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Britney Spears To Address Court In Guardianship Battle With Father

Britney Spears To Address Court In Guardianship Battle With Father

Agence France-Presse | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Los Angeles, United States

Under a controversial legal guardianship since 2008, US pop singer Britney Spears is scheduled to address a Los Angeles court on Wednesday in the battle over her father's control of her affairs.

No Jury As Hong Kong's First 'National Security' Trial Begins Today

No Jury As Hong Kong's First 'National Security' Trial Begins Today

Agence France-Presse | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Hong Kong

The first trial under Hong Kong's new national security law begins Wednesday without a jury, a landmark moment for the financial hub's fast-changing legal traditions.

US Warship Transits Sensitive Taiwan Strait A Week After Chinese Air Incursion

US Warship Transits Sensitive Taiwan Strait A Week After Chinese Air Incursion

Reuters | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Taipei

A US warship has again sailed through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China, a week after the Chinese-claimed island reported the largest incursion to date of Chinese air force jets in Taiwan's air defence zone.

US Senate's War Powers Vote Now Delayed Until July

US Senate's War Powers Vote Now Delayed Until July

Reuters | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Washington

The US Senate will not vote until at least July on a closely watched effort to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that allowed the war in Iraq, after Republican senators requested a public hearing and classified briefing.

New British Note Featuring World War 2 Codebreaker Alan Turing Enters Circulation

New British Note Featuring World War 2 Codebreaker Alan Turing Enters Circulation

Reuters | Wednesday June 23, 2021, London

A new 50 pound ($70) banknote featuring the mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing enters circulation in Britain on Wednesday, three months after the Bank of England first unveiled the design.

White House Signals Joe Biden's Support For Law Concerning Big Tech

White House Signals Joe Biden's Support For Law Concerning Big Tech

Reuters | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Washington

US President Joe Biden believes steps are needed to safeguard privacy, bolster innovation and deal with other problems created by big technology platforms, the White House said on Tuesday, signaling his support for legislation concerning Big Tech.

Amazon Bans 3 More Chinese Brands Amid Fake Reviews Crackdown

Amazon Bans 3 More Chinese Brands Amid Fake Reviews Crackdown

Asian News International | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Beijing

Amid e-commerce giant Amazon's ongoing crackdown on attempts by sellers to solicit positive consumer reviews, three more Chinese consumer brands have been banned from selling on the platform.

Canadian Lawmakers Pass Bill Criminalizing LGBT Conversion Therapy

Canadian Lawmakers Pass Bill Criminalizing LGBT Conversion Therapy

Reuters | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Ottawa

Canada's House of Commons on Tuesday passed a bill criminalizing LGBT conversion therapy 263 to 63, handing a win to the minority ruling Liberal party which promised to ban the practice during an unveiling of its election platform in 2019.

Egypt Student Sentenced To 4 Years In Jail For "Spreading False News"

Egypt Student Sentenced To 4 Years In Jail For "Spreading False News"

Agence France-Presse | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Cairo

An Egyptian court Tuesday convicted a university student to four years in prison for "spreading false news", rights groups said, in a sentence Amnesty International labelled "outrageous".

Brazil Probes Price, Intermediary On Bharat Biotech Vaccine Deal: Report

Brazil Probes Price, Intermediary On Bharat Biotech Vaccine Deal: Report

Reuters | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Brasilia

Brazilian federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into a contract worth 1.6 billion reais ($320 million) for 20 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine made by India's Bharat Biotech, according to a document seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

"Urge Serious Negotiations": US Calls For End To Afghanistan Violence

"Urge Serious Negotiations": US Calls For End To Afghanistan Violence

Agence France-Presse | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Washington

The United States called Tuesday for an end to violence in Afghanistan, blaming Taliban insurgents for much of the bloodshed, three days ahead of a visit by President Ashraf Ghani to the White House.

US Seizes Control Of 2 Iranian State News Websites

US Seizes Control Of 2 Iranian State News Websites

Agence France-Presse | Wednesday June 23, 2021, Washington

US law enforcement seized control of the websites of two Iranian state-controlled news groups, Press TV and Al-Alam, and of the Al-Masirah TV channel of Yemen's Huthis, statements posted on the websites showed Tuesday.

Delta Variant Greatest Threat To US Pandemic Response: Top Expert Fauci

Delta Variant Greatest Threat To US Pandemic Response: Top Expert Fauci

Reuters | Tuesday June 22, 2021

The Delta variant of the novel coronavirus that was first found in India is the greatest threat to the United States' effort to eradicate COVID-19 in its borders, said US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci during a Tuesday press call.

US To Miss July 4 Goal Of One Covid Shot For 70% Adults: White House

US To Miss July 4 Goal Of One Covid Shot For 70% Adults: White House

Agence France-Presse | Tuesday June 22, 2021, Washington

The administration of President Joe Biden on Tuesday conceded it won't meet its goal of administering one or more doses of a Covid vaccine to 70 percent of US adults by July 4.

WHO "Concerned" About Eased Virus Curbs Around Euro 2020

WHO "Concerned" About Eased Virus Curbs Around Euro 2020

Agence France-Presse | Tuesday June 22, 2021, Copenhagen

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern Tuesday that countries were easing virus restrictions around football games at the Euro 2020, noting that some areas were already seeing rising cases.