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Vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir are capped at a Gi
WHO, 37 countries launch alliance to share tools to battle COVID-19

"Vaccines, tests, diagnostics, treatments and other key tools in the coronavirus response must be made universally available as global public goods."

By REUTERS
29/05/2020
Orthodox Jews arrive during the 13th Siyum HaShas, a celebration marking the completion of the Daf Y
NY school district primarily votes in Orthodox board, forced to change

Three of the current school board members are people of color. There has been an Orthodox majority on the school board since 2005.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
29/05/2020
Ex-US Marine on trial in Russia taken for emergency surgery

Russia informed the US embassy that Whelan had undergone the surgery on Thursday.

By REUTERS
29/05/2020
ADL backs Harvard in lawsuit challenging race-based admissions policies

The ADL argued against a claim that Harvard’s treatment of Asian-American applicants is similar to the discrimination it practiced against Jews.

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
29/05/2020
The Nazi party desperately needed a massive influx of funds to pay for the German war machine...
Brazilian politician compares police investigation raids to Kristallnacht

“Today was the day of infamy, national shame, and it will be remembered as the Brazilian Night of the Broken Glass."

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
29/05/2020
Mike Pompeo (L) , Kim Jong Un (C), and Donald Trump (R)
North Korea accuses US of hurting its image with cyber threat warning

"We want to make it clear that our country has nothing to do with the so-called 'cyber threat' that the US is talking about," North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in the statement.

By REUTERS
29/05/2020
Police free CNN reporter arrested on TV while covering Minneapolis riots

The correspondent was surrounded by half a dozen officers after showing a protester being arrested by police.

By LEON SVERDLOV
29/05/2020
UK, US, Australia and Canada scold China over Hong Kong law

The security law would "curtail the Hong Kong people's liberties, and in doing so, dramatically erode Hong Kong's autonomy and the system that made it so prosperous," they said.

By REUTERS
29/05/2020
Protesters gather around after setting fire to the entrance of a police station as demonstrations co
Minneapolis police station set on fire amid racial riots

Minessota Governor Tim Walz activated the National Guard, ordering the troops to assist law enforcement in suppressing the unrest amid spreading clashes.

By LEON SVERDLOV
29/05/2020
Taiwan says its people won't choose dictatorship after threat from China

"If the possibility for peaceful reunification is lost, the people's armed forces will ... take all necessary steps to resolutely smash any separatist plots or actions," Li said.

By REUTERS
29/05/2020
German government urged not to honor Holocaust rescuer with murky record

More than 200 people, including a Dutch chief rabbi, are protesting plans in Germany to honor a Holocaust-era official.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
29/05/2020
NEW YORK Governor Andrew M. Cuomo holds his daily COVID-19 press briefing at the New York Stock Exch
'No mask - No entry': Cuomo issues executive order for New York reopening

Unlike in Israel, there is no specific requirement in New York stating that citizens must wear protective masks in open public spaces.

AOC: Facebook 'relies on white supremacists and disinformation peddlers'

"They aren't ignoring them. They're protecting them."

A worker stands at a closed gas station of the state oil company PDVSA in San Cristobal, Venezuela,
Fourth Iranian fuel tanker enters Venezuela, US slams 'distraction'

Washington has said it is weighing a response to the shipments.

By REUTERS
29/05/2020
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks to the media during a press conference in temporary hospit
New York City mayor outlines first reopening steps

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday outlined the first steps for reopening the United States' most populous city, envisioning up to 400,000 people heading back to their workplaces.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
Germany pauses anti-malaria drug study for COVID-19

Several European governments moved on Wednesday to halt the use of the anti-malaria drug to treat COVID-19 patients, and a second global trial was suspended.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg distances Facebook from Twitter in Trump fight

Facebook exempts posts and ads from politicians from its fact-checking program and has declined to limit political ad targeting like some other platforms.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
In a historic first, Congress votes by proxy amid coronavirus restrictions

To help save lives, lawmakers were given the option of voting by proxy so as not to travel to Washington. This was not even permitted during the 1918 Spanish flu.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/05/2020
UN seeks $2.4 bln for Yemen, warns aid operation nearly broke

Around 80% of Yemen's population - 24 million people - need aid. The country has been mired in conflict since the Iran-allied Houthi group ousted Yemen's government from the capital Sanaa in 2014.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
Berlin plans to ban pro-Iran, anitsemitic al-Quds rally in 2021

Al-Quds Day calls for the obliteration of the Jewish state and is attended by neo-Nazis, Hezbollah members and supporters, left-wing activists for the Palestinian terrorist organization the PFLP.

Trump orders FBI to expedite investigation into George Floyd's death

Experienced prosecutors and investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been assigned as part of a "robust" probe into whether the police officers involved had violated federal laws.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland
NSA warns of ongoing Russian hacking campaign against US systems

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also called out the same GRU unit in February for conducting a cyberattack against the country of Georgia.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
Rwandan ex-politician handed life jail term for genocide role

About 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus were killed during the genocide.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
Indonesia to keep prescribing anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus patients

The World Health Organization announced this week it was temporarily halting its global Solidarity trial, which was trialing hydroxychloroquine in more than 30 countries, including Indonesia.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
China's 'Bat woman' says future pandemics likely unless measures are taken

'These viruses exist in nature, whether we admit it or not. If we don't study, there will be possibly another outbreak, and we wouldn't know them.'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/05/2020
NEW YORK Governor Andrew M. Cuomo holds his daily COVID-19 press briefing at the New York Stock Exch
NY looks to ‘turn the page’ on coronavirus and focus on reopening economy

Cuomo said the state is ramping up efforts to focus on specific ZIP codes, predominantly in low income and minority communities, where new cases are spiking.

By ARIT JOHN
28/05/2020
China's parliament approves Hong Kong national security bill

Last year, the city was rocked for months by often violent pro-democracy demonstrations over an unsuccessful bid to introduce an extradition law to China.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
A demonstrator holds a placard while protesters gather around an on fire entrance of a police statio
Former cop Derek Chauvin charged with murder in George Floyd case

The officer was in the custody of the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, television station Fox 9 KMSP reported, after an announcement by John Harrington, Minnesota Department of Public Safety

By REUTERS
29/05/2020
A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken in Berlin,
Google sees increase in state-backed hacking related to COVID-19

WHO and other organizations, at the center of a global effort to contain the coronavirus, have come under a sustained digital bombardment by hackers seeking information about the outbreak.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
US, China clash in UN over Hong Kong

The US mission to the UN said the issue was "a matter of urgent global concern ​that implicates international peace and security" and therefore warranted the Security Council's immediate attention.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
Hamas Hezbollah
US accuses ex-Venezuelan lawmaker of drug conspiracy with Hamas, Hezbollah

Federal prosecutors also charged Adel al Zabayar, a former member of Venezuela's National Assembly, with helping to recruit Hezbollah and Hamas operatives to plan attacks against US targets.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
US coronavirus death toll passes 100,000

The coronavirus has killed more people than the AIDS epidemic did from 1981 through 1989.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
General view of a farewell event at Disney World on the final night before closure due to coronaviru
Disney plans to reopen Walt Disney World starting on July 11

The successful reopening of its parks is a signal event for Disney and the rest of the world as governments and companies strategize how to move out of lockdown.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
Protesters hold up five fingers and a U.S. flag during a rally to the U.S. Consulate General in Hong
Pompeo says Hong Kong no longer warrants pre-1997 treatment

It now falls to President Donald Trump to decide to end some, all, or none of the US. economic privileges which the territory enjoys now.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
Singaporean gets jail time for COVID-19 Facebook post

The man, a taxi driver, falsely claimed food outlets would close and urged people to stock up due to impending COVID-19 restrictions.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
SpaceX's first astronaut launch from Florida canceled due to bad weather

The next launch window is set for Saturday afternoon, May 30, when SpaceX will make a second attempt to send the astronauts into orbit.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
Hollywood seeks COVID-19 consultants to help keep sets safe

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted producers, movie studios and workers' unions to seek expert advice on how to safely reopen film and TV sets, which shut down worldwide in mid-March.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
Mytilene, Greece
Greece to welcome Israelis, Germans, Cypriots in first wave of visitors

Tourism accounts for about 20% of the Greek economy and the government sees the sector as a major engine of its recovery from a lockdown that has brought business to a virtual standstill.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
NITSANA DARSHAN-LEITNER, director of Shurat HaDin.
Holding China responsible for the damages of COVID-19

The Stop COVID Act would make China legally and financially liable for damages caused by the virus in the US.

Bulk of US citizens disapprove of China's coronavirus response - survey

As the world confronts the deadly coronavirus pandemic, China has been accused of spreading disinformation and further suppressing basic freedoms.

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Four-day workweek idea goes viral thanks to New Zealand's PM

The shorter workweek, much like working from home, may not be an option for some industries

27/05/2020
Two Russian Su-35 aircraft unsafely intercept a P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft of U.S. 6th Fleet
Russian pilots intercept US Navy aircraft for 3rd time in 2 months - WATCH

All three incidents in the past two months have taken place in international airspace over the eastern Mediterranean.

27/05/2020
Chinese Embassy in France tweets anti-US, anti-Israel imagery in error

The embassy later released a statement that their Twitter account was "falsified," adding that the tweet was disseminated in error and not of their own volition.

People gather in the Sheep Meadow in Central Park during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (CO
White woman fired from job after calling cops over black man in New York

A video that went viral showed her calling police to say she felt threatened by an African-American man who asked her politely to leash her dog in New York's Central Park.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
Hongkongers turn their back and gesture as Chinese national anthem is played at a soccer match betwe
Hong Kong's China national anthem bill aims to legislate "respect"

Anti-government protests last year were primarily aimed at resisting further integration with mainland China. The Chinese national anthem has been booed at several events, including football matches.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
US Reps Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) hold a news conference after Democrats in the US
Ilhan Omar: Israel has too much influence on Trump administration

"There’s an alarming connection to the really destructive policies Israel is proposing and how much of it is being rubber stamped by this administration."

By JTA/MARCY OSTER
27/05/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at the Giant Center in Hershey,
Trump: US to take action against China over Hong Kong this week

Pressed if this would include sanctions, he said: "No it's something you're going to be hearing about ... before the end of the week, very powerfully I think."

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
Minneapolis cops fired for kneeling on unarmed black man's neck

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
Brazil's media boycott Jair Bolsonaro's residence over harassment

The attacks on journalists have intensified as Bolsonaro's political situation has deteriorated under criticism of mishandling the coronavirus crisis.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
Pro-Israel ‘force of nature’ US ambassador to Germany steps down

For Israel, Grenell was the most significant US ambassador in Europe with respect to fighting contemporary antisemitism and moving security interests forward for Israeli and Western interests.

Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), attends a news conference at t
WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where COVID-19 declining

Many European countries and US states have taken steps in recent weeks to lift lockdown measures that curbed the spread of the disease but caused severe harm to economies.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
A South Korean soldier stands guard in the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone
UN Command finds both Koreas violated armistice agreement in DMZ shooting

The UNC, which is commanded by an American general, oversees affairs in the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas, which remain technically at war.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
Muslims pray in Berlin church to comply with social distancing rules

During the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the nearby Martha Lutheran church stepped in to help, hosting Muslim prayers in Arabic and German.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
Countless cicadas set to emerge from ground as part of 17-year life cycle

According to a 1962 study, based on an estimated count from two orchards in Hancock, Maryland, as many as 1.5 million cicadas can appear and cover "around one acre of ground" during their emergence.

Study shows Mexico may be underreporting coronavirus deaths

The study showed that in Mexico city, deaths may be up to five times higher than the number of those confirmed so far.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a photo-op with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro before attendin
Brazil surpasses US in daily COVID-19 death toll, US pushes up travel ban

The White House on Monday brought forward by two days restrictions on travel to the United States from Brazil that were announced after the Brazil became the world's No. 2 coronavirus hotspot.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
THE WEST BANK town of Efrat, with Bethlehem in the background.
Irish parties consider Occupied Territories Bill in gov't coalition talks

Fine Gael, a centrist political party and coalition partner of Fianna Fail under a rotational agreement, is allegedly opposed to the bill.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/05/2020
Coronavirus overshadowing US Memorial Day events as death toll nears 100K

Authorities in California announced on Monday that retail with in-store shopping and places of worship may now open.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
Russia seeks 18-year jail term for ex-US Marine in spying trial

Whelan, a US national who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, has been in custody since he was detained in a Moscow hotel room in December 2018.

By REUTERS
25/05/2020
Japan to lift a state of emergency in Tokyo

Social distancing curbs were loosened for most of the country on May 14 as new infections fell, but the government has kept Tokyo and four other prefectures under watch.

By REUTERS
25/05/2020
A worker stands at a closed gas station of the state oil company PDVSA in San Cristobal, Venezuela,
Iranian fuel tanker has docked at Venezuela's El Palito refinery

A second vessel, the Forest, entered the Caribbean Sea on Saturday. The three remaining vessels were crossing the Atlantic.

By REUTERS
25/05/2020
Zoom leak shows Azerbaijan opposition politicians' homophobia

A series of Zoom calls between senior members of the National Council of Democratic Forces, representing opposition parties, has revealed strong homophobic sentiment within the group.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/05/2020
Services to resume in NJ county which was first to end communal prayer

Tightly constrained Jewish prayer services are likely to resume in early June in Bergen County, the New Jersey county where rabbis were first to shut down all Jewish communal life.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
25/05/2020
A Mambo, a voodoo priestess, dances as she takes part in a ceremony in Port-au-Prince, Haiti May 1,
Haiti voodoo leaders prepare temple 'clinics' for coronavirus sufferers

Voodoo priests have appeared on television and radio shows to make clear they are not responsible for coronavirus and are ready to fight it.

By REUTERS
25/05/2020
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a news conference in Christchurch, New Zealand, Mar
New Zealand PM continues live interview despite earthquake - Watch

The tremors started as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was in the midst of a live interview, which she continued with.

By REUTERS
25/05/2020
Wuhan lab admits to having 3 strains of bat coronavirus on-site

“Now we have three strains of live viruses… But their highest similarity to SARS-CoV-2 [the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19] only reaches 79.8%... It's an obvious difference.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/05/2020
US sec. adviser: China takeover of Hong Kong could lead to sanctions

US government officials have said the legislation would end the Chinese-ruled city's autonomy and would be bad for both Hong Kong's and China's economies.

By REUTERS
24/05/2020
Beny Steinmetz
Steinmetz's BSGR seeks to reopen $1.25 billion Guinea ruling

The companies are locked in a long-running legal dispute over the joint venture, which was created in 2010 but has since been abandoned. Simandou remains undeveloped.

By REUTERS
24/05/2020
'New York Times' prints grim front page listing US lives lost to COVID-19

The list details the names of each of the selected coronavirus casualties, followed by their name and one sentence describing the uniqueness of the life of the deceased

First fuel tanker from Iranian flotilla reaches Venezuela's economic zone

Washington is considering measures in response, a senior US official said without elaborating.

By REUTERS
24/05/2020
South Korean people watch a TV broadcasting a news report on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Seou
Kim Jong Un vows to bolster nuclear 'deterrence'

North Korea says it has no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, but South Korea's intelligence agency has said it cannot rule out that the North has had an outbreak.

By REUTERS
24/05/2020
UK COVID-19 vaccine trial may fail due to fewer new cases

There is a 50% chance the trial may give 'no result.'

Taliban, Afghan president call 3-day Eid ceasefire from Sunday

The move came as fighting between the two sides had intensified despite the coronavirus pandemic.

By REUTERS
24/05/2020
Trump golfs as wary US embarks on Memorial Day weekend

President Donald Trump, who was seen golfing at his Trump National club in northern Virginia, his first golf outing since the White House declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
Rouhani: Iran to retaliate if US interferes with Venezuela-bound tankers

"If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face trouble caused by the Americans, they (the US) will also be in trouble."

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
Papua New Guinea ex-PM O'Neill arrested for suspicious deal with Israel

O'Neill was accused of directing the $14 million payment for 2 generators from Israel without following financial management law, without parliamentary approval and without puttng the sale to tender.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
Sweden still not close to herd immunity, death rate not slowing down

Between May 13 and May 20, Sweden had an average 6.08 deaths per million inhabitants per day, the highest in the world. Above the UK, Belgium and the US, which have 5.57, 4.28 and 4.11 respecively.

hertz
Hertz files for US bankruptcy protection as car rentals evaporate

With nearly $19 billion of debt and roughly 38,000 employees worldwide as of the end of 2019, Hertz is among the largest companies to be undone by the pandemic.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
A New York City Police officer (NYPD) wears protective gear, while monitoring people waiting in line
NY man caught murdering his father during AA Zoom meeting

The video participants said they could hear the assault, including the father‘s moans, though he had fallen out of sight behind a counter, the prosecutor said.

US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at state dinner, Great Hall, 2017
US accuses China of blocking US flights, demands action

On Jan. 31, the U.S. government barred from entry most non-U.S. citizens who had been in China within the previous 14 days but did not impose any restrictions on Chinese flights.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
Residents line up to collect vegetables purchased through group orders at a residential area in Wuha
China reports no new coronavirus cases for first time since pandemic began

New asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus fell to 28 from 35 a day earlier, the NHC said.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
Trump administration considers conducting nuclear test

The topic surfaced at a meeting of senior officials representing the top national security agencies.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
France allows faith gatherings, but worshippers must wear masks

The ministry said late on Friday that it would issue a decree setting out the new rules for religious gatherings.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
Trump vows to 'override' states should they refuse to reopen churches

“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics essential but left out churches and houses of worship. It is not right,” he said.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/05/2020
Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam
Tensions brew between Egypt and Ethiopia over Nile Dam

In protest of Ethiopia's construction on the dam, Egypt submitted a 17-page letter to the United Nations Security Council demanding a halt to construction until there is an agreement reached.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/05/2020
'Avatar' movie sequel to resume production in New Zealand

Film and TV production came to halt around the globe in mid-March but is slowly returning in some countries including New Zealand, where the Avatar sequel is being filmed.

By REUTERS
22/05/2020
Russian ventilators reached US states without FDA oversight

The White House declined to comment, and referred to a FEMA statement earlier this month that said the ventilators had not been used.

By REUTERS
22/05/2020
South America a new COVID epicenter, Africa reaches 100,000 cases

Brazil is the “most affected,” and authorities there have approved broad use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
Commissioner of Health for New York State Howard Zucker, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York
Cuomo: Two regions close to New York City almost ready to reopen

Cuomo also told a daily briefing that New York would launch a $100 million program to support smaller businesses in partnership with private banks.

By REUTERS
22/05/2020
UN prosecutor: Remains of Rwandan war crimes suspect found in Congo

The remains of a fugitive major suspect in Rwanda's 1994 genocide have been identified in a grave in the Republic of the Congo, a United Nations war crimes prosecutor said on Friday.

By REUTERS
22/05/2020
Easing lockdown, Spain to reopen for tourism in July

Close to a million jobs were lost just in March, when the lockdown began, and the Bank of Spain has forecast the economy will contract by up to 12% this year.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
A plume of smoke is seen after the crash of a PIA aircraft in Karachi, Pakistan May 22, 2020
97 killed in Pakistani airliner crash, two survive

"The last we heard from the pilot was that he has some technical problem," PIA spokesman Abdullah H. Khan said in a video statement. "It is a very tragic incident."

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a town hall in New York
NY congressional races where AOC wannabes want to replace Jewish veterans

Now the plot appears to be whether the resistance makes it through the next election. And again, there’s a Jewish subplot: How does the Trump factor play into a Jewish candidate’s chances?

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
22/05/2020
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US secures 300 million doses of potential AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

With leaders across the world surveying some of the worst economic destruction since at least World War Two and the deaths of more than 327,000 people, many are scrambling for a vaccine.

By REUTERS
22/05/2020
Prison cell block
Federal inmates with COVID-19 in Louisiana continued working for days

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Justin Long on Thursday confirmed receiving a request from the Labor Department to investigate the complaint, and said a response is due by May 28.

By REUTERS
22/05/2020
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