Month: October 2020

TikTok challenges US national security claims, calls ban unlawful

TikTok returned to federal court in Washington on Friday to challenge claims made by the US government as Washington tries to ban the popular video sharing app.TikTok’s owner, Beijing-based ByteDance, in a rebuttal, called the Trump administration’s order “unlawful”, “arbitrary” and “capricious” and again asked Judge Carl Nichols to grant its request to stop the…

Four tourists in Brazil accused of altering coronavirus tests to visit ‘world’s most beautiful beach’

Four tourists were arrested in Brazil for allegedly falsifying Covid-19 tests in an attempt to reach what some say is the world’s most beautiful beach.The two men and two women were arrested on October 29 after landing in Fernando de Noronha, a group of islands off northern Brazil, according to a statement on the archipelago’s…

Asteroid called ‘16 Psyche’ could be worth US$10,000 quadrillion

This isn’t your typical space rock. The asteroid 16 Psyche, one of the most massive objects in the main asteroid belt orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, could be made entirely of metal, according to a study published this week.Even more intriguing, the asteroid’s metal is worth an estimated US$10,000 quadrillion (that’s 15 more zeroes), more…

Thailand protests: pressure mounts on German government over king’s residence

As Thailand’s pro-democracy demonstrations present an unprecedented challenge to the power of the monarchy, King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s long-term residence in the German state of Bavaria is becoming a headache for the government.Demonstrators this week appealed to Berlin for support, stirring debate about whether the Thai king conducting affairs of state while in Germany would constitute…

Coronavirus: British study finds evidence of waning immunity over time

Antibodies against the novel coronavirus declined rapidly in the British population during the summer, a study found on Tuesday, suggesting protection after infection may not be long lasting and raising the prospect of waning immunity in the community.Scientists at Imperial College London have tracked antibody levels in the British population following the first wave of…

Coronavirus means less sex – for Chinese, Americans, British, Turkish

There is growing evidence that people across the world are having sex less frequently during the coronavirus pandemic, with studies in China, the United States, Britain and Turkey appearing to confirm the trend.A survey of Americans this month by dating website Match.com found that more than 70 per cent of single Americans did not have…

Donald Trump plans second event for Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court nominee, despite first being linked to coronavirus outbreak

The White House planned a Monday night celebration of the Republican Senate’s expected confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court, a month after a similar event was linked to a Covid-19 outbreak that preceded President Donald Trump’s own infection.While Democrats have fiercely opposed the conservative jurist’s nomination, Trump’s fellow Republicans hold a…

US voters are remembering Donald Trump’s unfulfilled promise to bring back jobs

In May, United States Steel announced its fourth round of lay-offs, letting go 2,700 workers immediately with up to 6,500 employees possibly on the chopping block. Once an example of President Donald Trump’s steel industry revival, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based steelmaker sent notices to thousands of workers in its headquarters and in states like Michigan, where…

Coronavirus: US reports 88,973 new infections, another daily record

The United States saw a record high number of new daily Covid-19 cases for the second day in a row, figures from Johns Hopkins University showed, as warnings grew over its spread.The country reported 88,973 new infections between 8.30pm Friday and 8.30pm Saturday, the figures showed, substantially above the previous day’s 79,963.A total of 8,578,415…