Month: April 2020

Brazil’s coronavirus deaths surge, mass graves are dug and president says ‘so what’?

Brazil’s virtually uncontrolled surge of Covid-19 cases is spawning fear that construction workers, truck drivers and tourists from Latin America’s biggest nation will spread the disease to neighbouring countries that are doing a better job of controlling the coronavirus.Brazil, a continent-sized country that shares borders with nearly every other nation in South America, has reported…

US tightens export restrictions to keep tech out of Chinese military’s hands

The United States has tightened its export control regulations to prevent companies from sending products and technology to China that could strengthen its military.The new rules, which were made public in a filing by the US Commerce Department on Tuesday, broaden the scope of products that must be reviewed by national security regulators before being…

Coronavirus: Donald Trump cuts US research on bat-human transmission over China ties

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Sarah Owermohle on politico.com on April 27, 2020.The Trump administration abruptly cut off funding for a project studying how coronaviruses spread from bats to people after reports linked the work to a lab in Wuhan, China, at the centre of…

Prague mayor under protection after reports of Russian plot to poison him over statue controversy

Prague’s mayor said on Monday that he was under police protection, but stopped short of confirming Czech media reports that he had been targeted by Russia for removing a statue of a Soviet war hero.Zdenek Hrib clashed with Moscow earlier this month after he oversaw the removal of a controversial Cold War-era statue dedicated to…

Canadian ruling that could set Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou free is complicated by coronavirus pandemic

A Canadian court has settled on a strategy to release a key ruling on the fate of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou that is likely to draw worldwide attention but has been complicated by the coronavirus outbreak.Meng, who is currently under partial house arrest in Vancouver, could be set free by the Supreme Court of British…

Canadian ruling that could set Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou free is complicated by coronavirus pandemic

A Canadian court has settled on a strategy to release a key ruling on the fate of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou that is likely to draw worldwide attention but has been complicated by the coronavirus outbreak.Meng, who is currently under partial house arrest in Vancouver, could be set free by the Supreme Court of British…

Coronavirus: China faces fight to hang onto foreign manufacturers as US, Japan, EU make Covid-19 exit plans

This is the first in a series of five stories exploring the global backlash that China may face as a result of its actions and rhetoric during the coronavirus pandemic. The first story examines the push by foreign powers to bring home production of some goods, particularly vital medical equipment and medicines, due to an…

US plans to reopen Greenland consulate to counteract China, Russia influence in the Arctic region

The US’ plan to reopen a consulate in Greenland is part of American efforts to check the presence of China and Russia in the Arctic, a government official said.The reopening of the consulate in the self-governing territory of Denmark and US$12 million funding for mining and renewable energy projects in the area represent Washington’s efforts…