New York set to legalize recreational cannabis, after lawmakers pass & Cuomo vows to sign bill

New York’s state legislature has passed a bill legalizing the use of recreational cannabis for adults aged 21 and older, while ending most pot-related arrests in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged to sign the measure. The legalization bill passed the state Senate 40-23 on Tuesday and was approved by the state assembly in […]

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Set New Record as Infections Soar

CHICAGO — More than 98,000 coronavirus infections were reported across the United States on Friday, setting the single-day record for cases as the nation’s outbreak spiraled further out of control. The previous record had been set only a day earlier, providing a sense of how quickly the current surge is mounting. “The cases continue to increase, […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Cruises around Taiwan to set sail October 22

Hong Kong-based Genting Cruise Lines announced on Thursday (September 3) that it will begin a cruise line around Taiwan that passes through four ports of call beginning October 22, with the new venture coming on the heels of Genting’s recent success with island-hopping cruises. Lion Travel Service Co. and Genting’s Dream Cruises at a joint […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – 14 of Taiwan’s diplomatic offices set up memorial for late former president

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated Sunday (August 2) that 14 of its diplomatic offices have set up memorials for officials of foreign governments to remember former President Lee Teng-hui, who passed away on Thursday (July 30). MOFA stated on Sunday afternoon that in order to allow foreign dignitaries and friends of Taiwan abroad […]

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Set sail and social distance: Taiwan resumes ocean cruise amid pandemic – Times of India

KEELUNG, TAIWAN: Taiwan resumed an island-hoping ocean cruise on Sunday, joining a handful of places in the world to restart voyages after the coronavirus pandemic brought the industry to a virtual standstill. Some 900 holiday makers are adapting to new safety measures when boarding Genting Hong Kong‘s Explorer Dream embarking from Taiwan’s northern Keelung port. […]

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UK PM to set July 4 date to end Covid-19 lockdown with bars reopening – Times of India

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on Tuesday set to announce July 4 as the date for a significant lifting of lockdown restrictions in the country, with cinemas, museums, bars, pubs and restaurants being allowed to open their doors to the public once again. The venues, which have been closed for at least three […]

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Pussy Riot co-founder Pyotr Verzilov jailed for 15 days on ‘hooliganism’ charges, activist says he was set up by police

Pyotr Verzilov, a controversial Russian shock artist and co-founder of ‘punk’ art collectives Pussy Riot and Voina along with ex-wife Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, has been jailed for 15 days for “swearing in public.” The penalty comes the day after Verzilov said police questioned him about last year’s Moscow protests, specifically over allegedly using violence against a […]

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CDC reminds every public event is Covid-19 risk… after weeks of mass protests & just as Trump is set to hold own rally

The CDC has warned that Covid-19 pandemic is far from over and that states may be forced to reintroduce lockdowns – just as President Trump prepares to resume his campaign rallies after weeks of crowded protests nationwide. “If cases begin to go up again, particularly if they go up dramatically, it’s important to recognize that […]

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UK Coronavirus News: UK set to U-turn on border checks as virus hammers economy | World News – Times of India

UK border force booths are seen at the terminal ferry in Calais, France (Reuters) LONDON: The British government is watering down plans for full border checks on goods coming from the European Union to relieve pressure on businesses hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, UK media reported on Friday. The UK left the now-27-nation bloc on […]

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With Jobless Benefits Set to Lapse, Congress Is at Odds Over an Extension

But some Republicans have vowed to oppose the move. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, went so far as to ask President Trump to reject any future coronavirus relief package that maintained the benefit. (Mr. Trump made no such agreement.) Republicans argued that the unexpected news on Friday that the unemployment rate had declined […]

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