China vows retaliation if any US action against journalists

China vowed on Tuesday to retaliate if the United States persisted with “hostile action” against Chinese journalists who may be forced to leave in coming days if their US visas are not extended. “The US has been escalating its actions against Chinese journalists,” Wang told reporters. “The US should immediately correct its mistake and stop …

Trump giving $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors

The Trump administration is awarding more than $35 million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking. The grants are being announced Tuesday at a White House event attended by Attorney General William Barr, presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, survivors of human trafficking and organizations that serve them.

Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in North Carolina

Hurricane Isaias has made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The hurricane made landfall on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 136 km/h. Coastal shops and restaurants closed early, power began to flicker at oceanfront hotels and even the most adventurous of beachgoers abandoned the sand on Monday night as newly restrengthened Hurricane Isaias …

Macular degeneration may increase severity of Covid-19: Study

People with age-related macular degeneration – an eye disorder caused by overactive immune system — are at greater risk of developing severe complications and dying from Covid-19, according to a study. Complement, one of the immune system’s oldest branches may be influencing the severity of Covid-19 disease, said the researchers at Columbia University in the …

China accuses US of harassing Chinese students, researchers

China on Monday accused the United States of “monitoring, harassing and willfully detaining” Chinese students and researchers in the US. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s comments follow the denial of a bail request in California for a university researcher accused of lying about her ties to China’s military and Communist Party to gain access to …

SpaceX capsule and Nasa crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years

Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. The return clears the way for another SpaceX crew launch as early as next month and possible tourist flights next year.