US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more

Rubio warns of foreign actors amplifying virus conspiracies

Sen. Marco Rubio, the new Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is warning that foreign actors will seek to amplify conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and find new ways

WHO warns that first wave of pandemic not over; dampens hopes

As Brazil and India struggle with surging coronavirus cases, a top health expert is warning that the world is still smack in the middle of the pandemic, dampening hopes for

Xi seeks victory over Trump in race for a Covid-19 vaccine

President Xi Jinping’s government is throwing the might of the Chinese state behind the country’s vaccine developers as the world races to make a shot against the coronavirus. The sheer scale

US faces a Memorial Day like no other; Greek islands reopen

Americans prepared to mark a Memorial Day like no other as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations, while Greece sought to revive its crucial tourism sector by restoring ferry services

Muslims celebrate major holiday amid curfews, virus fears

Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and

Britain | Johnson aide faces more pressure as lockdown reports persist

Boris Johnson’s chief adviser faced further calls to resign, hours after a minister said he had the full support of the prime minister, as fresh reports suggested he broke the

Wuhan lab head calls virus leak claims ‘pure fabrication’

Claims promoted by the Trump administration that the global coronavirus pandemic originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city are a “pure fabrication,” the institute’s director

China kicks off key political event delayed by pandemic

China began its most important political event of the year yesterday after a two-month delay because of the coronavirus pandemic. The opening of the annual session of the Chinese People’s Political

White House report blasts Chinese ‘malign activities’

Beyond its hard-hitting rhetoric against China over its handling of the coronavirus, the White House has issued a broad-scale attack on Beijing’s predatory economic policies, military buildup, disinformation campaigns and

Virus looms over China’s national legislative session

When China convenes its National People’s Congress tomorrow, will the 3,000 delegates stand shoulder to shoulder? Will they wear masks? This year’s version of China’s biggest political meeting of the year

‘New normal’ anything but as countries continue to reopen

Hundreds of thousands of high school seniors in South Korea had their temperature checked and rubbed their hands with sanitizer as they returned to school yesterday, many for the first

WHO bows to calls from countries for independent virus probe

The World Health Organization bowed to calls yesterday from most of its member states to launch an independent probe into how it managed the international response to the coronavirus,

This Day in History | 1965 British police to be issued with tear gas

Britain’s police are to be armed with tear gas guns and grenades to be used against armed criminals or dangerous individuals. The Home Secretary, Sir Frank Soskice, made the announcement in

Trump’s use of malaria drug likely to be welcomed in India

President Donald Trump’s declaration that he was taking an antimalarial drug of dubious effectiveness to help fend off the coronavirus will likely be welcomed in India. Trump’s previous endorsement of hydroxychloroquine

US-China fight over chip kingpin rattles tech industry

Since its founding more than three decades ago, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has built its business by working behind the scenes to make customers like Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc.

China announces $2 billion in virus help at WHO assembly

  China will provide $2 billion over two years to fight the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout from it, President Xi Jinping said last night, rallying around the World Health

Pandemic Probe | Russia, Australia join growing support for coronavirus inquiry

Australia’s foreign minister yesterday welcomed international support for an independent investigation of the coronavirus pandemic, a proposed inquiry that has been condemned by China and blamed for a bilateral trade

Trump aide accuses China of using travelers to ‘seed’ virus

  The Trump administration stepped up its campaign of blaming China for the deadly coronavirus pandemic, with a top aide suggesting Beijing sent airline passengers to spread the infection worldwide. “The virus

Brazil | Praise and push-ups for embattled Bolsonaro

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greeted hundreds of supporters — and joined some in a series of push-ups — who gathered before the presidential offices yesterday to back his open-the-economy

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