February 2020

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

GENEVA: The World Health Organization on Friday raised its global risk assessment of the new coronavirus to its highest level after the epidemic spread to sub-Saharan Africa and caused financial markets to plunge. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the…

John Ratcliffe

Trump nominates John Ratcliffe as intel chief WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump announced Republican lawmaker John Ratcliffe () as his intelligence chief Friday, sparking fresh controversy over a crucial position that has lacked a permanent office holder for months. The…

Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un warns of ‘serious consequences’ if virus reaches North Korea Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned top party officials of the “serious consequences” of failing to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country, state media reported Saturday.…

Naomi Seibt

Naomi Seibt: ‘anti-Greta’ activist called white nationalist an inspiration A young campaigner who has been hailed by climate sceptics as the right’s answer to Greta Thunberg has previously described a white nationalist who appeared to promote “white genocide” theories as one of…

Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi: ‘I kept thinking, what is happening to me?’ Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, has recounted her ordeal. In 2009, a long-standing dispute with neighbours culminated in…

Muhyiddin Yassin

Malaysia’s king appoints Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister Malaysia’s king has appointed seasoned politician Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister, the latest twist to a weeklong political crisis. In a statement issued by the palace on Saturday, Sultan Abdullah…

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

PM Modi among special guests invited for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman centenary in Dhaka, says envoy Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the special guests invited for the centenary celebrations of Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka next month, according to Bangladesh…

Mukesh Ambani

Slowdown in India is temporary, govt reforms will pay off: Mukesh Ambani Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of Reliance India, believes India’s current slowdown is temporary and he was hopeful that government’s reforms would soon pay off. Ambani…

Elon Musk

‘The fighter jet era has passed’: Elon Musk Speaking in front of a crowd of fighter pilots for the US Air Force (USAF), technology entrepreneur Elon Musk pronounced the end to the manned fighter jet era. “The fighter jet era…

Jeff Bezos

As coronavirus spreads, world’s richest lose $444 bn after hellish week for markets Last week was an expensive one for most investors, even for billionaires. The combined fortunes of the world’s 500 richest people fell by $444 billion as the…