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After Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek also tested positive for COVID-19

Abhishek Bachchan recently confirmed that he is tested positive for COVID-19. The news came shortly after veteran Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan confirmed his COVID-19 test as positive. They are admitted to the Nanavati hospital in Mumbai. The virus has infected a few other names and their staff in Bollywood. Recently, veteran actress Rekha’s bungalow was also sealed after her security guard tested positive.

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BREAKING: Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan tests positive for COVID-19

Veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan is tested positive for Coronavirus. He is admitted at the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai. He shared the news himself, stating that his family and staff are also undergoing tests, with results awaited. He also requested all those who were in close proximity to him in the last 10 days to get tested soon.

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COVID-19 takes toll on US employment statistics as cases surge high

US recorded over 66,000 Coronavirus cases on 10 July 2020, with the death count rising to 134,097. The virus has also taken a toll on the unemployment rate, with nearly 17.75 million Americans unemployed in June 2020. The unemployment to population ratio reached 54.6% in June, a historically low ratio. Unemployment rate also stood at 11.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis in June.

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UAE based NGO FOCP donates for cancer patients in Pakistan

UAE based NGO Friends Of Cancer Patients (FOCP) contributed DHS183,649 to help and provide quality treatment to cancer patients at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) in Pakistan. Along with UAE, FOCP's Ameera Fund for Cancer extended its support in Jordan, Mauritania, Tanzania, Palestine, and Pakistan. The Ameera Fund targets cancer care on a global scale through collaborative projects.

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Dubai Free Zones Council announces opening of free zone business portal

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Free Zones Council chaired a virtual meeting on 11 July 2020 to analyse the growth of several of its initiatives. Within the ambitions, Chairman examined the post-Coronavirus plan leading to expansion of free zones business portal. The meeting highlighted Free Zone 2.0 model for investors, which will open world-class opportunities for investment.

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Dubai police provide 600,000 meals to Naif’s residents and 652 repatriates

Dubai police have provided 600,000 meals, housing, and financial support to residents of Naif and 652 repatriates under National Sterilisation Programme. Dubai police supported Naif Police Station during the programme to achieve a security plan and tackle COVID-19 situation. Eight specialised tasks force aided 14 strategic partners to overcome various challenges. Moreover, each task force handled 244 humanitarian cases.

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Won't surrender, will develop oil industry despite US sanctions: Iran

Despite the US sanctions imposed on the nation, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said that Iran will develop their oil industry. He commented before signing a USD294 million MoU between the National Iranian Oil Company and Persia Oil & Gas. This agreement aims to produce 39.5 million barrels of oil from Yaran oilfield. US had imposed sanctions against Iran in response to Iranian nuclear program in May 2018.

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Abu Dhabi Labour Court clears over AED170 million in workers’ unpaid dues

Abu Dhabi Labour Court has announced handing over financial dues amounting to AED170 million to 26,800 workers. The new mechanism is aimed at supporting workers without bank accounts, and the payments are expedited and delivered by Emirates post. The court stated that it is in line with the integrated system for accomplishing various judicial processes, and completing all related transactions remotely.

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UAE: Emirate Mars Mission to reinforce Arab's economy globally

Project Manager of Emirate Mars Mission, Omran Sharaf stated that ‘Hope Probe’ will strengthen Arab's regional and national economy around the world. EMM will inspire 100 million young minds and will enhance developing capacity and capability of science in UAE. The mission will show results in 10 to 15 years and it will start with sharing data with more than 200 institutions across the world.

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Hong Kong Police raid city's popular pollster ahead of polls

Days after China imposed a tough law on Hong Kong, the city police raided Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI), a prominent pollster. However, police claimed they responding to a report that PORI's systems were hacked which might be leaked personal information. PORI is an independent pollster in Hong Kong that regularly conducts public surveys gauging public opinions on popularity of government, police, and officials.

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UNCCT works tirelessly in countering terrorism, says Saudi young talent

Junior Professional Amani Alkhiami who took part in recently concluded UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) virtual expo, said that body is proactive in countering terrorism. Speaking with Under Secretary of UNCCT, she stated that counter-terror body tirelessly and sincerely achieving goals against world extremism. Amani Alkhiami is a young professional who is from Saudi Arabia and working with UNCCT.

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Dubai SME helped Emirati entrepreneurs with AED 170 million in 2019

Dubai SME expanded its advisory and support programmes to 3,871 Emirati entrepreneurs with nearly AED 170 million worth of incentives in 2019. CEO of Dubai SME, HE Abdul Baset Al Janahi stated challenges faced in 2019, which the team effortlessly handled following growth strategies in Dubai. So far, Dubai SME provided AED 630 million worth of incentives to 38,565 Emirati entrepreneurs since 2002 inception.

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Japan Floods: More than 60 killed, PM Abe extends support to victims

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged financial support in the sixth meeting of Emergency Headquarters for the heavy rain. Prime Minister asked rescue workers to search for missing people. He also extended support for residents of districts that are still isolated, among others. As of now, floods and landslides have killed at least 66 people in Japan and forced thousands of people to leave their homes.

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Bollywood actress Radhika Madan shares her love for 'Golgappas'

Bollywood actress Radhika Madan, known for her work in late actor Irrfan Khan’s final film ‘Angrezi Medium’ took to Instagram to share her fondness of Indian street food 'Golgappas'. In a new post, she shared two pictures, captioning them with ‘Eyes locked. Heart raced. Mind stopped.’. The first picture was a monochrome click of her face, while the next one shows the 'Golgappas' on a plate.

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Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi: Construction Cost Index prices stable in 2020

Figures by Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) show that Construction Cost Index (CCI) was stable in 2020 first quarter, standing at 98%. Prices of ‘Manpower’ group fell by 2.8% in 2020 Q1 as compared to 2019 Q1. Producer Price Index (PPI) rose by 1.9% from 76.3% in 2019 Q1. UAE’s overall GDP has estimated grown by 1.7% in 2019, with the hydrocarbon sector growing nearly 3.4% in 2019.

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World Bank working to support integration of refugees globally

World Bank is making efforts to ensure increased integration of refugees and displaced people worldwide. World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) 'Window for Host Communities and Refugees' is also working to fund USD1 billion in grants for COVID-19 response for them. The Bank’s emergency support is also active in various countries, such as Burkina Faso, Lebanon, Mali, and Myanmar.

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UAE: RTA launches new technology to manage assets

Road and Transport Authority of Dubai announced the operational initiation of a Software Asset Management Project to manage RTA’s assets. This technology is developed to encompass all financial and contractual details, fulfilling gaps within any system. The project started in 2018 and currently benefiting RTA in governance, technological licenses, and magnified control over RTA’s purchases.

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Experts anticipate seasonal impact on COVID-19 spread

A COVID-19 study conducted last month suggested that the disease spreads faster in lower humidity during winter. WHO Health Emergencies Program Executive Director stated that it was unclear how winters in the southern hemisphere would affect the spread. Experts warned that winters could hurt South Africa’s curbing efforts, citing the spread of Spanish Flu in colder months of 1918 and 1919.

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Dubai Crown Prince announces AED1.5 billion stimulus package

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai announced a new AED1.5 billion stimulus package, bringing the total stimulus package amount to AED6.3 billion. The package includes a refund of half the value of hotel sales fee of 7% for hotels and restaurants from July to December 2020. It will also see cancellation of fines and exemptions of private schools from license renewal fees.

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Flights from UAE to India scheduled for expats from 12 July

Under the agreement between UAE and India for 15 days to repatriate Indians, Emirates has announced repatriation flights. The carrier will operate daily flights from 12 to 26 July to five Indian cities, with flights to Mumbai and Bengaluru subject to government approval. Only stranded Indians will be allowed to fly from Dubai to the five destinations, as per the announcement by Emirates.

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Pakistan urges people to avoid unnecessary travel on Eid-ul-Azha

Pakistan has urged people to follow health safety measures and avoid unnecessary travel on Eid-ul-Azha in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Pakistan Prime Minister's Special Assistant on National Health Services, Dr Zafar Mirza said people have to take its collective responsibility to contain the deadly virus. Pakistan has reported more than 245,000 cases with over 5000 deaths.

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Coronavirus may bring new ideas in foodservice sector as businesses change

After Coronavirus pandemic had a severe impact on the food and restaurant businesses worldwide, Chinese restaurateurs are working on new solutions for rising in new normal. While many owners are thinking of cheaper and affordable options, some are working on new menus, shifting from fine dining to options such as burgers. Many owners are also opening up new ideas, like delivering fine dining experiences at home.

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Landslides & floods kill 23 People, dozens missing in Nepal

At least 23 people have died and thousands of people displaced due to heavy rain and landslides in western Nepal. The local officials said Myagdi, Kaski, and Jajarkot are the worst-hit districts by floods in Nepal. According to reports, several homes have been destroyed and the death toll is expected to increase as rescuers had just reached the remote site to look for victims.

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Bulgaria and Croatia take step toward adopting Euro

Despite its 2010-2015 debt crisis, the European Union welcomed Bulgaria and Croatia's entry into the Exchange Rate Mechanism II on 10 July 2020. It will help both countries to strengthen their economy and focus on robust economic policies. Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President for economy said that both countries worked hard to get to this point, even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Indian Vice President urges architects to adopt 'Green Architecture'

Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu urged the country's architects to adopt and promote Green and Sustainable Architecture. Naidu addressed the need at an inaugural ceremony of National Convention of Indian Institute of Architects virtually. He stated the development of upcoming buildings should use renewable energy such as solar energy, etc. He also emphasized on balancing aesthetic and sustainable infrastructure.

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BOJ: Japan’s wholesale price fall slowed down in June

Japan’s wholesale prices fell slower in June after the fastest fall in four years in May 2020. Prices for many goods dependant on domestic demand fell, including construction materials and food products. Corporate Goods Price Index (CGPI) fell 1.6% in June from the previous year, with the drop smaller than the median forecast of 1.9%, and the 2.8% fall in May 2020.

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UK authorities release guidelines on cybersecurity and online scams

UK Government has released new guidelines for people on staying safe from online frauds and scams. These contain detailed possibilities of how these scams could encrypt devices and the countermeasures that people can ensure to stay safe. UK’s National Cybersecurity Centre has also added advice for businesses for staying safe in the digital world, and running businesses securely.

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China slams Australia for suspending Hong Kong extradition treaty

China slammed Australia for offering a haven to the people of Hong Kong. China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that Australia is discriminating against Chinese & Asian people and it is an abuse of the 'Foreign Interference Act.' Recently, Australian PM suspended its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, allowing 10,000 Hong Kong natives to stay in-country for an additional five years.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk now richer than Warren Buffett

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s net worth is now more than that of Warren Buffett, making Musk the world’s 7th richest person. Musk’s wealth rose by USD6.07 billion on 10 July, after 10.8% rise in Tesla’s stock. Buffett's net worth declined this week after USD2.9 billion donation in Berkshire Hathaway stock to charity. With Tesla’s stock 38% higher than on 1 July, share value jumped nearly 500% over past year.

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Action thriller 'The Old Guard' releases on Netflix

Gina Prince-Bythewood's newest 'The Old Guard' finally landed on Netflix on 10 July 2020 with amazing action scenes. Critics believe 'The Old Guard' can be the best action movie of 2020, starring Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne. The movie is based on graphic-novel series by Greg Rucka, who also wrote the film’s screenplay. Film celebrates women's empowerment by breaking stereotype barriers.

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UAE firm ATECA Holding signs deal with Uzbekistan government

UAE’s ATECA Holding has signed an MoU of Cooperation with State Committee for Tourism Development in Uzbekistan and Association of Hoteliers of Uzbekistan. It is aimed at developing Uzbekistan’s hospitality sector, with joint projects planned for improving service quality and management standards. ATECA Holding has planned various initiatives after COVID-19 to help recover Uzbekistan’s tourism and hospitality industry.

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Air Asia working on securing new funding for financial stability

Malaysian carrier Air Asia is seeking to raise USD 469 million after its auditor expressed doubts about the airline's ability to continue. The budget carrier stated that a few financial entities indicated that they will support a funding request of over 234.4 million USD. CEO Tony Fernandes said that a part of the funding would come from a share offering over next six months.

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COVID-19: India marks single day-spike of 27,114 cases, tally exceeds 820k

COVID-19 latest update, India currently marked 27,114 cases in last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike. After 27K cases, India has crossed 820,000 confirmed cases with nationwide sample testing of 11,307,002, says IMCR. Currently, Lockdown restrictions are extended in Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and Pune amid a surge in numbers though Maharashtra remains the most affected state with 7,862 cases in a day.

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US Congressman speaks about black voices on environmental issues

US Congressman and Democrat Donald McEachin said that black and brown communities' are silenced in raising their voices against environmental issues. He stated these communities are situated next to toxic waste sites and factories, causing asthma, cancer, and large demises. Nancy Pelosi highlighted Democrats plan to introduce 'Justice for ALL Act' to fight pollution that threatens children and families.

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Jaywalking individuals lead to panic amongst drivers: Abu Dhabi Police

Abu Dhabi police shared a shocking video in which a man was seen crossing the road in a very dangerous manner. Viral video shows the man causing severe panic and confusion among drivers, by not using a pedestrian crossing. City police expressed their concern and urged people to use bridges, tunnels, and pedestrian lanes. Police said road safety is a shared responsibility between pedestrians and drivers.

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Former couple Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie co-parenting with ‘family therapy’

Former Hollywood couple Brad Pit and Angelina Jolie are co-parenting their children amicably with the help of ‘family therapy’. The couple separated in 2016 and are now comfortably figuring out child custody issues. Together they have three sons and three daughters named Maddox, Pax, Knox, Zahara, Shiloh, and Vivienne. According to sources, Brad Pitt was spotted leaving Jolie’s home on his motorcycle in June.

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Hollywood star Armie Hammer announces separation from wife of 10 years

After 10 years of marriage following 3 years of courtship, celebrity couple Armie Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers Hammer have announced their separation. 'The Social Network' actor had married in May 2010 and has 2 children. The family of four had been under quarantine in the Cayman Islands, amid Coronavirus pandemic. Hammer has since returned to US while his family stays back at Caymans.

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Vlogger Nuseir Yassin explores first Arab space mission to Mars

Famous YouTube vlogger Nuseir Yassin shared a video on UAE’s Hope Probe mission to Mars. Yassin or 'Nas' showcased the Arab achievement titled “The Arabs are leaving the Earth” on his channel 'Nas Daily'. Yassin thanked UAE and Hope Mars Mission's efforts, scheduled to blast off on 15 July 2020 from Japan. Hope probe will explore weather dynamics of Red Planet in space

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RBI Governor: COVID-19 has caused uncertainty on medium-term outlook

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das stated that demand and supply shocks due to COVID-19 have brought uncertainty on economy’s medium-term outlook. Commented on the RBI’s efforts, he said that policy responses have worked till now, but even more careful assessment is needed. He added that banks and NBFCs were advised, based on COVID-19 stress testing, to take mitigation related actions for continued financial stability.

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WHO launches AI initiative for quitting tobacco globally

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, WHO launched a virtual health worker to help people quit tobacco. Based on Artificial Intelligence, users can rely on Florence as a trusted source of information to quit tobacco. A computer-generated face will give people free access to Florence. According to WHO, around 60% of tobacco users worldwide say they want to quit tobacco.

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India: WHO praised efforts of Asia's largest slum Dharavi to fight COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has praised Indian government's efforts to control COVID-19 cases in Asia's largest slum Dharavi, which is home to over 1 million people. WHO Director-General stated that Mumbai's Dharavi showed that the virus can be controlled through aggressive action. Dharavi was a COVID-19 spot in April and May, but recently witnessed a flat curve with reduced number of cases.

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European shares rise as positive economy data raises hopes

EU shares rose on 10 July, after positive industrial output data raised hope of economic recovery. After a three-day fall, STOXX 600 closed with a 0.9% rise, and Italian shares in a 1.3% lead. French CAC 40 rose after production in France factories rose. Investors are also looking forward to the European Central bank meeting and EU Summit next week, hoping for a USD851.7 billion COVID-19 recovery fund.

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US President Donald Trump reduces prison sentence of Roger Stone

US President Donald Trump commuted the 40-month prison sentence of former campaign adviser Roger Stone on 10 July 2020. Stone was convicted in February for seven felony crimes, including lying to Congress and engaging in witness tampering. The 40-month imprisonment of Stone aged 67 was scheduled to start on 14 July at a prison in Georgia. President Trump's move sparked widespread anger from Democrats.

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UK turns down to joins EU's COVID-19 vaccine plan

UK will not join the EU's COVID-19 vaccine plan to secure supplies of potential Coronavirus vaccines. According to reports, UK is not satisfied with a number of vaccine doses in an agreed timeframe and prices. However, UK's ambassador to the EU Sir Tim Barrow said that Britain is committed to strengthening collaboration with the EU outside framework. UK also fears that it will risk providing vaccination by the EU.

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Abu Dhabi's DoH declares all private healthcare facilities 'COVID-19 free'

The Department of Health Abu Dhabi announced that all private healthcare facilities are now free from COVID-19. The healthcare sector is now ready to accelerate a full range of services to patients and communities. Meanwhile, several hospitals are specifically designated to handle future COVID-19 cases adhering to appropriate care to patients. The Emirate has successfully fought pandemic and prepared for future events.

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UN 2020 Online Services Index: UAE ranked 1st in Arab region

UAE is ranked top in GCC, Arab, and Western Asia regions in UN’s 2020 Online Services Index (OSI). It was also ranked 8th globally, as per an e-government survey by United Nations. UAE ranked fourth on Asian level in e-Smart Services Index, sharing the place with Japan and China. The survey compared smart services in 193 countries globally, also addressing government programs to engage customers in developing services.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi received call from Brazilan President

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro discussed COVID-19 crisis development and expressed their commitment to work together to tackle the pandemic. Both leaders also talked about bilateral relations and ways to enhance in all fields. Meanwhile, Brazilian President also praised UAE's commendable work and helping countries during the pandemic.

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US: Goya Foods boycott takes off after its CEO praises President Trump

American food producer brand Goya Foods, known for its Latin American products, has drawn criticism for its stance on US President Donald Trump. Brand President Robert Unanue praised Trump during his White House visit, drawing anger from its Latin American customer base. Consumers and various Hispanic politicians weighed in on the situation, with calls for 'boycotting Goya Foods' which was soon trending on social media.

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Ruler of Dubai and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi review UAE’s development

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed comprehensive journey of UAE's development. In a meeting, both respective authorities communicated to enhance UAE’s stature and complimented the efforts of the nation fighting against COVID-19. Ruler of Dubai and Crown Prince of Abu Dubai further hailed frontline medical teams, boosting health and safety.

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French driver dies after assault over facemasks

Philippe Monguillot, a French bus driver, passed away in a hospital after an attack by few passengers. 59-year-old Monguillot was declared brain dead after the attack in Bayonne town, leading to a silent march in his honour. Philippe was assaulted after asking three passengers to wear masks. Five men are taken under custody after the attack. Two men, aged 22 and 23, were charged with attempted murder.

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