• Domestic violence on rise as COVID-19 keeps people at home: Study
    New York, May 28 (IANS) Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the researchers have found an increase in the incidence of domestic violence reports in two US cities, Los Angeles and Indianapolis since stay-at-home orders were put into effect.   So far, many countries have reported an increase in domestic violence.   The study, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Criminal Justice, predicts that the incidence should gradually decrease as people return to normal routines,
  • Italy's COVID-19 deaths register new rise as active infections keep falling
    AFP Photo Rome, May 28 (IANS) Some 117 new fatalities due to the coronavirus were registered in Italy on Wednesday, bringing the country's death toll to 33,072, the latest data from the national Civil Protection Department showed. It marked a visible rise compared to 78 deaths registered on Tuesday, and came after a prolonged period in which daily COVID-19 death figures showed a downward trend.   At the same time, active infections kept dropping, the Civil Protecti
  • Global COVID-19 cases near 5.7 mn: Johns Hopkins
    Photo by Powerofflowers/iStock   Washington, May 28 (IANS) The overall number of global coronavirus cases was nearing the 5.7 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 355,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.   As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,690,951, while the death toll increased to 355,615, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.  
  • Trump warns social media giants after tweet fact-checked
    Washington, May 28 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has warned social media giants that his government could "strongly regulate" or "close them down" after Twitter fact-checked one of his tweets for the first time.   "Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices," Xinhua news agency reported citing Trump as saying in a tweet to his 80 million followers on Wednesday.   "We will strongly regulat
  • Facebook CEO criticizes Twitter for fact-checking Trump
    San Francisco, May 28 (IANS) Criticising Twitter for flagging tweets by US President Donald Trump, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that social media companies should not be the arbiter of truth.   US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened Twitter with "big action" for tagging two of his tweets on mail-in voting with a fact-checking warning label.   In an interview with Fox News, Zuckerberg called out his social media rival, saying Twitter s
  • U.S. coronavirus deaths top 100,000 as country reopens
    May 28 (Reuters) - The novel coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Wednesday, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns.   About 1,400 Americans have died on average each day in May, down from a peak of 2,000 in April, according to the tally of state and county data on COVID-19 deaths.    In about three months, mo
  • Now Trump offers to mediate 'raging' India-China border dispute
    WASHINGTON, May 27  (Reuters): US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had offered to mediate a standoff between India and China at the Himalayan border, where soldiers camped out in a high-altitude region have accused each other of trespassing over the disputed border. "We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute," Trump said in a Twitter post. The stando
  • France, Italy, Belgium act to stop use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 on safety fears
    PARIS, May 27  (Reuters):  France, Italy and Belgium acted to halt the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat patients suffering from COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, amid questions about the safety of the generic anti-malaria drug. France on Wednesday cancelled a decree allowing hospital doctors to dispense the medicine, while the Italian Medicine Agency (AIFA) suspended authorization to use hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 outside clinical trials. B
  • Afghanistan begins freeing 900 Taliban prisoners, urges truce extension
    KABUL, May 27 (Reuters): The Afghan government said it was in the process of freeing 900 Taliban members from prison on Tuesday, the biggest such release yet, and urged the insurgent group to extend a three-day ceasefire set to end at midnight. The release was part of a prisoner swap under a deal struck by the Taliban and the United States in Qatar in February, as a precursor to peace talks between the Islamist militants and an inclusive Afghan delegation aiming to end a two-decad
  • Pompeo says Hong Kong does not warrant pre-1997 special treatment
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he certified on Wednesday to the U.S. Congress that Hong Kong does not continue to warrant special treatment under the U.S. laws in the same way that applied when the territory was still under the British law before July 1997.   "No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground," Pompeo said in a statement.
  • 'Move on' - British PM Johnson tries to draw line under adviser row
    LONDON, May 27 (Reuters): Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Britain on Wednesday to move on from what he described as a "very, very frustrating episode" when his closest adviser provoked outrage and scorn for travelling during the coronavirus lockdown.   Dominic Cummings has refused to quit after it was revealed that he had driven 400 km (250 miles) from London to northern England in March with his 4-year-old son and his wife, who was sick at the time, to be
  • Twitter's fact-check label prompts Trump threat to shut down social media companies
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters): US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies for stifling conservative voices, a day after Twitter attached a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president's claims.   Without offering evidence, Trump again accused such platforms of bias, tweeting: "Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strong
  • Germany's Scholz sees 'very high' chances for EU compromise deal on Recovery Fund
    BERLIN, May 27 (Reuters): German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Wednesday welcomed the European Commission's plan for a 750 billion-euro ($824.55 billion) Recovery Fund and said he was confident member states would find a compromise deal to help countries most hit by the coronavirus pandemic.   "The discussion is not over yet, there needs to be an agreement among 27 member states. But it's safe to say already now that the chances are very high that there w
  • Death of 'Mr Big' stirs memories of Singapore's gangland past
    SINGAPORE, May 27 (Reuters): Early one October morning in 1969, Singapore police found the body of a man dumped in a storm drain. He had been stabbed to death, police said, in what became one of the country's most notorious gang killings.   After more than 50 years on the run, one of the men wanted for the murder, Tan Tong Meng, died of a heart attack in Denmark last month, according to former police detectives, online tributes and media reports.   The de
  • Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga denounces charges as 'lies'
    PARIS, May 27 (Reuters): Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, arrested this month after more than two decades on the run, told a French court on Wednesday that the international charges against him were lies.   Kabuga has been indicted by U.N. prosecutors for genocide and incitement to commit genocide, among other charges. He is accused of bankrolling and arming the ethnic Hutu militias which killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus over 100 days in 1994.  
  • Malaysian wins landmark right to challenge Muslim gay sex ban
    KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Malaysia's top court has given the go-ahead for a man to challenge an Islamic ban on sex "against the order of nature", his lawyer said on Wednesday, in a test case for gay rights in the mostly Muslim country.   LGBT+ rights groups say Islamic laws have been increasingly used to target the country's gay community, with a rise in arrests and punishments ranging from caning to jailing.   The M
  • Lawyer of Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga says client would not get fair UN trial
    PARIS, May 27 (Reuters): Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga believes he won't receive a fair trial in an international court, which he would consider politically biased, whereas he thinks he could have one in France, his lawyer said on Wednesday.   A few moments earlier Kabuga told a French court that the international charges against him were lies.   Kabuga, who was arrested near Paris earlier this month after more than two decades on the run, is a
  • China's latest U-turn, says Covid-19 virus had 'multiple origins'
    Beijing May 27 (IANS): In what seems to be an absolutely new theory, Chinese scientists have said that the novel coronavirus may not have its origin in the Wuhan seafood market, which allegedly caused the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic. �People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, revealed on Wednesday that new evidence suggests 'multiple origins of the transmission of the virus'.   The leading newspaper of China wrote o
  • China's muscle-flexing against India & others, a challenge to US supremacy
    New Delhi/Beijing, May 27 (IANS): China's simultaneous muscle-flexing along the boundaries with India and as well as in the sea against Southeast Asian nations is rapidly establishing that Beijing remains steadfast in challenging the US supremacy in the post-coronavirus world.   In the last decade, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been persistently propagating the view that the American hegemony and the US-led world order is on its last legs. Since the outbreak of t
  • We're ready, say NASA crewmates on maiden SpaceX flight to ISS
    Washington, May 27 (IANS): Ahead of their historic launch to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on Wednesday, NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken said that they were ready for the upcoming journey.   "...The teams are ready and we are ready. #LaunchAmerica," Hurley said in a tweet.   This "Crew Demo-2" mission will mark the first launch of astronauts on an American rocket from American soi