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Briefing or rally? Trump shifts to campaign mode as he rails against the media

<figcaption class="C($c-fuji-grey-h) Fz(13px) Py(5px) Lh(1.5)" title="Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images” data-reactid=”12″> Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images More <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="He bashed “Sleepy Joe” Biden. He railed against the Russia investigation and “fake people” in the media. He predicted that had he not been elected, the world might ... Read More »

Hudeidi: The Somali 'king of oud' who was felled by coronavirus

Ahmed Ismail Hussein Hudeidi, a founding father of modern Somali music, died in London after contracting coronavirus at the age of 91. The BBC’s Mary Harper was a friend of his. Whenever Hudeidi played his oud, it was impossible to keep still. Bodies swayed, hands clapped and fingers snapped. His ... Read More »

Trump Suggests China May Be ‘Knowingly Responsible’ for Virus

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump raised the prospect that China deliberately caused the Covid-19 outbreak that’s killed over 38,000 Americans and said there should be consequences if the country is found to be “knowingly responsible.” “Let’s see what happens with their investigation. But we’re doing investigations also,” Trump said at ... Read More »

Trump Hijacks Dr. Deborah Birx’s Coronavirus Presentation

Al Drago/Reuters More <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="During her presentation at the White House COVID-19 briefing on Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx was cruising along until she waded into one of President Donald Trump and the GOP’s sorest spots: the Chinese government’s apparent undercounting of coronavirus casualties. As ... Read More »

Landmark Lebanese hotel folds amid virus, economic crisis

A car drives past Le Bristol hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, April 18, 2020. One of the country’s landmark hotels that has survived the country’s bloody 15-year civil war is closing its doors due to a combination of an economic crisis and the global health threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus, ... Read More »

Fear meets fortitude in Peru hospital hard hit by COVID-19

Doctors tend to a patient inside the intensive care unit for people infected with the new coronavirus, at the 2 de Mayo Hospital, in Lima, Peru, Friday, April 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) LIMA, Peru (AP) — Seated in a wheelchair at one of Peru’s oldest hospitals, 84-year-old Emma Salvador ... Read More »

Israel accuses Hezbollah of 'provocativ' activity

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Saturday accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of “provocative” activity along the Lebanese-Israeli frontier and said it would complain to the U.N. Security Council. In a statement, Foreign Minister Israel Katz accused Hezbollah of multiple attempts to breach the border Friday night. He said Israel ... Read More »

In nod to normalcy, Pence celebrates Air Force Academy grads

The class of 2020 toss their caps into the air as the Thunderbirds fly over Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the conclusion of the Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colo. Nearly 1,000 cadets graduated in a scaled-down ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic. Saturday’s commencement was attended by ... Read More »

Chinese President Xi Jinping Advocates Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Shiliang Chen, Vice President of the Shanghai Institute of Public Relations.” data-reactid=”12″>Shiliang Chen, Vice President of the Shanghai Institute of Public Relations. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / April 18, 2020 / In 2013, President Xi ... Read More »

Gov. Whitmer Claims Abortions Are ‘Life-Sustaining’, Pastor Jeffress Reacts: “She Is A Lunatic Is What She Is”

On Friday, Pastor Robert Jeffress slammed Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer for suggesting that abortions are “life-sustaining.” Whitmer made the comment when asked during a radio interview what she thought about states like Texas, that are banning abortions during the coronavirus crisis. “We’ve stopped elective surgeries here in Michigan,” Whitmer said. ... Read More »

New wave of infections threatens to collapse Japan hospitals

In this Feb. 5, 2020, photo, an ambulance carrying a passenger onboard cruise ship Diamond Princess arrives at a hospital in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Hospitals in Japan are increasingly turning away sick people in ambulances as the country braces for a surge in coronavirus infections. The Japanese Association for Acute ... Read More »

Biden looks to placate Sanders by letting him keep delegates

Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, greet each other before they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to avoid the bitter feelings that marred the 2016 Democratic ... Read More »

Trump consults faith leaders on phased-in reopening

President Donald Trump listens as Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) More NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump held a call with faith leaders on Friday that ... Read More »

Scant testing in US migration system risks spreading virus

A deported man stands inside an athletic dorm facility where Guatemalans returned from the U.S. are being held in Guatemala City, Friday, April 17, 2020. The recently deported Guatemalans were placed here to wait for the results of their tests for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) GUATEMALA CITY (AP) ... Read More »

Analysis: With new virus plan, Trump passes buck to states

President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator,speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump’s guidelines for states to reopen their economies had ... Read More »

Libya's east-based forces hit Tripoli civilian area, 4 dead

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s east-based military forces fired into residential neighborhoods of the country’s besieged capital with heavy weapons, killing four civilians on Friday, including an elderly man and a teenager, according to Tripoli health officials. “The humanitarian situation is catastrophic, terrifying, really,” said health ministry official Amin al-Hashemi. Despite ... Read More »

White House moves to weaken EPA rule on toxic compounds

FILE – In this June 17, 2019, file photo in Washington, a label states that these pans do not contain PFAS, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The White House has intervened to weaken one of the few public health protections pursued by its own administration. Documents released Friday, April 17, 2020, ... Read More »

US using coronavirus pandemic to unlawfully expel asylum seekers, says UN

An unprecedented US policy authorizing the summary expulsion of migrants and asylum seekers because of the coronavirus pandemic violates international law, the United Nations has warned. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a sweeping order on 20 March encouraging the ... Read More »

Senators urge anti-bias police training over mask fears

In this April 7, 2020, photo, a subway rider wears a mask and a bandana to protect himself against COVID-19 in New York. As the coronavirus tightened its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population, black Americans. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) NEW ... Read More »

Leadership feuds undercut pandemic relief

CONNECT FOUR… OR NOT? The coronavirus pandemic has routinely caused lawmakers to shed their ideological leanings as they work to save the U.S. economy from an all-out depression; but one thing they can’t seem to rid themselves of is their personality feuds that have defined Capitol Hill under Donald Trump. ... Read More »

Biden Appears To Lose His Train Of Thought During CNN’s Town Hall, Don Jr. Reacts: “Even The Fakest Name In News Can’t Fake Taking This Drivel Seriously”

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared to lose his train of thought while speaking on CNN’s “Coronavirus: Facts and Fears” town hall on Thursday, which was hosted by Anderson Cooper and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta. Biden was in the middle criticizing the Trump Administration over lack of ... Read More »

25 years after Oklahoma City bombing, anxiety remains high

FILE – In this March 18, 2020 file photo, visitors walk next to the reflecting pool at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has announced that it will offer a recorded, one-hour television program in place of a live ... Read More »

Behind Germany's virus battle, the fight for Merkel's crown

Angela Merkel has been in power since 2005 but the race for her successor is warming up (AFP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Berlin (AFP) – Sporting events may be on hold in Germany, but the race to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel is gathering pace as the country makes cautious progress in the ... Read More »

UN report: Pandemic turning into a 'child-rights crisis'

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses his statement, during the opening of the High-Level Segment of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP) More UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Children have ... Read More »

Some people turn to herbal medicine for virus without proof

In this Thursday, March 12, 2020, photo, a doctor makes homeopathic pills in New Delhi, India. With no approved drugs for COVID-19, some people are turning to alternative medicines without evidence that they work. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) NEW DELHI (AP) — With no approved drugs for the new coronavirus, some ... Read More »

Pro-Trump protesters push back on stay-at-home orders

A sign protests social distancing conditions at the Northwest Detention Center during a car-based protest, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Tacoma, Wash. The facility is privately operated on behalf of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and organizers said they were showing support for detainees inside who were taking ... Read More »

Africans in China: We face coronavirus discrimination

Africans in Guangzhou have complained that they have been forced from their accommodation More Ade* was given until midnight to vacate his apartment. Five months earlier, the Nigerian student had moved to Guangzhou, southern China, to study computing at Guangdong university. He had just paid his university fees for the ... Read More »

Africa's week in pictures: 10-16 April 2020

A selection of the week’s best photos from across the continent: A man covered in smoke helps fumigate parts of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Wednesday as part of ongoing efforts to disinfect public places to stop the spread of coronavirus… More Streets, market stalls and other surfaces are being disinfected. ... Read More »

The first Earth Day was a shot heard around the world

<figcaption class="C($c-fuji-grey-h) Fz(13px) Py(5px) Lh(1.5)" title="The first Earth Day in 1972 spurred other countries to support global environmental action. Callista Images/Getty” data-reactid=”18″> The first Earth Day in 1972 spurred other countries to support global environmental action. Callista Images/Getty More <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The first Earth Day ... Read More »

Amid talk of restarting economy, virus keeps killing in NYC

Pedestrians cross second avenue Thursday, April 16, 2020, in New York. New York planned for a long fight against the coronavirus outbreak amid hopeful hospitalization trends. Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended stay-at-home restrictions Thursday through mid-May and New York City is getting ready to use 11,000 empty hotel rooms for coronavirus ... Read More »

Midwest Governors Join Forces; Gilead Drug Trial: Virus Update

Midwest Governors Join Forces; Gilead Drug Trial: Virus Update More (Bloomberg) — Seven Midwest governors began work on steps to reopen the regional economy, as state leaders in the mid-Atlantic and West Coast planned similar actions. The governor of New York extended a lockdown to May 15, while his New ... Read More »

Trump’s new threat to Congress

with help from Sarah Ferris ANTI-PRO FORMA — You’ll be forgiven if you didn’t have this one on your Bingo card. President Donald Trump — in the middle of his daily coronavirus briefing — threatened to use his power to adjourn Congress so he could fill vacancies with recess appointments, ... Read More »

Coronavirus could erode global fight against other diseases

FILE- In this March 24, 2018, file photo, a tuberculosis patient sits on a bed at a TB hospital in Gauhati, India. Doctors fear that the focus on the coronavirus pandemic could waylay efforts to combat other diseases. Resources to fight illnesses like tuberculosis, HIV and cholera that kill millions ... Read More »