Connect with us

World News

South Korea reports 23 new COVID-19 cases

Published

on

South Korea reports 23 new COVID-19 cases

South Korean Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 23 new cases in the last 24 hours raising the country’s total number of infections to 14,389 with no death recorded in a single day.

On Monday, the country’s health agency said 20 of the new cases are from overseas while the remaining three are local transmissions, making it the lowest since May 8.

READ:  North Korea, South Korea Begin Removing Landmines Along Fortified Border

The daily caseload fell below 30 due to a sharp drop in local infections, but it continued to grow in double digits owing to imported cases.

READ:  Snow Avalanches Bury 11, Kill One In Kashmir

Health authorities consider imported cases less threatening to the wider community as they enforce two-week quarantines on all arrivals from overseas.

However, no death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 301, while a total of 21 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 13,280.

READ:  South Korea's Moon Shakes Up Economy Team, Vows To Keep Policies

World News

NY Times: Trump ‘Paid $750 In Federal Income Taxes In 2016 And 2017’

Published

on

By

NY Times: Trump 'Paid $750 In Federal Income Taxes In 2016 And 2017’

New York Times has obtained a copy of president Donald Trump’s federal income tax and has revealed the president paid just $750 in taxes in 2016, the year he ran for the U.S. Presidency, and the same amount during his first year in office.  The newspaper also reports Trump paid no income taxes at all in ten of the previous fifteen years.

READ:  Kindness Of Strangers: A Day In The Life Of The Migrant Caravan In Mexico

Trump has faced and is still facing legal challenges for refusing to share documents concerning his fortune and business dealings.

He is the first president since the 1970s who has refused to make his tax returns public.  Even though making tax returns public is not legally required of presidential candidates or presidents, those who occupy the White House have always showed their tax returns in an act of transparency.

READ:  Massive Societal Changes Needed To Meet Lower Global Warming Target World Needs - U.N.

Trump says the times report was “fake news.”  The newspaper says the information carried in the story was provided by sources with legal access to it.

READ:  More Visa Restrictions Imposed On Ghana By The US

Continue Reading

World News

Switzerland Referendum: Voters Reject End To Free Movement With EU

Published

on

By

Switzerland Referendum: Voters Reject End To Free Movement With EU

Six in ten Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to end an accord with the European Union allowing free movement of people.

Switzerland is not an EU member, but it has a series of interdependent treaties with Brussels which gives it access to Europe’s free trade area.

READ:  North Korea, South Korea Begin Removing Landmines Along Fortified Border

The move to rein in immigration was proposed by the Swiss people’s party but opposed by the government.    A similar initiative to introduce quotas on immigrants from the EU to Switzerland narrowly passed in a 2014 referendum, damaging Swiss-EU relations.

The Swiss are given a direct say in their own affairs under the country’s system of direct democracy.  They are regularly invited to vote on various issues in national or regional referendums.

READ:  Xi To Visit UAE, African States On Development Of Relations

Supporters of the anti-free movement plan say it would allow Switzerland to control its borders and select only the immigrants it wants.

Opponents argue it would plunge a healthy economy into recession at an uncertain time and deprive hundreds of thousands of Swiss citizens of their freedom to live and work across Europe.

READ:  Zimbabwe-born Australian Billionaire Vows To Spend $100m On Journalism Institute

Continue Reading

World News

North Korea Apologizes For ‘Unfortunate’ Killing Of South Korean Official

Published

on

By

North Korea Apologizes For 'Unfortunate' Killing Of South Korean Official

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized for the killing of a South Korean official, an incident which could have been a disaster for any hopes of rekindling talks between the South and the North.

According to a report by Yonhap news agency on Friday Kim reportedly told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the “disgraceful affair” should not have happened.

Earlier on Monday, a South Korean fisheries official disappeared from a fisheries patrol boat when it was about 10km (six miles) south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed line of military control that acts as the de facto maritime boundary between the two Koreas.

READ:  Nigeria's Coronavirus Cases Exceed 5,000

On Thursday, South Korea said on Thursday the 47-year-old man had been shot dead by North Korean troops and his body burned.

In a message to Seoul, Kim said he felt “very sorry” for “disappointing” South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

READ:  South Korea's First Military Satellite Launched

News agency reported that the North said it had conducted its own investigation into the incident and found that soldiers near its western sea border had fired at least 10 shots at the South Korean. The border between the Koreas is tightly policed, and the North is thought to have a “shoot-to-kill” policy in place to prevent coronavirus from entering the country.

READ:  Thousands On Greek Islands Protest Against Migrant Camps

However, the North insisted that it had not burned the man’s body but rather the “floating material” that was carrying him.

Also, some experts were skeptical of claims that the man had been trying to defect to a country that has seen more than 30,000 North Koreans fleeing to South Korea in the past two decades, defections from South to North are rare.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2018 African News Network. All Rights Reserved.

%d bloggers like this: