Oman’s new sultan quietly makes his mark as challenges loom

1 / 2 Oman A Sultanate Challenged FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at al-Alam palace in the capital Muscat, Oman. The new sultan, while quietly making his mark, faces real challenges ahead. Oman has billions in looming loan … Read more

Russian scientist behind COVID-19 vaccine defends ‘wartime’ roll-out

Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, attends an interview in Moscow More By Polina Nikolskaya and Polina Ivanova MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia plans to share preliminary results of its COVID-19 vaccine trial based on the first six weeks of monitoring participants, raising the tempo in an already frenzied … Read more

Northeast England faces clampdown banning all households from mixing

‘Red Wall’ Tory MPs revolt over new Covid crackdown that BANS friends meeting across vast swathe of northern England – after call for Whitty and Vallance to be SACKED for ‘terrifying’ the nation Huge areas of north-east England will see social distancing restrictions tightened after infections increased Residents banned from mixing with other households or bubbles … Read more

Scott Morrison reveals first places Aussies will be able to travel to

Scott Morrison reveals the countries Australians will be able to visit first when overseas travel ban is lifted – amid calls for every state to open up before Christmas Overseas travel is banned until 17 December and prohibition may be extended But Scott Morrison said border will first open to countries with low virus levels … Read more

The Latest: UN chief says pandemic toll is ‘mind-numbing’

UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres says the loss of 1 million people to the coronavirus is an “agonizing milestone” that has been made worse by the “savageness of this disease.” In a statement released after the global death toll from the pandemic crossed 1 million, Guterres called it a “mind-numbing figure.” “They … Read more

Scott Morrison reveals first places Aussies will be able to travel to

Scott Morrison reveals the countries Australia will be able to visit first when overseas travel ban is lifted – amid calls for every state to open up before Christmas Overseas travel is banned until 17 December and prohibition may be extended But Scott Morrison said border will first open to countries with low virus levels … Read more

US presidential debate: all you need to know about the face-off in Cleveland

US elections 2020 When is it, where is it and what can we expect from the first face-to-face clash of Donald Trump and Joe Biden? Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, is scheduled to last 90 minutes with no commercial breaks. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images The US will get confirmation that election season is under … Read more

US election to have far fewer international observers than planned

There will be far fewer international election observers than planned at this year’s fraught US presidential vote because of a combination of health concerns during the pandemic and the lack of an invitation from the state department for Latin American observers. The electoral arm of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has … Read more

NYC elementary schools reopen in big back-to-school test

1 / 4 Virus Outbreak-NYC Schools FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, file photo, Maddison Washington, 11, stands at her bedroom mirror as she gets ready for her virtual graduation from her Brooklyn middle school, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. After being delayed twice, hundreds of thousands of elementary school students … Read more