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TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped on Tuesday on jitters that a rise in coronavirus infections around the world could hurt fuel demand, but hopes that production cuts could be extended kept declines in check.

LONDON (Reuters) - The cancellation of September’s Great North Run half marathon on Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic has increased doubts about the London Marathon going ahead in October.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With a shortened distance and owners barred from the stands amid the coronavirus outbreak, the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday will bear little resemblance to previous years.

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Monday he is “not confident” a 2020 season will happen now that the players’ union broke off talks about a return-to-play plan amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Five days after saying he was “100 percent” certain a Major League Baseball season would be played, commissioner Rob Manfred expressed a different sentiment Monday.

Monday’s comments drew a fiery reaction from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark, who said players are “disgusted” by Manfred’s stance.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would “encourage” teams to sign Colin Kaepernick, adding that the league would also welcome the quarterback’s off-the-field guidance on social justice.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he would sell gasoline to Venezuela for “humanitarian” reasons if asked to, despite U.S. sanctions on the South American country and its state-run oil firm, PDVSA.

PRAIA (Reuters) - Cape Verde can hold a businessman who is close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and was arrested at the weekend for up to 40 days pending an extradition request from the United States, a court in the West African nation ruled late on Sunday.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea’s army is ready to take action if defector groups push ahead with their campaign to send propaganda leaflets into North Korea, state media said on Tuesday, in the latest warning of retaliatory measures.

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil’s death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to nearly 44,000 on Monday, according to Health Ministry data, as the country continued easing restrictions on circulation despite the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to meet a Chinese delegation at a U.S. military base in Hawaii this week to discuss bilateral ties that have soured deeply since the start of the year, sources familiar with the matter said.

EMILIANO ZAPATA, Veracruz (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters surrounded Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s motorcade on Monday, demanding he answer for the thousands of Mexicans who have gone missing in the country’s long-running drug war, a video on social media showed.

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