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  • Ban China Telecom from operating in US, agencies say
    by Reuters on April 9, 2020

    The US Justice Department and other federal agencies on Thursday called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke China Telecom (Americas) Corp’s authorisation to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States.China Telecom is the US subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned telecommunications company.Last year, two US senators asked the FCC to review approvals of China Telecom and China Unicom to operate in the United States.The FCC last May voted…

  • Coronavirus: Boris Johnson out of intensive care
    by Agence France-Presse on April 9, 2020

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson left intensive care on Thursday after three days of treatment for Covid-19, his office said.“The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery,” a statement said.“He is in extremely good spirits,” it added.The 55-year-old Conservative leader had received “standard oxygen treatment” after he was transferred to the intensive care unit at London’s St…

  • Coronavirus latest: world faces new ‘Great Depression’ as pandemic toll mounts
    by Compiled by SCMP’s Asia desk,Agencies on April 9, 2020

    World powers scrambled on Thursday to build a global response to the human tragedy and once-in-a-century economic collapse caused by the coronavirus epidemic, as death tolls in the US and Europe soared higher.In a locked-down New York, the UN Security Council was to meet on the pandemic for the first time. And, by video conference, EU finance ministers are wrangling over how to bail out their worst hit members Italy and Spain.New York state recorded its single day record for Covid-19 deaths,…

  • Have Australia and New Zealand stopped Covid-19 in its tracks?
    by Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin and Ben Doherty in Sydney on April 9, 2020

    Southern hemisphere neighbours have developed different strategies but both are working – for nowCoronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Its more than 35,000km of coastline was always going to be Australia’s most potent weapon in the fight against coronavirus, but even so, the speed with which it was deployed was breathtaking.Without warning on Thursday 19 March, the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, announced “Australia is closing its borders to all-non citizens”, the ban effective from 9pm the next day. Continue reading...

  • Coronavirus live news: global deaths near 90,000 as US says isolation measures are working
    by Amy Walker (now) and Helen Sullivan (earlier) on April 9, 2020

    Boris Johnson still in intensive care; US protective equipment stockpile nearly empty; virus could push 500m people into poverty. Follow the latest updates.The cluster effect: how social gatherings were rocket fuel for coronavirusCoronavirus latest: at a glanceUK coronavirus updates – liveAustralia coronavirus updates – liveSee all of our coronavirus coverage 10.23am BSTIndian and Pakistani troops in Kashmir are locked in cross-border fighting over the disputed region, despite surging coronavirus outbreaks.Indian Army data reviewed by Reuters shows there were 411 ceasefire violations by Pakistan’s military in March, the highest number in a single month since at least 2018. 10.16am BSTMeanwhile in Poland, some measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 will be lifted after Easter, its deputy health minister has suggested.During a news conference, Waldemar Kraska, said some restrictions would be eased in order to support the country’s economy. Continue reading...

  • Australia coronavirus live update: education minister orders independent schools to reopen – latest news
    by Michael McGowan (now) and Josh Taylor and Amy Remeikis (earlier) on April 9, 2020

    Dan Tehan wants all schools to provide in-person teaching to children whose parents want it; NRL says it will return on 28 May. Follow liveFollow our global coronavirus live updatesSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsAm I eligible for the jobkeeper payment? Here’s everything you need to know to registerCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statistics 10.23am BSTRugby Australia chief Raelene Castle will take a 50% pay cut as the code continues to work on an agreement over player payments.No resolution was reached before the start of Easter, as planned discussions with the Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) on Thursday were postponed, after a RA director fell ill. 9.54am BSTWestern Australia reports 14 new cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the state’s total to 495.Of the new confirmed cases, 10 are from metropolitan Perth, two from the Kimberley, one from the goldfields region and the other from the wheatbelt. Continue reading...

  • Killer of Slovak Journalist Sentenced ... and Rights Groups Await further Convictions
    by Global Issues on April 8, 2020

    BRATISLAVA, Apr 08 (IPS) - Journalists and rights activists have welcomed the jailing of a man for the murders of Slovak investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova, but say others involved in the killings must be convicted too if justice is to be fully served.Read the full story, “Killer of Slovak Journalist Sentenced ... and Rights Groups Await further Convictions”, on globalissues.org →

  • What Journalists Should Know About Coronavirus Cellphone Tracking
    by Global Issues on April 8, 2020

    NEW YORK, Apr 08 (IPS) - Governments all over the world have been considering cellphone surveillance to help track and contain the spread of the coronavirus.Read the full story, “What Journalists Should Know About Coronavirus Cellphone Tracking”, on globalissues.org →

  • Asia-Pacific Response to COVID-19 and Climate Emergency Must Build a Resilient and Sustainable Future
    by Global Issues on April 8, 2020

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Apr 08 (IPS) - The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people's lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific.Countries in our region are striving to mitigate the massive socioeconomic impact of the pandemic, which is also expected to affect the region's economic health. In its annual Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020 launched today, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)expectsgrowth in Asia-Pacific developing economies to slow down significantly this year.Read the full story, “Asia-Pacific Response to COVID-19 and Climate Emergency Must Build a Resilient and Sustainable Future”, on globalissues.org →

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