China has bolstered its great power status beneath the waves

China has bolstered its great power status beneath the waves with the unveiling of two nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. The two Jin class, or Type 094A, strategic submarines, built at the Huludao shipyard in Liaoning province, in the northeast of the country, will bring the total size of China’s sea-based deterrent to six vessels. No decision will be taken about reopening schools and allowing sports teams to train until at least May 6, and there will be no end to wider social distancing measures until at least May 10. This is to give time for the current measures to show … Continue reading China has bolstered its great power status beneath the waves

A 13-year-old boy was shot dead by police

A 13-year-old boy was shot dead by police as he perched on his apartment balcony during a coronavirus-related curfew. Yassin Hussein Moyo was with his mum and siblings curiously watching officers patrol the streets when a bullet struck him in the stomach in Nairobi, Kenya. Satellite photographs show a leisure boat, known to be used by Mr Kim, with a 60-foot platform containing a swimming pool, which had been removed from its covered mooring spot this month. According to analysis by the website NK Pro, it was visible a few days after Mr Kim’s last public appearance. In the past … Continue reading A 13-year-old boy was shot dead by police

Donald Trump said the United States “soon” would be able to test 5m people a day for coronavirus

Donald Trump said the United States “soon” would be able to test 5m people a day for coronavirus, and claimed his administration has done an “incredible job” dealing with the coronavirus outbreak in New York state despite at least 17,600 deaths there. “We’re going to be there very soon. … We’re really doing … a great job on testing,” the president told reporters following an event at the White House, which replaced his daily evening Covid-19 briefing. Making another bold claim, he predicted testing guidance he announced on Monday evening will allow his administration to “increase it by much more … Continue reading Donald Trump said the United States “soon” would be able to test 5m people a day for coronavirus

Fourteen vaccination campaigns that would have covered more than 13 million people have been postponed because of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Fourteen vaccination campaigns that would have covered more than 13 million people have been postponed because of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization has said. In his opening remarks to today’s coronavirus press conference, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, said vaccination drives against polio, measles, cholera, human papillomavirus, yellow fever and meningitis had not gone ahead. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters the daily press briefings are expected to resume later this week, but likely with a facelift. “They might have a new look to them, a new focus to them,” … Continue reading Fourteen vaccination campaigns that would have covered more than 13 million people have been postponed because of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

The mayor of Brazil’s worst-hit city has described the hundreds of coronavirus deaths in Manaus as ‘a scene out of a horror movie’

The mayor of Brazil’s worst-hit city has described the hundreds of coronavirus deaths in Manaus as ‘a scene out of a horror movie’ as bodies are piled up in refrigerated trucks and bulldozers dig mass graves at cemeteries.  Mayor Virgilio Neto said his city was ‘no longer in a state of emergency but rather of absolute calamity’ after the daily death rate shot up from 20-30 per day to more than 100 because of the pandemic. Israel’s embattled health minister Yaakov Litzman has announced that he would step down, following a public uproar over his handling of the coronavirus crisis … Continue reading The mayor of Brazil’s worst-hit city has described the hundreds of coronavirus deaths in Manaus as ‘a scene out of a horror movie’

China has dispatched a team of senior doctors to treat Kim Jong-un

China has dispatched a team of senior doctors to treat Kim Jong-un, it was reported yesterday, amid conflicting accounts about the health of the North Korean dictator since he vanished from public view two weeks ago. The delegation was led by a senior official from the Communist Party international liaison department, which handles relations with its neighbour, according to Reuters, citing three sources “familiar with the situation”. The city has the highest death rate of any state capital in Brazil and the mayor fears there are more hidden deaths because people are dying at home without medical care.   The pandemic … Continue reading China has dispatched a team of senior doctors to treat Kim Jong-un

US Army soldiers were demoted to a lower rank after they broke coronavirus lockdown in South Korea to go to a bar

US Army soldiers were demoted to a lower rank after they broke coronavirus lockdown in South Korea to go to a bar. The three military officers sneaked out of Camp Humphreys near Anjeong-ri and headed to a nearby watering hole. Appearing with him at the Koblenz higher regional court, western Germany, is Eyad al-Gharib, 43, who is accused of helping to arrest protesters and deliver them to al-Khatib in the autumn of 2011. The trial is a milestone because all previous international efforts to launch prosecutions against members of the Assad regime have failed. The International Criminal Court (ICC) in … Continue reading US Army soldiers were demoted to a lower rank after they broke coronavirus lockdown in South Korea to go to a bar

Donald Trump has suggested the coronavirus “may never come back” at his latest White House briefing

Donald Trump has suggested the coronavirus “may never come back” at his latest White House briefing, a note of blind optimism undermined by his top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci, who says he expects the virus to linger at least until the autumn. A political storm is brewing meanwhile over Dr Rick Bright, a vaccines expert who tells The New York Times he was ousted as the director of a federal biomedical agency for disputing the administration’s efforts to promote hydroxychloroquine as a miracle cure for Covid-19. This would ease the strain on the hospitality sector, which has been … Continue reading Donald Trump has suggested the coronavirus “may never come back” at his latest White House briefing

More than a dozen government-backed hacking groups using the coronavirus pandemic as cover for phishing and malware attempts

More than a dozen government-backed hacking groups using the coronavirus pandemic as cover for phishing and malware attempts, according to security experts at Google. Google said its Threat Analysis Group found hackers targeting international health organizations, including activity corroborating a Reuters report from early April that the World Health Organization was targeted. “He was begging for his life, but no one would help him at all,” Mr Gambrell said about his stepfather in an interview with CBS This Morning. “They just kept sending him away.” He added: “I honestly believe it was because my father was black. They didn’t honestly … Continue reading More than a dozen government-backed hacking groups using the coronavirus pandemic as cover for phishing and malware attempts

A British ‘ISIS rapper’ who was once suspected of being Jihadi John has been arrested at a hideout in Spain

A British ‘ISIS rapper’ who was once suspected of being Jihadi John has been arrested at a hideout in Spain.  Police sources said today that British-Egyptian jihadist Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary was the ‘foreign terrorist fighter’ detained in a raid in Almeria on Monday. Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has asked the country’s chief judge to free prison inmates who have been awaiting trial for six years or more to ease overcrowding as the virus spreads, a spokesman has said. A statement quoted Buhari as saying 42% of Nigeria’s 74,000 or so prisoners are awaiting trial. He urged Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to … Continue reading A British ‘ISIS rapper’ who was once suspected of being Jihadi John has been arrested at a hideout in Spain