Police fire tear gas at Beirut protesters furious after explosion

8 August 2020, 4:47 PM
Lebanese riot police fired tear gas at demonstrators trying to break through a barrier to get to the parliament building in Beirut on Saturday during a protest over the government's handling of this week's devastating explosion in the city.
Barack Obama delivers eulogy at John Lewis’ memorial 30 July 2020, 8:45 PM

Former President Barack Obama gives the eulogy for Lewis, who died on July 17 at age 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Civil rights icon John Lewis praised by past presidents at funeral 30 July 2020, 6:52 PM

More than 1 000 people gathered outside a historic Atlanta church to pay their last respects to longtime US Representative John Lewis as former presidents praised the civil rights pioneer at his funeral on Thursday.

Hong Kong blocks 12 democrats from election as China security law shadow looms 30 July 2020, 5:54 PM

Hong Kong on Thursday disqualified a dozen pro-democracy candidates from running in a key election, citing reasons including collusion with foreign forces and opposition to the new China-imposed national security laws.

US renters owe $21.5 billion in back rent; Republicans offer no eviction relief 30 July 2020, 12:01 PM

More than $21.5 billion in past-due rent is looming over Americans struggling to make ends meet, global advisory firm Stout, Risius and Ross estimated on Wednesday, as Republicans and Democrats fight over a new COVID-19 relief package.

US to withdraw about 12 000 troops from Germany but nearly half to stay in Europe 30 July 2020, 10:18 AM

The US military on Wednesday unveiled plans to withdraw about 12 000 troops from Germany, in fallout from President Donald Trump’s long-simmering feud with Berlin but said it will keep nearly half of those forces in Europe to address tension with Russia.

Hydroxychloroquine back in spotlight after viral video 30 July 2020, 9:50 AM

The controversial anti-malarial drug, hydroxychloroquine is back in the headlines after a Cameroonian-born Houston-Texas-based doctor promoted unproven claims about the drug as an effective cure for COVID-19.

Australia to report record daily coronavirus cases, at least 13 deaths – Herald Sun 30 July 2020, 3:05 AM

Australia is set to record its worst day in the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday with 700 new infections and as many as 13 deaths in Victoria state alone, The Herald Sun newspaper reported.

US coronavirus deaths top 150 000 as economy suffers further 30 July 2020, 2:25 AM

An accelerating coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday worsened the US economic outlook and prompted Miami to decide students should not return to schools as deaths nationally topped 150 000, more than in any other country, according to a Reuters tally.

Brazil hits record 69 000 coronavirus cases in a day 30 July 2020, 1:06 AM

Brazil's coronavirus outbreak set daily records on Wednesday with both 69 074 new confirmed cases and 1 595 related deaths, as the world's second-worst outbreak accelerates toward the milestone of 100 000 lives cut short.

France’s new COVID-19 cases hit one-month peak 29 July 2020, 11:29 PM

The number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 1 392 on Wednesday, the highest daily tally in a month and a figure likely to fuel fears of a second wave of the disease despite officials downplaying such a scenario.

U.S. coronavirus deaths top 150,000, among highest in deaths per capita globally 29 July 2020, 11:01 PM

U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 150,000 on Wednesday, a number higher than in any other country and nearly a quarter of the world’s total, according to a Reuters tally.

Half of violence against African migrants is by law enforcers: UN 29 July 2020, 10:05 PM

Nearly half of all the violence visited on African migrants during their journey to the Mediterranean coast is perpetrated by law enforcers, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Wednesday.

Trump says he never confronted Putin about Russia bounty reports: Axios 29 July 2020, 9:21 PM

President Donald Trump said he never questioned Russian leader Vladimir Putin about U.S. intelligence reports that Moscow paid the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, casting doubt on the reports in an interview.

US coronavirus deaths rise by nearly 1 300 for first time since May 29 July 2020, 4:53 AM

US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by nearly 1 300 on Tuesday, the biggest one-day increase since May, according to a Reuters tally.

Emergency response team dispatched to Australia coronavirus outbreak 29 July 2020, 3:46 AM

Australian officials have sent an emergency medical team, usually deployed to disaster zones, to aged care homes in the city of Melbourne to try help contain a rapidly spreading outbreak of the coronavirus.

Hong Kong warns city on verge of large coronavirus outbreak 29 July 2020, 3:11 AM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lamhas warned the city is on the brink of a large-scale outbreak of the coronavirus and urged people to stay indoors as much as possible as strict new measures to curb the disease's spread take effect on Wednesday.

China reports 101 new coronavirus cases for July 28 vs 68 prior day 29 July 2020, 2:47 AM

China reported 101 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 28, up from 68 cases a day earlier, the Health Commission said on Wednesday.

Trump on Fauci’s high approval ratings: ‘Nobody likes me’ 29 July 2020, 1:58 AM

President Donald Trump groused on Tuesday about medical expert Anthony Fauci’s high approval ratings and joked that “nobody likes me” as he struggles to improve his standing with voters for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Worsening coronavirus outbreaks in Florida, Texas add to gloomy US picture 29 July 2020, 1:07 AM

Florida reported a record one-day rise in coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, and cases in Texas passed the 400 000 mark, stoking fears the United States was losing control of the outbreak and adding pressure on Congress to pass another massive aid package.

Spain slams UK, Germany for advising tourists to stay away 28 July 2020, 6:12 PM

Spain reacted angrily on Tuesday to recommendations from Britain and Germany that their citizens avoid its islands and beaches because of an increase in coronavirus cases during what should be the height of the tourism season.

Australian PM abandons interstate tour to tackle coronavirus crisis 28 July 2020, 4:58 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison cut short a planned interstate tour to focus on the country’s coronavirus crisis on Tuesday, citing a “very complex” outbreak in aged care homes in the city of Melbourne.

China reports 68 new coronavirus cases, including 2 in Beijing 28 July 2020, 4:50 AM

China reported 68 new coronavirus cases for July 27, up for the fourth consecutive day, including two in Beijing, the country's health authority said on Tuesday.

Republicans unveil coronavirus plan, slash emergency unemployment benefit 28 July 2020, 4:11 AM

Senate Republicans on Monday proposed a $1 trillion coronavirus aid package hammered out with the White House, paving the way for talks with Democrats on how to help Americans as expanded unemployment benefits for millions of workers expire this week.

Bolivian President Anez says she is back to work after coronavirus 28 July 2020, 3:14 AM

Bolivian interim President Jeanine Anez said on Tuesday she had recovered from the coronavirus and returned to work.

Poland braces for second wave as virus spikes in coal mines 27 July 2020, 10:12 PM

Poland’s Health Ministry expects a resurgence in the number of new coronavirus infections to end after it tests and isolates suspected cases in the southern mining region of Silesia, officials said.

France reports 2 551 new COVID-19 cases over the last three days 27 July 2020, 9:47 PM

France’s new confirmed COVID-19 cases were up by a daily average of 850 over the last three days, a slight decrease versus the 1 000-plus figure published on Thursday and Friday, but a higher total than May’s daily average, when the country started unwinding its lockdown.

Travel bans cannot be indefinite, countries must fight virus at home: WHO 27 July 2020, 5:29 PM

Bans on international travel cannot stay in place indefinitely, and countries are going to have to do more to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within their borders, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Record number of Black women set to run for US Congress 27 July 2020, 4:37 PM

Joyce Elliott, an Arkansas state senator who is seeking a US congressional seat in November, was the second Black student to attend her local public high school; the first was her older sister. If elected in November, she will be the first Black lawmaker in Congress from Arkansas, ever.

UK eyes France, Germany after slapping coronavirus quarantine on Spain 27 July 2020, 3:29 PM

Britain is closely watching rises in coronavirus cases in other European destinations such as France and Germany after slapping a 14-day quarantine on travellers from Spain at the height of the summer vacation season.

China seizes US consulate in Chengdu, retaliating for Houston 27 July 2020, 3:16 PM

China took over the premises of the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Monday, after ordering the facility to be vacated in retaliation for China’s ouster last week from its consulate in Houston, Texas.