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Tech Titans to Defend American Success Stories

Leaders of the world's four most powerful companies will defend the Internet giants, painting them as US success stories in a fiercely competitive world during a major antitrust hearing Wednesday.

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As U.S. Lawmakers Spar, Federal Reserve Aims to Buoy Economy

Facing the second recession in just over a decade and with Congress locked in debate over a new emergency spending package, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday will seek a way to put some guardrails on the U.S. economy.

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General Motors Reports $758 Million Q2 Loss on Lower Car Sales

General Motors reported a smaller-than-expected loss Wednesday as strong pricing for some newer auto models partially mitigated the hit from much lower sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The big US automaker lost $758 million in the second quarter, compared with a $2.4 billion profit in the year-ago period. 

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Hit by Virus and Drought, Rural Moroccans Tighten Belts for Eid

Moroccan farmer Hamid had pinned his hopes on selling his sheep for the Eid al-Adha feast, to make up for a year of drought and the economic paralysis linked to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Child Dies, 700 Sick in Jordan Mass Food Poisoning

Mass food poisoning in Jordan has sickened at least 700 people and killed a child, all of whom ate cut-price shawarma from a restaurant outside Amman, the health ministry said Wednesday.

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Italian Coast Guard Rescues Migrants Off Libya

Italy's coast guard said on Wednesday it had rescued nearly 100 migrants on a "half deflated" dinghy off the coast of Libya after authorities in other countries failed to intervene.

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Record 212 Environmental Activists Murdered in 2019

At least 212 environmental campaigners worldwide were murdered in 2019, making last year the deadliest on record for frontline activists battling  the destruction of Nature, watchdog group Global Witness reported Wednesday.

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UAE Team Emirates in New Coronavirus Scare in Spain

UAE Team Emirates have withdrawn three of their cyclists from the Tour of Burgos as a precautionary measure after the trio had been in contact with someone outside the race who tested positive for coronavirus.

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Half of Coronavirus Patients Given Ventilation Died, German Study Says

One in five patients hospitalised in Germany over the coronavirus succumbed to the disease, with the fatality rate rising to 53 percent for those who received ventilation, a study showed Wednesday.

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France Urges Caution but Says no Virus Second Wave

The health minister on Wednesday said France was not in the throes of a second wave of coronavirus infection despite a recent rise in cases, but urged the public to behave responsibly to prevent a new surge. 

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