1. The Pentagon has announced that it will cancel all military-funded projects to build the border wall between the United States and Mexico, and the unspent funds will be returned to the military. The returned funds for the construction of the wall will be used for delayed military construction projects. According to Reuters, it is not clear how much of the money, which could reach billions of dollars.
2. Australia: a temporary travel ban will be imposed on India from May 3. Anyone who has visited India in the past 14 days is not allowed to enter Australia, including its own citizens. Violators are punishable by five years’ imprisonment or a fine of A $66000, or both.
3. Due to the extremely high number of cases of COVID-19 infection in India and the spread of novel coronavirus with a variety of variations, according to the recommendation of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US government will impose travel restrictions on India. The measures will take effect on May 4.
4. The World Health Organization will get the results of the evaluation of Sinovac vaccine this week. Earlier, Mary Ang é la Simang, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, said that the World Health Organization expert group met on April 26 to evaluate the Chinese medicine COVID-19 vaccine. Modena (Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine will be evaluated on April 30, and China Sinopec COVID-19 vaccine will be evaluated on May 5.
5.On May 1, International Labour Day, riots broke out one after another in European countries, including France, Germany, Britain, Belgium and Italy. In Paris, France, protesters led by anarchists and workers’ groups smashed the streets, causing shocking smoke at the scene. The police used violent means to “suppress” the protesters, and even dispatched water cannons to “spray” the crowd, and the scene was like a “battlefield”. There have also been riots in Germany, Britain, Belgium and Italy to varying degrees, and conflicts between the police and the people have been escalating.
6.Total global gold demand (excluding over-the-counter trading) fell 23 per cent year-on-year to 815.7 tons in the first quarter, while demand for gold jewelry in the Chinese market surged 212 per cent year-on-year, according to a report by the World Gold Council.
7.The EU Council of Ministers has adopted a decision to implement the Anglo-European Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which is the final step in the process of ratification of the agreement in the European Union. The agreement will enter into force in the European Union from May 1, 2021.
8.According to US defense officials, the United States has officially begun the process of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Fewer than 100 U.S. troops will withdraw from Afghanistan with military equipment by May 1, and U.S. government workers and contractors are leaving the country. The Pentagon said that it is not clear whether it will disclose all the details of the withdrawal process due to fear that US personnel will be attacked by the Taliban when they leave. The evacuation process will be in September.
9.From East Asia to Europe, from the United States to Brazil, the number of newborns has fallen sharply in most parts of the world-the lowest population growth rate in the United States in 80 years and the first negative population growth in South Korea.
10.Buffett said that if he leaves office, Berkshire Hathaway’s non-insurance business Abel (Greg Abel) may be his successor. Abel has long been seen as the most likely candidate to succeed Buffett. Buffett has been secretive about who will take over, but made it clear to investors that Berkshire Hathaway has a detailed plan.
11.The total net worth of the top 100 super-rich in the United States has soared by $195 billion since Biden took office, according to the latest figures. Between the election of Biden and the inauguration, their wealth increased by $267 billion. It is understood that the sharp increase in wealth is largely due to the economic stimulus measures of the US government, and the share prices of major listed companies rose accordingly. At the same time, the number of billionaires in the United States has increased from 66 in 1990 to 719 today.
12.YouGov poll shows that if Scotland holds another independence referendum, more than 70% of young voters between the ages of 18 and 24 will vote for Scottish independence from the UK, while another poll also shows that as many as 72% of eligible Scottish voters from the minimum voting age of 16 to 35 support the option of independence. Opinion polls show that the Scottish National Party, which supports Scottish independence, has an overwhelming advantage in the re-election of the Scottish regional parliament on May 6, which could lead to renewed expectations of a second independence referendum in Scotland. Although British Prime Minister Johnson has repeatedly said he will do his best to prevent this from happening.
Post time: May-04-2021