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Trump administration took steps to prevent abuse, fraud in visa programmes, officials tell Congressmen

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: July 31, 2020 1:50:44 pm

H-1B Visa, US visa, US immigration, US coronavirus pandemic,Trump administration visa programme, US visa rule, world news The H-1B visa has an annual numerical limit cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year as mandated by the Congress.

The Trump administration has taken a series of steps to prevent the abuse and fraud in the employment-based visa programmes, including changing the cap selection process for the H-1B, the most sought-after work permit among Indian IT professionals, a top US immigration official has told lawmakers.

The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wins death penalty appeal

BOSTON, July 31 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday overturned Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death penalty sentence for helping carry out the 2013 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld much of Tsarnaev’s conviction but ordered a lower-court judge to hold a new trial strictly over what sentence Tsarnaev should receive for the death penalty-eligible crimes he was convicted of.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said his office is reviewing the decision and will have more to say “in the coming days and weeks.” A lawyer for Tsarnaev did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Coronavirus global updates, 31 July: UK PM halts lockdown easing in England as cases rise

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 31, 2020 10:36:28 pm

Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur have announced they will supply 100 million doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine to the United States as governments buy up supplies in hopes something will work.

Globally, more than 17.29 million have tested positive for coronavirus and 671,480​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. New restrictions have been imposed in several parts of the world as cases continue to surge, and as clusters emerge after restrictions were eased. Over 10.13 million people have recovered after testing positive till now.

In its latest advisory, the World health Organisation urged each country to conduct a risk-benefit analysis of its own and decide on its priorities, befor...

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After passing on Brock Boeser at the NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild will face the former UND star in the playoffs

They walked onto the stage at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on a sunny June day in 2015 to make the No. 20 overall pick in the NHL Draft.

The Wild, who had long searched for a goal-scoring right winger, had a perfect fit on the board. They were going to have the opportunity to draft Brock Boeser, the local product out of Burnsville, who led the United States Hockey League in goals the previous season.

Wild general manger Chuck Fletcher stepped up to the mic. He didn’t make any small talk or have any announcements. He got right to the point.

He leaned in and said: “Minnesota selects, from Farjestad, Joel Eriksson Ek.”

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The Wild passed on Boeser in favor of the centerman from Sweden. Boeser went three picks later to the Vancouver Canucks.

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Seasonal flu reports hit record lows amid global social distancing

By: Reuters | Beijing | Published: July 31, 2020 2:02:59 pm

influenza The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates there are some 3-5 million severe illnesses and up to 500,000 deaths annually linked to seasonal influenza globally. (Source: getty images)

Global social distancing rules targeting coronavirus have pushed influenza infection rates to a record low, early figures show, signalling that the measures are having an unprecedented impact on other communicable diseases.

In China, where the earliest wide-scale lockdown measures began, new reports of diseases including mumps, measles and some sexually transmitted diseases have declined significantly, though influenza cases have seen the sharpest drop off.

Infections reported monthly by the county’s health ministry have dropped by over 9...

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North Dakota announces new daily high in COVID-19 cases

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Friday, July 31, announced a record high number of new COVID-19 cases in the state with 168 positive tests.

This is the highest one-day increase to date since North Dakota saw its first case in March.

There are now 1,077 North Dakotans known to be infected with the illness, and 103 residents have died.

Burleigh County continues to report the highest number of active cases of any county with health officials on Friday confirming another 38 new cases. It also has more than double the number of active cases than any county with 280 cases.

On Thursday evening, Bismarck Public Schools voted unanimously to begin the 2020-21 school year with full-time in-person instruction.

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How Trump is opening the way for the Taliban to take Afghanistan back

With a thriving opium-based agriculture still in place, talk of victory is hollow and won’t wash during an election campaign. This is why February’s agreement with the Taliban is so important, the need now being to present it as an acceptable deal. The reality is rather different and as things stand it looks like Trump the great deal-maker is again proving to be anything but.

Under the 29 February agreement, which was a US-Taliban deal that didn’t involve the elected Afghan government, all foreign troops will be out by next May, enabling a negotiated peace between the Taliban and the government...

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S Korean tries washing money over virus fears, suffers loss

By: AP | Published: July 31, 2020 9:54:21 pm

coronavirus scare, coronavirus on surfaces, covid 19 updates, cleaning bank notes for coronavirus Some of the money was seriously damaged, and the person reached out to the Bank of Korea to find whether it could be exchanged for new bills.

Money laundering is not a good idea, as a South Korean found out when he or she put banknotes in a washing machine to remove possible traces of the coronavirus. Officials say the loss was considerable.

The person living in Ansan city, near Seoul, placed an unspecified amount of 50,000-won (USD 42) bills in a washing machine earlier this year.

Some of the money was seriously damaged, and the person reached out to the Bank of Korea to find whether it could be exchanged for new bills.

Under bank rules on the exchange of damaged, mutilated and contaminated banknotes, the person was provided with the ...

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Port: Who is worse, anti-LGBT Republicans or those who tolerate them?

That’s what a Republican state lawmaker told me recently.

They were referring, of course, to the controversy over bigoted, anti-LGBT language in the NDGOP’s state platform.

The language has been there, in one form or another, since 2016. The party’s executive committee has disavowed the language after it made headlines this month. However, a faction of the party is still standing behind it, and Republican officials generally have gone silent as to how the language came to be in the first place.

They’ve been stiff-arming inquiries from the news media, and even elected Republicans can’t seem to get their questions answered.

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“I saw the news last night and they would absolutely not talk to KFYR-TV,” this lawmaker told me...

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Eurozone economy suffers record drop during lockdown months

By: AP | Paris | Published: July 31, 2020 5:43:51 pm

Spain, Spain coronavirus, Spain emergency, spain coronavirus deaths, spain coronavirus cases, coronavirus pandemic, coronavirus china The decline in Europe compares with a 9.5% quarter on quarter drop in the United States. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

The economy of the 19-country eurozone shrank by a devastating 12.1 per cent during the second quarter from the quarter before as coronavirus lockdowns froze business and consumer activity. It was the largest drop on record.

Spain, which suffered a severe virus outbreak that devastated its tourism industry, was the hardest hit with a 18.5% drop. Italy and Portugal also suffered steep declines, but no country escaped the impact of the pandemic.

For the currency union as a whole it was the biggest decline since the records started in 1995...

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