The government is considering releasing some offenders from prisons in England and Wales to ease pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the virus poses an “acute” risk in prisons, many of which are overcrowded. Some 3,500 prison staff – about 10% of the workforce... Read more
BEIJING (REUTERS) – Mainland China had 39 new confirmed cases on Sunday (March 22), the country’s National Health Commission said, down from 46 a day earlier. All of the new cases involved travellers arriving in China from abroad, the health authority said in a statement on Monday. That brings... Read more
AFP/Reuters/Rome/Berlin/Madrid/Paris Italy’s world-topping toll from the coronavirus pandemic approached 5,500 yesterday after the Mediterranean country reported another 651 deaths. The novel coronavirus causes the Covid-19 disease. The latest daily toll was smaller than Saturday’s record 793 fatalities, but still the second-highest registered during Italy’s month-long crisis. The number of... Read more
Agencies/Mumbai Hundreds of millions of people stayed at home yesterday, heeding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for people to self-isolate to contain the coronavirus as confirmed cases in the country surge past 360, with seven deaths reported so far. While the curfew was voluntary and not an outright ban... Read more
BANGKOK (REUTERS) – The coronavirus pandemic led to a rare surge of online posts in Thailand questioning the monarchy on Sunday (March 22) and a government minister subsequently warned that inappropriate posts could lead to jail. Insulting the monarchy is a crime, punishable by up to 15 years in... Read more
The number of coronavirus patients in Pakistan has now reached 646, the country’s health ministry said yesterday, although the government again refused to impose a nationwide lockdown to contain the virus’ spread. Pakistan registered 112 new cases during the past 24 hours, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on... Read more
Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump meet during the second US-North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2019 President Donald Trump sent a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seeking to maintain good relations and offering cooperation in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The latest correspondence... Read more
Supporters of the AAP celebrate at the party headquarters in New Delhi on February 11, 2020 Last week, India’s ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) faced a massive rebuff in the local legislative election in Delhi. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a relatively new and small political party, swept... Read more
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, left, and former vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar, right South Sudan’s rebels have rejected a peace offer by President Salva Kiir, which included plans to reduce the number of states but also create three administrative areas in the country. The... Read more
President Xi knew about the potential severity of the coronavirus as early as January 7, according to speech China has announced a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day, as state media released a speech by President Xi Jinping that indicated the country’s... Read more