Friday, 23 Oct 2020

Singapore economy plunges by worse-than-estimated 13.2% in Q2; lower 2020 outlook

SINGAPORE – Singapore suffered a deeper recession in the second quarter than earlier estimated due to the coronavirus-induced economic slump at home and abroad, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Tuesday (Aug 11).. The full-year economic outlook was also slightly lowered with MTI now forecasting gross domestic product (GDP) will shrink between 5 per cent to 7 per […]

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Where around the world is ammonium nitrate stored?

Following the destruction caused by ammonium nitrate exploding at Beirut’s port, there are concerns globally about its storage. The chemical is widely used around the world, as a fertiliser or for explosives in mining. But there are strict regulations about where it can be kept and for how long. And its location is often kept […]

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US Rep Ilhan Omar readies for tough primary challenge

Omar’s challenger has portrayed the history-making congresswoman and member of the so-called ‘squad’ as too divisive. Ilhan Omar, a progressive United States representative from Minnesota who in 2018 became the first Somali-American and one of the first of two Muslim women to serve in Congress, is readying for what is expected to be a competitive […]

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Second night of clashes over disputed Belarus poll

Police in Belarus’s capital Minsk have fired rubber bullets for a second night to quash protests following Sunday’s disputed presidential elections. Officials say one demonstrator died when an explosive device went off in his hands – the first confirmed casualty since the clashes began. Autocratic President Alexander Lukashenko won 80% of the vote. His main […]

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Coronavirus infections stabilise in Australia's Victoria state

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous state reported a small rise in new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, boosting hopes that case numbers are stabilising after a second wave forced authorities to send the city of Melbourne back into lockdown. Victoria state detected 331 new COVID-19 infections and 19 deaths in the past 24 hours, compared […]

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Mauritius PM: Brace for 'worst-case scenario' after oil spill

Fears of an ecological catastrophe keep mounting despite massive local clean-up operation under way in island nation. A Japanese ship that ran aground on a reef off Mauritius two weeks ago has now stopped leaking oil into the Indian Ocean, but the island nation must still prepare for “a worst-case scenario”, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth […]

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Georgia QAnon supporter frontrunner in Republican House primary

Marjorie Taylor Greene has embraced the fringe conspiracy and has a history of racist and Islamophobic rhetoric. A Republican primary runoff for an open seat representing Georgia in the United States House of Representatives could see a candidate with a history of making racist, Islamophobic and anti-Jewish remarks, as well as supporting QAnon conspiracy theories, […]

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Trump says someone shot near White House

US President Donald Trump has said someone was shot near the White House, after abruptly leaving a news conference. Mr Trump told reporters the incident “seems very well under control”. He reappeared moments after a member of his security detail walked on stage during his remarks to reporters and escorted him out. Mr Trump was […]

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