2020.08.01

News Headlines - 01 August 2020

PM Abe stops donning his much-touted government-sponsored mask

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday appeared for the first time in public since April without wearing his much-touted government-sponsored mask, which has been derided as a symbol of his administration's out-of-step policy against the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead of donning what became known as the "Abenomask," which was so small that it rode up on his face, Abe seemed more comfortable wearing one similar to commercially available ones, which fully covered the lower half of his face.

Germany suspends Hong Kong extradition agreement after election delay and amid national security law furore | South China Morning Post

Germany has suspended its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, following other Western countries in a move that reflected widespread concern over Beijing’s national security law in the city.
Maas made the statement on Friday, on the same day Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam postponed a September 6 election of the city’s legislature by a year, and put independence activist Ray Wong Toi-yeung - who has been granted asylum status by German authorities - on a wanted person’s list over national security offences.

Apple removes thousands of game apps from China store: research firm - Reuters

Apple Inc removed 29,800 apps from its Chinese app store on Saturday, including more than 26,000 games, according to data from research firm Qimai... The takedowns come amid a crackdown on unlicensed games by Chinese authorities.

Brazil to issue new 200 reais bank note - Reuters

Brazil will issue a 200 reais bank note, the currency’s largest denomination, for circulation around the end of August, the central bank said on Wednesday.
The note, at current exchange rates worth just under $40, will join the country’s two, five, 10, 20, 50 and 100 reais notes.
The new note will feature the maned wolf, and an estimated 450 million of them will be printed, the central bank said.

South Africa Murder Rate: 58 People Die on Average Every Day in Crime Spike - Bloomberg

The number of murders in South Africa climbed to the highest level in more than a decade as the police force struggled to get to grips with violent crime.
The number of homicides rose by 1.4% to 21,325 in the 12 months through March -- an average of 58 a day -- the police service said in its annual crime-statistics report. The murder rate of 36 per 100,000 people was little changed from the previous year and compares with an international average of seven per 100,000. The number of rapes, sexual offenses and car hi-jackings also increased, but property-related crime declined.

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