Virus, protests darken US Independence Day weekend

Critics of the president have accused Trump of politicising celebrations. PHOTO: AP The United States is marking its Independence Day in a somber mood, as a record surge in coronavirus cases, widespread anti-racism protests, and an angry speech from President Donald Trump have cast a shadow over what normally are festive celebrations. The COVID-19 pandemic…

North Korea says no need for talks with US

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un stand on North Korean soil while walking to South Korea in the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjom, Korea. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) North Korea does “not feel any need” to resume talks with Washington, a senior diplomat for the country…

Saudi Arabia extends measures to ease economic impact of virus

Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil-exporting nation, on Thursday extended government measures to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported. According to SPA, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered an extension of the government “initiatives” for an unspecified additional period. “This move builds on…

Putin mocks US embassy rainbow flag

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday mocked a rainbow LGBT pride flag hung from the US embassy in Moscow, suggesting it reflected on the orientation of the diplomats. During a televised video conference, a lawmaker told Putin that the US embassy had hung a rainbow flag on its facade for the first time to celebrate…

French PM, Edouard Philippe, resigns, as Macron announces replacement

French president, Emmanuel Macron French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, quit his post after three years in the job, a government source told AFP Friday ahead of a long-expected cabinet reshuffle by President Emmanuel Macron. Philippe’s government on Friday offered its resignation, which Macron accepted, days after a second round of municipal elections in which the…