Pompeo in Prague at start of central Europe visit Aug 12, 2020 0 1029 12345 PLZEN: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Prague on Tuesday, public TV footage showed, to open a five-day visit to central Europe with a hefty agenda including China’s role in 5G network construction.Pompeo will spend two days in the Czech Republic before moving on to Slovenia, Austria and close ally Poland, which is eager to welcome some of the US troops leaving Germany to guard against historic adversary Russia. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Russia claims ‘world’s first’ COVID-19 vaccine as global cases top 20 million Aug 12, 2020 0 645 Spain again grapples with Europe’s worst virus infection rate Aug 12, 2020 0 625 UK schools start to reopen despite increase in virus cases Aug 12, 2020 0 1493 Pro-democracy media tycoon freed on bail amid Hong Kong crackdown HONG KONG: Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai walked free on bail on Wednesday, over a day after he and other critics of China were rounded up by police as part of a widening crackdown on dissent. When Lai left a .. Belarusian presidential challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya flees to Lithuania VILNIUS: Belarus opposition challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya fled to Lithuania after coming under pressure in a seven-hour encounter with officials that left her with little choice, Lithuania’s foreign minister .. France to extend mask rules, ban on big gatherings amid virus uptick PARIS: France is to prolong an anti-coronavirus ban on gatherings of more than 5,000 people, due to expire on August 30, until the end of October, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Tuesday. Castex warned that the .. Pre-orders of COVID-19 vaccine top five billion AFP Washington Although none of the coronavirus vaccines under development has proved its efficacy yet in clinical trials, at least 5.7 billion doses have been pre-ordered around the world. First shipments of a .. White House adviser questions Russian vaccine testing standards WASHINGTON: White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday responded to the news that Russia claims to have registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, arguing that the country has not done the necessary .. US health chief slams China over virus on Taiwan trip AFP Taipei The coronavirus might have been stamped out more quickly had it emerged in democratic Taiwan instead of autocratic China, the US health secretary said Tuesday during a historic diplomatic trip to Taipei. Alex .. China extends Hong Kong legislature by at least a year AFP Beijing Chinese lawmakers have extended the term of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council by at least a year in order to deal with the vacuum left by postponing the city’s elections, state media said on Tuesday. Hong Kong’s ..