Stock futures rise slightly following Thursday’s wild ride

People walk outside of the New York Stock Exchange.   U.S. stock futures opened higher on Thursday night after a volatile session in which the recent tech sell-off resumed. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up by 76 points, or 0.3%. S&P 500 futures gained 0.3% along with Nasdaq 100 futures. The Dow ended the regular session down more than 1% along with the S&P 500. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 2%. All three of the major indexes had popped before …

Activists Are Demanding Facebook Suspend An Indian Executive Who Shielded Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

NEW DELHI, India — More than 40 human rights groups and internet watchdog organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center and Muslim Advocates are calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to suspend Ankhi Das, the company’s public policy director for India, South, and Central Asia, after the Wall Street Journal revealed that she decided not to apply the social network’s hate speech policies to politicians from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party who posted anti-Muslim hate speech. In an open letter, …

Coronavirus: All you need to know in under 500 words

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, a pandemic.  As of September 4, the global death toll surpassed 870,000 amid more than 26.4 million cases. Over 17.5 million people have recovered from the disease worldwide, according to the data collected by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States. More: Coronavirus: All you need to know about the symptoms and risks How does coronavirus spread and how can you protect yourself? Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed …

Liberty University To Investigate Jerry Falwell Jr’s Tenure As President

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president, a wide-ranging inquiry that will include financial, real estate and legal matters, the evangelical school’s board announced Monday. In a statement, the board said it had retained an outside firm to investigate “all facets” of the school’s operations under Falwell, and that it was “committed to learning the consequences that have flowed from a lack of spiritual stewardship by our former president.” …

Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks

Countries around the world are scrambling to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As of August 30, more than 843,000 people worldwide have died of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 has reached more than 25 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 16 million people have recovered. More: Coronavirus: All you need to know about the symptoms and risks Dispelling the …

Coronavirus live news: UK records 1,108 new confirmed cases as Myanmar reports biggest daily rise

4.04pm EDT 16:04 Almost 3,000 Formula One fans will be allowed to attend next month’s Tuscany Grand Prix at Mugello, the Italian circuit said Saturday, ending a succession of races behind closed doors this season. The race, on the weekend of 11-13 September, will also be the 1,000th in the sport for Ferrari. However, the Italian Grand Prix, slated for Monza the week before Mugello, will remain behind closed doors, a legacy of the strict health protocols introduced in the …

US Officials Said It’s Unlikely Hurricane Hanna Toppled Over Parts Of The Border Wall

Over the weekend as Hurricane Hanna blasted through South Texas, video of border fence toppling over was widely shared and attributed to the storm’s winds, but US authorities said it wasn’t the case. The US Army Corps of Engineers said the video was from June when high winds caused parts of the border wall to fall near Deming, New Mexico and not the result of the hurricane. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said they weren’t aware of any border …

Dow closes more than 150 points higher to erase its 2020 losses

Stocks rose on Friday to wrap up another strong week on a high note as the Dow Jones Industrial Average erased its losses of 2020. The 30-stock Dow closed 161.60 points higher, or 0.6%, at 28,653.87. The S&P 500 gained 0.7% to close at 3,508.01. It was the index’s first-ever close above 3,500. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.6% to end the day at 11,695.63. Friday’s gains put the Dow in positive territory for the year. The Dow had not sported …

Belarus crisis: EU leaders hold emergency talks

EU leaders are holding emergency talks on the political crisis in Belarus, after 10 days of protests that have shaken Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year grip on power. In the run-up to the meeting on Wednesday, the Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, urged the EU not to recognise Lukashenko as president.   “I call on you not to recognise these fraudulent elections,” she said. “Mr Lukashenko has lost all the legitimacy in the eyes of our nation and the world.” The bloc’s …

US-China trade deal review postponed as China ramps up farm, energy purchases

The flags of China, U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party are displayed in a flag stall at the Yiwu Wholesale Market in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China, May 10, 2019. Aly Song | Reuters The United States and China have delayed a review of their Phase 1 trade deal initially slated for Saturday, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters, citing scheduling conflicts and the need to allow time for more Chinese purchases of U.S. exports.   No new date for …

Panda Watch: Mei Xiang, National Zoo Panda, Could Soon Give Birth

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., says an ultrasound taken Friday showed what could be signs of a fetus in its panda Mei Xiang. How about some not so dire news for a change? Mei Xiang, a panda at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., could soon give birth. An ultrasound taken Friday showed what veterinarians at the zoo said was tissue that’s consistent with fetal development. The zoo said it’s still too early to determine whether the tissue is …

Political Prisoners Remain Behind Bars as COVID-19 Surges in Iran. This Activist Is Risking Her Life to Get Them Out

It was the acclaimed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh whom activist Shaparak Shajarizadeh credits with saving her life. Detained in February 2018 for taking part in the White Wednesday civil disobedience movement against Iran’s mandatory veiling law, Shajarizadeh was placed in solitary confinement while Iranian authorities denied her access to her lawyer. Released, briefly detained again the next month, and again in May while on holiday with her son, she began a hunger strike, initially refusing water. “Nasrin came …

China’s July retail sales unexpectedly slip, factory output growth steady

Factory workers in a plush toy manufacturing factory in Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province, China, August 13, 2020. Cosfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty Images China‘s retail sales unexpectedly fell in July from a year ago, while the comeback in factory output was slower than forecast amid signs the recovery in the world’s second-largest economy remains fragile. Industrial output grew 4.8% in July from a year earlier, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Friday, in line with June’s growth and missing analysts forecast …

Weekly Unemployment Claims Dip Below 1 Million

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are instituting a new 0.5% fee to most consumers looking to refinance their mortgages. Credit…J. David Ake/Associated Press The cost of refinancing a mortgage is about to go up and it has nothing to do with the Federal Reserve. Even as the county’s monetary regulators are keeping interest rates at record lows, two of the nation’s biggest mortgage finance firms said that they would start charging an additional fee on most home loan refinancings. The 0.5 …

Germany ‘optimistic’ for coronavirus vaccine in months: Live

German Health Minister Jens Spahn says he expects that there will be a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months. UN chief Antonio Guterres warns the coronavirus pandemic not only threatens gains in fighting poverty and building peace, but also risks exacerbating old conflicts and generating new ones. President Vladimir Putin says Russia has developed the first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus, but the WHO says it does not have enough information to evaluate it. Worldwide coronavirus cases have …

World donors demand change before money to rebuild Beirut

BEIRUT — World leaders and international organizations pledged nearly $300 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Beirut in the wake of the devastating explosion, but warned on Sunday that no money for rebuilding the capital will be made available until Lebanese authorities commit themselves to the political and economic reforms demanded by the people. Over 30 participants to the international conference offered help for a “credible and independent” investigation into the Aug. 4 Beirut explosion, another key demand of the …

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory illness that causes the body immune system to attack the joints; this irregular autoimmune reaction of the body can cause irreversible, uncomfortable modifications in the joints. Joint pain can be early signs of rheumatoid arthritis; however, signs typically establish gradually or slowly over a duration of weeks or months or with an unexpected severe attack of flu-like signs. Signs of rheumatoid arthritis differ from person to person. In some people the symptoms of rheumatoid …

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

One of the types of arthritis commonly taking place among persons aged 60 and above, rheumatoid arthritis is an outcome of a faulty immune system which switches on the body in reaction to a particular stimulus. In this regard, it is not unlike an allergic reaction where the body immune system, after being exposed to an irritant, responds by assaulting the body. While allergic responses are frequently identified by runny nose and itchy eyes, the most common of rheumatoid arthritis …