Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers

Puerto Ricans demanded answers Monday after botched primaries forced officials to reschedule voting at centres lacking ballots, an unprecedented decision being called a blow to the U.S. territory’s democracy.

Face masks mandatory in tourist hotspots in Paris

Face masks became compulsory in tourist hotspots in Paris on Monday amid warnings of a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

How New Zealand went 100 days with no community coronavirus transmission

New Zealand has marked an enviable milestone — more than 100 days since its last coronavirus case was acquired locally from an unknown source.

Azar visit to Taiwan is fresh thorn in prickly U.S.-China ties

A visit by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to Taiwan this week comes amid mounting tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary.

China sanctions 11 U.S. politicians, heads of organizations

China has announced unspecified sanctions against 11 U.S. politicians and heads of organizations promoting democratic causes, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have already been singled out by Beijing.

Belarus’ ruler vows to quash opposition rallies after vote

Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko warned Monday that the opposition protesters who challenge the official vote results extending his 26-year rule will face a tough crackdown, deriding them as “sheep” manipulated by foreign masters.

A man who was sentenced to life in prison for selling $30 of marijuana will be freed

A military veteran serving a life sentence for selling less than $30 worth of marijuana will soon be released from prison, his attorney said.

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested, newsroom searched

Hong Kong authorities broadened their enforcement of a new national security law on Monday, arresting media tycoon Jimmy Lai, searching the headquarters of his Next Digital group and carting away boxes of what they said was evidence.

Lebanon health minister: Cabinet resigns over Beirut blast

Lebanon’s Cabinet has resigned over last week’s devastating blast at the Beirut port, the health minister said.

NY governor calls Trump’s benefits executive order ‘laughable’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive orders as “laughable” and another chapter in the federal government’s botched response to the coronavirus as he praised New Yorkers for mostly good behaviour that has reduced the infection rate in his state.