President Donald Trump said on Monday he will suspend all immigration into the United States temporarily through an executive order in response to the coronavirus outbreak and to protect American jobs. The United States in mid-March suspended all routine visa services, both immigrant and non-immigrant, in most countries worldwide due to the coronavirus outbreak.
China and South Korea cast doubt on Tuesday on reports North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was gravely ill after media outlets said he underwent a cardiovascular procedure. Speculation over the state of his health was fuelled by his absence from a key anniversary event with the Daily NK, a specialty website run mostly by North Korean defectors, on Tuesday citing unidentified sources in the isolated state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival, Benny Gantz, have signed an agreement to form an emergency unity government. The deal will see the pair rotating the leadership of the country, with Mr Netanyahu going first as PM. It brings political certainty to Israel after three inconclusive elections and a year of political paralysis.
Saudi Arabia put 184 people to death in 2019, the highest number Amnesty International has ever recorded in a single year in the country, despite Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s public commitment to reducing the number of executions. Amnesty International released a 59-page report Monday that found that while global executions last year hit a 10-year low, falling by 5 percent compared to 2018.
Virgin Australia has entered voluntary administration in the hope of emerging from the COVID-19 crisis in a “stronger financial position”. Australia’s second-largest airline made the announcement on Tuesday in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange. Chief executive Paul Scurrah added that the move was aimed at “securing the future of Virgin Australia Group”. The move puts 16,000 jobs at risk.