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  • Ashley Judd wins appeal in Weinstein harassment case

    A US court of appeals on Wednesday ruled that actress Ashley Judd has the right to pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, overturning a lower court’s decision.

  • Nasa’s life-seeking rover launches for Mars

    Nasa’s latest Mars rover Perseverance launched yesterday on an astrobiology mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life -- and to fly a helicopter-drone on another world for the first time.

  • Tech giants ‘too powerful’

    Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook are too powerful and will likely emerge from the coronavirus pandemic even stronger, the head of a US congressional antitrust committee said Wednesday.

  • Trump moves again to block release of his tax records

    President Donald Trump on Monday filed a new challenge to the Manhattan District Attorney’s subpoena for his tax returns, weeks after the US Supreme Court said the president was not immune from state criminal probes.

  • Trump banks on ‘silent majority’

    President Donald Trump mounted a strident defense of his wavering reelection bid with less than 100 days to go in a campaign that has seen him underwater in the polls -- and banking on the “silent majority” he vowed will bring him victory.

  • Bill Gates denies conspiracy theories he created pandemic

    Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Thursday pushed back against some of the conspiracy theories spreading online accusing him of creating the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Panic as US jets fly near Iran passenger plane over Syria

    Two US jets flew dangerously close to an Iranian passenger plane over war-torn Syria, forcing the pilot to take emergency action and sparking panic on board, Iranian authorities said yesterday.

  • Trump tells Putin he hopes to avoid new arms race

    President Donald Trump told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday that he hopes to avoid an “expensive” US arms race with Russia and China, the White House said.

  • Airborne coronavirus infectious: scientists

    Scientists have known for several months the new coronavirus can become suspended in microdroplets expelled by patients when they speak and breathe, but until now there was no proof that these tiny particles are infectious.

  • NY, Chicago to sue if Trump sends in federal agents

    The mayors of New York City and Chicago said on Tuesday they would take President Donald Trump to court if he sent unidentified US government agents to police their cities, pushing back on a threat that has sparked widespread controversy over the use of federal force.

  • US seeking arrest of Venezuela top judge

    The US on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Venezuelan Chief Justice Maikel Moreno and announced a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction for allegedly participating in transnational organized crime.

  • Thousands evacuated in Arizona as wildfires scorch US Southwest

    Over 2,000 people were evacuated from three large wildfires in Arizona on Thursday as dry conditions and gusty winds whipped blazes across the US Southwest.

  • Minneapolis council votes to dismantle police as protests continue

    The council of the US city of Minneapolis voted late Sunday to dismantle and rebuild the police department, after the death in custody of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests about racism in law enforcement, pushing the issue onto the national political agenda.

  • Thousands ignore Minneapolis curfew as US protests spread

    Thousands of protesters ignored a curfew and vows of a forceful police response to take to the Minneapolis streets for a fourth straight night, as the anger stoked by the police killing of George Floyd spread to more cities across the U.S.

  • Twitter calls Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for the first time

    Twitter labelled two Donald Trump tweets "unsubstantiated" and accused him of making false claims Tuesday, a first for the social network which has long resisted calls to censure the US president over truth-defying posts.

  • 'Trump Death Clock' counts preventable US coronavirus deaths

    A newly erected billboard in New York's Times Square shows the number of US coronavirus deaths that its creator says could have been avoided if President Donald Trump had acted sooner -- and it's called the "Trump Death Clock."

  • US issues emergency approval for remdesivir for Covid-19 patients

    The experimental drug remdesivir has been authorized by US regulators for emergency use against COVID-19, President Donald Trump announced Friday.

  • Gunman kills 16 in Canada

    A gunman who at one point masqueraded as a policeman killed at least 16 people in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia during a 12-hour rampage, authorities said on Sunday, in what was the country’s worst modern-era mass shooting.

  • Sanders endorses ex-rival Biden for US president

    Former White House candidate Bernie Sanders endorses onetime rival Joe Biden for president, saying it was time to unite in the effort to defeat Donald Trump in November.

  • US sets new global record with 1,480 virus deaths in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins

    The United States records nearly 1,500 deaths from COVID-19 between Thursday and Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the worst 24-hour death toll globally since the pandemic began.

  • Saving lives ‘prerequisite’ to save jobs: WHO, IMF chiefs

    The WHO and IMF chiefs insisted yesterday that saving lives was a “prerequisite” to saving livelihoods in the coronavirus pandemic -- a crisis they called “one of humanity’s darkest hours”.

  • Trump doubts China coronavirus numbers

    President Donald Trump cast doubt on the accuracy of official Chinese figures on its coronavirus outbreak after US lawmakers, citing an intelligence report, accused Beijing of a cover up.

  • Coronavirus drives 6.65 mn to file for US jobless benefits

    Another 6.65 million US workers file for unemployment benefits last week, the most ever recorded, as the coronavirus forces businesses to shut down nationwide, the Labor Department reports.

  • White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus

    President Donald Trump warns Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the US from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.

  • AI predicts which patients will get deadly ‘wet lung’

    Researchers in the US and China reported Monday they have developed an artificial intelligence tool that is able to accurately predict which newly infected patients with the novel coronavirus go on to develop severe lung disease.

  • US deploys Patriot air defence system to Iraq

    The United States has deployed Patriot air defence batteries to Iraqi bases to protect American troops recently targeted by Iranian missiles, US and Iraqi military sources told AFP Monday.

  • US won’t pay Harry and Meghan security: Trump

    President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States would not pay security costs for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, appearing to confirm that the royal couple have moved to live in California.

  • UK epidemic slowing

    The coronavirus epidemic in the United Kingdom is showing signs of slowing and antibody tests could be ready in days, Neil Ferguson, a professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, said yesterday.

  • ‘It is my first time’

    New York food banks have become inundated with newcomers deprived of income since the near-total halt of business in the United States’ economic capital.


    A limited emergency-use authorisation for two antimalarial drugs touted as game-changers by President Donald Trump has been issued by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat coronavirus patients.