Boris Johnson will confirm hugs from Monday at 5pm briefing


Britain’s Covid alert level was downgraded to three today because of the success of the vaccination roll-out and dwindling case numbers. Health chiefs say infections, hospital admissions and deaths have ‘fallen consistently’ over the past few months, with social distancing measures and the huge inoculation drive to thank. The move to downgrade the alert level […]

Boris under pressure to fix foreign holidays FAST! Ministers urge PM to expand ‘green list’


Travel experts today insisted there is ‘no danger of an influx of disease’ into Britain after Boris Johnson warned that putting lots of countries on the travel ‘green list’ from May 17 could risk a jump in cases from abroad.     The Prime Minister has maintained Downing Street will be ‘cautious’ amid bitter Cabinet wrangling over […]

The Covid toll on older workers: 30% of the 1.3million on furlough fear being SACKED when it ends


The Covid toll on older workers: Over-50s more likely to have had their hours cut while 30% of the 1.3million on furlough fear being SACKED when it comes to an end Some 1.3million people aged 50 and over have been furloughed, ONS found  And three-in-10 say there is odds-on chance they will be sacked afterwards  […]

Prices to would-be Green List destinations soar


Airlines gave their biggest hint yet that Portugal and Malta could be among the countries where British tourists can visit in less than a fortnight’s time without quarantining as they began adding flights to both destinations. British Airways today added another departure to Faro for holidaymakers hoping to visit the Algarve on May 17 with […]

THIRD of Britain saw ZERO Covid deaths last month


Around 22million people are living in areas across the UK where there have been no coronavirus deaths so far in April, official figures revealed today.  Data from the Government’s Covid dashboard suggests the threat of the virus has almost been eradicated in a third of the country, despite everyone still being subjected to harsh lockdown […]

Study finds excess cases and deaths highest among those of working ages — ScienceDaily


Hispanic Americans have died of COVID-19 at a disproportionately high rate compared to whites because of workplace exposure to the virus, a new study suggests. It’s widely documented that Hispanics are overrepresented among workers in essential industries and occupations ranging from warehousing and grocery stores to health care and construction, much of which kept operating […]

Coronavirus: Symptom study shows Covid cases in England fall again to just 757 infections per day


The number of people developing Covid in England has dropped to another record low in the last week with just over 750 people now falling ill each day.  Researchers behind the country’s largest symptom tracking study estimate the daily number of people getting sick is down 13 per cent from 870 to 757, after falling […]

Coronavirus: Covid elimination policies are best, says Oxford article


Countries that tried to keep out Covid completely rather than controlling it survived the pandemic with fewer deaths, more money and more freedom, economists say. In an article published in The Lancet medical journal, Oxford University researchers said countries with ‘zero Covid’ policies did best by their citizens. Australia and New Zealand notoriously took a […]

Ship traffic dropped during first months of COVID pandemic — ScienceDaily


Ship movements on the world’s oceans dropped in the first half of 2020 as Covid-19 restrictions came into force, a new study shows. Researchers used a satellite vessel-tracking system to compare ship and boat traffic in January to June 2020 with the same period in 2019. The study, led by the University of Exeter (UK) […]

Covid India: Second wave ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’


India’s Covid second wave is being driven by a ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’ strain of virus that has pushed hospitals ‘beyond crisis point’ in just a matter of weeks, a top medic has warned. Dr Zarir Udwadia, a physician in hard-hit Mumbai and a government advisor, said India is now ‘in […]

Fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless outside – except in crowds


Fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. ‘If you are fully vaccinated, things are much safer for you,’ said CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky during a Tuesday White House press briefing.  ‘There are many situations in which Americans do not need […]

Covid US: Biden keeps mask ON despite CDC saying fully-vaccinated can go MASKLESS outside


President Joe Biden kept his face mask on Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, saying he was doing so to make a point. Biden wore his face mask as he came out onto the North Lawn of the White House […]

Turkey lifts travel ban for Britons and confirms tourists WON’T need a vaccine


Turkey has announced today that British tourists will be welcome in the country this summer without having to show a vaccination certificate. Visitors from the UK will not need to produce a Covid vaccine passport, but will need to show proof of a negative PCR test.   The country also promises to provide testing for tourists […]

Boris Johnson to hold 5pm Covid press conference amid growing concerns over Indian variant


Boris Johnson will hold his first press conference in two weeks tonight amid growing concerns about the Indian coronavirus variant.  The Prime Minister is due to appear in Downing Street‘s new briefing room at 5pm after coming under fire for taking too long to ban travel to India.   No10 only announced India was being added […]

Coronavirus: Lockdown did NOT cause a spike in suicides in England, study finds


England’s first coronavirus lockdown did not lead to a rise in suicides, a study has claimed.   A team of researchers at Manchester University examined official suicide rates in England throughout 2020 and found there was no change in the trend.  They say people may have got through the tough year by checking in with family and […]

Covid England: SAGE drops R rate estimate and says figure may be as low as 0.7


England’s coronavirus R rate could now be as low as 0.7 and infections are continuing to fall, according to official estimates. No10’s scientific advisers predict the reproduction rate – the average number of people infected patients pass the virus on to – is no higher than 1.0. Last week SAGE said the figure was likely […]

Covid UK: Daily cases fall 20% in a week to 2,596 as deaths fall 43% to 34


Britain’s daily Covid cases fell again today as officials recorded just 2,596 positive tests — down 20 per cent in a week. Department of Health bosses also posted 34 daily deaths — down 43 per cent on last Friday’s figures.  And the most up-to-date hospital admission figures show the number of infected coronavirus patients needing […]

No10 hits back at lateral flow test fears after Matt Hancock adviser warning


Number 10 has today hit back at claims controversial rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests are dangerously unreliable.  The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the kits, which give a result in under half an hour, ‘have been tested rigorously and we are confident that they are accurate’. It came after an adviser to Matt Hancock admitted as few […]

Covid-19 UK: Nearly half of over-50s refuse the coronavirus vaccine in parts of England


More than half of people in England are now living in areas that are almost entirely free of coronavirus and have vaccine uptake rates above 90 per cent, MailOnline can reveal today in a fascinating set of interactive tools. Latest NHS England figures show nationally 89 per cent of over-50s had received at least one […]

Australia won’t open its borders even AFTER everyone is vaccinated against Covid


Australia’s pursuit of a ‘Zero Covid’ strategy could see its borders remain shut even after the entire population is vaccinated, the country’s health minister has revealed. Greg Hunt said he was not confident the jabs alone were good enough to keep the virus out, which meant there could be ‘no guarantees’ that Australia will reopen […]

Coronavirus: One in 10 positive lateral flow tests in England turn out wrong when people retest


At least one in 10 positive results given by rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests were wrong in March, Public Health England has admitted. Since self-testing kits were put into mass use when schools in England reopened last month, 3,248 positive results have been found to be false by follow-up swab tests.  The controversial kits, which have […]

Weekly Covid deaths in England and Wales fall to lowest levels in six months


Coronavirus deaths in England and Wales have plunged to their lowest level in six months, official figures revealed today amid tumbling infections and a successful vaccine roll-out. Office for National Statistics data showed 400 death certificates that mentioned Covid were registered during the week ending April 2, the latest available.  This was the equivalent of […]

Why CAN Wales ease lockdown quicker if England can’t?


Pressure is building on No10 to accelerate its roadmap out of lockdown in England after Wales announced Covid restrictions would be lifted ahead of schedule.  Two households will be able to meet indoors on May 3 rather than May 10 because of ‘improvements’ in the public health situation and the vaccination roll-out, Welsh First Minister […]

More than HALF of people in England now have Covid antibodies thanks to huge vaccination drive


Almost 55 per cent of people in England now have Covid antibodies, suggesting at least half of the population now has some immunity against the disease. A major Office for National Statistics (ONS) testing survey today revealed 54.7 per cent of people in England had the virus-fighting proteins in the week ending March 14, up […]

EU approaches India for 10m doses of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine as Delhi blocks UK jabs shipment


The European Union has approached India in a bid to buy 10million doses of the AstraZeneca jab from its Serum Institute, as the bloc desperately scrambles to procure more vaccine supplies.  Britain has already blamed India’s export ban for delaying the shipment of five million doses to the UK and restricting the country’s vaccine drive […]

Britons will be allowed to holiday in countries with high vaccination rates, PM to announce


What will Boris Johnson announce at today’s 5pm press conference? The next step of easing lockdown will go ahead as planned: The PM is expected to confirm that non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and libraries will reopen from April 12 while pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers outdoors.  A mass-testing scheme: Everyone in […]

Health minister defends use of controversial lateral flow tests in No10’s new twice-a-week plan


Experts today lined up to attack Number 10 for a bold new plan to screen the entire nation for coronavirus twice a week using lateral flow tests. Critics of the controversial kits – which offer results in half an hour – called the scheme ‘beyond reckless’, a ‘public health disaster’ and a ‘scandalous’ waste of […]

Covid-19 UK: All the times Boris Johnson has moved the goalposts on setting us free


When lockdown was first introduced on March 23 last year, Boris Johnson promised it would be reviewed in less than a month.  But more than 380 days later the country remains under strict Covid restrictions, despite an array of figures now showing cases are at their lowest levels since the end of summer — when […]

Boris confirms shops CAN reopen on Monday – but is lockdown roadmap in doubt?


The government was today accused of deploying ‘Project Fear’ tactics and doomsday worst case scenarios to justify prolonging coronavirus restrictions – despite the government’s own predictions showing that any third wave of coronavirus this summer is likely to be manageable. A third wave of Covid when restrictions are lifted in June is likely to be […]

Lockdown easing could be SPED UP because vaccines ARE working, says SAGE scientist


Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick team that correctly predicted the UK’s second wave, said he was ‘really pleasantly surprised’ that reopening schools did not cause a spike in infections Britain’s roadmap out of lockdown could be sped up because the coronavirus vaccines are working so well, according to one of the Government […]

Apple had a blowout quarter in China. But can its success there continue?


Sales in the greater China region grew a whopping 57% from the same period in the previous year, topping more than $21 billion, thanks to strong demand for the iPhone 12. The results marked a big win in a key market for Apple (AAPL) — China sales made up nearly 20% of the company’s total […]

CPAC 2021 speeches: 2024 GOP prospects seek their own breakout moments at Trump-dominated conference


Though it will take years for the 2024 race to fully take shape, this year’s CPAC in Orlando, Florida, offered a window into a GOP primary dominated by a new Republican Party built around the grievances that animated Trump’s campaigns and his presidency.  Speakers embraced Trump’s lies about the 2020 election being rigged. Organizers built this […]

The court of international public opinion long ago found MBS guilty over Khashoggi murder. The US has just caught up


A Turkish intelligence audio recording captured the moments inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that Saudi government agents drugged, suffocated and dismembered the 59-year-old Washington Post columnist. In the 879 days since, the only geopolitical question of consequence is what role Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known by his initials MBS, played in […]

Why Japan took so long to start Covid-19 vaccinations, even with the Olympics looming


In Japan, only about 18,000 doses have been administered, according to the Japanese government. Like the US, Japan is using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of its program. Yet Japanese regulators took two more months to approve its use. The government says it has been deliberately cautious. After a series of vaccine scandals stretching back […]

Opinion: Trump has CPAC, but Biden has kryptonite


What should President Biden do? Trump will inevitably launch a few rhetorical grenades at the new administration, so does Biden need to respond? Will saying nothing simply give his defeated predecessor a platform to disseminate falsehoods, disinformation and smears without any sort of retribution? Will this be the beginning of another birther-style campaign, where Trump […]

Biden doesn’t penalize crown prince despite promise to punish senior Saudi leaders


The choice not to punish Prince Mohammed directly puts into sharp relief the type of decision-making that becomes more complicated for a president versus a candidate, and demonstrates the difficulty in breaking with a troublesome ally in a volatile region. On Friday, Biden’s administration released an unclassified intelligence report on Khashoggi’s death, an action his […]

Covid relief bill: The House is set for a historic down payment on Biden’s legacy


Yet the extreme circumstances of a pandemic, an ex-President’s impeachment trial and a partisan split over the contents of the legislation have so far tended to obscure the Covid relief plan’s significance. The bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to pass Friday with Democratic votes, has the symbolic weight and financial power to […]

Russian diplomats leave North Korea by hand-pushed rail trolley due to Covid-19 restrictions


North Korea’s borders have been effectively locked down for months as part of the Kim Jong Un regime’s efforts to keep Covid-19 at bay, stranding the few diplomats operating inside Pyongyang. North Korean state-owned airline Air Koryo operates flights from Vladivostok in eastern Russia, but those flights have also been suspended for months. The labyrinthine […]

The week in 43 photos


Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

Dow slides more than 350 points as bond yields climb


The Dow (INDU) fell more than 360 points, or 1.2%, in the early afternoon Thursday, just one day after setting a new all-time high. The broader S&P 500 (SPX) fell 1.7% and the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) dropped a whopping 2.5%. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury bond yield has climbed up to 1.51%, marking an increase […]

The US economy was stronger than we thought last quarter. But it still wasn’t strong enough


The small improvement reflects higher residential and inventory investments and increased state and local government spending. These upticks were partially offset by consumer expenditures being revised lower. In a normal year, an annualized GDP growth rate of 4.1% would be reason to pop some champagne. But in the abnormal world of the pandemic, it leaves […]

Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines


How long will immunity last after getting a Covid-19 vaccine? Vaccine transmission treatment & prevention work/life family What are the side effects of the vaccines? Some vaccine trial volunteers have reported feeling flu-like effects after getting the shots. Don’t freak out if this happens to you, health experts say. “These are immune responses, so if […]

White House lifts Trump order that temporarily banned certain immigrant visas during pandemic


The move opens up legal avenues to migrate to the US that former President Donald Trump had closed off, arguing at the time that it was in the best interest of the economy in the early months of the pandemic. Biden charged in a proclamation Wednesday that Trump’s order “does not advance the interests of […]

Why have India’s Covid-19 cases plummeted?


This has all happened without drastic measures such as circuit-breaker lockdowns, which have been used in places like New Zealand and Australia to get outbreaks under control. The Indian government is still implementing certain social distancing restrictions and has scrambled to assist overstretched hospitals — but the economy has reopened, domestic travel has resumed, and […]

Florida Senate: Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy considers bid against Marco Rubio


Murphy, co-chair of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats, hopes that by emphasizing a bipartisan background she can appeal to a state that has elected Republicans to the Senate in 2016 and 2018 and twice supported former President Donald Trump. Murphy has hired Lauren Calmet, the former political director of the Florida Democratic […]

Premarket stocks: Investors are betting on a Macy’s revival. Should they be?


But stock in Macy’s (M) is now trading close to where it was before Covid-19 rattled markets, while Kohl’s (KSS) has recovered all its losses. That raises the question: Are these stores on the brink of a comeback, or have investors gotten ahead of themselves?There are clear signs that the outlook for retailers is starting […]

Housing market concerns begin to emerge


Home Depot (HD) reported earnings and sales that topped Wall Street’s forecasts Tuesday. Lowe’s (LOW) also reported better-than-expected earnings and sales on Wednesday morning, and CEO Marvin Ellison said in a statement that sales were lifted thanks to “broad-based demand driven by the continued consumer focus on the home.” Still, rising interest rates could eventually […]

Fracking and Deb Haaland: How to view the Senate debate


The difficulty faced by Haaland is particularly interesting since it’s not just political — opposition or support for a fossil fuel economy — but also scientific. One party wants to actively address climate change and the other does not. What Matters went to CNN’s Drew Kann, who covers climate change for the network, to find […]

Republicans begin new push against Biden’s Covid-19 relief plan 


Sen. John Thune speaks during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call/AP Images Republican leaders in both chambers are maneuvering to keep all of their members in line against the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan, a move that would deny President Biden a bipartisan victory and one […]

Haaland expected to face contentious confirmation hearing over Interior nomination


The Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico is a historic pick and would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed by the Senate. But Democrats and White House officials told CNN that they anticipate the hearing could get tense, and some Republicans have already spoken out against what they call her “extreme” and “radical” […]

White House works to inject stateliness into a virtual visit from Justin Trudeau


In-person visits from foreign leaders are still off-limits as the novel coronavirus continues to rage. So Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will beam into the West Wing from Ottawa, his bearded visage positioned next to Biden on a large screen as each man does his best to replicate the traditional choreography of a White House […]

The immigration debate has a blind spot


“Without immigration it becomes increasingly impossible to sustain entitlements, much less a functioning health care system, or a local tax base in rural and suburban cities and communities across the country,” says Ali Noorani, president of the National Immigration Forum, a centrist immigration advocacy group. After Trump sought to slash legal immigration through legislative and […]

Mounting confirmation battle sends warning sign to Biden


Growing intrigue over a trio of controversial presidential picks is also underscoring the power of individual senators such as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, when the partisan balance is so evenly divided. While Biden has seen blue-chip national security selections such as Antony Blinken as secretary of state […]

The fashion police are judging you on Zoom (Opinion)


Indeed, now we need to make ourselves and our homes presentable while also managing the new demands of kids learning remotely from home. Some people have settled for a designated “Zoom shirt” reserved specifically for video appearances while others have taken to quarantine-friendly athleisure designed to communicate a down-to-earth nonchalance. We stage managed webcam-friendly bookshelves, […]

GameStop fiasco helps build momentum for a stock-trading tax — and Wall Street is furious


But there is a deep divide over the wisdom of a financial transaction tax. Progressives see it as a smart way to simultaneously curb predatory trading while funding ambitious programs aimed at easing America’s inequality problem. Opponents, on the other hand, paint a financial transaction tax (FTT) as a nightmare. Wall Street, which would take […]

$15 minimum wage debate: Everything you need to know


Improving worker pay is unrelated in that raising the minimum wage has long been a Democratic priority. It is completely related in that the Covid economy has hurt low wage workers — those in food service, child care and home health care, for instance, who can’t work from home — more than it’s hurt people […]

GOP irked after last-ditch attempt fails to deter Biden push for quick passage of Covid relief plan


The Maine Republican had tried to make an urgent plea to the new president: Abandon the idea of going it alone with just Democrats on the $1.9 trillion relief bill and instead continue working on a bipartisan deal. Biden, two sources familiar with the call said, was sounding out Collins, speaking freely to her and […]

As 500,000 Covid death looms, US reaches pivotal moment


A warning from Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN Sunday that Americans could be wearing masks into 2022 came as leading medical associations pleaded for extended vigilance from people exhausted by months of self-isolating and the punishing economic impact of the worst public health calamity in 100 years. But the national dichotomy between fear and hope […]

Beijing’s 2008 Olympics were a soft power victory for China, but 2022 may be another story


Remembered today as an event in which record-breaking sporting achievements were matched only by the spectacular pageantry and organization of the Games, the success of the Beijing Olympics was no sure thing. China had never hosted the Olympics before, and in the run-up to the 2008 Games — held under the slogan “One World, One […]

White House says stock-trading tax is worth studying after GameStop frenzy


The GameStop situation highlights the serious issues of investor protection and market integrity, a White House spokesperson told CNN Business on Sunday. The potential impact of a financial transaction tax on GameStop-like trading deserves additional study and can be part of a greater evaluation of such a tax for revenue and market stability, the spokesperson […]

Minimum wage and inflation: These two charts show how much workers have fallen behind


While the President bungled two different statistics at a CNN town hall last week, the thrust of what he said is accurate: The minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, has fallen far behind in terms of both inflation and productivity. Increasing the federal minimum wage is once again in […]

Stimulus bill: Biden faces the $1.9 trillion question


If that happens, it would take the federal government’s coronavirus response over the last year to nearly a staggering $6 trillion — all of it borrowed money. Biden advisers argue nothing about current economic conditions prevents Washington from spending as much as circumstances of the pandemic warrant. “The bound is what is defensible and sensible,” […]

Why Britain’s anti-immigration politicians are opening the doors to thousands of Hong Kongers


Full of bravado and often clad in black, the 21-year-old oversaw a group of 60 combative front-liners who embraced confrontational tactics against the police while demanding greater democracy in the former British colony. Today, he is applying for asylum in the United Kingdom, and separated from his family in Hong Kong where he feels he […]

Texas’ dangerous week in the dark is a wake-up call for the country’s infrastructure


What is not expected is a grid meltdown on the scale that occurred in Texas this week, which wiped out power across much of the state and left millions to fend for themselves in some of the coldest temperatures this part of the country has ever seen. While Texas has borne the brunt of the […]

Opinion: Our mask-wearing road trip across a battered America


And so on January 18 we embarked on the strangest of American road trips, crossing eight states and back, 6,000 miles in 18 days: a surreal and spectacular journey, sure to reveal truths about our battered nation, our resilient people, and ourselves. It was quiet and chilly for southern Arizona, maybe 35 degrees, when the […]

Chinese fighters buzz Taiwan’s air defense zone as it appoints new defense minister


Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory, says it is responding to what it calls “collusion” between Taipei and Washington, Taiwan’s main international backer and weapons supplier. The Taiwanese Defense Ministry said four Chinese J-16s and four JH-7s as well as an electronic warfare aircraft flew near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the top part […]

Boris Johnson’s government is ‘gaslighting’ Britain about the realities of Brexit, critics say


In that time, British exporters have struggled with new trade barriers. In some cases, orders have been slowed down by paperwork; in others, fresh produce has failed to reach its destination in time, forcing it to be destroyed. All of this is a direct result of the UK’s policy decision to leave the EU’s single […]

Uber: UK Supreme Court rules that drivers are ‘workers,’ not independent contractors


The unanimous decision could deliver a major blow to the company’s business model in one of its most important markets, and opens the door for drivers to claim the minimum wage and paid time off, legal experts said. The court said Friday that the group of Uber drivers that brought the case to an employment […]

Opinion: The US is back in the Paris Agreement. Now what?


The US was a key player in helping to deliver the Paris Agreement, with former State Secretary and current US climate envoy John Kerry playing an instrumental role in this successful process. I have been extremely encouraged by the conversations I have had with Kerry and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy — both […]

A new UN report proposes a radical shift in the way we think about nature


The report, “Making Peace with Nature,” spans 168 pages and distills the latest science on climate change and mankind’s “war” on the planet. It also argues that amid our pursuit of wealth and security, humans must now learn to value the fundamental “natural capital” of geology, soil, air and water — and urgently. “For too […]

Opinion: Americans are hitting the road. ‘Nomadland’ goes along for the ride


The highly anticipated film “Nomadland,” out Friday in theaters and on demand, offers a powerful example of one possible scenario: life on the road, permanently. The film, from director Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”), is a travelogue centered on Fern (Frances McDormand), a widowed and unemployed Nevadan who puts most of her belongings into storage and […]

How Russian vaccine Sputnik V spread through Latin America


Eduardo Valdes, a former diplomat and member of government coalition Frente de Todos, who now serves in as chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies, says there’s a clear line between vaccine negotiations and external factors. “Now is not the time to do ideology. Our goal is for the Western Hemisphere […]

Norway, the UK and Canada are not climate champions. They are climate hypocrites. Here’s why


Many countries produce fossil fuels despite committing to combat climate change. But Canada, Norway and the UK stand out because they are doing that while positioning themselves as climate champions. “The UK is leading the world in the fight against climate change,” a spokesperson from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, told […]

North Korea Pfizer hack allegations: South Korean lawmaker and spy agency dispute Covid-19 claims


South Korean lawmaker Ha Tae-keung told reporters Tuesday that he and other members of the National Assembly Intelligence committee were briefed by the country’s spy agency about the alleged attack. Ha’s office confirmed the remarks to CNN on Wednesday. Later that morning, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) put out a statement rebutting Ha’s claims. The […]

Biden says he’s spoken with all of his predecessors “with one exception”


Taylor Glascock for CNN President Biden defended his administration’s call to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour during tonight’s town hall. “The vast majority of the economists and there are studies that show by increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, it could have an impact on a number of businesses, but it would be de minimis, et […]

“It’s about doing it gradually”


Taylor Glascock for CNN President Biden defended his administration’s call to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour during tonight’s town hall. “The vast majority of the economists and there are studies that show by increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, it could have an impact on a number of businesses, but it would be de minimis, et […]

Joe Biden CNN town hall: Live updates


Unemployment benefits will begin to lapse for millions of American in less than a month, putting the pressure squarely on Congress — and Democratic leaders — to usher through a $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill. The next four weeks will test Democratic unity and require the party’s progressives and moderates to put aside clear philosophical differences over […]

How China is devastating Australia’s billion dollar wine industry


White lived in Shanghai for several years, setting up a network of distributors to sell his Jarressa Estate wine to the booming Chinese market, where demand for foreign wines among the middle class was growing fast. By mid-2020, more than 96% of Jaressa Estate’s wines were being sold to consumers in China, up to seven […]

Opinion: Biden is right to spend big for Covid-19 relief. But who’s going to pay for it?


The spending is both necessary and affordable, yet there is a crucial question: how should the US pay for it? The Biden recovery plan covers three important needs. It spends $400 billion to fund the fight against the pandemic, through immunizations, an expanded public health workforce, and other means. It allocates around $1 trillion in […]

How to watch the CNN Biden town hall


The “CNN Presidential Town Hall with Joe Biden” will be moderated by Anderson Cooper and will air live at 9 p.m. ET. The town hall comes as the Biden administration continues its push to vaccinate every American, contain the coronavirus pandemic, jump-start a troubled economy and reopen schools. Senators on Saturday voted that Trump was […]

Last-ditch push as Britain, EU resume Brexit trade talks in Brussels


Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 11:46 British and European Union negotiators will meet in Brussels on Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to strike a post-Brexit trade deal before a transition agreement ends on Dec. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Saturday and instructed their teams to […]

San Francisco Bay Area issues new stay-at-home order


by Olga R. Rodriguez and Juliet Williams Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The health officers in five San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a new stay-at-home order Friday requiring some businesses to close and banning all gatherings, as the number of virus cases surge and hospitals fill. The changes take effect for most of the area […]

Argentina introduces ‘millionaire’s tax’ to help pay for coronavirus


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:10 Argentina’s Senate passed a tax on about 12,000 of the country’s richest people on Friday, to pay for coronavirus measures including medical supplies and relief for the poor and small businesses. In a session streamed live on YouTube, and after a long and polarizing debate, the so-called solidarity contribution was […]

Indonesia’s poor COVID-19 responses take a toll on its global image


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Indonesia’s failure to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases nine months after declaring its first cases in March reflects its slow and poor responses to the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Its handling of the virus has taken a toll on the country’s global reputation. As of December 1, Indonesia had recorded […]

UK promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions two-thirds by 2030


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 00:27Modified: 04/12/2020 – 01:00 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce Friday a new target that he says would reduce the U.K.’s greenhouse gas emissions “faster than any major economy.” The target aims to cut the U.K.’s emissions by at least 68% from 1990 levels by 2030 and to […]

US Justice Department lawsuit says Facebook favoured immigrants over US workers


Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 21:59 The Trump administration on Thursday sued Facebook, accusing it of discriminating against American workers by favoring immigrant applicants for thousands of high-paying jobs. “The Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of […]

Closed French ski resorts cry ‘catastrophe’ as neighbours keep slopes open


A European dispute on the wisdom of opening ski resorts amid the Covid-19 pandemic has turned into a battle pitting France, Italy and Germany – whose slopes remain shut – against the defiant Alpine nations of Switzerland and Austria, backed by Spain. France’s flag still flutters above the entrance to Châtel’s town hall, but visitors […]

South Africa fears virus comeback as cluster outbreaks flare


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Localised coronavirus outbreaks in parts of South Africa have raised fears that the country could see a resurgence in cases compounded by gatherings during the upcoming festive season. Officials in Africa’s hardest virus-hit country are scrambling to contain infections after a flare-up was reported in the impoverished Eastern Cape province and […]

political leaders remember Valéry Giscard d’Estaing


Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 03:11Modified: 03/12/2020 – 03:14 The French National Assembly and Senate held a minute of silence, and tributes poured in from across the political spectrum, after former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died Wednesday from complications linked to Covid-19. Emmanuel Macron: A presidency that ‘transformed France’ In a long statement released by the […]

Nine years on, the psychological effects of the Syrian war on school children in Damascus


Almost a decade of civil and military unrest has left Syrian children mentally scarred, angry and traumatized, according to new research. In the largest such survey yet carried out, researchers questioned more than 1,300 secondary school children in the Syrian capital, Damascus, about the impact that nine years of exposure to the conflict has had. […]

UN, France urge Lebanon to form new government amid pledges of aid


Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 22:47 France and the United Nations vowed Wednesday to keep providing humanitarian aid to Lebanon but urged the country’s leaders to form a new government as a political deadlock in Beirut has blocked billions of dollars in assistance for the cash-strapped country hit by multiple crises. A meeting organized by the […]

‘Help is on the way,’ Biden tells coronavirus-hit Americans in unveiling economic team


President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced top advisers he says will help his administration rebuild an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, declaring, “I know times are tough, but I want you to know that help is on the way.” Biden said he’d chosen a “first-rate team” that is “tested and experienced” to tackle the […]

Transatlantic divides after Biden win


After Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda exposed longstanding strains in US-Europe relations, Joe Biden’s victory has prompted a Franco-German row over Emmanuel Macron’s vision of “strategic autonomy” – while transatlantic tensions simmer over tech taxes and extraterritorial US law. The US president excoriated European countries’ failure to pay for its own defence in stark terms: “We […]

Study identifies countries and states with greatest age biases


Two studies from Michigan State University pinpoint where in the world you’ll find the most age bias, and where the “golden years” are considered truly golden. Credit: Creative Commons via PxHere Elders are more respected in Japan and China and not so much in more individualistic nations like the United States and Germany, say Michigan […]

President-elect Joe Biden picks Janet Yellen for US treasury secretary


Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 03:25 President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he will nominate former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury, topping a slate of economic officials who would break racial and gender barriers in the US government. The rollout of Biden‘s economic team comes after running mate Kamala Harris made history as […]

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon reaches 12-year high under Bolsonaro


Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 23:39 Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged again over the past year, hitting a 12-year high, according to official figures released Monday that drew a chorus of condemnation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government. A total of 11,088 square kilometres (4,281 square miles) of forest was destroyed in Brazil‘s share of the […]

Vaccines Are Coming, but Pandemic Experts Expect a ‘Horrible’ Winter


Each week, good news about vaccines or antibody treatments surfaces, offering hope that an end to the pandemic is at hand. And yet this holiday season presents a grim reckoning. The United States has reached an appalling milestone: more than one million new coronavirus cases every week. Hospitals in some states are full to bursting. […]

Iranian official blames Paris-based opposition, Israel for death of nuclear scientist


Issued on: 30/11/2020 – 21:12 As a top nuclear scientist was laid to rest in Tehran on Monday, a senior Iranian official said a Paris-based opposition group was suspected of involvement in his assassination alongside Israel and the United States. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who died when his […]

Should Isolation Periods Be Shorter for People With Covid-19?


People with Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, are most infectious about two days before symptoms begin and for five days afterward, according to a new analysis of previous research. A few patients who are extremely ill or have impaired immune systems may expel — or “shed” — the virus for as long as […]

Covid-19 puts dampener on Christmas reopening of iconic Paris stores


Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 16:05 After another month of lockdown, the doors are finally open again at Paris’s flagship department stores. The Christmas lights are on and the festive window displays are in place, but, with tourists noticeably absent, there might not be much for the stores to celebrate this Christmas. Non-essential shops were finally allowed […]