• Italy's economy shrinks by 5.3 percent in first quarter due to coronavirus: ISTAT

    May 29, 2020 16:29

    Italy's economy shrank 5.3 percent in the first quarter, much worse than first thought, official data showed Friday, as the effects of a tough coronavirus lockdown began to be felt.

  • Trump ridicules Biden’s use of a face mask as US COVID infections near 2 million

    May 29, 2020 14:21

    The US president has flouted the idea of him needing to wear facial coverings since the CDC started making recommendations for Americans to do so. In early April, asked why he didn’t want to wear a mask, Trump suggested he was more concerned with how he’d appear to world leaders if he was wearing a mask in the Oval Office.

  • A tale of two pandemics

    May 29, 2020 14:19

    Systematic inequality in the United States of America has produced two very different pandemics: In one, billionaires are sheltering in place on their yachts in the Caribbean, and wealthy families are safely quarantining in multimillion-dollar mansions. In the other boats sit people risking their lives for their jobs and people without incomes going hungry, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color, and all of whom deserve better.

  • Iran says coronavirus figures decreasing, virus being eradicated

    May 29, 2020 13:20

    Over 88 percent of coronavirus patients have recovered in Tehran, an Iranian official said, adding that the virus is being eradicated in the country.

  • US-China strategic rivalry has entered 'high-risk period': Chinese official

    May 29, 2020 11:14

    A Chinese top military official says the strategic rivalry between his country and the United States has entered a “high-risk period," with Washington having intensified “the suppression and containment” of China since the cornavirus pandemic hit the globe.

  • World health leaders urge green recovery from coronavirus crisis

    May 29, 2020 08:48

    Studies have suggested that air pollution may play a role in worsening COVID-19 symptoms or increasing mortality, though scientists also say it is too early to draw hard conclusions about the full impacts. However, the clearing skies that have accompanied lockdown in many countries are under threat, as industrial activity resumes without new safeguards.

  • Covid-19 and tourism: Can domestic travel address tourism slump in emerging markets?

    May 29, 2020 08:44

    The revival of domestic travel in emerging markets is being led by countries that have been comparatively successful in avoiding large-scale outbreaks of the coronavirus, and which rely on tourism for a significant portion of GDP. One such country is Vietnam, which by May 25 had limited COVID-19 cases to 326 and had not experienced a virus-related death. These results are remarkable considering Vietnam’s population of 97 million and its close geographical and economic ties with China.

  • Kuwait Airways to cut jobs due to coronavirus, lay off 1,500 expat workers

    May 29, 2020 07:39

    The state-owned Kuwait Airways says it will lay off 1,500 expatriate employees due to “significant difficulties” and the negative impact on its business by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The Cummings debacle has exposed Boris Johnson’s weakness and dependency

    May 28, 2020 15:50

    By defending his most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson has demolished a sense of moral obligation, undermining the public spirit that says “I will if you will”. He has allowed Britons all to follow their “instinct”, not the contact tracers’ instructions. Prof Stephen Reicher, of the Sage behavioral insights subcommittee, says: “Johnson has trashed all the advice we have given on how to build trust and secure adherence to the measures necessary to control COVID-19.”

  • US Senate quietly approves $38 billion for Israeli regime amid historic economic downturn

    May 28, 2020 15:39

    The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has quietly passed a bill to give the Israeli regime a minimum of $38 billion over the next ten years despite the ongoing devastation to the U.S. economy caused by the coronavirus.