New York City reports zero COVID-19 deaths for first time since March

13 July 2020, 8:16 PM
New York City in the US has for the first time reported zero deaths related to COVID-19 since the main onset of the pandemic in the region in early March.
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Colombo holds funeral for Sri Lanka blast victims 23 April 2019, 12:07 PM

A funeral for a family of four who died in the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Monday.

Detained Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo arrive at Insein court in Yangon.
Myanmar’s top court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists 23 April 2019, 10:49 AM

Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, have spent more than 16 months in detention since they were arrested in December 2017 while working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys.

Damaged church
Toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 310: Police Spokesperson 23 April 2019, 7:42 AM

The toll from a string of deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka has risen to 310, with several people dying of their injuries overnight, a police spokesperson said Tuesday.

A combination of file photos shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russia's President Vladimir Putin
Kim Jong Un visit to Russia for summit with Putin confirmed 23 April 2019, 6:45 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sri Lankan security personnel
Sri Lanka observes nationwide three-minute silence for bomb victims 23 April 2019, 5:30 AM

National flags were lowered and people bowed their heads as the silence began at 8:30 am local time (0300 GMT), the time the first of six attacks occurred on Sunday.

Donald Trump
Trump: Congress ‘can’t impeach’ him 22 April 2019, 8:54 PM

President Donald Trump said Monday that Congress "can't impeach" him over the findings of the Mueller report into Russian election meddling and his alleged attempts to hamper the investigation.

Iran denounces ‘illegal’ US sanctions as oil waivers end 22 April 2019, 6:08 PM

Iran denounced US sanctions on its oil sector as "illegal" on Monday after the United States announced it will no longer grant sanctions exemptions to Iran's oil customers.

Myanmar’s top court to rule on jailed Reuters journalists’ appeal 22 April 2019, 4:39 PM

Myanmar’s Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday on an appeal of two Reuters journalists imprisoned for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law, in a case that has raised questions about the country’s transition to democracy.

Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude strikes Philippines, several dead – media 22 April 2019, 3:36 PM

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Philippines main island of Luzon on Monday andseveral people were killed in collapsed buildings, media reported.

Security personnel stand guard outside a church after a bomb blast in Negombo, Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka says international network involved 22 April 2019, 1:13 PM

There was no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks, which mainly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down for breakfast buffets.

The team said developing drugs which targeted the protein could provide a way to reduce mosquito populations without harming beneficial insects such as bees.
Malawi to pilot ground-breaking malaria vaccine 22 April 2019, 12:32 PM

Malawi aims to immunise 120,000 children aged two years and under to assess the effectiveness of the pilot vaccine and whether the delivery process is feasible.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In inspects an honour guard during a state welcoming ceremony at the Parliament Square.
S Korea to mark summit anniversary, with or without North 22 April 2019, 12:00 PM

North Korea and South Korea held their first meeting on April 27 last year in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the peninsula amid a rapid diplomatic thaw.

Mudslide kills 17 in Colombia 22 April 2019, 9:55 AM

At least 17 people were killed and 13 others were missing after a mudslide that buried eight houses early Sunday in southwestern Colombia, authorities said.

A security officer stands guard in front of St Anthony's shrine in Colombo, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels.
‘Horrific’, ‘cruel’, ‘sad’: World reacts to Sri Lanka blasts 22 April 2019, 6:31 AM

Religious and world leaders have condemned a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed at least 290 people.

Comedian Zelensky wins Ukraine presidency in landslide 21 April 2019, 8:14 PM

A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday, exit polls showed, dealing a stunning rebuke to the country's political establishment. 

Sri Lanka attack
Sri Lanka attack leaves more than 200 people dead 21 April 2019, 6:40 PM

Three Britons and two individuals holding joint United States and British citizenship were among more than 200 people killed in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.

Pope urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria 21 April 2019, 2:56 PM

Pope Francis on Sunday urged world leaders to try again to bring peace to Libya and in Syria where millions of refugees and people displaced by conflict should be helped to return home.

Crime scene officials inspect the explosion area at Shangri-La, Colombo.
Eight blasts, nearly 160 dead in Sri Lanka 21 April 2019, 1:22 PM

A new blast hit the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Sunday, police said, the eighth explosion in the country in a single day. Nearly 160 people have been confirmed dead so far in the string of attacks targeting hotels and churches.

At least one of the victims was killed in Colombo's Cinnamon Grand Hotel, near the prime minister's official residence, where the blast ripped through a restaurant, a hotel.
Easter Day bombs kill 138 in attacks in Sri Lankan churches, hotels 21 April 2019, 9:24 AM

The fatalities include at least 42 people killed in Colombo, where three hotels and a church were hit, and another 10 dead in the town of Batticoloa, where a church was attacked.

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Fed up with status quo, Ukrainians may elect comedian in presidential run-off 21 April 2019, 7:18 AM

Ukrainians vote on Sunday in the second round of an election that could thrust a comedian with no prior political experience into the presidency of a country at war and wanting transformational change.

Police arrest ‘yellow vest’ demonstrators as clashes break out 20 April 2019, 9:46 PM

French police said they arrested more than 100 "yellow vest" demonstrators in Paris on Saturday as clashes broke out with protesters taking to the streets for a 23rd week of anti-government marches.

Republican Mitt Romney ‘sickened’ by Mueller description of Trump 20 April 2019, 7:52 PM

Republican Senator Mitt Romney said Friday that he was "sickened" and "appalled" by what Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed about President Donald Trump and his aides...

Suicide bombers in deadly attack on Afghan ministry 20 April 2019, 5:23 PM

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in a deadly, hours-long assault that destroyed weeks of relative calm in the capital.

The religion-fueled fight in Syria.
Jihadist attack kills 13 regime fighters in north Syria 20 April 2019, 1:14 PM

A faction linked to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham "early Saturday attacked checkpoints and positions of regime forces on the western outskirts of Aleppo city", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

US Attorney General William Barr attends a Justice Department event in Washington, US.
Trump approval drops to 2019 low after release of Mueller report 20 April 2019, 6:57 AM

The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last US presidential election.

Viktor Medvedchuk
Putin ally to Ukraine’s probable new leader: Reconcile with Moscow, get territory back 19 April 2019, 8:43 PM

Ukraine's new president could regain control over the separatist-controlled east of his country within months and get cheap gas and major investment from Russia if he repairs ties with Moscow, the Kremlin's closest ally in Ukraine said.

Donald Trump
Kremlin says Mueller report shows no evidence of Russian meddling 19 April 2019, 3:36 PM

The Kremlin said on Friday that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report did not contain any evidence the Russian state had meddled in the2016 U.S. presidential election.

Lyra Mckee
Journalist shot dead in N.Ireland in ‘terrorist incident’ 19 April 2019, 11:18 AM

A journalist was shot dead during riots in Northern Ireland in what police Friday were treating as a terrorist incident following the latest upsurge in violence to shake the troubled region.

Vladimir Putin
With Kim-Putin summit, Moscow eyes role in N. Korea 19 April 2019, 6:40 AM

With Russia's Vladimir Putin set for his first talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this month, Moscow is eyeing a major role in yet another global flashpoint.

Time-lapse shots of Notre-Dame spire may yield clues on blaze 18 April 2019, 3:10 PM

A time lapse camera installed just hours before Monday’s devastating blaze at Notre-Dame de Paris may contain vital clues as to what caused the inferno, a French scaffolding company working at the cathedral said on Thursday.