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Parents in England frustrated with COVID-19 testing system

17 September 2020

Birmingham/Southend-On-Sea – Parents across England are facing a COVID-19 dilemma: their children are not allowed to return to school unless they have a negative coronavirus test, but it is fiendishly difficult to get one as the British testing system buckles. Read More


Mexico asks for more info on whistleblower claims

17 September 2020

MEXICO CITY – Mexico said on Wednesday said it had formally requested a report from U.S. authorities regarding alleged negligent practices in U.S. immigration detention centres, citing accusations of sexual abuse and unauthorised hysterectomies. Read More


EU puts pressure on Johnson

14 September 2020

London – The European Union on Monday ramped up pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step back from breaking the Brexit divorce treaty, delaying a key decision on London’s euro clearing just as he faces a rebellion in the British parliament. Read More


Scientists: Warmth taking toll on Greenland ice shelf

14 September 2020

Greenland - A big chunk of ice has broken away from the Arctic's largest remaining ice shelf - 79N, or Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden - in north-east Greenland. Read More


Sudan declares state of emergency

13 September 2020

KHARTOUM – Sudanese authorities and the United Nations are rolling out aid to tens of thousands who lost their homes in record Nile floods, but many of those camping out on roadsides and higher ground are despairing of when it will reach them. Read More


Wildfires ravage Pacific Northwest

13 September 2020

PORTLAND, Oregon – Search and rescue crews using dogs combed through neighbourhoods left in blackened ruins by massive wildfires burning across three states on Saturday, and U.S. president Donald Trump said he would travel to California to see the devastation first-hand.... Read More


Teen defaces Churchill statue

12 September 2020

LONDON – British police said they charged a teenager on Friday over the defacing of the statue of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill opposite parliament, the second time in four months it has been sprayed with graffiti declaring him a racist. Read More


French teachers strike over coronavirus cases

11 September 2020

PARIS – Teachers at a junior high school in central Paris went on strike on Thursday, forcing the school’s closure, after support staff were quarantined following two COVID-19 infections. Read More


Attempt to hack firm associated with Biden campaign

10 September 2020

WASHINGTON - Microsoft Corp. recently alerted one of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s main election campaign advisory firms that it had been targeted by suspected Russian state-backed hackers, according to three people briefed on the matter. Read More


Apple files countersuit against Fortnite developers

09 September 2020

Apple Inc. on Tuesday filed counter claims against Fortnite creator Epic Games asking for lost App Store fees and other damages, and seeking an order to stop the game maker from operating its own in-app payment system. Read More


Call to suspend US Postmaster General

09 September 2020

WASHINGTON – The head of the House Oversight panel on Tuesday urged the immediate suspension of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy following reports that he illegally reimbursed former employees for political contributions, and announced an investigation. Read More


Assange fails in bid to delay hearings

08 September 2020

LONDON – WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, who is fighting to avoid extradition to the United States from Britain, failed on Monday in a bid to further delay hearings that resumed after a pause of months caused by the coronavirus lockdown. Read More


Belarusians file complaints against police

08 September 2020

MOSCOW – Artur Khomenko, an entrepreneur from Minsk, said police officers began beating him with their fists and truncheons after they detained him on the fourth night of huge protests that have weakened Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s grip on power. Read More


Jacob Blake speaks from hospital bed

07 September 2020

KENOSHA – Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot in the back by a white police officer in Wisconsin last month, spoke out for the first time from his hospital bed as dueling demonstrations over racial justice and policing continued to roil a handful of U.S. cities.... Read More


California Governor declares state of emergency

07 September 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in five counties on Sunday due to wildfires. Read More


Merkel says Navalny was poisoned

03 September 2020

BERLIN/MOSCOW - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is in intensive care in a Berlin hospital, was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent in an attempt to murder him, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. Read More


Vet suspects elephants had bacterial infection

02 September 2020

HARARE – Eleven young elephants found dead near Zimbabwe’s biggest game park may have succumbed to a bacterial infection, the country’s parks agency said on Tuesday, after it ruled out poaching and cyanide poisoning. Read More


Trump visits Kenosha

02 September 2020

KENOSHA – President Donald Trump defied requests to stay away and visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, not to urge racial healing after a white officer shot a Black man in the back but to express support for law enforcement in a city rocked by civil unrest. Read More


Ramaphosa vows to clean up ANC’s reputation

01 September 2020

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa sought to stamp his authority on the governing African National Congress (ANC) on Monday, saying that party officials must take leave from their positions if charged with corruption and resign if convicted. Read More


Schools reopen in England

01 September 2020

LONDON – Schools in England and Wales will finally reopen on Tuesday to all students for a new term after the COVID-19 pandemic forced their closure, leading to cancelled exams and throwing student grades into chaos. Read More


Lockdown lifted in Auckland

31 August 2020

WELLINGTON – Schools and businesses reopened in Auckland on Monday after the lifting of a lockdown in New Zealand’s largest city to contain the resurgence of the coronavirus, but face masks were made mandatory on public transport across the country. Read More


Instead of an announcement via the Throne Speech, should Barbadians decide via referendum whether the country becomes a republic?