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15
July

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Huawei UK believes that the UK government's decision to remove the Chinese tech giant from the development of 5G networks is politicized and has nothing to do with security issues. Earlier in the day, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden said that the government would ban Huawei-produced equipment for 5G networks beginning at the end of the year. In addition, UK mobile providers will have to completely remove Huawei equipment from the country's 5G networks by 2027. According to Dowden, this decision was made over national security considerations and sanctions imposed by the US against Huawei. Huawei UK spokesman Ed Brewster called the decision bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone. According to him, connections will become slower and tariffs will rise. The decision marks a significant u-turn for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who previously stated that the Chinese company would be allowed to work on non-sensitive parts of the UK’s 5G network//sputnik

15
July

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The United Arab Emirates –UAE has postponed to July 17 the launch of its mission to Mars due to weather conditions at the launch site in Japan, the United Arab Emirates government communications office said on Tuesday (July14). The UAE's Hope Probe was due to set off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center at 12:51am UAE time on Wednesday (2051 GMT Tuesday) for a seven-month journey to the red planet where it was due to orbit and send back data about the atmosphere. The government communications office tweeted that the UAE’s space mission, the Arab world's first interplanetary mission, will launch on Friday July 17, 2020 at 12:43am UAE time (July 16, 2020 at 8:43pm GMT) from Tanegashima Space Center. The United Arab Emirates, an oil-exporting nation, first announced plans for the mission in 2014 as part of efforts to diversify away from hydrocarbons and develop a knowledge economy, aiming to reach the planet by 2021//JP

15
July

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The rearranged Tokyo Olympics are likely to be a pared-down version of recent editions of the four-yearly Games, Japanese Olympic Committee chairman Yasuhiro Yamashita said on Tuesday (July14). Japan and the International Olympic Committee postponed the Tokyo Games until 2021 in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, organizers have spoken of trying to simplify the event - which had been due to start in 10 days' time - to reduce costs and ensure athletes' safety//JP

10
July

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The United States on Thursday (Jul 9) took its first major action to stop "horrific" abuses against China's Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims, slapping sanctions on several senior officials. Three officials will be refused US visas and see any US-based assets frozen including Chen Quanguo, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) chief for the Xinjiang region and architect of Beijing's hardline policies against restive minorities. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States was acting against "horrific and systematic abuses" in the western region including forced labour, mass detention and involuntary population control. The Treasury Department sanctions also make it a crime in the United States to conduct financial transactions with the three people as well as a fourth person, Huo Liujun, a former security official, who was not subjected to the separate visa restrictions//AFP

10
July

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A political row has broken out in India after gold was found being smuggled into the country in diplomatic baggage.Customs of ficials at the international airport in the southern state of Kerala found more than 30kg of gold hidden inside bathroom fittings. The package was addressed to the United Arab Emirates' consulate in Thiruvananthapuram. The UAE has denied any knowledge of the package and said a former local employee had been arrested. In a statement on Twitter on Tuesday, the UAE embassy in India capital Delhi said an investigation had been launched after the discovery was made. According to a report by Reuters news agency, the lack of international flights because of the coronavirus pandemic has led to a fall in the amount of gold smuggling to India, as well as a rise in the price of gold//Reuters/BBC

10
July

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Long time Seoul City Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead, police said on Friday (Jul 10), after his daughter reported him missing saying he had left a message "like a will". The mayor's body was found at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul around midnight, near where his phone signal had last been detected, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said. The agency did not give a cause of death. The city's police did not respond to Reuters' calls seeking comment, but said in a statement that it would investigate the cause of his death. As mayor of the city of nearly 10 million people, Park was one of South Korea's most influential politicians and played a high-profile role in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. He was seen as a potential presidential hopeful for the liberals in the 2022 presidential elections//Reuters

10
July

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After nine days of campaigning amid the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, Singaporeans are heading to the ballot box as Polling Day gets under way on Friday (Jul 10). It has been an election season like no other, as candidates and voters alike seek to navigate safety measures and provisions brought about by the novel coronavirus pandemic. A slew of measures has been put in place for Polling Day itself to help keep people safe.  As quoted by Channel News Asia, voting kicks off at 8am, with a special time-band set aside for senior voters aged 65 and above at most polling stations. The rest of the electorate has been assigned recommended voting time slots - indicated on poll cards - to spread voters out across polling hours. Polls will close at 8pm, with sample counts expected to be announced not long after//CNA

08
July

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The show will go on for the Venice Film Festival in September, but with a few modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers said that they are pushing forward with plans for its 77th installment, which will include a slightly reduced number of films in the main competition as well as some outdoor and virtual screenings. If the schedule stays intact, it will be the first major film festival since COVID-19 essentially shut down the industry in mid-March. Festival director Alberto Barbera said in a statement that he is extremely pleased that the Biennale Cinema can be held with a minimum reduction of films and sections and that a significant number of directors and actors will accompany films to the Lido. There are 50 to 55 films in the official selection, which will be announced on July 28, and screenings will take place in the traditional venues as well as two outdoor arenas (at the Giardini della Biennale and a skating rink on the Lido), with adopted safety measures established by authorities. The Venice Film Festival runs from Sept. 2-12//AP

08
July

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Beijing on Tuesday reported zero new coronavirus cases for the first time since the emergence of a cluster in the Chinese capital in June that prompted fears of a domestic second wave. Localized lockdowns across the city have been eased in recent days, with people living in areas of the city considered "low risk" now allowed to travel freely again. The government has since also imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in neighboring Hubei province to contain a fresh cluster there, adopting the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the epicenter of Wuhan city earlier this year//JP

08
July

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German Ambassador to the United Nations, Christoph Heusgen said on Tuesday (July7) that he is hopeful the UN Security Council will be able to reach a consensus and adopt a resolution re-authorizing the cross-border aid delivery mechanism in Syria. The 15-member UN Security Council is set to vote later on Tuesday on a draft resolution that would extend the cross-border authorization to bring humanitarian assistance from Turkey for an additional year until the existing authorization expires on July 10. The mechanism for cross-border aid delivery in the northwest of Syria was first adopted in 2014. Since, the initial number of four checkpoints was reduced to two, the checkpoints at Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam//sputnik

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