Chinese scientist sentenced to prison in US for technology theft

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A Chinese scientist was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing next-generation battery technology from the American petroleum company where he worked. Tan Hongjin, 36, a Chinese national and permanent legal resident of the United States, was arrested in December 2018 and pleaded guilty…

Mexico says cruise ship can dock amid coronavirus fears

MEXICO CITY, Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A cruise ship from the Miami-based cruise line MSC Cruises has docked at Cozumel, Mexico after being denied entry to Cayman Islands and Jamaica amid fears of COVID-19. MSC Cruises said in a statement that MSC Meraviglia is “currently waiting for local health officials to board the ship…

Brazilian jailed in Mozambique for drug trafficking

Ariane Monteiro Aragão was detained at Maputo International Airport MAPUTO, Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A 24-year-old Brazilian woman has been sentenced to 17 years in prison in Mozambique for drug trafficking. Ariane Monteiro Aragão was detained on June 26, 2019 at Maputo International Airport in possession of 5.4kg of cocaine.…

Mexico returns ancient bronze sculpture to Nigeria

MEXICO CITY, Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Mexico has returned an ancient bronze sculpture to Nigeria after thwarting an attempt to smuggle it into the country, officials say. The artefact is from Nigeria’s south-western Ife city, famous for works depicting royalty and deities of the once-powerful Yoruba kingdom. The sculpture is…

WHO says Covid-19 at ‘decisive point’ as world battles spread

GENEVA, Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The World Health Organization declared that the new coronavirus epidemic was at a “decisive point” as countries across the globe battled to contain the deadly outbreak. Saudi Arabia banned pilgrims from visiting Islam’s holiest sites as the number of deaths jumped in neighbouring Iran, while…

US Trade Show begins to promote economic ties with Bangladesh

DHAKA, Feb 28 (NNN-BSS) — A three-day ‘US Trade Show’ began here showcasing high quality, cutting-edge American products and services to promote US-Bangladesh economic ties. Forty-eight organizations including energy, agro-mechanization, food and beverage sectors are displaying their products and services at 78 stalls in the 27th annual show, organised by…

Pres Trump appoints VP Pence to oversee US response to COVID-19 outbreak

Vice President Mike Pence speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a news conference about the coronavirus WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (NNN-Xinhua) — US President Donald Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the country’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. “I’m going to be announcing exactly right now that…

Five Latin American countries planning to issue green bonds

BOGOTA (Colombia), Feb 27 (NNN-MERCOPRESS) — At least five Latin American governments and several companies are considering debt sales to fund environmentally friendly projects in what is expected to be the region’s most active year for the issuance of so-called green bonds since 2017. The governments of Mexico, Peru, Colombia,…

Argentina forensic anthropology team nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

The EAAF team was involved in the identification of Argentine soldiers remains buried in the Falkland Islands BUENOS AIRES, Feb 27 (NNN-MERCOPRESS) — The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, EAAF, a non-profit scientific NGO, was nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its investigative work into human rights violations in…

Mexico’s central bank downgrades 2020, 2021 growth forecasts

MEXICO CITY, Feb 27 (NNN-Xinhua) — The central bank of Mexico (Banxico) on Wednesday downgraded its growth forecasts for 2020 and 2021, citing slower than expected recovery in domestic demand and U.S. industrial activity. Gross domestic product (GDP) is now expected to expand between 0.5 and 1.5 percent this year,…
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