US Marks Second Day with 70,000-plus New Coronavirus Cases and Over 1,000 Deaths, Says Report

A person wearing a face mask walks on Hollywood Blvd during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 24, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni The world’s hardest-hit country registered 73,795 new cases of COVID-19 with 1,157 additional deaths, the Baltimore-based university’s real-time tracker indicated at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Saturday). …

US-China Ties Fray as Beijing’s Houston Consulate Shuts Down Over ‘Espionage, Intellectual Property Theft’

US-China relations deteriorated in a Cold War-style standoff as Beijing ordered a US consulate to shut in retaliation for the closure of its Houston mission — accused of being a hub for espionage and intellectual property theft. Chinese officials were seen loading large sacks of objects and documents onto U-Haul trucks and tossing more…