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Walls close in on Thailand's poorest as virus shrivels economy

Bangkok - Shuffling around their tiny slum home which is too small to stand up in, Thanapat Noidee and his wife Papassorn share donated noodles with their sons and worry about bills, as the coronavirus pushes Thailand's poor deeper into penury.

South Africa leader faces thorny test over virus lockdown

Johanesburg - Admired by some but berated by others for imposing a tight lockdown, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a fresh leadership test over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Op-Ed: Two Iranian tankers abort delivery after US threats

For several days now there have been gasoline deliveries to Venezuela as several of the five tankers sailing from Iran have arrived in Venezuela after being escorted by the Venezuelan military and have offloaded their cargos of fuel.

Trump says he will delay G7 summit and invite other countries

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will delay the G7 summit scheduled to take place in June and invite other countries -- including Russia -- to join the meeting."I don't feel that as a G7 it properly represents what's going on in the world.

Pope calls for end to 'pandemic of poverty' after virus

Vatican City - "Everything will be different" after the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said Saturday, calling for a fairer society and action to "end the pandemic of poverty in the world".

Spectre of oil giant Rosneft looms over Russian independent media

Moscow - Russian oil giant Rosneft, run by a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, is wielding growing influence over Russia's remaining independent media outlets, already squeezed by tightening press freedoms and pressure from the Kremlin.

Trump says he will delay G7 summit and invite other countries

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will delay the G7 summit scheduled to take place in June and invite other countries -- including Russia -- to join the meeting."I don't feel that as a G7 it properly represents what's going on in the world.

Growing US-China rivalry seen fueling UN paralysis amid virus crisis

New York - For nearly a decade, the UN Security Council has been frequently paralyzed by Russia's obstinacy over the Syrian crisis. Today, however, it is the US-China rivalry that has infected a growing array of issues, according to officials and diplomats.

Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens after two months

Jerusalem - Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound -- the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia -- reopened on Sunday after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Inquiry clears Malta's PM over migrant deaths

Rome - An investigation has cleared Malta's Prime Minister Robert Abela of any blame over the death of migrants at sea, his government announced Saturday.

Brazil virus death toll hits 28,834, surpassing hard-hit France

Bras - Brazil on Saturday reached 28,834 coronavirus fatalities, authorities said, surpassing hard-hit France and becoming the country with the world's fourth-highest death toll.

Thaao Penghlis talks 2020 Daytime Emmy nod, 'Days of Our Lives' Special

Veteran actor Thaao Penghlis chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about his 2020 Daytime Emmy nomination for "Days of Our Lives."

Engineers at NASA-JPL persevered to develop a COVID-19 ventilator

NASA- JPL engineers designed a special ventilator -- called VITAL - in little over a month and received an 'Emergency Use Authorization' from the Food and Drug Administration on April 30. The new ventilator is tailored for coronavirus patients.

Murder accused ex-first lady leaves Lesotho as bail revoked

Maseru - Police in Lesotho on Saturday said former first lady Maesaiah Thabane had left the country, a day after her bail was revoked on murder charges over the 2017 killing of her husband's estranged wife.

UK govt advisors sound warning on easing virus lockdown

London - Senior advisors to Boris Johnson's government on Saturday warned it was too early to lift the lockdown, just two days before the UK further relaxes coronavirus restrictions.

Sean Kanan to host the 2020 Indie Series Awards virtual ceremony

Veteran soap actor Sean Kanan will be hosting the 2020 Indie Series Awards, which will be held remotely this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pompeo demands Russia free ill American accused of spying

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday demanded that Russia free a former US marine accused of spying in Russia after the man underwent urgent surgery in a Moscow hospital.

Sizable number of Americans use photo of someone to access data

New data compiled by iProov finds that a sizable number of U.S. citizens - 16 percent - have used a photograph of someone in order to access data and hence bypass a biometric system.

Afghan reporter killed as govt says ready for Taliban dialogue

Kabul - A roadside bomb killed a television journalist in Kabul on Saturday, soon after a top Afghan official appointed to lead peace talks with the Taliban said his team was ready for the long-delayed dialogue.

Janet Hubert talks 2020 Daytime Emmy nomination for 'King Ester' Special

Beloved actress Janet Hubert ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" fame) chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about her 2020 Daytime Emmy nomination for playing Mignon in the hit digital drama series "King Ester."
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