Coronavirus: Brazil president refuses to ramp up COVID-19 lockdown as Facebook pulls video

Brazil’s president has refused to extend the country’s coronavirus quarantine measures because of job losses and the impact on the poor. Speaking to Rede TV, Jair Bolsonaro hit out at self-isolation and other measures imposed by local authorities to limit the spread of COVID-19. Mr Bolsonaro said: “You can’t impose any more quarantine than there already is.” Meanwhile he stepped […]

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Von der Leyen refuses to name Orban after Hungary leader ends democracy to fight COVID-19

The European Commission President couldn’t bring herself to name Budapest’s authoritarian prime minister in her desperate request for EU capitals to respect the bloc’s values while tackling the coronavirus crisis. In an extraordinary power grab, Mr Orban yesterday won the right to indefinitely rule by decree until his government decides to end its state of emergency. The staggering new law […]

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Malian parliamentary elections marred by kidnappings, attacks

Election observers report a series of polling day incidents in volatile north and centre of the country. Mali’s parliamentary elections were marred by kidnappings, ransacked polling stations and a deadly roadside bomb attack, according to local officials. Voters in the war-torn West African country cast their ballots on Sunday to choose new MPs, in an election that was long delayed, […]

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Huawei chairman says increased pressure from U.S. may trigger retaliation

Huawei‘s chairman warned Tuesday that more U.S. moves to increase pressure on the Chinese tech giant might trigger retaliation by Beijing that could damage its worldwide industry. Huawei Technologies Ltd., which makes smartphones and network equipment, reported that its 2019 sales rose by double digits despite curbs imposed in May on its access to U.S. components and technology. But the […]

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