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|Trump, for some reason, compares coronavirus death toll (over 98,000) to that of swine flu (under 20,000)
On a day when the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic neared 100,000, President Trump sought to direct the nation’s attention back to the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic as a way to smear the reputation of his Democratic rival Joe Biden, who was vice president at the time.
POSTED MAY 26, 2020 5:43 PM
|Brazil police raid Rio governor's residences amid COVID-19 probe
Brazilian federal police on Tuesday raided the residences of Rio de Janeiro's right-wing Governor Wilson Witzel as part of a COVID-19 corruption probe, targeting one of President Jair Bolsonaro's political foes as the pandemic sweeps the nation. Federal prosecutors alleged Witzel, a former-ally-turned-foe of Bolsonaro, and his wife Helena led a sprawling criminal operation in which her law firm was used to receive payment from a company that won state coronavirus contracts, according to federal court documents seen by Reuters. In a statement, Witzel said he was innocent, and accused Bolsonaro of "interference" in the probe.
POSTED MAY 26, 2020 7:14 AM
|So-called honor killing of teen girl brings outcry in Iran
The so-called honor killing of a 14-year-old Iranian girl by her father, who reportedly used a farming sickle to behead her as she slept, has prompted a nationwide outcry. Reza Ashrafi, now in custody, was apparently enraged when he killed his daughter Romina on Thursday after she ran away with 34-year-old Bahamn Khavari in Talesh, some 320 kilometers (198 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran. In traditional societies in the Middle East, including Iran, blame would typically fall on a runaway girl for purportedly having sullied her family’s honor, rather than on an adult male luring away a child.
POSTED MAY 27, 2020 8:16 AM
|US declares Hong Kong no longer enjoying autonomy
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer enjoys the autonomy promised by Beijing, stripping the financial hub of its special status under US law. Hours before Beijing will hold a key vote on a controversial new security law on Hong Kong, Pompeo sent a notice to Congress that China was not living up to obligations from before it regained control of the territory from Britain in 1997.
POSTED MAY 27, 2020 12:15 PM
|Pakistani villager urges India to return 'spy' pigeon
The owner of a pigeon "arrested" by India for spying says his bird was freed for Eid and is innocent.
POSTED MAY 27, 2020 9:29 AM
|Sweden touts the success of its controversial lockdown-free coronavirus strategy, but the country still has one of the highest mortality rates in the world
Some experts have said Sweden's risky strategy will eventually yield positive results, while others have highlighted serious pitfalls.
POSTED MAY 26, 2020 10:56 PM
|California DA launches investigation into Tara Reade testimony
‘We are investigating whether Ms. McCabe gave false testimony under oath,’ said a Monterey County prosecutor.
POSTED MAY 26, 2020 11:54 PM
|China's 'bat woman' defends Wuhan lab at centre of conspiracy theory
The Chinese virologist whose work on coronaviruses found in bats led to her being dubbed 'Bat Woman' has appeared on state television to defend her work. “The unknown viruses we have discovered are actually just the tip of the iceberg,” said Shi Zhengli. “If we want to prevent humans suffering from the next infectious disease outbreak, we must go in advance to learn of these unknown viruses carried by wild animals in nature and then give early warnings.” “These viruses exist in nature, whether we admit it or not,” she said. “If we don’t study them, there could be another outbreak.” Ms Shi is the deputy director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a lab that studies dangerous pathogens at the center of a conspiracy theory that the coronavirus sweeping the globe was leaked due to poor controls.
POSTED MAY 27, 2020 6:55 AM
|US priest who founded Knights of Columbus to be beatified
The founder of the Knights of Columbus, the influential U.S.-based lay Catholic organization, is moving a step closer to possible sainthood. Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Rev. Michael McGivney, a Connecticut priest who died at age 38 of pneumonia in 1890 during a pandemic similar to the current coronavirus outbreak. The Vatican said Wednesday that Francis had signed off on the miracle required.
POSTED MAY 27, 2020 8:01 AM
|Calls in Congress for probe on how former Trump aide won $3 million respirator contract
Before leaving the Trump administration, Zachary Fuentes was a deputy to John Kelly, the retired Marine general who was Trump’s second chief of staff.
POSTED MAY 26, 2020 3:54 PM