LEBANON’S LEADERS WERE WARNED IN JULY ABOUT EXPLOSIVES AT PORT

Tue 11 August 2020: Aoun sent report to Higher Security Council about ammonium nitrate shipment at Beirut port before explosion BEIRUT, Lebanon (AA) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun has sent a report to the Higher Defense Council about the ammonium nitrate shipment that caused the explosion at the Beirut Port two weeks before the blast, […]

SINGAPORE ENTERS RECESSION AS GDP FALLS 13.2%

Tue 11 August 2020: Economy contracts by 42.9% in Q2, forecast for 2020 now bleaker JAKARTA (AA) – Singapore has entered a technical recession as economic growth fell by 13.2% in the second quarter of this year, authorities said on Tuesday. The economy contracted by 42.9% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the previous […]

RWANDA: PARLIAMENT RAISES CONCERN OVER GENOCIDE DENIER NAMED ON BELGIAN COLONIAL PROBE COMMISSION

Tue 11 August Rwandan Parliament questions inclusion of ‘genocide denier’ in 10-member team of experts that will assist commission The Rwandan Parliament has expressed “reservations” about the likely outcome of a Belgian special parliamentary commission set up to examine Belgian’s colonial past due to the inclusion of a “known denier” of the Rwandan genocide against […]

COVID-19: WHO CAUTIONS RUSSIA ON VACCINE CONCERN OVER COMPROMISE ON SAFETY

Tue 11 August 2020: WHO spokesman comments after President Putin says Russia has registered world’s first coronavirus vaccine GENEVA (AA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday it is following Russia’s progress in developing a COVID-19 vaccine, but cautioned that progress in fight against the virus should not compromise on safety. Commenting on Russian […]

SINGAPORE ENTERS RECESSION AS GDP FALLS 13.2%

Tue 11 August 2020: Economy contracts by 42.9% in Q2, forecast for 2020 now bleaker JAKARTA (AA) – Singapore has entered a technical recession as economic growth fell by 13.2% in the second quarter of this year, authorities said on Tuesday. The economy contracted by 42.9% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the previous […]

PODCAST | LEBANON’S FUTURE GOES DARK

Sat 25 July 2020: The Lebanese are no strangers to handling crisis, but this one could be the biggest since the civil war. Lebanon’s financial collapse is accelerating – and the old normal is fading, even down to the traffic lights. In a country where people were once able to pay just as easily with […]