Donald Trump sought Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s help to win the 2020 presidential election during a private meeting, former national security adviser John Bolton has claimed. The allegation was among a series of bombshell claims made in a new book by Mr Bolton, who the US president fired in September after 17 months in the White House job.
A total of 657 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in northwestern Germany, authorities announced on Wednesday, out of 983 completed tests. Germany’s meat processing sector has come under increasing scrutiny during the pandemic, with several plants reporting massive outbreaks. The sector is plagued with poor working conditions, exploitative contracts and usurious rents in mass housing for eastern European workers.
PepsiCo Inc (PEP.O) said on Wednesday it will change the name and brand image of its Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup, dropping a mascot that has been criticized for a racist history, amid a national debate over racial inequality in the United States. The offensive caricature is rooted in a stereotype of a friendly black woman working as a servant or nanny for a white family.
The EU’s top court has ruled that Hungary broke European law by restricting foreign funding of civil society organizations. A Hungarian law of 2017 requires NGOs that receive funding from abroad to register as “foreign-supported organizations” and publish donor names. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the restrictions were discriminatory against NGOs and donors. Hungary says it is countering money-laundering and boosting transparency.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, is undergoing treatment in hospital for pneumonia after he tested positive for COVID-19 this week, the government said on Wednesday. The health news is a fresh blow to the 51-year-old Hernandez, who has come under increasing pressure at home as one of his brothers was swept up by a drug trafficking probe in the United States which has threatened to engulf him too.