Month: July 2020

Coronavirus can live for four days on animal skin: US military study

The novel coronavirus can live for days on animal skin, according to researchers from the biggest US military bioweapons laboratory.In Fort Detrick, Maryland, army researchers tested the virus on the surface of various substances, including uncirculated paper currency supplied by the US Secret Service and unused cotton-polyester fabric, according to a non-peer-reviewed paper posted on…

All hope for a Brexit deal is not lost, but for how long would it buoy Britain?

Are financial markets underestimating the chances of a last-minute deal on Brexit? Time is fast running out to strike a mutually acceptable trade agreement before Britain quits the European Union at the end of the year, and nobody could be blamed for thinking it’s all going to end in tears.Emotions are running high and negotiators…

Singapore election: PM Lee Hsien Loong signals he and senior leaders will stay until Covid-19 abates

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, contesting what is likely his last general election as the country’s leader, has signalled he will hand over power only after the Covid-19 crisis abates.During an online rally on Monday, Lee said he was “determined to hand over Singapore, intact and in good working order, to the next team”.“At…

Outspoken Chinese law professor Xu Zhangrun taken away by police, friends say

Xu Zhangrun, a prominent law professor who has criticised the country’s leadership, was taken from his Beijing home early on Monday morning, according to friends and colleagues.A colleague of the outspoken Tsinghua University academic said close contacts of Xu’s family confirmed that the professor was in police custody.The colleague, who requested anonymity because of the…

Hong Kong protests: opposition activist Agnes Chow pleads guilty in relation to incident outside police headquarters last year

Hong Kong opposition activist Agnes Chow Ting has pleaded guilty to offences relating to an anti-government protest outside police headquarters in June last year, an event that Joshua Wong Chi-fung has also been charged over.Chow, 22, admitted in court on Monday incitement and taking part in an unauthorised assembly, before telling the media outside she…

International call to halt extradition treaties with Hong Kong after China imposes tough national security law

An international coalition of lawmakers has called on Western countries to stop extradition to Hong Kong in response to Beijing’s imposition of a tough national security law on the city, after Canada became the first to do so.The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), a bloc of legislators formed in June to coordinate an approach by…