President Donald Trump has said he “strongly disagrees” with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to allow businesses like barbershops and nail salons to reopen, a day after he praised him during the White House briefing. Kemp however, didn’t back down, tweeting later on Wednesday that the state “will continue with this approach to protect the lives — and livelihoods — of all Georgians.”
Iran has hit back after Donald Trump said he had instructed the US Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea. Tehran responded by saying it will destroy “any American terrorist force” if its security is threatened in the Gulf. It comes as tensions escalate between the two countries again, with Iran’s Republican Guard announcing the launch of the country’s first military satellite.
China did not cover up the novel coronavirus outbreak and so the United States should not seek to bully the People’s Republic in a manner reminiscent of the 19th century European colonial wars, the Chinese ambassador to London said on Thursday. “Some other country – their local courts sued China – it is absurd,” he said. “These people still live in the old days – they think they can bully China,” Liu said.
The Australian government is calling for the G20 countries to take action on wildlife wet markets, calling them a “biosecurity and human health risk”. Australia is not yet calling for a ban – but says its own advisers believe they may need to be “phased out”. “Wet markets” are marketplaces that sell fresh food such as meat and fish. But some also sell wildlife.
Canadian police officials said on Wednesday that they failed to issue a timely public alert about the gunman responsible for the Nova Scotia shooting rampage. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said officers were informed by a witness on Sunday, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., that the gunman was likely driving a lookalike police car and wearing an RCMP uniform. Nearly three hours later, an alert had still not been issued.