Day: March 13, 2020

Ardern says racist threat lingers after New Zealand mosque attacks

New Zealand’s leader Jacinda Ardern admitted Friday there was “much more” her country could do to tackle white supremacists a year after the Christchurch mosque massacres. Ardern was widely praised for her compassion towards the Muslim community after a lone gunman attacked two mosques on March 15 last […]


Pandemic shuts down Everest as Nepal suspends permits

Nepal on Friday barred climbers from all mountains — including Everest — over the coronavirus pandemic, in a major blow to its tourism industry. The move could cost the Himalayan nation tens of millions of dollars in revenues drawn by the world’s biggest mountain, and expedition organisers said […]

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson taking diagnoses ‘one day at a time’

CANBERRA, Australia — Tom Hanks said he and wife Rita Wilson were taking their new coronavirus infection “one day at a time” while Australian television hosts who had interviewed Wilson were awaiting test results Friday. Australia has stepped up its response to COVID-19 by recommending people avoid organized, […]

Nations employ drastic tactics to fight microscopic foe

MADRID, Spain — Tens of millions of students stayed home on three continents, security forces went on standby to guard against large gatherings of people, and bars, restaurants and offices closed Friday to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus edged ever closer to the world’s […]

WHO officials rethink epidemic messaging amid pandemic debate

LONDON – The World Health Organization is considering changing the way it classifies and describes international epidemics, amid a protracted public debate over whether to call the outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic. Officials at the Geneva-based WHO – who this week described it as a pandemic […]

Pakistan investigates owner of largest media group on graft charges

LAHORE, Pakistan – A Pakistani court on Friday allowed an anti-corruption body to investigate the owner of the country’s largest media group on allegations of graft dating back three decades, a move that rights groups said was aimed at stifling press freedom. Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, the owner and editor-in-chief […]

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