Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

BERLIN — Thousands protested Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration marking what organizers called “the end of the pandemic” — a declaration that comes just as authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections.

Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers participating in rare weekend talks on a huge coronavirus relief measure reported progress on Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore a newly expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen.

Microsoft in advanced talks to buy TikTok’s US business

NEW YORK — Microsoft is in advanced talks to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns, according to a person familiar with the discussions who spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity to the negotiations.

Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins

WASHINGTON — Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump’s most significant and boldest actions.

No more suffering in silence

The bipartisan Hawai‘i Women’s Legislative Caucus supported the amendment of several bills that legislators passed related to sexual harassment in the workplace and domestic violence.

‘The Last Hurrah’

Today is the final opportunity for Kaua‘i’s Class of 2020 to get their free Kala ‘ukulele when the Strings of Joy committee hosts the free distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kukui Grove Center water fountain near Jamba Juice.

Cut energy costs for free

The County of Kaua‘i and Kaua‘i Economic Development Board are offering up to $150 worth of energy-saving devices to residents who have been impacted by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.

County employees get COVID-19 information, back-to-school supplies

“We are in the planning stages of trying to Make A Splash, virtual,” said Jason Fujinaka of the county Department of Water Wednesday during the County of Kaua‘i Employee Council COVID-19 Back to School supply distribution in the Vidinha Stadium parking lot.