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05/27/2020 - 01:50

Police swarm Hong Kong ahead of flashpoint anthem debate

Hong Kong police ramped up security around the city's legislature on Wednesday ahead of a debate over a law that would ban insulting China's national anthem, the latest measure activists say is chipping away at free speech in the finance hub.

Hong Kong police ramped up security around the city's legislature on Wednesday ahead of a debate over a law that would ban insulting China's national anthem, the latest measure activists say is chipping away at free speech in the finance hub.

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05/27/2020 - 01:50

Police swarm Hong Kong ahead of flashpoint anthem debate

Hong Kong police ramped up security around the city's legislature on Wednesday ahead of a debate over a law that would ban insulting China's national anthem, the latest measure activists say is chipping away at free speech in the finance hub.

Hong Kong police ramped up security around the city's legislature on Wednesday ahead of a debate over a law that would ban insulting China's national anthem, the latest measure activists say is chipping away at free speech in the finance hub.


05/27/2020 - 01:41

Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong's future

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that Hong Kong could lose its status as a global financial center if a proposed Chinese crackdown goes ahead, and promised a "very interesting" US response within days.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that Hong Kong could lose its status as a global financial center if a proposed Chinese crackdown goes ahead, and promised a "very interesting" US response within days.


05/27/2020 - 00:46

Floor trading resumes at NYSE, with masks and plexiglas

The New York Stock Exchange, the symbolic heart of Wall Street, reopened its floor Tuesday after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus, with traders donning masks and separated by plexiglas.

The New York Stock Exchange, the symbolic heart of Wall Street, reopened its floor Tuesday after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus, with traders donning masks and separated by plexiglas.


05/26/2020 - 23:43

From Wall Street to Bethlehem, iconic sites reopen from virus

Iconic world sites from the New York Stock Exchange to the Church of the Nativity reopened their doors Tuesday from the coronavirus pandemic, but new alarm bells rang in Latin America over a spike of infections.

Iconic world sites from the New York Stock Exchange to the Church of the Nativity reopened their doors Tuesday from the coronavirus pandemic, but new alarm bells rang in Latin America over a spike of infections.


05/26/2020 - 20:59

SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboard

Gray skies loomed over Florida's Atlantic coast Tuesday, just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard a SpaceX capsule on the most dangerous and prestigious mission NASA has ever entrusted to a private company.

Gray skies loomed over Florida's Atlantic coast Tuesday, just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard a SpaceX capsule on the most dangerous and prestigious mission NASA has ever entrusted to a private company.

05/27/2020 - 01:11

Mexican filmmaker Cuaron backs domestic workers over pay

Oscar-winning Mexican film director Alfonso Cuaron on Tuesday backed calls to ensure thousands of domestic workers laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be paid.

Oscar-winning Mexican film director Alfonso Cuaron on Tuesday backed calls to ensure thousands of domestic workers laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be paid.


05/27/2020 - 01:08

Biden brands Trump 'absolute fool' for mocking mask use

Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump as an "absolute fool" Tuesday for belittling his election rival over recently wearing a mask, an issue that has become a partisan flashpoint during the coronavirus pandemic.

Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump as an "absolute fool" Tuesday for belittling his election rival over recently wearing a mask, an issue that has become a partisan flashpoint during the coronavirus pandemic.


05/27/2020 - 00:46

Floor trading resumes at NYSE, with masks and plexiglas

The New York Stock Exchange, the symbolic heart of Wall Street, reopened its floor Tuesday after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus, with traders donning masks and separated by plexiglas.

The New York Stock Exchange, the symbolic heart of Wall Street, reopened its floor Tuesday after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus, with traders donning masks and separated by plexiglas.


05/27/2020 - 00:42

Rio governor's residence raided in virus graft probe

Brazilian police raided the Rio de Janeiro state governor's official residence Tuesday as part of an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds to build field hospitals for coronavirus patients.

Brazilian police raided the Rio de Janeiro state governor's official residence Tuesday as part of an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds to build field hospitals for coronavirus patients.


05/27/2020 - 00:41

Michigan governor in hot water over boat launch claim

The Michigan governor who implemented some of the toughest coronavirus lockdown rules in the United States came under heavy criticism Tuesday over allegations that her husband pressured a dock to prepare his boat for an outing.

The Michigan governor who implemented some of the toughest coronavirus lockdown rules in the United States came under heavy criticism Tuesday over allegations that her husband pressured a dock to prepare his boat for an outing.


05/27/2020 - 00:11

Venezuela's official virus data is 'absurd': HRW and Johns Hopkins

Venezuela's low case count and death toll from the coronavirus are likely false and could in fact be thousands of times higher than official figures, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Johns Hopkins University.

Venezuela's low case count and death toll from the coronavirus are likely false and could in fact be thousands of times higher than official figures, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Johns Hopkins University.


05/26/2020 - 23:38

Audi parts with Formula-E star who used ringer in virtual race

Audi Sport on Tuesday parted ways with German racing driver Daniel Abt for cheating in a charity video game race in which he passed the controls to a professional esports gamer while pretending he himself was at the controls.

Audi Sport on Tuesday parted ways with German racing driver Daniel Abt for cheating in a charity video game race in which he passed the controls to a professional esports gamer while pretending he himself was at the controls.


05/26/2020 - 23:37

Shares in Latin America's biggest airline plunge after bankruptcy filing

Shares in Latin America's largest airline plunged on the New York and Santiago stock exchanges on Tuesday after LATAM filed for bankruptcy in the US.

Shares in Latin America's largest airline plunged on the New York and Santiago stock exchanges on Tuesday after LATAM filed for bankruptcy in the US.


05/26/2020 - 22:36

Orthodox Jews arrested over wedding in Argentina

Eight people were detained as they were preparing to celebrate an Orthodox Jewish wedding in Buenos Aires despite a lockdown, the local public prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Eight people were detained as they were preparing to celebrate an Orthodox Jewish wedding in Buenos Aires despite a lockdown, the local public prosecutor said on Tuesday.


05/26/2020 - 22:34

Virus spread 'still accelerating' in Brazil, Peru, Chile: WHO

International health authorities expressed concern Tuesday over signs the spread of the new coronavirus is still accelerating in Brazil, Peru and Chile.

International health authorities expressed concern Tuesday over signs the spread of the new coronavirus is still accelerating in Brazil, Peru and Chile.


05/26/2020 - 21:33

Bolsonaro follows Trump on virus, and then some

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is often compared to his US counterpart, Donald Trump, has followed in his footsteps on the coronavirus crisis -- and gone even further.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is often compared to his US counterpart, Donald Trump, has followed in his footsteps on the coronavirus crisis -- and gone even further.


05/26/2020 - 20:42

India backs hydroxychloroquine for virus prevention

India's top biomedical research body on Tuesday backed the use of the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine as a preventive against coronavirus, after the WHO suspended clinical trials of the drug over safety concerns.

India's top biomedical research body on Tuesday backed the use of the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine as a preventive against coronavirus, after the WHO suspended clinical trials of the drug over safety concerns.


05/26/2020 - 18:34

Even mild coronavirus illness may confer some immunity: study

Even people with minor illness from the coronavirus can develop antibodies that could leave them immunised for several weeks or more, according to an early French study that tested hospital staff with mild infections.

Even people with minor illness from the coronavirus can develop antibodies that could leave them immunised for several weeks or more, according to an early French study that tested hospital staff with mild infections.


05/26/2020 - 17:18

NYSE floor reopens as world tries to kickstart post-virus economy

From the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to the Church of the Nativity, numerous iconic world landmarks reopened on Tuesday as the global economy eased its way out of lockdown.

From the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to the Church of the Nativity, numerous iconic world landmarks reopened on Tuesday as the global economy eased its way out of lockdown.


05/26/2020 - 15:21

Proposed health code app sparks anger in China

A Chinese local government's proposal for a post-coronavirus health app that ranks citizens based on their smoking, drinking, exercise and sleep habits has sparked fury online over privacy concerns.

A Chinese local government's proposal for a post-coronavirus health app that ranks citizens based on their smoking, drinking, exercise and sleep habits has sparked fury online over privacy concerns.


05/26/2020 - 14:59

India yogi who claimed to live without food or water dies aged 90

An Indian yogi whose claims he spent decades without food or water earned him a band of devotees and the scepticism of doctors died Tuesday, his neighbour told AFP.

An Indian yogi whose claims he spent decades without food or water earned him a band of devotees and the scepticism of doctors died Tuesday, his neighbour told AFP.


05/26/2020 - 14:03

Fashion revolution as designers rebel against 'wasteful' calendar

"Nothing will ever be the same again" has been the constant refrain of the coronavirus era.

"Nothing will ever be the same again" has been the constant refrain of the coronavirus era.


05/26/2020 - 13:32

Iconic sites reopen as world eyes life after lockdown

The Church of the Nativity and the ruins of ancient Pompeii reopened to pilgrims and tourists on Tuesday, as countries further eased coronavirus controls and reopened shuttered economies.

The Church of the Nativity and the ruins of ancient Pompeii reopened to pilgrims and tourists on Tuesday, as countries further eased coronavirus controls and reopened shuttered economies.


05/26/2020 - 10:38

Costa Rica legalises same-sex marriage in first for Central America

Costa Rica legalised same-sex marriage on Tuesday, becoming the first Central American country to do so and sparking an emotional response from rights campaigners as the first weddings were held overnight.

Costa Rica legalised same-sex marriage on Tuesday, becoming the first Central American country to do so and sparking an emotional response from rights campaigners as the first weddings were held overnight.


05/26/2020 - 09:42

Costa Rica legalises same-sex marriage in first for Central America

Costa Rica legalised same-sex marriage on Tuesday, becoming the first Central American country to do so, as a court ruling came into force at midnight.

Costa Rica legalised same-sex marriage on Tuesday, becoming the first Central American country to do so, as a court ruling came into force at midnight.