Year: 2020

US alarmed as Russia expands rules on ‘foreign agents’

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Thursday voiced alarm after Russia expanded rules against NGOs and media considered “foreign agents,” accusing Moscow of stifling free expression. “Deeply troubled by Russia’s intensifying repression of its civil society,” Cale Brown, the State Department’s deputy spokesman, wrote on Twitter. “Changes to the ‘foreign agents law’ are particularly…

Trump in winter: eight days of golf, tweets and rage

West Palm Beach (United States) (AFP) – President Donald Trump wound up his vacation at his Florida resort on Thursday, isolated, angry and refusing to give up center stage despite making little pretense of governing the country any more. Two months after losing the US presidential election to Joe Biden, the 74-year-old Trump is still…

Painful 2020 ends for US workers and layoffs could rise again

Washington (AFP) – Despite a drop in weekly jobless claims, the US economy is far from healed after a year in which tens of millions of people lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of whom remain out of work. New filings for unemployment benefits last week dropped below 800,000 for the first…

Painful 2020 ends for US workers and layoffs could rise again

Washington (AFP) – Despite a drop in weekly jobless claims, the US economy is far from healed after a year in which tens of millions of people lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of whom remain out of work. New filings for unemployment benefits last week dropped below 800,000 for the first…

World begins ushering in locked-down New Year

Sydney (AFP) – The world began ushering in the New Year Thursday, with pandemic controls muting celebrations for billions of people eager to bid farewell to a virus-ridden 2020. After a grinding year that has seen at least 1.7 million people die from Covid-19, fresh waves of infection have sparked renewed lockdowns and forced would-be…

World to mark locked-down New Year’s Eve

Sydney (AFP) – The world readied to usher in the New Year Thursday, with pandemic controls muting celebrations for billions of people eager to bid virus-ridden 2020 farewell. After a grinding year that has seen at least 1.7 million people die from Covid-19, fresh waves of infection have sparked renewed lockdowns and forced would-be revellers…

Trail of the Returner

Familiar stars of a northern winter’s night shine in this night skyview, taken near Zhangye, Gansu, China and the border with Inner Mongolia. During the early hours of December 17 Orion is near center in the single exposure that captures a fireball streaking across the sky, almost as bright as yellowish Mars shining on the…

Cloudy today!

With a high of 43F and a low of 24F. Currently, it’s 39F and Partly Cloudy outside. Current wind speeds: 12 from the Southwest Pollen: 0 Sunrise: December 31, 2020 at 07:14AM Sunset: December 31, 2020 at 04:24PM UV index: 0 Humidity: 77% via https://ift.tt/39gcPzv December 31, 2020 at 12:07AM

US ‘most prolific serial killer’ Samuel Little dies aged 80

Los Angeles (AFP) – Samuel Little, the United States’ most prolific serial killer according to the FBI, died in California aged 80 on Wednesday, prison officials said. Little confessed to 93 murders — mostly of women — carried out between 1970 and 2005, but his coast-to-coast killing spree went undetected for decades. The former boxer’s…

US bans palm oil imports from second Malaysian firm

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – The United States has banned imports from a Malaysian palm oil giant whose products are found in numerous household goods over concerns that its workers face a litany of abuse. The move against Sime Darby Plantation, one of the world’s biggest producers, marks the second time the US has blocked shipments…