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.
Unrest spreads amid Palestinian anger at Trump plan 6 February 2020, 9:34 PM

At least two Palestinians were killed in the occupied West Bank and 16 Israelis were hurt on Thursday in a surge of violence that erupted amid strong Palestinian anger at a US peace plan

Trump’s trial is over but the final verdict is not yet in 6 February 2020, 11:53 AM

While Donald Trump’s impeachment trial ended with an acquittal, in reality, however, the end of the story will play out in November when American voters go to the polls.

Ten more virus infections on cruise ship in Japan 6 February 2020, 4:12 AM

Ten more people on a quarantined cruise liner in the port of Yokohama south of Tokyo have tested positive for coronavirus, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Selfies and polite applause greet acquittal vote at Trump Hotel bar in US capital 6 February 2020, 3:17 AM

A smattering of applause briefly interrupted the chatter in the bar of the Trump International Hotel in Washington when the US Senate voted against the first article of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Plane skids off runway in Istanbul, killing three and injuring 179 6 February 2020, 2:00 AM

A Pegasus Airlines plane flying into Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport skidded off the end of the wet runway and broke into three pieces after landing on Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 179 others, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

China’s Hubei reports 70 new deaths on Feb 5 – Health Commission 6 February 2020, 1:11 AM

China's Hubei province, the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak, reported 70 new deaths and 2 987 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, the local health commission said in a notice on Thursday.

About 350 US evacuees from China placed under coronavirus quarantine at military bases 6 February 2020, 12:20 AM

Two planes carrying about 350 Americans out of Wuhan, China, arrived at a US military base in California on Wednesday, in Washington’s latest effort to bring its citizens home from the epicenter of the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.

US Senate acquits Trump of abuse of power impeachment charge 5 February 2020, 11:32 PM

The US Senate on Wednesday found President Donald Trump not guilty of abusing his powers, as had been charged by the House of Representatives.

12th US case of coronavirus confirmed in Wisconsin 5 February 2020, 11:12 PM

The 12th known US case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Wisconsin by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Health Agency said in a statement.

China virus puts cruise ships in quarantine, hits carmakers, airlines and Airbus 5 February 2020, 5:20 PM

 Thousands of passengers and crew on two cruise ships in Asian waters were placed in quarantine for China’s coronavirus on Wednesday as airlines, car manufacturers and other global companies counted the cost of the fast-spreading outbreak.

Trump-Pelosi feud erupts during speech to Congress as impeachment trial nears end 5 February 2020, 9:04 AM

A bitter feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi boiled over at his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, with Trump denying her a handshake and Pelosi ripping apart a copy of his remarks behind his back.

China virus toll nears 500, airlines cut Hong Kong flights, cases found on cruise ship 5 February 2020, 5:05 AM

The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in China passed 490 on Wednesday, as two US airlines suspended flights to Hong Kong following the first fatality there and 10 cases were confirmed on a quarantined Japanese cruise ship.

Buttigieg takes lead in first Iowa results after presidential caucus chaos 5 February 2020, 2:44 AM

Pete Buttigieg took the lead in the first batch of long-delayed results from the chaotic Iowa Democratic Party caucuses on Tuesday, and former Vice President Joe Biden trailed badly in fourth place with about 62%of precincts reporting.

China’s Hubei province, epicentre of coronavirus outbreak, reports 65 new deaths on Feb 4 5 February 2020, 12:56 AM

The number of deaths in China's central Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak had risen by 65 to 479 as of Tuesday, Chinese state television reported on Wednesday.

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US deploys ‘more survivable’ low-yield nuclear weapon for launch from submarines 4 February 2020, 8:56 PM

The U.S. Defense Department said on Tuesday the Navy had fielded a low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, something the Pentagon believes is needed to deter adversaries like Russia but which critics say lowers the threshold for using nuclear weapons.

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US senators on the spot to explain their coming vote at Trump trial 4 February 2020, 1:55 PM

The long days of lawyers arguing for and against the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump are over.

Taiwan calls China ‘vile’ for limiting WHO access during virus outbreak 4 February 2020, 9:57 AM

Taiwan dramatically escalated its war of words with Beijing on Tuesday over the island’s exclusion from the World Health Organisation, saying “vile” China was preventing Taiwan from getting timely information about the coronavirus outbreak.

Democratic presidential race off to rocky start as Iowa results delayed by ‘inconsistencies’ 4 February 2020, 7:52 AM

The U.S. Democratic presidential nominating race got off to a slow and rocky start in Iowa on Monday, as the results of the state’s caucuses were delayed for hours while party officials double-checked “inconsistencies” in the initial count. 

Hong Kong reports first coronavirus fatality – TVB News 4 February 2020, 4:59 AM

Hong Kong reported its first coronavirus death, local news broadcaster TVB said on Tuesday, the second fatality outside mainland China.

China virus death toll posts grim record rise, passes 400 4 February 2020, 3:50 AM

China said it would welcome assistance from the United States to fight a coronavirus outbreak, a day after it accused Washington of scaremongering, and as the death toll rose on Tuesday by a new daily record to more than 420.

Iowa Democrats begin caucus meetings, kicking off search for Trump election challenger 4 February 2020, 3:25 AM

Iowa Democrats began meeting at caucus sites around the state on Monday, kicking off what could be a bruising months-long national nominating fight to choose a November election challenger to Republican US President Donald Trump.

You won’t ‘bully me’: Bloomberg 4 February 2020, 2:53 AM

US Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg vowed on Monday he would not let President Donald Trump bully him as the war of words between the two New York business tycoons and political rivals became nastier.

Families in Africa fear impact of US immigration ban 4 February 2020, 1:26 AM

An Eritrean father yearning to be reunited with his four children after 15 years apart. An American woman adopting a Nigerian toddler. A Nigerian man desperate to be with his American wife and children.

64 new coronavirus deaths reported in China’s Hubei province 4 February 2020, 12:59 AM

The number of deaths in China's central Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak had risen by 64 to 414 as of Monday, Chinese state television reported on Tuesday.

Second case of person-to-person coronavirus transmission confirmed in US 3 February 2020, 10:59 PM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday announced a second case of transmission of the new coronavirus within the United States and provided more detailed plans on how it will handle travelers returning from China as the country works to limit the outbreak.

UNSG urges people to follow advice of WHO regarding coronavirus 3 February 2020, 9:18 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged people around the world to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation and avoid stigma and discrimination in the fight against the coronavirus.

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Greek police fire teargas at protesting migrants, refugees on Lesbos 3 February 2020, 4:45 PM

Greek police fired teargas to disperse migrants and refugees protesting on Monday about conditions in migrant camps on the island of Lesbos and the slow pace of processing asylum requests.

Syrian shelling kills four Turkish soldiers in Idlib: defense ministry 3 February 2020, 8:19 AM

Four Turkish soldiers were killed and nine were wounded, one of them seriously, in intense shelling by Syrian government forces in Syria’s northwestern Idlib region on Monday, the Turkish defense ministry said.

EU’s foreign policy chief to travel to Iran in de-escalation mission 2 February 2020, 7:09 PM

The head of the European Union foreign service, Josep Borrell, will travel to Iran next week to meet the country’s leaders in a bid to reduce tensions in the Middle East, the EU said in a statement on Sunday.

Volunteers flock to Iowa for high-stakes Democratic nominating contest 2 February 2020, 11:05 AM

Scores of volunteers from across the United States (US) descended on icy Iowa ahead of Monday’s Democratic caucus with one goal: nominating a candidate who can defeat Republican President Donald Trump in November.