Bolivian elections postponed again due to Covid-19, this time until October

Bolivia postponed its general elections on Thursday for a second time because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting it off until October 18, officials said. The poll was originally supposed to be held in May but had been rescheduled to September 6 after the country went into lockdown following the virus outbreak. Salvador Romero, the president of the Bolivia’s … Continue reading Bolivian elections postponed again due to Covid-19, this time until October

Juve miss chance to seal title after Udinese defeat

Milan (AFP) Juventus fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Udinese on Thursday to miss the chance to seal the Serie A title for the ninth time in a row. Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt had put the defending champions ahead three minutes before the break in Udine. Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo missed chances … Continue reading Juve miss chance to seal title after Udinese defeat

TikTok launches $200 mn ‘creator fund’

San Francisco (AFP) TikTok unveiled plans for a $200 million "creator fund" to add content from emerging social media personalities to the fast-growing video-sharing app. The new US fund will "help support ambitious creators who are seeking opportunities to foster a livelihood through their innovative content," said Vanessa Pappas, general manager of TikTok US. TikTok, … Continue reading TikTok launches $200 mn ‘creator fund’

French soldier killed in combat in Mali

A French soldier from the army’s First Parachute Hussar Regiment was killed in combat in Mali, President Emmanuel Macron's office said Thursday. "This soldier ... was killed in fighting against armed terrorist groups, when an improvised explosive device was triggered next to his armoured vehicle," the presidency said in a statement. In this photo taken on … Continue reading French soldier killed in combat in Mali

Indian govt donates seven tonnes of hydroxychloroquine to Nigeria

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said on Thursday the Indian government had assisted Nigeria with seven tonnes of hydroxychloroquine as part of its contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Mustapha, who disclosed this at the task force daily briefing in Abuja, also advised Nigerians … Continue reading Indian govt donates seven tonnes of hydroxychloroquine to Nigeria

Federal agents’ use of force at protests faces internal US government probes

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Justice Department's internal watchdog launched probes on Thursday (July 23) into the use of force by federal agents in Portland, Oregon, and Washington, DC, during recent protests against police violence. Inspector-General Michael Horowitz said his office would launch an investigation into allegations that federal agents used excessive force against peaceful … Continue reading Federal agents’ use of force at protests faces internal US government probes

FBI interviewing Chinese visa holders across US about possible military ties

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The FBI has interviewed visa holders it believes to secretly be members of the Chinese military in more than two dozen US cities, the Justice Department said on Thursday (July 23). The department said it has arrested three Chinese nationals for visa fraud, while a fourth remains a fugitive staying at China's consulate in … Continue reading FBI interviewing Chinese visa holders across US about possible military ties

Ghislaine Maxwell fails to block release of potentially embarrassing documents, obtain gag order

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Ghislaine Maxwell, the former associate of late financier Jeffrey Epstein, suffered dual setbacks in a US court on Thursday (July 23), as a judge authorised the release of new materials related to her, while another judge refused to block prosecutors and lawyers from publicly discussing her criminal case. US District Judge … Continue reading Ghislaine Maxwell fails to block release of potentially embarrassing documents, obtain gag order

Plastic pollution flowing into oceans to triple by 2040, study shows

SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - The amount of plastic waste flowing into the ocean and killing marine life could triple in the next 20 years, unless companies and governments can drastically reduce plastic production, a new study published on Thursday (July 23) said. Single-use plastic consumption has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the International Solid … Continue reading Plastic pollution flowing into oceans to triple by 2040, study shows

Trump tells Russia’s Putin he wants to avoid three-way arms race with China

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday (July 23) he wanted to avoid a costly arms race with Russia and China and hoped for progress in arms control negotiations, the White House said. "President Trump reiterated his hope of avoiding an expensive three-way arms race between China, Russia and … Continue reading Trump tells Russia’s Putin he wants to avoid three-way arms race with China

WHO chief Tedros rejects Pompeo charges as ‘untrue’ and ‘unacceptable’

GENEVA (AFP) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief on Thursday (July 23) rejected as false an allegation by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he owed his position to a deal with China. Pompeo told a private meeting of MPs on Tuesday that the WHO had become a "political" body, alleging that its … Continue reading WHO chief Tedros rejects Pompeo charges as ‘untrue’ and ‘unacceptable’

Biden, Obama criticise Trump’s coronavirus response in ‘socially distanced’ chat

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama blasted Republican President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a video aired on Thursday (July 23), as the Biden campaign tapped the star power of America's first Black president. Obama and Biden, who served as his vice-president, sat down facing … Continue reading Biden, Obama criticise Trump’s coronavirus response in ‘socially distanced’ chat