September 5, 2020

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President Donald Trump is defending himself against allegations published by The Atlantic that he allegedly marked American war dead as "losers" and "suckers."

Speaking at the White House, Trump said the allegations are false.

"There's nobody that considers the military, and especially people that have given their lives in the military - to me, they're heroes. To me, they're heroes."

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden whose sons both served in the U.S. Marine Corps delivered an impassioned reaction to the report, saying that Trump is "unfit" for the presidency.

"It affirms what most of us believe to be true, that Donald Trump is not fit to be the job of president and be the commander-in-chief."

The allegations sourced anonymously describe multiple offensive comments by the president toward fallen U.S. service members, including calling World War I dead at an American military cemetery in France "losers" and "suckers" in 2018.

The president has called the report fake news.

The World Health Organization's director-general on Friday warned against vaccine nationalism amid attempts around the world to develop an effective vaccine against the coronavirus.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also made it clear the WHO would not recommend any COVID-19 vaccine before it is proved safe and effective.

"They will only be used when they are found to be effective and safe."

Tedros's remarks came as Russia and China have started using their experimental vaccines before long-term studies have been completed. Other countries have also proposed streamlining authorization procedures.

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The U.N.'s atomic watchdog agency says Iran continues to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium in violation of limitations set in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported Friday in a confidential document distributed to member countries and seen by The Associated Press that Iran has stockpiled 2,105 kilograms of low-enriched uranium. That's up from just under 1,600 kilograms last reported on May 20.

Iran signed the nuclear deal in 2015 with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia. Known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, it allows Iran to keep a stockpile of only 202 kilograms.

President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from that agreement.

Rescue workers are searching the rubble of a building that collapsed in last month's Beirut catastrophic explosion, hoping to find a survivor after a pulsing signal was detected. AP's Charles De Ledesma reports.

The search operation unfolding on a street once filled with crowded bars and restaurants is gripping the nation. The idea, however, unlikely that a survivor could be found a month later has given hope to people following the live images on television, wishing for a miracle.

The first attempt began Thursday after a sniffer dog belonging to a Chilean search and rescue team detected something and rushed towards the rubble.

Rescue attempts continue Friday but a scan from a camera shows no trace of humans from that street so far.

I'm Charles De Ledesma.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent even as hiring slowed in the latest jobs report that exceeds expectations. AP's Mike Hempen has more.

The August jobless rate fell to 8.4 percent after being more than 10 percent in July.

CFRA Research chief investment strategist Sam Stovall says that was a pleasant surprise.

"Expectations were for the unemployment rate to be in the middle 9 percent area."

Stovall believes the economy is on the upswing.

"Our expectation is that it'll recover by almost 33 percent in the third quarter and then continue to rise 6 percent in the fourth quarter and more than 5 percent for all of 2021."

Stovall thinks jobs reports in coming months will be similar to this one, with drops in both the unemployment rate and the number of new jobs created.

Mike Hempen, Washington.

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