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Mike Bloomberg’s social media strategy is under fire as Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for platform manipulation

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is once again in hot water over his campaign’s social media strategy. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Twitter was suspending 70 accounts for tweeting identical messages of support for Bloomberg for violating its rules against platform manipulation. Some accounts were permanently […]

Kuwait, Bahrain announce first coronavirus cases

Kuwait and Bahrain confirmed on Monday their first novel coronavirus cases, health ministries in the two Gulf states announced, adding all had come from Iran. Kuwait reported three infections and Bahrain one. “Tests conducted on those coming from the Iranian holy city of Mashhad showed there were three confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19),” the […]

Haiti police exchange fire with troops near national palace

Haitian police officers exchanged gunfire for hours Sunday with soldiers of the newly reconstituted army outside the national palace, in a dangerous escalation of protests over police pay and working conditions. At least three police officers were wounded, fellow officers told The Associated Press. The army’s high command said in an online statement that a […]

Coronavirus challenges $45 billion cruise industry

Coronavirus concerns have pushed the $45 billion cruise line industry to cancel trips and reroute ships as it struggles to contain the impact from fearful travelers. But experts say the industry will bounce back after the outbreak is contained. “Business is soft, people are scared to travel,” Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line […]

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

Michael Bloomberg attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, with the billionaire former New York City mayor claiming the self-described democratic socialist’s ownership of multiple homes makes him a hypocrite. Bloomberg also accused Sanders of trying to “throw out capitalism” — something that he said resulted in “communism” in other […]

Iran’s Guards Urge ‘Maximum Turnout’ in Parliamentary Elections

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps urged Iranians to vote in large numbers in an election that’s been overshadowed by concerns of low turnout after the mass disqualification of reformist and moderate candidates. The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, General Mohammad Bagheri, called for “strident and maximum” turnout on Friday in order to counter […]

‘Cheap shot’: Sanders fires back when Bloomberg goes after ‘socialism

Michael Bloomberg attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, with the billionaire former New York City mayor claiming the self-described democratic socialist’s ownership of multiple homes makes him a hypocrite. Bloomberg also accused Sanders of trying to “throw out capitalism” — something that he said resulted in “communism” in other […]

Egypt’s once-reviled street dogs get chance at a better life

Karim Hegazi spends his days in a Cairo clinic taking care of animals long considered a menace in Egypt. Stray dogs roam in almost every Cairo neighborhood — lurking in construction sites, scavenging through trash and howling nightly atop parked cars. The government says there’s around 15 million of them. They bite some 200,000 people […]

Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders’ take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to further muddy the party’s urgent quest to defeat President Donald Trump. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who was once a Republican, was forced to defend […]

Israeli PM’s rival denies wrongdoing amid probe reports

Israel’s leading opposition figure Benny Gantz denied wrongdoing on Thursday after media reports said Israel would examine an allegedly shady deal between a company he headed and Israeli police. The reports say Gantz is not a suspect in the affair. But the development comes less than two weeks before national elections and during a campaign […]

Israel, Palestinians defuse agricultural trade crisis

Israel’s defense minister said Thursday that the country would allow Palestinian agricultural exports, a move aimed at defusing what has been an escalating trade crisis that had heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement that Israel would allow the agricultural exports after the Palestinians began accepting Israeli beef. There was […]

Verdict due for Turkish activists held on terror charges

A Turkish court is to issue a verdict on the case of 11 rights activists arrested in 2017 on terror charges, a case that has been widely criticised. They include Taner Kilic and Idil Eser, the former head and former director of human rights group Amnesty International in Turkey respectively. All 11 are accused of […]

737 Max: Debris found in new planes’ fuel tanks

Boeing’s crisis-hit 737 Max jetliner faces a new potential safety issue as debris has been found in the fuel tanks of several new planes which were in storage, awaiting delivery to airlines. The head of Boeing’s 737 programme has told employees that the discovery was “absolutely unacceptable”. A Boeing spokesman said the company did not […]

What prior debates reveal about Bloomberg under pressure

At this point in the Democratic presidential primary, most Americans have probably seen a Mike Bloomberg ad on TV. The billionaire former New York mayor has already spent more promoting his candidacy than any other presidential candidate in history: $338.7 million, to be exact. But on Wednesday night Bloomberg himself will finally appear, live and […]

Huawei loses legal challenge against US federal purchase ban

Washington has the right to block US federal agencies from buying products by Huawei on cybersecurity grounds, a judge has ruled, dismissing the Chinese telecom giant’s legal challenge to a purchase ban. Huawei filed the suit nearly a year ago, claiming that Congress had failed to provide evidence to support a law that stopped government […]

‘Historic, unprecedented’ flooding swamps southern USA

JACKSON, Miss. – Weeks of heavy rain have inundated a large portion of the southern U.S., bringing near-record flooding to portions of Mississippi and Tennessee. In Jackson, Mississippi, hundreds of residents either watched their homes flood over the weekend or worried their residence would soon be drenched as the Pearl River crested Monday at 36.8 […]

William Barr Moves to Take the Reins of Politically Charged Cases

WASHINGTON — While Attorney General William Barr asserted his independence from the White House this week, he has also been quietly intervening in a series of politically charged cases, including against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, people familiar with the matter said Friday. Barr installed a phalanx of outside lawyers to […]

Japan suffers worst economic slump in five years

Japan has suffered its worst quarterly GDP contraction in more than five years, with a tax hike and a deadly typhoon taking a toll on the world’s third-largest economy. The nation’s gross domestic product in the three months to December shrank 1.6 percent from the previous quarter, even before the novel coronavirus outbreak in China […]

Death penalty urged over Japan care home massacre

Japanese prosecutors on Monday called for a 30-year-old man to be executed for allegedly murdering 19 disabled care home residents in one of the country’s worst mass killings. Satoshi Uematsu, a former care home employee, did not dispute his involvement in the 2016 stabbing rampage during his first court appearance last month in Yokohama. But […]

Russian woman faces court for fleeing virus quarantine

A Russian hospital on Friday filed a lawsuit against a woman for escaping her coronavirus quarantine, complaining of being forcibly held and given inedible meals. The head doctor of the Botkin hospital in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg took the highly unusual action against Alla Ilyina to force her to return and undergo medical […]

White House ‘disappointed’ in China’s virus transparency

The United States feels let down by a lack of transparency from China over the new-coronavirus crisis, a senior White House official said Thursday, contradicting President Donald Trump’s confidence in Beijing. “We are a little disappointed that we haven’t been invited in and we’re a little disappointed in the lack of transparency coming from the […]

Death toll in Peru tanker explosion rises to 30

The death toll from the explosion of a gas tanker in Lima last month has risen to 30, Peru’s ministry of health said Thursday. Two women and a man were the most recent to succumb to burns from a fireball that occurred when the tanker truck carrying 10,000 liters (2,642 gallons) of liquefied gas exploded […]

New China figures highlight toll on medical staff

Chinese officials have given figures for health workers infected with coronavirus, amid concerns about shortages of protective equipment. Six health workers have died and 1,716 have been infected since the outbreak, they said. The death a week ago of Doctor Li Wenliang, who tried to warn authorities early on about the virus, provoked a burst […]

Gay Marriage Will Not Happen’ – President Putin

President Vladimir Putin has ruled out legalizing gay marriage in Russia. Speaking on Thursday in Kremlin, where he met a state commission to discuss the changes to Russia’s constitution, the 67-year-old spoke against allowing the traditional notion of mother and father to be ‘subverted’ by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2”. […]

Trump is elevating judges who could gut the Voting Rights Act

Fresh from handing President Trump a victory in his impeachment trial, the U.S. Senate has moved to install federal judges who have expressed disdain for the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law that struck down rules across the South that kept African-Americans from the ballot box. Overturning voting-rights protections tends to benefit Republicans, who […]

Coronavirus ‘to take a foothold’ in US warn experts

Health experts have warned that the new coronavirus, which has killed at more than 1,100 people and made ill a further 45,000 globally, is will likely “take a foothold in the US”. As officials said the number of new cases in China appeared to have stabilised, experts at the centres for disease control (CDC) said […]

The coronavirus has reportedly spread to North Korea.

South Korean news outlets say the novel coronavirus has spread to North Korea. Though the country has further isolated itself from the rest of the world, its lack of medical supplies and “crumbling” healthcare system leave it ill-equipped to handle an outbreak, experts say. Kim Jong Un recently canceled an annual parade that celebrates the […]

UN: Congo’s Ebola outbreak slows but still global emergency

The World Health Organization said although signs are now “extremely positive” in Congo that the Ebola outbreak is winding down, the epidemic remains a global health emergency. To date, Ebola has killed more than 2,200 people in Congo, making it the second-deadliest epidemic in history. The decision to maintain WHO’s global emergency declaration for Ebola […]

Letter bombs hit Dutch firms in ‘extortion’ bid

Two-letter bombs exploded at offices in the Netherlands on Wednesday without causing casualties, in what police said was an extortion attempt targeting businesses. The devices went off in the mailrooms of an ABN AMRO bank office in the capital Amsterdam and an office of the Japanese copier firm Ricoh in the town of eastern Kerkrade, […]

Trump under fire for intervening in Roger Stone case

US President Donald Trump faced fresh accusations of abuse of power Tuesday after appearing to pressure the Justice Department to seek a lighter prison sentence for his longtime political aide Roger Stone. Stone was convicted in November last year of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the […]

U.S. Counterintelligence Chief Warns of Meddling After Iowa Vote

The head of U.S. counterintelligence operations said he’s worried foreign adversaries might seize on the confusion that erupted over voting in the Iowa Democratic caucuses last week to advance disinformation and influence campaigns. “How could our adversaries take what happened in Iowa and pour gasoline on that?” William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and […]

World Bank chief: some development banks worsening poor country debt burdens

World Bank President David Malpass on Monday chided other development banks for lending too quickly to heavily indebted countries, saying some were helping worsen already-challenging debt situations. Malpass said at a World Bank-International Monetary Fund debt forum in Washington that the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and […]

Storm Ciara sows trail of destruction across Europe

Storm Ciara caused travel chaos on Monday, severely disrupting commutes and grounding hundreds of flights as swathes of Europe were left without power by torrential rain and winds of up to 180 kilometres (110 miles) per hour that also caused flash flooding and the cancellation of sporting fixtures. In one of the most violent storms […]

Chinese military aircraft briefly crossed into Taiwan airspace

said it scrambled fighter jets Monday after Chinese military aircraft briefly crossed into its airspace, the first major incursion since the island’s Beijing-wary president was re-elected in January. Taiwan’s defence ministry said Chinese H-6 bomber and accompanying aircraft briefly crossed over a “median line” in the Taiwan Strait It was only the second time Chinese […]

Barack Obama’s first film wins documentary

The former first couple of the United States, and Michelle produced , “American Factory” took home a statuette at the 2020 Oscars. “American Factory” bested “The Edge of Democracy,” “The Cave,” “For Sama” and “Honeyland” to take the Oscar. The Netflix backed won for Best Documentary and is the story of a manufacturing plant in […]

Trump confirms killing of AQAP chief in Yemen

President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that the US had killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula days after the jihadist group claimed responsibility for a mass shooting at a US naval base. The US “conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qassim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of Al-Qaeda in […]

Anger erupts after Wuhan whistleblower doctor dies

The death of a Chinese doctor who tried to warn about the coronavirus outbreak has sparked an unprecedented level of public anger and grief in China. Li Wenliang died after contracting the virus while treating patients in Wuhan. Last December he sent a message to fellow medics warning of a virus he thought looked like […]

U.S., Kenya launch talks on trade deal in move welcomed by industry

The United States and Kenya on Thursday agreed to launch negotiations that could lead to the first U.S. bilateral trade deal with a sub-Saharan African country amid growing American concerns about China’s investments across the continent. U.S. President Donald Trump and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the intention to start formal talks on a trade […]

Trump acquitted by Senate in impeachment trial

President Donald Trump has been found not guilty in his impeachment trial, ending a bid to remove him from office that bitterly divided the US. The Senate, run by the president’s fellow Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress. Democrats charged Mr Trump in […]

Record-breaking US astronaut returns to Earth

NASA’s Christina Koch returned to Earth safely Thursday having shattered the spaceflight record for female astronauts after almost a year aboard the International Space Station. Koch touched down at 0912 GMT on the Kazakh steppe after 328 days in space along with Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian […]

Thousands quarantined on Asian cruise ships in virus fight

Thousands of people were stranded aboard two cruise ships in Asia on Thursday, quarantined by officials desperate to stem the spread of a deadly virus that has killed hundreds in China and spread panic worldwide. At least 20 people on board one ocean liner off the Japanese coast have tested positive for the new coronavirus, […]

Trump hails ‘American comeback’

President Donald Trump has hailed the “great American comeback” in a speech to Congress that exposed sharp divisions at the top of US politics. At his annual State of the Union address, Mr Trump set out his case for another four years in office. He was speaking on the eve of his expected acquittal on […]

Vietnam setting up field hospitals for possible virus influx

Vietnam is setting up field hospitals with thousands of beds to handle a potential influx of coronavirus cases, health officials said, as it prepares to receive its nationals from China. Vietnam shares a long porous border with China and the communist neighbours have close trade and tourism ties. So far Vietnam has 10 confirmed cases […]

US speaker Nancy Pelosi tears Trump’s SOTU speech

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday, in a pointed political gesture after listening tight-lipped to the president tout his achievements to Congress. The tension between Trump and his Democratic nemesis was palpable from the outset, as Pelosi extended her extended her hand for a […]

Virus deaths in China pass 360, exceeding SARS mainland toll

China’s death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared past 360 on Monday, with deepening global concern about the outbreak and governments closing their borders to people from China. The fresh toll came a day after China imposed a lockdown on a major city far from the epicentre and the first fatality outside the country was […]

UK to ban new petrol car sales from 2035

Britain will bring forward a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles to 2035, including hybrids, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was to announce on Tuesday. Johnson was to make the announcement at an event launching the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, which will be held in Glasgow in November. The changes […]

Bloomberg campaign calls Trump a ‘pathological liar’

President Trump seems to have former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on his mind at the moment. And Bloomberg’s campaign isn’t holding back in its response. In three tweets early Sunday morning, Trump repeatedly mocked the Democratic presidential candidate’s height. And in a Fox News interview set to be released ahead of the Super […]

Kobe Bryant: 911 calls from helicopter crash release

Tragic 911 calls from the day of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash in Calabasas have been released. Audio transcripts reveal how residents of the exclusive neighbourhood called in to report a helicopter vanishing from the sky and the fiery wreckage on the ground. At the time no one realised who was onboard. Later it emerged the […]

Experts Says Wuhan Coronavirus Looks Increasingly Like a Pandemic

The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe, according to many of the world’s leading infectious disease experts. The prospect is daunting. A pandemic — an ongoing epidemic on two or more continents — may well have global consequences, despite the extraordinary travel restrictions and quarantines […]

Japan’s Abe pledges anti-virus steps ahead of Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday vowed the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 360 people in neighbouring China will not have any impact on the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer. Abe said he will work with international officials including the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure preparations for […]

Uk police search homes in terror stabbing probe

British police were searching two homes on Monday after shooting dead an extremist who knifed two people in London in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, as the government vowed a review of the system for the early release of convicted terrorists. Sudesh Amman, 20, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was […]

Pound sinks against dollar on Brexit trade deal fears

Pound Sterling slid one percent versus the dollar on Monday, hit by worries over post-Brexit trade deal negotiations following Britain’s exit from the European Union, dealers said. Shortly after 1000 GMT, the pound sank 1.0 percent to $1.3071. The European single currency meanwhile jumped 0.8 percent to 84.67 pence, as Britain got down to work […]