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Harris veep pick welcomed by diasporas; Scottish passenger train derails; New Zealand reimposes lockdown measures

Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential contest is drawing attention from a wide range of groups. And, a passenger train derailed during storms on Wednesday in the Aberdeenshire area of Scotland. Also, in New Zealand, government officials are looking into the possibility that freight could be the source of the first COVID-19 infections in over three months.

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WHO expresses reservations about plasma therapy; Dual storms menace the Gulf of Mexico; Belarus crackdown continues

Officials from the World Health Organization said on Monday that the use of convalescent plasma was still an “experimental” treatment for the coronavirus. In the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, two major storms are making similar trajectories toward the coast of Louisiana. And authorities in Belarus continued a crackdown on a massive protest movement against President Alexander Lukashenko.

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British PM faces tough EU trade negotiations; New Zealand voters head to the polls; Mexican official arrested at LAX

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK should prepare for Brexit to take place in 10 weeks, even in the absence of a trade deal with the European Union. Voters in New Zealand head to the polls Saturday to decide whether Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern should serve a second term. And, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, the former Mexican defense minister, was arrested Thursday by US authorities — acting on the orders of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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