The acting secretary of the US Navy has resigned amid uproar over his handling of a coronavirus outbreak on an aircraft carrier. Thomas Modly fired the USS Theodore Roosevelt’s captain after he pleaded for help in a letter leaked to media. Mr Modly apologized on Monday after it emerged he had called Captain Brett Crozier’s actions “naive” and “stupid”.
The U.S. passed another grim milestone in its fight against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday with its highest daily death toll, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to nearly 13,000. The news comes as Wuhan, the Chinese city where the pandemic began, finally allowed its 11 million residents to leave their homes without special permission for the first time in nearly 11 weeks.
Donald Trump has threatened to cut off US funding to the World Health Organisation – accusing it of “missing the call” on the coronavirus pandemic. The US president claimed the UN health agency has made errors of judgment in its handling of COVID-19. He also described the WHO as “very China-centric” – appearing to suggest the organization went along with Beijing’s efforts to minimize the severity of the crisis.
Poland should immediately suspend the powers of a Supreme Court chamber created to discipline judges since it is not independent and thereby in breach of EU law, the European Union’s top court ruled on Wednesday. The decision comes as a blow to Poland and its ruling euroskeptic Law and Justice party (PiS), which has been at odds with the EU’s executive arm, over its judiciary reforms since it took power in 2015.
The 2022 World Cup is highly unlikely to be moved from Qatar despite the latest criminal indictment by the US Department of Justice. The indictment accuses Nicolás Leoz, the Paraguayan then president of Conmebol, South American football’s governing body, and the former Brazil federation president Ricardo Teixeira of being paid bribes to vote for Qatar at the decisive Fifa executive committee (exco) meeting in December 2010.