BANGKOK – A monkey trainer in the southern Thailand said very few monkeys are involved in harvesting coconuts for export and there was no abuse at his centre, disputing an activist report following which Thai products were banned by some British supermarkets. Earlier this month, some British retailers pulled Thai coconut products after a report by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alleged that coconuts in Thailand were picked by abused monkeys with Prime…"Thai monkey trainer rejects PETA claims on coconut harvesting"
MANILA – The Philippines’ health ministry on Saturday reported 12 new coronavirus deaths and 1,387 additional infections. In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to 1,372 while confirmed cases have reached 54,222. The Philippines has reported record daily high infection numbers on three of the past eight days."Philippines confirms 12 new coronavirus deaths, 1,387 more cases"
MOSCOW – Russia on Saturday reported 6,611 new coronavirus cases, taking its nationwide tally of infections to 720,547. The country’s coronavirus crisis response centre said 188 people had died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 11,205. Russia said 497,446 people have recovered from the virus."Russia reports 6,611 new coronavirus infections"
BOGOTA – Colombian capital Bogota will initiate strict, rolling two-week quarantines in certain neighborhoods starting Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases rise and intensive care units fill, the mayor said on Friday. The Andean country has reported just under 134,000 cases of COVID-19 and 4,714 deaths. More than 32% of cases have occurred in the capital, along with a fifth of deaths. “Nobody in Colombia has the same challenge we do,” Mayor…"Colombian capital to renew lockdowns by neighborhood as cases rise"
SYDNEY – Australia’s second most-populous state on Saturday reported one of its highest daily increases in new coronavirus infections and warned the numbers would get worse before they got better as it began its first weekend under a six-week lockdown. Victoria state recorded 216 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, down from a record 288 cases the previous day but still one of the biggest daily…"Australia’s Victoria state records another day of high coronavirus infections"
MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 6,891 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 665 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 289,174 cases and 34,191 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases."Mexico reports 6,891 new coronavirus cases, 665 more deaths"
– Goya Foods Inc, the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company and a popular brand among Latino Americans, became the target of a boycott campaign on social media on Friday sparked by its CEO effusively praising President Donald Trump at the White House. The hashtags #Goyaway and #BoycottGoya began trending on Twitter after Robert Unanue, chief executive officer of the New Jersey-based company, appeared with Trump on Thursday for the signing of an executive order creating…"Head of leading Hispanic-owned U.S. food company sparks backlash over praise for Trump"
BRASILIA – Environmentalist Alfredo Sirkis, a founder of Brazil’s Green Party and a tireless campaigner for policies to curb climate change, died on Friday in a car crash, television network TV Globo said. Sirkis, 69, was killed when the car he was driving hit a post on a highway outside his hometown Rio de Janeiro, broadcaster TV Globo reported, citing firemen at the crash. A former leftist guerrilla, Sirkis was involved in the kidnapping of…"Brazilian environmentalist Sirkis killed in car crash"
– U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will sign an executive order on immigration in the next few weeks with a road to citizenship for migrants who are in the United States illegally but arrived in the country as children. In an interview with Spanish-language TV network Telemundo, Trump said one aspect of the measure will be Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program under which such migrants have been allowed to…"Trump says he will sign immigration order with road to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’"
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is considering commuting Roger Stone’s sentence just days before his longtime friend and adviser is due to report to prison, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Stone, 67, is scheduled to report by Tuesday to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia to begin serving a sentence of three years and four months for lying under oath to U.S. lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.…"Trump mulls commuting longtime adviser Roger Stone’s sentence, source says"