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First coronavirus cases reported in world's largest refugee settlement First coronavirus cases reported in world's largest refugee settlement
- May 15, 2020

On Thursday, the United Nations confirmed that an ethnic Rohingya refugee and another person had tested positive for Covid-19. The camps were put on lockdown along with entire Cox's Bazar district on Mar 11 after Bangladesh had reported the first coronavirus cases. (more...)
Canadian zoo to return pandas to China early over bamboo shortage Canadian zoo to return pandas to China early over bamboo shortage
- May 15, 2020

The animals were brought to Canada in 2014 on a 10-year loan program. Giant pandas on average consume each day about 88 pounds of bamboo, which consists of the majority of their diet, the outlet reported. In 2016, the status of the giant panda was updated from "endangered" to "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. There are only an estimated 1,864 of them living in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund. (more...)
Woman suffers burns after illegally entering Yellowstone National Park during shutdown Woman suffers burns after illegally entering Yellowstone National Park during shutdown
- May 15, 2020

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks will begin to slowly open their gates at noon Monday, May 18. 'Water in hot springs can cause severe or fatal burns, and scalding water underlies most of the thin, breakable crust around hot springs, ' the park advises on its website . (more...)
Trump Threatens to ‘Cut Off’ Relations With China
- May 15, 2020

Doug Collins, R-Ga., who is introducing the bill in the House, told Fox News in an interview Thursday. "I have a very good relationship [with him] but ... However, tensions between Washington and Beijing have run high amid the pandemic, particularly after the US accused China of contributing to the global economic fallout. (more...)
JCPOA none of US, Brian Hook's business: Zarif JCPOA none of US, Brian Hook's business: Zarif
- May 15, 2020

Now, in seeking to extend sanctions using the mechanisms of the Iran deal, the USA has argued that it, even though it pulled out of the deal, it is still part of resolution 2231 - which includes a mechanism that allows an individual member to "snapback" sanctions, of which the arms embargo is one. (more...)
Dogs become rebellious teenagers at 8 months, but this too shall pass Dogs become rebellious teenagers at 8 months, but this too shall pass
- May 15, 2020

Owners should keep doggy puberty in mind before putting a pup in its adolescence up for adoption or going through the adoption process, the study adds. Dogs become less obedient to commands from their carer during adolescence just like teenage kids, according to British researchers. Less obedience to their carers and more "conflict behaviour" was also more pronounced where dogs had less attachment to their owners. (more...)
Japan lifts state of emergency across most regions
- May 15, 2020

The country, along with China and South Korea, was a hotbed for the virus at the start of the pandemic, but now ranks 34th globally in total number of infections. If the number of coronavirus cases there spike dramatically, the state of emergency measures can be reimplemented. Hardest-hit Tokyo has conducted just 50,000 tests so far, of which about 5,000 were positive. (more...)
Here's what's in the House Dem's $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill Here's what's in the House Dem's $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill
- May 15, 2020

Around $200 billion would got to a "Heroes Fund", which would provide hazard pay to essential workers. Trump has insisted any future coronavirus aid "must prioritize Americans' health and the nation's economic prosperity", White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a tweet. (more...)
United States will likely get French coronavirus vaccine before other countries United States will likely get French coronavirus vaccine before other countries
- May 14, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was mobilising the military to distribute a vaccine when one became available as scientists across the world rushed to find cures and treatments for a disease that has killed almost 300,000 people worldwide. (more...)
BUSTED: FBI mistakenly discloses name of Saudi official linked to 9/11 attacks BUSTED: FBI mistakenly discloses name of Saudi official linked to 9/11 attacks
- May 14, 2020

Partially declassified information regarding the investigation showed that there was evidence a non-disclosed person " tasked " Fahad al-Thumairy and Omar al-Bayoumi with assisting two hijackers. Sanborn's declaration represents the first public confirmation that the "third man" was a Saudi diplomat. The report found Saudi Arabia to be a primary funding source for al Qaeda , with the extremist organization raking in funds from "wealthy individuals and corrupt charities" but it couldn't draw ... (more...)
Top UK court quashes Gerry Adams’ prison break convictions Top UK court quashes Gerry Adams’ prison break convictions
- May 14, 2020

The Supreme Court said the former Sinn Féin president's convictions were quashed because Mr Adams' detention was unlawful. Mr Adams was detained at the Maze high-security jail near Belfast, also known as Long Kesh internment camp. These exposed concern within Harold Wilson's incoming Labour government in 1974 that Mr Adams' detention had been signed only by a Tory junior minister and not by the future Lord Whitelaw. (more...)
Israel's Gantz resigns as parliament speaker ahead of inauguration Israel's Gantz resigns as parliament speaker ahead of inauguration
- May 14, 2020

The soon-to-be Prime Minister submitted a letter to the ceremonial President on Wednesday. Two senior Likud MKs, Avi Dichter and Tzachi Hanegbi, for instance, have said they'll boycott the swearing-in ceremony because they've not been offered ministerial posts. (more...)
Look who asked to ‘unmask’ secret reports that contained Michael Flynn’s name Look who asked to ‘unmask’ secret reports that contained Michael Flynn’s name
- May 14, 2020

There is nothing illegal about unmasking and the declassified document states that proper procedures were followed. While Trump casts unmasking as sinister, his administration has used the process more frequently than Obama's. Ms. Doss, who worked under Democratic and Republican administrations, said presidential transitions are sensitive counterintelligence periods because foreign adversaries are seeking to gain any possible influence with individuals who may hold power in an incoming ... (more...)
Federal Bureau of Investigation accuses China of attempting to steal US COVID-19 research Federal Bureau of Investigation accuses China of attempting to steal US COVID-19 research
- May 14, 2020

In a joint statement on Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security said China-linked hackers are breaking into USA organizations carrying out such research. "China is a staunch champion of cybersecurity and one of the major victims of cyberattacks", Lijian said. But China isn't the only government accused of using its offensive cyber prowess to steal coronavirus research. (more...)
Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down state's stay-at-home order Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down state's stay-at-home order
- May 14, 2020

The decision comes as state leaders have wrestled with how and when to relax mandatory business closures and other restrictions on social gatherings that have proved successful in slowing the outbreak but have also ravaged the economy. Evers' administration faced an uphill battle in convincing the court to keep the order in place. The court's liberal coalition, Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Rebecca Dallet, were joined by conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn in their dissent. (more...)
Schools to reopen but most pupils will stay home Schools to reopen but most pupils will stay home
- May 14, 2020

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, also advised members not "to engage" with planning for a return next month until further union advice was issued. "We do not think that the Government should be posing this level of risk to our society", the statement added. We have asked schools to consider the guidance and its implications for their school site, their staff and their children. (more...)
'Darkest winter in modern history' without ramped up coronavirus response 'Darkest winter in modern history' without ramped up coronavirus response
- May 14, 2020

Bright contends he was removed from his post as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority by top officials at the Department of Health and Human Services "in response to my insistence that the government invest funding allocated to BARDA by Congress to address the COVID-19 pandemic into safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies that lack scientific merit", according to his prepared testimony , released Tuesday ... (more...)
Newborns, mothers killed in Afghan hospital attack Newborns, mothers killed in Afghan hospital attack
- May 14, 2020

The attackers were eventually killed in a lengthy clearance operation during which heavily armed Afghan security forces carried infants away from the scene - at least one wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket. Ghani's government blamed the attacks on the Taliban and IS militants, and ordered troops to resume offensive operations. Mr Pompeo also described the stalled peace effort, which planned for intra-Afghan peace talks to begin on 10 March, as "a critical opportunity for Afghans to. (more...)
Trump abruptly ends press conference after exchange with reporter Trump abruptly ends press conference after exchange with reporter
- May 14, 2020

Said Trump when asked about the remarks on Wednesday: "I was surprised by his answer, actually, because it's just- To me, it's not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools ". Adding to the high stakes is the November election , in which Mr Trump is arguing he will steer the country back to healthy economic times, while his Democratic opponent Joe Biden accuses the Republican of mishandling the pandemic and worsening the fallout. (more...)
Ramaphosa admits there’s been inefficiencies in govt’s response to COVID-19 Ramaphosa admits there’s been inefficiencies in govt’s response to COVID-19
- May 14, 2020

The government will announce changes to level 4 regulations to expand permitted business activities and e-commerce, and reduce restrictions on exercise, Ramaphosa said. "Covid-19 is taking a heavy toll not only on the health of our people but also on our people's ability to earn a living, to feed themselves and their families, to learn and to develop, and to enjoy numerous basic freedoms that we daily take for granted", Ramaphosa said. (more...)

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