A dozen US senators plan to oppose Biden certification |

A dozen US senators plan to oppose Biden certification |

In this file photo taken on November 10, 2020 US Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, arrives for the weekly Senate Republican lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. — AFP pic WASHINGTON, Jan 3 — A group of Republican senators led by veteran lawmaker Ted Cruz said yesterday they will challenge Joe Biden’s election … Read more

US marks 277,000 Covid cases in 24 hours, a new record |

US marks 277,000 Covid cases in 24 hours, a new record |

Tanna Ingraham places a sheet over the body of a patient who died inside the coronavirus disease (Covid-19 unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, US, December 30, 2020. — Reuters pic WASHINGTON, Jan 3 — The United States yesterday saw its highest number yet of coronavirus cases recorded in one day, with … Read more

Thailand eyes tougher measures amid coronavirus second wave |

Thailand eyes tougher measures amid coronavirus second wave |

People visit shopping centre to celebrate New Year Eve during the coronavirus disease outbreak in Bangkok December 31, 2020. — Reuters pic BANGKOK, Jan 2 — Thai health authorities today recommended tougher restrictions on businesses and people’s movement in 28 provinces, including the capital Bangkok, as the number of new coronavirus cases rises. The measures, … Read more

Alarm in France after 2,500 mass for illegal rave |

Alarm in France after 2,500 mass for illegal rave |

LIEURON (France, Jan 1 — Some 2,500 partygoers attended an illegal New Year rave in northwestern France, violently clashing with police who failed to stop it and sparking concern the underground event could spread the coronavirus, authorities said today. The revellers had set up the illegal rave in Lieuron south of Rennes in Brittany after … Read more

Fauci sees US gaining control over pandemic by next autumn |

Fauci sees US gaining control over pandemic by next autumn |

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci speaks November 19, 2020. — AFP pic LOS ANGELES, Dec 31 — The leading US infectious disease specialist, Dr Anthony Fauci, said yesterday he foresees America achieving enough collective Covid-19 immunity through vaccinations to regain “some semblance of normality” by autumn 2021, despite … Read more

McConnell sees ‘no realistic path’ in Senate for House bill on US$2,000 cheques |

McConnell sees 'no realistic path' in Senate for House bill on US$2,000 cheques |

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, walks from the Senate floor on Capitol Hill Washington December 21, 2020. — Reuters pic WASHINGTON, Dec 31 — US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell yesterday said a Democratic bill to raise coronavirus relief checks to US$2,000 (RM8,095) from US$600 was unlikely to clear the Senate anytime soon, likely … Read more

Blasts hit Yemen’s Aden airport as new government arrives |

Blasts hit Yemen’s Aden airport as new government arrives |

People walk on the tarmac as dust and smoke rise after explosions hit Aden airport, upon the arrival of the newly-formed Yemeni government in Aden, Yemen December 30, 2020. — Reuters pic ADEN, Dec 30 — Explosions rocked Yemen’s Aden airport today shortly after the arrival of a plane carrying the new unity government, with … Read more

Indonesia says agreements signed for 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine |

Indonesia says agreements signed for 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine |

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi after a signing ceremony in Jakarta March 9, 2020. — Antara Foto via Reuters JAKARTA, Dec 30 — Indonesia has signed an agreement with two drugmakers AstraZeneca and Novavax , for 100 million doses of vaccines, the country’s foreign minister said today. “We’ve secured supplies of vaccines, from AstraZeneca and … Read more

South Korea reports record daily death toll from Covid-19 |

South Korea reports record daily death toll from Covid-19 |

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect an arrival gate amid the Covid-19 pandemic at the Incheon International Airport, South Korea December 28, 2020. — Reuters pic SEOUL, Dec 29 — South Korea today reported 40 new coronavirus deaths, a record daily toll, bringing the total death tally to 859, as the country grapples with a third … Read more

In final days, a weakened Trump faces first veto override |

In final days, a weakened Trump faces first veto override |

US President Donald Trump plays golf at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida December 28, 2020. — Reuters pic WASHINGTON, Dec 29 — Donald Trump, after caving to pressure and signing a US$900 billion (RM3.65 trillion) coronavirus relief package, faces another potential humiliation this week with Congress poised to deliver the … Read more

Swiss return remaining US$150m seized over Stanford scam to US |

Swiss return remaining US$150m seized over Stanford scam to US |

GENEVA, Dec 28 — Swiss authorities said today that they were returning to the United States the remaining US$150 million (RM608 million linked to a vast financial swindle by Texas financier Allan Stanford, to help compensate his victims. In total, Switzerland in 2009 froze some US$200 million in assets in accounts linked to the flamboyant … Read more

Investigators name Nashville bomber, say he died in blast |

Investigators name Nashville bomber, say he died in blast |

This home in Nashville has been connected to Anthony Quinn Warner, person of interest in the bombing on Christmas Day. — Reuters pic via Alan Poizner/The Tennessean via USA Today Network WASHINGTON, Dec 28 — The man suspected of setting off a bomb in Nashville that ripped through the southern US city’s downtown on Christmas … Read more