National Newswatch

Canada prime minister to welcome Venezuela opposition leader

Jan 26 2020 — — Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó will visit Canada on Monday as part of an international tour aimed at bolstering support for his challenge to socialist leader Nicolás Maduro. The office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he and senior Cabinet ministers would meet with Guaidó, whose trip defied a travel ban imposed by Venezuela’s […]

Kobe Bryant and daughter among those killed in chopper crash

Jan 26 2020 — — Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41. Bryant died near Calabasas, California, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, a person familiar […]

Xi calls situation grave as China scrambles to contain virus

Jan 25 2020 — — China’s leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak’s epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41. President Xi Jinping’s remarks, reported by state broadcaster CCTV, came […]

China reports over 1,280 virus cases, death toll at 41

Jan 24 2020 — — China’s National Health Commission has reported the number of people infected with a new virus has risen to 1,287 with 41 deaths. The commission said Saturday the latest tally comes from 29 provinces across China, including 237 patients in serious condition. All 41 deaths have been in China, including 39 in Hubei province, the epicenter […]

At least 18 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits Turkey

Jan 24 2020 — — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked a sparsely-populated part of eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people, injuring more than 500 and leaving some 30 trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings, Turkish officials said. Rescue teams from neighbouring provinces were dispatched to the affected areas, working in the dark with floodlights in the freezing […]

Trump to sign U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal Wednesday

Jan 23 2020 — — President Donald Trump will hold a signing ceremony for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Wednesday, according to the White House. The deal to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement passed on bipartisan votes in Congress, scoring the president a significant political victory amid his Senate impeachment trial. Mexico has already ratified the agreement. Canada […]

China shuts city of millions to stop spread of deadly virus

Jan 23 2020 — — China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries amid the Lunar New Year travel rush. Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary troops guarded the Wuhan’s train station, where […]

Senate approves impeachment trial rules, rejecting witnesses

Jan 22 2020 — — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses. The daylong session started Tuesday with the setback for Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and the […]

McConnell abruptly eases limits on Trump impeachment trial

Jan 21 2020 — — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell abruptly eased his restrictive proposed rules for U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, backing off the condensed two-day schedule to add a third for opening arguments after protests from senators, including Republicans. The trial quickly burst into a partisan fight at the Capitol as the president’s lawyers opened arguments Tuesday […]

First coronavirus case confirmed in United States

Jan 21 2020 — — A U .S. citizen who recently returned from a trip to central China has been diagnosed with the new virus that has sparked an outbreak and stringent monitoring around the world. The man returned to the Seattle area in the middle of last week after travel ing to the Wuhan area, where the outbreak began. […]

Coronavirus claims sixth victim as anxiety rises in China, overseas

Jan 21 2020 — — Face masks sold out and temperature checks at airports and train stations became the new norm as China strove Tuesday to control the outbreak of a new coronavirus that has reached four other countries and territories and threatens to spread further during the Lunar New Year travel rush. Anxiety grew both at home and abroad […]

Iran acknowledges missiles made by Russia targeted Ukrainian passenger jet

Jan 21 2020 — — Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran‘s main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board. The new preliminary report by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization however stopped short of blaming the TOR-M1 for the crash of […]

McConnell proposes swift impeachment trial for Trump

Jan 20 2020 — — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday proposed a condensed, two-day calendar for each side to give opening statements in U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, ground rules that are raising objections from Democrats on the eve of the landmark proceedings. The Republican leader outlined the process in a four-page resolution that will be voted […]

Human-to-human transmission confirmed in China coronavirus

Jan 20 2020 — — The head of a Chinese government expert team said Monday that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus, a development that raises the possibility that it could spread more quickly and widely. Team leader Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory expert, said two people in Guangdong province in southern China caught the […]