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U.S. immigration rules bar thousands of foreign nurses

World / Science & Health Mar 29, 2020

U.S. immigration rules bar thousands of foreign nurses

As the coronavirus pandemic threatens to strain nursing staffs at hospitals across the United States, Melanie N. Beckham knows where to find reinforcements. But first, the Trump administration needs to give its approval. Beckham, president of Vintage Health Resources in Germantown, Tennessee, specializes in helping ...

One victim of COVID-19 pandemic may be privacy rights

World | ANALYSIS Mar 29, 2020

One victim of COVID-19 pandemic may be privacy rights

by Rob Lever

Digital surveillance and smartphone technology may prove helpful in containing the coronavirus pandemic, but some activists fear they also could bring lasting harm to privacy and digital rights. From China to Singapore to Israel, governments have ordered electronic monitoring of their citizens' movements in an ...

North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into Sea of Japan

Asia Pacific Mar 29, 2020

North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into Sea of Japan

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Sunday, the fourth such launch this month as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Two projectiles were fired eastwards from the port city of Wonsan and flew 230 kilometers ...

Japan and others to urge U.S. arms program to fix sloppy service

National Mar 29, 2020

Japan and others to urge U.S. arms program to fix sloppy service

Japan and 10 other countries are set to ask the United States to improve the way it manages its military sales program to address equipment-delivery delays and the slow return of excess payments, government sources say. Worried about its deployment plans being affected by the ...

China’s misplaced pandemic propaganda

Commentary / World Mar 29, 2020

China’s misplaced pandemic propaganda

by Minxin Pei

Barely a month ago, China was in the grip of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Thousands of new infections were confirmed every day. Hospitals were overwhelmed. People were dying by the hundreds. People couldn’t leave their homes. But the government’s draconian lockdown seems to have ...

Remembering the ‘Spanish flu’ in Asia

Commentary / World Mar 29, 2020

Remembering the ‘Spanish flu’ in Asia

by Robert Farley

The eruption of COVID-19 has focused the attention of the world’s political authorities, but has also made them cognizant of past experience. As we know, the “Spanish Flu,” so named because initial media reports suggested that the influenza originated in Spain rather than in ...