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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday imposed its toughest sanctions ever targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to choke off revenue for his government in a bid to force it back to United Nations-led negotiations and broker an end to the country’s nearly decade-long war.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The G7 foreign ministers issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on China not to follow through with plans to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong.

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s car was shunted by a security vehicle outside parliament on Wednesday when Kurdish protesters ran into the road, two Reuters witnesses said.

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - A cheap steroid that can help save the lives of patients with severe COVID-19 should be reserved for serious cases in which it has been shown to provide benefits, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - West African government ministers have proposed re-opening borders between their countries in the first half of July and allowing in travellers from other countries with low or controlled levels of coronavirus spread by the end of July.

HAMBURG (Reuters) - Some 400 workers have tested positive for the new coronavirus at an abattoir in northern Germany, prompting the closure of local schools and an urgent investigation, officials said on Wednesday.

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been hospitalized for COVID-19 and is being treated for pneumonia, a health official said on Wednesday, a day after the Central American leader’s diagnosis was revealed.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will extend a ban on large events until at least the end of October to try to avoid a new wave of coronavirus infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The brother of the late George Floyd, a black man whose death under the knee of a white officer roused world protests against racial injustice, urged the United Nations on Wednesday to investigate U.S.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has extended a lockdown in the state of Khartoum to June 29 as it tries to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, its Security and Defence Council said on Wednesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Workmen began removing protective hoarding around a statue of Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill on Wednesday ahead of a visit from French President Emmanuel Macron, after the monument was covered up during racial equality protests.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A meeting in Hawaii between the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi began shortly after 9 a.m. local time (3 p.m. EST), a senior State Department official said on Wednesday.

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