24 Jul 2020

US consulate: China orders US consulate closure in tit-for-tat move

Just a day after the US demanded that China close down its consulate in Houston, Texas, China has ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu, a city in southwest China. The move represents a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries as tensions continue to rise. China admitted that

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24 Jul 2020

China offers $1 billion loan to Latin America and the Caribbean for access to its Covid-19 vaccine

On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced that China will loan $1 billion to Latin America and the Caribbean for COVID-19 vaccine access. The Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry published the information in a statement following a virtual gathering between the leaders of the region. Wang Yi stated that the

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23 Jul 2020

South Korea Slumps Into a Recession

South Korea’s economy has fallen into a recession following its second quarter of contraction. This is likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic taking a heavy toll on the country, which is heavily reliant on exports. Gross domestic product within South Korea shrank by 3.3% in the second quarter, according to

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23 Jul 2020

China-US row: Fugitive researcher ‘hiding in San Francisco consulate’

Recent reports claim that a Chinese scientist who has been accused of visa fraud and concealing ties to the military has taken refuge in China’s San Francisco consulate, according to US authorities. Prosecutors believe that the case may be part of a Chinese program that consists of sending undercover army

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23 Jul 2020

Nigeria’s Boko Haram crisis: Aid workers ‘killed’ in Borno state

Last month, five aid workers were abducted in northeast Nigeria, in Borno State. Recently, jihadists have reported that they have executed the aid workers. The abducted men were working for the International Rescue Committee, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, and the State Emergency Management Agency. Nigeria’s president placed the blame

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22 Jul 2020

Taiwan says China sending planes near island almost daily

China has reportedly been flying military jets near Taiwan with increasing frequency over the past few weeks. This has raised controversy and questions over China’s intentions, however, it appears to be a threat to take control over the island through the use of military force, according to Taiwan’s foreign minister.

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22 Jul 2020

Chinese consulate in Houston ordered to close by US

The United States has issued an order to China, demanding that they close its consulate in Houston, Texas, by Friday. Beijing has claimed that a move is an act of political provocation, however, the US State Department claims it was an attempt to protect US intellectual property. These statements were

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21 Jul 2020

U.K. Failed to Probe Alleged Russian Interference in Votes, Report Says

On Tuesday, a UK parliament intelligence committee stated that the British government did not take measures to investigate alleged Russian interference, leaving the country with skewed elections, and poor security practices. In a report, the intelligence committee underlined Moscow’s influence over the UK. The report also questions why the government

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21 Jul 2020

EU agrees on $2.1 trillion deal after marathon summit

A four-day long EU summit ended with an unprecedented $1.2 trillion budget decision to adequately address the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic within the EU. The recovery fund was established early on Tuesday at the end of one of the longest EU summits in history. The 27 leaders managed

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21 Jul 2020

India coronavirus: Nearly one in four in Delhi had Covid-19, study says

A new study that tested the antibodies of a random sample of people suggests that almost one in four Delhi residents have been exposed to coronavirus infection. According to the Indian government survey, roughly 23% of the 21,000 tested had antibodies present in their blood sample. This suggests that India

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