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15/08/2020 11:29:41  

The leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia urge Belarus to re-run its disputed presidential vote.
15/08/2020 11:29:36  

The story of how Dr Frank Murray used Irish to keep his diaries safe during World War Two.
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Two men from Burma were convicted of murdering backpackers David Miller and Hannah Witheridge.
15/08/2020 10:29:36  

Crews tackled the fire at a social club in Bournville, Birmingham, through the night.
15/08/2020 09:32:25  

Amid a flurry of concern over reports that frozen chicken wings imported to China from Brazil had tested positive for the coronavirus, experts said on Thursday that the likelihood of catching the virus from food -- especially frozen, packaged food -- is exceedingly low. From a report: "This means somebody probably handled those chicken wings who might have had the virus," said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University. "But it doesn't mean, 'Oh my god, nobody buy any chicken wings because they're contaminated.'" Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that "there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with Covid-19." The main route the virus is known to take from person to person is through spray from sneezing, coughing, speaking or even breathing. "I make no connection between this and any fear that this is the cause of any long-distance transmission events," said C. Brandon Ogbunu, a disease ecologist at Yale University. When the virus crosses international boundaries, it's almost certainly chauffeured by people, rather than the commercial products they ship. The chicken wings were screened on Wednesday in Shenzhen's Longgang district, where officials have been testing imports for the presence of coronavirus genetic material, or RNA. Several samples taken from the outer packaging of frozen seafood, some of which had been shipped in from Ecuador, recently tested positive for virus RNA in China's Anhui, Shaanxi and Shandong provinces as well. Laboratory procedures that search for RNA also form the basis of most of the coronavirus tests performed in people. But RNA is only a proxy for the presence of the virus, which can leave behind bits of its genetic material even after it has been destroyed, Dr. Ogbunu said. "This is just detecting the signature that the virus has been there at some point," he said.

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The BBC speaks to some of those arrested and detained during anti-government protests in Belarus.
15/08/2020 09:29:35  

Holidaymakers had just hours to return to the UK to avoid the 14-day self-isolation requirement.
15/08/2020 08:29:35  

Five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak on Saturday.
15/08/2020 07:31:59  

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15/08/2020 07:29:35  

Commemorations will mark the day of victory over Japan, which finally brought WW2 to an end.
15/08/2020 06:32:25  

Charter can charge Netflix and other online video streaming services for network interconnection despite a merger condition prohibiting the practice, a federal appeals court ruled today. From a report: The ruling [PDF] by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturns two merger conditions that the Obama administration imposed on Charter when it bought Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016. The FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai did not defend the merits of the merger conditions in court, paving the way for today's ruling. The case was decided in a 2-1 vote by a panel of three DC Circuit judges. The lawsuit against the FCC seeking to overturn Charter merger conditions was filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a free-market think tank, and four Charter users who claim they were harmed by the conditions. The FCC unsuccessfully challenged the suing parties' standing to sue, and it did not mount a legal defense of the conditions themselves. Though Charter did not file this lawsuit, the ISP separately asked the FCC to let the network-interconnection condition and a condition prohibiting data caps expire on May 18, 2021, two years earlier than scheduled. Today's court's ruling seems to render Charter's petition moot as far as the network-interconnection condition goes, but the court ruling did not overturn the data-cap prohibition.

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"He's having a tough time," the president said, though the younger sibling's condition is unclear.
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One small company found itself in trouble after using the Hollywood actor's image to sell honey.
15/08/2020 03:32:17  

Brown-Forman, a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages including Jack Daniel's and Finlandia, said it was hit by a cyber-attack in which some information, including employee data, may have been impacted. From a report: The company, which is based in Louisville, Kentucky, said in a statement it was able to prevent its systems from being encrypted, which is normally caused by ransomware attacks. It provided few other details about the incident, including when it happened or how the hackers accessed the data. "We are working closely with law enforcement, as well as world class third-party data security experts, to mitigate and resolve this situation as soon as possible," the company said. "There are no active negotiations."

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15/08/2020 03:29:35  

Japan's surrender on 15 August 1945, also known as VJ Day, marked the end of World War Two.