World News Briefs — July 7, 2020

BBC: Eurozone recession ‘will be deeper than forecast’The eurozone economy will sink deeper into recession than previously thought due to the effects of the pandemic, the European Commission (EC) has said.

The bloc will contract a record 8.7% this year before growing 6.1% in 2021. It compares with the EC’s May forecast of a 7.7% slump and 6.3% growth.

France, Italy and Spain will struggle the most, the EC said.

Its revised forecast comes amid concerns about the US economy after a surge in infections.

This has prompted several states to delay or reverse lifting restrictions.



Western powers seek condemnation of Syria over sarin attacks.Rocket fired at Baghdad’s international airport, not far from US troops and diplomats.

Hisham al-Hashimi: Leading Iraqi security expert shot dead in Baghdad.

Two killed in another explosion in Iran: Tehran blames ‘Human error’ for factory blast – days after fire hit a nuclear site and 19 died in a medical clinic gas leak. Factory blast near Iran’s capital kills two in latest explosion.

Iran’s foreign minister heckled and called a liar in parliament.

Israeli health official resigns blasting virus response.

Germany, others would not recognize Israeli annexation.


Taliban violence poses ‘serious challenges’ to peace: Ghani.Indian soldiers killed in China border clash were unarmed and surrounded, families say.

North Korea: ‘No intention’ to meet with the U.S. again.

U.S. envoy arrives in South Korea as North Korea rejects talks.

Reports: China, North Korea trade declining as food, fuel prices rise.

Kim Jong Un must compensate South Korean war veterans, court rules.

China braces for more storms after floods leave 121 dead or missing this year.

Hong Kong to ‘vigorously implement’ Beijing’s new security law.

Foreign firms in Hong Kong face ‘huge insecurity’ over national security law.


Armed group’s attacks in DRC killed almost 800 in 18 months: UN.Nine Mali soldiers killed in ambush: Army.

Sudan: Growing protests against insecurity in central Darfur.

Kenya: Arrests at Nairobi protest against police brutality.

Kenyan schools to stay closed until 2021.

South Africa coronavirus cases pass 200,000.

Zimbabwe spends millions on officials’ luxury cars as country goes hungry.


Eurozone economy to plunge 8.7% this year after hit from Covid-19. EU faces deeper recession than expected: European Commission. Updated EU forecast projects greater declines in 2020 before rebound.Russia: Kremlin promises retaliation to UK’s Magnitsky Act sanctions.

Russian space official Safronov charged in treason probe.

Coronavirus deaths in Europe pass 200,000 with Britain recording more fatalities than anywhere on the continent.

Serbia’s Sandzak residents warn of ‘apocalypse’ over coronavirus.

Italy could ‘section’ people who refuse treatment for Covid-19.

Police find 211 migrants crammed in truck in North Macedonia.

Greek PM rides high in opinion polls after one year in office.


Fauci warns US is ‘knee-deep’ in first wave of coronavirus.Citing violent crime in Atlanta, Georgia governor declares state of emergency and calls up National Guard.

EXCLUSIVE: Trump was victim of ‘child abuse’ at hands of his father, who ’caused him terror that would scar him for life’, claims President’s niece who describes Donald as ‘Frankenstein without the conscience’ in explosive memoir.

Change in Dominican Republic as opposition wins presidency.

Mexican president to talk trade with Trump as virus rages.

Canadian PM Trudeau will stay home for USMCA trade deal event in DC.

Foreign students in US must leave if classes move online.


Anti-ISIS coalition — saying Iraqi security forces now effective — reducing personnel, shifting mission focus.Mozambique is emerging as the next Islamic extremist hotspot.

Iran general Qassem Soleimani killing by US drone ‘unlawful’, deems UN official.


EU threatens escalation in tariff fight over Boeing and Airbus subsidies.Microsoft and Zoom join Hong Kong data ‘pause’.

TikTok to exit Hong Kong market as security law curbs online freedoms.

Hong Kong: Google, Facebook and Twitter halt user data requests.

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