anti-China wave surges

The cheapest iPhone in India costs around 31,500 rupees, while the cheapest Xiaomi phone costs around 7,500 rupees.

Samsung jumped to the No. 2 spot with 26% market share in the second quarter.

Donald Trump to give TikTok’s Chinese owner 45 days to agree sale, say sources

As relations between the United States and China deteriorate over trade, Hong Kong's autonomy, cyber security and the spread of the novel coronavirus, TikTok has emerged as a flashpoint in the dispute between the world's two

About 70% of the outside capital ByteDance has raised has come from the United States.

TikTok owner ByteDance accuses Facebook of ‘plagiarism and smears’

U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to give China's ByteDance 45 days to negotiate a sale of popular short-video app TikTok to Microsoft Corp.

TikTok has attracted criticism from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

TikTok case: Donald Trump to act on Chinese software companies in coming days, says Mike Pompeo

"President Trump has said 'enough' and we're going to fix it and so he will take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected to the Chinese Com

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Multiple bombs explode outside jail compound in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member in Jalalabad, said a huge car bomb explosion was followed by at least two smaller bomb blasts outside a government-run prison.

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17-year-old US teen charged as mastermind of recent Twitter hack

StopSIMCrime founder Robert Ross, whose group tries to combat a popular hacking technique, said the case showed the prowess of adolescent amateurs at defeating corporate security.

Twitter said it appreciated the "swift actions of law enforcement."

US-China row: US sanctions Chinese company, individuals related to ‘human rights abuses against Uighurs’

The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps is a quasi-military group created in 1954 and initially made up of demobilized soldiers, who spent part of their time in military training and the rest turning the region’s ari

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With liquor shops locked down, 10 die in Andhra Pradesh drinking sanitizer

Many states including Andhra Pradesh, however, are still isolating certain pockets where coronavirus infections have jumped. Kurichedu is one such area where a strict lockdown is in place.

"Alcohol is not available because of the lockdown, but hand sanitizers are easily available."

Pakistan artillery kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan, Kabul says, after clashes at closed border

The artillery fire came after clashes between Pakistani and Afghan security forces at the closed Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing, where crowds on both sides were waiting to cross for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

Italy’s GDP slumps unprecedented 12.4% in Q2, but better than analysts had feared

The Italian government has announced measures worth 75 billion euros ($89.18 billion) to help firms and families overcome the crisis.

On a year-on-year basis, second quarter GDP tumbled 17.3%, ISTAT said.

Chinese-backed hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine firm Moderna

The court filing describes the California firm as working on antiviral drug research and suggested the Maryland company had publicly announced efforts to develop a vaccine in January.

Moderna's vaccine candidate is one of the earliest and biggest bets by the US.

Antibody drug lowers risk of death in elderly COVID-19 patients: Cuban study

India's Biocon Ltd said earlier this month it received regulatory approval in India for itolizumab for use in coronavirus infected patients with moderate-to-severe respiratory distress.

The 19 hospitalized patients from a single nursing home had tested positive for the virus in April.

US government to launch ‘overwhelming’ COVID-19 vaccine campaign by November

The U.S. government has begun preparing to distribute the vaccines, including talking to private companies about developing technology to track their deployment and monitor who has received them.

The official cautioned that there is still uncertainty around the timing of when a vaccine will actually be available.

Bombing kills 18 in Afghanistan on eve of Eid ceasefire

The explosion targeted Afghan security forces in Pul-e-Alan, the capital of the eastern province of Logar and civilian casualties are also feared, according to Shahpoor Ahmadzai, the spokesman for the provincial police.

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English Premier League: Saudi-backed group ends takeover interest in Newcastle United, says report

“With a deep appreciation for the Newcastle community and the significance of its football club, we have come to the decision to withdraw our interest in acquiring Newcastle United Football Club,” the group said in a stat

Wall Street falls after historic GDP slump, Donald Trump suggests US election delay

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday acknowledged the surge in cases was likely stalling recovery, while pledging to support the economy as long as necessary, giving a boost to Wall Street’s three main indexes late in the

Johnson & Johnson starts human safety trial for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate

The drugmaker said it had started early-stage human trials in the United States and Belgium and would test its vaccine candidate in over 1,000 healthy adults aged 18 to 55 years, as well as adults aged 65 years and older.

The company plans to take up the question of one or two doses in its phase 1 trial.

India found cyber security lapses at NPCI in 2019, says government document

The audit, which took place over four months to February 2019, highlighted a lack of encryption of personal data at the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) which forms the backbone of the country's digital payments

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Boeing to cut 787 and 777 production as COVID-19 hammers sales

The outbreak has crippled passenger travel and pushed major airlines to the brink of bankruptcy, resulting in many carriers deferring aircraft deliveries.

Boeing now expects to gradually increase the 737 production rate to 31 per month by the beginning of 2022.

US, South Korea agree to revise missile pact to facilitate Seoul’s spy satellite

Last week, South Korea became the 10th country to launch a military communications satellite but it was conducted by U.S. private operator SpaceX.

The change in the propellant rules took effect on Tuesday.
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