If the past is a foreign country

If the past is a foreign country, then the future for China’s Communist Party is the city of Shenzhen. Hailed by President Xi during a visit this week as a model for the rest of the nation to aspire to, what was a sleepy fishing village only two generations ago is now a high-tech metropolis whose rise over its troublesome neighbour Hong Kong has been blessed at the highest level. It revealed Belgium had the worst mortality rate (86.8), followed by Spain (65), the UK (62.6) and the US (60.3). For comparison, South Korea’s stood at just 0.7 – 85 … Continue reading If the past is a foreign country

Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s third nomination to the Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s third nomination to the Supreme Court, is on Capitol Hill for another day of senate confirmation hearings amid a backdrop of outcry from Democrats over Republican-led efforts to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during an election season in which 10 million Americans have already voted. The federal judge faced tough questions from Democratic senators and declined to reveal whether she would support overturning key rulings on the Affordable Care Act and Roe v Wade, which, respectively, provides insurance protections for millions and ensures access to women’s reproductive health care options nationwide. The … Continue reading Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s third nomination to the Supreme Court

A Malaysian cinema appears to have become covered in mould after two months of coronavirus lockdown

A Malaysian cinema appears to have become covered in mould after two months of coronavirus lockdown which has already ravaged the country’s leather goods retailers. The cinema’s purple and red seats and its carpets had been wrecked by a thick layer of mould and dust, according to the photographer in the city of Ipoh in western Perak state. Under US law they would normally be allowed to live with relatives while their cases wind through immigration courts. Instead the Trump administration is quickly expelling them under an emergency declaration citing the coronavirus pandemic, with 600 minors expelled in April alone. … Continue reading A Malaysian cinema appears to have become covered in mould after two months of coronavirus lockdown

A YouTuber has been arrested for handing out boxes of rubbish to transgender women

A YouTuber has been arrested for handing out boxes of rubbish to transgender women. Indonesian police launched a manhunt for Ferdian Paleka and his friend after they shared a video of the sick ‘prank’ online. The whereabouts of Mr Zhang, who specialises in law, are now unknown. His friends claim he was detained in front of the gate to his residential compound in Shanghai last night and that they have not since been able to contact him. The letter was posted on the social messaging platform WeChat on Saturday, less than two weeks before this year’s National People’s Congress, the … Continue reading A YouTuber has been arrested for handing out boxes of rubbish to transgender women

Despite blustering in public that the coronavirus is “Fake News!” and being weaponised against him, Donald Trump is reportedly fretting about the growing crisis behind the scenes

Despite blustering in public that the coronavirus is “Fake News!” and being weaponised against him, Donald Trump is reportedly fretting about the growing crisis behind the scenes, with one ex-West Wing official telling Vanity Fair: “He’s just now waking up to the fact that this is bad, and he doesn’t know how to respond.” The White House has said that the president himself has so far not been tested for the disease, despite coming into contact with several Republican allies who have since gone into self-isolation, including new chief of staff Mark Meadows and congressmen Doug Collins and Matt Gaetz. … Continue reading Despite blustering in public that the coronavirus is “Fake News!” and being weaponised against him, Donald Trump is reportedly fretting about the growing crisis behind the scenes

Venezuela’s leader has called on women in the country to have up to six children in order to counter the mass exodus

Venezuela’s leader has called on women in the country to have up to six children in order to counter the mass exodus that has seen millions flee poverty, hunger and political chaos. In a televised speech in which he introduced a government programme to promote fertility, Nicolas Maduro he said people should have as many children as possible. South Korea is battling the biggest epidemic outside China – and has reported 37 deaths, the fourth most behind China, Italy and Iran. North Korea, meanwhile, has insisted it is coronavirus-free, sealed itself off from the outside world and put all foreigners … Continue reading Venezuela’s leader has called on women in the country to have up to six children in order to counter the mass exodus

The roars of over 10,000 people rolled around the hall as Bernie Sanders walked onstage

The roars of over 10,000 people rolled around the hall as Bernie Sanders walked onstage and they had barely died down when the candidate declared that he had some news. The crowd gathered in the Los Angeles Convention Centre hung on his next words. The 88-year-old twice got down on his knees to bow before reporters in Gapyeong, his head to the floor, as he pleaded for the ‘forgiveness of the government’ today.  The secretive church is linked to more than half of South Korea’s virus cases and has been accused of failing to co-operate with authorities over the outbreak, … Continue reading The roars of over 10,000 people rolled around the hall as Bernie Sanders walked onstage

Explosive new documents show the US government knew a weather map used by Donald Trump was doctored

Explosive new documents show the US government knew a weather map used by Donald Trump was doctored, despite publicly defending the president’s false claims about a hurricane striking Alabama. In September last year, Mr Trump repeatedly claimed wrongly that Alabama would “most likely” be struck by Hurricane Dorian, a category five storm which devastated the Bahamas. The group, all believed to be aged under 12, were riding their bikes to get ice cream when a four-wheel-drive is alleged to have ploughed into them. Four of the children died at the scene, and the fifth, a 10-year-old-boy, is in hospital with … Continue reading Explosive new documents show the US government knew a weather map used by Donald Trump was doctored

The new Russian prime minister became mired in corruption allegations after less than a day in the role

The new Russian prime minister became mired in corruption allegations after less than a day in the role when newly discovered documents showed that his wife has acquired a substantial fortune and that the couple live in a luxury property near Moscow. Mikhail Mishustin, a previously obscure tax official, was hand-picked by President Putin and voted in by the Russian parliament yesterday. Meanwhile, senior gardaí have expressed concerns that criminals in Drogheda are embroiled in ‘social media warfare’. Yesterday, gardaí strongly criticised the circulation of images and footage on social media purporting to be linked to the 17- year-old’s murder. … Continue reading The new Russian prime minister became mired in corruption allegations after less than a day in the role

Carlos Ghosn has been pictured celebrating New Year’s Eve with his wife and friends in Lebanon

Carlos Ghosn has been pictured celebrating New Year’s Eve with his wife and friends in Lebanon after escaping nine months of house arrest in Japan. The 65-year-old former Nissan CEO can be seen sitting next to wife Carole in a plush dining room in front of a table strewn with empty plates, glasses, a half-full bottle of wine and decorated with lit candlesticks on Tuesday. In Victoria – where there are grave fears for 28 people still missing in the East Gippsland region – authorities have sent 250,000 text messages to people in affected shires and urged them to evacuate. … Continue reading Carlos Ghosn has been pictured celebrating New Year’s Eve with his wife and friends in Lebanon