The Buzz | Coronavirus: Data show more infected men, women deprioritized

An international aid group says coronavirus data in some countries show a sharp discrepancy between cases in men and women amid concerns that women lack proper access to testing and

Putin hails Nazi defeat in virus-delayed Red Square parade

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the defeat of Nazi Germany at the traditional massive Red Square military parade in Moscow, which was delayed by more than a month because of

Saudi Arabia | Hajj will see at most ‘thousands’ due to virus

A Saudi official said yesterday that the hajj pilgrimage, which usually draws up to 2.5 million Muslims from all over the world, will only see at the most a

Germany | Lockdown placed area with slaughterhouse outbreak

New lockdown measures are being imposed for one week in a German region that has seen a large increase in coronavirus infections linked to a slaughterhouse, officials

This Day in History | 1983 US astronaut Sally Ride returns

America’s first woman in space has returned safely to Earth in the Challenger space shuttle after a successful six-day flight. Sally Ride, aged 32, captured the media’s attention

This Day in History | 1972 Chancellor orders pound flotation

The Chancellor, Anthony Barber, has announced his decision to temporarily float the pound. The news comes only a day after the bank lending rate was increased by 1% - and four

Pandemic | Virus cases surge in US, India, but slow in China, Korea

THE world saw the largest daily increases yet in coronavirus cases, with infections soaring in India’s rural villages after migrant workers fled major cities. India’s coronavirus caseload climbed by

The Buzz | WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases

The World Health Organization reported yesterday the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours. The UN health

Wirecard scandal | Accounts worth billions likely don’t exist

German payment service provider Wirecard said yesterday it has concluded that two accounts that were supposed to contain 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) probably don’t exist, deepening troubles

This Day in History | 1941 Hitler invades the Soviet Union

German forces have invaded the Soviet Union. In a pre-dawn offensive, German troops pushed into the USSR from the south and west, with a third force making their way from the

Ethiopia to fill disputed dam, deal or no deal

It’s a clash over water usage that Egypt calls an existential threat and Ethiopia calls a lifeline for millions out of poverty. Just weeks remain before the filling of Africa’s

The Buzz | China indicts Canadians held since 2018 on spying charges

Chinese authorities have indicted two Canadians on spying allegations, pressing ahead with a case diplomatically entwined with U.S. efforts to extradite a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive from Canada. The formal

Beijing claims valley where Indian, Chinese soldiers brawled

China said the Galwan Valley high up in the Himalayan border region where Chinese and Indian troops engaged in a deadly brawl this week falls entirely within China, boldly renewing

This Day in History | 1982 ‘God’s banker’ found hanged

The body of a top Italian banker has been found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London. Known as God’s banker for his links with the Vatican, 62-year-old Roberto Calvi was the

The Buzz | US: 1.5 million more laid-off workers seek unemployment benefits

About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a historically high number, even as the economy increasingly reopens and employers bring some people back to work. The

228,000 receive gov’t income subsidy, more to come

A total of 228,000 residents have received the 15,000 patacas distributed by the government as part of the income subsidy scheme. The scheme aims to mitigate the economic difficulties generated

This Day in History | 1965 Drink-drive limit to be introduced

The government has announced it will introduce a blood alcohol limit for drivers. Anyone found to be driving when over the set limit will be penalised in the hope it will

The Buzz | North Korea says it’s sending soldiers to joint border sites

North Korea said yesterday that it will send soldiers to now-shuttered inter-Korean cooperation sites in its territory and reinstall guard posts and resume military exercises at front-line areas, nullifying tension-reducing

This Day in History | 1980 Government announces missile sites

The locations for the first US nuclear cruise missiles to be stored on British soil have been revealed by the government. Secretary of State for Defence Francis Pym told the House

The Buzz | Lawyer: Egyptian journalist detained on fake news charges

Egyptian authorities detained a prominent local journalist yesterday on charges of spreading fake news, his lawyer said, in the government’s latest crackdown on press freedom. Mohamed Monir, 65, was taken

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