Foreign students fret over being sent home after U.S. visa rule

(Reuters) – When the phone rang Tuesday morning, Raul Romero had barely slept. The 21-year-old Venezuelan, on a scholarship at Ohio’s Kenyon College, had spent hours pondering his options after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday that international students taking classes fully online for the fall semester would have to transfer to a school […]

Alex Pullin death: World snowboarding champion found dead in sea

Two-time world snowboard champion Alex Pullin has drowned while spearfishing in Australia. The Australian, known as Chumpy, had been diving on an artificial reef off Palm Beach, Queensland, when he was found by a snorkeler at around 10.40am local time on Wednesday. The 32-year-old was unresponsive when taken from the water, a police spokesman said, […]

Coronavirus: Airborne transmission of COVID-19 cannot be ruled out, says WHO

The World Health Organisation has recognised there is “evidence emerging” of airborne transmission of coronavirus, which could lead to changes of guidance on distancing. Speaking at a briefing on Tuesday, the organisation’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said discussion was ongoing in response to evidence that shows some virus particles linger in the air […]

North Korea chaos: Kim Jong-un forced to make major closures as crisis strikes

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Primary and secondary schools in North Korea have been ordered to close and go on early summer holidays amid concerns of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Radio Free Asia’s […]

'Historic moment': China opens security office in Hong Kong

Office will allow mainland intelligence agents to operate openly in Hong Kong, and oversee new security law. China has opened an office to “safeguard national security” in Hong Kong, turning a hotel near a hotspot for pro-democracy protests and the annual vigil marking the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown into its new headquarters. Carrie Lam, the […]

Australia battles to contain Melbourne coronavirus outbreak

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia should slow down the return of its citizens from abroad, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, as the country grapples with a fresh coronavirus outbreak that has forced it to isolate its second most populous state. The border between Victoria and New South Wales, the busiest in the country, was […]

Dozens forced into quarantine in Mongolia amid bubonic plague fears

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Dozens of people were quarantined with suspected bubonic plague cases, including one boy who reportedly contracted the disease after eating a marmot. The boy reportedly displayed a high temperature after eating the animal, […]