South Korea’s ruling party has won a landslide victory in national assembly elections, in what is being seen as an endorsement of President Moon Jae-in’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Moon’s left-leaning Democratic party and its smaller affiliate won 180 seats in the 300-seat assembly. Turnout was 66.2%, higher than any parliamentary elections held in South Korea since 1992.
Vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came dangerously close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.” According to the U.S. statement, 11 Iranian vessels approached six U.S. military ships while they were conducting integration operations with army helicopters in international waters in the Gulf.
Europe is in eye of the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of cases nearing a million, and should move with extreme caution when considering easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization’s regional director said on Thursday. Companies and politicians across the world are worried about the economic impact of a long shutdown, and some countries in Europe are beginning to think about how to ease some societal restrictions.
President Donald Trump says the US has “passed the peak” of new coronavirus cases and predicted some states would reopen this month. Mr Trump told the daily White House briefing that new guidelines would be announced on Thursday after he had spoken to governors. “We’ll be the comeback kids, all of us,” the president said. “We want to get our country back.”
Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has filed a request to extend his residency permit in Russia for three more years, his lawyer has said, according to state-run news agency TASS. He has been living in exile in Moscow after initially traveling to Hong Kong following his 2013 public disclosure of the classified information. The Russian government granted Snowden asylum and extended his residency permit in 2017 until 2020.