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    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s information minister resigned on Sunday as the country grapples with the aftermath of the devastating blast that ripped through the capital and raised public anger to new levels. The resignation comes as public anger is mounting against the ruling elite, blamed for the chronic mismanagement and corruption that is believed to be behind the explosion in a Beirut Port warehouse. Hundreds of tons of highly explosive material was stored in the waterfront hangar, and a blast sent a shock wave that killed at least 160 people, wounded nearly 6,000 and defaced the coastline of Beirut — destroying hundreds of buildings. Manal Abdel-Samad said in her resignation letter that change remained “elusive” and she regrets...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday as the highest-level U.S. official to visit in four decades, a trip condemned by China which claims the island as its own, further irritating Sino-U.S. relations. Washington broke off official ties with Taipei in 1979 in favour of Beijing. The Trump administration has made strengthening its support for the democratic island a priority, and boosted arms sales. Beijing, already arguing with Washington over everything from human rights and trade to the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, has threatened unspecified countermeasures to Azar's visit. China considers Taiwan a wayward province, to be brought under its control by force if needed. Azar arrived at Taipei's...
    By Michael Georgy BEIRUT (Reuters) - Some Lebanese called on Sunday for a sustained uprising to topple their leaders amid public fury over this week's devastating explosion in Beirut, and the country's top Christian Maronite cleric said the cabinet should resign. Protesters have called on the government to quit over what they say was negligence that led to Tuesday's explosion. Anger boiled over into violence scenes in central Beirut on Saturday. Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai said the cabinet should resign if it cannot "change the way it governs". "The resignation of an MP or a minister is not enough (..) the whole government should resign if it is unable to help the country recover," he said in his...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Ressa says she didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that “corrupt” journalists weren’t “exempted from assassination.” “In 2016, it was really, really laughable. And I thought, ‘Oh, doesn’t matter.’ I laughed,” said the country’s most well-known journalist and leader of the independent Rappler news organization. Grim reality set in as Ressa was arrested and thrown in jail, targeted in a series of criminal cases and convicted this summer on libel and tax evasion charges seen widely as attacks on press freedom. She now faces six years in prison. “A Thousand Cuts,” a new documentary from Filipino-American filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, tracks Ressa’s dual life in recent years. She’s...
    KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan grand assembly, known as the Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release of 400 "hard-core" Taliban prisoners, a decision endorsed by President Ashraf Ghani, paving the way for peace talks between the government and the insurgents aimed at ending a 19-year war. The 400 prisoners are the last of 5,000 that the Taliban demanded be released under an agreement with the United States. Below are key details of the process. WHY RELEASE PRISONERS? The United States and the Taliban signed an agreement in the Qatari capital of Doha on Feb. 29 sketching out a pullout of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months in exchange for security guarantees by the Taliban, as well as their...
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai called on the cabinet on Sunday to resign if it cannot "change the way it governs" the country and help it to recover from Tuesday's catastrophic explosion. (Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By RYAN PEARSON, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Ressa says she didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that “corrupt” journalists weren’t “exempted from assassination.” “In 2016, it was really, really laughable. And I thought, ‘Oh, doesn’t matter.’ I laughed,” said the country’s most well-known journalist and leader of the independent Rappler news organization. Grim reality set in as Ressa was arrested and thrown in jail, targeted in a series of criminal cases and convicted this summer on libel and tax evasion charges seen widely as attacks on press freedom. She now faces six years in prison. “A Thousand Cuts,” a new documentary from Filipino-American filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, tracks Ressa’s...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India will ban the imports of 101 items of military equipment in an effort to boost indigenous production and improve self-reliance in weapons manufacturing. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said Sunday that the government is planning to progressively implement the embargo on select military imports between this year and 2024. The list hasn't been disclosed publicly. “Our aim is to apprise the Indian defence industry about the anticipated requirements of the Armed Forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation,” Singh wrote on Twitter. “This is a big step towards self-reliance in defence." In May, India announced that global companies could invest up to 74% in the country’s defense manufacturing units, up...
    KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan grand assembly, known as the Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release of 400 "hard-core" Taliban prisoners, a resolution said, paving the way for the beginning of peace talks in the war-torn country. "In order to remove an obstacle, the start of the peace process and an end of bloodshed, the Loya Jirga approves the release of 400 Taliban," the resolution said. The Afghan government convened the assembly in Kabul on Friday to decide the fate of hundreds of prisoners the Taliban insist should be released before entering peace talks with the government. (Reporting by Hamid Shalizi and Hamid Farzad; Editing by William Mallard) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India will ban the imports of 101 items of military equipment in an effort to boost indigenous production and improve self-reliance in weapons manufacturing. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said Sunday that the government is planning to progressively implement the embargo on select military imports between this year and 2024. The list hasn’t been disclosed publicly. “Our aim is to apprise the Indian defence industry about the anticipated requirements of the Armed Forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation,” Singh wrote on Twitter. “This is a big step towards self-reliance in defence.” In May, India announced that global companies could invest up to 74% in the country’s defense manufacturing units,...
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - At least seven people died after a massive fire broke out at a hotel that was being used as a COVID-19 facility in India's southern Andhra Pradesh state early on Sunday, police said. "Several people who were trapped and injured have been rescued and moved to a government hopsital. Fire is under control but rescue and fire-fighting operations are still underway," said Lakshmi, a constable at the police control room. Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted: "Deeply anguished by the news of tragic fire accident at a COVID-19 facility in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh". "Centre assures all possible support to the state government. My condolences are with the affected families in this time of grief. Praying for the speedy...
    Caracas, Aug 7 (EFE) .- The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of Venezuela appointed Leonardo Morales Poleo as vice president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) this Friday, after the resignation of Rafael Simón Jiménez just 24 hours before . This is stated in a ruling by the Supreme Court, which assumed the appointment of the CNE magistrates, considering that the National Assembly (AN, Parliament) had “omitted” that task that corresponds to it constitutionally. Morales Poleo is part, according to several local media, of the Avanzada Progresista (AP) party that defines itself as a “center-left” and founded Henry Falcón. It is one of the organizations that participate in the dialogue table with the Government that is rejected by the opposition...
    (CNN)The monstrous explosion that tore into the early evening of a mid-summer's night this past Tuesday in Beirut is, whatever way you cut it, just the latest manifestation of the multitude of endless avenues of miserable corruption that have plagued the country for generations.Lebanon's political oligarchy engages in kleptocracy with a rampant intensity unlike almost anywhere in the region, seemingly unrestrained by any sense of public compassion or institutional necessity. There is an apparatus of corruption that has, for decades, hollowed the entire country from the inside out in an endless cycle of dysfunction and theft. Now, that bottomless dispassion has culminated in much of its capital being reduced to something akin to a post-apocalyptic cityscape. The blast radius stretched...
            by Daniel J. Mitchell  The coronavirus has been horrible news, most obviously because of death and suffering. But the disease has also wreaked havoc with the economy and given politicians an excuse to push counterproductive policies. But if you want to find a silver lining to that dark cloud, the virus may be putting pressure on America’s government school monopoly. For instance, John Stossel explains that it may lead to more homeschooling. Given the large amount of evidence showing superior outcomes for home-schooled students, this is definitely a much-needed bit of good news. Matthew Hennessey, in a column for the Wall Street Journal, also opined about how the coronavirus may produce a permanent expansion of homeschooling: Most students will return to traditional classrooms when...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Dozens of people gathered near Copley Square in Boston, some with the Lebanese flag draped over their shoulders, demanding peace and political change. The explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, were seen and heard around the world. “Those people are our people. The 150 people who died,” said one protester. The emotional impacts could be felt in Boston. Read More: Local Family Holds Out Hope For Husband, Father Caught In Beirut Explosion and ‘Nobody Deserves This,’ Boston Man Worries About Family In Beirut After Blast “Seeing that such amazing people can’t really do anything in such a powerless country. It makes my heart ache,” said Adelene Jeneid of Boston. One protester told WBZ-TV that he didn’t attend the...
    Oxygen is increasingly difficult to obtain in various cities in Bolivia. The shortage of the element also threatens babies who need artificial ventilation It’s a race against time. Hospitals in several of the main cities in Bolivia have less and less clinical oxygen reserves and the relatives of patients who depend on this element multiply efforts in a dramatic search for a tube or balloon to try to save the life of their grandfather, father , brother or even son. A problem that also affected dozens of newborns who, for different reasons, depend on artificial ventilation to survive. “I can’t wait for the last minute to say what I’m going to do. These babies need continuous oxygen, and if you...
    THE next generation’s future will be in tatters if schools are not reopened next month. So it is a scandal that militant union leaders are encouraging teachers to put themselves ahead of struggling kids. 4The next generation’s future will be in tatters if schools are not reopened next monthCredit: Alamy A National Education Union checklist suggests teachers should “escalate” action if schools fail to satisfy them about 200 “safety” conditions. In effect, the union, led by Corbynite wrecker Mary Bousted, is holding schools to ransom. Its demands include a guarantee that staff will work no extra hours, paid leave or home working for teachers who have to quarantine after a foreign holiday, and nitpicking over relaxed dress codes. Contrast this...
    Protesters use fire extinguishers to block protesters’ movements from the Internal Security Forces, not pictured, during a protest at Martyrs Square on August 8, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo by Daniel Carde/Getty Images) Chaos erupted in Beirut during a clash between protesters and the city authorities. In response to the country’s massive explosion, there have been demands from anti-government protestors, seeking an early election to vote out the ruling class, Bloomberg reported. READ MORE: Massive Beirut blast kills more than 60, injures thousands Demonstrators say that the country’s elite class are responsible for the negligence that led to the explosion. Dozens of protesters vandalized the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, and Ministry of Economy and Trade. On...
    Eastman Kodak Co.'s $765 million loan agreement with the U.S. government to produce pharmaceutical ingredients has been put on hold because of "recent allegations of wrongdoing," the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. (DFC) said. Earlier this week, senior Democratic lawmakers asked federal regulators to investigate securities transactions made by the company and its executives around the time it learned it could receive the government loan. "Recent allegations of wrongdoing raise serious concerns," DFC said late Friday in a tweet. "We will not proceed any further unless these allegations are cleared," the DFC said. It was referring to a letter of interest it signed on July 28 with Kodak. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the government would investigate the circumstances...
    EDUCATION Secretary Gavin Williamson promises schools will open in September . . . but will he deliver? The militant teaching unions are far more concerned with bringing down this Tory government than they will ever be about educating your children. 8Education Secretary Gavin Williamson promises schools will open in September… but will he deliverCredit: Alamy Mary Bousted, the tight-lipped commissar of the National Education Union, snarls that it is “impossible” for schools to re-open fully next month and that making it compulsory for all children to attend is “a real risk” by the evil Tories. Mary increasingly sounds like an Arthur Scargill tribute band. Are we really going to let this kamikaze Corbynista play politics with millions of children? It is not just the comrades...
    By Kanishka Singh (Reuters) - Eastman Kodak Co's $765 million loan agreement with the U.S. government to produce pharmaceutical ingredients has been put on hold due to "recent allegations of wrongdoing," the U.S. International Development Finance Corp (DFC) said. Earlier this week, senior Democratic lawmakers asked federal regulators to investigate securities transactions made by the company and its executives around the time it learned it could receive the government loan. "Recent allegations of wrongdoing raise serious concerns," DFC said late on Friday in a tweet. "We will not proceed any further unless these allegations are cleared," the DFC said. It was referring to a letter of interest it signed on July 28 with Kodak. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said...
    Protesters in Lebanon stormed government ministries as violence gripped Beirut Saturday night. Protesters also trashed and set fire to the offices of the Association of Lebanese Banks as shots rang out in increasingly violent demonstrations following this week’s explosions that killed at least 160 and injured nearly 6,000 others. TV footage showed protesters storming the energy and economy ministries. Protesters blame the Banking Association for the country’s worsening banking crisis. They called on politicians to resign and for them to be punished for negligence they say led to Tuesday’s blasts. Some hung symbolic nooses in Martyr's Square. Demonstrators run away from tear gas fired by riot police during a protest following Tuesday's blast, in Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 8. Residents' frustrations...
    An agreement between the US government and Kodak to develop generic drug ingredients appears to be on hold, after the US International Development Finance Corporation tweeted that “recent allegations of wrongdoing raise serious concerns.” “We will not proceed any further unless these allegations are cleared,” the agency tweeted, without specifying what the allegations were. Kodak said Friday it was conducting an internal review of recent activity by the company in connection with a $765 million loan it would receive under the Defense Production Act to produce pharmaceuticals. The company’s stock price surged in the days before the deal was announced, CBS News reported, leading Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to call for the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader and China’s top representative in the city took pot shots at the United States on Saturday after the Trump administration sanctioned them and nine other officials for allegedly cracking down on freedom and undermining the local autonomy of the former British colony. Chief Executive Carrie Lam took to Facebook to say that the U.S. got her address wrong, listing the official address of her chief deputy instead. She noted that she was the deputy when she applied for her U.S. visa in 2016. “By the way, my entry visa to the U.S. is valid until 2026. Since I have no desire to visit this country, it looks like I can take the initiative...
    It’s no secret that Trump has acted in ways that demonstrate a complete disregard for science and our environment. During his time as president, Trump has reversed 100 environmental rules. Furthermore, in response to Coronavirus, which has been proven to be caused in part by human maltreatment of the environment, The Trump Administration “announced that it would suspend enforcement of environmental laws for companies.” The negligence and lack of concern for the environment are horrifying, but not surprising. One of Trump’s latest rollbacks of environmental protection policies concerns The Arctic Rule, which protects the arctic against drilling that could harm wildlife. It was passed under the Obama Administration in 2016, in response to Shell’s rig accident that occurred in 2012. The...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY MICHAEL GEORGY As Beirut mourned its dead and grappled with the scale of rebuilding after this week’s massive blast, some Lebanese angered by their government’s response called on foreign states on Saturday to topple their leaders and run the country. Several hundred protesters began gathering in Martyrs’ Square in the city center for a demonstration to criticize the government’s handling of the biggest explosion in Beirut’s history. The blast in the port killed 154 people, injured 5,000 and destroyed a swathe of the city. The protesters had mock wooden scaffolds with nooses, and one placard read: “Step down or hang.”...
    Peter Montague August 8, 2020 1:30PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Truthout. Social justice activists win myriad campaigns on specific issues each year, but when we step back, it still looks like we're losing the broader struggle for a livable future. Despite our best efforts, we still face unprecedented concentrations of wealth and power, expanding economic insecurity (the "gig" economy), environmental catastrophe and systemic racism. : Why have progressives failed to mobilize a force capable of governing the U.S.? Recently, I found a compelling explanation — and a prescription for winning the long game. It's a short, free booklet called Dismantling Democracy by Donald Cohen, executive director of the national nonprofit research and policy organization called In the Public Interest. The...
    Terry H. Schwadron August 8, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) Read more articles from the DCReport here. The TikTok saga is proving another deep pool for reflection about the appropriate role for government – this time in private business, the seemingly endless political need to build fear of The Other—the Chinese government, and the flip-flopping from our White House. So, let's see what we can learn from this case that might apply more broadly. : Much as we might like to do so, the TikTok story cannot be separated from the flailing around Donald Trump's re-election campaign. Trump grabs for a moment to immigration to urban horrors to a new healthcare system. There is no discussion about effectiveness in government, a...
    Manoreys Rojas Hernández, a former Cuban slave doctor who defected from the program and is thus banned from his home country for eight years, said in an interview published Friday that he fears his children think he does not love them because the communist regime won’t let him visit them. Cuba makes billions selling the services of poorly paid medical professionals to friendly states around the world. The Castro regime forces tens of thousands of doctors around the world to work in dangerous locales that domestic doctors do not tend to, offering them a percentage of the salaries the host country agreed to that is not enough for them to survive. The Wall Street Journal estimated in 2019 that Cuba makes...
    China "prefers" to move President Donald Trump out of the White House in 2021, while Russia is working to keep him there by denigrating the campaign of Joe Biden, the U.S.s top counterintelligence official warned Friday. William Evanina, who leads the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, in a press release said the U.S. government has assessed China prefers Trump lose the election, because Beijing considers him "unpredictable," while Russia is working to undermine Biden. "Ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections, foreign states will continue to use covert and overt influence measures in their attempts to sway U.S. voters preferences and perspectives, shift U.S. policies, increase discord in the United States, and undermine the American peoples confidence in our democratic process," Evanina said....
    A few women of all ages have been still left wounded by a humpback whale immediately after swimming in an Australian reef. In accordance to the 9 Network television station, a 50ft mom whale swam towards a team of snorkelers in the Ningaloo Reef, close to the city of Exmouth, last Saturday. It really is assumed that the whale turned concerned about shielding her calf and thrashed her tail.Impression: Ningaloo roof is a common spot for snorkelling in AustraliaA 29-12 months-previous lady was struck by the tail and sustained fractured ribs and inner bleeding. She was flown to a Perth healthcare facility the next working day and remained in a major but secure problem. A next swimmer was struck by...
    Image copyright Getty Illustrations or photos Image caption The federal government desires all the United kingdom – which includes distant locations – to have access to ultra-speedy broadband The governing administration is urging having difficulties rural broadband clients to apply for hard cash it has established aside to pay out for extremely high-velocity connections. Digital Minister Matt Warman claimed £70m is “continue to there for the having”. The gigabit voucher scheme is component of the government’s election pledge to deliver broadband speeds of up to 1,000Mbps to the total region by 2025. It says approximately half a million residences have been linked with the support of authorities subsidies. The normal United kingdom broadband velocity is all-around...
    Sundar Pichai and Tim CookSource: Reuters; Apple President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Thursday ordering U.S. firms to stop doing business with popular Chinese apps TikTok, owned by ByteDance, and WeChat, owned by Tencent.  This comes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier in the week that he was calling on American app stores — which are dominated by Apple and Google — to remove "untrusted" Chinese apps. "With parent companies based in China, apps like TikTok, WeChat, and others, are significant threats to personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for CCP content and censorship," Pompeo said in a briefing with reporters on Wednesday. It's unclear how the companies plan to implement the Trump administration's executive order,...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Stewy Carlo had a short life, but he lived every moment. While serving in the Army, he bought a 1951 Mercedes and motored around Europe. After his service years, he roamed South America where he developed a love of photography, and then later turned heads while driving an exotic Maserati to a construction job back home in Alaska. Carlo, a member of the Koyukon Athabascan tribe, was a math whiz from Fairbanks who quit college in 1967 to volunteer for the Army, to serve in Vietnam. There, he was an aircraft controller who “brought a lot of crippled aircraft in,” said his brother, Wally Carlo of Fairbanks. Stewy would be an Alaska Native leader...
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular apps TikTok and WeChat, saying they are a threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy and the economy. But it’s far from clear what the administration intends to actually do when the bans take effect in 45 days, since the orders are currently blank checks waiting to be filled in. Uncertainty also surrounds what effect the orders will have on the apps’ users, whether the administration will face legal challenges over its authority to ban consumer apps, and what the companies — or China — will do next. Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok, in a...
    In this July 10, 2020, file photo, District Attorney Sim Gill inspects the damage to the district attorney’s office in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Utah protesters could face up to life in prison should they be found liable for vandalizing a government building in the state’s capital city. Madalena McNeil, one of the protesters facing felony criminal mischief charges, has been accused of playing a central role in the defacement of the Salt Lake City district attorney’s building during a protest against police brutality last month, the Associated Press reports. The protest was in response to the district attorney’s declining to bring charges against city police officers involved in the shooting death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajalas, an...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray recently delivered a speech in which he warned Americans about three things that they need to know about what the Chinese Communist Party is trying to do to the United States. In remarks given at the Hudson Institute last month, Wray warned that the Chinese Communist Party was working to become the world’s only superpower by “any means necessary.” “If you are an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data,” Wray said. “We’ve now reached the point where the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about every 10 hours. Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently underway across the country, almost half are related...
    In another move destined to inflame tensions with the Chinese government, the Trump administration took aim Thursday at TikTok and WeChat. Citing national security concerns, the president signed a pair of executive orders that bar Americans or anyone subject to US jurisdiction from doing business with the social media apps. The orders take effect in 45 days, seemingly giving TikTok leeway to be acquired by Microsoft, which has said it is in talks to buy parts of the video platform from its parent company ByteDance. While vaguely worded, the orders could have far-reaching consequences, including for the future of America’s relatively free and open internet. WeChat, owned by China’s Tencent, is used by millions of people in the US to...
    Several thousand people took to the streets in Beirut for what is being called a "day of judgment" for Lebanon's leaders to take responsibility for the massive explosions on Tuesday that killed at least 158 people. Lebanon's Red Cross said more than 100 people were injured in Saturday's demonstrations and BBC News reported that dozens entered a foreign ministry. Riot police fired tear gas on demonstrators who tried to break through the barriers in front of the Parliament building and there were reports of shots fired. A Lebanese police spokesman told Reuters that a policeman died in the clashes.  The demonstrations are being held after the Lebanese government on Friday refused to allow for an independent international investigation into the...
    Britain has called on France to crack down on migrants crossing the English Channel, but the French government is demanding that the UK pay for the enforcement help, according to reports. The BBC filmed a group of people departing from a tourist beach in the north of France on Saturday morning, with BBC Europe reporter Gavin Lee claiming the boat was “overloaded.” He said he saw no sign of French authorities on the beach. The French government has responded that it needs more money from the UK if France is to step up efforts to better monitor the channel. UK PLEDGES TO CRACK DOWN ON 'APPALLING' WAVE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ACROSS ENGLISH CHANNEL Large numbers of migrants have landed in the United Kingdom...
    (CNN)Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday handed a partial victory to the nation's embattled indigenous communities, who are struggling against an insidious new enemy: the Covid-19 virus. The court affirmed an earlier court decision that required the federal government to implement safety measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has swept through the many remote communities with deadly effect. "It was a great victory," said Dinaman Tuxa, executive-coordinator of APIB, an indigenous group that brought the lawsuit against the government along with six political parties, describing the ruling as a historic reparation for injustices against indigenous people even before the pandemic."If it wasn't for [the court], this demand would be still in the drawers of the Executive and the...
    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday requiring the federal government to purchase essential medical drugs and equipment made in the United States. “Thou shalt buy American at the agencies,” Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro summarized on a call with reporters on Thursday, describing the executive order as “pure Trump.” The president will sign the executive order during a trip to Ohio, where he will highlight his effort to restore manufacturing and jobs in the United States. The latest Buy American Executive Order requires government agencies, particularly the Defense Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to purchase essential pharmaceuticals and medical equipment made...
    By Raphael Satter WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Mohamad first got the text message offering him up to $10 million for information about attempts to interfere with the U.S. election, he thought it was "some kind of cyber attack." But when the Tehran-based software developer logged on to Twitter he realized he was one of an unknown number of Iranian citizens who have received out-of-the-blue messages promoting the U.S. State Department's recently announced effort to disrupt attempts to interfere with the American presidential election. It is not clear who is behind the text messages, which were sent to the Iranian phone numbers overnight Thursday. The messages began surfacing online as bewildered recipients posted screenshots and photographs of the messages to Twitter...
    The Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would ban the Chinese social media giant TikTok from all government devices, sending it to the president’s desk. “In light of all we know, it is unthinkable to me that we should continue to permit federal employees, those workers entrusted with sensitive government data, to access this app on their work phones and computers,” Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who introduced the bill, said in a statement. “I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support we have seen in this body to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable and that includes, by the way, holding accountable those corporations who would just do China’s bidding. And, if I have anything to say about it, we...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has refused to resurrect the criminal case against states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy and family members stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents trying to round up Bundy cattle around the family ranch in Nevada. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday denied prosecutors’ efforts to overturn U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro’s decision to stop a months-long trial in January 2018, declare prosecutorial misconduct and dismiss the criminal indictment so it could not be re-filed. Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy and Montana militia leader Ryan Payne had faced life in prison but were set free after nearly two years of detention ahead of trial....
    A STUBBORN homeowner is living life in the fast lane after a Chinese city built a highway bridge around her tiny house. The owner refused to sell their house to Government for a decade and refused to accept compensation for its demolition. 3 The house is tightly wedged between two wings of the bridgeCredit: Guangzhou Daily/Weibo 3 The house seen from aboveCredit: Guangzhou Daily/Weibo Footage shows the property tightly wedged between two wings of the newly opened Haizhuyong Bridge in the Guangdong province in south China. The one-storey house contains a 40-square-metre flat and is situated in a pit in the middle of the four-lane traffic link, according to Guangdong TV station. The owner, known by her surname Liang, said...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Thursday that New York will need an influx of $30 billion from the federal government over the next two years to plug its growing deficit, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. “We will have to take drastic measures if the federal government doesn’t do what is responsible to help state and local governments,” Cuomo told reporters during a conference call. Additionally, the governor said that the state-run MTA is in need of $12 billion and the Port Authority, which oversees airports, bridges and tunnels in New York and New Jersey, needs $3 billion. Cuomo said the MTA will also “have to take dramatic actions” if the federal government does not cough up the cash. “All they can...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY DOINA CHIACU U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was possible the United States would have a coronavirus vaccine before the Nov. 3 election, a more optimistic forecast than timing put forth by his own White House health experts. Asked on the Geraldo Rivera radio program when a vaccine might be ready, Trump said, “Sooner than the end of the year, could be much sooner.” “Sooner than Nov. 3?” he was asked. “I think in some cases, yes possible before, but right around that time,” Trump said. Trump, who is seeking re-election to a second term amid a U.S....
    A large fence erected to protect the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, remains in place, but the city says it is illegal. The city of Portland is imposing a $500 fine on the federal government for every 15 minutes the fence stays in place, the Associated Press reported. The Oregonian reported that the fence was erected in the public’s right-of-way without a permit around the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. As of noon on Wednesday, the fine climbed up to $584,000. “The fence is currently still in place,” Margaux Weeke, spokesperson for City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, said Tuesday. “I’d have to refer you to the federal government for their rationale as to why the fence is still obstructing our traveling...
    The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously voted to approve a bill from Senator Josh Hawley banning federal employees from using video-sharing app TikTok on government-issued devices, amid threats from the White House to ban the company. The app has come under fire from U.S. lawmakers and the Trump administration over national security concerns because Chinas ByteDance owns the technology. The company currently faces a deadline of Sept. 15 to either sell its U.S. operations to Microsoft Corp or face an outright ban. Sources have previously told Reuters that ByteDance executives value all of TikTok at more than $50 billion. Under a Chinese law introduced in 2017, companies have an obligation to support and cooperate in the countrys national intelligence work....
    (CNN)The Canadian government will allow four patients with incurable cancer to receive psilocybin therapy, which uses the drug found in the so-called "magic mushrooms" or "shrooms," to ease their end-of-life distress. The landmark decision by Minister of Health Patty Hajdu, marks the first time since 1974 that a legal exemption has been given in Canada for patients to access psychedelic treatment, according to a news release on Tuesday by TheraPsil, a non-profit organization working to help Canadians gain access to psilocybin therapy. Laurie Brooks, one of the four terminally ill patients, expressed her gratitude for the approval, which comes over 100 days after the four patients made their plea to the government. "The acknowledgment of the pain and anxiety that...
    On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi painted the GOP as a group that is utterly indifferent to the “totally disenfranchised” and minorities, jeering, “Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn for what you just described?” Pelosi was prompted by a rant from CNBC’s Jim Cramer, who fulminated as he recommended a list of items that taxpayers give a “huge chunk” of money for: Why can’t you go across the aisle and say, “Representative Lewis, civil rights legend, would have loved it if we could do something for the totally disenfranchised in this country, no matter what. Can we give? Can we give a huge chunk of the money to the people who are disenfranchised, to the minorities,...
    Schools in Mexico will not reopen for the new academic year later this month and children will instead be homeschooled using television during the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s education secretary said Monday. Secretary Esteban Moctezuma Barragán said the government struck a deal with the country’s largest television networks to bring educational instruction to Mexico’s 30 million school children in the small screen. “We wanted to return to in-person classes, but it is not possible, nor prudent,” Moctezuma said, adding that students will return to classrooms when the government evaluates the spread of COVID-19 presents less of a risk. Mexico has reported 443,813 coronavirus infections and 48,012 deaths. Moctezuma said officials fear children could become coronavirus carriers, infecting relatives at...
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark will not raise a limit on public gatherings, originally planned for this month, after seeing a spike in COVID-19 infections, the Danish health ministry said late on Thursday. As part of the Denmark's gradual reopening following a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the government had planned to raise the limit on public gatherings to 200 people on August 8, up from the current limit of 100 people. "It is crucial that we maintain the good position Denmark is in, where we have the epidemic under control," health minister Magnus Heunicke said. The Nordic country's authority on infectious diseases, Statens Serum Institut, would not recommend lifting the limit, the ministry said, as any easing...
    Initially, the labels will only cover officials from the US, UK, Russia, China and France, but Twitter says it plans to expand the feature to more countries in the future. The labels, which have already started showing up, appear in each account’s profile and within every tweet they send.  For state-affiliated media, Twitter will label official accounts for the media organization, as well as those belonging to their “editors-in-chief, and/or their senior staff.” The company defines state media as “outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial resources, direct or indirect political pressures, and/or control over production and distribution.” Additionally, accounts with “state-affiliated media” these labels will no longer appear in Twitter’s recommendations.
    By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The British government says it won’t be using 50 million face masks it bought during a scramble to secure protective equipment for medics during the coronavirus outbreak because of concerns they might not be safe. The admission sparked calls from opposition parties for an urgent inquiry into the way contracts for essential supplies were handed out. The masks were part of a 252-million-pound ($332 million) contract the government signed with investment firm Ayanda Capital in April. Papers filed in a court case reveal that the masks won't be distributed because they have ear loops rather than head loops and may not fit tightly enough. The papers, published Thursday, are part of a...
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and Greece on Thursday signed a maritime deal that sets the sea boundary between the two countries and demarcates an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights. The deal is a response to a similar agreement between Turkey and Libya’s Tripoli-based government last year that has spiked tensions in the East Mediterranean region. The Turkey-Libya deal was widely dismissed by Egypt, Cyprus and Greece as an infringement on their economic rights in the oil-rich sea. The European Union says it’s a violation of intentional law that threatens stability in the region. Greece and Turkey have been at odds for decades over sea boundaries but recent discoveries of natural gas and drilling plans across the...
    LONDON (AP) – The British government says it won’t be using 50 million face masks it bought during a scramble to secure protective equipment for medics during the coronavirus outbreak because of concerns they might not be safe. The admission sparked calls from the political opposition for an urgent inquiry into the way contracts for essential supplies were handed out. The masks were part of a £252 million ($332 million) contract the government signed with investment firm Ayanda Capital in April. Papers filed in a court case reveal that the masks won’t be distributed because they have ear loops rather than head loops and may not fit tightly enough.   The papers, published Thursday, are part of a lawsuit against...
    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) - Twitter Inc will label the accounts of state-affiliated media outlets, their senior staff and some key government officials, the company said in a blog post on Thursday. The accounts of Russia's Sputnik, RT, and China's Xinhua News are among the media organizations that will be labeled, according to a Twitter spokesman. He declined to provide a full list of entities. "We believe that people have the right to know when a media account is affiliated directly or indirectly with a state actor," Twitter said in its blog. It will also stop amplifying these accounts or their tweets through its recommendation systems. The social media company defined state-affiliated media as those where the state exercises...
    U.S. President Donald Trump is planning to sign an order Thursday requiring the government to buy “essential” drugs from American companies rather than from overseas producers, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro announced.    “If we’ve learned anything from the China virus pandemic,” Navarro told reporters Thursday, “it is that we are dangerously over-dependent on foreign nations for our essential medicines, for medical supplies like masks, gloves, goggles and medical equipment like ventilators.”    He said Trump would sign the order on a visit to a manufacturing plant in Ohio, a key midwestern state in the president’s bid for a second term in the Nov. 3 national election against former Vice President Joe Biden.    Trump won Ohio by 8...
    London (CNN Business)Twitter is introducing new labels to better identify accounts belonging to government officials and senior staff of state-backed media, the social media platform announced on Thursday.Key government officials such as foreign ministers, ambassadors and official spokespeople will receive the label, as will accounts belonging to "state-affiliated" media entities, their editors-in-chief and their senior staff, Twitter (TWTR) said. The label will appear as part of an account's bio and will also be attached to their Twitter username throughout the site. The accounts of government officials will show a flag image and the label "government account" whereas media accounts will show a podium with a microphone and a label that says "state-affiliated media." Personal accounts of heads of states will...
    The R amount will have to be decreased than a person for the number of virus scenarios to be lowering. Just about anything earlier mentioned one particular suggests COVID-19 is spreading yet again. Northern Eire has declared “compact nearby clusters” means the very important R level has now soared way above the focus on stage. Above the earlier 7 days it rose from amongst .5 and 1 to .8 and 1.8, according to the devolved federal government.  The R fee signifies how lots of men and women, on average, each and every contaminated human being will go the condition on to.  In a statement unveiled on Thursday, the devolved federal government claimed the quantity of instances has multipled by three...
    VILE trolls told a grieving daughter to "hang herself" and claimed Covid-19 was a "hoax" when she tried to raise awareness about the virus following her dad's death. Hannah Brady, 24, from Wigan, told MPs she had received abuse online after speaking out about her 55-year-old dad Shaun, who died from coronavirus after spending 42 nights in intensive care. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Hannah Brady with her dad Shaun, who died from coronavirus on May 16Credit: Facebook Football-mad Shaun, who had no underlying health conditions, died on May 16. Following his death, Hannah has called for an immediate public inquiry into the government's handling of the crisis. The 24-year-old said the government's...
    By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean investigative journalist will remain in jail after a judge dismissed his bail application Thursday, as the United Nations secretary-general raised “concern” about a wave of arrests in the country. Journalist Hopewell Chon’ono has been in detention for more than two weeks. Before his arrest, Chin’ono regularly posted on Twitter about alleged government corruption and encouraged Zimbabweans to speak out and act against graft. He is charged with inciting public violence for supporting anti-government demonstrations that were planned for July 31. Opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume was also arrested for organizing the anti-government protest, which was thwarted by police and the military which kept people off the streets of Harare, the...
    HAVANA (AP) — With its airports closed to commercial flights and its economy tanking, Cuba has launched the first in a series of long-promised reforms meant to bolster the country’s struggling private sector. The island’s thousands of restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, auto mechanics and dozens of other types of private businesses have operated for years without the ability to import, export or buy supplies in wholesale markets.While the communist government began allowing widespread private enterprise a decade ago, it maintained a state monopoly on imports, exports and wholesale transactions. As a result, the country’s roughly 613,000 private business owners have been forced to compete for scarce goods in Cuba’s understocked retail outlets or buy on the black market. That has limited the...
    President Trump will announce a Buy American executive order requiring the government to purchase essential drugs and medical supplies from domestic manufacturers instead of overseas. The order, which Trump will sign on Thursday at Whirlpool Corporation's manufacturing plant in Clyde, Ohio, instructs government agencies, including the departments of Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Defense, to procure certain drugs and medical products from U.S. manufacturers. White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Director Peter Navarro said the effort to "catalyze" advanced manufacturing was a "top priority" for the president. The trip also marks Trump's latest to a battleground state less than three months from Election Day. In Ohio, Trump's likely Democratic opponent Joe Biden leads the president...
    Dame Joan Collins has slammed the lack of social distancing happening in the South of France. The British actress, 87, who previously criticised the UK government for being 'ageist' to those over the age of 70 amid the ongoing crisis, shared a video to her Instagram account of the crowds meandering along the port during her St Tropez holiday. Filming the visitors from the luxury of her yacht, she pointed out that she was safe, writing: 'Not much social distancing in the port of Saint Tropez. However, I’m on a yacht and they’re not'. Scroll down for video Dame Joan Collins, 87, who previously criticised the UK government for being 'ageist' to those over the age of 70 amid the ongoing crisis,...
    MATT LE TISSIER has decided to take a break from social media after trolls allegedly tried to get him sacked. The pundit, 51, has been slated online for his controversial views on the coronavirus pandemic. 1Matt Le Tissier claimed the government have overreacted to the coronavirus pandemic He was branded "thick" and "desperate for attention" after he compared the deadly bug to the common flu. And he has come under-fire in recent weeks for criticising the government's response to the crisis. Le Tissier revealed fans have contacted his employers in an attempt to get him taken off air. The former Southampton star claimed the "cyber bullies" are trying to "ruin my life" as he announced he would...
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean investigative journalist will remain in jail after a judge dismissed his bail application Thursday, as the United Nations secretary-general raised “concern” about a wave of arrests in the country. Journalist Hopewell Chon’ono has been in detention for more than two weeks. Before his arrest, Chin’ono regularly posted on Twitter about alleged government corruption and encouraged Zimbabweans to speak out and act against graft. He is charged with inciting public violence for supporting anti-government demonstrations that were planned for July 31. Opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume was also arrested for organizing the anti-government protest, which was thwarted by police and the military which kept people off the streets of Harare, the capital, and other cities on...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE on Thursday said he thinks it's possible there will be a COVID-19 vaccine ready around Election Day in November. "I think in some cases, yes, possible before, but right around that time," Trump said on Geraldo Rivera's radio show when asked if he thought a vaccine would be ready by Nov. 3. "We have great companies," he added. "The rest of the world is also doing vaccines, so let's see how they do." The president's comments are likely to fuel concerns that he is exerting political...
    A SAVVY mum has revealed how she managed to bag a £100 meal from Pizza Hut for less than £30.  With restaurants open again across the UK one woman headed down to the popular chain to enjoy some classic dishes, including cheesy triangles, a margherita and some cheesecake.  3The mum shared her Pizza Hut bill which was reduced to just £27Credit: Facebook She and three others went all out with 23 items including sides, mains, desserts and drinks, with their bill coming to a whopping £99.08.  But she managed to slash a whopping £72.78 off her bill using the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme and Meerkat Movie deals.  It saw the final price come to just £27.02, which if...
    Conservative commentator Mark Levin suggested President Trump should fire Dr. Anthony Fauci as a leading member of the White House task force fighting the pandemic after his comments saying coronavirus testing in the United States is "totally unacceptable." "Fauci damns himself!" Levin tweeted Wednesday. "If testing is 'totally unacceptable,' then Fauci should be fired! He acts like he's a uninvolved TV commentator rather than one of the top government bureaucrats-scientists in charge of preparing for pandemics." 2. I mean, he's only been around for 52 years!https://t.co/9uKZpCQj3g— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) August 5, 2020 Earlier on Wednesday, Fauci made an appearance on CNN in which he criticized the federal government's response to the coronavirus as it relates...
    President Donald Trump will sign a long-anticipated executive order Thursday in Ohio that seeks to onshore the country’s medical supply chain by requiring federal agencies to only purchase critical drugs and medical equipment manufactured in American facilities. The coronavirus pandemic illustrated how numerous factors, including other countries’ access to key starting materials and tax haven policies, put the U.S. at a severe disadvantage in handling pandemic and other chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear (CBRN) threats. White House officials say the new order — formally titled the “Executive Order On Combatting Public Health Emergencies And Strengthening National Security By Ensuring Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, And Critical Inputs Are Made In The United States — will establish a base level of demand...
    ANNOUNCER: Welcome to Moyers on Democracy. If you want to understand this moment in American politics, here’s a suggestion for you: It’s the must-read book of the year — HOW THE SOUTH WON THE CIVIL WAR, by the historian Heather Cox Richardson. Yes, the Civil War brought an end to the slave order of the South and the rule of the plantation oligarchs who embodied white supremacy. But the Northern victory was short-lived. Slave states soon stripped Black people of their hard-won rights, white supremacy not only rose again to rule the South but spread West across the Mississippi to create new hierarchies of inequality. That’s the story Heather Cox Richardson tells in HOW THE SOUTH WON THE CIVIL WAR,...
    The U.S. Department of Justice has restarted its attempts to block California’s net neutrality law, which has been lauded as the “gold standard” for states trying to enact their own regulations in the wake of the federal repeal. Hide The Department of Justice filed complaints to a federal judge in California’s Eastern District seeking to halt the implementation of California’s law. The move is the latest in a legal back-and-forth between the government and the state regarding its net neutrality law, which was also tied to a major court decision regarding the Federal Communications Commission‘s (FCC) repeal of the rules. Hide California passed a net neutrality law in 2018, SB-822, that would reinstate protections similar to the ones the...
    Mother Jones illustration; Courtesy of The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.As the world grapples with the devastation of the coronavirus, one thing is clear: The United States simply wasn’t prepared. Despite repeated warnings from infectious disease experts over the years, we lacked essential beds, equipment, and medication; public health advice was confusing, and our leadership offered no clear direction while sidelining credible health professionals and institutions. Infectious disease experts agree that it’s only a matter of time before the next pandemic hits, and that could be even more deadly. So how do we fix what COVID has shown was broken? In this Mother Jones series, we’re asking experts from a wide...
    NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's Prime Minister Ismail Ould Cheikh Sidiya said on Thursday that he had presented his government's resignation to President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani. Cheikh Sidiya did not provide a reason for the resignations in brief remarks to reporters, but an ongoing corruption investigation by parliamentary investigators is believed to have implicated several ministers. (Reporting by Kissima Diagana; Writing by Aaron Ross; editing by John Stonestreet) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House health experts are warning of an uptick in the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in U.S. cities including Boston, Chicago and Washington, urging local leaders to maintain health safety measures to avoid a surge. "This is a predictor of trouble ahead," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Thursday. Fauci was asked on CNN about comments made by his White House coronavirus task force colleague, Dr. Deborah Birx, identifying new areas of concern in major cities, even as authorities see encouraging signs across the South. Baltimore and Atlanta remain at a "very high level," as well as Kansas City, Portland, Omaha and...
    By Sofia Menchu and Mimi Dwyer GUATEMALA CITY/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrant children rapidly expelled from the United States under a coronavirus immigration policy are returning to shelters in Guatemala where virus testing and bed capacity are regularly stretched to their limits. Shelter operators, government officials in the Central American nation and international organizations said they are seeing rising numbers of children being sent back to Guatemala alone, with some unable to return to their homes because of domestic abuse or gang violence. "Child protection services, which were already overstretched and under-resourced have now been further compromised by COVID-19," said United Nations children's agency UNICEF spokesman Christopher Tidey. "So it is a challenge to provide vulnerable children with...
    Stock markets turned lower on Thursday ahead of weekly U.S. data on jobless claims and as investors watched to see if U.S. lawmakers will come ahead with fresh stimulus for the world’s largest economy. The U.S. government data is expected to show that layoffs remained elevated at a weekly pace above 1 million since the pandemic erupted in March. The rate of applications for unemployment benefits has stalled at roughly twice the record high that had existed before the virus sent the economy spiraling into a recession. The latest string of layoffs follows the expiration of a $600 weekly federal jobless payment that provided critical support for many of the unemployed. Members of Congress are locked in prolonged negotiations over...
    Calling the past month a tumultuous one for United States digital policy might be an understatement. Between remote working and learning, Netflix binging, and doomscrolling, internet usage has swelled during the pandemic. The Trump administration, meanwhile, continues its campaign against Chinese telecom Huawei and has touted banning TikTok in the United States. On top of that, General Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said last month, “We’re going to act when we see adversaries attempting to interfere in our elections.” President Trump publicly confirmed a reported US Cyber Command operation in 2018 to knock Russia’s Internet Research Agency offline during the midterms. And Democratic representatives have requested an FBI briefing on foreign...
    London — Ghassan Hasrouty was working at his job in the grain silo at Beirut's port when two explosions went off Tuesday evening, flattening the harbor and damaging much of the city. Now he is missing, and his 19-year-old daughter, Tatiana, is on a mission to find him. "He's very wise and brave and he's very good working under pressure, so I have faith in him that he's going to be fine, that he's still there. We just have to work faster to find them," Tatiana Hasrouty told CBS News. Her father is one of dozens who have not been heard from since Tuesday's devastating blasts and whose face is among countless images flooding newly created social media accounts with...
    A Parliamentary committee has said it was a “mistake” not to introduce border or isolation restrictions on travellers from Europe from mid-March, with up to 10,000 cases being imported that directly contributed to the scale of the pandemic in the United Kingdom. The House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee said in its report released on Wednesday that while the United Kingdom’s incremental introduction of international travel measures and self-isolation orders for travellers from China and Italy was initially — between January and early March — broadly in line with the actions of other countries, they were inexplicably dropped on March 13th. No further restrictions were put in place on travellers from Europe in the early months of the outbreak because...
    IBIZA Rocks is one of the best-known hotels in Ibiza, with big name acts like Craig David flying in to host huge pool parties every week during the summer - but this year has been very different.  The hotel opened its doors at the beginning of July, after the ban on UK holidaymakers travelling into Spain was lifted.  ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3In previous years, Ibiza Rocks hotel has been packed in August with big-name acts like Craig David performingCredit: Instagram/Craig David But within a few weeks, they were hit with another disaster when the UK government decided to advise against all but essential travel to mainland Spain and the islands, and...
    New York (CNN Busness)The recovery from America's jobs crisis seems to have hit a roadblock, and weekly claims for unemployment benefits are proof of that.Another 1.2 million Americans filed for first-time jobless benefits last week on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Department of Labor reported on Thursday. That was down from the prior week's 1.4 million claims.First-time jobless claims peaked at 6.9 million in the last week of March and then declined for four months. But around mid-July, they reversed directions and rose again. That's not a good look for a labor market that desperately needs to recover after millions of workers were displaced by the pandemic. But last week offered hope that claims could head lower once again.Rising Covid-19...
    Sushant Singh Rajput’s case has now been handed over to CBI after Centre accepted Bihar Government’s recommendation for a CBI probe. The cold war between Mumbai and Bihar Police with respect to the jurisdiction over the case was making the case even more murkier and hence the centre finally gave permission for a go-ahead to Bihar Government to transfer the case to CBI. In a latest update, CBI has now responded to the case being handed over to them and mentioned that they are in touch with Bihar police. Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: Centre Tells Supreme Court That It Has Accepted Bihar’s Recommendation for CBI Probe Into Actor’s Death. As reported by ANI, CBI responding to Sushant Singh Rajput’s...
    LONDON (AP) — The British government says it won’t be using 50 million face masks it bought during a scramble to secure protective equipment for medics during the coronavirus outbreak because of concerns they might not be safe. The masks were part of a 252 million pound ($332 million) contract the government signed with investment firm Ayanda Capital in April. Papers filed in a court case reveal that the masks won’t be distributed because they have ear loops rather than head loops and may not fit tightly enough. The papers, published Thursday, are part of a lawsuit against the Conservative government by campaigning groups the Good Law Project and EveryDoctor. They want the courts to review contracts signed by the...
    In a stunning power grab by the British government, local councils are set to be empowered with the authority to demolish buildings that are deemed to be epicentres of Chinese coronavirus outbreaks throughout the country. Published last month — with little fanfare — the Department of Health and Social Care’s “COVID-19 Contain Framework” laid out a series of laws, including the Coronavirus Act 2020, that local governments will be able to utilise in order to contain flare-ups of the Wuhan virus. The document informed councils that under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, they can apply to a magistrate “to impose restrictions or requirements to close contaminated premises; close public spaces in the area of the local authority;...
    BEAVERS have won the permanent 'right to remain' in a river in the UK. The River Otter in East Devon is already home to the 15 beaver families who were part of a five year study into their impact on the local environment. 5The beavers will not be removed from the riverCredit: PA:Press Association They have been monitored by the Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) and the government has now granted them permission to stay. The Trust said this was "the most ground-breaking government decision for England's wildlife for a generation" Beavers were first spotted in the river in 2008 but no one was sure of their origin or who was responsible for releasing them. Some suspect wildlife activists illegally put...
    French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Thursday in Beirut to survey the site of this week’s devastating explosion whose death toll has risen to 137 — as Lebanese army bulldozers plowed through the giant mounds of debris to clear a path. The government has pledged to investigate the Tuesday blast after an apparently accidental fire ignited a stockpile of ammonium nitrate in the ravaged capital city. More than 5,000 people were injured and hundreds of thousands of residents were displaced. “Lebanon is not alone,” Macron said in a tweet amid pledges of international aid. “I want to organize European cooperation and, more broadly, international cooperation,” he said upon arrival in Beirut, where he was greeted by Lebanese President Michel Aoun. Macron,...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. In March, as lawmakers raced to put together a massive stimulus package to cope with the pandemic-related shutdowns sweeping the country, a New York company that invests in hotels deployed a Washington lobbyist for the first time. The lobbyist’s mission was to secure an exception in the emerging relief program for small businesses so that hotel chains would become eligible. The company, EOS Investors, had more than 500 employees, putting it above the limit in the original proposal by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. But if the cap for hotels were set for each...
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's leading Druze politician Walid Jumblatt called on Thursday for an international investigation into the Beirut port explosion and said he had "no trust" in the government to find out the truth about it. "We have no trust at all in this ruling gang," said Jumblatt, whose party has lawmakers in parliament but is not in the cabinet, which took office in January with backing from the Hezbollah movement and its allies. If not for the help of foreign states and the Arab region, "Lebanon would disappear", he said, calling for "a government of neutrality." (Reporting by Ellen Francis; editing by John Stonestreet) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    LONDON (Reuters) - The first beavers to live naturally in the wild in England for over 400 years have been given the green light to stay after a five-year trial showed their dam-building activities were good for wildlife and people. Beavers, semi-aquatic vegetarian mammals, were hunted to extinction in Britain more than four centuries ago because people wanted their meat, fur and castoreum, a secretion that was used in medicine and perfumes. But in 2013 a family of beavers was found to be living on the River Otter in Devon, a rural county in southwest England. It is not clear where the beavers came from and at first they were threatened with eviction. Instead, they were allowed to stay for...
    OAP Brits who refuse to pay their TV licence may face BAILIFFS as the BBC splurges £38million on staff to collect the £157.50 bill. The Beeb has hired 800 agents and set up new call centres to collect the fee and deal with queries. 2Campaigners protest against the licence fee outside the BBC's Broadcasting House in London It is believed the Corporation will spend £38million on the scheme and £13million a year after – coming to a total of £90million over the next five years. Age campaigners have described the idea of debt collectors banging on the doors of the nation’s elderly as “distressing and frightening”. Others have vowed not to pay the bill – despite facing possible criminal prosecution...
    Vijay Prashad August 6, 2020 8:49AM (UTC) This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Six months ago, on January 30, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Ten days before this, the Chinese government had said — to great alarm — that the coronavirus could be transmitted from human to human. The contagiousness of this virus led the WHO to make the declaration, which came a month after the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention told their counterparts in the United States about the virus. On the day that the WHO declared the PHEIC, Trump gave a press conference, where he bewilderingly said, "We think we...
    London (CNN)Coronavirus conspiracy theorists have spread baseless rumors online -- frequently targeting minorities -- since the beginning of the pandemic. In England the latest wave of vitriol criticizes Muslims, blaming them for spreading Covid-19.Muslims were caught off guard last week, when the UK government suddenly announced local lockdowns in a slew of areas in northern England where cases have spiked. The announcement came just hours before Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest festivals in Islam. The affected areas included Greater Manchester, Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford and Leicester -- all places with a significant Islamic population according to the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). The restrictions -- published late last Thursday evening -- banned people in the named areas from...