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Proposed deal could end fight over 2020 census documents

A House oversight committee and the Commerce Department have reached an understanding that could lead to a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the legislative panel after the Trump administration ignored subpoenas for records on how the 2020 census was conducted.

Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and their staffers will be able to review the documents in person and take notes, but won’t be able to make copies, under the proposed deal filed in court Monday.

The House committee had been working with the Commerce Department toward an agreement since January when President Joe Biden took office.

The House committee originally sued Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in November 2019, while President Donald Trump was in office, for refusing to produce documents related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Supreme Court stopped the question from being added to the census form.

A year later, the House committee requested documents about anomalies found in the census data that may have caused delays in releasing the numbers used for determining how many congressional seats each state gets and for drawing congressional and legislative districts.

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India's GDP grows 20.1% in April-June

The GDP had contracted by 24.4% in the corresponding April-June quarter of 2020-21

India’s economy grew by 20.1% in the first quarter of 2021-22, helped by a low base of the year-ago period, official data showed on Tuesday.

The gross domestic product (GDP) had contracted by 24.4% in the corresponding April-June quarter of 2020-21, according to data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO).

The government had imposed a nationwide lockdown at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

China has recorded a growth of 7.9% in the April-June period of 2021.

Cristiano Ronaldo officially signs for Manchester United as contract details are revealed

  • The soccer player's return to Manchester United was officially confirmed on Tuesday morning as he said the club "has always had a special place in my heart."

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Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a two-year contract to return to Manchester United.

The English club reached an agreement to transfer him from Juventus for an initial €15m (£12.86m), which could later be increased by €8m (£6.86m).

"Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday," Ronaldo said.

"I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again."

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He said he looks forward to joining the team after the international games and hopes they have a very successful season ahead.

Ronaldo's contract has the option of a third year if international clearance is granted.

Juventus said the initial fee will be paid over five years and might be increased "upon achievement of specific performance objectives" during the contract.

United had announced plans last Friday to bring the Portuguese striker back to the club, subject to the agreement of personal terms, a medical exam and a visa.

U.S. New Home Sales Rebound By 1.0% In July

The Commerce Department released a report on Tuesday showing a rebound in U.S. new home sales in the month of July.

The report showed new home sales increased by 1.0 percent to an annual rate of 708,000 in July after slumping by 2.6 percent to an upwardly revised rate of 701,000 in June.

Economists had expected new home sales to jump by 3.6 percent to a rate of 700,000 from the 676,000 originally reported for the previous month.

While new home sales in June were upwardly revised, the annual rate still represented the lowest level since April of last year.

The increase in new home sales came as new home sales in the West skyrocketed by 14.4 percent to an annual rate of 215,000.

New home sales in the South also climbed by 1.3 percent, while new home sales in the Northeast and Midwest plummeted by 24.1 percent and 20.2 percent, respectively.

The Commerce Department also said the median sales price of new houses sold in July was $390,500, up 5.5 percent from $370,200 in June and up 18.4 percent from $329,800 a year ago.

The estimate of new houses for sale at the end of July was 367,000, representing a supply of 6.2 months at the current sales rate.

“While demand for new homes remains strong, high prices and backlogs in construction will temper sales in the months ahead,” said Nancy Vanden Houten, Lead U.S. Economist at Oxford Economics.

On Monday, the National Association of Realtors released a separate report showing existing home sales jumped by 2.0 percent to an annual rate of 5.99 million in July.

Tell us: Have your wages increased amid staff shortages in your sector?

We’re interested to hear whether workers have seen their wages rise due to labour shortages in the UK

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As demand for staff continues to outstrip labour supply in various sectors in the UK, we’re keen to hear whether workers have experienced wage growth in recent months.

We’re also interested to hear from workers who, while more than 1.1m jobs in the UK remain unfilled, believe they will be able to demand better conditions in future.

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