Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Honda’s global operations hit by cyber-attack

Honda has said it is dealing with a cyber-attack that is impacting its operations around the world. “Honda can confirm that a cyber-attack has taken place on the Honda network,” the Japanese car-maker said in a statement. It added that the problem was affecting its ability to access its computer servers, use email and otherwise […]

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Saudi: First ‘Mobile’ Fruit and Vegetable Market Inaugurated

The Eastern Province Municipality has inaugurated the first innovated mobile “Food Truck” for selling fruits and vegetables, amid the precautionary measures being taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infection and also ridding the crowding of customers at centers for selling foodstuffs. The objective is to provide safe shopping from one’s vehicle without the […]

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Oil giant BP set to cut 10,000 jobs

BP has announced plans to cut 10,000 jobs following a global slump in demand for oil because of the coronavirus crisis. The oil giant had paused redundancies during the peak of the pandemic but now it has said around 15% of its workforce will leave by the end of the year. BP has not said […]

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US coronavirus deaths top 110,000

Global death toll from the coronavirus surged past 400,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 30 percent of those cases, or two million infections, are in the US. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak, with more than 15 percent of cases. There are more than 6.9 million cases globally. The novel coronavirus has killed more […]

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New Zealand has eradicated coronavirus

New Zealand appears to have completely eradicated the coronavirus — at least for now — after health officials said the last known infected person had recovered. The announcement was greeted with joy around the country and means the nation of 5 million people will be among the first to welcome throngs of fans back into […]

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Pandemic pushes US into official recession

The economic downturn in the US triggered by the pandemic has been officially declared a recession. The National Bureau of Economic Research made the designation on Tuesday, citing the scale and severity of the current contraction. It said activity and employment hit a “clear” and “well-defined” peak in February, before falling. The ruling puts a […]

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Malaysia set to reopen nearly all economic activities

Malaysia said it would reopen nearly all economic activity and allow interstate travel starting June 10, lifting coronavirus restrictions imposed nearly three months ago as it moves to revive an economy battered by the pandemic. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced in a televised address the novel coranvirus outbreak was “successfully” under control and Malaysia would […]

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Curfew in Jeddah Reimposed for Two Weeks

Saudi Arabia has reimposed a curfew in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. The curfew will be from 3pm to 6am for two weeks due to the spread of the coronavirus. Work will be suspended in offices, SPA reported. SPA said prayers in the city’s mosques had also been suspended. Employees of ministries, government agencies […]

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Spain extends coronavirus emergency until June 21

The Spanish government secured parliament’s backing for a final extension to the state of emergency imposed to tackle the coronavirus epidemic and which will now last until June 21. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez sought to extend the state of emergency, which grants his government exceptional powers, to allow greater control over people’s mobility as a […]

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Fourth round of post-Brexit trade talk ends

The European Union and the United Kingdom have failed to make significant progress during the fourth round of post-Brexit trade talks as the deadline for a possible extension of the transition period looms. Following four days of video discussions, the sides remained at loggerheads on many topics, including on regulations for businesses. Their positions on […]