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Deaths outpace births in some Brazilian cities, as Covid-19 resurges

Brazil’s second most populous city, Rio de Janeiro registered 36,437 deaths in March — 16% more than the month’s 32,060 new births, according to the national Civil Register. It wasn’t alone; at least 10 other Brazilian cities with populations over half a million people also registered more deaths than births …

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Biden dispatches unofficial delegation to Taiwan

That unofficial delegation is comprised of former Sen. Chris Dodd and former senior State Department officials Richard Armitage and James Steinberg. Their travel comes as China has carried out a number of aggressive shows of force toward the island. “The selection of these three individuals — senior statesmen who are …

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IBM spinoff joins a long list of questionable corporate names

That is the actual name of the IT services unit that IBM is spinning off from its core business. Soon, the 90,000 employees affected by the change will no longer say they work for “IBM” — perhaps one of the more classic, unambiguous corporate names ever — but instead for …

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WHO calls for ‘reality check’ as global Covid-19 cases surge for seventh week

Maria van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead for coronavirus response, said 4.4 million Covid-19 infections had been recorded across the world last week globally and expressed concern about global trends. “This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic, where we have proven control …

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Car-making nightmare could soon get a fix, thanks to Intel

CEO Pat Gelsinger told Reuters on Monday that Intel is in talks with companies that design chips for carmakers about manufacturing those chips in its factories. Intel (INTC) could be producing the chips within six to nine months, he said. That increased supply would be a big help to automakers …

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Fox has no problem with Tucker Carlson’s ‘replacement theory’ remarks, says Lachlan Murdoch

“Fox Corporation shares your values and abhors anti-semitism, white supremacy and racism of any kind,” Murdoch wrote ADL chief executive Jonathan Greenblatt on Sunday. “In fact, I remember fondly the ADL honoring my father with your International Leadership Award, and we continue to support your mission. “Concerning the segment of …

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US and China deploy aircraft carriers in South China Sea

Meanwhile, the US and Philippines were preparing for joint drills as the US secretary of defense proposed ways to deepen military cooperation between Washington and Manila after China massed vessels in disputed waters. China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday said the country’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, steamed into the …

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A shooter is on the run in Paris after killing one

The attacker fled the scene outside the Henry Dunant Hospital, in the 16th arrondissement of the French capital, using a two-wheeled vehicle. The prosecutor’s office said that initial investigations suggests the deceased, a 33-year-old man, was “intentionally targeted by the gunman.” The injured second victim, a 33-year-old woman, was identified …

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France to ban domestic flights where trains are available, in move to cut emissions

MPs voted late on Saturday to some suspend some flights by domestic airlines that can be made by train in less than two-and-a-half hours, as part of a wider climate bill. If the bill passes through France’s upper house, the Senate, France will join a number of European countries seeking …

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Hideki Matsuyama wins the 2021 Masters, becoming first Japanese man to win golf major

The Japanese golfer finished ahead of Will Zalatoris in second to claim his first major. He shot a final round 73 to finish with a score of 10 under par, one shot ahead of the American runner-up. The 29-year-old was bunched amongst his competitors before an hour-long weather delay on …

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