News, May 30th

COVID-19 virus emerged from gene shuffling across bats, pangolin:  Study – By analyzing 43 complete genome sequences from three strains of SARS-CoV-2-like coronaviruses from bats and pangolins, Li and colleagues delineated which strains were most and least similar to the novel coronavirus, with a special focus on genes related to the virus’ spike protein complex,Continue reading “News, May 30th”

Things to Note, May 29th

Afghan government says Taliban attack on checkpoint kills 14 – KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters attacked an army checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan, killing 14 military personnel, the Defense Ministry said Friday. The Taliban took responsibility for Thursday’s attack in Paktia province, calling it a “defensive action,” without elaborating. Javid Faisal, spokesman for the Afghanistan nationalContinue reading “Things to Note, May 29th”

Things to Note, May 28th

2020 WTO Public Forum cancelled – After careful consideration of COVID-19 related uncertainties and health concerns, the WTO has decided to cancel this year’s WTO Public Forum, scheduled for 29 September to 2 October. This decision responds to the complexities around planning to host thousands of people from around the world for a public eventContinue reading “Things to Note, May 28th”

Things to Note, May 27th

Asian American communities blast Trump for compliciting in the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes – Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the US, American politicians have been politicalising the lethal virus to justify their incompetence to protect their own people, making irresponsible and racist remarks targeting Asian communities. US President Donald Trump, anContinue reading “Things to Note, May 27th”

Things to Note, May 26th

Belarus’ Economy Can Face a Sever Shock, says World Bank – As a small, open, commodity-exporting economy, Belarus is heavily exposed to shocks caused by deep contractions in its main trading partners, the collapse of oil prices, and global financial volatility related to the COVID-19 pandemic, says the World Bank’s latest Economic Update for Belarus,Continue reading “Things to Note, May 26th”