8 COVID Patients Die in India Hospital Fire


NEW DELHI – Eight COVID-19 patients died in India when a fire engulfed the critical care unit of a hospital in Ahmedabad city in the western Gujarat state early Thursday. The victims included five men and three women. About 35 other patients in the hospital were shifted to other facilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted […]

1.2 Million More Americans Seek Jobless Benefits


WASHINGTON – Another 1.2 million unemployed U.S. workers filed for government jobless compensation last week, the government’s Labor Department reported Thursday, as the unabated coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the American economy.  It was the 20th straight week that more than a million people sought government assistance as the virus unrelentingly attacks communities […]

Trump Orders Bans on 2 Chinese Apps, Citing Security Concerns


U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday ordered sweeping bans on two Chinese consumer apps. He ordered the bans prohibiting U.S. companies from doing business with ByteDance, the owner of the video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, the owner of the messenger app WeChat. The executive orders targeting the Chinese companies go into effect in 45 days. Whether […]

Asian Markets Mostly Higher as Gold Hits Record High


Asian markets are mostly higher Wednesday despite investors’ concerns over the ongoing stalemate in Washington over a new round of emergency aid to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.  Japan’s Nikkei index closed 0.2% lower.  The S&P/ASX index in Sydney lost 0.5%.  South Korea’s KOSPI index gained 1.2%, and Taiwan’s TSEC index rose 0.7%.    In late […]

A First Diagnosis of Cancer in a Dinosaur


OTTAWA, CANADA – Canadian researchers have discovered the first known case of cancer in a dinosaur, according to a study published in the August issue of the scientific journal The Lancet Oncology. A leg bone from a Centrosaurus was discovered by paleontologists in 1989 in the Canadian province of Alberta. Experts initially believed that the deformed […]

COVID-19 Daily Testing Dropping in US, AP Reports


Daily testing for the coronavirus in the United States is falling, even while the death toll rises, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The number of tests has dropped nearly 4 percent over the past two weeks, AP reported. Experts said demand has overburdened laboratories that carry out the highly accurate molecular tests that detect the […]

Children in Worst Forms of Labor Get Legal Protection


GENEVA – The International Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labor has been universally ratified. The International Labor Organization said this is the first time in its history that all 187 of its member states have ratified an International Labor Convention. An estimated 152 million children are in child labor. Seventy-three-million are involved in hazardous […]

Egypt Fact Checks Elon Musk On Who Really Built Pyramids


Egypt’s minister of international cooperation has extended an invitation to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk after a Musk post on Twitter that the pyramids were built by extraterrestrial beings.   Musk tweeted Saturday: “Aliens built the pyramids obv.”  Musk’s posting prompted Rania Al Mashat, the international cooperation minister, to tweet: “I follow your work with a lot of admiration.  I invite you […]

Spain, Britain at COVID-19 Loggerheads


LONDON – A former Spanish prime minister once described the rock of Gibraltar, which Spain ceded to Britain in 1713, as a stone in the shoe of Anglo-Spanish relations. But Gibraltar currently isn’t the only source of Spanish irritation with the British. Last week’s abrupt decision by London to require Britons returning from vacation in […]