Azerbaijan and Armenia reject peace talks as Karabakh conflict zone widens

29 September 2020, 8:27 PM
Armenia and Azerbaijan accused one another on Tuesday of firing directly into each other’s territory and rejected pressure to hold peace talks as their conflict over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh threatened to spill over into all-out war.
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US nears grim milestone of 200 000 COVID-19 deaths 22 September 2020, 1:09 AM

The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States was approaching over 200 000 on Monday, by the far the highest number of any nation.

New US COVID-19 cases rise 17% in past week, deaths up 5% 21 September 2020, 11:12 PM

The weekly number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States rose last week for the first time after falling for eight straight weeks, an increase that health experts attributed to schools reopening and parties over the Labour Day holiday.

Czech PM Babis taps epidemiologist as minister to fight COVID-19 surge 21 September 2020, 11:12 PM

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis tapped a top epidemiologist as Health Minister on Monday after the previous minister quit amid a spike in COVID-19 infections that has led to the country’s total cases doubling within just three weeks.

VIDEO: WHO update on COVID-19 21 September 2020, 5:48 PM

The World Health Organisation briefing on COVID-19.

VIDEO: World Leaders mark 75th anniversary of UNGA 21 September 2020, 3:27 PM

The UN is marking its 75th anniversary with a one-day high-level meeting at the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.

World leaders to mark United Nations at 75 as pandemic challenges organisation 21 September 2020, 7:14 AM

World leaders will come together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the deadly coronavirus pandemic challenges the effectiveness and solidarity of the 193-member world body.

UK at critical point in COVID pandemic, top medical adviser says 21 September 2020, 1:11 AM

Britain is at a critical point in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and faces a very challenging winter, one of the government’s top medical advisers will warn at a public briefing on Monday.

Coronavirus found on imported squid packaging in China 20 September 2020, 5:28 PM

Authorities in China’s northeastern Jilin province have found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of imported squid, health authorities in the city of Fuyu said on Sunday, urging anyone who may have bought it to get themselves tested.

Iran’s Zarif says the world should oppose US sanctions or expect same 20 September 2020, 10:56 AM

The world community should oppose the United States’ use of sanctions to impose its will as a “bully,” or expect to face sanctions itself, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday.

Thai Protesters
Thai protesters end weekend demonstration, declaring victory 20 September 2020, 9:03 AM

Openly challenging the monarchy of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, thousands of protesters marched in Bangkok on Sunday to present demands that include a call for reforms to curb his powers.

Haiti moves closer to constitutional referendum, elections 20 September 2020, 5:14 AM

Haitian President Jovenel Moise has appointed nine members to a provisional electoral council tasked with preparing a constitutional referendum and organizing local, municipal, legislative and presidential elections in the Caribbean country.

Trump says he will name Supreme Court successor to liberal Ginsburg ‘without delay’ 19 September 2020, 8:39 PM

A fierce political battle shaped up over the future of the United States (US) Supreme Court on Saturday, with President Donald Trump saying he would quickly name a successor to liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a move that would tip the court further to the right.

Amid mourning for Ginsburg, fierce battle over US Supreme Court looms 19 September 2020, 4:43 PM

A fierce political battle was shaping up on Saturday over the selection of a successor to trailblazing liberal United States (US) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with top Democrats opposing any move by President Donald Trump to nominate her replacement before the November 3 presidential election.

Protesters
Thai protesters rally for big anti-government demonstration 19 September 2020, 8:55 AM

Protesters rallied in Bangkok on Saturday for what organisers hope will be the biggest demonstration in years to demand the removal of former junta leader and now military-backed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a new constitution and elections.

Trailblazing US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies; succession battle looms 19 September 2020, 4:59 AM

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a stalwart liberal on the US Supreme Court since 1993, died on Friday at age 87, the court said, giving President Donald Trump a chance to expand its conservative majority with a third appointment at a time of deep divisions in America with a presidential election looming.

Mainland China reports 14 new COVID-19 cases vs 32 a day earlier 19 September 2020, 4:28 AM

Mainland China reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on September 18, down from 32 cases reported a day earlier, the Chinese national health authority said on Saturday.

Australia virus hotspot state records lowest new cases since June 19 September 2020, 3:27 AM

The Australian state at the centre of the country's novel coronavirus outbreak on Saturday reported its lowest daily increase of infections in three months, putting it on course to relax a hard lockdown in the capital city by the end of the month.

World leaders urged to put targeted measures in place to suppress the spread of coronavirus – WHO 19 September 2020, 2:54 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged world leaders to put targeted measures in place to suppress the spread of the coronavirus.

California’s wildfire death toll rises as showers bolster crews in Oregon 19 September 2020, 1:48 AM

A firefighter has perished in a blaze that was ignited two weeks at a gender-reveal party, the US Forest Service reported on Friday, as welcomed thundershowers brought some relief to weary fire crews in western Oregon.

Britain, France, Germany say UN sanctions relief for Iran to continue beyond September 20 19 September 2020, 12:11 AM

Britain, France and Germany told the UN Security Council on Friday that UN sanctions relief for Iran - agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal - would continue beyond September 20, when the United States asserts that all the measures should be reimposed.

Explainer: When will COVID-19 vaccines be generally available in the US? 18 September 2020, 11:48 PM

US President Donald Trump and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week disagreed about when a COVID-19 vaccine would become widely available.

European cities announce new restrictions as COVID-19 cases soar 18 September 2020, 7:00 PM

European nations from Denmark in the north to Greece in the south announced new restrictions on Friday to curb surging coronavirus infections in some of their largest cities, and Britain was considering a new national lockdown.

Israel returns to lockdown as COVID-19 cases mount 18 September 2020, 5:20 PM

Israel entered a second nationwide lockdown on Friday at the onset of the Jewish high-holiday season, forcing residents to stay mostly at home amid a resurgence in new coronavirus cases.

EU
EU plans to crack down on racism in ‘moment of reckoning’ 18 September 2020, 5:08 PM

 The European Commission pledged on Friday to take tougher action against member states failing to fully implement EU anti-racism laws, in a move reflecting global outrage at police violence against African Americans in the United States.

Biden rejects Trump claim that COVID-19 vaccine is imminent 18 September 2020, 6:01 AM

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday bluntly contradicted President Donald Trump’s suggestion that a coronavirus vaccine may be only weeks away, warning Americans they cannot trust the president’s word.

Mainland China reports 32 new COVID-19 cases, highest since August 10 18 September 2020, 3:44 AM

Mainland China reported 32 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, marking the highest daily increase in more than a month and up sharply from nine cases reported a day earlier, the Chinese health authority said on Friday.

France reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a day 17 September 2020, 11:02 PM

France registered a record 10 593 new confirmed coronavirus in the past 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed on Thursday, the country’s highest single-day count since the pandemic began.

Top US diplomat for East Asia calls China ‘lawless bully’ 17 September 2020, 6:30 PM

The top United States (US) diplomat for East Asia, David Stilwell, said on Thursday China’s recent actions around the world were not those of a responsible global actor, but of a “lawless bully.”

US weekly jobless claims stuck at higher levels 17 September 2020, 3:02 PM

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, but remained perched at extremely high levels as the labor market recovery shifts into low gear and consumer spending cools amid fading fiscal stimulus.

Global coronavirus cases to soon surpass 30 million – Reuters tally 17 September 2020, 5:50 AM

Global coronavirus cases are expected to pass 30 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing.