Justice Department releases formal policy restricting its access to reporters’ records

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday issued a formal policy that restricts the ability of federal prosecutors to obtain the records of reporters, a policy shift that followed intense lobbying by free press advocates and media organizations outraged by the Trump administration’s efforts to obtain such data.In a memorandum released Monday morning, Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland…

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Twenty countries and U.S. condemn mass arrests in Cuba following protests

The foreign ministers of the United States and 20 other countries on Monday condemned mass arrests in Cuba and called for full restoration of Internet access in the island nation that has recently been rocked by political unrest.The joint statement was issued by the governments of Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia,…

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New CDC data reveals how rare symptomatic breakthrough cases seem to be

Breakthroughs are expected and represent about 0.098% of those fully vaccinated.July 26, 2021, 11:01 AM• 10 min readAlthough reports of breakthrough COVID-19 cases occurring among fully vaccinated Americans are garnering much attention, as the country experiences a viral resurgence, new data illustrates just how rare these breakthrough infections are likely to be, and further shows…

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Most Americans Now Pessimistic About The Next Year As Delta Variant Surge Hits Biden’s Pandemic Approval Rating

Topline For the first time during President Joe Biden’s term, a majority of Americans are pessimistic about the nation’s direction over the next year as the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases fuels uncertainty over the economic recovery—marking a stark change from decades-high optimism earlier this year, according to a new poll released Sunday. The rising…

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Tunisian president sacks PM, suspends parliament after violent protests

Tunisia’s president dismissed the government and froze parliament on Sunday, prompting crowds to fill the capital in support of a move that dramatically escalated a political crisis, but that his opponents called a coup. President Kais Saied said he would assume executive authority with the assistance of a new prime minister, in the biggest challenge…

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Extreme weather renews focus on climate change as scientists update forecasts

A child looks on as water floods through a fence in Wessem, Netherlands, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Eva Plevier/File PhotoJuly 26 (Reuters) – As scientists gather online to finalize a long-awaited update on global climate research, recent extreme weather events across the globe highlight the need for more research on how it will play out, especially…

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