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  1. Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, who is facing investigation at home and abroad for corruption, announced Monday that he plans to go into exile.The 82-year-old revealed he would leave the country in a letter to his son, the current King Felipe VI who accepted his decision, the royal palace said in a statement.“Guided by the conviction to best serve the people of Spain, its institutions, and you as king, I inform you of my decision at this time to go into exile outside Spain,” Juan Carlos wrote…
  2. Some British lawmakers are pushing back against a possible relocation of TikTok’s headquarters from California to London in response to threats by the US government to ban the video-sharing app, according to government sources familiar with the matter.Parent company ByteDance admitted on Monday that TikTok’s headquarters may be established outside the United States, as the Post reported that the founder Zhang Yiming “disagrees” with the conclusion of the US decision on its risks to national…
  3. France on Monday said it was halting ratification of an extradition treaty with Hong Kong after Beijing introduced a controversial new security law in the former British colony.“In light of the latest developments, France will not proceed as it stands with the ratification of the extradition agreement signed on May 4, 2017 between France and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement.The ministry bitterly criticised the new security law, saying…
  4. Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten is halting all its so-called expedition cruises until further notice following an outbreak of Covid-19 on one of its vessels last week, the company said on Monday.At least 41 passengers and crew from the MS Roald Amundsen have so far tested positive for the coronavirus, while hundreds more have been told to self-isolate for 10 days, public health officials said.“A preliminary evaluation shows a breakdown in several of our internal procedures,” chief executive…
  5. The World Health Organisation warned on Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for Covid-19 in the form of a perfect vaccine, and that the road to normality will be long, with some countries requiring a reset of strategy.More than 18 million people around the world are reported to have been infected with the disease and 689,000​ have died, with some nations that thought they were over the worst experiencing a resurgence.WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO…
  6. John Hume, a key Roman Catholic architect of Northern Ireland’s 1998 Good Friday peace agreement who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending 30 years of sectarian violence, died on Monday at the age of 83, his SDLP party said.Hume, a veteran civil rights campaigner credited with kick-starting peace negotiations in a British region convulsed by bloodshed in the early 1990s, shared the Peace Prize with Northern Ireland’s then-first minister, David Trimble of the Protestant Ulster…
  7. Former pope Benedict XVI became seriously ill himself after visiting his sick brother in Germany in June and is “extremely frail”, according to a report in the Monday edition of the German Passauer Neue Presse newspaper.Benedict, 93, is suffering from erysipelas of the face, a virus that causes a facial rash and episodes of severe pain, the newspaper reported, citing the former pope’s biographer Peter Seewald.Chinese Catholics keep faith in historic Vatican deal despite slow progress“According…
  8. US President Donald Trump's niece believes German Chancellor Angela Merkel is far smarter than her uncle, she told dpa.“The woman could run circles around him intellectually,” Mary Trump said in an interview ahead of the publication of her tell-all book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, in Germany on August 12.“And I think he hates that. And it makes him crazy,” she added.Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, said the president's contentious…
  9. There will be “no business as usual” between the European Union and China following the assertive political moves on Hong Kong, Germany’s Europe minister has warned, urging fellow EU nations not to “be afraid to lock horns” with Beijing.In a critical assessment of China’s recent manoeuvres, Michael Roth also signalled that Berlin would make it a priority this year to step up the 27-nations’ capability to resist Beijing’s divide-and-rule tactics within the bloc.Roth, the second most senior…
  10. Some 45 German police officers were injured in a wave of weekend demonstrations in Berlin including protests against coronavirus restrictions, police said as protesters gathered again in smaller numbers on Sunday.A total of 133 people were arrested during Saturday’s protests, which included a huge “day of freedom” demo against coronavirus restrictions, police said in a statement.The arrests were for offences including resisting police officers, breach of the peace and the use of…