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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Theresa May
Work urgently with me on Brexit – May appeals to EU 7 February 2019, 9:34 AM

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, will call on the European Union on Thursday to work with her to change a divorce deal.

Polish Archbishop
Polish archbishop meets victims of paedophile priests 7 February 2019, 7:02 AM

Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki on Wednesday said he had met with several victims of church sex abuse ahead of a Vatican meeting on the issue later this month.

Venezuelan Army
Venezuelan army moves to block aid shipments, sparking US anger 7 February 2019, 6:45 AM

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido warned the army of its responsibilities on Wednesday after soldiers blocked a key border bridge, sparking angry demands from the United States to allow desperately needed humanitarian aid to enter the country.

Theresa May
UK’s May set to delay second parliament vote on Brexit deal: Report 7 February 2019, 5:39 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to delay the second parliament vote on her Brexit deal until the end of February, the Telegraph newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Donald Trump
US President calls for bipartisan unity in a divided Congress 6 February 2019, 8:09 PM

The United States President used his State of the Union to call for bipartisan unity in a divided Congress while laying out an agenda, including his hard line immigration policy that is unlikely to win over much Democrat support.

NATO leaders to meet in London in December 6 February 2019, 3:39 PM

The leaders of NATO's 29 countries will gather in London in December for a special meeting to mark the alliance's 70th anniversary, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Wednesday.

Dennis Christensen leaves court in cuffs
Russia sentences Jehovah’s Witness to six years for extremism 6 February 2019, 2:30 PM

A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced a Jehovah's Witness to six years in prison for "extremism," in the first conviction of its kind since a 2017 law that outlawed the religious group.

Trump and Kim Jong-Un
Trump to meet North Korea’s Kim in Vietnam in late February 6 February 2019, 12:18 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would hold his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on February 27-28, while giving himself credit for averting a major war on the Korean peninsula.

Flood in Australia.
‘Worst over’: Australia begins flood clean-up 6 February 2019, 6:58 AM

Weary residents in Australia's flood-hit northeast returned home on Wednesday to begin a massive clean-up after almost two weeks of heavy rain, as the wild weather moved south to inundate more towns.

Trump calls for end to ‘revenge’ politics at State of Union 6 February 2019, 5:37 AM

US President Donald Trump appealed to Congress Tuesday to unite at a moment of deep partisan division as he made the case for a new era of compromise on immigration and security in his State of the Union address. “We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, and […]

Don’t let Huawei help set up 5G, US warns EU nations 5 February 2019, 8:36 PM

US officials are fanning out across Europe to warn about the security risks of allowing Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to help build 5G mobile networks, a US diplomat said Tuesday.

President Vladimir Putin
Russia-Washington tensions boil as Russia race to develop land-based missile 5 February 2019, 3:36 PM

Russia will race to develop two new land-based missile launch systems before 2021 to respond to Washington's planned exit from a landmark nuclear arms control pact, it said on Tuesday.

Fire fighters battling the blaze
Seven dead in Paris building blaze: fire service 5 February 2019, 9:06 AM

Seven people died and another was seriously injured in a building fire in a wealthy Paris neighbourhood on Monday night, the fire service said.

David Malpass
‘Trump to choose Treasury’s Malpass to lead World Bank’ 5 February 2019, 8:47 AM

The Trump administration has notified World Bank shareholders that President Donald Trump intends to pick senior Treasury Department official David Malpass as the US nominee to lead the development lender, people familiar with the decision said on Monday.

UNSC urged to pay attention to mercenary activities in Africa 4 February 2019, 9:32 PM

The United Nations Security Council has been urged to pay greater attention to mercenary activities in Africa in the same manner in which it's addressed questions of terrorism or piracy in the region.

UK seeks to reassure business amid EU fears on Brexit 4 February 2019, 7:29 PM

A top EU official warned Monday that the prospect of Britain crashing out of the bloc next month looks more likely than ever, as Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassure foreign investors worried about a chaotic Brexit.

Regional bloc plans pressure campaign against Venezuela’s Maduro 4 February 2019, 2:45 PM

A major bloc of Latin American nations and Canada will discuss on Monday how to maintain pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to hold new elections...

Pope Francis
Pope Francis makes history with Muslim dialogue in UAE 4 February 2019, 12:37 PM

Pope Francis, the first leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to visit the Arabian Peninsula, will attend an interfaith meeting in the UAE on Monday as part of his outreach to Muslims.

S-Mexico border
Pentagon to deploy 3 750 US forces to border with Mexico 4 February 2019, 8:22 AM

The Pentagon is sending 3,750 US forces to the southwest border with Mexico for three months to provide additional support to border agents, the Department of Defense said on Sunday.

Donald Trump
Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela ‘an option;’ Russia objects 4 February 2019, 5:55 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump said military intervention in Venezuela was “an option” as Western nations boost pressure on socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to step down, while the troubled OPEC nation’s ally Russia warned against “destructive meddling.”

Syrian and US troops
Trump pushes withdrawal from ‘endless’ Afghanistan, Syria wars 3 February 2019, 8:44 PM

Pushing back against Republican opposition, US President Donald Trump reaffirmed his determination to pull US troops out of "endless wars" in Syria and Afghanistan, in an interview that aired Sunday, but he said they would stay in Iraq to watch Iran.

Construction along Gaza border
Israel begins construction of new Gaza border barrier 3 February 2019, 4:44 PM

Israel said Sunday that work to strengthen its border with the Gaza Strip had entered a new phase, with construction starting on a massive new barrier along the frontier.

Juan Guaido
Venezuela’s Guaido pressures Maduro over humanitarian aid 3 February 2019, 1:10 PM

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was on Sunday set to announce a date for the arrival of humanitarian aid to the crisis-wracked country, a path President Nicolas Maduro believes will lead to a US-led military intervention.

cruise missile
Iran unveils long-range cruise missile on revolution anniversary 3 February 2019, 11:02 AM

Iran unveiled a new cruise missile with a range of 1 300 km on Saturday during celebrations marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, state television reported.

brooklyn jail
Brooklyn inmates without heat, electricity amid single digit freeze 3 February 2019, 7:07 AM

A federal jail in Brooklyn, New York, remained with limited power and heat on Saturday, a week after it first started experiencing a partial power outage and as an arctic blast left the area in single-digit temperatures.

WWI grenade.
WW1 grenade found in French potato shipment 3 February 2019, 6:52 AM

A German World War I hand grenade was found among a shipment of French potatoes imported for a Hong Kong crisp factory, police said.

Germany splashes out on new VIP jets after G20 debacle 2 February 2019, 7:19 PM

Germany will order a new fleet of government jets after a series of embarrassing breakdowns that has left government ministers stranded and highlighted the parlous technical condition of much of the NATO member’s military hardware. The announcement, made late on Friday, followed the debacle last year of Chancellor Angela Merkel missing the start of a […]

China urges U.S. not to withdraw from nuclear treaty with Russia 2 February 2019, 2:57 PM

The United States should resolve its differences with Russia through dialogue instead of threatening to withdraw from an important nuclear arms control agreement between the two nations, China's foreign ministry said on Saturday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Merkel bids ‘Farewell to Facebook’ 2 February 2019, 11:02 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took another step in her stage-managed exit from politics, posting a video to announce the closure of her Facebook page after stepping down as head of her party.

US president - Donald Trump.
Trump says there’s a ‘good chance’ he’ll declare national emergency 2 February 2019, 9:02 AM

President Donald Trump has edged closer to defying the power of the U.S. Congress by declaring a national emergency in an attempt to obtain funding for a U.S. Mexico border wall.