Europe moves ahead with lockdown easing, but caution in Asia

AFP-Several European countries including France and Britain on Thursday moved to further lift crippling coronavirus lockdown measures, but fresh restrictions in parts of Asia signalled the crisis is far from over. As much of the...

Virus misinformation fuels panic in Asia

AFP-False alerts about a man shot dead at a coronavirus checkpoint, old footage of a supermarket stampede in reports of panic buying, and a 2015 video of a police raid on a brothel recirculated...

Israel must be smart about West Bank annexation

Opinion: Trump's plan is good for Israel, but is worthless unless the government actually applies rule of law in the territory; while it is impossible to do so across entire area, it must happen...

Will US Shale Survive If Oil Hits $40? – Analysis

By OilPrice.com-By Irina Slav Within a month, the U.S. oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate recorded two first-of-a-kind events. First, it fell below zero on April 20. Then, it soared up so high it is about...

Pompeo says Trump to act on Chinese students

AFP-The United States will take action to prevent alleged espionage by Chinese students, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, ahead of an expected announcement by President Donald Trump. Trump earlier said that he will...

Will Gulf States Learn From Their Success In Handling The Pandemic? – Analysis

By James M. Dorsey - Eurasiareview The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic for Gulf states has done far more than play havoc with their revenue base and fiscal household. It has propelled massive structural...

Coronavirus in Egypt: Unprotected and fearful doctors close to revolt

Twenty-five medical workers have died of Covid-19 in Egypt, and many of their colleagues are resigning or threatening to strike in protestղ By MEE correspondent in Cairo Shuttered shops and empty streets lie outside Cairo’s Abbasia quarantine...

Head of Pfizer pharmaceuticals says vaccine could be ready by October

With over 100 labs scrambling to develop COVID-19 vaccination, pharma executives hopeful for roll out before 2021, but cite ‘daunting’ challenges in producing billions of doses By NIna Larson-  The Times of Israel AFP...

Asia eyes economic recovery, HK on edge over US move

Investors braced for Beijing’s response to the US decision to revoke Hong Kong’s special status by Umesh Desai – Asia Times HONG KONG: Asian markets were broadly higher on Thursday driven by economic optimism but gains...

US indicts agents of sanctioned North Korean bank

Sanctioned North Korean Foreign Trade Bank outs ties to Chinese nationals and their efforts to help Pyongyang evade sanctions by Joshua Stanton – Asia Times The US Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia on Thursday...

New Zealand beaches turn red as lobsters dig in to the death

Swaths of coastline covered with squat lobster, which cling to the sand at high tide and then perish Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin -  The Guardian New Zealand squat lobster turning an Otago beach red Photograph:...

US government is funding website spreading Covid-19 disinformation

State Department-backed Armenian project to promote democracy instead features false information Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Andrew Roth in Moscow – The  Guardian The website claim’s the government of prime minister Nikol Pashinyan ‘completely failed’ to...

ترامب يوقع قراراً رئاسياً يسمح بمحاسبة مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي

الكاتب: الميادين نت المصدر: الميادين الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب يقول إن شركات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي لن تكون فوق القانون بعد هذا القرار الرئاسي. وقّع الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب قراراً رئاسياً يوجه بموجبه وزير العدل بتفعيل...

Qatar Denies Gulf Bloc Exit Rumours On Third Year Of “Illegal Blockade”

Qatar cautioned that the effort by three of the Gulf Cooperation Council members to isolate Doha economically and politically meant people in the region were "doubting and questioning" the organisation. World Agence France-Presse Doha: Qatar denied on...

UN Security Council To Discuss Hong Kong Today: Report

The subject will be considered in an informal, closed-door video-conference in a format that allows any member to raise various issues and which China cannot in principle oppose, according to the same sources. World Agence France-Presse The...

Dangerous Actions: Russia Slams US After Pullout From Open Skies Treaty

US officials also said they would walk away from the Open Skies Treaty, which allows each signatory's military to conduct surveillance flights over another member country each year on short notice. World Agence France-Presse Moscow: Russia said...

For top U.S. virus experts, faith and science work together

The influence of faith on some of the government’s top coronavirus fighters illustrates its complicated connection to science. Source: Associated Press NEW YORK: The relationship between faith and science has faced its share of strain during...

How should Chinese govts tighten its belt for a tough fiscal year?

Source:Global Times China's newly released Government Work Report has made clear that governments at all levels must tighten their belts to lead a prudent fiscal year amid economic pressure caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Although China...

Growing uncertainties in Canada raise alarm for Chinese companies

Source:Global Times Before Wednesday's ruling on Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's extradition case, China's domestic public opinion was dominated by optimism. Yet, the court's decision was disappointing and unexpected, raising concerns over whether China-Canada relations will...

When could a COVID-19 vaccine be ready?

Worldwide, testing recently started or is about to start for about a dozen potential vaccines. The most promising vaccine candidates are expected to move into larger tests this summer. Source: Associated Press When could a COVID-19...