Author: Chinedu Promzzy

EU leaders extend summit as they haggle over budget, virus

EU leaders extend summit as they haggle over budget, virus

European Union leaders on Saturday extended their summit by an extra day, convinced they were finally closing in on a deal for an unprecedented 1.85 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund, an EU official said. Heading into a balmy summer night, a deal was still far off, but several key nations said negotiations were at least heading in the right direction despite ten... »

New studies clarify what drugs help, hurt for COVID-19

New studies clarify what drugs help, hurt for COVID-19

Fresh studies give more information about what treatments do or don’t work for COVID-19, with high-quality methods that give reliable results. British researchers on Friday published their research on the only drug shown to improve survival — a cheap steroid called dexamethasone. Two other studies found that malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does not help people with only mild symptoms. For mo... »

Trump talks less about virus, states look inward for answers

Trump talks less about virus, states look inward for answers

President Donald Trump has taken an increasingly hands-off approach to the coronavirus crisis in recent days even as COVID-19 cases and deaths have surged to record highs in a huge slice of the country, including areas where he has enjoyed strong support. Meanwhile, governors and big-city mayors in much of the United States are sending a blunt message to their constituents: Don’t expect a federal ... »

Doctor who survived COVID-19 bewildered by public disregard

Doctor who survived COVID-19 bewildered by public disregard

Dr. Michael Saag spends much of his time treating patients fighting for their lives and working with colleagues who are overwhelmed and exhausted by the relentless battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. But he enters a different world when he walks out the door of his Alabama clinic: one where many don’t wear masks, keep their distance from others or even seem aware of the intense struggle being wa... »

Breathtaking virus numbers show normal life still far away

Breathtaking virus numbers show normal life still far away

South Africa on Saturday became one of the top five worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, as breathtaking new infection numbers around the world were a reminder that a return to normal life is still far from sight. The World Health Organization again reported a single-day record of new infections with 259,848. South Africa’s 350,879 cases make up roughly half of all confirmed infections... »

Activists seek to decriminalize ‘magic’ mushrooms in DC

Activists seek to decriminalize ‘magic’ mushrooms in DC

The posters started blanketing light posts just a few weeks after the city entered what would be a monthslong stay-at-home order. Vividly colored and bearing a three-headed mushroom, they asked Washingtonians to “reform laws for plant and fungi medicines” by making natural psychedelics “the lowest level police enforcement priority.” It was the start of an underdog campaign that just managed a trul... »

White House turns on Fauci as Trump minimizes virus spike

White House turns on Fauci as Trump minimizes virus spike

With U.S. virus cases spiking and the death toll mounting, the White House is working to undercut its most trusted coronavirus expert, playing down the danger as President Donald Trump pushes to get the economy moving before he faces voters in November. The U.S. has become a cautionary tale across the globe, with once-falling cases now spiraling. However, Trump suggests the severity of the pandemi... »

North Macedonia: Ballot boxes carried to quarantined homes

North Macedonia: Ballot boxes carried to quarantined homes

Election officials in North Macedonia carried ballot boxes to the homes of voters suffering from COVID-19 or in quarantine Monday, at the start of three days of voting in a general election that was delayed for months by the pandemic. Wearing white coveralls and other protective gear, the officials were visiting the homes of some 700 people who registered to vote in the pandemic but were unable to... »

Subways sparkle, but does cleaning decrease COVID-19 risk?

Subways sparkle, but does cleaning decrease COVID-19 risk?

Mass transit systems around the world have taken unprecedented — and expensive — steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including New York shutting down its subways overnight and testing powerful ultraviolet lamps to disinfect seats, poles, and floors. The cleaning measures produced something commuters have not seen in a while, or possibly ever: thousands of freshly scrubbed cars that look, ... »

US debates school reopening, WHO warns ‘no return to normal’

US debates school reopening, WHO warns ‘no return to normal’

The resurgence of the coronavirus in the United States ignited fierce debate Monday about whether to reopen schools, as global health officials warned that the pandemic will intensify unless more countries adopt comprehensive plans to combat it. “If the basics aren’t followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go,” said the director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Gh... »

Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID cases

Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID cases

Florida shattered the national record Sunday for the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic, adding more than 15,000 cases as its daily average death toll continued to also rise. According to the state Department of Health statistics, 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases, and 45 deaths were recorded. Califor... »

Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher. They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local governments and school districts are already pursuing. But U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos doubled down on President Donald ... »

As US grapples with virus, Florida hits record case increase

As US grapples with virus, Florida hits record case increase

With the United States grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state’s largest single-day increase in positive cases. Deaths from the virus have also been rising in the U.S., especially in the South and West, though still well below the heights hit in April, according to a recent Associated Press analysis... »

Singapore’s ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

Singapore’s ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s long-governing party comfortably won Friday’s general elections, which took place amid the coronavirus pandemic, but faced a setback as the opposition made minor gains. Lee said his People’s Action Party secured 83 parliamentary seats, or 89% of the total, while its popular vote dipped to 61%. The Workers Party, the only opposition with a presence in parl... »

Asia Today: Australia’s Victoria state has record 288 cases

Asia Today: Australia’s Victoria state has record 288 cases

Australia’s Victoria state on Friday reported a new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases as well as a record number of tests, more than 37,500. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return to Australia each week will be reduced by more than 4,000 from next week. Sydney, Australia’s largest city, has been carrying a disproportionate... »

Amazon says E-mail to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

Amazon says E-mail to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

Roughly five hours after an internal email went out Friday to Amazon employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, the online retailing giant appeared to backtrack, calling the ban a mistake. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” Amazon emailed reporters just before 5 p.m. Eastern time. “There is no change to our policies right now wi... »

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status. Trump said on Twitter on Friday he was ordering the Treasury Department to re-examine the tax-exempt status of schools that he says provide “radical indoctrination” instead of education. “Too many Universities and School Systems a... »

No COVID-19 around these parts, for 1 New Mexico county

No COVID-19 around these parts, for 1 New Mexico county

As COVID-19 cases increase across the Southwest, and New Mexico adds new restrictions to a public health order there are still communities where not a single resident has tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. Two rural New Mexico counties had not had a single confirmed case since the outbreak began. That changed Friday when Mora County reported its first, leaving only De Baca ... »

Why India cases are rising to multiple peaks

Why India cases are rising to multiple peaks

In just three weeks, India went from the world’s sixth worst-affected country by the coronavirus to the third, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. India’s fragile health system was bolstered during a stringent monthslong lockdown but could still be overwhelmed by an exponential rise in infections. Here is where India stands in its battle against the virus: STEADY CLIMB, MULTIPLE PEAK... »

Trump undercuts health experts — again — in schools debate

Trump undercuts health experts — again — in schools debate

The White House seating chart spoke volumes. When the president convened a roundtable this week on how to safely reopen schools with coronavirus cases rising, the seats surrounding him were filled with parents, teachers, and top White House officials, including the first and second ladies. But the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, usually the leader of disease-fighting effort... »

US bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine

US bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine

When precious vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, jabbing the lifesaving solution into the arms of Americans will require hundreds of millions of injections. As part of its strategy to administer the vaccine as quickly as possible, the Trump administration has agreed to invest more than half a billion in tax dollars in ApiJect Systems America, a young company. Its injector is not approved ... »

Oxygen already runs low as COVID-19 surges in South Africa

Oxygen already runs low as COVID-19 surges in South Africa

The coronavirus storm has arrived in South Africa, but in the overflowing COVID-19 wards the sound is less of a roar than a rasp. Medical oxygen is already low in hospitals at the new epicenter of the outbreak, Gauteng province, home to the power centers of Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, visiting a hospital Friday, said authorities are working with industry t... »

Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

A small study strengthens the evidence that a pregnant woman infected with the coronavirus might be able to spread it to her fetus. Researchers from Italy said Thursday that they studied 31 women with COVID-19 who delivered babies in March and April. They found signs of the virus in several samples of umbilical cord blood, the placenta, and, in one case, breast milk. Women shouldn’t panic. This do... »

Family re-imagines Bob Marley classic for COVID-19 relief

Family re-imagines Bob Marley classic for COVID-19 relief

Bob Marley’s Grammy-winning children and chart-topping grandson have re-imagined one of his biggest hits to assist children affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Stephen Marley, Cedella Marley, and her son, Skip Marley, have joined forces to produce a new version of “one love ” which will be released July 17 and will also include special guest appearances from other musicians. A music ... »

Pennsylvania holds off on new pandemic restrictions

Pennsylvania holds off on new pandemic restrictions

Pittsburgh and the rest of Allegheny County reported a near-record number of new coronavirus infections Wednesday as state health officials expressed concern about the situation in southwestern Pennsylvania, but made no move to reimpose pandemic restrictions in border counties that are also seeing increased spread. Infections are rising sharply in border counties like Beaver, Butler, Washington, a... »

Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

The Supreme Court ruled broadly Wednesday in favor of the religious rights of employers in two cases that could leave more than 70,000 women without free contraception and tens of thousands of people with no way to sue for job discrimination. In both cases, the court ruled 7-2, with two liberal justices joining conservatives in favor of the Trump administration and religious employers. In the more... »

The Latest: Mariners report 3 positive tests for coronavirus

The Latest: Mariners report 3 positive tests for coronavirus

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Seattle Mariners say they had three positive tests for the new coronavirus among 122 Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals that received initial intake tests before the start of summer camp workouts last week. The team did not specify whether the three that tested positive were players, coaches, or staff. The Mariner... »

Serbian leader backtracks on lockdown amid chaotic protests

Serbian leader backtracks on lockdown amid chaotic protests

Police fired tear gas to disperse rock-throwing protesters in Serbia’s capital on Wednesday as violence erupted for the second day in a row during demonstrations against the president’s handling of the country’s coronavirus outbreak. President Aleksandar Vucic backtracked on his plans to reinstate a coronavirus lockdown in Belgrade this week, but it didn’t stop people from firing flares and throwi... »

US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization

US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization

The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration or if circumstances change. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said he would reverse the decision on his first day in of... »

Trump threatens to cut federal aid if schools don’t reopen

Trump threatens to cut federal aid if schools don’t reopen

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding if America’s schools don’t reopen in the fall despite the coronavirus, and he lashed out at federal health officials over reopening guidelines that he complained are impractical and expensive. As Trump increased his pressure on state and local officials, New York City announced that most of its students would return to clas... »

Hospitals approaching capacity as Miami closes restaurants

Hospitals approaching capacity as Miami closes restaurants

Hospitals rapidly approached capacity across the Sunbelt, and the Miami area closed restaurants and gyms again because of the surging coronavirus Monday, as the U.S. emerged from a Fourth of July weekend of picnics, pool parties and beach outings that health officials fear could fuel the rapidly worsening outbreak. The seesaw effect — restrictions lifted, then reimposed — has been seen around the ... »

Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being

Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being

Doctors have known it for a long time, well before the resounding cries of “Black Lives Matter”: Black people suffer disproportionately. They face countless challenges to good health, among them food, transportation, and income. The stress of living with racism has very real, physical effects. And they are especially prone to diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseases that can be tricky to... »

AIDS report: Kids are lagging and COVID-19 is harming care

AIDS report: Kids are lagging and COVID-19 is harming care

New numbers on the global AIDS epidemic show some big successes, such as fewer deaths and new infections. But there are also some tragic failures: Only half the children with HIV, the virus that causes the disease, are getting treatment. “We are making great progress against the HIV epidemic … but the bad, bad news is that kids are lagging behind,” said Dr. Shannon Hader, deputy executive di... »

Waste-watching: Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends

Waste-watching: Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends

One county in Utah beat back a spike of pandemic virus infections in the spring, and another saw its rate jump. Both trends showed up in their sewage. Yes, sewage. Across the U.S. and in Europe, researchers and health officials say they can track the course of a community outbreak of the new coronavirus by studying the waste flushed from its bathrooms. And that can provide a valuable addition to p... »

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic. In a letter published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, two scientists from Australia and the U.S. wrote that studies have shown “beyond any reasona... »

A 24-year-old Covid-19 survivor is celebrating a different kind of independence this July Fourth

A 24-year-old Covid-19 survivor is celebrating a different kind of independence this July Fourth

On Saturday, as people across the country celebrate America’s independence, Shakell Avery will celebrate a different kind of freedom. Freedom from Covid-19. “It feels amazing,” Avery told CNN. “After knowing what all I’ve been through, it’s still kind of hard to wrap my mind around. But I’m very thankful and grateful that I’m still here.” Avery... »

Florida topped 200,000 coronavirus cases as nation marked a different July 4th

Florida topped 200,000 coronavirus cases as nation marked a different July 4th

Florida surpassed 200,000 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, following the Fourth of July holiday during which the state recorded its most cases reported in a single day. At least 40,000 cases have been reported by the Florida Department of Health in the last four days. On Saturday, the Sunshine State REPORTED 11,458 the most reported in a single day, beating the previous record that was set on Thursday... »

Low internet access is driving inequality

Low internet access is driving inequality

Covid-19 and the great lockdown triggered a mass migration from analog to digital and highlighted that access to the Internet is crucial for socio-economic inclusion. High-speed Internet is key for working from home, for children’s education when they can’t attend school in person, for telemedicine, for benefiting from social support programs and for enabling access to financial servic... »

How much trouble is Huawei in?

How much trouble is Huawei in?

Fresh US sanctions have cut off the Chinese tech company’s access to vital American technology to a greater extent than ever before. Countries and mobile network operators around the world are now questioning whether Huawei will be able to deliver on it’s 5G. And the rising anti-China sentiment in India and elsewhere is not helping matters. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared la... »

Low internet access is driving inequality

Low internet access is driving inequality

Covid-19 and the great lockdown triggered a mass migration from and highlighted that access to the Internet is crucial for socio-economic inclusion. High-speed Internet is key for working from home, for children’s education when they can’t attend school in person, for telemedicine, for benefiting from social support programs and for enabling access to financial services for everyone, e... »

Nigeria declares ‘state of emergency’ on rape and sexual assault

Nigeria declares ‘state of emergency’ on rape and sexual assault

In Ghana, education has undergone a series of reforms, but the educational experiences of people with disabilities (PWDs) are often neglected. As the coronavirus hit Ghana, researchers have looked at its impact on working-class students and students in rural areas but not specifically on students with special needs — especially when it comes to online learning. Hearing-impaired and visually-impair... »

Second wave of virus closures wallops California restaurants

Second wave of virus closures wallops California restaurants

Homayoun Dariyani was training servers and cooks for his soon-to-open gourmet hamburger grill in March when California abruptly shut down dine-in restaurants to slow the spread of the coronavirus. After a three-month delay, Dariyani held the grand opening for Slater’s 50/50 on June 18 after the state allowed restaurants to operate with limited capacity. It would be a brief reprieve. Gov. Gavin New... »

Pandemic makes stay-at-home explosions popular this July 4th

Pandemic makes stay-at-home explosions popular this July 4th

Mostly masked shoppers were selecting their own explosives Friday for stay-at-home fireworks shows this holiday weekend after municipal celebrations across South Carolina were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. “This whole COVID thing has been really bad all around,” said Forest Casey, a fourth-generation fireworks salesman at his family-owned shop. “But for whatever reason, it makes people... »

UK scraps quarantine for some visitors as pubs set to reopen

UK scraps quarantine for some visitors as pubs set to reopen

For isolation-weary Britons and cash-starved businesses, relief at easing the three-month lockdown is mixed with trepidation. Britain has the highest COVID-19 toll in Europe, with more than 44,000 confirmed deaths, and scientists say the coronavirus is still on the loose. Even the usually ebullient Johnson said this week that the virus was “still circling like a shark in the water” “Without doubt,... »

US health officials estimate 20M Americans have had virus

US health officials estimate 20M Americans have had virus

U.S. officials estimate that 20 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus since it first arrived in the United States, meaning that the vast majority of the population remains susceptible. Thursday’s estimate is roughly 10 times as many infections as the 2.3 million cases that have been confirmed. Officials have long known that millions of people were infected without knowing it an... »

U.S. News Europe United States US citizens likely to be left out as Europe reopens borders

U.S. News Europe United States US citizens likely to be left out as Europe reopens borders

Americans are unlikely to be allowed into more than 30 European countries for business or tourism when the continent begins next week to open its borders to the world, due to the spread of the coronavirus and President Donald Trump’s ban on European visitors. More than 15 million Americans are estimated to travel to Europe each year, and such a decision would underscore flaws in the Trump administ... »

Open wide: US dentists quickly rebuild after virus shutdown

Open wide: US dentists quickly rebuild after virus shutdown

U.S. dental offices are quickly bouncing back, but it won’t be business as usual. Expect social distancing, layers of protective gear, and a new approach to some procedures to guard against coronavirus. Dental offices largely closed, except for emergency care, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended in March that they should delay elective procedures like teeth cleaning an... »

Virus cases surge among the young, endangering older adults

Virus cases surge among the young, endangering older adults

Coronavirus cases are climbing rapidly among young adults in a number of states where bars, stores, and restaurants have reopened — a disturbing generational shift that not only puts them in greater peril than many realize but poses an even bigger danger to older people who cross their paths. In Oxford, Mississippi, summer fraternity parties sparked outbreaks. In Oklahoma City, church activities, ... »

Appeals court orders dismissal of Michael Flynn prosecution

Appeals court orders dismissal of Michael Flynn prosecution

A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, turning back efforts by a judge to scrutinize the Justice Department’s extraordinary decision to drop the prosecution. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said in a 2-1 ruling that the Justice Department’... »

Election results are delayed again. Get used to it.

Election results are delayed again. Get used to it.

Kentucky and New York had primaries Tuesday, but the winners of the closet races probably won’t be known until next week. What’s going on? Get used to it. Slow vote counts and delayed results are a feature of elections during the pandemic and are likely to continue into the general election in November, when many election officials say that, absent a landslide, it won’t be clear who won the presid... »

Asia shares higher after US rally despite rising virus fears

Asia shares higher after US rally despite rising virus fears

Asian shares were mostly higher on Wednesday with another mood boost from Wall Street, but fears persist over the surge in coronavirus cases in parts of the world. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 edged 0.1% higher to 22,576.63. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 also picked up 0.1% to 5,958.40. South Korea’s Kospi added 1.5% to 2,162.46. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 0.1% to 24,854.72, while the Shanghai Co... »

UN: Pandemic appears to be peaking in several big countries

UN: Pandemic appears to be peaking in several big countries

A record level of new daily COVID-19 cases worldwide could suggest the pandemic is peaking in some large countries, even as the coronavirus has become “well established” in some regions, the World Health Organization’s emergency chief said Monday. At a media briefing on Monday, Dr. Michael Ryan said “the numbers are quickly rising because the epidemic is developing in a number of populous countrie... »

UN chief criticizes lack of global cooperation on COVID-19

UN chief criticizes lack of global cooperation on COVID-19

The United Nations chief criticized the total lack of international coordination in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday and warned that the go-it-alone policy of many countries will not defeat the coronavirus. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with The Associated Press that what needs to be done is to make countries understand that by acting in isolation “they are creat... »

Bolton critique of Trump could define tell-all book battles

Bolton critique of Trump could define tell-all book battles

The White House fight with former national security adviser John Bolton is the latest chapter in a lengthy history of Washington book battles, yet it will likely define future cases between the U.S. government and former employees determined to write tell-alls. The government asked a federal court for a temporary restraining order to prevent the release of the book, claiming it contains classified... »

European countries slam US withdrawal from tech tax talks

European countries slam US withdrawal from tech tax talks

European countries are slamming the Trump administration’s withdrawal from negotiations over a major tax on big tech companies. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, speaking on France Inter, called it a “provocation” and said France will still implement the tax regardless of the U.S. change of heart. Le Maire was referring to a letter in which U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the fin... »

Pandemic gives businesses lessons in survival, innovation

Pandemic gives businesses lessons in survival, innovation

When the coronavirus outbreak forced Sean Giovanni to shut down his recording studio in for two months, he dropped off mobile equipment at staffers’ and artists’ homes. He hoped remote recording would bring in some revenue. It did. Along with the income, Giovanni got an important lesson that will help his business long after the pandemic has subsided: The Record Shop doesn’t have to be limited to ... »

Facebook removes Trump ads with symbols once used by Nazis

Facebook removes Trump ads with symbols once used by Nazis

Facebook has removed a campaign ad by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that featured an upside-down red triangle, a symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, communists, and others in concentration camps. The company said in a statement Thursday that the ads violated “our policy against organized hate.” A Facebook executive who testified at a House Intelligenc... »

Court rejects Trump bid to end young immigrants’ protections

Court rejects Trump bid to end young immigrants’ protections

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, the second stunning election season rebuke from the court in a week after its ruling that it’s illegal to fire people because they’re gay or transgender. Immigrants who are part of the 8-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program will retain their protection fr... »

After 100-day wait, English soccer returns and takes a knee

After 100-day wait, English soccer returns and takes a knee

Players kneeled in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of the coronavirus were remembered as the Premier League made a somber return on Wednesday from a 100-day shutdown that deprived England of its national sport. Back on the touchline at Manchester City was Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, whose positive COVID-19 test led to English soccer’s longest suspension since World War I2.... »

Many fear Trump’s visit to Tulsa could spark violence

Many fear Trump’s visit to Tulsa could spark violence

Black community leaders in Tulsa said they fear a large rally by President Donald Trump in the city this weekend could spark violence, and the state’s governor asked Trump not to visit the site of a race massacre where up to 300 black residents were killed by white mobs in 1921. Tens of thousands of Trump supporters are expected in Tulsa Saturday for the first of a series of rallies across the cou... »

A drug offers hope amid spikes in corona virus infections

A drug offers hope amid spikes in corona virus infections

As nations grapple with new outbreaks and spiking death tolls from the coronavirus, a commonly available drug appeared Tuesday to offer hope that the most seriously ill could have a better chance of survival. The pandemic has forced countries to impose lockdowns and tough restrictions on daily life and travel, but infections have surged as they eased these rules and reopened their economies. With ... »

Yankees president Levine calls for MLB talks to resume

Yankees president Levine calls for MLB talks to resume

Scientists at Imperial College London will start immunizing people in Britain this week with their experimental coronavirus shot, while pharmaceutical company Sanofi and the French government announced more than 800 million euros ($890 million) in investment Tuesday as part of the worldwide race to find an effective vaccine. About a dozen vaccine candidates are currently in the early stages of tes... »

UK begins coronavirus vaccine trial; France pledges funding

UK begins coronavirus vaccine trial; France pledges funding

Scientists at Imperial College London will start immunizing people in Britain this week with their experimental coronavirus shot, while pharmaceutical company Sanofi and the French government announced more than 800 million euros ($890 million) in investment Tuesday as part of the worldwide race to find an effective vaccine. About a dozen vaccine candidates are currently in the early stages of tes... »

US revokes emergency use of drugs touted by Trump vs. virus

US revokes emergency use of drugs touted by Trump vs. virus

President Donald Trump has long been fond of crafting his own version of the facts. But when he said “if we stop testing right now we’d have very few cases” of coronavirus, he may have written a new line of attack for critics who question his commitment to following the science. His statement overlooks other important measures of the ongoing coronavirus threat, including hospitalizations and death... »

White House steps up effort to downplay coronavirus concerns

White House steps up effort to downplay coronavirus concerns

President Donald Trump has long been fond of crafting his own version of the facts. But when he said “if we stop testing right now we’d have very few cases” of coronavirus, he may have written a new line of attack for critics who question his commitment to following the science. His statement overlooks other important measures of the ongoing coronavirus threat, including hospitalizations and death... »

S Korea urges North to uphold deals amid rising animosities

S Korea urges North to uphold deals amid rising animosities

south Korea on Sunday convened an emergency security meeting and urged North Korea to uphold reconciliation agreements, hours after the North threatened to demolish a liaison office and take military action against its rival. There’s concern that North Korea could turn to provocation to bolster its internal unity and wrest outside concessions as nuclear talks with the United States remain deadlock... »

What does moving troops out of Germany mean?

What does moving troops out of Germany mean?

After more than a year of thinly-veiled threats to start pulling U.S. troops out of Germany unless Berlin increases its defense spending, President Donald Trump appears to be proceeding with a hardball approach, planning to cut the U.S. military contingent by more than 25%. About 34,500 American troops are stationed in Germany — 50,000 including civilian Department of Defense employees — and the p... »

Care-free days at theme parks giving way to virus safeguards

Care-free days at theme parks giving way to virus safeguards

Hugs from Mickey Mouse are out at Walt Disney World. So is bunching up at Six Flags to snag a front-seat roller coaster ride. But the season won’t be completely lost for thrill-seekers. Carefree days of sharing cotton candy on crowded midways will give way this year to temperature scans at the gates, mandatory masks at many parks, hand-sanitizing stations at ride entrances, and constant reminders ... »

Thai entrepreneur connects Michelin bistros to those inneed

Thai entrepreneur connects Michelin bistros to those inneed

Natalie Bin Narkprasert’s business was in Paris. But she was locked down by COVID-19 restrictions and stuck in Thailand. Her heart was in Thailand, too — and it ached for her compatriots who were suffering in the pandemic. She thought of her own grandmother. “She’s 94 years old, and then I really worried about her during COVID, like how is she going to cope and do things, so I just thought about a... »

`Stop fighting!′ Atlanta sobriety test quickly turned deadly

`Stop fighting!′ Atlanta sobriety test quickly turned deadly

One minute, Rayshard Brooks was chatting cooperatively with Atlanta police, saying he’d had a couple of drinks to celebrate his daughter’s birthday and agreeing to a breath test. The next, they were wrestling on the ground and grappling over a Taser before Brooks took the weapon and ran. Seconds later, three gunshots sounded and Brooks fell mortally wounded. Atlanta police video released Sunday sh... »

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