US indicts NKoreans, Chinese over $2.5 bn network to dodge sanctions
Washington (AFP) - The US Justice Department indicted 28 North Koreans and five Chinese on Thursday for operating a money laundering ring that moved billions of dollars through global banks to avoid nuclear sanctions on Pyongyang.The network processed more than $2.5 billion through over 250 front companies across Thailand, Libya, Austria, Russia, China and Kuwait to evade sanctions, buy goods needed by North Korea and to enrich the suspects, according to an indictment filed in federal district court in Washington.Most of those indicted were associated with a network of "covert" branches of Nor...
Li: China has room to boost its economy
By Xin Zhiming and Li Xiang | China Daily | Updated: 2020-05-29 07:07Emphasis on keeping businesses going to support jobs, people's livelihoodsChina may achieve positive economic growth this year despite the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and still has ample policy room to keep the world's second-largest economy on a steady track of growth, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday."We have reserved policy space on the fiscal, financial, social security and other fronts, and we are in a strong position to quickly introduce new measures, if necessary, without hesitation," Li said at a news...
Half of newly diagnosed coronavirus cases in Washington are in people under 40
SEATTLE — Half of new coronavirus infections in Washington are now occurring in people under the age of 40, a marked shift from earlier in the epidemic when more than two-thirds of those testing positive were in older age groups.A new analysis finds that by early May, 39% of confirmed cases statewide were among people age 20 to 39, while those 19 and younger accounted for 11%.The trend is concerning and should be kept in mind as more counties begin to ease restrictions and reopen businesses, said Seattle epidemiologist Judith Malmgren, who is affiliated with the University of Washington and is...
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Qatar says Gulf bloc exit rumours 'baseless'
Qatardenied on Thursday that it plans to quit the Gulf Cooperation Council as it prepares to mark three years ofisolationled by the regional bloc's heavyweightSaudi Arabia.However, the gas-rich state cautioned that the effort by three of the GCC's six members to isolate Doha economically and politically meant people in the region were "doubting and questioning" the organisation.Rumours of Qatar's imminent departure from the GCC, founded in 1981 and headquartered in Riyadh, have been swirling in Gulf capitals in recent weeks."Reports claiming that Qatar is considering leaving the GCC are wholly...
4 people injured after 2 cars crash into telephone poles on same N.J. road
Four people in two separate cars were injured Wednesday afternoon when both cars hit different telephone poles on the same Wayne road, police said.At 5:18 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a report of two car crashes on Ratzer Road, near Garside Avenue, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said in a statement. When officers arrived, they found the two cars had crashed into two separate telephone poles, according to the statement.One car, a Honda CRV, had been driving eastbound on the road by township resident Antonio Cruz, 38, when it collided with the telephone pole, the statement sa...
Amazon offers permanent jobs to 125K temp hires
San Francisco (AFP) - Amazon on Thursday said it is offering permanent jobs to 125,000 of the temporary workers hired to handle surging use of its online shopping service due to the pandemic.Amazon expanded its workforce with 175,000 new positions in March as restrictions on movements shuttered real-world shops and had people staying home to avoid the virus."Like other companies, we hired these individuals for seasonal roles to meet a surge in demand and, for many, there was the hope of returning back to their previous companies once states began to reopen," Amazon said in a blog post."As the ...
US layoffs exceed 40 mn but some are returning to work
Washington (AFP) - The number of workers filing for jobless benefits since the coronavirus arrived in the United States passed 40 million on Thursday while manufactured goods sales plunged even as signs emerged that people are returning to work.Job losses on that scale have not been seen since the Great Depression early in the last century, and came as a new data showed the world's largest economy shrinking by 5.0 percent in the first quarter, a preview of much worse to come amid the COVID-19 recession.The pace of layoffs passed their peak but continue in massive numbers, with the Labor Depart...
Gunmen kill dozens in northwest Nigeria attacks
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Armed criminals on motorcycles killed dozens of people in a string of attacks on villages in the restive northwest of Nigeria, medics and residents said. Dozens of gunmen -- described locally as "bandits -- raided five villages close to the border with Niger in Sokoto state late Wednesday, the sources told AFP.Lawal Kakale, a local traditional leader in Sabon Birni district, said the death toll had risen to 74 from an earlier figure of 60 as more bodies were recovered in the villages. "We recovered 25 corpses in Garki, 13 in Dan Aduwa, 25 in Kuzari, seven in Katuma and f...
Some couples wish they were quarantined with their 'work spouse.' Experts say don't sweat it, but do be careful with that relationship.
CHICAGO — Quarantine, a global pandemic and the overall state of the world right now have been major bummers, to say the very least.Well, here’s another to add to the list: 38% of Illinoisans reported missing their work spouse more than they would miss their real partners (if they were to actually get some space from them right now), according to a recent survey. Ouch.Two in three Illinois couples said they are not as productive since working under the stay-at-home order alongside their partners, according to the survey data. Similarly, 63% of all those surveyed said their work productivity wo...
Hate Unmasked In America
“You are the most selfish f—ing people on the planet.”As a health care reporter, I had covered America’s evolution on masks as the coronavirus spread across the globe. Back in January, I wrote an article about why Chinese immigrants insisted on wearing surgical and construction masks in the U.S., even though it went against official health recommendations at the time. In February, I wrote about Asian families in California clashing with schools over whether their children should be allowed to wear masks in class.At that time, Asian people wearing masks were targets for verbal and physical abus...