Thursday, 4 Jun 2020

Taliban recalls negotiators from Afghanistan after suspending prisoner exchange talks

Residents asked to lock their doors as manhunt underway in Mabel Lake Road area

Police are asking residents to lock their doors and others to stay away from the Mabel Lake Road area east of Enderby, as police look for two suspects.

RCMP think the pair are connected to a crime that occurred in another area earlier on Tuesday morning, April 7.

Jethro the cougar dies from heart disease at the Saskatoon zoo

Staff at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm & Zoo say they are “heartbroken” over the death of Jethro the cougar.

Jethro, 11, died on the weekend from heart disease.

New AT&T TV Subscribers Get Free HBO For A Year With Two-Year Committment

WarnerMedia parent AT&T is offering a year free of HBO to sign ups of newly nationally launched AT&T TV if they agree to a two-year commitment to the service, according to a deal ad splashed on the company’s website.

“Get AT&T TV and enjoy a year of HBO on us,” the site said. It’s offering the premium network as part of an entertainment package that requires a two-year committment to AT&T TV, priced at $49.99 for the first year. After a year, HBO would cost its regular $15 a month. Cinemax, Showtime Starz, and Epix are included for the first three months of the package before they are charged at their regular monthly fees.

Separately, AT&T has said that upcoming streaming service HBO Max, launching in May, will be part of any AT&T plan that currently includes HBO. It’s a real marketing melange as AT&T pushes both of its newest offerings, AT&T TV and HBO Max.

AT&T TV launched nationwide on March 3. It require a high-speed internet connection and includes live TV channel packages and apps, with one device without having to switch inputs. AT&T TV stands alongside another product called AT&T TV Now, which is purely OTT/app-based but offers most of the same content. That service was previously called (DirecTV Now).  AT&T U-verse, the telco’s original triple-play video offering is no longer being sold.

Thousands in limbo after partial closure of US-Mexico border

Human rights advocates warn that the coronavirus crisis is being used to discriminate against migrants and asylum seekers.

A partial closure of the US-Mexico border has disrupted the lives of thousands who depend on cross-border travel.

But under the emergency policy, the US is also implementing strict anti-immigration measures.

Human rights advocates have warned that the virus is being used to discriminate against migrants and asylum seekers.

Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo reports from Mexico City.

Edmonton airport closes part of terminal amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Edmonton International Airport has closed down parts of its terminal.

In a message to travellers and staff, Tom Ruth, president and CEO of EIA, said the COVID-19 restrictions and reduced travel have affected the bottom line of the not-for-profit corporation.

U.S. treasury secretary to seek additional $250 bln for small business

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday that he would seek an additional $250 billion to support small businesses hurt by the widespread economic slowdown.

Mnuchin said on Twitter he had spoken with leading lawmakers from both parties regarding the additional money. (Reporting by Diane Bartz Editing by Chris Reese)

COVID-19: Sudan struggles with denial and misinformation

Sudan’s government is fighting to contain the spread of the coronavirus after at least 14 people tested positive and two others died.

Sudan’s government is fighting to contain the spread of the coronavirus after at least 14 people tested positive and two others died.

But misinformation and denial that the disease even exists, is making containment a challenge.

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan has more from the capital, Khartoum.

Gold Futures Retreats After Surging Past $1,700, Settle Lower

Gold prices retreated on Tuesday, failing to hold early gains, with traders taking some profits after the commodity rose past $1,700 to its best levels in over 7 years.

The yellow metal eased despite the dollar paring early gains and falling deeper into negative territory.

The dollar index dropped to a low of 99.77 and was last seen at 99.85, down 0.82% from previous close.

Gold futures for June ended down $10.20, or about 0.6%, at $1,683.70 an ounce, the best close since mid December 2012, but well off the day’s high of $1,742.60 an ounce.

Silver futures for May ended up $0.311 at $15.480 an ounce, while Copper futures for May closed at $2.2725 per pound, gaining $0.0050 for the day.

Investors look for more central bank and government stimulus to counter the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Despite continued spread of the coronavirus disease, the number of new infections and fatalities started to slow down, especially in Europe and Asia.

China reported zero new Covid-19 deaths for the first time since January, though the National Health Commission reported 32 new cases across the country, all of which were arrivals from another country. There were also 30 new asymptomatic cases

Globally, the number of people diagnosed with the virus now exceeds 1.3 million. More than 74,500 people have died while nearly 285,000 have recovered, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Taliban recalls negotiators from Afghanistan after suspending prisoner exchange talks

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban on Tuesday recalled the insurgent group’s negotiators from Afghanistan hours after they suspended talks on a prisoner exchange process with the Afghan government, a spokesman for the hardline Islamist group said in a tweet.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for Taliban political office in Qatar said “the intentional delays in the release of our prisoners violates the peace agreement, therefore we call back our technical team back from Kabul”.

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