The Chinese CDC now says the coronavirus didn't jump to people at the Wuhan wet market - instead, it was the site of a super-spreader event
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Iran said Friday its experts would continue nuclear development activities, despite sanctions imposed earlier this week on their fellow scientists by the United States. State TV cited a statement from the country's nuclear department saying the U.S. decision to impose sanctions on two Iranian nuclear
One by one, the children and adults line up for the centuries-old ritual of Holy Communion, trying to keep a proper social distance. The priest dips a spoon into the chalice of bread and wine, which the faithful believe is the body and blood of Christ, and puts it into the mouth of the first person in line. Contrary to what science says, the Greek Orthodox Church insists it is impossible for any disease - including the coronavirus - to be transmitted through Holy Communion.
Over the past two months, as air travel ground to a halt, Mishel Zrian has crisscrossed the Atlantic and the United States dozens of times, sleeping in empty airports and unable to return home to see his family in Israel, all in a race against time to deliver life-saving transplants. Zrian is a courier hired by Israel's Ezer Mizion bone marrow donor registry, which has had to perform logistical acrobatics to get its transplants to their destinations amid the travel disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Cheering protesters torched a Minneapolis police station Thursday that the department was forced to abandon as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck. A police spokesman confirmed late Thursday that staff had evacuated the 3rd Precinct station, the focus of many of the protests, "in the interest of the safety of our personnel" shortly after 10 p.m. Livestream video showed the protesters entering the building, where fire alarms blared and sprinklers ran as blazes were set.
At least seven people were in Louisville as protesters turned out to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman fatally shot by police in her home in March. Louisville Metro Police confirmed in a statement early Friday that there were at least seven shooting victims, at least one of whom is in
Police nationwide, in unequivocal and unprecedented language, have condemned the actions of Minneapolis police in the custody death of a handcuffed black man who cried for help as an officer knelt on his neck, pinning him to the pavement for at least eight minutes. Authorities say George Floyd was detained Monday because he matched the description of someone who tried to pay with a counterfeit bill at a convenience store, and the 46-year-old resisted arrest. A bystander's disturbing video shows Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on Floyd's neck, even as Floyd begs for air and slowly stops talking and moving.
The U.N. humanitarian chief urgently appealed for $2.4 billion to help millions of people in Yemen cope with the conflict and COVID-19, saying programs are already being cut and the situation is "alarming." Mark Lowcock told a U.N. briefing Thursday that the United Nations received $3.2 billion last year for Yemen because countries in the region - including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who are involved in the conflict - stepped up. This year, the U.N. has appealed for about $3.4 billion but as of Wednesday it had only received $516.6 million, just over 15%.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The long-running Libyan civil war appears to be staggering toward a finale. In recent days, the forces of General Khalifa Haftar, who controls the marginalized east and south of the country, have been forced to withdraw from their stalled offensive against the capital, Tripoli.
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent.
When Sainsbury's new boss Simon Roberts hosts a virtual focus group with supermarket shoppers on his first day in charge on Monday, the conversation will be radically different from the one he might have imagined when he got the job. In late January, Britain's second largest supermarket group by sales after Tesco announced retail and operations director Roberts would succeed Mike Coupe as chief executive after his six years in the job. Then the biggest issues Roberts faced were honing a strategy for Sainsbury's to prosper alone after its failure to combine with Asda, owned by Walmart , getting through Brexit and fending off competition from Amazon and German-owned discounters Aldi...
Venezuela's National Assembly on Thursday ratified opposition leader Juan Guaido as legislative speaker, defying a Supreme Court ruling approving a rival opposition figure more favorable to President Nicolas Maduro. The endorsement for Guaido continued a months-long stand-off with opposition rival Luis Parra, who Guaido has dismissed as "an accomplice to dictatorship". "I will continue to exercise my functions," Guaido told reporters in Caracas after a session held by video-conference rejected the "illegal" Supreme Court's decision.
The origin of the new coronavirus still isn't known. But according to the Chinese CDC, it isn't the wet market in Wuhan.
The International Criminal Court on Thursday said former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions following his acquittal last year over post-electoral violence that killed 3,000 people. Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago, eight years after the former West African strongman's arrest and transfer to the Hague-based court. Belgium agreed to host Gbagbo, 73, after he was released in February last year under strict conditions including that he would return to court for a prosecution appeal against his acquittal.
Russia said on Thursday the United States was acting in a dngerous and unpredictable way, after Washington withdrew from a key military treaty and moved to ramp up pressure on Iran. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made the comments after Washington announced it would end sanctions waivers for nations that remain in a nuclear accord signed with Iran.
"I don't know what is happening," Kenneth Walker said. "Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend."
China's parliament approved plans Thursday to impose a security law on Hong Kong that has ratcheted up tensions with the US and sparked new protests over fears the city is losing its special freedoms. The vote by the rubber-stamp National People's Congress (NPC) spurred the US and Britain to call for the United Nations Security Council to meet informally on Friday to discuss the issue. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the status had been withdrawn because China was no longer honouring its handover agreement with Britain to allow Hong Kong a high level of autonomy.
The U.N. chief on Thursday warned the largest gathering of world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic began that it will cause "unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world," with historic levels of hunger and famine and up to 1.6 billion people unable to earn a living unless action is taken now. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told the high-level meeting on measures to help low- and middle-income countries cope with fallout from the crisis that it could lead to "a loss of $8.5 trillion in global output - the sharpest contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s." Nearly 50 world leaders spoke by video at the event along with economic experts, including the...
The latest round of stimulus checks was issued in the form of prepaid debit cards - in plain white envelopes that don't bear any federal markings.
WILBRAHAM, Mass. (AP) - "Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother. "She always had that feisty fighting spirit," Gunn, who recently moved to Easton from Washington state, told The Enterprise of Brockton. Three weeks ago, Stejna was the first person to test positive
The US Justice Department indicted 28 North Koreans and five Chinese on Thursday for operating a money laundering ring that moved billions of dollars through global banks to avoid nuclear sanctions on Pyongyang. The network processed more than $2.5 billion through over 250 front companies across Thailand, Libya, Austria, Russia, China and Kuwait to evade sanctions, buy goods needed by North Korea and to enrich the suspects, according to an indictment filed in federal district court in Washington. Most of those indicted were associated with a network of "covert" branches of North Korea's blacklisted Foreign Trade Bank, and included two people who had served as presidents of the bank, Ko...
The U.S. National Security Agency says the same Russian military hacking group that interfered in the 2016 presidential election and unleashed a devastating malware attack the following year has been exploiting a major email server program since last August or earlier. The timing of the agency's advisory Thursday was unusual considering that the critical vulnerability in the Exim Mail Transfer Agent - which mostly runs on Unix-type operating systems - was identified 11 months ago, when a patch was issued. Exim is so widely used - though far less known than such commercial alternatives as Microsoft's proprietary Exchange - that some companies and government agencies that run it may...
The death of George Floyd continued to ripple across the U.S. on Wednesday night with protests in Minneapolis, Memphis and Los Angeles.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything, many experts predicted the U.S. would see a recession at some point in 2020. Following the end of the second quarter last year, the 2019 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey reported that many of the surveyed economists, investment strategists and housing
A white Minneapolis police officer accused of killing a black suspect by kneeling on his neck is a 19-year veteran of the force with a service record that includes three shooting incidents, one of them fatal, and nearly 20 complaints. Derek Chauvin became the focus of angry street protests and a federal investigation after he was seen in cellphone video kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd for almost eight minutes Monday night during his arrest on a suspicion of passing a counterfeit bill charge. Floyd, who was heard complaining that he couldn't breathe, was pronounced dead later that night.
Two tropical storms have already formed prior to the official start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1- and AccuWeather meteorologists say there are two factors behind the unusual occurrence. These weather factors could soon cause more storms to brew, but this time, forecasters are watching a new tropical hotspot of the basin.Tropical Storm Arthur, the first storm of the season, was named by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on May 16, the earliest-named tropical system to form in the Atlantic since Tropical Storm Arlene in April 2017. The system first developed into a tropical depression about 125 miles off Melbourne, Florida. As the disturbance gained...
The exact net worth of Vladimir Putin, the notoriously secretive Russian leader, has been the point of speculation ever since he came onto the world stage.
Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said during a media briefing that RNC organizers have yet to turn over written plans for how they envision safely holding the convention in Charlotte in August amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooper and Cohen say that they had discussed various scenarios with convention organizers but want their plan in writing.
New research shows how dangerous the coronavirus is for current and former cancer patients. In one study, half of 928 current and former cancer patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized and 13% died. A second study in Lancet from researchers in England of 800 patients with various types of cancer and COVID-19 found an even higher death rate - 28%.
The family of a slain Libyan human trafficker attacked a group of migrants in a town that recently changed hands amid the fighting over the country's capital, killing 26 Bangladeshi and four African migrants, the Tripoli government said on Thursday. There was scant information about the attack in
A fire tore through an overcrowded maximum security prison in Cameroon's port city of Douala on Thursday leading to the hospitalisation of three prisoners with serious burns, a local fire chief said. Firefighters backed up by police were able to contain the blaze and stop it spreading beyond New
Federal prosecutors on Thursday unsealed a 50-page indictment charging dozens of individuals who they accuse of illegally transferring more than $2.5 billion through the global financial system to North Korea's foreign exchange bank since 2013 in an effort to skirt U.S. sanctions. The grand jury indictment charged 28 North Koreans and five Chinese nationals with propping up "over 250 front companies" to launder payments that "transited through the United States," after the Foreign Trade Bank had been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department over its support of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
An English court on Thursday said it would need to decide which of Venezuela's dueling political factions to recognize before ruling on President Nicolas Maduro's request for the Bank of England to hand over gold the country has in its vaults. Venezuela for decades stored gold that makes up part of its central bank reserves in the vaults of foreign financial institutions including the Bank of England, which provides gold custodian services to developing countries. The bank since 2018 has refused to transfer the funds to Maduro's government, which Britain does not recognize.
The European Union is prolonging for another year its sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and other top political officials, military officers and business people over the regime's continued crackdown on civilians in the conflict-torn country. The European Council, headquarters of the
The men panted from exertion as they climbed the mist-covered hill carrying a coffin with another body in Peru's largest cemetery, where the dead from the new coronavirus are being buried. With enormous effort, the five cemetery workers carried Flavio's body to the grave, where brother Anthony, a soccer referee, was on the verge of tears. Multiple deaths in the same family are being registered in Peru, which the World Health Organization has called an epicenter of the pandemic in South America.
Wading into a politically charged issue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday preached the importance of wearing masks in public as the nation's economy reopens from the "cataclysmic" damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. During a tour of hospitals this week in his home state of Kentucky, the Republican leader has stressed wearing masks in public and following social distancing guidelines. "There should be no stigma attached to wearing a mask," McConnell said during an appearance in Owensboro.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday some English schools and shops would reopen from next week as he tried to end a scandal over what police said appeared to be a "minor" lockdown breach by his closest adviser. Johnson's attempts to navigate Britain through a health disaster that has officially claimed 37,837 lives -- second only to the United States -- and devastated the economy are being complicated by the cross-country travels of his top aide Dominic Cummings. The Brexit campaign mastermind has become Johnson's most trusted adviser and one of the chief architects of Britain's coronavirus response plan.
The Justice Department has accused a network of North Korean and Chinese citizens of secretly advancing North Korea's nuclear weapons program by channeling at least $2.5 billion in illicit payments through hundreds of front companies. The indictment, unsealed on Thursday, is believed to be the largest criminal enforcement action ever brought against North Korea. The 33 defendants include executives of North Korea's state-owned Foreign Trade Bank, which in 2013 was added to a Treasury Department list of sanctioned institutions and cut off from the U.S. financial system.
Closely-watched talks between top German politicians and car industry representatives to discuss support for a sector hit hard by the coronavirus crisis will no longer take place on Tuesday, the head of the VDA car association told Bild. The top-selling daily quoted VDA President Hildegard Mueller as saying Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition parties still had to agree on measures and that the meeting was off. "But the question of an economic stimulus for the automotive industry is still on the agenda," she said.
U.N. agencies trying to help the millions at risk from the conflict in Yemen are nearly broke, U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock said on Thursday, announcing a drive to raise some $2.4 billion next week to pay for the world biggest aid operation. Around 80% of Yemen's population - 24 million people - need aid. The country has been mired in conflict since the Iran-allied Houthi group ousted Yemen's government from the capital Sanaa in 2014.
Award-winning photographer Niraj Gera takes on stigma surrounding menstruation in India.
The COVID-19 pandemic tested the U.K.'s food security, but Brexit preparations had already built up the system's strengths - though weaknesses remain.
As Iran ships petroleum to Venezuela, the U.S. looks the other way, cracking a door for better ties with both regimes.
Turkey will lift restrictions on intercity travel and allow restaurants, cafes, parks and sports facilities to reopen from June 1 as it eases restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. Restrictions will remain in place on the movements of those aged over 65 and under 18. The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people in Turkey, with more than 160,000 infections.
Top health officials say the end of this year would be a best case scenario. Worldwide, testing recently started or is about to start for about a dozen potential vaccines. The studies will need to enroll 20,000 people or more for each vaccine candidate, with half of them getting the real vaccine and the rest getting a dummy shot.
The Paycheck Protection Program already has provided more than 4.4 million small businesses with an infusion of cash to keep their workers employed.
An off-duty firefighter saw Floyd "go from struggling to unresponsive on the ground while handcuffed and subdued" by police, an incident report said.
In a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Sasha Krause was found cold and stiff, with a bullet wound to the back of her head. The 27-year-old Sunday school teacher had disappeared more than a month earlier from a Mennonite community in New Mexico more than 400 miles (640 kilometers) away. Authorities are still trying to determine how her body ended up steps away from a makeshift camp off a lonely two-lane road that cuts through the canyons and groves of towering pine trees.
"No mask - no entry," said New York's governor. The executive order will give businesses the power to keep people without masks from entering.
Rwanda's High Court on Thursday sentenced a former mayor to life in prison for his role in the country's 1994 genocide, which included leading attacks that resulted in the deaths of around 25,000 ethnic Tutsis in his town. Ladislas Ntaganzwa was one of the top fugitive suspects, accused of playing a key role in the massacre of some 800,000 mostly Tutsi but also moderate Hutus, when he was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2015. A statement from Rwanda's prosecution authority said the court "convicted him for genocide, extermination as crime against humanity and rape as crime against humanity and sentenced him to life imprisonment."
Lassina Zerbo, head of body monitoring test ban treaty, responds to US officials saying test could be carried out within monthsThe head of the international watchdog monitoring nuclear tests has warned that a US return to testing being contemplated by the Trump administration would present a "grave challenge to global peace and security".Lassina Zerbo, the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), was responding to the news that staging the first US underground test in 28 years had been discussed at a high-level White House meeting on 15 May.The idea was shelved for the time being, but appears not to have been rejected outright. Drew Walter,...
Donald Trump calls protesters in Minneapolis "thugs" and vows that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" after rioters angered by the death of African-American man George Floyd break into a city police station and set it on fire.
Protests erupted across Minneapolis and spread to other cities after George Floyd, a black man was killed by police in Minneapolis on Monday.
Twitter wrote that any attempts to unilaterally erode Section 230 threatens "the future of online speech and Internet freedoms."
A four-year-old girl found dead inside a Brisbane house was malnourished and had other health issues pointing to "sustained mistreatment", a detective is alleging. Her father is charged with her murder.
West Australians can gather in groups of up to 100 people from June 6 as the state moves to phase three of relaxing coronavirus restrictions, with beauty salons and a number of other businesses also permitted to reopen.
The Federal Government ditches its controversial Robodebt scheme and announces it will clear all past and current debts, as well as refunding anyone who already paid.
The blasting of cultural sites in the Pilbara is one of the worst destructions of an archaeological site in recent memory, according the chair of the United Nations' cultural property protection body.
COAG will be scrapped and replaced with National Cabinet meetings with a specific focus on creating jobs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.
Protesters enraged by the death of African-American man George Floyd enter a Minneapolis police station during the third straight night of protests in the city, with neighbourhoods ablaze and department stores looted.
The High Court dismisses Fortescue Metals Group's application to appeal against a native title determination over an area covering one of its West Australian iron ore mines.
Victoria hardens its stance on people returning to workplaces, saying if employees have been working from home, they must continue to do so for all of June or could face penalties.
Police in Far North Queensland are investigating the death of the boy, who was allegedly knocked unconscious during a fight with a group of boys in a Cairns park.
Australian farmers are among the least subsidised in the world, but the coronavirus is pushing countries to adopt more agricultural protectionism.
A nurse who contracted coronavirus visited Blackwater earlier than when she originally told Queensland Health and had also been on an overseas trip, her union reveals.
A woman is being treated for serious injuries after being attacked by a lion at Shoalhaven Zoo.
Victoria hardens its stance on employees returning to workplaces, with people being told if they have been working from home, they must continue to do so for all of June. Follow live.
Target is closing 10 locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as 14 more in the surrounding region.
Costco CFO Richard Galanti spoke to analysts on Thursday about how the coronavirus has affected the warehouse club.
The High Court determines that the Queen's correspondence with then governor-general Sir John Kerr around the time of the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in 1975 are not "private papers" and can be accessed by historian Jenny Hocking.
Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz has said he is stepping down from his role at the company, but a replacement has not been named.
A new executive order signed by President Trump has once again called into question the handling of misinformation on social media.
Keilor Downs College in Melbourne's north-west is closed for cleaning after a student at the secondary school tests positive for COVID-19.
The presidential campaign is returning to public view, and there's a new accessory dominating the political photo op. The humble face mask could help determine who wins the White House in November, writes David Lipson.
Trump's executive order namechecked a handful of tech companies, but tried to spare Google with a strange tweak of phrasing.
The National Guard is called in to Minneapolis as the city braces for more fiery clashes, after protesters enraged by the death of George Floyd set neighbourhoods ablaze and looted department stores.
There are concerns the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine could be delayed due to a lack of vials, meanwhile National Cabinet is set to meet as state leaders push for an extension to the JobKeeper scheme. Follow live.
Companies like Twitter and Facebook are granted liability protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act because they are treated as "platforms", rather than "publishers", which can face lawsuits over content.
Section 230 has been described as "the most important law protecting internet speech" and "the 26 words that created the internet."
Elon Musk doesn't take a salary for running Tesla, and most of his wealth is tied up in stock. Now, he can buy even more shares at a big discount.
Coming good on a promise to rein in the like of Twitter over its attempts to alert the public to possible mistruths in his posts, the American leader modifies a law known as Section 230.
First Amendment experts say Trump has "absolutely no legal authority" to regulate or shut down social media companies he disagrees with.
An Intex pool previously sold at Walmart for $370 is being resold on Ebay for at least $1000 and much as $1500.
Facebook has known its algorithms encourage anti-social behavior for years and done little to stop it. Malice is its money maker.
Everyone knows about the pitfalls of blind dating, but what about the challenges for people living with a vision impairment or other disability? Now, there's some extra help on offer.
Executives who work for Amazon SVP Dave Clark say their boss is "brilliant," but his straightforward attitude inspires an unusual corporate culture.
Alex and June Frew suffered agonising burns battling a ferocious bushfire and have been told to take it easy, but the couple have wasted no time in joining protests against a development which would destroy more precious bushland.
It's been the longest break National Cabinet has taken since it was formed, but today the Prime Minister will meet with state and territory leaders to take stock of how the lifting of restrictions has progressed across the country.
NSW clubs could welcome crowds of more than 500 people in certain venues from Monday, with the industry boasting it heavily influenced state government decision-making.
The economic downturn has created a more constructive discourse between the Industrial Relations Minister and the unions. And it's led by two people as different as chalk and cheese, writes Michelle Grattan.
We obtained documents outlining Eaze's financial projections in 2017 and 2020. They reveal vastly scaled back ambitions and a strategy shift.
The remarks are a stark contrast to Trump, who has refused to wear one in public and mocked a reporter who did so at a White House press conference.
The Sydney man was released on early parole in September last year after serving 11 years in a maximum-security prison in the Bulgarian capital Sofia for the stabbing death of a local student in 2007.
Under his leadership, Baron's newsrooms have won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. He was also the subject of Academy Award-winning film 'Spotlight'.
Sweeping changes will be made to the organisation which controls Australia's air traffic, after a review identified a culture of bullying, sexual harassment and other unacceptable behaviour.
Business Insider got a look at cannabis startup Eaze's financial projections from 2017 to 2020. The documents reveal vastly scaled back ambitions.
Avenues Studio Hamptons will have a physical hub for group project work, events, and meetings, but all classes will be online.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have defended their free speech policies ahead of an expected executive order from Trump.
An off-duty firefighter saw Floyd "go from struggling to unresponsive on the ground while handcuffed and subdued" by police, an incident report said.
There are fears there could be a surge of coronavirus cases in East Africa as hundreds of people, some infected with COVID-19 flee quarantine centres in Zimbabwe and Malawi, both countries with weak healthcare systems.
For some engineers, Clark's attention to detail has earned him a flattering nickname: "Brilliant Clark."