Day: May 7, 2020
US defense secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed this year. After talks behind closed doors, the Taliban and Washington signed an agreement in February for reduced violence and a move toward talks with the Afghan government, but attacks by the group have increased since then.
US President Donald Trump visited a mask-making factory Tuesday in his first major trip since the coronavirus lockdown began — but again refused to wear a face covering himself. Trump flew all the way to Phoenix, Arizona, to celebrate the workers at a Honeywell plant churning out masks for healthcare workers during the pandemic.
Senior school students in 121 institutions were back in front of chalk boards and digital displays for the first time since their city — the ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic — shut down in January.
China’s Hong Kong affairs office on Wednesday condemned Hong Kong protesters as a “political virus” who seek independence, warning that the city will never be calm unless what it said were violent black-clad protesters were all removed.
There are no signs North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received heart surgery when he disappeared from state media for 3 weeks, but he reduced public activity due to coronavirus, Yonhap news agency reported. Kim attended the completion of a fertiliser plant, North Korea’s official media said on Saturday, the first report of his appearing in public since April 11.