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Court rules Shamima Begum can return to Britain for appeal; Russian hackers accused of trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research; Privacy Shield ruled invalid

A British appeal court ruled today that Shamima Begum, who in 2015 went to Syria to join ISIS, can return to the United Kingdom to challenge the government's removal of her British citizenship. And, officials from the US, Britain and Canada said today that Russian hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research. Also, Europe's highest court has ruled that the so-called Privacy Shield trans-Atlantic data transfer deal is invalid.

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Britain bans Huawei from 5G network; US rejects China's claims in most of the South China Sea; Judge to hear university case over ICE decision

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered Huawei equipment purged from Britain's 5G network by 2027. And, a judge is scheduled to hear arguments today involving over 200 universities and 17 states seeking to temporarily block the Trump administration from enforcing new regulations for international students. Also, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday that the US rejects China's claims in most of the South China Sea.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: Can advances in testing counter surging COVD-19 cases?

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The surge in coronavirus cases around the world led by states like Florida in the US serves as a reminder of the urgent need for more testing. But those who can get a test must sometimes wait days for the results. As part of our regular discussion series on the coronavirus, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with epidemiologist Michael Mina, from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health who addressed the latest advances in COVID-19 testing.

Environment

EPA approves field trials of genetically modified mosquito

Biotech company Oxitec is developing genetically modified mosquitoes in hopes of reducing local populations of mosquitoes that carry dengue fever, yellow fever, and the Zika virus. Now the Environmental Protection Agency has given Oxitec the go-ahead to test the effectiveness of these mosquitoes in parts of Florida and Texas.

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