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Japan gives up approving Fujifilm's Avigan drug for COVID-19 by May-end: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s government has given up on approving Fujifilm Holdings Corp’s Avigan drug for the treatment of COVID-19 by the end of May, Kyodo News reported late on Monday citing a government official. FILE PHOTO: A tablet of Avigan (generic name: Favipiravir), a drug developed as an anti-influenza treatment by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings, is displayed during a photo opportunity at Fujifilm's headquarters in Tokyo, Oct. 22, ... Full story

Hong Kong security law: Carrie Lam dismisses concerns over rights

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has said other countries "have no place" interfering in the territory, as she robustly defended a controversial national security law planned by China. The law would ban treason, secession, sedition and subversion. Critics say it would limit the city's unique freedoms. But in her first public comments, Ms Lam said it was a "responsible" move to protect the law-abiding majority. She denied that the law would curtail ... Full story

Masks too dangerous for children under two, Japan medical group says

TOKYO (Reuters) - Children under the age of two shouldn’t wear masks because they can make breathing difficult and increase the risk of choking, a Japan medical group said, launching an urgent appeal to parents as the country reopens from the coronavirus crisis. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency for Tokyo and four remaining areas on Monday after the number of infections fell across Japan, but warned that it could be ... Full story

Ecuador protests against cuts amid pandemic - BBC News

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Ecuador to protest against the government's economic response to the coronavirus outbreak. Around 2,000 people demonstrated in the capital Quito, defying restrictions aimed at combatting the virus. Last week, the president announced measures including the closure of some state-owned companies and cuts to public sector salaries. Ecuador has been one of the worst-affected countries in South ... Full story

Hong Kong's leader says security laws will not affect city's rights and freedoms

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu. HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday added to a raft of attempts by local and Beijing officials to provide reassurance that proposed national security laws would not trample on the city’s rights and freedoms, amid widespread concerns. Lam said those concerned need to wait for the details of the ... Full story

China reports seven new mainland COVID-19 cases vs 11 a day earlier

People wearing protective face masks are seen on a street following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Shanghai, China May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song. SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported 7 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland as of end-May 25, up from 11 a day earlier, the National Health Commission reported. The commission said in a statement all of the new infections were imported cases, involving ... Full story

Oil climbs as suppliers stick to output cuts, coronavirus lockdowns ease

FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind an oil pump outside Saint-Fiacre, near Paris, France September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann. MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Tuesday on clear signs that producers are sticking to commitments to cut crude supply as more cars get back on the road with coronavirus lockdowns easing around the world. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures gained 2.3%, or 75 cents, to $34.00 as of 0057 ... Full story

NHC: 20% chance of cyclone for system extending across Florida

Traffic navigate flood waters in Miami, Florida, U.S. May 25, 2020, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Courtesy of Ryan Rea/Social Media via REUTERS. (Reuters) - A broad trough of low pressure extending across Florida and the adjacent Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters has a 20% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday. The low pressure system is not expected ... Full story

They Both Found Their Jukebox Hero

If it wasn’t for a blowup with one of her three children, Kirsten Wazalis might never have called a friend to come over and commiserate one July evening in 2012. And if the friend hadn’t suggested that the two go out and listen to music, she might have never met Glenn Leader. Ms. Wazalis, 50, shook off her gloom at Stevenson’s Place, a bar with a jukebox, up the street from her Philadelphia apartment. There, the two friends listened to Lionel ... Full story

Holyfield open to third Tyson fight for charity

FILE PHOTO: WBA Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield (R) connects to the jaw of challenger Mike Tyson in the first round of their title fight June 28. Evander Holyfied retained his World Boxing Association heavyweight title on Saturday night when Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield twice in the third round. (Reuters) - Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has said he is open to facing one-time rival Mike Tyson in a ... Full story

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