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Mainland China reports three new confirmed, five asymptomatic COVID-19 cases

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 5:21pm
Mainland China reported three confirmed and five new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases by the end of June 9, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.

Oil tankers turn away from Venezuela as more sanctions loom

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 5:19pm
Oil tankers that were sailing toward Venezuela have turned around and others have left the country's waters as the United States considers blacklisting dozens of ships for transporting Venezuelan oil, according to shipping data and industry sources.

Amnesty says abuses rampant as West African armies target jihadists

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 5:11pm
Soldiers in three West African countries unlawfully killed or caused the disappearance of at least 199 people between February and April during stepped-up operations against jihadist insurgents, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

Mexico coronavirus peak still weeks away, pandemic czar says

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 4:50pm
New coronavirus cases in Mexico are expected to keep rising, a senior health official said on Tuesday, even as the government continues with a gradual reopening of the economy that was launched at the beginning of this month.

Widespread mask-wearing could prevent COVID-19 second waves, study shows

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 4:49pm
Population-wide facemask use could push COVID-19 transmission down to controllable levels for national epidemics and could prevent further waves of the pandemic disease when combined with lockdowns, according to a UK study published Wednesday.

Russia, China build case at U.N. to protect Iran from U.S. sanctions threat

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 4:39pm
Russia and China have started making the case at the United Nations against Washington's claim that it can trigger a return of all sanctions on Iran at the Security Council, with Moscow invoking a 50-year-old international legal opinion to argue against the move.

Brazil restores detailed COVID-19 data after Supreme Court ruling

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 4:27pm
Brazil on Tuesday restored detailed COVID-19 data to its official national website following controversy over the removal of cumulative totals and a ruling by a Supreme Court justice that the full set of information be reinstated.

Boko Haram kills 69, razes village in northern Nigeria: sources

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 4:25pm
Boko Haram gunman killed at least 69 people and razed a village to the ground in northern Nigeria's Borno state on Tuesday afternoon, three sources told Reuters.

Swedes await answer to riddle of Prime Minister Olof Palme's 1986 murder

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 4:22pm
Swedes may get an answer on Wednesday to the mystery of who shot Social Democrat Prime Minister Olof Palme when the Swedish prosecutor in charge of the case presents his conclusions to an investigation that has lasted 34 years.

Factbox: Swedish Prime Minister Palme, the man and the murder

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 4:06pm
The 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme generated dozens of conspiracy theories but few serious leads. Swedes are hoping prosecutors will identify the person responsible on Wednesday.

Colombia seizes $265 million worth of cocaine in shipping containers

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 4:00pm
Colombian police on Tuesday seized cocaine with an estimated value of $265 million in shipping containers at the Pacific port of Buenaventura, a city on the Andean country's Pacific coast, a senior official reported.

Chile eyes new migration law after report predicts it will rise once pandemic eases

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 3:48pm
Chilean senators on Tuesday reopened a debate over a bill to tighten migration at the behest of the government after a report last week suggested Chile could again become a migration hotspot after the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

IMF board approves $5 billion lifeline for Ukraine amid coronavirus recession

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 3:39pm
The International Monetary Fund's executive board approved on Tuesday a $5 billion loan deal for Ukraine that Kiev says is needed to stave off default as the coronavirus pandemic plunges the Eastern European country's economy into recession.

Sao Paulo shops to open, malls could follow on Thursday: mayor

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 3:34pm
Sao Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas has decided to allow street shops and real estate brokers to resume business in a new phase of easing coronavirus pandemic restrictions in Brazil's largest city.

Private planes take to the sky to ferry coronavirus tests from isolated Colombia

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 3:25pm
"This is HK4679 G on a humanitarian flight between La Primavera and Cumaribo, transporting COVID-19 tests at 3,500 feet," Ernesto Perez radioed to a nearby military base as he piloted his twin-engine plane above Colombia's wide eastern plains.

Outgoing Burundi president Nkurunziza, famed for soccer and violence, dies

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 3:09pm
President Pierre Nkurunziza, a fitness enthusiast who increasingly relied on religion and repression to rule the impoverished and unstable central African nation of Burundi for 15 years, has died, the government announced on Tuesday.

Rhodes Must Fall - Oxford protesters target statue of colonialist

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 2:55pm
More than 1,000 protesters converged on a college at Oxford University on Tuesday, chanting "take it down" and "shame on you" to demand the removal of a statue of 19th century British colonialist Cecil Rhodes.

WHO recommends Pakistan reimpose intermittent lockdowns as COVID-19 cases rise sharply

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 2:54pm
The World Health Organization has recommended Pakistani authorities reimpose "intermittent lockdowns" of targeted areas to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, stating the country did not meet the global body's conditions for lifting restrictions.

Trump's troop cut in Germany blindsided senior U.S. officials, sources say

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 2:48pm
President Donald Trump's decision to cut U.S. troop levels in Germany blindsided a number of senior national security officials, according to five sources familiar with the matter, and the Pentagon had yet to receive a formal order to carry it out, Reuters has learned.

Ontario testing migrant farm workers after coronavirus deaths, severe cases

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 2:38pm
Ontario has started testing about 8,000 migrant farm workers for COVID-19 in a hard-hit rural region of the province after two young workers died and the coronavirus was found on at least 17 farms, according to the local public health authority.

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