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'I can't be silent': Hong Kong people aim to mark Tiananmen despite ban

Many Hong Kong people will find their own way to mark the 31st anniversary of Chinese troops opening fire on protesters in and around Tiananmen Square, after an annual candlelight vigil was cancelled for the first time because of the coronavirus.

China may be using weak soybean demand and adequate supply as an opportunity to halt U.S. imports

News that Beijing has ordered state firms to halt purchases of farm products could well be an opportunistic political maneuver stemming from fundamental weakness on the demand side in China, said analysts.

The death of globalisation has been announced many times. But this is a perfect storm | Adam Tooze

Add changes in technology, macroeconomics and geopolitics to the virus, and it becomes clear why we face a turbulent year

Over the last half-century the world has been transformed by huge flows of trade and investment. The source of our food and the manufacture of everything from trainers to mobile phones has been revolutionised. Bank inquiries in Newcastle are handled in Bangalore. Secure industrial jobs have evaporated in Europe and North America and reappeared on the other side of the world. Exports, which amounted to less than 10% of global GDP in the 1970s, now stand at 25%.

Globalisation has been a massive social and economic transformation. It has, by the same token, been hotly contentious, creating losers as well as winners. And this raised the question: would it be brought to an end by eruption of opposition? Again and again – after the 1999 Seattle WTO protests, September 11, the financial crisis of 2008 and the election of Donald Trump – there have been predictions of globalisation’s terminal crisis. In the background lurks the memory of the 1930s and the Great Depression, when trade and capital flows contracted, not to recover for the best part of half a century.

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'The water will come back': why Kenya's struggle against flooding is far from over

Record-breaking rainfall has devastated communities – and with thousands displaced and more rain predicted the picture is bleak

Using a short piece of nylon line with a hook at one end and a long thin stick on the other, a mechanic and a nightclub doorman have only caught one small fish all day.

“I’ve never been a fisherman before,” says Erick Ochieng on the edge of a flooded creek in the port city of Kisumu on the banks of Lake Victoria. “I used to work as a bouncer but nightclubs have closed. Sometimes my family sleeps without eating.”

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Locked down afloat: why dozens of cruise ships ended up stranded in Manila Bay

Thousands of Filipino and international crew members are stuck as they await results of Covid-19 tests

From the balcony of her cabin, Sofia Ivanov* welcomes the light rain that cools the scorching Manila summer. As coronavirus empties the world’s cruise lines of guests, crew workers like her get to use the luxurious guest rooms before they lose their jobs.

Over two dozen other massive cruise ships dot her view of Manila Bay. It’s a spectacular view, but Ivanov is tired of it after seeing nothing else for weeks. 

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New coronavirus cases in Hong Kong raise concerns of local cluster

A cluster of nine coronavirus cases raised concerns in Hong Kong over renewed local transmission in a city that has been one of the most successful in keeping the pandemic under control.


French Finance Minister: Renault loan not signed yet, but should be soon

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday the government had not yet signed off on a planned 5 billion euro ($5.6 billion) loan for carmaker Renault , though he hoped the loan would be agreed soon.

Sell, stow or dump? Retailers wrestle with mountain of unsold stock

Forget fast or slow fashion, now it's ground to a halt.

Plunging cost of wind and solar marks turning point in energy transition: IRENA

Plunging costs of renewables mark a turning point in a global transition to low-carbon energy, with new solar or wind farms increasingly cheaper to build than running existing coal plants, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Natgas flows to U.S. LNG export plants sink to 9-month low due to coronavirus

The amount of natural gas flowing on pipelines to U.S. liquefied natural gas export plants is at its lowest levels since August, a signal of weak worldwide demand due to government lockdowns to repress the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: 'US economy could take decade to fully recover'

The warning from the Congressional Budget Office comes as tens of millions of American's are out of work.


Investors should brace for a 15%-20% downdraft due to escalating risks, BTIG's Julian Emanuel warns

Long-time bull Julian Emanuel believes the market and economy are misaligned right now.

Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Western Union, Coty, Moderna and more

Check out the companies making headlines after the bell.

Stock futures flat as investors assess economy reopening amid civil unrest

Many on Wall Street grew worried that the rising risks of the racial strife and U.S.-China tensions will reverse the market's massive comeback.

Here's what happened to the stock market on Monday

Stocks closed higher to start the new month amid mounting bets on a successful economic reopening.

Tech deals nosedive nearly 70% during pandemic, but Bain predicts a sharp rebound

Tech deals plummeted during the height of the global pandemic. But that's likely to reverse in the coming months as big tech companies see opportunity, according to new analysis from Bain & Co.


Hussain Manawer's poem in tribute to coronavirus victims

BBC Breakfast commissioned poet Hussain Manawer to mark three months since the first UK coronavirus death.

Frequent testing, less contact recommended to get Hollywood cameras rolling again

Hollywood studios and labor unions on Monday proposed extensive coronavirus testing and other safeguards to allow actors and crew members to resume movie and TV show production in the United States.

'Carmen' and coronavirus don't match: NYC's Met Opera closed till December 31

New York's Metropolitan Opera will keep its curtains closed until a New Year's Eve opening gala, it said on Monday, as it announced a season shortened by the coronavirus epidemic.

MTV goes dark, record labels hit pause as U.S. protests rage

Youth television channel MTV and other stablemate channels said they will go dark around the world on Monday to mark the death in police custody of George Floyd, joining other U.S. entertainment outlets in condemning racial inequality.

Music industry leaders vow to pause business for a day in observation of Blackout Tuesday

The show will be paused. At least, that's the message coming from leaders and artists in the music business as part of a movement being referred to as Blackout Tuesday.

Jay-Z speaks out after calling Minnesota Governor to discuss justice for George Floyd

Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota and Jay-Z are speaking out about a phone call they had over the weekend to discuss the death of George Floyd and where to go from here.

Nick Cannon explains why he felt he had to go to Minneapolis

Nick Cannon is discussing why he felt compelled to go to Minneapolis and join the protests against the death George Floyd's murder.

John Legend says his friendship with Kanye West has evolved

John Legend and Kanye West are in "different places," according to the singer.


Midnight cowboy steak: French restaurant re-opens after lockdown

The steak restaurant that Jean-Pierre Le Bot co-owns in the French city of Nantes had been shut for 11 weeks, so when officials gave the go-ahead for it to open on Tuesday, he was not going to wait a...

Thais return to temples in traditional garb - and masks

Thais are starting to visit temples again as the mostly Buddhist country emerges from a coronavirus lockdown, although visitors are taking precautions such as wearing masks and getting temperature...

What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Fuller House’ and ‘Dirty John’

The fifth and final season of “Fuller House” comes to a close on Netflix, and an anthology crime series returns on USA.

A Terrorist Attack Sparks the Plot of Megha Majumdar’s Powerful Debut Novel

“A Burning” captures the political landscape of modern-day India through the lives of three characters.

Christo’s Billowy Visions, Fleeting but Unforgettable

The artist’s works were easy to grasp but hard to categorize, bringing conceptual art to the masses and generating no small measure of happiness and awe in the process.

Watch This: A Poignant Documentary or a Classic Sketch Comedy

Your TV needs may vary this week. These are the titles our critic recommends checking out.

Writers who show us who we are

These essays on American authors — some well known, some unjustly forgotten, some perpetually misunderstood — aim to restore a sense of the “complex fate” of being an American. Read more about the series.


On this day: Born June 3, 1982: Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter

Few have dominated their sport like Russian pole vault record holder Yelena Isinbayeva, with her back-to-back Olympic gold medals, more than two dozen world records and seven indoor and outdoor world titles.

Japan's Naomi Osaka adds voice to U.S. protests: 'silence is betrayal'

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has added her voice to protests over the death of an African-American man in U.S. police custody, criticising people for tweeting more about lootings than his death.

Knicks Won’t Weigh In on George Floyd, Dolan Tells Employees

The decision makes the Knicks an exception in a league where players and coaches have called for change on social media and joined protests.

Holden confirms quitting Supercars at end of 2020 series

Holden has confirmed that its commitment to Australia's Supercars series will finish at the end of the 2020 championship.

Woods says Floyd death a 'shocking tragedy'

Tiger Woods said on Monday he has always respected U.S. law enforcement but that their use of force on George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man who died while in police custody, clearly crossed a line.


‘Going in the Wrong Direction’: More Tropical Forest Loss in 2019

Brazil was responsible for more than a third of the total global loss in 2019.

U.S. Ruling Could Mean a Flood of New Claims Against Volkswagen

Judges on Monday cleared the way for counties to pursue the automaker, which already faces more than $20 billion in federal penalties for cheating on pollution tests, under local laws.

Coronavirus News: Live Updates

“You see mass gatherings that could potentially be infecting hundreds and hundreds of people after everything we have done,” New York’s governor said. Hong Kong has banned an annual Tiananmen Square vigil, citing the virus.

After 6 Months, Important Mysteries About Coronavirus Endure

Times journalists summarize some of the most critical things that scientists and public health officials have yet to understand.

Six Months of Coronavirus: Here’s Some of What We’ve Learned

Much remains unknown and mysterious, but these are some of the things we’re pretty sure of after half a year of this pandemic.


White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter

Other misinformation and misleading claims spread across Twitter on Sunday night and into Monday related to the protests.

Stitch Fix is laying off 1,400 employees in California, and plans to hire in lower-cost U.S. cities

StitchFix CEO Katrina Lake said, "We have taken the very difficult decision to reduce the number of Stylists in our styling team in California, as we invest in our other styling hubs across the US"

Amazon sees strong demand for pepper spray and Black Lives Matter merchandise as protests rage

Amazon's Sports and Outdoors category showed pepper spray as the top-selling item, while a rechargeable taser was listed at No.44, illustrating that consumers are buying self-defense items amid protests that have turned violent in some areas of the country.

Matt Gaetz Tweet Gets Twitter Warning Label for Glorifying Violence

The post, from Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, had likened protesters to terrorists and called for them to be hunted down.

Coronavirus: What's it like to be laid off over Zoom?

Being made redundant is rarely pleasant, but is it worse finding out via a video call?