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Asia Today: S. Korea reports 950 cases, biggest daily jump

Asia Today: S. Korea reports 950 cases, biggest daily jump

Health
South Korea has reported another 950 coronavirus cases, its largest daily increase since the emergence of the pandemic, as fears grow about overwhelmed hospitals in the greater capital areaByThe Associated PressDecember 12, 2020, 8:40 AM• 6 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 950 new coronavirus cases, its largest daily increase since the emergence of the pandemic, as fears grow about overwhelmed hospitals in the greater capital area.The figures released Saturday brought the country’s caseload to 41,736, after health officials added more than 8,900 cases in the last 15 days alone. Six COVID-19 patients died in the past 24 hours to bring the death toll to 578.Nearly 680 of the new cases came from the densely populated Seo...
Covid hospital cases jump nearly 25% in England

Covid hospital cases jump nearly 25% in England

Health
The number of people admitted to hospital with Covid-19 on one day has jumped by nearly a quarter in England.There were 478 people admitted to hospital on Sunday - the largest daily figure since early June - up from 386.More than two-thirds of those were in the North West, North East and Yorkshire.It comes as a further 14,542 cases were confirmed across the whole of the UK on Tuesday. That daily figure has trebled in a fortnight.Extra restrictions have been introduced in many areas of the UK to try to contain the spread of the virus - including across the whole of Scotland and Northern Ireland.On top of these national measures, parts of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and areas in the Midlands, Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire and the North East o...

Dow futures jump more than 150 points as Wall Street tries to recover after tech struggles

Finance
People walk by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on May 18, 2020 in New York City.Spencer Platt | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures rose on Sunday night after a sell-off in tech shares led to the market's first back-to-back weekly declines in months.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded 158 points higher, or 0.6%. The S&P 500 also climbed 0.6% and Nasdaq 100 futures were up by 0.8%. The S&P 500 fell by 2.5% last week. It was the broader-market index's worst one-week drop since June 26. That decline also marked the first time since May that the S&P 500 closed lower in two straight weeks.Those losses were driven in large part by a steep drop in tech, the best-performing market sector year to date. The S&P 500 tech sector plunged more than 4% for its biggest weekly lo...
Rights groups sound alarm on jump in Iraqi activist killings

Rights groups sound alarm on jump in Iraqi activist killings

World
Human rights monitors have sounded the alarm over a recent spike in assassinations targeting civil rights activists in Iraq’s southBy NABIL AL-JURANI and SAMYA KULLAB Associated PressAugust 20, 2020, 9:19 PM4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBASRA, Iraq -- Human rights monitors sounded the alarm over a recent spike in assassinations targeting civil rights activists in Iraq's south on Thursday, ahead of a much anticipated meeting between the prime minister and the U.S. president as part of ongoing strategic talks. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi departed for an official trip to Washington this week and is expected to meet with President Donald Trump later in the day, to conclude strategic talks expected to shape the future of Iraq-U.S. ties. Meanwhile ba...
Stocks are set to jump at Monday’s open, Dow futures rise more than 200 points

Stocks are set to jump at Monday’s open, Dow futures rise more than 200 points

Finance
A man walks by the Wall Street subway sign on March 23, 2020 in New York City.Angela Weiss | AFP | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures rose on Sunday night as Wall Street tried to recover from another decline last week while investors shook off rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded more than 200 points higher, or 1.2%. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures also climbed more than 1%.Last week, the major averages posted their third weekly decline in four. The Dow slid 2.7% while the S&P 500 lost 2.1%. The Nasdaq Composite closed last week down 1.7%. Stocks are also deep in bear-market territory as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak have virtually shut down the global economy and have dampened sentiment around corporate profits. ...