Lobbying intensifies among V-P candidates as Biden’s search nears an end

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - Joe Biden has entered the final stage of his deliberations about choosing a running mate as he prepares to talk one-on-one with the finalists next week, while Democratic leaders lobby him furiously to elevate their allies and sink their enemies. Biden's campaign has conducted extensive polling and focus groups with voters on a collection … Continue reading Lobbying intensifies among V-P candidates as Biden’s search nears an end

Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence overturned by appeals court

BOSTON (REUTERS) - A federal appeals court on Friday (July 31) overturned Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence for helping carry out the 2013 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Tsarnaev and his older brother set off a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the … Continue reading Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence overturned by appeals court

James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board over editorial differences

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - James Murdoch wants the world to know he is out of the family business.  Once considered a potential heir to Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire, James Murdoch on Friday (July 31) resigned from the board of newspaper publisher News Corp, severing his last corporate tie to the companies founded by his father.  … Continue reading James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board over editorial differences

Trump releases his 2019 financial disclosure

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - President Donald Trump's 2019 financial disclosure shows revenue declined slightly at some of his iconic resorts even before the coronavirus slammed hospitality businesses. Revenue at his Florida golf resort Mar-a-Lago dipped to US$21.4 million (S$29.4 million) from US$22.7 million a year earlier, according to documents released on Friday (July 31). At his hotel … Continue reading Trump releases his 2019 financial disclosure

Taiwan grandparents become Instagram stars modelling abandoned clothes

Taichung (Taiwan) (AFP) Taiwan's trendiest couple these days are neither young celebrities nor teen influencers -- they are an octogenarian duo who run a mom-and-pop laundry service and have become an online sensation by modelling abandoned clothes. Chang Wan-ji, 83, and his wife Hsu Sho-er, 84, have racked up nearly 600,000 followers on Instagram over … Continue reading Taiwan grandparents become Instagram stars modelling abandoned clothes

Massive protests in Russia’s far east rattle Kremlin

Khabarovsk (Russia) (AFP) Locals say a struggle for democratic freedoms is unfolding in the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk, where the arrest of a popular governor has unleashed massive protests. "Sometimes I feel like crying with joy when I see everyone so united," 21-year-old student Yekaterina Ishchenko told AFP. Police have been reserved in … Continue reading Massive protests in Russia’s far east rattle Kremlin

In Mecca, dreams of a ‘green hajj’

Mecca (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) A smaller carbon footprint, less waste and more environmentally friendly -- this year's pilgrimage to Mecca, dramatically scaled down due to coronavirus, has opened up the prospect of a "green hajj". In addition to being a logistical and security headache, one of the planet's largest gatherings, which drew some 2.5 million … Continue reading In Mecca, dreams of a ‘green hajj’

Recovered from virus, Bolsonaro says nothing to fear

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Fresh off a bout of COVID-19, President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday nearly everyone will probably end up catching the new coronavirus, urging Brazilians to "face up to it" and saying there was nothing to fear. The far-right leader's latest bid to downplay the pandemic came as Brazil closed in on the … Continue reading Recovered from virus, Bolsonaro says nothing to fear

Study points to race, equipment access for higher virus risk in health staff

Paris (AFP) Researchers raised fears that "systematic racism" in the provision of protective equipment was putting minority health workers at greater risk on Friday, as a study showed higher coronavirus infection rates among British and American medical staff. The report, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, found that frontline healthcare workers were over three … Continue reading Study points to race, equipment access for higher virus risk in health staff

PSG edge out Lyon on penalties in French League Cup final

Paris (AFP) Pablo Sarabia scored the winning penalty in a shoot-out as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for their assault on the Champions League in Lisbon by defeating Lyon in Friday's French League Cup final to claim another domestic treble. The Spaniard's successful kick came after Keylor Navas saved from Bertrand Traore and allowed PSG to … Continue reading PSG edge out Lyon on penalties in French League Cup final

Fauci urges caution on China and Russia virus vaccines

Washington (AFP) Anthony Fauci, the United States' top infectious disease official, raised concerns Friday regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines under development by China and Russia. Several Chinese companies are at the forefront of the global vaccine race, while Russia has said it hopes to be the first in the world to produce a vaccine … Continue reading Fauci urges caution on China and Russia virus vaccines

Beyonce delights fans with stylized visual album ‘Black Is King’

New York (AFP) Pop royalty Beyonce on Friday released her much-hyped visual album "Black Is King," an aesthetically ambitious video billed as a companion to her 2019 album of songs inspired by Disney's live-action remake of "The Lion King." The highly stylized visual narrative released on the Disney Plus streaming platform runs an hour and … Continue reading Beyonce delights fans with stylized visual album ‘Black Is King’