Wednesday 27th January 2021

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    • U.S. President Trump, wife Melania test positive for COVID-19

      U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, Trump announced early Friday on his Twitter account. America’s first couple began their quarantine process on Thursday after Trump’s top adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for the coronavirus. Hicks travels regularly with the president on Air Force One. Along with other senior aides, she accompanied him to Ohio for the presidential debate on Tuesday and to Minnesota for a campaign event on Wednesday. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this...

    • NASA, SpaceX target Oct. 31 for next manned mission to space station nasa space station

      NASA and SpaceX are targeting 2:40 a.m. EDT Saturday, October 31, for the launch of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), according to a NASA briefing on Tuesday. Astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will be carried to the station on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch will be the first time an international crew will fly aboard a NASA-certified, commercially-owned and...

    • Donald Trump paid no income tax in 10 of last 15 years: NY Times mr trump

      The New York Times has reported that US President Donald Trump paid only $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, citing tax return data. Trump also paid no income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years, the newspaper reported on Sunday, despite receiving $427.4m through 2018 from his reality television programme and other endorsement and licensing deals. The US president is worth an estimated $2.1bn – down by $1bn during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest estimate by Forbes magazine. For years, Trump has refused to make public his tax records and has fought...

    • Sri Lanka returns containers of illegal waste to Britain: Customs Sri Lanka said containers were brought into the island in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material [File: Sri Lankan Customs/AFP]

      Sri Lanka has shipped back to Britain container-loads of waste the government said was brought to the island in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material. The 21 containers – holding up to 260 tonnes of rubbish – first arrived by ship in the capital Colombo’s main port between September 2017 and March 2018, customs officials told AFP news agency, adding that they departed Sri Lanka on Saturday. The container’s contents were supposed to comprise used mattresses, carpeting and rugs, but had also contained hospital waste, officials said. “The shipper had agreed to take back these...

    • Lebanon PM-designate steps down amid impasse over gov’t formation

      Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib has announced his resignation after his efforts to line up a non-partisan cabinet ran into trouble, particularly over who would run the finance ministry. In a televised address on Saturday, Adib said he was stepping down from “the task of forming the government” following a meeting with President Michel Aoun. Adib, a former ambassador to Berlin, was picked on August 31 to form a cabinet after the last government led by Hassan Diab resigned following the Beirut port blast on August 4 that killed some 200 people and left thousands homeless. But the formation...

    • Protests erupt in U.S. over charges filed in Breonna Taylor shooting Protestors confeont police in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., September 23, 2020. /Reuters

      Angry protesters demanded justice in the U.S. city of Louisville on Wednesday after charges were filed against only one policeman involved in the controversial fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old black woman whose name has become a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement. Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June, was charged by a grand jury with three counts of “wanton endangerment” over shots he fired into apartments adjoining Taylor’s home. But neither Hankison nor the two other officers who fired the shots that killed Taylor were charged in direct connection with her death. Thousands...

    • India, China commanders meet again on ending border standoff

      Senior Indian and Chinese military commanders are holding talks on Monday to find ways to resolve a months-long standoff between rival forces along their disputed Himalayan border in Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers. Details of the talks, which are happening on the Chinese side in Moldo, facing the Indian-controlled Ladakh region, were not immediately disclosed. A senior Indian foreign ministry official was also participating in the meeting, according to an Indian official speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations. Despite several rounds of talks at military, diplomatic and political levels, including negotiations between foreign...

    • China conducts more exercises near Taiwan as US official visits China has stepped up its activities around the Taiwan Strait but provided few details on the drills that began in the area on Friday [File: Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan/Handout via Reuters]

      Taiwan has said it had to scramble fighter jets to track approaching Chinese aircraft that also crossed the sensitive mid-line of the Taiwan Strait, in an escalation of tensions as a top United States diplomat visited the self-ruled island in a move that angered Beijing. This came after China’s defence ministry said earlier on Friday it was conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait, adding that the drills were in response to the “current situation” and designed to safeguard China’s “national sovereignty”. Beijing claims Taiwan as its own and has been alarmed by the increasing willingness of the US to...

    • Russia to sell 100 million COVID vaccine doses to India covid-19-vaccine

      Russia’s sovereign wealth fund says it will sell 100 million doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine to an Indian drug company. India has now reported more than five million cases of the coronavirus, the second country after the US to report so many cases. Melbourne looks to be on course to ease out of a strict lockdown and curfew from September 28, as the average number of cases drops. Nearly 29.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 933,542 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 20 million people have recovered from the...

    • China, India reach 5-point consensus on deescalating border tension

      China and India have reached a five-point consensus regarding the current situation, including the disengagement of border troops and easing of tensions. The consensus was reached after a full, in-depth discussion between Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the sidelines of the meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers in Moscow on Thursday evening. Five consensuses  According to the joint statement, two foreign ministers agreed that both sides should take guidance from the series of consensus of the leaders on developing India-China relations, including not allowing...