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Iraq parliament delays vote on a new government over lack of quorum: state media

World38 minutes ago (Feb 27, 2020 07:50AM ET) (C) Reuters. Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi delivers a televised speech in Baghdad BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s parliament on Thursday adjourned a session to approve a new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister-designated Mohammed Allawi, state television reported. It said the parliament had failed to convene a […]

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Indonesia says lack of coronavirus cases a blessing from God

World50 minutes ago (Feb 27, 2020 07:38AM ET) By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s health minister defended the country’s screening process for coronavirus on Thursday and said the absence of confirmed cases in the world’s fourth-most populous nation was a “blessing from the Almighty”. The sprawling Southeast Asian country of more than […]

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South Korea launches ‘drive-thru’ coronavirus testing facilities as demand soars

World51 minutes ago (Feb 27, 2020 07:37AM ET) South Korea launches ‘drive-thru’ coronavirus testing facilities as demand soars By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – From inside his car, a driver is checked for any fever or breathing difficulties by medical staff in protective clothing and goggles who lean in through the window at a new […]

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Moscow rounds up stray animals, kills rats over coronavirus fears

World57 minutes ago (Feb 27, 2020 07:31AM ET) MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow authorities are rounding up stray animals and exterminating rats as a precaution against the new coronavirus, actions that animal rights campaigners decried as cruel and scientifically groundless. Russia has imposed an array of measures to stop the virus gaining a foothold in Russia, […]

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Barnier says EU will stick to Brexit political declaration

World57 minutes ago (Feb 27, 2020 07:31AM ET) BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday noted Britain’s negotiating mandate published earlier but, making clear sharp divergences ahead of talks starting next week, said the bloc would stick to the political declaration agreed last year. “We take note of the UK’s mandate published […]