US to ban passenger flights from China

86 ViewsThe US is to ban passenger flights from China from 16 June, in the latest sign of tensions between the two economic giants. The Department of Transportation said it was punishing Beijing for refusing to let US flights to China resume following the coronavirus outbreak. In recent weeks the countries have sparred over the pandemic and China’s policies in Hong Kong. But Washington said it would continue to “engage” on the air travel issue. The Department of Transportation order applies to four airlines – Air China, China Eastern Airlines,…

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Akinwumi Adesina: Why the US is targeting a flamboyant Nigerian banker

189 ViewsThe US and the African Development Bank have fallen out over allegations of corruption against the bank’s Nigerian head, writes former BBC Africa Business editor Larry Madowo. Akinwumi Adesina is a sharp dresser known for his expensive tailored suits, immaculate white shirts and an endless supply of colourful bow ties. But the clean public persona of the 60-year-old president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) is now being questioned after a string of corruption and abuse of office allegations from his own staff spilled into the open. Mr Adesina…

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Trump threatens to regulate or close down social media platforms

122 ViewsU.S. President Donald Trump, on Wednesday threatened to “strongly regulate or close down” social media platforms. The threat came a day after microblogging service provider, Twitter, labelled his tweet on voting by mail as misleading. “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again. “Just like we can’t let large-scale…

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US Government probes Nigeria’s Akinwunmi Adesina at Africa Development Bank

111 ViewsThe United States Government has rejected plans by the African Development Bank’s board to end an investigation into its President, Akinwumi Adesina, and called for an independent probe into allegations against him. Some staff of the AfDB had accused Adesina of 20 breaches of the bank’s code of conduct, including “unethical conduct, private gain, an impediment to efficiency, preferential treatment, and involvement in political activities”. On May 5, the ethics committee of the continental bank, headed by Takuji Yano, said in its report that Adesina was not guilty on…

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Trump reveals he’s taking hydroxychloroquine in effort to prevent coronavirus symptoms

236 ViewsPresident Trump revealed to reporters on Monday he’s taking the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in an effort to prevent getting coronavirus, saying he’s been taking a pill every day for about a week and a half. “I’m taking it – hydroxychloroquine,” the president told reporters during a roundtable with restaurant leaders in the White House’s State Dining Room. He added: “I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories. And, if it’s not good, I’ll tell you right, I’m not going to get hurt by it.” The president added that he consulted…

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Breaking:We’ve Discovered Coronavirus Cure ‘That Works 100%’ – U.S Scientists

617 Views Some scientists in the United States have claimed to be in possession of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) cure “that works 100 percent”. The scientists with Sorrento Therapeutics, a California based biotechnology company, said they discovered an antibody capable of completely destroying COVID-19 in human bodies. If their discovery should scale through human clinical trials, the scientists may be on the verge of creating the first COVID-19 drug. In a statement they issued to announce their discovery, the U.S. scientists said a drug for the specific treatment of COVID-19 could…

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China confirms US accusations that it destroyed early samples of the novel coronavirus, but says it was done for ‘biosafety reasons’

267 ViewsChina has confirmed that it had ordered unauthorized laboratories to destroy samples of the new coronavirus but insisted that it was due to “biosafety reasons.” The announcement comes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has repeatedly said that China refused to give virus samples taken from patients infected with COVID-19 in late December last year and that officials had destroyed early samples, according to South China Morning Post. Liu Dengfeng, an official with the Chinese National Health Commission’s science and education department, said in a Beijing briefing on Friday…

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Can Trump Lose the Cases Against Him in the Supreme Court and Still Win? By Jeffrey Toobin

182 ViewsDonald Trump stands under an umbrella in the rain. Donald Trump has lost at every level of the judicial system in a pair of cases about his tax returns and financial documents, and he may well lose again—but a delay could be all he needs.Photograph by Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg / Getty Here’s a tipoff for when a lawyer knows he has a weak argument: he resorts to the slippery slope. Based on Tuesday’s arguments before the Supreme Court in a pair of cases about efforts to obtain President…

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Dokpesi Jnr:NCDC declared me COVID-19 positive but I didn’t see my test result

250 ViewsRaymond Dokpesi jnr, chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, has recovered from COVID-19 almost three weeks after he tested positive for the disease. He was discharged hours after Raymond Dokpesi, his father and founder of DAAR Communications, and his two children were discharged from the University of Abuja isolation centre. In a message in the early hours of Friday, he expressed gratitude to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and medical team at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital where he was treated, for their efforts. Sharing his experience,…

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China trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research —US

152 ViewsChinese hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research, US authorities said Wednesday, ratcheting up tensions between the superpowers as markets slumped on warnings from the US Federal Reserve that prolonged shutdowns could cause “lasting damage.” Europe, meanwhile, pushed ahead with plans to gradually reopen for summer tourism, even as fears persist of a second wave of infections in the pandemic that has forced more than half of humanity behind closed doors in recent months. With some countries scrambling after a fresh surge in cases and the global death…

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