India’s Home Minister, Close Aide to Modi, Has Coronavirus
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India’s Home Minister Amit Shah said he tested positive for coronavirus and is getting admitted in a hospital.
Shah asked people who have come in contact with him in the past few days to isolate themselves and get tested, he said in apost on Twitter. The minister said his health was fine but was getting hospitalized on the advice of his doctors.
Shah has been Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s point man for more than three decades. His rise from a lowly party worker who hung campaign posters to home minister — considered India’s second-most important job — has been closely enterwined with Modi’s own climb at the top.
ByteDance May Prefer TikTok Spinoff Over Sale to Microsoft
ByteDance Ltd. would prefer to spin off video-sharing app TikTok rather than sell it toMicrosoft Corp., the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the deal.
U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to ban the app on Friday, citing concerns over privacy and data.
Microsoft was said to be in talks to buy TikTok, but Dow Jones reported on Saturday that those negotiations were on hold. According to the SCMP, TikTok’s owners would prefer to create an independent company rather than selling to a U.S. company.
Almost everyone in the room favors a TikTok spinoff, the SCMP reported, with only ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming unsure.
“But even for Zhang himself, there’s really no other option because the app will be killed if you don’t let it go,” the SCMP cited the personal familiar as saying.
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Israel to Draft Reservists to Help Fight Coronavirus Outbreak
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Israel plans to draft as many as 3,000 reservists during the next two weeks to help rein in the coronavirus outbreak, the Defense Ministry said.
The reservists, most from the Home Front Command, will assist with epidemiological investigations and provide extra staffing for quarantine hotels, the ministry said. They’ll also boost the command’s presence in cities with a relatively large number of infections.
There are more than 72,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel to date, including more than 530 fatalities. The plan to involve the military more was pushed by Israel’s new coronavirus czar, who was appointed last month to try to formulate a coherent strategy to combat the surge in cases and deaths that followed Israel’s reopening of its economy after a near-total lockdown.
UAE, Iran Discuss Covid-19 Response In Rare Talks
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Iran and the United Arab Emirates vowed to support global efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine after the OPEC nations’ top diplomats held rare talks on Sunday.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Mohammad Javad Zarif “exchanged greetings” on the Eid Al-Adha Muslim celebration in a video call and reviewed their countries respective efforts “to contain the repercussions” of the pandemic, the UAE’s state news agency WAM reported.
The UAE is closely allied with Saudi Arabia, Iran’s rival for regional hegemony.
Motor racing: Three-wheel Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix
SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom (AFP) – Lewis Hamilton survived a dramatic finale to win the British Grand Prix on Sunday (Aug 2), just making it across the line on three tyres to beat a fast closing Max Verstappen on Red Bull.
The defending world champion claimed his seventh British Grand Prix win as Ferarri’s Charles Leclerc came third and Daniel Ricciardo of Renault fourth.
Finland’s Millennial Leader Shows How to Marry in a Pandemic
Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin married her longtime partner Markus Raikkonen in a small ceremony befitting pandemic times.
The couple wed on Saturday with family and their closest friends present, the Finnish government said in a statement on Sunday. Just 40 guests attended the wedding, which took place at their official residence in Helsinki, a picturesque seaside villa. Marin, 34, first announced her nuptials in anInstagram post.
“We’ve lived together in our youth, grown up together and become parents to our dear daughter. Thank you for being by my side,” the prime minister wrote to her new husband.
Marin and Raikkonen have been together for 16 years and they have a two-year-old daughter. The wedding follows the July 15 marriage of Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who had to repeatedlyreschedule the ceremony — first due to elections, then the coronavirus pandemic and finally because of a European Union summit.
Finland’s Covid-19 situation is contained with few cases reported daily. There have been a total of about 7,400 confirmed infections.
India's interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalized
India's Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that he had tested positive for coronavirus and had been admitted to hospital.
Amit Shah, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and one of the country's most powerful politicians, heads a key ministry that has been at the forefront of managing India's coronavirus outbreak.
"I request all of you who came in contact with me in the last few days to isolate yourselves and get tested," Shah said in a tweet.