Month: June 2020

‘Terrified’ US couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey draw guns on protesters passing their mansion

A US couple brandishing an assault rifle and a handgun confronted protesters outside their Missouri mansion in a viral video that was retweeted by President Donald Trump, sparking divided reactions.In the video, Mark McCloskey wears a pink polo shirt and pleated khakis, with his wife Patricia is in a striped T-shirt and cropped pants.Both stood…

Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump for using their music

US President Donald Trump is playing with fire.The Rolling Stones have threatened to sue the commander-in-chief over his usage of their music at his campaign rallies, according to Rolling Stone magazine.Trump, 74, most recently played You Can’t Always Get What You Want at his latest partly attended extravaganza in Tulsa last weekend.Trump is ‘deeply damaged…

Russian police detain more than 30 LGBT activists in Moscow

Russian police on Saturday detained more than 30 people, most of them women, who were staging separate one-person protests in central Moscow against charges of spreading pornography levelled against a prominent LGBT activist, a monitoring group said.One activist was also detained in St Petersburg, OVD-Info, the monitoring group said.Earlier this month, police in the Russian…

‘Anti-vax’ conspiracy theorists seize coronavirus moment to spread fake news

The vaccine will inject you with an electronic chip, poison you, make you sick, they say.There is no vaccine yet for treating the novel coronavirus, and scientists are multiplying efforts to find one.But already anti-vaxxers – a small but vocal group of people who do not believe in vaccinations – have taken advantage of the…

Trump’s H-1B visa freeze: will US tech firms lose the next Sundar Pichai or Satya Nadella?

US President Donald Trump’s decision on June 24 to suspend the H-1B visa scheme for highly-skilled foreigners has dealt a blow to the immigrant-reliant US tech sector and Indian tech workers, who receive a majority of these visas.Officials said the sweeping executive order, which will keep visas frozen until the end of the year, would…

US and EU team up to ‘continue transatlantic awakening to China challenge’, Mike Pompeo says, as Sino-American relations sink

The Trump administration has accepted an invitation from Europe’s top diplomat to join a new “US-EU dialogue on China,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, escalating pressure on Beijing by Washington and its allies.“We have to work together to continue the transatlantic awakening to the China challenge, in the interest of preserving…

Huawei and Hikvision are ‘backed by Chinese military’, Trump administration says

The Trump administration has determined that top Chinese firms, including telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies and video surveillance company Hikvision, are owned or controlled by the Chinese military, laying the groundwork for new US financial sanctions, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.A US defence official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the…

No Americans, please: US citizens likely to be left out as Europe reopens borders

Americans are unlikely to be allowed into more than 30 European countries for business or tourism when the continent begins next week to open its borders to the world, because of the spread of the coronavirus and President Donald Trump’s ban on European visitors.More than 15 million Americans are estimated to travel to Europe each…