>De Havilland dies aged 104
Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland, star of "Gone With the Wind", died on Sunday at the age of 104 at her home in Paris. Publicist Lisa Goldberg said she died peacefully of natural causes.
The doe-eyed actress beloved to millions as the sainted Melanie Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind" also won two Oscars and was key to improving Hollywood's contract system for actors.
De Havilland was the sister of fellow Oscar winner Joan Fontaine, with whom she had a troubled relationship.
During a career that spanned six decades, she also took on roles ranging from an unwed mother to a psychiatric inmate in "The Snake Pit".
She also performed in a series of dramas, Westerns and period pieces, most memorably as Maid Marian in "The Adventures of Robin Hood."
US President Donald Trump (2nd from right) stands with National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien (2nd from left) in Washington, US, June 1, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]
>Key Trump advisor tests positive
Robert O'Brien, national security advisor for US President Donald Trump, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House announced on Monday.
"He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off-site. There is no risk of exposure to the president or the vice-president. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted," the White House said in a statement.
Trump told reporters at the White House that he had not had any recent contact with the 54-year-old O'Brien. O'Brien is the most senior White House official known to get the virus, and the closest to Trump.
>More home working urged
Japan's economy minister on Monday urged more telecommuting to contain the spread of the coronavirus as a surge in cases during the past week has sparked worries over a growing burden on the nation's healthcare system.
In a video meeting with local governors, Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is also in charge of coronavirus response, called on business leaders to enhance anti-virus measures, such as encouraging the level of telecommuting achieved during Japan's state of emergency earlier this year.
"At one point, commuter numbers were down by 70 to 80%, but now it's only about 30%," Nishimura said. "We really don't want to backtrack on this, so we have to explore new ways of working and raise the proportion of teleworking."
On Monday, 131 new cases were reported in Tokyo, along with rising numbers in other urban areas.
A technician of Dagang Oil Co in Tianjin checks oil exploration equipment. [Photo/Xinhua]
>China's industrial profits up
Profits of industrial companies with annual revenue of more than 20 million yuan rose by 4.8% year-on-year in the second quarter, reversing the 36.7% decline in the first quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Monday.
In June alone, major industrial firms saw their profits rise by 11.5% to 666.55 billion yuan, widening by 5.5 percentage points from that in May.
The quickened growth in industrial production and sales and the moderate drop in the factory-gate prices of industrial products led to the expansion of profits in June, said NBS senior statistician Zhu Hong.
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