South Korean students forced online as global virus crisis deepens

Seoul (AFP) Millions of South Korean students were ordered back to online classes Tuesday and Mexico launched a nationwide televised schooling programme, highlighting the deepening crisis for children as the coronavirus pandemic drags into a ninth month. The school closures were part of new measures in many parts of the to halt the disease that … Continue reading South Korean students forced online as global virus crisis deepens

US media fact-checks Republican National Convention in real time

The opening of the Republican National Convention on Monday quickly generated controversy over how the four-day event is being covered by the news media, with advocates of US President Donald Trump angered over attempts to fact-check claims in real time. Day One of the Republican National Convention featured a complaint about his coverage by President Donald Trump, some … Continue reading US media fact-checks Republican National Convention in real time

Iran hails ‘constructive’ talks with visiting IAEA chief

Tehran (AFP) Iran's nuclear body said it held "constructive" talks on Tuesday with the visiting head of the International Atomic Energy Agency amid tensions over a US bid to reimpose UN sanctions. The trip is Rafael Mariano Grossi's first to the Islamic republic since the Argentine took the helm of the Vienna-based UN agency last … Continue reading Iran hails ‘constructive’ talks with visiting IAEA chief

Israel keeps up Gaza strikes in response to fire balloons

Jerusalem (AFP) Israeli tanks and aircraft carried out new strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza overnight in response to the launch of so-called fire balloons across the border, the army said on Tuesday. Israel has bombed the Hamas-ruled enclave almost daily since August 6, in response to the airborne incendiary devices and, less frequently, rockets … Continue reading Israel keeps up Gaza strikes in response to fire balloons

Facebook vows legal action over forced removal of Thai group

Bangkok (AFP) Facebook said Tuesday it would file a legal challenge against a Thai government order to take down a group where pro-democracy activists held discussions about the monarchy, a taboo subject in the country. A growing tide of youth-led protests has swept Thailand in recent weeks -- buoyed by anger against what many regard … Continue reading Facebook vows legal action over forced removal of Thai group

Facebook agrees to pay France €106 million in back taxes

Facebook’s French subsidiary has agreed to pay 106 million euros ($125 million) in back taxes and penalties following persistent government efforts to get online giants to pay more taxes where they make their money. The agreement came after French tax authorities carried out an extensive audit of a decade of Facebook’s operations in the country, from 2009-2018, … Continue reading Facebook agrees to pay France €106 million in back taxes

Search for survivors after India building collapse

Mahād (India) (AFP) Rescue teams and sniffer dogs searched the rubble for survivors Tuesday after a five-storey apartment building collapsed "like a house of cards" in western India, with up to 70 people buried. The accident late Monday in the town of Mahad, south of Mumbai, forced three disaster response teams to work through the … Continue reading Search for survivors after India building collapse

Africa to be declared polio-free

Lagos (AFP) The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to certify on Tuesday that the African continent is free from wild polio, four years after the last cases appeared in northeastern Nigeria. "Thanks to the relentless efforts by governments, donors, frontline health workers and communities, up to 1.8 million children have been saved from the … Continue reading Africa to be declared polio-free

US health official apologizes for touting false plasma data

Washington (AFP) Dr Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, apologized Monday after misrepresenting a key statistic on how effective blood plasma is for treating COVID-19 when announcing an emergency approval measure. The US on Sunday issued emergency approval for plasma taken from recovered coronavirus patients, so that more people can … Continue reading US health official apologizes for touting false plasma data

Trump, fellow Republicans argue Biden will bring radical socialism to US

President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans opened their national convention on Monday by painting a dire portrait of America if Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House in November, arguing he will usher in an era of radical socialism. Trump set the tone early in the day when he addressed Republican delegates in Charlotte, North Carolina, after formally … Continue reading Trump, fellow Republicans argue Biden will bring radical socialism to US

Trump gets Republican nomination and claims election being rigged

Charlotte (AFP) Donald Trump opened his bid for a second term after securing the Republican nomination Monday, with his party launching its national convention as the US president claims Democrats want to "steal" the election that polls currently show him losing. Minutes after the party completed the nomination vote confirming Trump as the candidate on … Continue reading Trump gets Republican nomination and claims election being rigged