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.
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Australia’s second largest city orders 36 suburbs locked down to stop virus spike 1 July 2020, 5:50 AM

Authorities on Tuesday ordered the lockdown of 36 suburbs in Australia’s second biggest city Melbourne in an attempt to stop a spike in coronavius cases, a dramatic departure from the relaxation of restrictions elsewhere in the country.

China reports 3 new coronavirus cases on June 30 vs 19 a day earlier 1 July 2020, 3:44 AM

China on Wednesday reported three new coronavirus cases in the mainland for June 30, down from 19 a day earlier, the health authority said.

US coronavirus cases double in 14 states during June 1 July 2020, 2:30 AM

Coronavirus cases more than doubled in 14 US states in the month of June, including California, Florida and Texas, a Reuters analysis on Tuesday showed.

UK employers demand action now to survive COVID crisis 1 July 2020, 1:46 AM

A British employers group demanded immediate action from Finance Minister Rishi Sunak after a record deterioration in business in the April-June period.

Fauci warns new US cases of COVID-19 could double to 100 000 per day 1 July 2020, 12:33 AM

New US coronavirus cases could more than double to 100 000 per day if the current surge spirals further out of control, the government’s top infectious disease expert warned on Tuesday, although he was “cautiously optimistic” a vaccine would be available early next year. 

Pompeo pushes for Iran arms embargo extension 30 June 2020, 11:11 PM

The United States has called on the United Nations Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran that was due to expire in October in order for the Middle Eastern country to start behaving like a “normal nation”.

Belgian King expresses deep regret for colonial past in Congo 30 June 2020, 5:07 PM

Belgium’s King Philippe expressed deep regret on Tuesday for the “suffering and humiliation” inflicted on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during its 75-year period under Belgian rule.

COVID-19 fears grow for indigenous people in Brazil’s Amazon 30 June 2020, 12:15 PM

Dozens of indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon's Javari Valley have contracted COVID-19, with experts and officials warning the disease poses a huge threat to their lives and culture.

PM Johnson’s answer to COVID-19 downturn – ‘Build, build, build’ 30 June 2020, 5:30 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out his plan to spend the British economy out of its coronavirus-induced crisis, with a speech on Tuesday promising to fast-track 5 billion pounds of infrastructure investment.

China reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, including 7 in Beijing 30 June 2020, 4:32 AM

China on Tuesday reported 19 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for June 29, up from 12 a day earlier, the health authority said.

Los Angeles records ‘alarming’ surge in COVID-19 cases to more than 100 000 30 June 2020, 1:41 AM

Los Angeles County recorded an “alarming” one-day spike of nearly 3 000 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, taking its total to more than 100 000 cases, public health officials said, warning that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed.

Mexico talking to China, AstraZeneca over coronavirus vaccine – Official 30 June 2020, 12:43 AM

Mexico is in talks with the Chinese government and private Chinese laboratories, as well as the University of Oxford and company AstraZeneca about trialing an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, a senior Mexican official said on Monday.

Pandemic is not even close to being over: WHO chief 29 June 2020, 7:01 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic is not even close to being over, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing on Monday.

Bars and restaurants in Florida and Texas face new restrictions 29 June 2020, 5:45 PM

As the United States recorded the largest single-day increase of new cases of COVID-19, bars and restaurants in the states of Florida and Texas faced new restrictions with new infections surging in several states across the sun-belt in the south.

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Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over killing of top general: Fars news 29 June 2020, 5:22 PM

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, according to the Fars news agency.

Seven die as ‘separatist’ gunmen attack Pakistan Stock Exchange 29 June 2020, 4:43 PM

Gunmen armed with grenades attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange in the city of Karachi on Monday in a bid to take hostages, killing two guards and a policeman before security forces killed all four of the attackers, security officials said.

Spain says PM off to Africa, EU’s list of safe nations ready soon 29 June 2020, 4:26 PM

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is to make his first international trip since the coronavirus crisis to west Africa on Tuesday for a summit on Sahel region issues with other heads of state including France’s President Emmanuel Macron.

Global coronavirus deaths top half a million 29 June 2020, 3:58 AM

The death toll from coronavirus (COVID-19) reached half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave.

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Trump denies being told about Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan 29 June 2020, 12:18 AM

President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was never briefed about Russian efforts to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, blasting a New York Times report that he was told about Moscow’s cash rewards but did not respond.

Wearing face masks, French turnout in low numbers for delayed local elections 28 June 2020, 8:50 PM

People turned out in low numbers and wearing face masks to vote on Sunday in France's delayed second round of municipal elections, a mid-term test for President Emmanuel Macron and his ruling party which could fail to win a single big city.

Black Republican senator offended by Trump retweeting video with white power message 28 June 2020, 5:48 PM

United States Senator Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, said on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s retweet of a video containing a white power message was offensive and should be removed from Twitter.

Global coronavirus cases exceed 10 million 28 June 2020, 8:01 AM

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.

Florida among five states to hit daily highs for COVID-19 cases 28 June 2020, 12:19 AM

Florida and four other states recorded daily highs for cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, highlighting the worsening spread of the coronavirus in parts of the US South and West, prompting some officials to roll back their reopening plans. The number of confirmed US cases of the virus rose to more than 2.5 million on Saturday, […]

UN close to completing probe into a sex tape involving an official 27 June 2020, 6:00 PM

The United Nations says it is close to completing an investigation into a video that purportedly shows an official having sex in the back seat of a marked UN vehicle in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Mexico City police chief shot in assassination attempt, blames drug cartel 27 June 2020, 6:51 AM

Mexico City’s chief of police was shot and injured and two of his bodyguards killed in a dramatic assassination attempt early on Friday that he quickly blamed on one of Mexico’s most powerful drug gangs, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

China sees uptick in new COVID-19 cases, including 17 in Beijing 27 June 2020, 3:57 AM

Mainland China reported on Saturday the highest number of new coronavirus cases in four days, driven by a COVID-19 resurgence in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

UK ditches quarantine for arrivals from low COVID-19 risk countries 27 June 2020, 3:02 AM

Britain will ditch a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from countries it deems to be lower risk for COVID-19 , the government said on Friday.

US coronavirus cases reach biggest single-day increase of pandemic 27 June 2020, 2:09 AM

The United States recorded at least 40 870 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the largest single-day increase of the pandemic, according to a Reuters tally, bringing the total number of Americans to who have tested positive to at least 2.475 million.

Coronavirus, spreading in Brazil’s interior, threatens to ‘boomerang’ back to major cities 27 June 2020, 1:38 AM

The novel coronavirus, now spreading through the smaller towns of Brazil’s interior, risks returning to major cities in a so-called “boomerang effect,” as a lack of specialized medical treatment forces patients into larger urban centers.

UN calls for world to reimagine the way nations cooperate 26 June 2020, 7:09 PM

The United Nations on Friday marked the 75th anniversary of the signing of its Charter with a call from the Secretary General for the world to reimagine the way nations cooperate.