Day: May 28, 2020

Larry Kramer used voice, pen to raise consciousness on AIDS

NEW YORK — Time never softened the urgency of Larry Kramer’s demands. Theatergoers leaving a celebrated revival of Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” in 2011 were greeted by the playwright himself, deep in his 70s by then, handing out leaflets outside the Broadway theater demanding they do more to […]

WHO official: European deaths spike since March linked to COVID-19

ZURICH – About 159,000 more people in 24 European countries have died since early March than would have ordinarily been expected, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday, with a “significant proportion” of the spike linked to COVID-19. So far, more than 2 million people in […]

Heat, water woes and coronavirus: India’s perfect storm

Bollywood stars and political leaders have urged Indians to wash their hands to protect against coronavirus but that’s a pipe dream for slum-dwellers like Bala Devi, now sweltering through a summer heatwave. The 44-year-old widow and her family of eight are among tens of millions of people facing […]

Trump to sign executive order after threatening to shutter social media

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday after threatening to shutter social media platforms following Twitter’s move to label two of his tweets misleading. After long resisting calls to censure Trump over his truth-defying posts, Twitter on Tuesday accused the president for the […]

China moves to quell Hong Kong protests with security law

HONG KONG — China officially ratified a plan Thursday to write a national security law for Hong Kong that exerts Beijing’s broader, new control over the semi-autonomous territory in a bid to prevent a return of the months of often-violent protests last year. The Beijing-backed Hong Kong government […]

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

WASHINGTON — Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Claiming he can “override” governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants. Asserting the “absolute authority” to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it’s too soon. As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald […]

China parliament advances Hong Kong security law as tensions with U.S. rise

HONG KONG/BEIJING – China’s parliaA screen shows the results of the vote on the national security legislation for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the closing session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia […]

Cockpit voice recorder found in debris of Pakistan crash

ISLAMABAD – Search teams on Thursday recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage of a Pakistani airliner that crashed into a city neighbourhood last week killing 97 people on board, a spokesman for the airline said. The Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 crashed on Friday into a […]

Exclusive: TikTok owner ByteDance moves to shift power out of China – sources

BEIJING/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON  – TikTok’s poaching of Disney’s Kevin Mayer to be its CEO was just the most visible part of a broader strategy by its Chinese owner to shift its centre of power away from China at a time of rising global tensions, several people familiar with the […]

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