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U.S. record gun sales continue in historic uncertain times

Denver, US | XINHUA | Americans are arming themselves to the teeth like never before. The number of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks — the barometer of Americans buying guns — hit another record in July when 3.6 million Americans were loaded up. Since 1998, the FBI’s National Instant …

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Trump issues order banning U.S. transactions with TikTok in 45 days

Washington, US | XINHUA | U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order banning any U.S. transactions with Chinese tech firm ByteDance, owner of popular video-sharing app TikTok, starting in 45 days, a controversial move widely criticized by experts. The app has been downloaded over 175 million times in …

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WHO chief urges U.S. to reconsider withdrawal decision

Geneva, Switzerland | XINHUA | The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said that the COVID-19 pandemic can not be defeated in a divided world, and he hopes the United States will “reconsider its position” on the decision to withdraw from the organization. “Now it’s time to work …

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Brain gets bigger if you’re anxious and depressed: study

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Depression and anxiety cause one area of the human brain to become “significantly” larger, according to an Australian study. The study, published by Australian National University (ANU) researchers recently, looked at the brains of more than 10,000 people. The study shows that depression alone causes the …

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World food prices rise for 2nd consecutive month: FAO

Rome, Italy | XINHUA | World food prices edged higher in July, the second consecutive month of increases on the heels of lower prices for the first five months of the year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported Thursday. FAO said rising prices for vegetable oils, dairy products, …

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Missteps by Trump administration contributed to U.S. “unique failure” to contain coronavirus

Washington, US | XINHUA | The tradition of prioritizing individualism over government restrictions and missteps by the Trump administration contributed to the U.S. “unique failure” to contain the novel coronavirus, said a report by The New York Times on Thursday. “First, the United States faced longstanding challenges in confronting a major …

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