Monday 6th July 2020

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    • Coronavirus: Australia to close Victoria-New South Wales border Coronavirus: Australia to close Victoria-New South Wales border

      The border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), is to close after a spike in Covid-19 cases in Melbourne. The outbreak in Victoria’s capital has seen hundreds of cases in the past two weeks – more than 95% of new Australian infections. Until now, the two states had maintained open borders even when others had shut them. The closure is to begin on Wednesday, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said. He said it had followed talks with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, both of whom have previously said border closures...

    • Rockets target U.S. interests despite arrests: Iraq military Rockets target U.S. interests despite arrests: Iraq military

      A pair of rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations overnight, Iraq’s security forces said on Sunday, a little over a week since unprecedented arrests prevented a similar attack. Since October, U.S. diplomats and troops across Iraq have been targeted by around three dozen missile attacks which Washington has blamed on pro-Iranian armed factions. In the first move of its kind, elite Iraqi troops in late June arrested more than a dozen Tehran-backed fighters who were allegedly planning a new attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone, home to the U.S. and other foreign embassies. Iraqi government officials said the...

    • U.S. to send two aircraft carriers to South China Sea despite China’s warning U.S. to send two aircraft carriers to South China Sea despite China's warning

      The United States is reportedly sending two aircraft carriers and several warships to the South China Sea despite China’s warning of U.S. interference in China’s military drills in the region. The USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz are set to hold some of the U.S. Navy’s largest exercises in recent years in the South China Sea from Saturday, reported The Wall Street Journal. The move came after China rebuked U.S. accusation that China’s military drill destabilizes the situation in the region on Friday. In response to U.S. Defense Department’s “concerns” over China’s military drills in the region, the Chinese...

    • At least 15 killed in bus-train collision in Pakistan At least 15 killed in bus-train collision in Pakistan

      At least 15 pilgrims were killed and 10 others were injured in a bus-train collision in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province on Friday, according to local media. Local media said a passenger vehicle carrying Sikh pilgrims rammed into a Karachi-to-Lahore train at a railway crossing. “15 pilgrims lost their lives as the Lahore-bound train from Karachi met with an accident near Farooqabad railway station,” District Police Officer Sheikhupura Ghazi Salahuddin, confirmed to a local news channel.

    • 16 killed as heavy rainstorm lashes SW China’s Sichuan

      At least 16 people were killed and six others are still missing after a heavy rainstorm lashed the county of Mianning in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, the information office of the Mianning county government said Thursday evening. Torrential rains hit the county on June 26 and 5,660 people are in temporary settlements in the county as of Tuesday, the office said. Direct economic loss caused by the rainstorm amounted to 738 million yuan (about 104 million U.S. dollars), the office noted, adding that search and rescue works are continuing. Carrying out flood disaster rescue work while preventing COVID-19 infections is...

    • U.S. job growth edged up in June yet with great uncertainty ahead U.S. job growth edged up in June yet with great uncertainty ahead

      The U.S. economy created jobs at a record clip in June as more restaurants and bars resumed operations, though a surge in cases of the coronavirus threatens the fledgling recovery. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 4.8 million jobs in June, the Labor Department’s closely watched monthly employment showed on Thursday. Payrolls rebounded some 2.7 million in May. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls increasing by three million jobs in June. The job gains added to a stream of data, including consumer spending, showing a sharp rebound in activity. But the reopening of businesses after being shuttered in mid-March has...

    • Global coronavirus cases exceed 2.5 million: Johns Hopkins corona virus outatebreak globally live upd

      SUMMARY Confirmed COVID-19 cases have exceeded 2.5 million globally, with the death toll exceeding 177,000, according to the latest statistics released by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. Here is what we know so far: The total number of COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland has hit 82,788, including 1,610 from abroad. A total of 991 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation. The country’s death toll now stands at 4,642. U.S. President Donald Trump says he will suspend all immigration into the U.S. due to the coronavirus pandemic, and non-essential travel across borders with Canada and Mexico is prohibited for another 30 days after the existing...

    • UK govt faces mounting criticism over protective clothing shortages UK govt faces mounting criticism over protective clothing shortages

      Britain needs to do more to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to health workers on the front line, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Saturday amid mounting criticism about shortages in hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. “We’ve got to do more to get the PPE that people need to the front line,” Jenrick said, adding that a consignment was due to arrive from Turkey on Sunday containing equipment, including 400,000 protective gowns. “We are trying to do everything we can to get the equipment we need,” he said during the televised briefing on Saturday. The comment came after the government...

    • US: Hundreds protest against coronavirus stay-at-home orders US: Hundreds protest against coronavirus stay-at-home orders

      Hundreds of people have demonstrated in cities across the United States against coronavirus-related stay-at-home rules – with the explicit encouragement of President Donald Trump. Some Americans, who live in parts of states with lower infection rates, have been made restless by restrictions that have more than 90 percent of the country under stay-at-home orders. An estimated 400 people gathered in Concord, New Hampshire, according to an AFP news agency photographer, while a similar rally outside Maryland’s statehouse in Annapolis drew about 200 protesters. More than 250 people showed up in the Texas capital of Austin, as such protests continued...

    • Nigerian president’s top aide dies of coronavirus: Presidency Nigerian president's top aide dies of coronavirus: Presidency

      Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, the presidency said on Saturday. Buhari’s office announced in a statement that it “regrets to announce the passage” of Abba Kyari, who acted as gatekeeper to the president of Africa’s most populous nation. “The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020,” the statement said. “May God accept his soul.” Kyari, in his 70s, was the highest-profile COVID-19 death in the West African country, which has 493 confirmed cases and 17 deaths, according to...