Xinhua world news summary at 1500 GMT, Aug. 4

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WASHINGTON -- Hurricane Isaias on Monday night made a landfall in southern U.S. state North Carolina, causing flooding and damaging homes on its way up the coast.

The Category 1 storm landed near Ocean Isle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (about 136.8 kmph), local media reported. (US-Hurricane)

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 5,159 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 861,423, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 144 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 14,351, according to the statement. (Russia-Coronavirus)

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BRUSSELS -- The European Commission said on Tuesday that it has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google, under the European Union (EU) Merger Regulation.

The move was prompted by concerns that the proposed transaction would entrench Google's already strong market position in online advertising by increasing the amount of data that Google could use for personalization of the adverts, the commission said in a statement. (EU-Google-Probe)

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo metropolitan government confirmed 309 new daily COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to preliminary figures as of 3:00 p.m. local time, with the figure marking the eighth straight day cases have topped 200 in the capital.

The latest figure followed 258 new COVID-19 infections confirmed a day earlier, when the figure dropped for two straight days, coming off record highs late last week, when the capital logged 292 cases on Sunday and a record daily increase of 472 on Saturday. (Japan-Tokyo-COVID 19 Cases)

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LUSAKA -- About 72 percent of businesses in Zambia are not able to raise funds for expansion due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, a research released on Tuesday have shown.

The survey, conducted by the Zambia Financial Sector Deepening Limited (FSD) in collaboration with BFA Global, said the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Zambia critically needs working capital because three-quarters of them were unable to raise capital. (Zambia-Business-COVID-19)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli archaeologists uncovered a flint knapping site, which dates back to about 100,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Tuesday.

The site is located in the Negev Desert in southern Israel, near the city of Dimona, where prehistoric human beings seemingly arrived to access the abundant natural flint, from which they made their tools. (Israel-Discovery-Flint) Enditem

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