Cheat sheet: MIT professor charged with hiding work for China

MIT professor Gang Chen did not disclose his connections to China as is required on federal grant applications, US authorities said. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor was arrested and charged Thursday with hiding work he did for the Chinese government while he was also receiving United States dollars for his nanotechnology research. Gang […]

Judge not inclined to force Amazon to put Parler back online soon

Parler, the app favoured by Trump supporters, is likely to remain offline after a judge signalled she is more inclined to take a measured approach when considering whether to force Amazon.com to restore web-hosting services. Parler is likely to remain offline, at least in the near-term, after a judge indicated she’s likely to take a […]

US-China trade war cost up to 245,000 jobs: Study

The United States-China trade war was launched by Trump on the premise of shielding US jobs, but a study published on Thursday found it actually cost the US up to 245,000 jobs. United States President Donald Trump’s trade war with China has caused a peak loss of 245,000 US jobs, but a gradual scaling back […]

Vote count under way in Uganda after hotly contested election

People turned out in droves on Thursday to make their mark in an historic election in which Museveni’s reign is said to be strongly tested by Bobi Wine. Ugandans have voted under heavy security and an internet blackout in an election pitting veteran leader Yoweri Museveni against a former popstar Bobi Wine after one of […]

China possibly committed ‘genocide’ against Xinjiang Muslims

China has possibly committed “genocide” in its treatment of Uighurs and other minority Muslims in its western region of Xinjiang, a bipartisan commission of the United States Congress has said in a new report. The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) said on Thursday that new evidence had emerged in the past year that “crimes against […]

Pakistan’s Charlie Chaplin aims to spread happiness during tough times

SOUTH CAROLINA: President-elect Joe Biden’s pick of former US State Department career diplomat William Burns to head the CIA has drawn praise from current and former leaders of the spy agency.Burns, 64 — who served as deputy secretary of state between 2011 and 2014, and is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace — […]

Virginia governor backs move to end death penalty

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has said he supports a bill introduced by state legislators to end capital punishment in the state, US media reported. State legislators in Virginia’s House and Senate on Wednesday introduced bills that would abolish the death penalty and convert existing capital sentences to life sentences without parole, ABC News reported. Later […]

German economy stalls, probably avoids double-dip recession

German officials predict renewed pandemic lockdown won’t have the same severe impact as restrictions earlier in 2020. The German economy stagnated at the end of last year, probably avoiding a double-dip recession that is engulfing the euro area. The statistics office predicted that the country’s renewed pandemic lockdown won’t have the same severe impact as […]

Five civilians killed in Algeria roadside bomb blast

Three others were wounded in the region of Tebessa, Algeria’s ministry of defence said in a statement. Five civilians were killed and three wounded in a roadside bomb attack in eastern Algeria, the defence ministry said, the deadliest attack targeting civilians in recent years. The bomb went off as a car drove by in the […]

Budget deficit fix? Oman readies third bond sale in three months

The largest oil exporter outside of OPEC is selling $3.25bn in debt in three parts. Oman is back in the debt market for the third time in less than three months, taking advantage of investors’ appetite for yield to help plug the Gulf Arab region’s widest budget deficit. The largest oil exporter outside of OPEC […]

What’s behind the significant build-up of US firepower in the Gulf

The last few weeks have seen a sharp build-up of American combat power in the Gulf. Already home to the formidable 5th Fleet – based in Bahrain – the US Navy recently sent a powerful Ohio-class submarine, the USS Georgia, escorted by two guided-missile cruisers – the USS Port Royal and USS Philippine Sea – […]

Consumer Groups Target Amazon Prime’s Cancellation Process

LONDON — Those who have tried ending a membership in Amazon Prime, the technology giant’s digital subscription service, may be familiar with the multi-click process: warnings that cancellation will mean losing “exclusive benefits,” and prompts to reverse course, or switch to an annual membership instead. Consumer rights groups in Europe and the United States are […]

Your Friday Briefing

Trump faces trial after a bipartisan impeachment President Trump, who became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice, is facing a trial in the Senate that could disqualify him from running for office again. The trial will probably not start before the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden next Wednesday, leaving a host of next […]

CIA breathes sigh of relief with Burns appointment

UK judge rules no discrimination after ‘Allahu Akbar’ written on training bomb LONDON: A Muslim train driver in the UK has lost a religious discrimination claim he made after suing a security firm for using a fake bomb with the words “Allahu Akbar” on it as part of a training exercise. Anis Ali, 36, launched […]

Two former health officials charged with manslaughter in Flint

The water contamination in majority-Black Flint, Michigan is seen as an example of environmental injustice and racism. Two former Michigan health officials have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine people who got Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water crisis. Prosecutors revisiting how the city’s water system was contaminated with lead and […]

UK judge rules no discrimination after ‘Allahu Akbar’ written on training bomb

NEW YORK: The increasing number of people forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to work from home has generated a lot of attention on both the benefits and trials of working remotely. The UN’s International Labor Organization (ILO) has seized on this new awareness to highlight the predicament of what it estimates to be 260 million […]

UN: World facing ‘catastrophic’ temperature rise this century

Global temperatures in 2020 were among the highest on record and rivalled 2016 as the hottest year ever. The world is on course for a “catastrophic” temperature rise this century, the United Nations has warned. Global temperatures in 2020 were among the highest on record and it rivalled 2016 as the hottest year ever, according […]

Delta remains cautious after massive $12.4bn loss in 2020

Delta Air Lines closed the books on a disastrous 2020 with a comparatively small fourth-quarter loss, and executives expect a few more rocky months before — they hope — widespread coronavirus vaccinations and testing might salvage something of the upcoming summer travel season. Delta on Thursday reported a quarterly loss of $755m and $12.4bn in […]

Andrew Yang kicks off NYC mayoral run with basic income promise

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a former presidential contender, officially declared his run for New York City mayor. In a campaign video released late Wednesday on Twitter, Yang put forth an agenda that included a guaranteed minimum income, bringing universal high-speed Internet, starting a “people’s bank” and reopening New York City “intelligently” from the pandemic. “I […]

Timeline: How the Arab Spring unfolded 10 years ago

On January 14, 2011, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali stepped down after weeks of protests, ending his 24-year rule. What began as a protest by Mohamed Bouazizi – a fruit vendor who set himself on fire – the month before, sparked the period of unrest that unseated Ben Ali. Protests and uprising were […]

Traveling (or Returning) to the U.S.? Prepare to Take a Coronavirus Test

According to a C.D.C. order, airlines must comply with these rules to receive permission to disembark passengers in the United States. What kind of tests are required? The C.D.C. stipulates that negative results need to come out of a test that can detect an ongoing infection, by picking up on pieces of the pathogen itself. […]

Lady Gaga to sing anthem, J-Lo to perform at Biden inauguration

Biden’s inauguration will be a significant departure from those of previous presidents due to security and COVID-19 concerns. Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Joe Biden’s inauguration and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance on the West Front of the US Capitol when Biden is sworn in as United States’ 46th president […]

Which Americans can get a vaccine now? Here’s a look at the new guidance.

The U.S. government, faced with an unrelenting surge in coronavirus cases, issued recommendations this week regarding which people in the country should be vaccinated first. Here are answers to some common questions. Who is now eligible to be vaccinated, according to federal guidance? On Tuesday, Alex M. Azar II, the health secretary, urged all states […]