- Former Mexican state governor pleads guilty in U.S. to money laundering
A former governor of the Mexican state of Coahuila has pleaded guilty to charges that he laundered money to conceal bribes paid to him in return for road-building contracts, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.
- South Korea's nuclear envoy visits U.S. amid flaring tension with North
South Korea's chief nuclear negotiator will visit officials in Washington on Thursday amid flaring tensions with North Korea after Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison office and threatened military action.
- Trump signs bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown
U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday calling for sanctions over the repression of China's Uighur Muslims, as excerpts from a book by his former national security adviser alleged he had approved of their mass detention.
- China reports 28 new coronavirus cases in mainland
China reported 28 new coronavirus cases in the mainland as of end-June 17, 21 of which were in the capital of Beijing, the country's health commission said on Thursday.
- Beijing reports 21 new COVID-19 cases in city as of June 17
Beijing confirmed 21 new COVID-19 cases as of June 17, China's health authority said on Thursday, down from 31 a day earlier.
- Mexico reports 4,930 new coronavirus cases, 770 more deaths
Mexico's health ministry reported on Wednesday 4,930 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 770 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 159,793 cases and 19,080 deaths.
- Many Jordanians struggling as country emerges from COVID-19 lockdown, U.N. agency says
Many people in Jordan are struggling to meet basic needs after a more than two-month lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study said on Wednesday.
- Panama reports 635 new coronavirus cases, 13 more deaths
Confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Panama reached 22,597 on Wednesday, up 635 from the previous day, and deaths climbed by 13 to 470, the health ministry said.
- Peru overtakes Italy in total cases of coronavirus
Peru topped 240,000 total cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, surpassing hard-hit Italy, government data showed, even as the pace of infections has begun to moderate in the South American nation.
- U.S. warns of pirates in southern Gulf of Mexico
The U.S. government on Wednesday issued a warning about the threat posed by pirates to boats and oil installations in the southern Gulf of Mexico, in the latest sign of concern about ongoing security challenges facing Mexico.
- Canadian province Alberta to study forming own pension plan, police force
The Canadian province of Alberta will study replacing the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) with a provincial plan and establishing a provincial police force, Premier Jason Kenney said on Wednesday after a panel recommended the ideas.
- Eiffel Tower to re-open - but you will have to take the stairs
The Eiffel Tower is preparing to welcome back visitors after the COVID-19 lockdown, but they will need to be fit: because of lingering concerns about infection, the elevators will initially be off-limits.
- Mexico's president accuses Spain's Iberdrola of 'hidden' media attack
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ramped up verbal attacks on Spain's Iberdrola on Wednesday, accusing the power generation company of mounting a media campaign against his government as well as unspecified acts of graft.
- Colombia's potential cocaine output up 1.5% in 2019, says U.N. drug agency
Potential production of pure cocaine hydrochloride in Colombia was up by 1.5% last year to 1,137 metric tonnes, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Wednesday, even as the areas planted with primary ingredient coca decreased.
- Honduran president hospitalized for COVID-19, treated for pneumonia
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.
- Chile tightens lockdowns as country exceeds 200,000 coronavirus cases
The Chilean government on Wednesday announced a tightening of lockdowns and "maximum" movement restrictions in its capital Santiago as the country´s confirmed coronavirus caseload exceeded 200,000.
- Brother of George Floyd urges U.N. probe into U.S. racism, violence
The brother of the late George Floyd, a black man whose death under the knee of a white officer roused world protests against racial injustice, urged the United Nations on Wednesday to investigate U.S. police brutality and racial discrimination.
- Bulgarian PM says opponents trying to undermine him to block euro entry
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Wednesday accused his political opponents of trying to undermine his government with the aim of blocking Bulgaria's deeper integration into the European Union.
- Brazil coronavirus deaths climb to 46,510, cases near 1 million
Brazil recorded 1,269 additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its official death toll from the novel coronavirus to 46,510, the most in the world outside the United States.
- Ireland cuts minimum distance between pub customers if food served
Ireland has halved the minimum "social distance" between customers in pubs to 1 metre (3.2 feet) so long as other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are enforced, the government said on Wednesday.