TikTok to exit Hong Kong market ‘within days’

Image copyright Getty Images TikTok has said it will quit the Hong Kong market after China imposed a new security law on the city. “In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a spokesman told the BBC. The company’s exit from the city will come “within days”, according to the Reuters news agency. Facebook and Twitter said this week they were “pausing” co-operation with Hong Kong police over user information. The short-form video app was launched by China-based ByteDance for users…

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Stephanie Winston Wolkoff: Melania Trump’s former aide to publish book

Image copyright AFP Image caption Melania and Me is due out on 1 September. A former aide to Melania Trump has written a memoir about her 15-year friendship with the US first lady. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s book, Melania and Me, is due out on 1 September. In 2018, Ms Winston Wolkoff was reportedly forced out of the White House, amid allegations that she had been profiteering from President Trump’s inauguration. But the former aide has said she was “thrown under the bus”. She denied claims her company received $26 million…

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Coronavirus: Japan’s household spending slumps at record rate

Image copyright Getty Images Japan’s household spending has slumped at a record pace as measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus kept people at home. Government figures show household spending dropped by 16.2% in May from a year earlier. The worse than expected fall was the fastest rate of decline since comparable data began in 2001. The figures serve as another indication of how hard the pandemic has hit the world’s third largest economy. The data showed big drops in spending on hotels, transport and eating out. Goods that…

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Mutated COVID-19 Viral Strain in U.S. and Europe 10 Times More Contagious than Original Strain : worldnews

level 1 This was bound to happen. These viruses mutate rapidly (especially being RNA viruses) and any mutated variant with an increased ability to infect or reproduce will quickly begin to dominate the population. Winning the race so to speak. Mutation is also the single biggest flaw to the draconian pandemic “control” strategy of “just let it happen” (aside from the obvious consequence of millions of deaths). There is little hope of developing some sort of natural herd immunity if the virus eventually is able to mutate in a way…

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Canada opens doors to Asian tech talent fleeing Trump’s US : worldnews

So… pre-Y2K I was working in Canada. Not the big cities, but ‘middle of nowhere’ places. It was a big project replacing entire offices’ computer systems – servers and workstations – in single after-hours pushes so the workers would have zero interruption of their schedules. So I show up in this little town that probably has a million more trees than residents, and looked to be approximately 100% white based on my survey as I drove in. Being white myself, I did not stand out. And then I entered the…

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Coronavirus: Spanish study casts doubt on herd immunity

Image copyright AFP Image caption The study estimates that around just 5% of the Spanish population has developed antibodies A Spanish study has cast doubt on the prospect of herd immunity as a way of tackling the coronavirus pandemic. The study of more than 60,000 people estimates that around just 5% of the Spanish population has developed antibodies, the medical journal the Lancet reported. Herd immunity is achieved when enough people become infected with a virus to stop its spread. Around 70% to 90% of a population needs to be…

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Coronavirus: How fast is it spreading in Africa?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nigeria has been one of the worst-affected countries Africa is seeing coronavirus cases rapidly increasing and deaths rising, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). We’ve looked at the situation across the continent, and examined which countries are of most concern. How fast is coronavirus spreading? In terms of overall numbers, Africa currently accounts for only a small proportion of total global cases, but the acceleration in rates of infection in some countries is clearly a cause for concern. While it took nearly 100…

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Coronavirus: China’s workers and graduates fear for their future

Image caption Factory worker Huang Xuefeng has seen his salary cut by 50% Huang waits by a workbench for the welder to pass the next metal tray. There’s only a handful of staff in the factory. Half the building is in darkness. The boss is stranded in Europe. They haven’t had any new orders from their American customers for months. This is a business that’s desperately trying to keep the lights on. “Up until now we haven’t received any substantial mass production orders to keep the factory running and to…

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