Monday, 3 Aug 2020

World News

Images ‘show China structures’ on India border

China has built new structures near the site of a Himalayan border clash that left 20 Indian troops dead earlier this month, fresh satellite images suggest. Bunkers, tents and storage units for military hardware are visible in an area where last month there were none. Fighting between the nuclear-armed powers over their disputed frontier has […]

Danish far-right party leader sentenced to jail on racism and defamation

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – The leader of Danish far-right party Stram Kurs, lawyer Rasmus Paludan, was disbarred from the legal profession and sentenced to three months in jail on Thursday after being found guilty of racism. Stram Kurs (Hard Line) was close to getting into parliament in the last election in Denmark with a policy based […]

Germany, France shore up political, financial aid to beleaguered WHO

GENEVA/BERLIN (Reuters) – France and Germany expressed political and financial backing for the World Health Organization in its fight against the coronavirus on Thursday, with Berlin saying it would give a record half billion euros in funding and equipment this year. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the agency, criticised by the United States […]

Iran plans oil exports from the Gulf of Oman to secure crude flow

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran plans to export oil from a port on its Gulf of Oman coast by March, the president said on Thursday, a shift that would avoid using the Strait of Hormuz shipping route that has been a focus of regional tension for decades. Tensions have spiked between Tehran and Washington since 2018, […]

British police say 22 officers hurt in violence at illegal party

LONDON (Reuters) – Twenty-two police officers were hurt during trouble at an unauthorised music event in London overnight where crowds attacked some patrol cars, British authorities said on Thursday. Parties have been banned during Britain’s coronavirus lockdown, though some people have been defying that. “These are utterly vile scenes,” said Home Secretary (interior minister) Priti […]

WHO says getting backing it needs as France, Germany express support

GENEVA (Reuters) – France and Germany expressed their backing for the World Health Organization in fighting the coronavirus on Thursday, with Germany saying it will contribute some half billion euros in funding for the U.N. agency this year. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, talking at a news conference in Geneva, said the agency, widely criticised […]

Coronavirus restrictions threaten democracy, global leaders warn

Measures to stem the pandemic threaten human and political rights, open letter by more than 500 signatories warns. More than 500 political and civil society leaders, Nobel laureates and rights groups have warned that some governments are using the coronavirus pandemic to “tighten their grip on power”, undermining democracy and civil liberties. In an open […]

Secret Service staff quarantined after Trump rally

Dozens of US Secret Service personnel have been told to self-isolate after two who attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa on Sunday tested positive for Covid-19, US media report. Mr Trump was criticised for holding the re-election campaign event in a city where the infection rate is rising. Six members of the campaign’s advance […]

North Korea fury: US ‘decapitation plan to take out Kim Jong-un’ exposed

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. North Korea has in recent weeks agitated border regions with its neighbour, South Korea. The renewed aggression was, the North claimed, a result of hundreds of thousands of anti-Kim Jong-un leaflets being […]

End of EU: Devastating reason coronavirus could spark bloc’s collapse exposed

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. The pandemic has swept around the globe and for the last few months, has had a particularly tight grip on Europe. As some nations, including the UK, are tentatively easing lockdown, EU […]