The Daily Populous

Monday May 25th, 2020 morning edition

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China said Sunday that relations with the United States were "on the brink of a new Cold War", fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and pitched the global economy into a massive downturn.

Fresh tensions between Beijing and Washington emerged as virus restrictions muted celebrations by Muslims around the world of the end of Ramadan, Islam's holy fasting month.

In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on Sunday forced to defend his top aide Dominic Cummings, accused of having breached the government's own lockdown rules.

He blasted what he called efforts by US politicians to "fabricate rumours" about the virus's origin and "stigmatise China".

For Christians in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre briefly reopened its doors, but with tight restrictions in place.

The US economy has shed almost 40 million jobs this year and many companies have gone to the wall.

But most states have begun easing their lockdowns and many reopened public beaches despite infection worries. »

Federal court backs California Gov. Gavin Newsom's orders keeping churches closed

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The ruling was issued late on Friday, the same day President Donald Trump demanded governors nationwide allow churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship to reopen immediately.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the Veterans Home of California, May 22, 2020, in Yountville, Calif. Eric Risberg/AP.

Leaders of the South Bay United Pentecostal Church filed an emergency motion on Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. »

Toronto officials condemn ‘dangerous’ behaviour of people who packed Trinity Bellwoods Park

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Open this photo in gallery Bicycle police officers keep an eye on Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Officials in Toronto say a popular city park is much less crowded and under control after thousands of people gathered and broke COVID-19 physical distancing rules on Saturday.

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said public drinking was a large part of the problem at Trinity Bellwoods Park and it would not be tolerated moving forward. »

Betty White, 98, is 'doing very well' despite the coronavirus pandemic

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Betty White is "doing very well" at 98 years old and is keeping busy in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic, a representative for the actress told TODAY.

Fans of White first became concerned about the iconic actress after Tom Hanks tested positive for the coronavirus in March.

"The animal community is watching over her," White's publicist said, adding, "The virus is afraid of Betty!". »