WTO leadership contenders start to strut their stuff

Geneva (AFP) The eight candidates battling to become the next head of the beleaguered World Trade Organization make their pitches this week, with three days of auditions starting Wednesday. The contenders will make 15-minute presentations to the 164 member states' representatives at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, before facing a 75-minute grilling over their plans … Continue reading WTO leadership contenders start to strut their stuff

Millions face new virus curbs, but hope rises for US vaccine

Washington (AFP) Millions of people faced new coronavirus restrictions Wednesday as infections surged, but in one sign of hope, a US firm said it would soon start final-stage human trials for a possible vaccine. Countries around the world reimposed lockdowns and curbs to contain new outbreaks, as global cases surged past 13.2 million with more … Continue reading Millions face new virus curbs, but hope rises for US vaccine

Kuwait Zain telecom Q2 net profits slide over pandemic

Kuwait City (AFP) Kuwait's Zain telecom said Wednesday its net profits in the first half of 2020 plunged due to business disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Zain recorded a 28-percent collapse in net profits in the second quarter, compared to the same period of 2019, posting $117 million. The logo of Kuwait's telecom company … Continue reading Kuwait Zain telecom Q2 net profits slide over pandemic

Five substitutes rule extended for 2020/21 season

London (AFP) Football teams could be allowed to continue using up to five substitutes during the 2020/21 season after the sport's lawmakers extended a temporary solution to a congested schedule in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) said the measures were taken due to the short turnaround between the … Continue reading Five substitutes rule extended for 2020/21 season

Venezuela tightens COVID-19 measures in capital after surge

Caracas (AFP) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Wednesday a tightening of containment measures in the capital Caracas and neighboring Miranda state to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus. According to official figures, Venezuela was one of the least affected countries in Latin America by the virus pandemic for the first couple of … Continue reading Venezuela tightens COVID-19 measures in capital after surge

7 dead in French Alps disasters on Bastille Day

LYON (AFP) - Seven people, including two paragliders, died in a series of accidents in the French Alps as the country celebrated its Bastille Day holiday, rescue services said Wednesday (July 15). The bodies of a 40-year-old Dutch man and a 30-year-old French woman were found on Tuesday afternoon near the Chapelle de la Gliere, … Continue reading 7 dead in French Alps disasters on Bastille Day

Ghislaine Maxwell’s attack-the-victim strategy may backfire

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - The bail hearing for Ghislaine Maxwell ended with a judge ruling that she must spend the next year behind bars awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges tied to her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein. But it also offered hints at her defence strategy. During the two-hour video-conference hearing Tuesday, Maxwell's lawyers questioned the … Continue reading Ghislaine Maxwell’s attack-the-victim strategy may backfire

Pompeo says US to impose visa curbs on Huawei over human rights

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday (July 15) the United States would impose visa restrictions on Chinese companies like Huawei Technologies, which he accused of facilitating human right violations. Pompeo also said telecommunications companies around the world "should consider themselves on notice" that if they do business with Huawei, … Continue reading Pompeo says US to impose visa curbs on Huawei over human rights

Britain’s BBC announces further 70 job cuts in news operation

LONDON (REUTERS) - British broadcaster BBC said on Wednesday (July 15) it would cut 520 jobs in its news operation, 70 more than the number of layoffs announced in January, which were put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Director of BBC News and Current Affairs Fran Unsworth said the corporation, which is mainly … Continue reading Britain’s BBC announces further 70 job cuts in news operation

Russian scientists hail results of coronavirus vaccine trial

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian scientists hailed the results of their first clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday (July 15), saying it had been proved safe and that volunteers had developed an immune response. Speaking to a crowded room without wearing masks, three of 18 volunteers monitored over a month at the Sechenov … Continue reading Russian scientists hail results of coronavirus vaccine trial

Good news on Oxford, AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine could come on Thursday: Report

LONDON (REUTERS) - Positive news on initial trials of the University of Oxford's potential Covid-19 vaccine that has been licensed to AstraZeneca could be announced as soon as Thursday (July 16), ITV's political editor Robert Peston said, citing a source. The project has started Phase III of the human trials to assess how the vaccine … Continue reading Good news on Oxford, AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine could come on Thursday: Report

Trump on Britain’s Huawei ban: ‘I did this myself’

LONDON (REUTERS) - United States President Donald Trump said that he was responsible for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to ban Huawei from Britain's 5G network from the end of 2027, a remark China said proved London's move was about politics rather than security. As Britain prepares to cast off from the European Union, fears over … Continue reading Trump on Britain’s Huawei ban: ‘I did this myself’