BEIJING/WASHINGTON, July 23: The United States gave China 72 hours to close its consulate in Houston amid accusations of spying, marking a dramatic deterioration in relations between the world’s two biggest economies.

United States and China enter a new cold war

Published On: July 22, 2020 07:37 PM NPT By: John Kemp

LONDON, July 22: The abrupt closure of China’s consulate in Houston marks the latest incident in a rapidly escalating conflict between China and the United States.

BEIJING, July 22: China says the U.S. has ordered it to close its Houston consulate in what it called a provocation that violates international law. There was no immediate confirmation or explanation from the U.S. side.

ATLANTA, July 22: The United States reported more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, marking the first time since June 10 the nation has surpassed that grim milestone, as California closed in on passing New York in total infections.

Global coronavirus cases exceed 15 million: Reuters tally

Published On: July 22, 2020 01:00 PM NPT By: Reuters

SYDNEY/LONDON, July 22: Global coronavirus infections surged past 15 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic gathering pace even as countries remain divided in their response to the crisis.

WASHINGTON, July 22: President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that the “nasty horrible’” coronavirus will get worse in the U.S. before it gets better, but he also tried to paint a rosy picture of efforts to conquer the disease that has claimed more than 140,000 American lives in just five months.

WASHINGTON, July 22:  The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday indicted two Chinese nationals over their role in what the agency called a decade-long cyber espionage campaign that targeted defense contractors, COVID researchers and hundreds of other victims worldwide.

Oxford COVID-19 vaccine developer cautious on 2020 roll-out

Published On: July 21, 2020 07:05 PM NPT By: Reuters

LONDON, July 21: The University of Oxford’s possible COVID-19 vaccine could be rolled out by the end of the year but there is no certainty, the lead developer of the vaccine said on Tuesday.

LONDON, July 21: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Downing Street on Tuesday for a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

BRUSSELS, July 21: Weary but relieved, European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, somehow finding unity after four days and nights of fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest summits ever.