Friday, 31 July 2020 07:30

World news headlines

** Republicans openly challenge Trump's tweet on delaying election.
Washington (CNN)An array of congressional Republicans, including more than a dozen members in both the House and Senate and in the party's leadership, openly rejected President Donald Trump's suggestion Thursday that November's presidential election should be delayed, a move that the President would have no authority to make because the Constitution gives Congress the power to set the date for voting.

** Despite a history of abuse, they're facing murder charges.
Moscow (CNN)Mikhail Khachaturyan's body was found on a staircase in a Moscow apartment block in July 2018, with dozens of knife wounds to his chest and neck.

A few hours before his death, he had returned from a psychiatric clinic, lined up his three daughters to chastise them for the messy apartment and pepper-sprayed their faces, according to investigators and the sisters' lawyers. His eldest daughter Krestina, who has asthma, fainted.

** Dubai Crown Prince pays hospital bills of Nigerian mother stranded with quadruplets following CNN report.
CNN)Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has paid the hospital expenses of a Nigerian mother and her quadruplets stranded in the city with mounting medical bills, according to the hospital.

** Eid gift for stranded UAE residents in India: Flights resume July 31 to August 15.
Air India Express opens bookings for flights from India to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
The airline on Thursday evening opened bookings for India-UAE flights on the departure leg of the repatriation flights under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM).

** US economy has worst-ever quarter with epic 32.9% dive in Q2 GDP.
A sharp contraction in consumer spending because of the coronavirus pandemic was the main driver pushing the economy into a chasm [File: Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo]
We knew the United States economy fell off a cliff in the second quarter. On Thursday, we learned just how steep that dive was.

The US economy plunged a staggering 32.9 percent from April through June on an annualised basis, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported - by far the worst contraction on record.

**Biggest daily rise in Spain coronavirus cases since June: Live
Spain logs over 1,200 infections, the largest daily rise since its lockdown ended.
Biggest daily rise in Spain coronavirus cases since June: Live
Spain logs over 1,200 infections, the largest daily rise since its lockdown ended.

**Trump floats election delay, claims voter fraud risks amid virus
President Trump sends tweet suggesting US presidential election should be delayed as states plan to use mail-in ballots.

**United States President Donald Trump on Thursday raised for the first time the possibility of delaying the US November presidential election.

Trump raised the question of a delay on Twitter and without evidence claimed risks of mail-in voter fraud.

** Time to change: Virus-hit U.S. urges people to spend coins.
The flow of coins through the U.S. economy is the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic and now the government is asking people to spare a little change to balance out the supply.

Virus restrictions have meant stores doing less business and thus fewer coins are being spent, bunching up the normal flow of quarters, dimes and nickels.


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