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Heres How Wuhan Tested 6.5 Million People for Coronavirus Within 2 Weeks

These are the front lines of an unprecedented campaign to screen virtually all 11 million people in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began. Nearly two weeks in, the government is getting close to reaching its goal, with 6.5 million tested so far.

27 May 2020 12:26 pm
I Can't Breathe: Black Man Dies in US After Cop Kneels on His Neck for 5 Minutes, Four Officers Fired

A bystander recorded a video which showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man's neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving.

27 May 2020 12:21 pm
After Entering Virus-driven Recession with Biggest Drop, France GDP Set to Fall 'Around 20%' in 2nd Quarter

France's national statistics agency INSEE said that activity was resuming 'prudently' after lockdown measures were eased and that while consumer spending was rebounding consumer confidence slid a bit further.

27 May 2020 11:52 am
Hong Kong Police Fire Pepper Pellets as Protests Flare in Financial Heart

Police also surrounded the Legislative Council amid soaring tensions over perceived threats to the city's freedoms as activists called for protests.

27 May 2020 11:37 am
Wondering How to Share Food 'Safely'? Begin by Not Using Soap on Veggies. Then Learn to Chill

Cooking, baking and sharing what youve made is one of the few ways we can tangibly connect right now. But is it really safe?

27 May 2020 11:24 am
Airbus Experts from France Begin Probe into Pakistan Air Crash

The team of experts from an Airbus facility in the French city of Toulouse reached Pakistan on Monday to carry out an independent probe into Friday's mishap.

27 May 2020 11:08 am
Donald Trump Committed to July 4 Celebration Despite Lawmaker Alarm on Coronavirus

Trump in April said that because of the coronavirus, the event would likely have to be smaller than last year's "Salute to America" event on the National Mall that drew tens of thousands.

27 May 2020 10:33 am
Suspect in Japan's 2019 Kyoto Animation Fire Accident Gets Arrested After Recovering for 10 Months

Police had issued an arrest warrant for Shinji Aoba at the time of the fire but had been unable to question him after he suffered serious, self-inflicted burns.

27 May 2020 10:32 am
Trump Thinks In-person G7 Summit Would be Great Example of Reopening, Says White House

G7 is the group of top seven developed economies. These include the US, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.

27 May 2020 8:32 am
US Warns Nevada Governor About In-person Worship Llimits

Steve Sisolak, the head of the Justice Department's civil rights division took issue with the first phase of Sisolak's guidelines for restarting economic and social activity in the state.

27 May 2020 8:31 am
US Nears 100,000 Pandemic Deaths: Does Trump Feel Our Pain?

Now there is another, a still-growing American casualty list that has exceeded deaths from the Vietnam and Korean wars combined.

27 May 2020 8:24 am
Trump Wants Troops in Afghanistan Home by Election Day. This Too Has a Coronavirus Angle

The Pentagon believes that at least 50% of Afghan security forces most likely have the virus, meaning that any training and joint operations between United States and Afghan forces have been paused, halting a key pillar of the American war effort, especially against Islamic State enclaves in the countrys east.

27 May 2020 8:01 am
Twitter Labels Trump Tweets With a Fact Check for the First Time

Twitter's unprecedented decision is likely to raise further questions about its willingness to consistently apply the label to other Trump tweets that have been deemed misleading by third parties

27 May 2020 8:00 am
US Military Says Russia Deployed Fighter Jets to Conflict-stricken Libya

Russia called the claim "disinformation." In a strongly worded statement, the US Africa Command said the Russian military aircraft arrived in Libya recently from an airbase in Russia via Syria, where they were repainted to hide their Russian origin. AFRICOM did not say how many aircraft were transferred or when exactly they arrived in Libya.

27 May 2020 7:49 am
Australia Angered China by Calling for a Coronavirus Investigation. Now Beijing is Targeting its Exports

Australian Foreign Minister Marisa Payne initially voiced support for an investigation on a Sunday morning television show in late April.

27 May 2020 7:38 am
Covid-19: Most Viruses, Other Germs Do Not Spread Easily on Flights, Says CDC

As a result of coronavirus pandemic, air traffic inside the US has come to a near halt. Air traffic is said to be down to about 90 per cent.

27 May 2020 7:32 am
Biden Calls Trump a 'Fool' for Mocking Masks During Coronavirus Pandemic

Trump had retweeted a post that appeared to make fun of a photo of Biden in his mask, though he later said he didn't mean to be critical.

27 May 2020 7:32 am
Israel Passes on Chinese Bid for Major Desalination Plant

Outbid for the contract was Hutchison Holdings, a major infrastructure conglomerate from Hong Kong.

27 May 2020 7:26 am
Used to Track Those Coming from Abroad, China's Covid-19 'War Room' Now Keeps an Eye on Citizen's Movements

This year, cities and villages across the country have used the system for what the government has labelled 'an all-out people's war on coronavirus'.

26 May 2020 12:51 pm
Singapore Cuts 2020 GDP Outlook Again as Coronavirus Batters Economy

Following the news, central bank chief economist Ed Robinson said monetary policy remains unchanged and will next be reviewed in October, as planned.

26 May 2020 12:33 pm
HCQ Trials On COVID-19 Patients Halted By WHO After A Study Highlighted Side Effects

The World Health Organisation has temporarily halted the clinical trial of malaria drug, Hydroxychloroquine,

26 May 2020 12:03 pm
Mask Boom in China Due to Coronavirus Takes Fabric Away From Nappy Makers

Textiles such as nonwoven fabric have been in short supply from being diverted to the more lucrative mask business, leaving producers of hygiene products high and dry.

26 May 2020 11:35 am
Chile Sees Record Covid-19 Cases as Two Ministers Quarantine

Public Works Minister Alfredo Moreno and Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobet said they were among those with the disease.

26 May 2020 11:32 am
Fujifilm Research into Covid-19 Drug Avigan Spills into June, Dashing Hope of May Approval

Prime Minister Abe had said he hoped the drug would be approved in May if its efficacy and safety could be confirmed.

26 May 2020 11:10 am
Saudi Arabia to End Curfew on June 21, Except in Holy City of Mecca

Mosques can hold prayers once again, subject to social distancing and hygiene measures, except for in Mecca where restrictions on attendance will stay in place.

26 May 2020 10:42 am
Germany Wants to End Travel Warning for 31 European Countries

On May 18, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Germany was hoping to ease a travel warning on all tourist trips abroad that is in place until June 15.

26 May 2020 10:27 am
Pak Man Attacks UK Gurdwara, Leaves Note on Kashmir and a Phone Number; Arrested

The CCTV footages showed smashed glass doors of the gurdwara, glass shards scattered all over the floor and a man inside the premises.

26 May 2020 8:49 am
This Country Seemed to Do Everything Right. It Became a Covid-19 Hotspot Anyway

As of Monday, Peru had more than 123,900 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,600 deaths -- putting it second only to Brazil both in number of cases and deaths in Latin America.

26 May 2020 8:02 am
Entire Police Unit Disbanded After 1 Officer Rapes Witness, Others Break a Mans Ribs in Ukraine

The police officers assaulted a man at the same police station by threatening to rape him, putting him on his knees, hitting him with batons and putting a gas mask on him.

26 May 2020 7:49 am
Donald Trump Threatens to Move the GOP Convention Out of Charlotte due to Covid-19 Restrictions

The convention attracts hundreds and thousands of Trump supporters and Republican leaders from across the country wherein they pack into a giant indoor stadium for four days.

26 May 2020 7:44 am
Significant Milestone: No New Coronavirus Deaths in Ireland for First Time in 9 Weeks

Ireland has announced a five-step plan to reopen the nation by August and took the first steps last Monday.

26 May 2020 7:41 am
More than 200 Workers Test Covid-19 Positive at Guatemala Textile Plant

Zulma Calderon, the health prosecutor for Guatemala's Human Rights prosecutor's office, said they began receiving reports in early May that infected workers were continuing to work at the K P Textil plant in San Miguel Petapa and the company wasn't taking protective measures.

26 May 2020 7:38 am
US Company Begins Human Trials of Coronavirus Vaccine in Australia

Novavax has begun the first phase of the trial in which 131 volunteers in the cities of Melbourne and Brisbane will test the safety of the vaccine and look for early signs of the vaccine's effectiveness.

26 May 2020 7:29 am
In Bolsonaro's Brazil, Everyone Else is to Blame for Coronavirus Outbreak

By contrast, he portrays himself as a clear-eyed crusader willing to defend an unpopular idea that shutting down the economy to control Covid-19 will ultimately cause more suffering than allowing the disease to run its course.

26 May 2020 7:28 am
New Zealand Hit by Second Earthquake in Two Days

New Zealand lies on the seismically active "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and ocean trenches girdling much of the Pacific Ocean.

26 May 2020 7:24 am
A World Redrawn: US Coronavirus Response Fatally 'Chaotic,' Says Noam Chomsky

Here are edited extracts from an AFP interview with the 91-year-old leftist intellectual, who has authored more than 100 books and is currently a professor at the University of Arizona.

25 May 2020 12:33 pm
China's 'Hermit' Investors Fill Doubled Oil Storage With Crude Bet

Chinese oil stockpiling is normally driven by state giants which sweep up cargoes to fill the government's strategic petroleum reserves or commercial reserves held by refiners.

25 May 2020 12:03 pm
New Zealand Eases Coronavirus Curbs , Public Gatherings Can Now Have 100 People

Authorities will reconsider the nation's alert setting, now at level 2, on June 8, with a move to level 1 to be considered no later than June 22, Ardern told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

25 May 2020 11:01 am
CEO of One of New Zealand's Largest Media Houses Buys Company for Just USD 1

The organisation Stuff prints many of the nation's daily newspapers and runs a popular news website of the same name. It employs about 900 staff, including 400 journalists.

25 May 2020 10:19 am
Hong Kong Security Chief Warns of Growing 'Terrorism' as Govt Backs Beijing's Planned Laws

Police said they arrested more than 180 people on Sunday, when authorities fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters as unrest returned to the Chinese-ruled city after months of relative calm.

25 May 2020 10:03 am
'World Will See HBO Special in 15 Yrs': White House Adviser Calls Covid-19 'Cover-up' China's Chernobyl

National security adviser Robert O'Brien said Beijing knew what was happening with the virus, which originated in Wuhan, from November but lied to the World Health Organization and prevented outside experts from accessing information.

25 May 2020 9:13 am
Trump Bars Travel From Brazil, a New Covid-19 Hotspot With Over 3.6 Lakh Cases

With more than 360,000 confirmed cases, Brazil now has the second-biggest caseload in the world, after the United States. It has registered more than 22,000 deaths.

25 May 2020 8:01 am
Taiwan Promises 'Necessary Assistance' to Hong Kong's People, Says President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan has become a refuge for a small but growing number of pro-democracy protesters fleeing Hong Kong, which has been convulsed since last year by protests.

25 May 2020 8:01 am
Lufthansa to Resume Flights to 20 Destinations, Including Some Holiday Hot-spots from Mid-June

The airline said on Thursday it was in advanced talks with the German government over ceding a 20% stake in exchange for the cash injection.

25 May 2020 7:55 am
CDC, States' Reporting of Coronavirus Test Data Causes Confusion

In a continuing theme for the outbreak in the United States, a lack of federal leadership persists.

25 May 2020 7:54 am
French Minister Slams Top Actress Over 'Shameful' Criticism of Police for Racism

Jordana, 27, who rose to fame as a singer, has appeared in a dozen films and won the prestigious Cesar award for most promising actress for her role on the 2017 comedy -Le Brio-.

25 May 2020 7:44 am
Week After Disclosure, Trump Says He Has Finished Taking Hydroxychloroquine as Coronavirus Therapy

Trump was addressing his disclosure last week that he was taking hydroxychloroquine and a zinc supplement.

25 May 2020 7:40 am
US to Provide $6 Million to Pakistan to Fight Coronavirus Pandemic

US ambassador to Pakistan, Paul Jones, also thanked Islamabad for its recent delivery of medical supplies as a gesture of friendship and partnership between the two countries.

25 May 2020 7:32 am
Quite a Decent Shake Here: New Zealand PM Continues TV Interview as Earthquake Rattles Room

Ardern canvassed the prospect of a major quake as New Zealand entered a seven-week COVID-19 lockdown in late March, saying it was always a possibility.

25 May 2020 7:28 am
Sri Lanka Seeks $1.1 Billion Currency Swap Facility From India Amid Depleting Forex Reserves

The Sri Lankan President made the request during his telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

24 May 2020 12:55 pm