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August 13, 2020
UK imposes 14-day quarantine on arrivals from France, Netherlands and others

Britain will impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France, the Netherlands, Malta and three other countries, British Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday, citing rising Covid-19 infection...

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August 13, 2020
Pixel inventor Russell Kirsch dies aged 91

Russell Kirsch, a computer scientist credited with inventing the pixel and scanning the world's first digital photograph, has died aged 91.

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August 13, 2020
Social distancing can be relaxed when schools reopen in Northern Ireland, says education minister

Social distancing can be “relaxed” when schools reopen in Northern Ireland, Education Minister Peter Weir confirmed.

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August 13, 2020
Three rockets fall inside Iraqi base housing US troops

Three unguided projectiles have landed on the premises of Al-Balad military airbase, which houses US troops, Iraqi authorities confirmed. No information on damage or potential casualties was immediately available. The...

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August 13, 2020
Apple drops Fortnite from App Store amid direct payment row

Apple has dropped the hugely popular Fortnite game from its App Store after the game's developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses Apple's platform.

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August 13, 2020
Fortnite maker sues Apple after removal of game from App Store

Apple Inc on Thursday removed popular video game "Fortnite" from its App Store for violating the company's in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic Games to initiate legal action against the...

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August 13, 2020
Trump admits to blocking funding Democrats say would assist with postal voting

President Donald Trump has declared that he opposes additional funding for the US Postal Service.

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August 13, 2020
People should not fear spread of COVID-19 in food or packaging - WHO

The World Health Organization said on Thursday it saw no evidence of coronavirus being spread by food or packaging and urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering...

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August 13, 2020
Cuba Gooding Jr wears Black Lives Matter mask to court

Cuba Gooding Jr wore a Black Lives Matter face mask at a New York court where lawyers argued over what restrictions should be placed on evidence at his sexual misconduct...

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August 13, 2020
Huge wildfire near Los Angeles prompts evacuations

Light winds and scattered thundershowers early on Thursday helped to calm the flames of a huge wildfire that has prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles.

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August 13, 2020
Biden calls for protective face masks to be made mandatory

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has called for protective face masks to be made mandatory across the US.

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August 13, 2020
United Arab Emirates to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have announced they are establishing full diplomatic relations in a US-brokered deal that requires Israel to halt its plan to annex occupied West Bank...

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August 13, 2020
Northern Irish coronavirus reproductive rate climbs to 1.6

Northern Ireland's coronavirus reproductive rate has reached around 1.6, the health department said.

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August 13, 2020
Tributes paid to trio killed in Aberdeenshire train crash

Tributes have been paid to the train driver, conductor and passenger killed in the Aberdeenshire train crash.

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August 13, 2020
FBI to join Beirut explosion investigation, says US diplomat

The FBI will join Lebanese and other international investigators in the probe of the huge explosion at Beirut's port that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread...

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August 13, 2020
Spain losing second round in coronavirus fight, experts warn

Spain's hospitals are beginning to see patients struggling to breathe returning to their wards, less than two months after suppressing Covid-19.

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August 13, 2020
'I can't even go food shopping but I'm expected to sit in an exam hall full of people'

A high-risk Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) student has said she is "stuck between a rock and a hard place" over the college's decision to hold exams on-campus next week.

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August 13, 2020
Covid-19 can survive longer on lunchboxes and pencil cases than on school uniforms, virologist says

PENCIL cases and lunchboxes are more likely to transmit Covid-19 than school uniforms are, a virologist has said.

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August 13, 2020
Coronavirus Ireland: 92 new cases confirmed, no further deaths

The Department of Health has been notified of 92 additional confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ireland, and no further deaths.

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August 13, 2020
School buses will operate as normal and carry the same number of pupils as usual, Bus Éireann confirms

School buses will operate as normal and carry the same number of pupils as usual in the year ahead, Bus Éireann has confirmed.

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August 13, 2020
'I've never seen a disease like it' - Oxford expert warns Dáil Covid committee over coronavirus risk in nursing homes

An Oxford professor says he has never seen a disease like Covid-19 for seeking out the elderly to kill.

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August 13, 2020
300 staff at Greencore's Northampton plant diagnosed with coronavirus

Around 300 staff at a Greencore sandwich factory in the UK have been diagnosed with Covid 19 after the company ramped up testing following an outbreak in the town of...

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August 13, 2020
Finland recommends face masks in public for first time

The government in Finland recommended the use of face masks in public for the first time on Thursday as the number of coronavirus cases rises. Prime Minister Sanna Marin said...

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August 13, 2020
Pope replaces Polish archbishop on 75th birthday

Pope Francis has continued his clear-out in Poland after revelations of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up.

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August 13, 2020
FTSE 100 retreats as US stimulus concerns weigh on European sentiment

The FTSE 100 retreated as concerns over a lack of urgency for US stimulus plans drove caution among traders.

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August 13, 2020
FBI to join Beirut explosion investigation, says US diplomat

The FBI will join Lebanese and other international investigators in the probe of the huge explosion at Beirut's port that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread...

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August 13, 2020
FBI will join Beirut blast probe, US diplomat says in Lebanon

The FBI will join Lebanese and international investigators in a probe into last week's massive Beirut explosion that killed at least 172 people, a senior US diplomat said on Thursday....

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August 13, 2020
Paddleboarder spotted on the Thames during stormy conditions

A paddleboarder was spotted on the River Thames on Wednesday during stormy conditions.

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August 13, 2020
Trump hails ‘historic moment’ as Israel and UAE agree diplomacy deal

US President Donald Trump has said the United Arab Emirates and Israel will establish diplomatic ties in a deal halting planned annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for...

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August 13, 2020
Donald Trump says Israel will halt annexation plans as it forms UAE ties

President Donald Trump has said the United Arab Emirates and Israel will establish diplomatic ties in a deal halting planned annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their...

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August 13, 2020
Huge wildfire near Los Angeles prompts evacuations

Light winds and scattered thundershowers early on Thursday helped to calm the flames of a huge wildfire that has prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles.

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August 13, 2020
Greece welcomes French intervention in eastern Mediterranean

Greece's prime minister has warmly thanked France for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean.

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August 13, 2020
N. Macedonia’s Zaev to form govt that ‘won’t veer away from road to EU’

The president of North Macedonia on Thursday handed a mandate to pro-Western ex-PM Zoran Zaev to form a new government after his party bloc narrowly won a July 15 election....

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August 13, 2020
Health and Safety Authority ‘not notified’ of Covid-19 cases in meat plants, Dáil committee hears

Workforce representation does not exist in meat plants, and when a worker contracts Covid-19 the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is not notified, the Dáil coronavirus committee has heard.

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August 13, 2020
Topps Tiles predicts profits after UK DIY boom

Topps Tiles said it expects to post a profit for the financial year after it was boosted by a boom in DIY activity since coronavirus hit the UK.

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August 13, 2020
Lebanon Parliament grants sweeping powers to military in Beirut

Lebanon's Parliament has approved a state of emergency in Beirut in its first session since the explosion in the city last week.

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August 13, 2020
'I am a fit ultra cyclist and took all precautions yet I was floored by coronavirus' - Ciaran Breslin (36)

A Covid-19 compliance officer who caught coronavirus is urging people to obey public health rules and to realise how easy it is to be hit with the virus.

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August 13, 2020
‘Sorry for the bad language’: Lightning bolt stuns Wrexham resident

A resident in Wales was given an almighty fright when a bolt of lightning struck a nearby area.

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August 13, 2020
Very Group to return to profit after topping £2bn sales amid pandemic

Online retailer The Very Group has said it will return to profit for the first time in three years after surging sales amid the pandemic saw revenues top the £2...

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August 13, 2020
Taiwan to raise defense spending next year ‘to ensure national security & regional peace’

Taiwan unveiled a T$42.1 billion ($1.4 billion) increase for next year's planned defense spending on Thursday. The Cabinet of President Tsai Ing-wen is proposing T$453.4 billion in military spending for...

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