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Trump bashes NYT article about Russia and Taliban as fake news

WASHINGTON, July 11. /TASS/: The New York Times article alleging that Russia was offering cash to militants in Afghanistan for killing the troops of the US and their coalition allies is a "hit job", US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

"This was just another phony hit job by the nytimes. They had no source, they made it up. Fake news!" Trump wrote.

Amazon founder’s ex-wife become US’s richest woman

NEW YORK, July 12. /TASS/: Ex-spouse of the world’s richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos MacKenzie has become the richest woman in the US, Forces announced Saturday.

In July 2019, MacKenzie Bezos received 4% share of the world’s largest online retailer during a divorce process. At the moment of the divorce, this share was worth about $38.3 billion. However, Amazon stocks significantly increased in price during the coronavirus pandemic, Forbes says.

UN Security Council adopts resolution on mandate renewal for cross-border humanitarian mechanism in Syria

UNITED NATIONS, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Saturday adopted a resolution, with 12 votes in favor and three abstentions, on the mandate renewal for the cross-border humanitarian mechanism in Syria.

Resolution 2533 decides to renew the border crossing of Bab al-Hawa for 12 months, until July 10, 2021. China, Russia and the Dominican Republic voted in abstention. Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, made remarks in explanation of China's vote.

Saudi prince a prime suspect in Khashoggi murder case: UN

12 July 2020; MEMO: A UN official has said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was a prime suspect in the case of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018, reports Anadolu Agency.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution Agnes Callamard said even though she does not have evidence against the MBS, but in terms of ordering and inciting the killing, he is a prime suspect.

USA: Donald Trump, Joe Biden win Louisiana's presidential primary

Washington ,Jul 12 (AP/PTI) President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have won Louisiana's twice-postponed presidential primary.

Trump faced no true challenger for the Republican nomination, but four other GOP contenders ran against him on Louisiana's ballot Saturday.

Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

Washington, Jul 12 (AP/PTI) President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.

Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to meet wounded servicemembers and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients.

USA: US: Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse

New York, Jul 12 (AP/PTI) A long-expected upturn in US coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic.

The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months, and even remained down as states like Florida and Texas saw explosions in cases and hospitalisations and reported daily US infections broke records several times in recent days.

U.S. trapped in "dark Covid hole" with no plan to get out: media

WASHINGTON, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The United States is trapped in "a dark Covid hole" with "no plan to get out," the CNN said in a recent in-depth analysis.

"There are only contradictions, obfuscations and confusion from the federal officials who ought to be charting a national course," said the analysis published Friday, citing "leadership vacuum" as the reason behind U.S. failure in epidemic control.

USA: Biden forges brand of liberal populism to use against Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden stood in a Pennsylvania metal works shop, just miles from his boyhood home, and pledged to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression and the industrial mobilization for World War II.

USA: 2 officers, suspect killed in Texas border town shooting

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Two police officers were shot and killed Saturday by a suspect who later fatally shot himself in a South Texas border town after responding to a domestic disturbance call, authorities said.

McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez identified the slain officers as Edelmiro Garza, 45, and Ismael Chavez, 39. Garza was an officer with the police department for more than eight years while Chavez had over two years of experience.

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