Japan’s Suga signals ultra-easy monetary policy to continue

Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary of Japan, speaks during a press conference. Akio Kon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a frontrunner to be the next prime minister, said he would like the central bankt o continue its ultra-loose monetary policy as the economy is still struggling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview that ran on Saturday in the Nikkei newspaper, Suga also said he would consider compiling another economic stimulus …

India crosses 4 million coronavirus cases with record surge

Pedestrians wearing protective face masks in front of a mural in New Delhi, India on July 21, 2020. Yawar Nazir | Getty Images India’s total coronavirus cases surged beyond 4 million with a record rise on Saturday, making it the third country in the world to surpass that mark, following the United States and Brazil. India added 86,432 cases of the new virus on Saturday, a global daily record, according to data from the federal health ministry. Infections rose across …

Dow erases losses for 2020, jumps 200 points with a boost from the Fed

Stocks rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve unveiled a new framework that could keep interest rates lower for a longer period of time.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 202 points, or 0.2%. Those gains erased the 30-stock average’s losses for 2020. The S&P 500 climbed 0.3% — briefly topping 3,500 for the first time ever — and the Nasdaq Composite was marginally higher. In a speech, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank formally agreed to a policy …

Israeli police say Palestinian has stabbed Israeli to death

A Palestinian who entered Israel from the occupied West Bank on a work permit has stabbed an Israeli to death August 26, 2020, 3:15 PM 1 min read JERUSALEM — A Palestinian who entered Israel from the occupied West Bank on a work permit stabbed an Israeli to death on Wednesday and was later arrested, Israeli police said. The stabbing took place at a junction near Petah Tikva, in central Israel. Police said the suspect, a 46-year-old man from Nablus, …

Melania Trump to headline second night of Republican convention – live

8.55pm EDT 20:55 Fact check: Neil Gorsuch and tribal rights Myron Lizer, the vice president of the Navajo Nation, opened the RNC tonight, and lauded Trump for strengthening the Supreme Court “by nominating strong conservative judges like Neil Gorsuch, who supports Native American rights.” He has a point. Part of what Lizer was referring to was a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling last month in the case of McGirt v. Oklahoma. It was a rare legal victory for Native American rights …

13 die in Peru disco stampede after police lockdown raid

Officials say 13 people died in a stampede at a disco in Peru after a police raid to enforce the country’s lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic By FRANKLIN BRICEÑO Associated Press August 23, 2020, 6:51 PM 3 min read LIMA, Peru — Thirteen people died in a stampede at a disco in Peru after a police raid to enforce the country’s lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday. The stampede happened at the Thomas disco in Lima, where about …

China’s July retail sales unexpectedly slip, factory output growth steady

Factory workers in a plush toy manufacturing factory in Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province, China, August 13, 2020. Cosfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty Images China‘s retail sales unexpectedly fell in July from a year ago, while the comeback in factory output was slower than forecast amid signs the recovery in the world’s second-largest economy remains fragile. Industrial output grew 4.8% in July from a year earlier, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Friday, in line with June’s growth and missing analysts forecast …

“God Forbid You Ever Have To Face The Choice That I Faced.” Belarus’s Opposition Candidate Has Fled The Country As The Government Cracks Down.

KYIV — Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who first refused to accept what she called a fraudulent result in Belarus’s disputed election, told supporters on Tuesday that she had fled overnight to Lithuania. In the latest turn of extraordinary events rocking the country, she urged Belarusians to stop protesting and hinted at the pressures that forced her to leave.   Appearing exhausted in a tearful video from Lithuania, Tikhanovskaya said the decision to leave was her own and was made for the sake …

FM says Germany ready to help Lebanon but reforms necessary

Germany’s foreign minister says his country stands ready to help Lebanon with reconstruction and further investment after last week’s massive explosion August 12, 2020, 3:18 PM 3 min read BEIRUT — Germany stands ready to help Lebanon with reconstruction and further investment after last week’s massive explosion, but any support will be linked to economic reforms and an end to pervasive corruption in Lebanon, Germany‘s foreign minister said Wednesday. Heiko Maas spoke after a tour of Beirut’s devastated port, where …

Belarus Election Protesters Clash With Riot Police

President Alexander Lukashenko has claimed a sixth election victory. But his incumbent challenger, a former English teacher, said she won’t recognize the results. Christopher Miller BuzzFeed News Contributor Posted on August 10, 2020, at 6:38 a.m. ET Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters A law enforcement officer gestures next to a man laying on the ground during clashes with opposition supporters in Minsk, Belarus, on Sunday. KYIV — Riot police violently suppressed thousands of protesters who poured into the streets of the …

World donors demand change before money to rebuild Beirut

BEIRUT — World leaders and international organizations pledged nearly $300 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Beirut in the wake of the devastating explosion, but warned on Sunday that no money for rebuilding the capital will be made available until Lebanese authorities commit themselves to the political and economic reforms demanded by the people. Over 30 participants to the international conference offered help for a “credible and independent” investigation into the Aug. 4 Beirut explosion, another key demand of the …

Fire breaks out near Lebanese parliament as protests over blast reignites

Anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration against the political elites and the government, in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 8, 2020 after the massive explosion at the Port of Beirut. STR | NurPhoto via Getty Images Lebanese protesters hurled rocks at security forces blocking a road near parliament on Sunday in a second day of anti-government demonstrations after last week’s devastating explosion in Beirut. Fire broke out at the entrance to Parliament Square as protesters tried to break into a …