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China national security legislation could lead to US sanctions
China national security legislation for Hong Kong could lead to sanctions and threaten the city’s status as a financial hub,White House Adviser says. Critics say the new law would infringe on Hong Kong's autonomy and the civil liberties of its residents. Beijing, meanwhile, warned of a "new Cold War" with the United States, saying the country had been infected by a...
Russian President changes electoral law to allow remote vote
Russian President approved changes to the country's electoral law, allowing Russians to vote electronically or by mail in future polls. Russians will be able to vote electronically or by mail in local and national elections as well as referendums. Opponents to Saturday's move say an electronic system will be easier to manipulate and will make it hard for independent observers to...
British PM resists calls to sack senior adviser
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resisted calls from opposition parties to sack Dominic Cummings after he travelled 400 km to northern England. Cummings, who masterminded the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union during the Brexit referendum, travelled to Durham in late March, when a strict lockdown was already in place. Johnson’s office said Cummings made the journey to ensure his...
Creditors in Argentina ready to resume debt talks
Creditors in Argentina invited to sign a non-disclosure agreement by government, signaling that talks could be moving to the next phase. The Exchange Bondholder Group, which comprises 18 investment institutions and represents 15% of Argentina’s exchange bonds, said in a statement that Argentina approached its representatives and other creditor groups about signing a non-disclosure agreement “in contemplation of engaging in...
Thailand starts Covid-19 vaccine trials on monkeys
Thailand has started testing a vaccine against the coronavirus on monkeys after positive trials in mice, an official said. The Thai vaccine uses messenger RNA, which prompts body cells to produce antigens, molecules on the surface of viruses, that spur the immune system into action. The Thai vaccine is being developed by the National Vaccine Institute, the Department of Medical Science...
Bolivia minister arrested for 'ventilator corruption'
Bolivia's health minister arrested on suspicion of corruption related to the overpriced purchase of ventilators to fight COVID-19. Police arrest Navajas, a day after President Anez orders an investigation into the shady purchase of ventilators. Marcelo Navajas was detained by police in La Paz, police Colonel Ivan Rojas said on Wednesday, a day after Anez ordered an investigation into the questionable...
President Trump lashes out at the scientists whose conclusions he dislikes
President Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis. He has been lashing out at scientists whose findings contradict him. Public health experts warn Trump's often unfounded scepticism is especially dangerous during a global pandemic. The US president called one study "a Trump enemy statement". He called another "a political...
Moscow accuses Washington of flouting Open Skies Treaty
Moscow denied Washington accusation that it had repeatedly violated the Open Skies treaty, which allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries. Washington said on Thursday it would pull out of the 35-nation treaty within six months, the Trump administration’s latest move to withdraw from a major global accord. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Washington had not cited any facts...
Ireland’s new regulations requires address of incoming travellers
Ireland’s new regulations requiring Travelers to provide the address at which they will self-isolate for 14 days will initially be in effect from May 28. The government announced last week that it would now require arrivals to complete a “passenger locator form”, which has been voluntary since the quarantine rule was introduced last month. Britain will introduce similar quarantine measures from...
Saudi journalist family forgive killers, opening way to legal reprieve
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi family forgave his murders, paving the way for a reprieve for five defendants sentenced to death. The family of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Friday they forgave his murderers, paving the way for a reprieve for five defendants sentenced to death for a crime that severely damaged the image of the kingdom’s de facto...

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