States partly reopen as US virus deaths top 50,000

Three US states have allowed some shops to reopen after measures imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as the country’s death toll passed 51,000. Salons and spas could reopen in Georgia and Oklahoma while Alaska lifted restrictions on…

China rejects calls for inquiry into virus origins

China has rejected calls for an independent international investigation into the origin of the coronavirus. A top diplomat in the UK, Chen Wen told the BBC the demands were politically motivated and would divert China’s attention from fighting the pandemic.…

Cash is king as U.S. quarterly reporting season gains steam

(Reuters) – With the U.S. quarterly earnings season picking up steam this week, investors have caught a glimpse of how companies are weathering the coronavirus outbreak, including the strength of their balance sheets. With little clarity on when the U.S.…

Prominent Saudi rights activist dies in prison, sources say

DUBAI (Reuters) – Prominent Saudi Arabian rights activist Abdullah al-Hamid, imprisoned since 2013, died on Thursday, activists and a source close to him told Reuters. Hamid, 69, died in the King Saud Medical City in Riyadh, having suffered a stroke…

Afghanistan's Taliban reject call for Ramadan ceasefire

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban have rejected an Afghan government call for a ceasefire for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and to let authorities focus on tackling the coronavirus, raising new concern about prospects for a fragile peace process.…