The Buzz | Trump says generals feel Beirut blast was likely an ‘attack’

President Donald Trump said U.S. military generals have told him that they “seem to feel” the massive explosion that rocked Beirut, killing at least 100 people, was a “terrible attack”

The Buzz | Prosecutor seeking Trump’s taxes cites probe of his business

A New York City prosecutor fighting to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns told a judge yesterday he was justified in demanding them because of public reports of “extensive

The Buzz | Vulnerable eastern China areas evacuated ahead of typhoon

Vulnerable coastal areas were being evacuated and fishing boats recalled to port before a typhoon was expected to bring heavy rains to eastern China late yesterday as much of the

The Buzz | London lockdown considered in worst-case scenario

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering sealing off Greater London and ordering at-risk members of the population to stay at home under a potential scenario designed to avert a

The Buzz | NASA launches Mars rover to look for signs of ancient life

The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built — a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers — blasted off for the red planet yesterday as part of

The Buzz | Hong Kong economy contracts 9% in latest quarter

Hong Kong’s economy shrank by 9% from a year earlier in the latest quarter, hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and facing more potential damage from the loss of U.S. trade

The Buzz | South China Morning Post to put up paywall amid Kong Kong slump

South China Morning Post is dropping its free online model after months of political unrest and the coronavirus pandemic hit advertising revenue at the Hong Kong newspaper backed by Alibaba

The Buzz | Hong Kong recovery may take longer than expected, Financial Secretary says

Hong Kong’s economy may take longer than expected to recover due to the fluidity of the local virus situation and global economic uncertainties, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said. “Business and economic

The Buzz | Trump admin $21M gambit for Pepcid as a Covid-19 remedy fizzles

As the coronavirus began its deadly march through the world, two well-respected American doctors identified a possible remedy: Pepcid, the heartburn medication found on drugstore shelves everywhere. There were no published

The Buzz | World shares turn lower as virus caseloads rise

World shares were mostly lower yesterday on renewed worries over surging coronavirus caseloads in many countries. U.S. futures also edged lower, though President Donald Trump’s statement that the pandemic will likely

The Buzz | Report: UK officials ‘avoided’ looking into Russian meddling

A long-awaited report on Russian influence in British politics criticized the British government for neglecting to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum, describing its utter lack of

The Buzz | UK buying 90 million coronavirus vaccine doses

British officials say they have signed a deal to buy 90 million doses of experimental coronavirus vaccines being developed by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and others. The British government said in

The Buzz | Pakistani police arrest 4 men who destroyed statue of Buddha

Police arrested four men Saturday for allegedly destroying an ancient statue of Buddha they found while doing construction work near an historic Buddhist site in northwest Pakistan, officials said. The arrests

The Buzz | President Trump and Ivanka criticized over Goya support

US President Donald Trump and his daughter and advisor Ivanka have been criticized for endorsing a Hispanic food company on social media, BBC reports. The pair shared images of themselves holding

The Buzz | Apple wins EU court case over $15 billion in claimed taxes

A European Union court delivered a hammer blow to the bloc’s attempts to rein in sweetheart tax deals between multinationals and individual member countries when it ruled that technology giant

The Buzz | UK to exclude Huawei from role in high-speed phone network

Britain’s government yesterday backtracked on plans to give Chinese telecommunications company Huawei a limited role in the U.K.’s new high-speed mobile phone network in a decision with broad implications for

The Buzz | Hong Kong increases social distancing measures

Hong Kong has banned public gatherings of more than four and required face coverings on public transport as the city battles an increase in COVID-19 cases. Restaurants won’t be allowed to

The Buzz | Singapore’s ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s long-governing party comfortably won Friday’s general elections as expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, but faced a setback as the opposition made minor gains. Lee said

The Buzz | North Korea rejects talks as US envoy arrives in Seoul

North Korea yesterday said it has no immediate intent to resume a dialogue with the United States as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun arrived in South Korea for

The Buzz | Chinese diplomat derides UK’s move to offer HK citizenship

China’s ambassador to the UK derided Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s offer to provide up to 3 million Hong Kong people with a path to citizenship, describing the move yesterday as

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