AstraZeneca trial pause is ‘not necessarily’ a setback, British health minister says

An engineer shows an experimental vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus that was tested at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images LONDON  — The U.K.’s health minister on Wednesday rushed to defend AstraZeneca’s decision to pause a closely-watched coronavirus vaccine trial due to safety concerns, saying that the decision is not necessarily a setback to its development. AstraZeneca announced Tuesday that the pause was due to a potentially unexplained …

Parents, Stop Pretending Everything Is Fine. This Is Hard As Hell.

I spent most of the summer in a state of numbness, most likely driven by a deep-seated denial that the world has irrevocably changed and nothing will ever be the same. And after a traumatic spring, life suddenly felt *kind of* normal this summer. Yes, the kids weren’t at camp, and yes, I was working at home, but we were lucky enough that everyone stayed healthy and (relatively) sane. And then it all came crashing down. Quite suddenly, I was …

China lands its first reusable spacecraft as state media hails it as an ‘important breakthrough’

China’s Long March-2F carrier rocket during a 2016 launch.   GUANGZHOU, China — China has successfully launched and landed an experimental reusable spacecraft, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency which lauded the achievement as an “important breakthrough.” The spacecraft was launched on a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan launch center located in Inner Mongolia on Friday. It spent two days in orbit and and returned to the scheduled landing site on Sunday, Xinhua said. There are very few details on the …

Typhoon Haishen: Japan escapes worst as storm barrels towards South Korea

South Korea is bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Haishen, after the powerful storm battered Japan’s southern islands but appeared to pass through without major damage or casualties. The storm, carrying top sustained winds of up to 144 km/h (90 mph), was headed north toward South Korea’s second largest city of Busan, the country’s weather agency said. High winds have already cut power to almost 5,000 households in the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, including the resort island of …

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 …

Boris Johnson is ‘fascinated’ by Donald Trump, says ex-diplomat

Lord Darroch, a former British ambassador to the US, has said Boris Johnson is fascinated and inspired by Donald Trump and is intrigued by the US president’s patchy relationship “with the facts and the truth”. In a new book serialised in the Times, Darroch said Johnson must share the blame for his resignation as ambassador to Washington, which followed the leaking of diplomatic cables disparaging Trump. Darroch wrote that Johnson had been “fascinated” by Trump on visits to Washington as …

Senators: Trump’s Pentagon Set To Shutter Legendary Military Newspaper

A bipartisan group of senators this week urged the Pentagon to preserve funding for Stars and Stripes, a longtime publication that covers the U.S. military community and is published for service members around the world, which the Pentagon reportedly ordered to cease operations and shutter its newsroom by the end of September, under proposed budget cuts. “Stars and Stripes is an essential part of our nation’s freedom of the press that serves the very population charged with defending that freedom,” …

NATO says Turkey, Greece agree to talks; Athens denies deal

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Greece and Turkey have agreed to start “technical talks” aimed at helping to reduce the risks of military incidents and accidents in the eastern Mediterranean By SUZAN FRASER and NICHOLAS PAPHITIS Associated Press September 3, 2020, 6:37 PM • 5 min read ANKARA, Turkey — NATO’s chief said Thursday that alliance members Greece and Turkey have agreed to start “technical talks” to help reduce the risks of military accidents in the eastern Mediterranean, where …

TikTok adds to Ireland’s data storage boom amid energy concerns

An illuminated raised walkway connects buildings of the Google Inc. European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg via Getty With another tech giant planning to bring a data center to Ireland, experts weigh up the challenges that this burgeoning industry is bringing to the country. Last month, TikTok announced that it was investing up to $500 million in a center in Ireland, its first in Europe. The news from the popular app, currently …

U.S. Army Replaces Fort Hood Commander Amid Investigation After Killing of Soldier Vanessa Guillen

(AUSTIN, Texas) — U.S. Army officials announced changes in the leadership at Fort Hood on Tuesday amid what they said was a widening investigation into the slaying of a soldier at the Texas base that has prompted calls for the military to change the way it handles sexual abuse and harassment. Maj. Gen. John B. Richardson IV will assume duties as deputy commanding general for operations of III Corps and acting senior commander of Fort Hood starting Wednesday, the Army …

Zoom Is Fighting Rumors In India That It’s A Chinese Company

After the Indian government banned 59 apps owned by Chinese firms last week, the videoconferencing app Zoom is fighting xenophobic rumors on social media that it is Chinese-owned. It’s not — the company is American and is scrambling to let Indians know. In a blog post on Tuesday, Velchamy Sankarlingam, Zoom’s president of product and engineering, tried to clear up misinformation about Zoom’s country of origin. The company, he reminded people, is based in the United States. “We do recognize …

Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which as of August 30, has killed more than 843,000 people globally, has affected sporting events across the world, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has reached more than 25 million, major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed. The most significant one that was due to take place in Japan this summer was the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. More: Global sports face ‘unprecedented’ test amid coronavirus …

Tour de France Begins With Strict Anti-COVID-19 Measures

(NICE, France) — Delayed but alive again and out on French roads, the strangest Tour de France ever set off Saturday in a bubble of anti-COVID protocols to try to keep the 176 riders virus-free for three weeks of racing through the country’s worsening epidemic. Only after riders peeled off their face masks and raced off from the start in the Mediterranean city of Nice, serenaded by a uniformed band playing “La Marseillaise,” did the Tour begin to look like …

Dow closes more than 150 points higher to erase its 2020 losses

Stocks rose on Friday to wrap up another strong week on a high note as the Dow Jones Industrial Average erased its losses of 2020. The 30-stock Dow closed 161.60 points higher, or 0.6%, at 28,653.87. The S&P 500 gained 0.7% to close at 3,508.01. It was the index’s first-ever close above 3,500. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.6% to end the day at 11,695.63. Friday’s gains put the Dow in positive territory for the year. The Dow had not sported …

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 …

China fires ‘aircraft-carrier killer’ missile in warning to US

China has fired two missiles, including one dubbed an “aircraft-carrier killer”, into the South China Sea, according to a news report, in a pointed warning to the United States as tensions in the disputed sea lane rise to new levels.  The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Thursday that Beijing fired one intermediate-range ballistic missile, DF-26B, from Qinghai province and another medium-range ballistic missile, DF-21D, from Zhejiang province on Wednesday in response to US aerial activities in a “no-fly …

Trump Jr. And Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Paris Trip Cost Taxpayers At Least $64,000 For Security

WASHINGTON ― Taxpayers shelled out at least $64,443 to safeguard the president’s eldest son and his girlfriend during a two-day visit to Paris in 2018 that included a stay at a $1,000-a-night hotel a few blocks from the Champs-Elysees, according to U.S. Secret Service records. Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, visited the Louvre and Eiffel Tower, posting photos on social media, a few months after they began a romantic relationship. According to …

Hong Kong police arrest 2 opposition lawmakers over protests last year

Hong Kong police arrested 16 people Wednesday on charges related to anti-government protests last year, including two opposition lawmakers. Pro-democracy legislators Ted Hui and Lam Cheuk-ting were arrested early Wednesday, according to posts on their Facebook pages. Posts on Lam’s Twitter account said he had been arrested on charges of conspiring with others to damage property and obstructing the course of justice during a protest in July 2019. The tweets said he has also been accused of rioting on July …

Snowflake files for IPO, taking on Amazon and Microsoft cloud database businesses

Frank Slootman, CEO, Snowflake Source: CNBC Snowflake, one of the fastest-growing cloud software companies in Silicon Valley, filed to go public on Monday after revenue more than doubled in the first half of the year to $242 million. Snowflake’s data warehouse technology allows businesses to store and manage data in the cloud rather than on legacy databases, making it easier for clients to quickly access and analyze critical information across the enterprise. The company counts on infrastructure from Amazon, Microsoft …

‘Watch Me, Mr. President’: Biden Laughs Off Trump’s Biggest Lines Of Attack

Former Vice President Joe Biden laughed off two of President Donald Trump’s favorite attack lines.  Trump has questioned Biden’s mental fitness, calling him “not all there” and “mentally shot.” But Biden chuckled when asked about it by ABC’s David Muir.  “Watch me, Mr. President, watch me,” he said. “Look at us both. Look at us both, what we say, what we do, what we control, what we know, what kind of shape we’re in. Come on” Biden said mental acuity is a …