Trinidad and Tobago declares state of emergency following surge in coronavirus cases

Trinidad and Tobago will impose a state of emergency from midnight to contain an increase of COVID-19 cases and related deaths, Prime Minister Keith Rowley said on Saturday. Rowley also imposed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, with some exceptions to essential services including the energy sector, supermarkets, and pharmacies. The… Read More Trinidad and Tobago declares state of emergency following surge in coronavirus cases

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says offensive in Gaza to continue as long as necessary

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, blaming Hamas for starting nearly a week of hostilities by firing rockets at Israel, said on Saturday Israel will continue to strike in Gaza as long as necessary and do its utmost to avoid civilian casualties. “The party that bears the guilt for this confrontation is not us, it’s those attacking… Read More Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says offensive in Gaza to continue as long as necessary

Death toll rises, buildings destroyed as Israel-Hamas violence rages

Israel pounded Gaza on Saturday, destroying a tower block that housed news media organisations, while Palestinian rocket salvoes hit Tel Aviv with no sign of an end to almost a week of fighting. Palestinians say at least 140 people, including 39 children, have been killed in Gaza since the conflict erupted on Monday. Israel has… Read More Death toll rises, buildings destroyed as Israel-Hamas violence rages

Ethiopia postpones parliamentary elections scheduled for June 5

Ethiopia has postponed parliamentary elections due on June 5, the country’s electoral body said on Saturday, adding it did not foresee a delay of more than three weeks. The Horn of Africa country was originally scheduled to hold the vote in August 2020 but it was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, there… Read More Ethiopia postpones parliamentary elections scheduled for June 5

China makes history with successful spacecraft landing on Mars surface

An uncrewed Chinese spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of Mars on Saturday, state news agency Xinhua reported, making China the second space-faring nation after the United States to land on the Red Planet. The Tianwen-1 spacecraft landed on a site on a vast plain known as Utopia Planitia, “leaving a Chinese footprint on Mars… Read More China makes history with successful spacecraft landing on Mars surface