A Hong Kong media billionaire and pro-democracy activist

A Hong Kong media billionaire and pro-democracy activist who was arrested under the new national security law is a traitor who should receive an exemplary punishment to deter further unrest in the city, Beijing has said. Jimmy Lai, 71, who owns the Apple Daily newspaper, conspired with foreign agents and posed a danger to national security, according to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, part of China’s state council, or cabinet. One scientist blasted Putin’s move as ‘unethical’ because an ‘improperly tested vaccine’ could have ‘disastrous’ effects on public health, while others warned that there is ‘no data’ to … Continue reading A Hong Kong media billionaire and pro-democracy activist

Freedom weighs heavily on Abdurehim Parac

Freedom weighs heavily on Abdurehim Parac, a Uighur poet in exile. His escape from Xinjiang province has brought unknown punishments for the loved ones he left behind, and in Turkey, where he sought sanctuary, Beijing’s shadow stalks him. Mr Parac, 46, who fled China in 2013 after a decade and a half of imprisonments and surveillance, had planned to bring his family after him once he reached safety. Although the UK government today kept Spain on its ‘green list’ of countries that do not require quarantines, officials have indicated that this could change without notice if the rise in Spanish … Continue reading Freedom weighs heavily on Abdurehim Parac

A woman has told how her brother went missing

A woman has told how her brother went missing in China for four years, as the country comes under growing scrutiny for its alleged torture and detention of Uighur Muslims. Rayhan Asat’s brother Ekpar disappeared three weeks after returning to the northwestern province of Xinjiang after finishing his studies in New York in 2016. “She couldn’t stop crying,” he told The Times. “Whether through her fear of the Chinese authorities monitoring the call, or my words that were hurting her, I don’t know. She said that if I wanted my father, my mother and my sister to live well and … Continue reading A woman has told how her brother went missing

The European Union has decided

The European Union has decided to drop Serbia and Montenegro from its safe list of countries from which non-essential travel is allowed, and did not even discuss including the United States given its sharp rise in coronavirus cases, EU officials told Reuters. EU diplomats today approved a proposal from Germany, now holding the rotating EU presidency, to exclude non-EU Serbia and Montenegro because of spreading infections, officials said. There have been anti-government protests in Serbia, initially sparked by the announcement of a new coronavirus lockdown amid a surge in new cases. With the US currently on 3.43m cases of Covid-19 … Continue reading The European Union has decided

Donald Trump is facing increasing pressure to cancel his upcoming election rally in Tulsa

Donald Trump is facing increasing pressure to cancel his upcoming election rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after the city’s health director, Dr Bruce Dart, expressed anxiety over the spread of coronavirus and the president’s own adviser, Larry Kudlow, admitted that attendees would be well advised to wear a face mask. “Covid is here in Tulsa, it is transmitting very efficiently,” Dr Dart said on Saturday. “I wish we could postpone this to a time when the virus isn’it as large a concern as it is today.” His remarks coincide with news of a major surge in infections in Trump’s adopted home … Continue reading Donald Trump is facing increasing pressure to cancel his upcoming election rally in Tulsa

Sarah Boseley, the Guardian’s health editor has written a full report on the two confirmed coronavirus cases detected overnight here in the UK

Sarah Boseley, the Guardian’s health editor has written a full report on the two confirmed coronavirus cases detected overnight here in the UK. As airlines begin suspending their flights in and out of China as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, foreign nationals in the country are becoming increasingly anxious about whether they will be able to leave if they decide they want to. On Wednesday night, a man, understood to be a Chinese national, was taken to hospital along with family members after falling ill at a hotel in the centre of York. The first cases of the virus … Continue reading Sarah Boseley, the Guardian’s health editor has written a full report on the two confirmed coronavirus cases detected overnight here in the UK

Passengers who were in lockdown on a cruise ship in the Italian city of Civitavecchia have now been allowed to leave

Passengers who were in lockdown on a cruise ship in the Italian city of Civitavecchia have now been allowed to leave after confirmation that two people on board do not have coronavirus.  The Costa Smeralda ship – carrying 7,000 people including some Britons – had been kept on the ship since Thursday morning after a 54-year-old Chinese woman from Macau came down with flu-like symptoms the previous night. A British man has chosen not to board the evacuation flight from Wuhan because the Foreign Office could not confirm whether his four-year-old daughter, a Chinese national, would be allowed to join … Continue reading Passengers who were in lockdown on a cruise ship in the Italian city of Civitavecchia have now been allowed to leave

A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan

A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, Tehran has claimed. The US has not yet commented on reports that Michael D’Andrea, who was involved in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and is nicknamed the “Dark Prince”, was on board the jet and among those killed. The plan is not expected to hold out any immediate prospect of a Palestinian state. It envisages the Palestinian Authority forgoing any right to military power and recognising Israel as a Jewish state. It is not … Continue reading A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan

China has extended its Lunar New Year holiday by three days in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus

China has extended its Lunar New Year holiday by three days in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has now claimed 81 lives. Millions of people travel home to be with family during the celebrations and Beijing hopes to keep people inside and avoid more infections by extending the festivities to Sunday. And reports say her husband Denis found his wife covered in blood moments later and called for an ambulance. Police in Talitsa, Sverdlovsk, Russia, have since confirmed the baby was put in a washing machine. Shifting poll results in recent months point to a … Continue reading China has extended its Lunar New Year holiday by three days in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus