International
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U.K. backtracks by banning Huawei from 5G network

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/14/20, 04:30 pm

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei was set to play a key role in Britain’s new high-speed mobile phone network. But Britain made an abrupt about-face on Tuesday. British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told Parliament that cutting the company out would delay the new 5G network and cost an extra $2.5 billion, but added, “This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one.”

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Britain and France tighten mask requirements

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/14/20, 03:43 pm

The two European countries had both hesitated to require face coverings because of the coronavirus pandemic. But British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Tuesday announced that customers in shops and supermarkets must begin wearing masks on July 24. And French President Emmanuel Macron said his country will require masks in all indoor public spaces starting on Aug. 1 in anticipation of a possible resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

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Armenia, Azerbaijan engage in border scuffle

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/14/20, 03:34 pm

Soldiers have deployed heavy artillery and drones along the northern border region between Armenia and Azerbaijan since Sunday. Azerbaijan officials said 11 servicemen, including a general, and one civilian have died over the three days of conflict, while Armenia reported it lost four soldiers on Tuesday. The ongoing fighting is the worst since 2016, when scores died on both sides in four days.

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