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President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that he had been infected; he had repeatedly downplayed the specter of the virus in Brazil, which has been battered by the world’s second-worst outbreak after america.

At one level the president described the coronavirus as “a measly chilly,” and when requested in late April in regards to the rising loss of life toll, he replied: “So what? Sorry, however what would you like me to do?”

Talking to journalists exterior the palace, Mr. Bolsonaro, 65, mentioned he had taken a take a look at after experiencing fatigue, muscle ache and a fever. He didn’t categorical contrition for his dealing with of the pandemic, saying the calls for of his job had put him in danger.

“I’m the president, I’ve to be on the entrance traces of the combat,” he mentioned. He in contrast the virus to “rain, which goes to get to you.”

Worldwide college students within the U.S. must return to their home countries if their universities are moving classes online, immigration officers introduced.

An exception to visa necessities had been in place, permitting college students to attend lessons on-line. However this fall, when many American universities are holding lessons nearly, the scholars’ visas will now not be legitimate.

It was a blow to college students who’re already struggling to pursue their training overseas through the pandemic. Many have been pressured to remain at associates’ homes and are usually not eligible for federal monetary assist tied to the pandemic.

Particulars: Greater than one million worldwide college students had been issued visas to review in america final yr.


Blazes within the Arctic have launched more polluting gases into the Earth’s atmosphere in the last month than any other fires have launched in 18 years of information assortment.

In June, the fires launched 59 million metric tons of planet-warming carbon dioxide, scientists mentioned on Tuesday. For context, that’s greater than all of the carbon that oil-producing Norway emits in a yr.

The Arctic is warming not less than two and a half instances quicker than the worldwide common fee. Smoke from the Siberian fires appears to be reaching so far as the Pacific Northwest within the U.S., scientists mentioned.

A fleet of high-altitude balloons the dimensions of tennis courts began delivering web service to Kenya on Tuesday, giving on-line entry to tens of hundreds of individuals. It’s the first-ever commercial deployment of the technology.

The “floating cell towers” present 4G LTE community connection to an space throughout central and western Kenya, together with the capital, Nairobi. Telecom suppliers in different nations are carefully watching to evaluate whether or not the know-how is dependable and the service could be worthwhile.

Deutsche Financial institution: The German lender agreed to a $150 million settlement with New York monetary regulators after it failed to act on suspicious transactions by Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted intercourse offender.

President Trump: In a tell-all memoir, Mary Trump, the president’s niece, claims that Mr. Trump embraces “cheating as a way of life” and sees folks in “financial phrases.”

Russia espionage: Russia’s secret police pressure has arrested Ivan Safronov, a respected former reporter who labored in current months as an adviser to the top of the nation’s house company, accusing him of treason for passing secrets and techniques to a NATO nation.

What we’re studying: This Star Tribune profile of the radio host Garrett McQueen. Melissa Eddy, our Berlin correspondent, calls it a “nice profile of his mission to broaden our thought of how we outline classical music.”

After China imposed a brand new safety legislation on Hong Kong, Fb, Google, Fb-owned WhatsApp, Twitter and another digital firms mentioned they might quickly stop handing over people’s information when the Hong Kong authorities ask for it. Right here’s what Shira Ovide from our On Tech newsletter wrote about their resolution.

Going up towards the brand new legislation may pressure these firms to close down service in Hong Kong. It could even be a public defiance of China’s authorities that we not often see from world firms. Nobody is aware of what occurs subsequent.

U.S. web firms face arduous calls as they resolve how and whether or not to adjust to the divergent legal guidelines and norms of every nation they function in with out violating their very own missions.

With regards to China, these problems are multiplied by a thousand. The federal government and a few of its supportive residents are prepared to punish world firms and organizations just like the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation that don’t associate with the federal government’s views of itself or the world.

Firms with enterprise in China have twisted themselves in knots, for instance, making an attempt to not offend the federal government by showing to aspect with Hong Kong’s demonstrators urgent for autonomy.

This Hong Kong legislation, nevertheless, presents the U.S. web powers with a type of arduous selections multiplied by a thousand. In the event that they associate with China’s new legislation, they may probably face backlash from American politicians and their employees.

In the event that they don’t comply, China may make it unattainable for the American web firms to proceed to function in Hong Kong. It’d seize the tech firms’ workplaces within the metropolis and even arrest its staff. You may think about how the U.S. authorities would reply to that.

Even whereas they’re banned in China, the web firms won’t be capable of keep away from hassle with China.


That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.

— Melina


Thanks
Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Melissa Clark supplied the recipe, and Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh supplied the break from the information. You may attain the staff at [email protected].

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