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AI and our health data: A pandemic threat to our privacy

On The Listening Post this week: The pandemic gives big tech firms a chance to access the holy grail of datasets – your medical records. Plus, science journalists and their sources. AI and our health data: A pandemic threat to our privacy Put yourself in the shoes of the NHS,

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Trump is winning the political spin game

In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Delaware and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington, DC [File: AP Photos] Donald Trump has somehow survived an overwhelming flood of political scandals, legal battles, accusations, the Russia investigation, impeachment, and

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'Cynical': Critics slam Italy's amnesty for undocumented migrants

Migrants in Naples held some of the first street protests after the easing of the lockdown [Courtesy of Movimento Migranti e Rifugiati Napoli] Naples, Italy – A partial six-month amnesty for Italy’s undocumented migrants was announced this month in a move described by some as “a watershed moment” in the country’s

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France, UK, Germany 'regret' US end to three Iran nuclear waivers

Iran is enriching uranium up to 4.5 percent in violation of the nuclear deal limit [File: Carlos Barria/Reuters] France, Germany and the United Kingdom have criticised a United States decision to end three of its four sanctions waivers allowing work on Iranian nuclear sites designed to prevent weapons

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UK charity services: Volunteers see sharp rise in need for help

Coronavirus numbers in the United Kingdom may be heading lower, but charities say they are seeing a sharp rise in people needing their services. Many were already struggling to get by before the pandemic. Now, volunteers are trying to help parents with babies who cannot afford nappies, and others going

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India and Pakistan face the worst locust attack in decades

Plagues of locusts are devastating large parts of India and Pakistan. Billions of dollars worth of crops have been damaged, prompting fears of food shortages. Pakistan’s government says it is the worst infestation in more than 20 years. Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi, India.

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Two days of rain have revived the roar of waterfalls in Salalah

Two days of rain have renewed the waterfalls that only ever exist during this sort of weather in the Omani governate of Dhofar. The crescent of inland cliffs that front the Dhofar Mountains that surround Salalah, and the flood plain beneath, are renowned for becoming green during the monsoon season

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Merkel declines Trump invite for in-person G7 summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the first G7 leader to firmly reject the invitation [File: Michel Kappeler/Reuters] A German government spokesman has confirmed that Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend an in-person summit of world leaders that President Donald Trump has suggested he will host in the United States

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UNSC extends South Sudan arms embargo until May 2021

The resolution urges South Sudan’s leaders to finalise establishment of the transitional national unity government and fully implement all provisions of the 2018 peace agreement [File: Jok Solomun/Reuters] The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution on Friday extending until May next year an arms embargo

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Renault job losses: French automaker suffers a slump in demand

French automaker Renault will slash 15,000 jobs worldwide, in a bid to save billions of dollars. Renault has struggled with plummeting car sales because of coronavirus lockdowns, the transition to more electric car production and the fallout from the arrest in 2018 of its former boss, Carlos Ghosn. Al Jazeera’s

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Niger adopts new wire-tapping legislation on curbing 'terrorism'

Niger has been hit by the violence that has spread in parts of the Sahel in recent years [File: Warren Strobel/Reuters] Niger’s parliament has passed legislation authorising wiretapping as a means of curbing “terrorism and transnational criminality” despite criticism from the opposition. The law adopted on Friday allows

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Without a legal trace: Eradicating statelessness in Kyrgyzstan

When the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, newly independent states emerged. These new borders meant that all of a sudden people found themselves on the wrong side – foreigners in a country they called their home, but were unable to prove or formally claim as such. The United Nations

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George Floyd protesters: No justice unless all four cops charged

A protester holds her sign at the Hennepin County Government Center as protests continue over the death of George Floyd [Jim Mone/AP Photo] Protesters in the United States city of Minneapolis welcomed Friday’s murder charge against the white officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd, an

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Shootout in Ukraine suburb

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Government urged to apologise for $720 million Robodebt mistake

The Morrison government is being urged to apologise to the thousands of Australians who suffered distress because of its failed robodebt scheme. The government announced on Friday $720 million will be refunded that had wrongly been sought for around 470,000 welfare debts thrown up by the scheme because of faulty

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Olympic dream a Mini challenge for Jamaican bobsleigh team

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US: Derek Chauvin charged with murder in death of George Floyd

People gather outside the Hennepin County Government Center to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, arrested by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the United States [Eric Miller/Reuters] The white police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a

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Trump 'terminates' US contract with WHO: Coronavirus live updates

US President Donald Trump has said the US is ‘terminating’ its relationship with the WHO, saying group hasn’t made coronavirus reforms. The WHO and 37 countries have launched the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, an alliance aimed at making coronavirus vaccines, tests, treatments and other technologies available to all

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Trump says US 'terminating relationship' with WHO amid pandemic

Trump said the United States would be ‘redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs’ [Alex Brandon/AP] US President Donald Trump has announced the United States will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, saying it had failed to adequately respond

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Are African countries staying ahead of the coronavirus?

When coronavirus started to spread around the world, aid workers warned of disaster for Africa. Health systems are weak and poorly funded in many places, and crowded cities make physical distancing impossible. But the African countries appear to be managing. Senegal and Ghana are among the countries praised for their

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Trump escalates US-China conflict with new sanctions, measures

United States President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, the US [Alex Brandon/AP Photo] United States President Donald Trump on Friday said he was directing his administration to begin the process of eliminating special treatment for

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Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?

Germany’s Bundesliga returned on May 16 becoming Europe’s first major league to resume matches [Stuart Franklin/Reuters] The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which as of May 29 has killed more than 362,000 people globally, has affected sporting events across the world. As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has

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Coronavirus pandemic: Which politicians and celebs are affected?

Hollywood star Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson are two of the highest-profile celebrities to be affected by the coronavirus [Kevork Djansezian/Getty] The coronavirus pandemic has spread to at least 188 countries and territories, with the worldwide death toll from the virus surpassing 362,000. Among the 5.8 million cases

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What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease [Hannah McKay/Reuters] A new coronavirus that emerged in China late last year has spread to at least 188 countries on six continents, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak of the pathogen a pandemic.  More than 362,000 people

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Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks

Countries around the world are scrambling to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As of May 29, more than 362,000 people worldwide have died of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 is over 5.8 million, according

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Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic over a new coronavirus which causes an illness known as COVID-19 that has spread to nearly every country. The disease has killed more than 362,000 people and infected 5.8 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.4 million people

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Bangladeshis killed in Libya were abducted, tortured: Minister

Migrants in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, queue to receive food packages distributed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees following the coronavirus outbreak [File: Ayman Al-Sahili/Reuters] The 30 migrants killed by traffickers in Libya on Wednesday were abducted while crossing the country and then tortured to

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Tracking Africa's coronavirus cases

Most countries on the continent have put in place restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus [Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters] More than three months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to confirm a coronavirus case, the outbreak has reached every nation on the continent of 1.2 billion

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What is the way forward in India-Nepal border dispute?

Activists protest against India’s newly inaugurated link road to the Chinese border, near the Indian embassy in Kathmandu [File: Prakash Mathema/AFP] Kathmandu, Nepal – For several weeks, Indian soldiers have been engaged in a standoff with their Chinese counterparts along their disputed border, even as New Delhi is

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Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?

New cases of the novel coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December are being reported daily around the world. More than 362,000 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, while some 5.8 million infections have been confirmed in

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New York City slated for partial reopening on June 8

Vehicles move through a nearly empty Times Square in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic [Frank Franklin II/AP Photo] New York City is “on track” to enter phase one of reopening on June 8, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday as he announced that five

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Thousands struggling to make ends meet in Spain

Thousands of people in Spain have been struggling to make ends meet during coronavirus restrictions. Now they could be a little better off with the government approving plans for a new basic income. Al Jazeera’s Marta Herrero reports from the capital, Madrid.

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Fired officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck in custody: Live

Protests erupted in cities across the US over the deadly arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who was pinned to the ground by the knee of a white officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Protesters rallied in Minneapolis for a third night on Thursday into Friday, with some demonstrators overtaking

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Report: US considering charges against Venezuela's first lady

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores greet supporters during his closing campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela in 2018 [File: Carlos Jasso/Reuters] Four years ago, a minor player in the Venezuelan leadership was arrested in Colombia and extradited to the United States to face drug charges.

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Science Weekly in the pandemic: 'Every day you wake up to a discovery'

Nicola Davis is one of Science Weekly’s presenters, alongside Ian Sample and Hannah Devlin. Madeleine Finlay is one of its regular producers, alongside Max Sanderson and David Waters  How long has the pod been running, and how has it changed since its genesis? Madeleine Science Weekly started in March 2006, so it’s been

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Kin watch in horror as ex stabs NSW woman, 22, in murder-suicide

A Sydney woman has been stabbed to death by her former partner, who also died of stab wounds. Family in the home in Tongariro Terrace, Bidwill, were witnesses to the stabbing about 12.45pm on Saturday, police said. “Some intervened in what was happening,” Detective Chief Inspector Paul Tickner told reporters.

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Three dead in road crashes after horror start to WA long weekend

Three people are dead and two others are in hospital after four separate road crashes across Western Australia at the start of the long weekend. Two women died after a crash in Perth’s south, with police still looking for the passenger of one of the vehicles involved. Police said around

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Brisbane Roar boss lashes Sydney hub call

Brisbane boss David Pourre says Queenslanders should be “incensed” by the A-League’s decision to shun the state and play the bulk of the remaining season in New South Wales. The Roar chief executive lashed out in a Facebook post on Saturday morning after FFA boss James Johnson confirmed on Friday

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No new NSW virus cases, easing of restrictions imminent

NSW has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for the first time in almost three weeks as the easing of restrictions around the state nears. However health authorities warn it is likely people may have the virus and not be aware they have it. “While there have been no cases

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‘On my hit list’: Anthony Joshua wants to fight Tyson Fury

Two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says Tyson Fury is on his “hit list”. Joshua avenged the only defeat in his professional career when he saw off Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia in December, before a bout against Kubrat Pulev was postponed due to COVID-19. The coronavirus has also

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Melbourne primary school students in quarantine after positive test

A class of year two children in Victoria has been placed into quarantine for a fortnight after a student tested positive to coronavirus. The student is among three more cases linked to a school in Melbourne’s north-west. The COVID-19 cluster affecting Keilor Downs Secondary College has now grown to 11

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Robodebt victims are owed an apology, says Labor

The Morrison government is being urged to apologise to the thousands of Australians who suffered distress because of its failed robodebt scheme. The government announced on Friday $720 million will be refunded that had wrongly been sought for around 470,000 welfare debts thrown up by the scheme because of faulty

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Donald Trump breaks ties with WHO over coronavirus pandemic

US President Donald Trump says the United States is “terminating” its relationship with the World Health Organisation. Speaking from the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday (local time), Mr Trump accused the UN agency of failing to enact reforms in the face of US concerns over its handling

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Face masks are no silver bullet for coronavirus – but they do have benefits

There’s been much debate around the world about whether the public should be wearing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain”. In Singapore you’ll be

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States target stage three deadlines as WA abandons four-square-metre rule

The four-square-metre social distancing rule will be ditched in Western Australia as states set targets for the much-anticipated stage three of pandemic recovery. WA will be the first to test a reduced two-square-metre rule from next Saturday while allowing gatherings of up to 300 people. It comes as most state

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Dennis Atkins: Scott Morrison isn’t the new Bob Hawke. This is why.

The extraordinary thing about the policymaking fairytale woven around Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter and ACTU secretary Sally McManus is that it took a national health and economic crisis to get them talking to each other. It’s clear this wasn’t the fault of McManus – she would have gladly had

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The Ferguson Report: Hydroxymorons, and rugby scratches its tackle

“HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE MADE ME STUPID!” A gullible dingtwerp has incorrectly blamed his gormless thugwittery upon the drug hydroxychloroquine. He guzzled disinfectant saying, “It’s as simple as E=MC Hammer.” The World Health Organisation claims the drug is ineffective and dangerous when used on COVID-19 patients. “Huh? Is it ineffective or dangerous? It

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ASIC flags payday lending concerns once CORVID-19 fiscal stimulus dries up

More Australians will likely turn to high-risk payday loans when the government’s coronavirus stimulus measures run out in September, Australia’s corporate regulator has warned. But consumer advocates believe a surge in payday borrowers could prompt thousands of Australians to enter catastrophic ‘debt spirals’ and they urged the Coalition to avoid

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Why investors are lining up for a piece of the Virgin action

As many as five bidders are duking it out for ownership of long-suffering airline Virgin, despite its pre-coronavirus financial struggles. The nation’s second-largest carrier was placed into administration in April following the introduction of travel restrictions designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. But Virgin Australia had been struggling

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Retail sector braces for more pain as PAS Group collapses

Retailers will need to pull out all the stops to survive the looming recession after another major Australian business succumbed to the coronavirus. PAS Group – the parent company responsible for clothing brands Review, Black Pepper and Yarra Trail – entered voluntary administration on Friday. The announcement leaves the company’s 1300

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YouTubers slammed for ‘re-homing’ their adopted autistic son

Two YouTube ‘celebrities’ been flayed online for “re-homing” their adopted son after nearly three years with the family. On Thursday, Myka and James Stauffer released a seven-minute video explaining that while they were aware four-year-old Huxley had special needs, they weren’t prepared for how tough it would be. “Once

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Federal government to clear all Centrelink robo-debts, refund money

More than $720 million raised through the Morrison government’s controversial robo-debt program will be refunded. About 470,000 debts were raised through the defunct welfare scheme, which is now the subject of a class action challenge. “Services Australia will now put in place the mechanisms needed to start making refunds, including

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Work from home or face fines – Premier’s warning to Victorians

Victoria has toughened its stance on people returning to workplaces, flagging the possibility of fines for those who do not work from home if they can. The state, which is still reporting Australia’s highest number of coronavirus cases, had seven new infections on Friday. Premier Daniel Andrews said Victorians who

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‘COAG is no more’: Scott Morrison shakes up post-virus Australia

States and territories have agreed to dump COAG and replace it with a permanent National Cabinet, which will have a “job-making agenda” as the country continues through the easing of coronavirus restrictions. “COAG is no more. It will be replaced by a completely new system – and that new system

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Child and Family Commission to examine alleged abuse cases

Two separate cases of alleged child neglect that have emerged in Brisbane this week will be independently investigated by the Queensland Child and Family Commission, the Queensland Government has announced. The commission will examine circumstances leading to the death of four-year-old Willow Dunn at a house in Cannon Hill, along

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NRL’s ratings success shows appetite for sports return

The NRL’s push be the first Australian sporting code to emerge from the COVID-19 shutdown has paid dividends after drawing the biggest television audience for a regular-season game in more than six years. A combined 1,306,938 million people across the country tuned in to witness Parramatta thrash Brisbane in the

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National Guard called in as Minneapolis burns

The National Guard has been called in as Minneapolis braces for more violence after two days of rioting over the death of a black man who died while being arrested by a white police officer. Protests and looting have already ravaged several blocks in the city, with scattered clashes elsewhere.

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Fashion retailer PAS group goes into voluntary administration

Australia’s bleak retail climate has claimed another scalp with the owner of high-street clothing brands Review, Black Pepper and Yarra Trail sinking in to administration. PAS Group, which employs 1300 people and operates 225 shops in Australia and New Zealand announced on Friday it had entered voluntary administration. The ASX-listed

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Boy, 12, dead after ‘fight’ in Cairns park

Detectives are investigating the sudden death of a 12-year-old boy in Cairns. Emergency services were called to Shang Park at Mooroobool in the city’s west just after 6:00pm yesterday, after reports of a fight between two groups of youths. It is believed the boy was with three others when they

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Shoalhaven Zoo lion attack leaves woman critically injured

A woman has been attacked by a lion at Shoalhaven Zoo on the NSW south coast. Emergency services were called to the zoo on Friday morning after reports the woman, in her mid 30s, suffered serious face and neck injuries in the attack, a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said. She is

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