US stock markets continue to take the plunge amid coronavirus

29 February 2020, 1:15 AM
The stock markets in the United States continued their plunge with Wall Street marking its eighth straight days in the red, falling over 1000 points within the first 30 minutes of trade Friday in New York before closing 355 points in the red.
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President Donald Trump
Trump boasts Nobel Peace Prize nomination for his work on North Korea 20 February 2019, 9:00 AM

US President Donald Trump said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize because of his work in North Korea after President Barack Obama, he claims, almost went to war with the Asian nation.

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Britain to strip teen’s UK citizenship after joining IS 20 February 2019, 6:35 AM

Britain will strip citizenship from a United Kingdom (UK) teenager who joined the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria but now wants to return home with her newborn baby, a lawyer for her family said on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump
Trump to launch global campaign to end criminalisation of homosexuality 20 February 2019, 5:10 AM

US President Donald Trump's administration plans to launch a global campaign to end the criminalisation of homosexuality in dozens of countries where it's still illegal.

US NGO against Trump’s southern border wall plan 19 February 2019, 9:01 PM

A leading human rights Non-Governmental Organisations in the United States believes President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over a southern border wall is based on distorted narratives and facts

The Pope
Victims of church sex abuse go global with fight for justice 19 February 2019, 4:31 PM

After years of struggling alone or finding support in national groups, survivors of sex abuse by priests have formed a new international alliance to pressure the Catholic Church to face up to its crimes.

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Pakistan ‘ready to talk’ on Kashmir, warns India against attack: PM 19 February 2019, 12:36 PM

Pakistan is ready to help India investigate the deadliest blast in Kashmir in decades but will retaliate if Delhi attacks, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals soared.

Nicolas Maduro
Venezuela govt to stage concert, clashing with Richard Branson’s 19 February 2019, 11:05 AM

Venezuela's government said Monday it will stage a concert on the Colombian border the same day Richard Branson has said he will hold one just over the frontier, to push for aid to be allowed in.

.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media ahead of his departure to Dover
Trump tells Venezuela military to back Guaido or ‘lose everything’ 19 February 2019, 9:12 AM

US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Venezuela's military to accept opposition leader Juan Guaido's amnesty offer, or stand to "lose everything."

A view shows a new section of the border fence in El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
US states sue Trump over border wall funds 19 February 2019, 6:10 AM

A coalition of 16 US states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency.

Cuba eyes Qatar, Algeria for oil with Venezuela in crisis 18 February 2019, 9:42 PM

With top ally Venezuela in crisis, Cuba is moving to cover its oil needs elsewhere, seeking possible alternative supplies in Qatar and Algeria, officials said Monday.

UK Labour Party MPs
Seven MPs quit Labour Party as Brexit tensions mount 18 February 2019, 7:12 PM

Seven MPs quit Britain's main opposition Labour Party on  Monday, citing the leadership's support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and abuse.

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Poland’s prime minister accuses Isreal foreign minister of racism 18 February 2019, 2:57 PM

Poland's prime minister on Monday cancelled Warsaw's participation in a summit in Jerusalem, accusing Israel's foreign minister of "racist" comments about the actions of Poles during the Holocaust, in a row that has stoked outrage and soured relations.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his speech at the party's conference in Liverpool.
Some UK Labour lawmakers to quit party over Brexit: source 18 February 2019, 11:29 AM

A group of about five British opposition Labour lawmakers will make the announcement about leaving the party later on Monday over leader Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism.

European lawmakers blocked out of Venezuela by govt 18 February 2019, 7:28 AM

Venezuela's government on Sunday blocked five European lawmakers from entering the country, triggering an angry response by opposition leader, Juan Guaido, who had invited the delegation.

Donald Trump
Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum 18 February 2019, 5:44 AM

In 2009, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden came to Munich to “press the reset button” with Russia. A decade later he came again to offer the world better relations, this time with his own country.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron
France denies it has softened stance on Brexit 17 February 2019, 7:09 PM

France on Sunday denied British media reports that President Emmanuel Macron had offered concessions on the Irish backstop to end the stalemate over Brexit negotiations.

Pope Francis
World bishops head to Vatican for sex abuse summit 17 February 2019, 4:24 PM

Pope Francis will gather bishops from around the world at the Vatican this week for a hotly-awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals assailing the Catholic Church.

US President Donald Trump.
No decision yet on Trump’s wall funding 17 February 2019, 9:30 AM

Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday that no decision has been taken on funding President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, a project that may come partly from redirected military funds.

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May
May to speak to every EU leader to break Brexit deadlock 17 February 2019, 6:29 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday vowed to speak to every EU member state leader "over the coming days", as she wrote to Conservative MPs to appeal for unity over Brexit.

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Pence presses Merkel over Nordstream, Iran deal 16 February 2019, 7:45 PM

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday he told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Europe and the United States need to stand together against Iran and he reiterated Washington’s opposition to the Nordstream gas pipeline. The time has come for our European partners to stand with us and with the Iranian people – to […]

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Five killed as gunman opens fire after being fired 16 February 2019, 9:10 AM

Authorities in the US state of Illinois say the gunman, who opened fire at a factory, did so shortly after receiving notice of termination from his job there.

Donald Trump
Trump declares emergency for border wall 16 February 2019, 7:02 AM

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the US-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the US Constitution.

Trump says trade with Britain to increase ‘substantially’ post-Brexit 15 February 2019, 7:35 PM

US trade with Britain will increase "very substantially" post-Brexit,  President Donald Trump predicted on Friday as a deadline looms for that country to leave the European Union.

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Deal or delay? Wall Street doesn’t believe no-deal Brexit threat 15 February 2019, 5:13 PM

As the United Kingdom's Brexit crisis deepens, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan have differing views of the ultimate outcome but the two titans of Wall Street agree on one thing: They don't believe there will be a no-deal Brexit.

US President Donald Trump
US lawmakers optimistic on reaching border security deal 15 February 2019, 12:45 PM

Facing a Friday deadline to avoid another partial US government shutdown, congressional negotiators said they were aiming to reach a deal on border security funding by Monday night, after talks broke down over the weekend.

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This Week In Numbers : 11 – 15 February 2019 15 February 2019, 12:35 PM

This Week In Numbers: Unemployment grows, Nigeria gears up for elections and Nasa announces the end of  Mars Opportunity Rover's exploration.

Venezuelans line up as they wait for a free lunch at the "Divina Providencia" migrant shelter outskirts of Cucuta.
Venezuela’s Maduro ramps up legal fight against Guaido’s challenge 15 February 2019, 11:04 AM

Venezuela’s opposition, which argues Nicolas Maduro’s presidency is illegitimate because he won in a sham vote, is trying to wrest control of the OPEC nation’s oil sector from him and deliver aid to a population suffering food and medicine shortages.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso
Trump vows emergency declaration over wall 15 February 2019, 6:30 AM

President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to declare a national emergency in an attempt to fund his US-Mexico border wall without congressional approval.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is pictured outside the Houses of Parliament, in London
More Brexit embarrassment for May 15 February 2019, 5:43 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a defeat on her Brexit strategy on Thursday that undermined her pledge to European Union leaders.

UK’s May suffers another damaging defeat in Brexit saga 14 February 2019, 10:21 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday suffered another defeat in parliament over her Brexit strategy, just 43 days before Britain is due to leave the European Union.