Fire ravages the Amazon again

Fire ravages the Amazon again, burning the planet’s biggest rainforest on a terrifying scale even before the region’s dry season kicks in. It means that 1,900 sq miles – more than half a million football pitches – of rainforest have already been reduced to ash so far this year alone, even before the dry season starts this month. In a statement, authorities said the candidates were disqualified for advocating Hong Kong independence or self-determination, lobbying foreign governments, objecting to the national security law and failing to recognise Beijing’s sovereignty over the territory. Mr Wong, 23, tweeted: “Beijing shows a total … Continue reading Fire ravages the Amazon again

Donald Trump has pulled the plug

Donald Trump has pulled the plug on holding part of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, saying a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida means “the timing for this event is not right.” The president said GOP delegates will gather in Charlotte, and that he will still give a speech accepting the Republican nomination. That address, he said vaguely, will be given “in a different forum.” The woman and her five-year-old grandson, identified as Morn Kakakda, struck a wasps’ nest and were immediately attacked, according to police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Chuon Samang. The 62-year-old woman remains in hospital after … Continue reading Donald Trump has pulled the plug

Japan is racing to build up its armed forces

Japan is racing to build up its armed forces in the face of increased political and military assertiveness by China, even as it struggles to reconcile the nationalist ambitions of its prime minister with the demands of its pacifist constitution. In a defence white paper Shinzo Abe’s government spelt out its growing anxiety about China and the urgency of upgrading the Self-Defence Forces, as its army, navy and air force are called. It condemns Beijing’s almost daily dispatch of ships into areas around disputed islands that are controlled by Japan but claimed by the Chinese. Monica Gomez, the councillor responsible … Continue reading Japan is racing to build up its armed forces

A father and his three-year-old daughter

A father and his three-year-old daughter are fighting for their life after being found in a gas filled room by a “frantic” wife. Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise were discovered unconscious inside the room on Thursday before the man’s wife called emergency services. Soon a whole row of skeletons emerged, exposed by the team of forensic pathologists who worked alongside the woman, scratching and brushing at the soil on a bank abutting a forest track near the ruined hamlet of Cerska, 17 miles northwest of Srebrenica. It was day one of work on the first of numerous suspected mass … Continue reading A father and his three-year-old daughter

A major research effort

A major research effort is under way to understand whether Covid-19 can spread through tiny airborne particles that are released by infected people and remain suspended in the air for hours. Scientists are working alongside sanitary engineers at the World Health Organization to investigate how tiny aerosols bearing the virus may be released into the environment; whether they are spread around rooms by air-conditioning units; and how infectious the particles may be. Key impeachment witness Alexander Vindman announced his retirement from the army by citing “intimidation” led by Mr Trump. ”The president of the United States attempted to force Lieutenant … Continue reading A major research effort

China has tried to blame Spain

China has tried to blame Spain for the new strain of coronavirus while suggesting the deadly disease originated in Europe and not Wuhan. The first cases were detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 – with many involving workers at a wet market – before the virus rapidly spread around the world, killing more than 525,000 people. Protest leaders are struggling to come up with new tactics for opposing the authority of Beijing without risking long prison sentences, and one of Hong Kong’s leading young democrats has joined a growing number of activists leaving the territory. Nathan … Continue reading China has tried to blame Spain

Donald Trump is golfing ahead

Donald Trump is golfing ahead of his trip to South Dakota for the Mount Rushmore 2020 Fireworks Celebration. The first lady will also attend the controversial event. As the coronavirus cases soar across the south and west of the nation, the president bragged about the Nasdaq having its 23rd record close of the year in an unhinged-looking all-caps tweet. The president also argued that Black Lives Matter protesters angered by the police killings of George Floyd and other black Americans would have wiped out the city of Minneapolis had he not sent in the National Guard to stop the demonstrations, … Continue reading Donald Trump is golfing ahead

A secretive Russian intelligence unit

A secretive Russian intelligence unit has been offering the Taliban bounties to kill British and American soldiers in Afghanistan. The Times understands that American intelligence officials informed their British security counterparts that the Russian group at the centre of the claims is believed to be Unit 29155. This is the elite subversion and assassination wing of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence arm, whose agents were charged with the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in 2018. The men – from a terror group called the Balochistan Liberation Army – threw grenades at a security post near the … Continue reading A secretive Russian intelligence unit

The re-election of President Trump would be a “danger to the republic”

The re-election of President Trump would be a “danger to the republic” and would have “grave consequences”, his former national security adviser said before the publication today of a damning memoir of 17 months at his side. John Bolton, 71, a lifelong hardline Republican, said he could not vote for Mr Trump but would write in the name of a “true conservative” on his ballot paper in November. He said he hoped that his book was a contribution to a discussion on “what the post-Trump [Republican] party looks like”. Bars, gyms and cinemas will all have to shut their doors … Continue reading The re-election of President Trump would be a “danger to the republic”

Eight schoolchildren died in a horrific drowning incident

Eight schoolchildren died in a horrific drowning incident after seven of them jumped into a river to save their friend. The primary school-age pupils were swept to their deaths and the last of their bodies were pulled from the water at around 7am today. He had predicted there would be no empty seats and the campaign planned for a full arena and an outdoor overflow stage for 40,000 people, after boasting of a million ticket requests. There were warning signs that all was not going to plan when six of the advance team were diagnosed with Covid-19. The modest turnout, … Continue reading Eight schoolchildren died in a horrific drowning incident