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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will introduce White House-style televised press briefings, in a shake-up to the traditional system of political communication. Political journalists are currently briefed off-camera but on the record by the prime minister’s official spokespeople. The government says it plans to replace one of the two daily briefings with a televised event hosted by a professional broadcaster. Johnson confirmed the plan, telling LBC radio that the government’s daily televised news conferences held for three months during the coronavirus pandemic had been a success. He said televised briefings would let the public have  “direct engagement" with the government. Read more

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The Paris appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to end a years-long investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence. The probe has damaged France-Rwanda relations for years, because it targeted several people close to current Rwandan President Paul Kagame. His supporters denounce the investigation as an attempt to exonerate France’s suspected role in the genocide. The 1994 plane crash killed Rwanda’s then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, an ethnic Hutu. Militants from the Hutu majority blamed minority Tutsis for the death, sparking a slaughter that killed 800,000 people. The plane's crew was French. Read more

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The Spanish government is making available another 50 billion euros ($56 billion) in aid for companies struggling to weather economic difficulties brought by the new coronavirus outbreak. The government announced Friday it will provide 40 billion euros in loan guarantees for new investments, especially in the fields of technology and the green economy. It is also setting aside 10 billion euros to help strategic industrial companies, through purchases of company shares or debt, for example. Also Friday, the government signed a pact with labor groups and employers’ associations to work together on saving jobs and developing the economy. Read more

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Authorities have called the green phase a "new normal," as many restrictions are still in place, and have not discussed what comes next or when. Read more

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Saturday's temps won't be quite as hot as today's, but expect the humidity to linger. Read more

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Germany’s lower house of parliament has voted to pass new legislation finalizing the country’s long-awaited phase-out of coal, over objections from environmental groups the plan is not ambitious enough. The upper house was expected to approve the plan later Friday that lays out a roadmap for phasing out coal by 2038. It also earmarks some 40 billion euros ($45 billion) to affected regions to support them with the transition. Germany is already phasing out nuclear power by the end of 2022. The government envisions greater reliance on renewable energy and hydrogen in future, with use of natural gas increased in the interim. Read more

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Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses _ 275 _ found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks says it is mobilizing human personnel and aircraft to better understand the “mysterious deaths.” Samples have been collected for analysis and anthrax has been ruled out as the cause. A conservation group calls this “one of the biggest disasters to impact elephants this century, and right in the middle of one of Africa’s top tourism destinations.” Read more

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French President Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex, who coordinated France’s virus reopening strategy, as the country’s new prime minister. The relatively low-profile Castex replaces Edouard Philippe, who resigned earlier Friday. Macron is reshuffling the government to focus on restarting the economy after months of lockdown. He has chosen a new face to address social and economic issues amid efforts for the country’s recovery. Many government members are expected to be replaced in the expected government reshuffle. The 55-year-old Castex is a career public servant who has worked with multiple governments, yet never as a minister. Read more

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Pubs in England can reopen on Saturday for the first time since they were closed on March 20 as part of the coronavirus —lockdown. Those that reopen will have to make sure they are safe for staff and customers alike. The pubs will be very different from what they were when they shut down given the need to ensure everyone is safe — from registering customers upon entrance to making sure tables are far enough apart to meet social distancing rules. Pubs will have to ensure table service indoors, a move that brings an end to the “cherished” tradition of the English boozer — queuing and ordering and chatting at the bar.  Read more

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World stock markets have turned lower in Europe after gains in Asia. Trading is somewhat subdued however due to the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Wall Street is due to remain closed in observance of Independence Day. Markets had risen in Asia as investors there got their first opportunity to react to the stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs figures released on Thursday. But a resurgence in coronavirus cases, particularly in populous U.S. states, has dimmed some of the optimism for a relatively quick economic turnaround, especially for travel-related sectors like airlines and cruises. Read more

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When President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending applications for H-1B and other high-skilled work visas from abroad, he said it will protect jobs amid high U.S. unemployment because of the pandemic. The move has kept at least 1,000 Indians whose visas are tied to their jobs in the United States stranded in India. It has also separated family members who are suddenly unable to return to the U.S. Nasscom, a trade association in the Indian IT industry, called the order “misguided and harmful to the U.S. economy," pointing out that Indians in the H-1B program provide critical IT support to hospitals and biotechnology companies on the front line of the battle against the coronavirus. Read more

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Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law says he has left the city for an undisclosed location after testifying in a U.S. congressional hearing about a tough new security law imposed by mainland China on the semi-autonomous territory. Law said in an interview with The Associated Press that he left because Hong Kong needs an advocate for democracy who can work internationally. He said under the new security law, activists and politicians in Hong Kong who speak to foreign media or testify in foreign hearings can be arrested for secessionism or colluding with foreign forces. Law rose to prominence in Hong Kong as one of the student leaders of the pro-democracy Umbrella Revolution in 2014.  Read more

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Top Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan has died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital. She was 71. Khan choreographed more than 2,000 songs in her career spanning more than 40 years. Leading actresses Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi danced to some of the most popular songs Khan had arranged. The three-time National Award winner was hospitalized last Saturday after she complained of breathlessness. She died early Friday and was buried in Mumbai. Read more

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The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. But former intelligence officials say presidents are routinely informed about intelligence even when it’s not definitively confirmed. Former intelligence officials says it strains credulity to think that Trump wouldn’t have been told of something so important, whether corroborated or not. Intelligence that may be on shaky ground today may foreshadow tomorrow’s calamity, so briefers are expected to ensure presidents have the fullest possible picture to prepare for something that may soon require full attention. Read more

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With coronavirus-related restrictions being eased and temperatures climbing, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday on the horizon, that’s making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds and poor compliance with mandated measures to help slow the spread of the virus that have surfaced at some popular shore spots recently. Several bars have hosted large crowds close together with few patrons wearing masks. A more promising development surfaced Thursday when five of Atlantic City's nine casinos reopened, and gamblers overwhelmingly complied with mask and social distancing requirements. Read more

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North Korean state media say leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis." Despite the warning, Kim reaffirmed North Korea’s claim to not have had a single case of COVID-19. The country described its anti-virus efforts as a matter of national existence earlier this year. The reports on Thursday's high-level ruling party meeting say Kim stressed the need for vigilance as the virus continues to spread in neighboring countries. Experts say North Korea's lockdown is hurting an economy already battered by U.S.-led sanctions over its nuclear weapons program. Read more

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Many agree with the new directive to require those coming to Pennsylvania from 15 hotspot states to quarantine for two weeks. Read more

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The county received $27.6 million in federal money to help towns, businesses and nonprofits affected by the pandemic. Read more

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The FBI has created a composite photo of what Linda Stoltzfoos may look like in street clothes and with her hair down. Read more

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A summer event in Northampton County has been canceled. Read more

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It happened around 4:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of Lakeview Drive in the Saylorsburg section of Ross Township. Read more

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The prosecutor says the alleged crime by 54-year-old Devon Vassell took place at the prison in 2018. Read more

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In a time when policing is a hot topic across the country, officers wanted to simply chill and interact with the families they serve. Read more

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The union that represents film actors is telling its members not to work on the pandemic thriller “Songbird," one of the first films in production in California after coronavirus closures. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Actors issued a do-not-work order Thursday, saying the filmmakers have not been transparent about safety protocols and have not signed the proper agreements with the union. Actors had reportedly been rehearsing remotely for the film produced by Michael Bay, directed by Adam Mason, and starring Demi Moore. The filmmakers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.  Read more

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BERWYN, Pa., July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- RM LAW, P.C. announces an investigation on behalf of CURO Group Holdings Corp. ("CURO" or the "Company") (NYSE: CURO) investors concerning the Company and its officers' possible violations of federal securities laws. Read more

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UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. -  Flames leveled a large garage in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. Read more

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Liverpool has been beaten 4-0 by Manchester City in its first game since sealing the Premier League title. Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says “the attitude was good, the game was not bad" against the dethroned champions. Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty was followed by goals from Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden in the first half. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned Sterling’s shot into his own net in the second half.  While Klopp defended his players after the defeat, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was quick to assign blame after a 3-1 loss at Sheffield United in Thursday’s other game. Read more

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