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More than 50% of nation's counterfeit COVID-19 goods coming from China: Officials

By LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- More than 50% of the nation’s counterfeit COVID-19 goods found since “Operation Stolen Promise” was launched 100 days ago came from China, according to Homeland Security Investigations, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security."Fifty-six percent of our seizures are coming from either China…... Read More

Rising child malnutrition rates to lead to 120,000 excess deaths during COVID-19 pandemic

By GUY DAVIES, ABC News(LONDON) -- The coronavirus pandemic is leading to a stark increase in child malnutrition across the world which could lead to at least 10,000 extra deaths per month by the end of the year, a UN Committee has warned.The analysis, published in the medical journal The…... Read More

Prince Harry, Meghan's reported tensions with Prince William, Kate revealed in new book

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(LONDON) -- The relationship between once-close brothers Princes William and Harry supposedly began to sour when Harry started dating his now-wife, Duchess Meghan, according to a new book, Finding Freedom, which claims to shed light on what caused Harry and Meghan to step back as working…... Read More

Foreign adversaries 'seeking to compromise' presidential campaigns, election infrastructure: Intel

By LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- The federal government’s counterintelligence chief marked 100 days until the 2020 presidential election with a troubling but expected status report: our foreign adversaries are at it again.Bill Evanina, the intelligence community’s director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said Friday that, "Today, we…... Read More

Prince Harry and Meghan sue over drone photos of son Archie

By KATIE KINDELAN and ZOE MAGEE, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have taken legal action again over privacy claims.In a complaint filed Thursday in California, where Harry and Meghan moved earlier this year, the couple alleges that drones were used to…... Read More

China orders US to close Chengdu consulate in retaliation to Houston closure

By KARSON YIU, ABC News(BEIJING) -- China has officially ordered the U.S. to close its consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu in an expected retaliation against the ordered closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston earlier this week."On the morning of July 24, 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs…... Read More

Thousands gather for first Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia in 86 years

By GUY DAVIES, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of worshippers gathered at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul for Friday prayers, after the controversial move by the Turkish government to re-convert the museum into a functioning mosque. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was taking part in the first prayers to be held…... Read More

US confirms fighter jet flew close to Iranian jetliner above Syria

By LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- An American F-15 fighter jet came within 1,000 meters of an Iranian civilian airliner flying over southern Syria on Thursday, to carry out a visual identification of the aircraft, the U.S. military confirmed. The visual identification was completed safely, but not before the Mahan…... Read More

Hong Kong’s new reality dawns as city feels chill of national security law

By BRITT CLENNETT and KARSON YIU, ABC News (HONG KONG) -- In 1993 President Bill Clinton called Hong Kong "a catalyst of democratic values." This rosy outlook seems far removed from the reality in Hong Kong today.When the former colony was handed back to Chinese rule in 1997, it was…... Read More

Video of father beating daughter to death in 'honor killing' sparks protests in Jordan

By ABIGAIL ROBERTS, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A video of a woman screaming for help while being beaten to death with a brick by her father and brothers in a so-called "honor killing" in Jordan last Friday has sparked outrage across social media and among Jordanian activists.The woman, Ahlam, divorced…... Read More

Russia convicts historian who uncovered Stalin's mass graves

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(MOSCOW) -- A Russian court sentenced a historian who helped uncover mass graves from Stalin's "Great Terror" campaign to 3 1/2 years in jail, on charges widely criticized by rights groups as fabricated and viewed as part of an effort by Russian authorities to whitewash dark…... Read More

US, UK end 'anomaly' allowing diplomatic immunity for American accused of running over British teen

By GUY DAVIES and RASHID HADDOU, ABC News(LONDON) -- The U.S. and U.K. have agreed to end an "anomaly" that allowed Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat accused of running over British teenager Harry Dunn last year, to claim diplomatic immunity."It's important that we have now agreed with…... Read More

China says it will retaliate after US orders its Houston consulate to close

By KARSON YIU, ABC News (BEIJING) -- Beijing vowed to retaliate after it said that the United States ordered its Houston consulate to be closed within 72 hours, calling it an “outrageous and unjustified move,” marking a serious escalation in the quickly deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and China.Chinese Foreign…... Read More

Polar bears may be extinct by 2100 if Arctic ice melts at projected rate: Study

By KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A dire new climate change report projects polar bears could reach extinction within the next 80 years, putting a timeline on the crisis for the first time, as the beloved Arctic species continues to suffer along with melting ice habitats.The University of Toronto-led…... Read More