US billionaire Bloomberg qualifies to take part in Democratic Presidential Debate

18 February 2020, 8:20 PM
Former New York Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg has for the first time qualified for a Democratic Presidential Debate after surging in the latest national poll.
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Coronavirus death toll surges past 1 000 11 February 2020, 10:50 AM

Worry grew on Tuesday that the extent of economic disruption from China’s coronavirus outbreak was being underestimated as the death toll in the world’s second-largest economy from the epidemic soared past 1,000.

What happens next after Ireland’s “ballot-box revolution” 11 February 2020, 6:55 AM

The Irish nationalist party SinnFein secured the most votes but not the most seats in a national election on Sunday, which its leader described as a "ballot-box revolution" that deserved to be rewarded with a first ever place in government.

Coronavirus case confirmed in California, takes US total to 13 11 February 2020, 5:08 AM

The 13th case of coronavirus in the United States was detected in California in an individual under federal quarantine after returning from Wuhan, China, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday.

China reports 108 new coronavirus deaths on Feb. 10, total at 1,016 11 February 2020, 2:40 AM

China reported 108 new coronavirus deaths on February 10, the highest daily increase so far, and up from 97 on the previous day, the health authority said on Tuesday.

POLL: Biden’s support slumps to lowest on record 11 February 2020, 2:06 AM

Support for Joe Biden's US Democratic presidential bid has tumbled nationally to the lowest on record since his lackluster finish in the Iowa caucuses,while interest is surging in the upstart candidacy of billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

China’s Hubei reports 103 new deaths on Feb 10 – Health Commission 11 February 2020, 1:15 AM

China's Hubei province, the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak, reported 2 097 new cases and 103 new deaths on February 10, the local health authority said on Tuesday.

New York sues Trump administration over exclusion from traveler programs 10 February 2020, 9:26 PM

New York state sued President Donald Trump's administration on Monday to void a policy barring hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers from enrolling in federal programs that help travelers speed through airport security lines and borders, describing the ban as political punishment.

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Chinese Embassy to dedicate resources in finding missing SA student 10 February 2020, 2:13 PM

The Chinese Embassy in South African says resources have been mobilised following the disappearance of a South African student in that country two weeks ago.

Irish nationalists Sinn Fein demand place in government after strong election showing 10 February 2020, 12:02 PM

Irish nationalists Sinn Fein demanded on Sunday to be part of the next Irish government after the left-wing party secured the most votes in an election that leader Mary Lou McDonald described as a ballot-box "revolution."

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Trump slashes foreign aid, cuts safety net programmes in new budget proposal 10 February 2020, 8:16 AM

United States President Donald Trump will propose on Monday a 21% cut in foreign aid and slashes to social safety-net programmes in his $4.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2021, according to senior administration officials.

Soldier kills 29 people in Thailand before being shot 10 February 2020, 2:30 AM

A soldier angry over a property deal gone sour killed at least 29 people and wounded 57 in a rampage that spanned four locations in and around the northeastern Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima before he was shot dead early Sunday.

Coronavirus deaths top SARS as China returns to work 10 February 2020, 2:00 AM

China raised the death toll from its coronavirus outbreak to 811 on Sunday, passing the number killed globally by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic, as authorities made plans for millions of people returning to work after an extended Lunar New Year break.

Thai soldier kills 26 in rampage, most inside shopping mall 9 February 2020, 12:11 PM

A Thai soldier who killed at least 26 people, most of them in a shopping mall in the northeast of the country, was angry over a land deal involving a relative of his commanding officer, officials said on Sunday.

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Deaths from China’s coronavirus outbreak surpass deaths from SARS 9 February 2020, 5:01 AM

The number of new coronavirus deaths on the Chinese mainland hit 811 by end of Feb. 8, the National Health Commission said on Sunday morning, surpassing that of the SARS epidemic in 2002/2003.

Death toll hits 21 from Thai shooting after raid into mall 9 February 2020, 3:08 AM

A member of the Thai security forces was killed early on Sunday in a raid into a shopping mall to try to stop a soldier on a shooting rampage, bringing the total death toll to 21, the health minister said.

On the campaign trail: Biden slams Buttigieg, ‘Guess what? He was a mayor’ 9 February 2020, 2:04 AM

Democrats scrambled to gain an edge with voters on Saturday on the last weekend before the party’s next presidential nominating contest in New Hampshire, where Pete Buttigieg began drawing fire as the candidate on the rise.

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American dies of coronavirus in China; five Britons infected in French Alps 9 February 2020, 12:43 AM

A 60-year-old American has died of the new coronavirus, the first confirmed non-Chinese death of the illness, U.S. officials said, as millions of Chinese began returning home after a Lunar New Year break that was extended to try to contain the outbreak.

‘OUT’: Trump says he was right to remove ‘insubordinate’ NSC aide 8 February 2020, 11:31 PM

US President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the ouster of impeachment witness Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman from the White House National Security Council, calling him "insubordinate".

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In China’s locked-down corona virus city, grocery delivery is a lifeline 8 February 2020, 9:35 PM

Reluctant to go outside for fear of catching the new coronavirus sweeping the Chinese city of Wuhan, Edward Wang found a lifeline, grocery delivery services provided by local retailers.

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Iran ready to mediate between Turkey and Syria 8 February 2020, 7:01 PM

Iran is ready to help Turkey and Syria resolve their differences over the nearly nine-year-old war in Syria, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, adding that Tehran backs the sovereignty of its key regional ally Damascus.

Thai soldier kills at least 10 in shooting rampage -police 8 February 2020, 5:01 PM

A Thai soldier killed at least 10 people in a shooting rampage on Saturday in Nakhon Ratchasima in the north east of Thailand and remains at large, police said.

Death toll from new coronavirus set to surpass SARS, as China’s fatalities above 700 8 February 2020, 5:52 AM

The new coronavirus epidemic in mainland China is almost certain to become more deadly than SARS on Saturday as the death toll passed 700, health experts warned of mask shortages and more cases were confirmed on a quarantined Japanese cruise ship.

Japan confirms 3 more coronavirus cases on cruise liner; total now 64 8 February 2020, 5:00 AM

Another 3 people on a cruise liner off Japan have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases from the ship to 64, Japan's health ministry said on Saturday.

China’s Hubei province reports 81 new deaths from coronavirus on Feb 7 8 February 2020, 1:07 AM

The number of deaths in China's central Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak had risen by 81 to 699 as of Friday, the province's health commission said in a statement on its website on Saturday.

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India extends detention of Kashmir’s political leaders 7 February 2020, 4:32 PM

India has extended the detention of four political leaders in Kashmir who had been held by authorities since August to quell dissent after the central government stripped the region of its autonomy, two senior officials said on Friday.

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Death of doctor who sounded coronavirus alarm sparks anger at government 7 February 2020, 2:55 PM

A Chinese doctor who was reprimanded for warning against a "A Chinese doctor who was reprimanded for warning against a "SARS-like" coronavirus before it was officially recognised died of the virus on Friday,triggering a wave of mourning in China and rare online expressions of anger towards the government.-like" coronavirus before it was officially recognised died of the virus on Friday,triggering a wave of mourning in China and rare online expressions of anger towards the government.

Buttigieg declared Iowa winner after technical glitches delay result 7 February 2020, 4:51 AM

Pete Buttigieg narrowly won Iowa's Democratic presidential caucuses on Thursday after a long delay in releasing the results,reshaping the 2020 race and raising doubts about the future of one-time front-runner Joe Biden, who finished a disappointing fourth.

Singapore says planning second evacuation flight from virus-hit Wuhan 7 February 2020, 4:02 AM

Singapore said on Friday it was planning another flight to bring Singaporeans back from virus-hit Wuhan, after officials earlier told Reuters the evacuation could happen within days.

China’s Hubei province reports 69 new coronavirus deaths on Feb 6 -State TV 7 February 2020, 1:02 AM

The number of deaths in China's central Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak had risen by 69 to 618 as of Thursday, Chinese state television reported on Friday.

Chinese doctor who raised early alarm over coronavirus dies 7 February 2020, 12:37 AM

One of the first Chinese doctors who tried to warn the world about a new coronavirus died on Friday from the illness, as Beijing declared a "people's war"on the fast-spreading outbreak.