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US construction spending fell 2.1% in May

US construction spending fell 2.1% in May

WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending fell 2.1% in May with both home building and nonresidential activity declining. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the May decline followed an even larger 3.5% fall in April.
Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman

Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman

DENVER — A pistol-packing restaurant owner who has expressed support for a far-right conspiracy theory has upset five-term U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado's primary elections.
Turkey: Up to 60 migrants feared dead in lake after sinking

Turkey: Up to 60 migrants feared dead in lake after sinking

ANKARA, Turkey — Up to 60 migrants may have been trapped in a boat that sank in an eastern lake last week, Turkey’s interior minister said Wednesday.
UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers

UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers

LONDON — Britain announced Wednesday that it was extending residency rights to up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport, stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to a former British colony after Beijing
Asia Today: Thailand lets in some foreigners, opens schools

Asia Today: Thailand lets in some foreigners, opens schools

BANGKOK — Thailand has begun a fifth phase of relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing the reopening of schools and high-risk entertainment venues such as pubs and massage parlours that had been shut since mid-March.
Taiwan opens Hong Kong migration office in rebuke to Beijing

Taiwan opens Hong Kong migration office in rebuke to Beijing

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan on Wednesday opened an office to facilitate migration from Hong Kong following China’s passage of a national security law for the former British colony seen as sharply restricting political opposition and freedom of speech.
Lebanon’splea to skeptical expats: Come visit,bring cash

Lebanon’splea to skeptical expats: Come visit,bring cash

BEIRUT — With Beirut’s airport partially reopening from a three-month virus shutdown, the government is hoping thousands of Lebanese expatriates will return for the summer — and bring dollars desperately needed to prop up the crashing economy.

Mexico's legacy airline Aeromexico files for bankruptcy

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s oldest legacy airline, Aeromexico, said Tuesday it has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, a form of bankruptcy in which the carrier can keep operating while its debts and obligations are sorted out.
PM Modi says virus status 'critical,' warns of carelessness

PM Modi says virus status 'critical,' warns of carelessness

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a live address Tuesday that the country's coronavirus death rate is under control, but that the country is at a “critical juncture.
1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot during traffic stop dies

1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot during traffic stop dies

TULSA, Okla. — One of the two Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officers who were shot during a traffic stop has died, authorities said Tuesday. Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Sgt. Craig Johnson died Tuesday.