‘A definite and sustained increase’: Europe leads record single-day worldwide COVID-19 Infection surge

The World Health Organization reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus infections on Thursday, with 338,779 new cases registered in the past 24 hours. According to Reuters, the record single-day surge is largely driven by 96,996 new cases in Europe, which is now reporting more new cases than the United States, India, and Brazil—the […]

US-French duo Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna win Nobel Chemistry Prize for gene editing tool

Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer Doudna of the United States on Wednesday won the Nobel Chemistry Prize for developing the gene-editing technique known as the CRISPR-Cas9 DNA snipping “scissors”. “Using these, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision,” the Nobel jury said. “This technology has had a […]

US-bound migrant caravan enters Guatemala: AFP

Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants bound for the United States surged across the border into Guatemala on Thursday. Carrying backpacks and plastic bags, the migrants pushed past two lines of Guatemalan soldiers at the Entre Rios border crossing and continued northwards — defying the risks and restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The soldiers handed […]

How hot could US-China ‘Cold War’ get?

Tensions are mounting by the day between the United States and China, leading to talk of a new Cold War. Experts see important historical differences — but believe the two powers are entering dangerous territory. US President Donald Trump’s administration has increasingly gone global against China, pushing other nations to reject its strings-attached aid and […]

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India exceeds 1 million coronavirus cases, behind only the US and Brazil

India crossed 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday, third only to the United States and Brazil, prompting concerns about its readiness to confront an inevitable surge that could overwhelm hospitals and test the country’s feeble health care system. A surge of 34.956 new cases in the past 24 hours took the national total to 1,003,832. The Health […]

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Markets in retreat after latest stocks surge

Asian markets mostly fell Tuesday as traders took a step back after their latest rally, with a run of upbeat economic data offset by fears over a spike in new virus infections. While several countries are suffering a fresh surge in infections — particularly the United States — the ongoing easing of lockdown measures and […]

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Trump’s Russian bounty scandal shows his disastrous foreign policy is even worse than we could imagine

It seems as if it happened ages ago, but you may recall that at the beginning of the year the United States came very close to going to war with Iran. There had been a number of skirmishes over the previous months and Iran’s proxies had been lobbing rocket attacks at bases in Iraq, none of which was particularly […]

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‘Absurd’: After US bullying, every mention of United States stripped from UN resolution spurred by George Floyd killing

“The United Nations needs to do its job—not get bullied out of doing it,” said the ACLU in response. The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning police abuses and ordering an inquiry into law enforcement actions that “resulted in the death of George Floyd and other Africans and people of African descent.” But […]

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Allies ‘alarmed’ by increase in US COVID-19 cases: Feels ‘like the US has given up’

The world is shocked and alarmed as the United States refuses to lockdown as COVID-19 cases increase. Florida, Texas, Arkansas and other states are spiking cases of the coronavirus across a country that purports to be the richest and most powerful in the world. “Health experts in countries with falling case numbers are watching with […]

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Amid growing death toll in Brazil, Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic condemned as ‘pitiful’

“This is the worst public health crisis we’ve faced—and it has come at a time when we have the worst government in the world.” Brazil is now second only to the United States in terms of both Covid-19 cases and deaths, and its daily death toll is the highest in the world—conditions that public health officials within […]

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Thousands in Switzerland march against racism

Geneva (AFP) – Thousands of demonstrators marched in cities and towns across Switzerland on Saturday to denounce racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the United States.Despite rules in place banning gatherings of more than 300 people to prevent the spread of COVID-19, several cities saw huge crowds […]

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Israel’s Netanyahu welcomes Trump authorizing sanctions against ICC officials

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday welcomed moves by US President Donald Trump to sanction any International Criminal Court officials who investigate US troops, as the tribunal examines alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. “This court is politicized and obsessed with carrying out a headhunt against Israel and the United States as well as other […]

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Ramping up fight, Trump authorizes sanctions over ICC war crimes probe

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered sanctions against any official at the International Criminal Court who investigates US troops, ramping up pressure to stop its case into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. In an executive order, Trump said the United States would block all US property and assets of anyone in the Hague-based tribunal involved […]

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Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist

New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he’s clearly achieved his objective. It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow […]

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