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The parent companies of T-Mobile U.S. and Sprint, Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank respectively, have agreed to "consider curbing" their use of equipment from China's Huawei Technologies in order to receive national security clearance for their planned merger, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: U.S. officials believe Huawei is tied too closely to the Chinese government, and that incorporating its technology into U.S. networks could enable cyber espionage. The company also became a flashpoint in U.S.-China trade tensions following the recent arrest and requested extradition of Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou.

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that parent companies Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank are considering dropping Huawei, not T-Mobile and Sprint.

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Deadly Hurricane Zeta pummels Alabama after Louisiana landfall

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Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a downed power line electrocuted a 55-year-old in Louisiana as the storm moved into Alabama overnight.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," it began lashing Alabama late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

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Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

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