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 9/11 victims to sue  Saudi government

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The victims of the Sept. 11 attacks will file lawsuits seeking damages from Saudi Arabia after the US senate passed the legislation , setting up a potential showdown with the White House.

Saudi Arabia threatened to sell up to $750 billion worth of US assets held by the Kingdom in retaliation if it becomes law.

The Saudis deny responsibility for the 2001 attacks.

The ” Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act ,” or JASTA , passed the Senate by unanimous voice vote. It must next be taken up by the US House of Representatives, where no vote has yet been scheduled.

The Obama administration has been lobbying Congress to block the bill’s passage, administration officials and congressional aides from both parties told The Times. The administration argues that the legislation would put Americans at legal risk overseas.

If JASTA  becomes law would remove the sovereign immunity, preventing lawsuits against governments, for countries found to be involved in terrorist attacks on US soil.

However, the JASTA legislation would allow victims of terrorism on US soil to sue foreign sponsors of terrorism.

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York, a co-sponsor, said”Today the Senate has spoken loudly and unanimously that the families of victims of terrorist attacks should be able to hold the perpetrators, even if it’s a country, a nation, accountable.”

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Covid-19 cases in Russia surpass 674,000

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, reported 680 new cases, taking its tally of infections to 224,210.

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Moscow, July 5 : Russia recorded 6,632 Covid-19 cases since Friday, raising its total number of infections to 674,515, the country’s coronavirus response centre said on Saturday.

The death toll grew by 168 to 10,027, while 446,879 people have now recovered, including 8,986 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement, Xinhua reported.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, reported 680 new cases, taking its tally of infections to 224,210.

As of Friday, 280,415 people were still under medical observation, while more than 20.7 million Covid-19 lab tests have been conducted nationwide, Russia”s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog said Saturday.

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Donald Trump Jr’s Girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle Coronavirus Positive

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News television personality who is dating Donald Trump Jr, had traveled to South Dakota to see the US president’s Fourth of July speech and celebration fireworks at Mount Rushmore.

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Washington, United States: The girlfriend of President Donald Trump’s eldest son has tested positive for coronavirus, US media reported Friday. Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News television personality who is dating Donald Trump Jr, had traveled to South Dakota to see the US president’s Fourth of July speech and celebration fireworks at Mount Rushmore.

Guilfoyle, 51, was immediately isolated after discovering she had the virus in a routine test conducted on anyone expected to come in close contact with the president, the New York Times reported.

In a statement to the newspaper, Sergio Gor, chief of staff to the Trump campaign’s finance committee, said: “She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic.”

He added: “As a precaution (she) will cancel all upcoming events. Donald Trump Jr was tested negative, but as a precaution is also self-isolating and is canceling all public events.”

Guilfoyle is the third person close to the US president to return a positive COVID-19 test, US media reported.

Others include Trump’s personal valet and the US vice president’s press secretary.

The pandemic has claimed nearly 130,000 American lives and a recent resurgence “puts the entire country at risk,” top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has said.

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Bangladesh ranked 8th in global weekly increase in corona cases: WHO

Bangladesh doctors have recorded a high mortality rate in the country at 2.99 per cent even though more than 2,000 doctors have since recovered and returned to duty.

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Dhaka, July 4 : Bangladesh ranks 8th in weekly increase in new coronavirus cases across the globe with 26,598 new cases during the period, the World Health Organisation (WHO) data says.

As per the WHO website, Bangladesh is 9th on the list vis-à-vis daily new infections among different countries.

The COVID-19 death toll in Bangladesh reached 1,997 on Saturday as 29 more patients succumbed within 24 hours.

Bangladesh doctors have recorded a high mortality rate in the country at 2.99 per cent even though more than 2,000 doctors have since recovered and returned to duty.

So far, 73 doctors in Bangladesh have died of the novel coronavirus and the infections among these frontline fighters keeps increasing with each passing day.

However, Prof Dr Nasima Sultana from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) denies high corona prevalence among doctors.

When asked why Bangladesh doctors had a high mortality rate, Professor Sultana, an Additional Director General (Administration) in DGHS, said it was yet not known if the corona warriors among the doctors caught infections at the hospital or outside.

She told IANS that many of the doctors who were dying of Covid-19 are older. “Not sure if the virus transmission was caught at the workplace. At Square Hospital and Impulse Hospital, they have worked with a lot of protection. It is difficult to understand if they were infected on the roads or in the markets.”

She pointed out that those with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and hypertension were at risk. “We have to see the type of infection. A doctor relative of mine died. He went to the market and became infected. So, don”t look at the profession of the COVID-19 patient — it”s my personal observation,” Professor Sultana remarked.

She said she would advise not only doctors, but all other professionals to wear face masks in public gatherings, follow hygiene rules properly, and not to ignore the threat of the virus.

She said that the health authorities had detected 3,288 new corona cases in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours, raising the total confirmed cases to 159,679.

She said 14,727 more samples were tested in the country during the same period. Bangladesh had reported its first cases on March 8.

“As we have said earlier also, 80 per cent of the coronavirus patients have mild infections. The symptoms are mild. Only 3 to 5 per cent of the people are much more serious. In that case, they need life support in a hospital,” Prof Sultana said.

She said that one more guideline had been added to the existing 23 to deal with coronavirus pandemic — how to treat the elderly and those with high blood pressure and diabetes, These guidelines are available on www.dghs.gov.bd and www.corona.gov.bd.

Meanwhile, 40 judges, 136 staff of subordinate courts and 45 officials of the Supreme Court were infected while working on virtual courts, as of Friday.

Of these, 17 judges have recovered till Friday, said Md Saifur Rahman, special officer at the Bangladesh Supreme Court.

He said Judge Firdous Ahmed died of Covid-19 on June 24 whereas one judge is undergoing treatment at a hospital and 21 others at home.

Though court operations have remained suspended since March 26, trial proceedings through videoconference began on May 11 during general holidays to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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