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BUSINESS | ZOOM Plans To Roll Out Strong Encryption for paying customers only

NEW YORK – Zoom, the video conferencing provider whose business had boomed with the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to strengthen encryption on video calls made by paying clients and institutions like schools, but not for users of its popular free accounts, a company official said Friday. The company previewed its intentions on a call with civil … Continue reading BUSINESS | ZOOM Plans To Roll Out Strong Encryption for paying customers only

WORLD NEWS | Trump Says Terminating U.S. Relationship With World Health Organization Over Virus

NEW YORK – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he is termination the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus, saying the WHO has essentially become a puppet organization of China. Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, Trump went ahead with repeated threats to eliminate American funding … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Trump Says Terminating U.S. Relationship With World Health Organization Over Virus

SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter Hides Trump Tweet For ‘Glorifying Violence’

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – Twitter hid a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump behind a warning for the first time on Friday, accusing him of breaking its rules by ‘glorifying violence’ in a message that said looters at protests in Minneapolis would be shot. Twitter’s decision to step in escalates a feud between Trump … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter Hides Trump Tweet For ‘Glorifying Violence’

TRAVEL | Greece To Open To Tourists From 29 Countries From June 15

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Greece said on Friday it will open to visitors from 29 countries from June 15, days before its peak tourism season begins. The countries are: Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Israel, Switzerland, Japan, Malta, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Albania, Estonia, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Hungary, South Korea, Serbia, … Continue reading TRAVEL | Greece To Open To Tourists From 29 Countries From June 15

SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter’s Fact-Check Label Prompts Trump Threat To Shut Down Social Media Companies

NEW YORK  – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies for stifling conservative voices, a day after Twitter attached a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president’s claims. Without offering evidence, Trump again accused such platforms of bias, tweeting: ‘Republicans feel … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter’s Fact-Check Label Prompts Trump Threat To Shut Down Social Media Companies

BUSINESS NEWS | New York’s Cuomo To Meet Trump, Push Infrastructure Spending

NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will travel to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump on Wednesday and planned to discuss major investments in infrastructure as a way to jumpstart a U.S. economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo also told a daily briefing on Tuesday he planned to accelerate … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | New York’s Cuomo To Meet Trump, Push Infrastructure Spending

BUSINESS NEWS | Macron Wants France To Be Europe’s Top Clean Car Producer

PARIS | FRANCE – President Emmanuel Macron announced an 8 billion euro plan on Tuesday to make France the top producer of clean vehicles in Europe and urge French carmakers to make vehicles in their own country. French car plants are only just starting to rev up production after the coronavirus lockdown, which hit the … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Macron Wants France To Be Europe’s Top Clean Car Producer

POLITICS | Trump, Macron Agree On Urgent Need For De-escalation In Libya: White House

Washington – U.S. President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed their concern about ‘worsening foreign interference’ in Libya and ‘agreed on the need for urgent de-escalation’, the White House Said. The two leaders also discussed progress on reopening the United States and France, as well as global economies locked down during the coronavirus … Continue reading POLITICS | Trump, Macron Agree On Urgent Need For De-escalation In Libya: White House

POLITICS | Pompeo Says State Dept. Watchdog Should Have Been Fired ‘Some Time Ago’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday decline to say why he recommended firing the State Department’s inspector general, but added he should have done it earlier and rejected claims his decision was motivated by political retaliation. Congressional aides said Steve Linick, the inspector general, was probing whether Pompeo misused a taxpayer-fund … Continue reading POLITICS | Pompeo Says State Dept. Watchdog Should Have Been Fired ‘Some Time Ago’

POLITICS | Trump Says He Is Considering Restoring Some Funding To WHO, No Decision Made

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday his administration was considering numerous proposal about the World Health Organization, including one in which Washington would pay about 10% of its former level. In a posting on Twitter, Trump underscored that no final decision had been made and that U.S. funding for the global health … Continue reading POLITICS | Trump Says He Is Considering Restoring Some Funding To WHO, No Decision Made

TRAVEL | How To Travel In Europe In The Era Of Coronavirus

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The European Commission unveiled a series of measured aimed at ensuring people can start travelling safely across the continent again as governments try to revive tourism and airline industries brought to a halt by the coronavirus. Below are the general guidelines for air, rails, water and road travel and steps for … Continue reading TRAVEL | How To Travel In Europe In The Era Of Coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS | Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Spokesman Test Positive For Coronavirus

BUCHAREST|ROMANIA – Russian President Vladimir Purin’s spokesman Dimitry Peskov said in Tuesday he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was receiving treatment at hospital, Russian news agencies reported. ‘Yes, I am sick. I am receiving treatment’, Peskov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. Peskov said he had last met Putin … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Spokesman Test Positive For Coronavirus

WORLD NEWS | Indonesia President To Join ‘Prayer for Humanity’

RIYADH|SAUDI ARABIA – The Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs announced the participation of President Joko Widodo in the initiative by the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity calling on peoples around the world to do good deeds, observe a fast, pray, and make devout supplications to God Almighty on 14th May to end the coronavirus pandemic. … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Indonesia President To Join ‘Prayer for Humanity’

NEWS ALERT | Earthquake Hits Off Coast Of Easter Japan, No Tsunami Warning

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Monday but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The epicenter of the earthquake was off the coast of Ibraki prefecture,  north of Tokyo, and measured at a depth … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Earthquake Hits Off Coast Of Easter Japan, No Tsunami Warning

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | U.S. CDC, FDA Chiefs In Self-Quarantine Following COVID-19 Exposure: Statement, Report

RIYADH| SAUDI ARABIA – Two cabinet U.S. officials were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesman and a media report. Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield ‘will be teleworking for the next two weeks’, after a ‘low-risk … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | U.S. CDC, FDA Chiefs In Self-Quarantine Following COVID-19 Exposure: Statement, Report