China bans horses from Malaysia following African horse sickness outbreak
BEIJING (REUTERS) – China has banned imports of horses and other equines and their products from Malaysia, following an outbreak of African Horse Sickness in the Southeast Asian country.
China will also strengthen elimination of insects that might carry the disease on transportation vehicles coming from Malaysia, the General Administration of Customs said in a statement published on its website on Saturday (Sept 12).
China said in April that it was testing horses in its border areas after the deadly disease was detected in Thailand.
Video captures ‘ambush’ shooting of two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies
Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are fighting for their lives after they were shot in an apparent ambush that was captured on video.
The pair, a man and a woman, were sitting in their patrol car in Compton when a gunman approached from the side and opened fire before fleeing the scene.
Officials said both were in a critical condition after suffering multiple gunshot wounds and were currently undergoing surgery.
Donald Trump promises ‘animals will be hit hard’ after two LA police officers were shot
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Philippines reports 3,372 new coronavirus cases, 79 more deaths
MANILA (REUTERS) – The Philippines on Sunday (Sept 13) recorded 3,372 new coronavirus cases and 79 more deaths.
In a bulletin, the Department of Health said the South-east Asian country’s confirmed cases of infections had risen to 261,216, the highest in the region, while its death toll had climbed to 4,371.
Coronavirus: Indonesia reports 3,636 new cases ahead of curbs in capital
JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesia on Sunday (Sept 13) reported 3,636 new coronavirus infections and 73 new deaths, data from Health Ministry’s website showed.
The latest report brought the total number of infections to 218,382 and deaths to 8,723, the highest number of deaths in South-east Asia.
The country’s capital Jakarta will reimpose stricter wide-scale restrictions starting on Monday (Sept 14) to control spread of the virus in the mega city.
Shrill Trump Campaign Demands Donations Or Antifa Will ‘Attack Your Homes’
President Donald Trump’s campaign warned in a wild, over-the-top text to voters Saturday that antifa will “attack your homes” unless they send money to help Trump win the election.
That message was fired off just days after it was revealed in journalist Bob’s Woodward’s book “Rage” that Trump lied about the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak because he claimed he “didn’t want to create a panic.” He told Sean Hannity earlier this week: “I can’t be jumping up and down and scaring people.”
That message was jarringly out of sync with the Trump campaign warning. It warned: “ANTIFA ALERT: They’ll attack your homes if Joe’s elected. Pres Trump needs you to become a Diamond Club Member. Your name is MISSING. Donate.”
The warning is pure fantasy. There is absolutely no evidence that such an attack will occur. (In fact, according to the Department of Homeland Security, the biggest domestic terror threat in the U.S. is from white supremacists.)
Twitter critics quipped repeatedly: “Don’t panic!”
European Economics Preview: UK GDP Data Due
Monthly GDP and foreign trade reports are due from the UK on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.
At 2.00 am ET, the Office for National Statistics publishes UK monthly GDP, industrial output and foreign trade figures. The UK economy is forecast to expand 6.7 percent on month in July, slower than the 8.7 percent growth logged in June.
Industrial production growth is seen easing to 4 percent in July from 9.3 percent. The trade deficit is expected to widen to GBP 6.9 billion in July from GBP 5.12 billion a month ago.
In the meantime, Destatis publishes Germany’s final consumer price data for August. According to preliminary estimate, consumer prices remained unchanged on year, following a 0.1 percent drop in July.
At 3.00 am ET, Spain INE releases final consumer price figures for August. The statistical office is expected to confirm 0.5 percent fall in consumer prices in August.
In the meantime, Hungary’s industrial production data for July is due. Production had declined 8.1 percent on year in June.
At 4.00 am ET, Italy’s Istat releases quarterly unemployment data.
Greece: Homeless Migrants Will Be Housed ‘In Coming Days’
Lesbos, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities said Sunday that some 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left without shelter after fires gutted an overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos will be moved to a new army-built tent city “in the coming days.”
Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said an estimated 1,000 forever residents of the Moria camp were expected to relocate to the tent city by late Sunday and that getting everyone housed at the new site would take several days.
“At the moment, it’s happening on a voluntary basis in the initial stage,” Mitarakis told Greek television station Open TV.
Fires on Tuesday and Wednesday nights decimated Moria, Greece’s largest refugee camp. Authorities have said residents protesting a lockdown imposed after a coronavirus outbreak deliberately set the blazes.
Thousands of people have since camped out on a stretch of highway near Moria under police guard following more protests against the Greek government refusing to allow the homeless migrants to leave Lesbos for the Greek mainland.
Mitarakis said that those entering the new camp would undergo rapid testing for the coroavirus and that five cases so far have been identified.