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China Orders Closure Of US Consulate In Chengdu

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China Orders Closure Of US Consulate In Chengdu

Seems the escalating tensions between China and the United States is not going to end soon as China has ordered the US to close its consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu, in retaliation to Washington’s move earlier this week to shut down the Chinese consulate in the city of Houston, Texas.

On Friday, the Chinese foreign ministry said the Chengdu mission’s closure was a “legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable measures by the United States”.

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Earlier on Tuesday, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US decision to shut down the Chinese consulate in the city of Houston was taken because China was “stealing” intellectual property.

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The Chinese ministry said that the US is responsible for all that is happening between the world’s two biggest economies, saying “the current situation in China-US relations is not what China desires to see.”

The ministry urged “the United States to immediately retract its wrong decision and create necessary conditions for bringing the bilateral relationship back on track.”

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Amid several key issues like trade and the coronavirus pandemic, tensions have been rising between the US and China, recently, President Donald Trump’s administration has clashed with Beijing over China’s imposition of a controversial new security law in Hong Kong.

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Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Quits Over Lack Of “Will To Reform”

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Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti has on Monday resigned over what he described as lack of political will to reform as his nation wrestles with a financial crisis posing the biggest threat to stability since a 1975-1990 civil war.

Hitti said in a statement “given the absence of an effective will to achieve structural, comprehensive reform which our society and the international community have urged us to do, I have decided to resign.”

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The former Lebanese ambassador to the Arab League who was named foreign minister in January when Prime Minister Hassan Diab took office with the support of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement and its allies said that “I took part in this government to work for one boss called Lebanon, then I found in my country multiple bosses and contradicting interests,”

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He added, “If they do not come together in the interest of rescuing the Lebanese people, God forbid, the ship will sink with everyone on it.”

Foreign donors have made it clear there will be no aid until Beirut enacts long-stalled reforms to tackle state waste and corruption, root causes of the collapse. Talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been put on hold amid a row over the scale of financial losses.

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Trump Calls On COVID-19 Survivors To Donate Blood Plasma

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Trump Calls On COVID-19 Survivors To Donate Blood Plasma

United States President Donald Trump was joined by his Coronavirus task force when he visited the headquarters of the American Red Cross where he encouraged survivors of COVID-19 to donate plasma.

In the hope that plasma helps other Coronavirus patients recover, thousands of Coronavirus patients have donated their plasma and scientists are testing whether the donations might also prevent infection in the first place.

Medical experts say the jury is still out on how effective it is, however.

According to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, at least 50,000 donors have given plasma but hundreds of thousands of more donors are needed to come forward.

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Chile Pensioners Withdrawing Pension Savings Due To Coronavirus

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Chile Pensioners Withdrawing Pension Savings Due To Coronavirus

Just as the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Coronavirus crisis could set back some countries by a decade

Coronavirus crisis could set back Latin America and the Caribbean by a decade as countries endure faltering economies and rising poverty, according to the United Nations economic commission for the region and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Thousands of Chileans are withdrawing 10 percent of their pension funds because of the economic toll the coronavirus is having on their finances.

Many have been forced to stand in long queues to get the money because they do not have access to a computer or do not know how to use one.

Local municipalities have supplied buses to use as offices in order to help process as many requests as possible.  

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