Day: April 14, 2020

Hong Kong judges battle Beijing over rule of law as pandemic chills protests

Hong Kong’s judicial system is under increasing duress as signs grow that the Communist Party leadership in Beijing wants to bring the city’s courts to heel. Three senior judges told Reuters the independence of the judiciary is now under threat. By GREG TORODE and JAMES POMFRET HONG KONG – The independence of […]

Calcutta HC to hear bar association plea on financial assistance for lawyers

Kolkata, Apr 14: The Calcutta High Court will take up on Thursday a letter by its Bar Association as a PIL, which sought direction on the Bar Council of West Bengal to provide financial assistance to lawyers in distress due to the long period of suspension of work owing […]

Cuomo says Trump is not a king, can’t force states to reopen

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to morning TV shows Tuesday to push back against President Donald Trump’s claim of “total” authority to reopen the nation’s virus-stalled economy, noting that a president is not an absolute monarch. “We don’t have a king,” Cuomo said on […]

Far-right US politicians label lockdowns anti-constitutional

SPOKANE, Wash. — In deeply conservative eastern Washington state, a prominent state lawmaker kicked out of his Republican Party caucus labels the coronavirus as a foreign bio-weapon, accuses Marxists of using the pandemic to advance totalitarianism and rails against lockdown restrictions imposed by the Democratic governor. A California […]

IMF: Global economy will suffer worst year since Depression

WASHINGTON — Beaten down by the coronavirus outbreak, the world economy in 2020 will suffer its worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest forecast. The IMF said Tuesday that it expects the global economy to shrink 3% this […]

How to end virus lockdowns? Technology, tests, coordination

BERLIN — Governments battling a virus that has crossed borders with breathtaking speed pinned their hopes Tuesday on tests, technology and a coordinated approach to ease the tight restrictions on movement that have slowed the outbreak but strangled the global economy. In India, the government extended the world’s largest […]

Lockdown stalls Notre-Dame's rebirth one year after fire

Perched over the gaping roof of Notre-Dame, a crane stands idle above the silent Paris cathedral, where repair work has ground to a halt one year after the monstrous blaze that nearly destroyed one of the world’s most revered monuments. Millions around the world watched in horror last […]

China tightens Russia border checks, approves coronavirus vaccine trials

SUIFENHE, China – China has approved early-stage human tests of two experimental vaccines to combat the new coronavirus as the country where the virus was first detected battles to contain imported cases, especially from Russia. Russia has become China’s largest source of imported cases, with a total of […]

India extends world's biggest lockdown as coronavirus cases cross 10,000

NEW DELHI – India extended on Tuesday a nationwide lockdown for its 1.3 billion people until May 3 as its prime minister warned of economic sacrifices to save lives as the number of coronavirus cases crossed 10,000. Sharp downward revisions to economic growth forecasts in the wake of […]

New York governor says 'worst is over' as virus toll tops 10,000

New York’s governor declared Monday that the “worst is over” for its coronavirus outbreak, despite deaths passing 10,000, as several states began devising a plan to reopen their shuttered economies. Andrew Cuomo said lower average hospitalization rates and intubations suggested a “plateauing” of infections in America’s coronavirus epicenter […]

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