Sri Lanka holds mock poll to test Covid-19 guidelines for parliamentary election

The parliamentary polls were initially to be held on April 25, but had to be postponed due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which prompted the authorities to announce a nationwide lockdown from March 20. Some 200 voters from the Ambalangoda polling division in Galle district were chosen to ‘vote’ at the mock poll, … Read more Sri Lanka holds mock poll to test Covid-19 guidelines for parliamentary election

Japan refuses to join US, UK and others in condemning China’s Hong Kong security law

Tokyo separately issued a statement May 28, saying the nation was “seriously concerned” about the move. File photo of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (Photo Credits: AP) Japan has decided not join the United States, Britain and others in issuing a statement scolding China for imposing a new security law in Hong Kong, Kyodo news agency … Read more Japan refuses to join US, UK and others in condemning China’s Hong Kong security law

US President Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 troops to counter DC protests, reveals official

US President Donald Trump told his advisors at one point this past week he wanted 10,000 troops to deploy to the Washington DC area to halt civil unrest over the killing of a black man by Minneapolis police, according to a senior US official. The account of Trump’s demand during a heated Oval Office conversation … Read more US President Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 troops to counter DC protests, reveals official

US: Washington protesters express optimism after week on edge

On Monday, they were forcibly removed from the street by law enforcement. On Saturday, they danced. The tens of thousands of racially diverse demonstrators who flooded Washington to protest injustice and police brutality reshaped the mood of a city that has been on edge this week. Bursts of looting and violence early in the week … Read more US: Washington protesters express optimism after week on edge

Brazil govt yanks virus death toll as data befuddles experts

Brazil’s government has stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections in an extraordinary move that critics call an attempt to hide the true toll of the disease in Latin America’s largest nation. Saturday’s move came after months of criticism from experts that Brazil’s statistics are woefully deficient, and in some cases manipulated, … Read more Brazil govt yanks virus death toll as data befuddles experts

Pandemic, dire economy, unrest upend US presidential race

Three concurrent crises scarring the United States — a deadly health pandemic, economic despair and widespread social unrest — have reframed this year’s presidential contest and prompted national reflection over racial inequality in America. Is the country on the cusp of a transformation, or will systemic inequalities exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis persist, allowing alienation … Read more Pandemic, dire economy, unrest upend US presidential race

Trump’s plan to slash US troops sparks concern in Germany

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas voiced regret Sunday at reports that President Donald Trump plans to cut the number of US troops stationed in Germany, stressing that close cooperation was in the interests of both countries. Other senior politicians in Berlin were more blunt in their criticism, slamming the plan as the latest blow to … Read more Trump’s plan to slash US troops sparks concern in Germany

Trump’s plan to slash US troops sparks concern in Germany

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas voiced regret Sunday at reports that President Donald Trump plans to cut the number of US troops stationed in Germany, stressing that close cooperation was in the interests of both countries. Other senior politicians in Berlin were more blunt in their criticism, slamming the plan as the latest blow to … Read more Trump’s plan to slash US troops sparks concern in Germany

China exonerates self in whitepaper, says coronavirus first noticed on December 27

A beleaguered China on Sunday exonerated itself from the global allegations of delay in reporting the coronavirus outbreak, saying the virus was first noticed in Wuhan on December 27 as a viral pneumonia and human-to-human transmission was discovered on January 19, after which it took swift actions to curb it. A whitepaper released by the … Read more China exonerates self in whitepaper, says coronavirus first noticed on December 27