China reports 11 new mainland COVID-19 cases vs 3 a day earlier

China reports 11 new mainland COVID-19 cases vs 3 a day earlier

China reported 11 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland as of end-May 24, up from three a day earlier, the National Health Commission reported. (6 hours ago)

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World News in Brief: May 23

  May 23, 2020 10:09:00
South America has become a new epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic with Brazil hardest-hit, while cases are rising in some African countries that so far have a relatively low death toll, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday (May 22). About half of African countries are experiencing community transmission of the virus, the WHO said. 

Argentina hits 10,000 coronavirus cases, outpaced by LatAm neighbors

  May 23, 2020 09:31:26
Argentina surpassed 10,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday (May 22), after recording the highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic. 

Pakistani airliner carrying 99 plunges into Karachi houses

  May 23, 2020 09:24:15
A Pakistan International Airlines Airbus jet with 99 people aboard crashed into a crowded residential district of the city of Karachi on Friday (May 22) afternoon after twice trying to land at the airport, a witness said. 

Karachi mayor says does not expect survivors from crashed plane

  May 22, 2020 19:39:13
There are expected to be no survivors among those on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane carrying 99 passengers and crew that crashed into a residential area of Karachi on May 22, the city's mayor Waseem Akhtar told Reuters. 

World News in Brief: May 22

  May 22, 2020 16:02:05
Peering down from his aircraft, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw on Friday (May 22) the devastation and flooding caused by the most powerful cyclone to strike India and Bangladesh in more than a decade, before landing in the stricken city of Kolkata. At least 96 people died in the two countries when cyclone Amphan swept in from the Bay of Bengal on May 20 most of them in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Modi has promised to leave no stone unturned to get West Bengal back on its feet and supporting farmers whose crops and livestock were destroyed by Amphan. 

Thailand reports no new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

  May 22, 2020 11:51:07
Thailand on May 22 reported no new coronavirus infections or deaths, maintaining the total of 3,037 confirmed cases and 56 fatalities since the outbreak started in January. 

At centers for stranded migrants in Panama, 59 test positive for coronavirus

  May 22, 2020 11:50:58
Fifty-nine migrants in Panamanian migration centers have tested positive for the coronavirus, a health official said, as thousands of migrants in the Central American nation wait to advance on their journey north. 

Analysis: Israel’s unilateral moves pose serious challenge to Middle East peace process

  May 22, 2020 11:19:40
NDO – The international community, including the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) representatives, has called on Israel to abandon its plan to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank, aiming to prevent the danger of the Middle East peace process collapsing. 

Vietnam backs UN Secretary General’s efforts to ensure international peace

  May 22, 2020 10:48:59
NDO/VNA – Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese mission to the United Nations, on May 21 chaired the first online informal meeting between ambassadors of the 10 non-permanent member countries of the United Nations Security Council (E10) and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. 

The “ghost” of famine

  May 21, 2020 17:36:40
NDO – The World Bank has warned that the COVID-19 epidemic threatens to push some 60 million people into extreme poverty, wiping out gains made over the past three years. The UN World Food Program (WFP) also warned that the “ghost” of famine is threatening the East and the Horn of Africa. Right now, poor countries need debt relief and increased aid. 

Vietnam backs long-term peaceful solution for Venezuela

  May 21, 2020 17:31:05
NDO/VNA - Vietnam opposes any threat of force or use of force against the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of all states as well as interference in their internal affairs, the Vietnamese Ambassador to the UN told a UN Security Council (UNSC) teleconference on May 20. 

World News in Brief: May 21

  May 21, 2020 15:32:01
The US government has ordered 300 million doses of a potential COVID-19 virus being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and hopes first doses can be made available by October, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday (May 21). 

France considers holding final round of local elections at end of June

  May 21, 2020 10:15:46
The French government is considering holding the final round of mayoral elections at the end of June or redoing the elections completely in January 2021, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told all party leaders on Wednesday (May 20). 

Trump opens door to in-person G7 June meeting despite pandemic

  May 21, 2020 10:07:38
US President Donald Trump on May 20 said he may seek to revive a face-to-face meeting of Group of Seven leaders near Washington, after earlier canceling the in-person gathering of world leaders due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.