5,000 pets found dead in boxes at Chinese shipping depot

Beijing — At least 5,000 pets were found dead in cardboard shipping boxes last week at a logistics facility in Central China, likely casualties of a miscommunication in the supply chain of China’s thriving mass-breeding industry. Only a couple hundred animals…

Japanese researchers say “no reason” to keep doing painful COVID tests

Tokyo — Researchers in Japan announced “game changing” research this week that found simple saliva tests for COVID-19 are just as reliable as the widely used, but more complicated and uncomfortable, swab tests. The study involved testing almost 2,000 people who…

India tightens laws on NGOs, freezes Amnesty International’s funds

New Delhi — Global human rights organization Amnesty International has halted operations in India, accusing the government of an “incessant witch-hunt” and “constant harassment” over its reports criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.  Indian authorities froze Amnesty’s bank accounts earlier this…

3 scientists’ advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19

Over the past several months, there has been controversy over the way SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, travels from an infected person to others. While official guidance has often been unclear, some aerosol scientists and public health experts have…

Meghan Markle loses court decision in battle with tabloid

The publisher of Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper can use the contents of a recent behind-the scenes book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in its legal defense for an invasion of privacy lawsuit brought by the duchess, a…

Trump says “I don’t know Beau” Biden while taking aim at Hunter

Washington — President Trump turned his attacks from former Vice President Joe Biden to his Democratic opponent’s son Hunter Biden, invoking his issues with substance abuse and position on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, which was the…

Lawfare Institute’s David Priess on the Presidential Daily Brief

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell interviews David Priess, former daily intelligence briefer, CIA officer and now chief operating officer of the Lawfare Institute, about the history, content and aim of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), one of the…

Trump says he wears masks “when needed” and mocks Biden’s masks

President Trump touted his response to the coronavirus pandemic in his first debate with former Vice President Joe Biden and defended his decision to often appear in public without a facial covering, explaining that he wears a mask “when needed.”…

Trump says he wears masks “when needed” and mocks Biden’s masks

President Trump touted his response to the coronavirus pandemic in his first debate with former Vice President Joe Biden and defended his decision to often appear in public without a facial covering, explaining that he wears a mask “when needed.”…

Biden and Harris release 2019 tax returns ahead of first debate

Washington — Democratic nominee Joe Biden and running mate Senator Kamala Harris released their 2019 tax returns ahead of the first presidential debate on Tuesday, drawing attention to a New York Times report revealing that President Trump paid just $750 in…