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THE US: President Trump comments on  banning TikTok in the US

THE US: President Trump comments on banning TikTok in the US

China, INTERNATIONAL, USA
President Donald Trump has announced he is banning the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok in the US. He told reporters he could sign an executive order as early as Saturday. US security officials have expressed concern that the app, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, could be used to collect the personal data of Americans. The fast-growing app has up to 80 million active monthly users in America and the ban would be a major blow for ByteDance. "As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States," Mr Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. TikTok spokesperson Hilary McQuaide declined to comment on the move but said the company was "confident in the long-term success of TikTok", the Washington Post reports. Source: BBC
THE US: President Trump suggests a delay in the presidential election over coronavirus fears

THE US: President Trump suggests a delay in the presidential election over coronavirus fears

ELECTIONS, INTERNATIONAL, USA
US President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the 2020 election, in which he is currently lagging badly in the polls, citing the coronavirus and what he said would be "fraudulent" voting."Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" Trump asked in a tweet."With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA," the tweet said. Only Congress can change the election date, which is set by law on November 3. With Democrats ruling the lower House, that seems highly unlikely to happen.Trump has previously insisted that he sees no problem going ahead with the election, where he faces Democratic challenger Joe Biden.The corona...
THE USA: Former  presidential candidate Herman dies of COVID-19

THE USA: Former presidential candidate Herman dies of COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS, INTERNATIONAL, USA
Herman Cain, a US businessman and onetime Republican presidential candidate, has died after a month-long battle with coronavirus, his website announced. He was 74.Cain died in an Atlanta-area hospital, where he was admitted in early July, according to Newsmax, where he had been set to launch a weekly television program."Herman Cain - our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us - has passed away," the editor of his website wrote. "Although he was basically pretty healthy in recent years, he was still in a high-risk group because of his history with cancer," the statement said.Cain was born in December 1945 in Tennessee and raised in Atlanta by a domestic worker mother and chauffeur father. The Navy veteran established himself in the corporate world with stints at Pillsbury a...
The USA: First lady Melania Trump statue set on fire in Slovenia

The USA: First lady Melania Trump statue set on fire in Slovenia

INTERNATIONAL, USA
A wooden sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, on the night of July Fourth, as Americans celebrated U.S. Independence Day, said the artist who commissioned the sculpture. Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, told Reuters he had the life-sized blackened, disfigured sculpture removed as soon as police informed him on July 5th of the incident. "I want to know why they did it," said Downey, who had hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States, highlighting Melania Trump's status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration. In Washington, the office of Melania Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In recent weeks, President...
BLACK LIVES MATTER: George Floyd transcript reveals last moments: ‘Momma, I love you. Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead’

BLACK LIVES MATTER: George Floyd transcript reveals last moments: ‘Momma, I love you. Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead’

INTERNATIONAL, USA
Mr Floyd called out for his children and late mother and said officers would "kill" him before he died in police custody George Floyd said he couldn't breathe more than 20 times, called out for his children and late mother and said officers would "kill" him before he died in Minneapolis police custody, new evidence has shown. Mr Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. His death has unleashed a massive wave of protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the United States and inspired demonstrations around the world. Video of his death went viral and showed Mr Floyd shouting "I can't breathe" and calling for his mother as he suffocated. But transcripts of the police officers' body ...
WORLD: FBI director says China is ‘greatest threat’ to US

WORLD: FBI director says China is ‘greatest threat’ to US

China, INTERNATIONAL, USA
The director of the FBI has said that acts of espionage and theft by China’s government pose the “greatest long-term threat” to the future of the US. Speaking to the Hudson Institute in Washington, Christopher Wray described a multi-pronged disruption campaign. He said China had begun targeting Chinese nationals living abroad, coercing their return, and was working to compromise US coronavirus research. “The stakes could not be higher,” Mr Wray said. “China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary,” he added. In a nearly hour-long speech on Tuesday, the FBI Director outlined a stark picture of Chinese interference, a far-reaching campaign of economic espionage, data and monetary theft and illegal political activities...
WORLD: Iran tasks Interpol to arrest Trump after assasination of  general Qasem Soleimani.

WORLD: Iran tasks Interpol to arrest Trump after assasination of general Qasem Soleimani.

iran, USA, WORLD
Iran said Monday it has called for Interpol to help arrest President Donald Trump and 35 other US officials for the January killing of its top general in an American drone strike.Tehran prosecutor Ali Qasi Mehr, quoted by state news agency IRNA, said 36 US political and military officials "involved in the assassination" of General Qasem Soleimani "have been investigated and were ordered to be arrested through Interpol"."These people have been charged with murder and terrorist acts," he said. "At the top of the list is US President Donald Trump, and his prosecution will continue even after the end of his term," said the prosecutor, referring to his bid for re-election in November.Qasi Mehr, quoted on the judiciary's Mizan Online official website, said "the Iranian judiciary has issued a...
HEALTH: The US has sued a Chinese firm over half-million ‘fake’ N95 masks.

HEALTH: The US has sued a Chinese firm over half-million ‘fake’ N95 masks.

China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, USA, WORLD
The US Justice Department sued a Chinese company for selling nearly a half million fake and substandard N95 respirator to US buyers in April as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country.In a complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, the department said Guangdong-based King Year Packaging and Printing shipped three batches of purported N95 masks, needed to protect medical and other personnel from the coronavirus, to US buyers. The company falsely claimed the 495,200 masks it shipped met the N95 standard and also falsely claimed they were certified by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), according to the complaint.The complaint indicated the importer of the masks paid more than $1 million for them."The charges alleged in this complaint show a ...
U.S. Government Provides USD 15 Million to Uganda’s COVID-19 Response

U.S. Government Provides USD 15 Million to Uganda’s COVID-19 Response

AFRICA, AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, united states of america, USA
Kampala, May 22, 2020 – On May 20, Secretary of State Pompeo announced that the American people made a commitment of an additional USD 162 million for the global COVID-19 response, bringing the total to date to more than USD 1 billion since the outbreak began. The U.S. Mission in Uganda has provided both technical assistance and more than USD 15 million (UGX 56 Billion) in funding to meet the urgent needs of Uganda’s COVID-19 response. This assistance has been spread across many parts of the health sector to directly support the COVID-19 response as well as to assist the broader health sector in continuing its regular service delivery with the goal of enabling Uganda’s overall health system to maintain stability despite the challenges of COVID-19. For decades, the U.S. Mission has i...
Coronavirus – Africa: Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Coronavirus – Africa: Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, united states of america, USA
Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity of the American people, our foreign assistance is saving lives and helping to mitigate economic devastation around the world. The American people continue to prove they are the most generous humanitarians the world has ever known with today’s commitment of an additional $162 million for COVID-19 response, bringing the total to date to more than $1 billion since the outbreak began. The new funding announced today will continue to support vital interventions in health; water, sanitation, and hygiene; protection; and logistics; while also ...
BeApp Partners with Coca-Cola to Launch Coke Studio Sessions

BeApp Partners with Coca-Cola to Launch Coke Studio Sessions

AFRICA, Business, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TECHNOLOGY, united states of america, USA
Katy Perry, Bebe Rexha, DJ Khaled, Steve Aoki and More Kick Off 60 daysof Live Music Streaming for Fans Around the World Katy Perry ATLANTA, USA – BeApp, a new live music streaming platform, and Coca-Cola have announced the launch of Coke Studio Sessions, an exclusive collaboration featuring a diverse line-up of musical performances for fans to enjoy over 60 consecutive days. Live performances from more than 100 artists across the globe, including Katy Perry, Anitta, DJ Khaled, Bebe Rexha, Miguel, Cast of Hamilton and Steve Aoki will begin streaming today to refresh fans one virtual performance at a time and support the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Coke Studio Sessions marks the official debut of #BeApp, the social live music streaming platform from t...
Mike Tyson shows off a very toned physique after announcing return to the ring

Mike Tyson shows off a very toned physique after announcing return to the ring

celebrity, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Sports, united states of america, USA
Mike Tyson has a brand-new look after losing 140lbs a decade ago. The 53-year-old former professional boxer was shirtless as he threw punches in the air for a new video shared on Weibo which was filmed in the backyard of his home.  The Hangover actor lost weigh by going vegan, he said in 2013: 'When I was training for fights – a lot of meat, cheese, bread. I devoured everything besides pork. I used to eat a lot. As I got older I didn't like the way I was feeling. I had a lot of arthritis, joint problems and I was morbidly obese.' It was his wife who turned him on to going meat free. In this new clip Tyson has sculpted arms, abs and an overall slender frame as he shows off a grey beard. He moves very fast as he throws punches in the air, ducks and then eventually pets his ...
Coronavirus – Africa: The United States continues to lead the Global Response to COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa: The United States continues to lead the Global Response to COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 21, 2020/ -- Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American people have given more than $10 billion that will benefit the global COVID-19 response, and we continue to ensure that the substantial U.S. funding and scientific efforts on this front remain a central and coordinated part of the worldwide effort against COVID-19.  Months into fighting this pandemic at home and abroad, the United States continues to lead a global response—building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Government has committed more than $900 million in State Depart...
Coronavirus – Egypt: U.S. supports Egypt’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus – Egypt: U.S. supports Egypt’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EGYPT, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
The United States Government, in partnership with the Government of Egypt, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing 51 million Egyptian Pounds (or $3.2 million) to the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Egypt.  This funding will support ERC’s network of 30,000 volunteers and health professionals to conduct community outreach and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as build ERC’s capacity to respond to future crises. U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen stated, “As the entire world battles coronavirus, the United States felt it important to provide special, targeted support to Egypt to fight this pandemic. This support from the American people will assist tens of thousands of Egyptian healthcare professionals ...
Belarus: Set to receive its first US oil shipment, in move to wean off Russian supply

Belarus: Set to receive its first US oil shipment, in move to wean off Russian supply

Belarus, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, OIL, united states of america, USA
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the United States will send its first shipment of 80,000 tons of crude oil to Belarus, which has sought alternative oil suppliers after a monthslong pricing dispute with Russia. Pompeo said he believes this newest partnership “strengthens Belarusian sovereignty and independence.” Russia cut oil supplies to Belarus in January after Belarusian officials disputed 2020 oil prices, along with Russia's proposed increased integration of their economic ties. The 80,000-ton shipment is expected to arrive at the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda in June and from there will sent by rail to Belarus. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said cooperation with the U.S. on oil is "an element of energy security.” Tensions between Belaru...
USA – Trump declares nominees for District judges

USA – Trump declares nominees for District judges

INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
WHITE HOUSE: On 14th May 2020, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate: Danny Lam Nguyen, of the District of Columbia, to serve as an Associate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Danny Lam Nguyen currently serves as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he prosecutes complex financial fraud crimes.  Mr. Nguyen previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted cases involving domestic violence and sexual abuse.  Mr. Nguyen was previously in private practice with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Nguyen served as a law clerk to Judg...
WWE superstar Becky Lynch confirms pregnancy, vacates her Raw Women’s championship tittle to Asuka

WWE superstar Becky Lynch confirms pregnancy, vacates her Raw Women’s championship tittle to Asuka

celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, Entertainment, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Sports, united states of america, USA
The RAW Women's Champion made an emotional appearance on Monday night to reveal her pregnancy and vacate her title to Asuka.  She came down the ramp with the Women's Money in the Bank briefcase - won by 'The Empress of Tomorrow' - and thanked fans for 'carrying her into history'.  Lynch began to cry as she revealed 'she has to go away for a while before Asuka's music hit and she entered the ring.  Asuka celebrating after learning that she had become the new Raw women's champion Lynch also announced on the show, to the surprise of new champion Asuka, that the briefcase hoisted above the ring during the women's Money in the Bank match at Sunday night's pay-per-view was not for a shot at the title but rather the strap itself. "You go be a warrior," Lynch told Asuka, "because I...
Family of pilot who flew Kobe Bryant and his daughter defend him from claims of negligence by Bryant’s widow

Family of pilot who flew Kobe Bryant and his daughter defend him from claims of negligence by Bryant’s widow

BASKETBALL, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
The family of the pilot involved in the fatal helicopter crash that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna,13, and seven others earlier this year has blamed the passengers for their own deaths.  pilot Ara Zobayan The family of pilot Ara Zobayan in court papers responding to a wrongful death lawsuit brought against the helicopter company by Bryant's widow Vanessa says that injuries or damages suffered by those on board the fatal January 26 crash, 'were directly caused in full or in part by the negligence or fault of plaintiffs.'  That's because the passengers knowingly and voluntarily accepted the risks involved in taking the flight, say the legal documents. 'Any injuries or damages to plaintiffs and/or their decedent were directly caused in full or in par...
China: If We Have to Pay for Coronavirus, U.S. Has to Pay for AIDS, 2008 Financial Crisis

China: If We Have to Pay for Coronavirus, U.S. Has to Pay for AIDS, 2008 Financial Crisis

China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
Chinese state media once again floated the prospect of international lawsuits against the United States for supposedly being responsible for the HIV/AIDS epidemic in a column Thursday, adding the 2008 financial crisis and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic to the list. The Global Times and People’s Daily, two of the most prominent Chinese Communist Party English-language mouthpieces, have repeatedly responded to lawsuits against Beijing for actions it took that exacerbated the Chinese coronavirus pandemic with threats of similar lawsuits against the United States. Two American states, Missouri and Mississippi, have filed lawsuits against the Chinese Communist Party in U.S. court for its attempts to hide the outbreak when it began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. In the early days of...
Ugandan scientist wins Shs5.7bn from U.S. govt for groundbreaking eye infections research

Ugandan scientist wins Shs5.7bn from U.S. govt for groundbreaking eye infections research

AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, united states of america, USA
Prof. Peter Lwigale, a Ugandan scientist based in the U.S. — will collect $1.5 million (about Shs5.7 billion) to fund his research on the treatment of some eye infections. Prof. Lwigale, whose laboratory is based at Rice University, a private research university in Houston, Texas — is studying how a recently identified protein in the cornea aids development, homeostasis and wound healing in the eye. The grant will be provided by the U.S. government through National Institutes of Health, an agency responsible for biomedical and public health research. The researcher will the next four years use the funds to examine nephronectin (Npnt), a protein his lab recently discovered is abundantly expressed in the eye’s extracellular matrix. According to Texas Medical Center, the lab is i...