Unofficial Hong Kong vote sees new generation take over battle for democracy

15 July 2020, 4:35 PM
A younger, more defiant generation of Hong Kong democrats has secured the most votes in unofficial primary elections in the Chinese-ruled city, setting the stage for a battle with pro-Beijing politicians for control of the city’s legislature.
Hong Kong officials disappointed at Canada’s move to suspend extradition pact 4 July 2020, 10:04 AM

Senior officials in Hong Kong said on Saturday they were “very disappointed” at Canada’s decision to suspend its extradition treaty with the Chinese-ruled city and again slammed Washington for “interfering” in its affairs.

Mainland China reports three new coronavirus cases 4 July 2020, 4:44 AM

China on Saturday reported three new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 3, compared with five cases a day earlier, the health authority said.

Mexico registers 6 740 more coronavirus infections, 654 new deaths 4 July 2020, 2:53 AM

Mexico on Friday reported 6 740 new coronavirus infections, taking the country’s total to 245 251 cases, more than Italy and the ninth-highest tally worldwide, according to a Reuters count.

Several US states post record COVID cases, curfew ordered in Miami 4 July 2020, 2:10 AM

Alabama and several other states reported record increases in coronavirus cases on Friday as Florida’s most populous county imposed a curfew ahead of the Independence Day weekend and Arkansas joined a push towards mandating mask-wearing in public.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen as England’s lockdown eases 4 July 2020, 1:43 AM

England takes its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life on Saturday as people are finally allowed to drink in a pub, get a haircut or have a meal in a restaurant for the first time in over three months.

Colombia attorney general denies wrongdoing after taking wife, daughter on trip 4 July 2020, 1:15 AM

Colombia's Attorney General Francisco Barbosa on Friday denied he acted improperly by taking his daughter, her friend and his wife with him to the Caribbean island of San Andres last weekend while he carried out official duties.

Brazil set to pass 1.5 million coronavirus cases, cities reopen anyway 4 July 2020, 12:27 AM

Brazil was set to pass 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, as the virus continues to ravage Latin America’s largest country even as cities reopen bars, restaurants and gyms sparking fears infections will keep rising.

Steroid drug purchased for COVID patients in poor countries: UN 3 July 2020, 5:51 PM

An initial purchase of the steroid dexamethasone, shown to be effective in treating severe or critical COVID-19 patients, will be made for up to 4.5 million people in low- and middle-income countries, agencies said on Friday.

Many Americans’ July 4 celebrations go virtual as COVID-19 cases surge 3 July 2020, 2:48 PM

On a holiday weekend that would typically draw crowds to watch fireworks, march in parades and wave the red, white and blue, many Americans kicked off Independence Day exactly where they have been for months: at home.

Black cops say discrimination, nepotism behind US police race gap 3 July 2020, 9:34 AM

Thomas Boone has spent 22 years as a police officer in Prince George’s County, Maryland, a predominantly Black suburb of Washington, proudly wearing his uniform and driving his patrol car to coach kids’ football and basketball teams.

Australia new virus cases fall, but testing blitz runs into resistance 3 July 2020, 5:30 AM

Australia reported a drop in new coronavirus cases on Friday, with a surge in the second most populated state Victoria appearing to have eased, although more than 10 000 people have refused to be tested in hotspot suburbs of Melbourne.

US coronavirus cases hit new global record, rising almost 55 000 in single day 3 July 2020, 3:32 AM

The United States reported nearly 55 000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the largest daily increase any country has ever reported, according to a Reuters tally.

China reports five new coronavirus cases in mainland on Thursday 3 July 2020, 2:54 AM

China on Friday reported five new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 2, compared with three cases a day earlier, the health authority said.

Only 9% of Brazil’s COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic, study shows 3 July 2020, 2:26 AM

Less than 10% of people infected with the novel coronavirus in Brazil were asymptomatic and the majority of those who tested positive for the COVID-19 respiratory disease had mild symptoms, a survey of almost 90 000 people from all regions showed on Thursday.

Kim Jong Un says North Korea prevented coronavirus from making inroads 3 July 2020, 1:59 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers Party the North had stopped the novel coronavirus from making inroads in the country, state news agency KCNA said on Friday.

Coronavirus on the rise in 37 US states, Florida reports 10 000 new cases 2 July 2020, 11:49 PM

More than three dozen US states were seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, according to a Reuters analysis on Thursday, the latest grim sign that the coronavirus pandemic, once thought to be waning, was again spreading rapidly.

US charges Ghislaine Maxwell with luring girls that Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused 2 July 2020, 8:32 PM

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday on US charges of luring underage girls so that Epstein could sexually abuse them.

Kremlin hails vote allowing Putin to extend his rule a triumph as critics cry foul 2 July 2020, 2:26 PM

The Kremlin on Thursday hailed as a triumph the result of a nationwide vote that handed President Vladimir Putin the right to run for two more terms, but an independent monitoring group said the vote had not been free and the outcome was flawed.

China reports three new coronavirus cases in mainland on July 1 2 July 2020, 3:49 AM

 China on Thursday reported three new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 1, compared with three cases a day earlier, the health authority said.

Colombia tops 100 000 coronavirus cases, nears 3 500 deaths 2 July 2020, 3:07 AM

Colombia’s confirmed coronavirus infections tipped across the 100 000 case threshold on Wednesday, as the country’s quarantine measures roll on and intensive care units fill.

Brazil coronavirus death toll passes 60 000 as pandemic worsens in South, Midwest 2 July 2020, 2:22 AM

Brazil surpassed 60 000 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said, citing a recent wave of contamination in Southern and Midwestern areas of the country.

US companies not rushing to rehire workers; rising COVID-19 cases threaten recovery 2 July 2020, 1:42 AM

Anxiety over the coronavirus pandemic is rising among Americans along with an alarming acceleration of new COVID-19 cases, with concern about the health crisis reaching the highest level in more than a month, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.

Israel approves temporary cellphone tracking of COVID-19 carriers amid surge 1 July 2020, 11:42 PM

Israel’s parliament voted on Wednesday to allow the country’s domestic intelligence agency to track the cellphones of coronavirus carriers for the next three weeks amid a resurgence in new cases. The Shin Bet surveillance technology has been used on and off to track carriers since March, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet circumvented parliament and […]

UN Security Council finally backs call for coronavirus truce 1 July 2020, 11:16 PM

The UN Security Council on Wednesday finally backed UN chief Antonio Guterres' March 23 call for a global truce amid the coronavirus pandemic, adopting a resolution after months of talks to win a compromise between the United States and China.

UK says China’s security law is serious violation of Hong Kong treaty 1 July 2020, 7:59 PM

The United Kingdom said China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong was a “clear and serious” violation of the 1984 Joint Declaration and that London would offer around 3 million residents of the former colony a path to British citizenship.

Initial results show Russians voted for Putin to extend his rule until 2036 1 July 2020, 7:10 PM

Russians appeared to have paved the way for Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for a package of constitutional changes which will also boost pensions, initial results of a nationwide vote showed on Wednesday.

US states backtracking on phased reopening as coronavirus cases increase 1 July 2020, 6:54 PM

A growing number of states are pausing or even backtracking on their phased re-openings in the United States as public health experts sound the alarm about significant increases in coronavirus spread across the nation.

Hong Kong police arrest more than 300 in first protest under new security law 1 July 2020, 6:28 PM

Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of sweeping security legislation introduced by China that critics say is aimed at snuffing out dissent.

Israel’s move to take Palestinian territory is a ‘declaration of war’: Kathrada Foundation 1 July 2020, 5:55 PM

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has described the move by Israel to begin a process of annexation of Palestinian territory as a "declaration of war".  Israel plans to take about 30% of land in Palestine. 

Outflanked by China in Africa, Taiwan eyes unrecognised Somaliland 1 July 2020, 4:59 PM

Taiwan and the breakaway African region of Somaliland will establish representative offices in each other’s capitals, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday, as a diplomatic tug-of-war escalates with Beijing.