Category Archives: International

Trump defends disproved COVID-19 treatment

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued a stout defence Tuesday of a disproved use of a malaria drug as a treatment for the coronavirus, hours after social media companies moved to take down videos promoting its use as potentially harmful

Land use commission to consider Hawaii short-term rental law

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — The state Land Use Commission plans to consider whether Hawaii County can prohibit short-term vacation rentals on agricultural land. The county and a group of 20 Kailua-Kona, Waimea and Captain Cook landowners have asked the commi...

Lebanese party leader blames Hezbollah, allies for crisis

BEIRUT — The leader of a major Christian group in Lebanon on Tuesday blamed the militant group Hezbollah and its local allies led by President Michel Aoun for the rapidly deteriorating economy and worsening relations with neighbouring Arab countries, s...

UK travel ban on Spain strikes new blow to tourism industry

LONDON — Britain’s effective ban on travel to Spain following an upswing in coronavirus cases in that country’s northeast on Tuesday hammered home the lack of a comprehensive, continent-wide approach to suppressing the virus and giving hard-hit, touris...

Police arrest leader of Sydney protests against racism

SYDNEY, Australia — Police arrested a leader of an anti-racism protest and shut down the demonstration before it started Tuesday after courts ruled the gathering in downtown Sydney was illegal due to the coronavirus pandemic threat. Organizer Paddy Gib...

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand announced Tuesday that it will follow the lead of its intelligence allies by suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. The move comes in response to China passing a sweeping new security law for the

Albanian parliament votes against president’s impeachment

TIRANA, Albania — Albania's parliament voted on Monday against the impeachment of President Ilir Meta over his unsuccessful attempt to cancel local elections last year. Lawmakers voted 78-17, with 8 abstentions, in favour of the recommendations of an i...

US attorney: Feds will stay in Portland until attacks end

PORTLAND, Ore. — U.S. militarized officers will remain in Portland until attacks on a federal courthouse cease, a top official said Monday after another night of violence. And more officers may soon be on the way. “It is not a solution

Police corral crowds as movers leave US Consulate in China

CHENGDU, China — Moving trucks and vehicles with diplomatic plates pulled out of a U.S. Consulate in southwest China on Sunday, as its impending closure over rising bilateral tensions drew a steady stream of onlookers for the second straight day. Peopl...

North Korea locks down border city over suspected virus case

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un placed the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea under total lockdown after a person was found there with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, saying “the vicious virus” may